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Sain strives to serve whether as police chief or as a coach

Sain strives to serve whether as police chief or as a coach

By Greg Gielczyk LocalSportsJournal.com MUSKEGON HEIGHTS--Maurice A. Sain was an accomplished high school athlete at Muskegon Heights. Following high school, he continued his involvement with sports, first as an assistant at Muskegon Heights. Currently, he is at...

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For the Hogebooms, SportHouse is the perfect fit

For the Hogebooms, SportHouse is the perfect fit

By Ron Pesch LocalSportsJournal.com NORTON SHORES--SportHouse – the former Norton Pines - is a family affair for the Hogebooms. While the facility, acquired about 2 years ago, can be depicted as simply a physical fitness center, it really is an amalgamation of the...

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Zach Gropp tabbed as Kent City’s next football coach

Zach Gropp tabbed as Kent City’s next football coach

By Seth Vanderwest LocalSportsJournal.com KENT CITY--The age-old debate of youth vs. experience will play out next season as Zach Gropp takes the reins as Kent City’s football coach.  Gropp, 28, has taught physical education health at Kent City for the past five...

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Muskegon Clippers drop second game on road to Sandusky

Muskegon Clippers drop second game on road to Sandusky

LocalSportsJournal.com The Muskegon Clippers just need the ball to roll their way. The team dropped its second straight against host Sandusky on Wednesday with a 7-6 loss. The Clippers got an early jump on the Ice Haulers with two runs in the opening inning. But the...

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‘Caps Get 19 Hits in 12-4 Win

‘Caps Get 19 Hits in 12-4 Win

LocalSportsJournal.com PEORIA, IL – The West Michigan Whitecaps clobbered a season-high 19 base hits and got out of big jams when they needed it most as part of a 12-4 win over the Peoria Chiefs on Wednesday at Dozer Park. The hit total surpasses the previous...

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Mona Shores finishes fifth in Division 1 golf state finals

Mona Shores finishes fifth in Division 1 golf state finals

LocalSportsJournal.com BIG RAPIDS--The Mona Shores Sailors advanced two spots on the final day of the Division 1 state golf finals and finished fifth. The Sailors shot a 323 on the opening day on Friday and came back with a 318 on Saturday to finish with a two-day...

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Spring Lake takes fifth place in Division 2 state golf meet

Spring Lake takes fifth place in Division 2 state golf meet

LocalSportsJournal.com ALLENDALE--The Spring Lake Lakers dropped three spots on Saturday and finished fifth in the Division 2 state golf finals on Saturday. The tournament was played at The Meadows in Allendale. Spring Lake, which shot a 307 on Friday for second...

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Pentwater takes 16th place in  Division 4 state golf meet

Pentwater takes 16th place in Division 4 state golf meet

LocalSportsJournal.com EAST LANSING--The young Pentwater Falcons improved their score by 11 strokes from the first day to the second day in the Division 4 state golf meet. The Falcons had scores of 377 and 366 to finish with 743 strokes and 16th place in the meet,...

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Ludington girls finish eighth in Division 2 track finals

Ludington girls finish eighth in Division 2 track finals

By Seth Vanderwest LocalSportsJournal.com GRAND RAPIDS--Ludington’s girls track team had a solid day at the Division 2 state finals with an eighth-place finish and 20 points. The meet was hosted by Forest Hills Eastern. Scoring for Ludington was senior RyAnn Rohrer....

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Hart girls capture Division 3 track and field state title

Hart girls capture Division 3 track and field state title

By Seth Vanderwest LocalSportsJournal.com KENT CITY—The Hart girls track and field team claimed their second Division 3 state title on  Saturday with a score of 63. Hart's other title came in 2018. Hart, led by their distance runners, took first with a score of 63....

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Caps Blast Six Homers in Win

Caps Blast Six Homers in Win

LocalSportsJournal.com EASTLAKE, OH – The West Michigan Whitecaps blasted a single game-high six home runs as they put on their biggest offensive display of the season in a 16-8 rout of the Lake County Captains Thursday evening at Classic Park. The Whitecaps set...

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Perez is Grand in 8-0 Shutout

Perez is Grand in 8-0 Shutout

LocalSportsJournal.com EASTLAKE, OH –Wenceel Perez delivered a grand slam as the West Michigan Whitecaps enjoyed dominant pitching in an 8-0 shutout victory over the Lake County Captains Wednesday morning at Classic Park. Perez becomes the second Whitecap to hit a...

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Spring Lake takes Division 2 Region 7 golf title

Spring Lake takes Division 2 Region 7 golf title

By Craig Beilfuss LocalSportsJournal.com LUDINGTON—The Spring Lake Lakers shot a team round of 310 on Tuesday in Division 2 Region 7 boys golf action to capture the title at Lincoln Golf Club in Ludington. The Lakers held off Northview who was close behind with a...

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May strikes out nine as Ravenna shuts out Shelby 8-0

May strikes out nine as Ravenna shuts out Shelby 8-0

LocalSportsJournal.com SHELBY -- Ravenna's baseball team closed out the regular season Tuesday afternoon by shutting out Shelby, 8-0 on the road. Travis May was the winning pitcher, going the distance and scattering six hits while striking out nine batters. Dayton...

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Keith’s Walk-Off HR Slays Dragons

Keith’s Walk-Off HR Slays Dragons

LocalSportsJournal.com COMSTOCK PARK, MI – Colt Keith's walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning delivered the West Michigan Whitecaps their biggest swing of the season in a thrilling 9-7 victory in front of 5,897 ecstatic fans Sunday night at LMCU...

