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North Muskegon had a strong first half on the offensive end and cruised to a 58-42 victory over Fruitport.

North Muskegon, which led 29-18 at halftime, also was hot from the outside with eight 3-pointers.

Ben Gautraud …

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The Holton girls basketball team let a big lead get away Tuesday, but pulled itself together when it mattered the most and captured a 60-53 victory over Orchard View.

The Red Devils led by 22 points midway …

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The Muskegon Heights Tigers used balanced scoring to produce a 72-64 victory over Ludington on Tuesday night.

Antonio Jones led Muskegon Heights with 17 points. Anthony Jones and DeMonte Jones added 11 points each.

Cameron Bandstra led …

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The league-leading Reeths-Puffer girls maintained their grip on first place in the O-K Black with a 45-38 victory over Zeeland East in girls basketball action on Tuesday night.

Reeths-Puffer led by six points at the half and …

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The Mona Shores girls basketball team held on to defeat Rockford 49-44 behind a strong third quarter in which the Sailors had a 13-4 run.

The Sailors are now 8-1 on the season and will return to …

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The Reeths-Puffer Rockets churned out 52 points in the first half and cruised to the 80-48 victory over Fruitport.

In all, the Rockets made 10 shots from beyond the 3-point line.

Jordan Cooley led Reeths-Puffer (5-3) with …

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The Mona Shores girls basketball tgeam appears more than ready to open O-K Black Conference play on Friday.

The Sailors improved to 5-1 on the season with a convincing 62-44 non-league victory over Jenison on Tuesday. They …

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The Newaygo Lions didn’t let a 19-point Hesperia halftime lead stop them from rallying to gain an 85-79 win in boys basketball on Tuesday.

The Lions trailed 50-31 at halftime but used a second half full-court press …

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The Hesperia wrestling team took advantage of Holton forfeits in six different weight classes Wednesday to gain a 42-25 Central States Activities Association dual match victory.

Hesperia had one match winner – Gerrit Yates in the 130-pound …

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Hart hung on for dear life in a West Michigan Conference girls basketball victory over Mason County Central.

Hart led the entire game, including by double digits in the fourth quarter, before the Spartans pulled to within …

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A strong second quarter propelled Grant to a 62-46 victory over the Holton Red Devils in a CSAA Crossover contest on Tuesday night.

The Tigers turned up the intensity with full-court pressure, which created numerous turnovers. In …

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Grant d. Newaygo 25-17, 25-9, 25-16

Grant Stats

SERVICE POINTS-ACES: Dayna Wood 2, Kenzie Nicholes 2, Brittanie Railling 2, Courtney Wegener 2. KILLS: Sierra Schuitema 8, Railling 7, Hannah Anderson 6, Wood 4. ASSISTS: Schuitema 23. DIGS: …

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Kent City d. Newaygo 25-7, 25-15, 25-16

POINTS: Brandi Boehm 11, Meghan Boyd 10, Kelsey Krueger 10. ACES: Boyd 4, Krueger 3, Boehm 1. ASSISTS: Kassidy Heeringa 17. KILLS: Olivia Harrison 7, Boehm 7, Justine Wolter 7. …

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After winning its pool, the Ludington volleyball team thundered through the bracket rounds to capture Mason County Central’s tournament. The Orioles topped Shelby in two games in the final round.

QUARTERFINAL RESULTS

Kingsley d. Hart 25-16, 25-12…

By Steve Gunn
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Lorenzo Rodriguez’ life story almost reads like a Disney movie.

The former factory worker and school custodian became the head coach of the woeful, last-place Shelby High School football program in 2006. Eight years …

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The Whitehall baseball team saw its great season come to an end Saturday with a 4-2 loss to Gladwin in in a Division 2 regional semifinal game in Cadillac.

Gladwin broke open a 1-1 game with a …

By Mark Lewis
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High school sports teaches student-athletes more than just how to properly throw a ball, run a sprint, how to tackle, or how to block a volley.

Just ask Whitehall pitcher Jake Gillhespy.

“Before this …

BASEBALL

REGIONALS

Saturday

Division 2
(at Hope College)
East Grand Rapids vs. Fruitport, 10 a.m.
Holland Christian vs. GR Catholic, noon

Finals, 2 p.m.

Division 2
(at Cadillac)
Newaygo vs. Escanaba, 10 a.m.
Gladwin vs. Whitehall, noon

Finals, 2 p.m.…

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The boys track team from Mason County Central came within a cat’s whisker of winning Saturday’s Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Div. 3 state title.

In fact they came withing six points.

The Spartans, led by …

Here are the boys area qualifiers for the MHSAA state finals track meet on Saturday.

Division 1

Long jump: Brentton Smith, Grand Haven.
High jump: Adreon Billips, Mona Shores
Pole vault: Brandt Gruizinga, Grand Haven.
100: Marquon Sargent, Mona Shores.…