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Muskegon Heights mourns the loss of an athlete whose death makes no sense at all

Muskegon's Yosef Johnson uses a different approach to help young athletes reach their full potential

MCC Jayhawk softball team extends winning streak to 12 games with an 8-4 victory over Jackson Community Colllege

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Mona Shores and Ludington will be among a number of area teams competing Friday April 25 in the Scottville Optimist Track Invitational at Mason County Central High School.

MCC will be hosting the boys and girls track …

One of the coolest stories I’ve come across since joining Local Sports Journal was the resuscitation of the Muskegon Heights basketball program.

Not that it ever hit the skids, but danger was lurking.

That’s because the school district got in …

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Mona Shores pitcher Sam Curran battled a pesky East Kentwood team and held on for a 5-4 win on Wednesday in non-conference action.

Curran pitched all seven innings and dug out in the seventh after East Kentwood …

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Grant hitters led the way in the Tigers’ doubleheader sweep of Howard City Tri-County in Lakes 8 softball action on Tuesday. The Tigers won 8-4 and 14-12.

Emily Gabrielse posted two doubles and two RBI and Dayna …

By Steve Gunn
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MUSKEGON – Galen Duff grew up in Spokane, Washington.

For most of his 23 years, he had never heard of Yosef Johnson, let alone Muskegon, Michigan.

But Duff is a young athlete with an …

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Tragedy struck Muskegon Heights Public School Academy and the surrounding community Wednesday when a high school basketball player was fatally shot while walking to the annual team banquet.

Marquis Gresham, a starter on the team that advanced …

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The Muskegon Community College softball team is on a serious roll.

The Jayhawks extended their winning streak to 12 games Wednesday with an 8-4 victory over Jackson Community College.

The victory kept MCC tied for the lead …

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The Grand Haven Lady Buccaneer girls track team came away with its first dual meet victory of the season Tuesday by beating Holland West Ottawa 87-50.

Grand Haven swept the discus, pole vault and 100-meter dash events …

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Western Michigan Christian improved to 4-0 on the season after its 3-1 soccer win over River Valley rival Muskegon Catholic Central on Tuesday.

The Warriors used a pair of late first-half goals from Alyssa Wright and Jessica …

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The Mona Shores baseball team grabbed a pair of wins in the O-K Black Conference standings with a doubleheader sweep of Zeeland East Tuesday, 7-2 and 14-8.

Noah Dykstra was the hero for the Sailors in the …

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Holton pitcher Rachel Younts was the winner in both games Tuesday as the Red Devils swept a softball doubleheader from Newaygo, 10-0 and 13-0 in Central State Activities Conference action.

Younts only allowed to hits in the …

(at Fruitport High School)

Teams: Western Michigan Christian, Fruitport Calvary Christian, Holland Black River, Hudsonville Freedom Christian


High jump: 1, Sam Mast, WMC, 5-10.
Long jump: 1, Alex Rop, WMC, 17-3 1/4.
Discus: 1, Devin Eekhoff, WMC, 109-7.…

Here are the times of the 14 area runners who completed Monday’s Boston Marathon.

Included are name, age, residence and time.

Curt Cotner, 43, Muskegon, 2:57.02.

Pedro Pantaleon, 45, Muskegon, 3:01.38.

Todd Losee, 46, Spring Lake, 3:11.30.

Steven Harden, 47, …

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The Muskegon area has added another Division 1 coach to the men’s basketball ranks. Ravenna native Donnie Tyndall has agreed to take over the helm of the University of Tennessee.

Tyndall had been coaching at Southern Mississippi …

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Emily Peake went 2-for-3 and hit a home run as Muskegon Community College took home a 6-2 victory over visiting Lansing CC in seven innings at on Monday.

Peake singled in the second inning and homered in …

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North Muskegon used a five-run first inning to earn an 8-2 win over Fruitport in non-league softball action Monday.

The Norse outhit the Trojans 9-1.

Alexis Black had Fruiport’s lone hit a double in the fifth winning.…

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Mariada Gezon and Saebryn Peel scored two goals each Monday to lead Spring Lake to a 6-0 Lakes 8 Conference girls soccer win over Ludington.

Nora Adkins and Kayla Krueger also scored for the Lakers.

Winning goalkeeper …

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Fruitport’s Alex Brown stole home to tie the game in the top of the seventh inning and Kyle Fialek’s RBI ground out plated the winning run in the top of the eighth inning as the Trojans beat …

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Zeeland East topped Mona Shores 94-39 in an O-K Black Conference track meet on Monday.

Winning events for Mona Shores were Marquon Sargent (23.1) in the 200, the Sailors 400 relay team of Sargent, Michael Grissom, Matt …

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The Muskegon Community College golf team placed second at the Jackson Invitational on Monday.

Grand Rapids CC won the title with a 289 team score and the Jayhawks placed second with a 298 points.

Jackcon CC was …