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For Chris Beck, his priorities include country and community

For Chris Beck, his priorities include country and community

By Nate Dugener LocalSportsJournal.com FRUITPORT--Fruitport alumnus and Hall of Fame member Chris Beck has dedicated his time for our country serving in the military as well as serving our local communities by guiding young men and women through high school sports....

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Local Sports Journal May magazine is now available

Local Sports Journal May magazine is now available

The Local Sports Journal's latest edition of its monthly magazine is hitting the streets and we are very excited. This month's edition includes 12 feature stories on local veterans who are involved in athletics. What better way to celebrate our local heroes than to...

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Grand Haven sweeps baseball twin bill from Zeeland West

Grand Haven sweeps baseball twin bill from Zeeland West

LocalSportsJournal.com GRAND HAVEN -- Grand Haven's baseball team swept a non-conference doubleheader from Zeeland West, 3-2 and 4-0 at home Friday afternoon. In the first game Zeeland West took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning, but the Buccaneers tied the...

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Know them, if not by name, then by their spirits

Know them, if not by name, then by their spirits

By DAVID L. BARBER LocalSportsJournal.com The silence of Arlington National Cemetery takes your breath away. It's humbling, not haunting. It's eternal, not fleeting. It chokes you. It brings you to your knees in tearful homage. And then it chokes you, again. Teenagers...

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Weather prompts scheduling, venue change for today’s Montague regional baseball game

Montague gets by Crusaders 10-7 in extra innings

LocalSportsJournal.com MUSKEGON -- Montague's baseball team defeated Muskegon Catholic Central, 10-7 in eight innings on the road on Thursday afternoon in a non-league contest. Nick Moss earned the win in relief of starter Kade Johnson for the Wildcats. Colton...

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May strikes out nine as Ravenna shuts out Shelby 8-0

Ravenna sweeps twin bill from White Cloud 6-4 and 12-10

LocalSportsJournal.com RAVENNA -- Ravenna's baseball team swept a non-conference doubleheader from White Cloud in two close games, 6-4 and 12-10 at home Thursday afternoon. White Cloud scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning to make the game close after the...

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Weekly sports camps return to Maranatha in 2022

Weekly sports camps return to Maranatha in 2022

By Craig Beilfuss LocalSportsJournal.com NORTON SHORES—Weekly sports camps will be returning to the Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference grounds beginning the week of June 27-July 1. Maranatha is located in Norton Shores. The first camp scheduled is for baseball...

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Ravenna names Houseman varsity girls basketball coach

Ravenna names Houseman varsity girls basketball coach

By Greg Gielczyk LocalSportsJournal.com RAVENNA--Luke Houseman experienced a first recently. Houseman has never held a varsity girls coaching position. That all changed three weeks ago when he was named the head coach at Ravenna. When he learned of the opening at...

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Hesperia girls drop softball doubleheader to Kent City

Hesperia girls drop softball doubleheader to Kent City

LocalSportsJournal.com HESPERIA -- Hesperia's girls softball team dropped a Central State Activities Association-Silver doubleheader to Kent City, 7-5 and 8-3 on Tuesday afternoon. In the first game, Kaity Skok took the loss in the pitcher's circle. Emma Joppich had...

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Elizabeth Holden hired as Ludington’s volleyball coach

Elizabeth Holden hired as Ludington’s volleyball coach

LocalSportsJournal.com LUDINGTON--Ludington High School announced that new varsity volleyball coach Elizabeth Holden will lead the Ludington High School program this fall. Holden is a graduate of Montague High School, where she was named to the West Michigan All...

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Whitecaps Blank TinCaps, Win Series

Whitecaps Blank TinCaps, Win Series

LocalSportsJournal.com FORT WAYNE, IN – The West Michigan Whitecaps watched Jake Holton hit his fifth homer of the week and another masterful performance by their pitching staff as part of an 8-0 shutout win over the Fort Wayne TinCaps in front of 6,616 fans on Sunday...

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Whitecaps fall after TinCaps power an eight-run frame

Whitecaps fall after TinCaps power an eight-run frame

LocalSportsJournal.com FORT WAYNE, IN – The West Michigan Whitecaps struggled to get out of a wild second inning, giving up the most runs they've allowed in a single inning all season in a 10-5 loss to the Fort Wayne TinCaps in front of 8,045 fans on Friday night at...

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Lady Packers finish 9th at MHSAA track and field regionals at Zeeland

Fremont Results in Track and Field Regionals May 20 at Zeeland

LocalSportsJournal.com ZEELAND--Despite steady winds in the teens and gusts in the 20s and temperature fluctuation from the high 60s to the mid 80s Fremont had several athletes perform quite well at the track and field regionals held in Zeeland on Friday afternoon....

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Whitecaps hit key home runs in 4-2 win over TinCaps

Whitecaps hit key home runs in 4-2 win over TinCaps

LocalSportsJournal.com FORT WAYNE, IN – The West Michigan Whitecaps got home runs off the Midwest League ERA leader and big outs in clutch situations as part of a 4-2 win over the Fort Wayne TinCaps in front of 5,512 fans on Thursday night at Parkview Field.   The...

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Whitecaps Roll to 9-0 Shutout Win

Whitecaps Roll to 9-0 Shutout Win

LocalSportsJournal.com FORT WAYNE, IN – The West Michigan Whitecaps excelled in all phases, as four pitchers combined to three-hit the Fort Wayne TinCaps as part of a 9-0 landslide Wednesday victory at Parkview Field.  Keider Montero, Elvis Alvarado, Dario Gardea, and...

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