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Grand Rapids selected as site for 2017 State Games of America

By Cory Olsen Grand Rapids has been selected to be the host of the 2017 State Games of America, the West Michigan Sports Commission announced Tuesday. The national selection crew chose Grand Rapids over San Diego, Lincoln, Neb. and Hampton Roads, Va. “We put a [...]

Grand Rapids, Mich. secures site visit in its bid to host the 2017 State Games of America

Grand Rapids, Mich., August 21, 2014 – Officials with the National Congress of State Games (NCSG) have announced that Grand Rapids, Mich. is one of four cities left in the running to host the 2017 State Games of America. The NCSG will visit Grand Rapids August 25-27, 20 [...]

An Olympic Feel Close to Home

An olympic feel close to home is how Gary Tietsort, coach of the Tri-State Hawkeyes Junior Olympic Archery Development group would describe the recent Meijer State Games of Michigan. Tietsort, Tara LaRue and Weston Dick members of the group all competed at the games Jun [...]

Trick Plays add to 7-on-7 Football Fun

Sneaky Pete, Christmas and Sneaky Moochie are not plays Noel Dean is likely to call on a Friday night when he is coaching the Lowell High School football team. But Dean created and called those plays Saturday while coaching a sixth-grade-and-under, 7-on-7 team in the Me [...]

90 year-old adds to his medal collection at State Games of Michigan

By his estimation, Jack Hipple has "over 800" medals stashed in his home in Hamburg. After Saturday’s track and field events at East Kentwood High School for the State Games of Michigan, Hipple walked away with at least four more. By the middle of the afternoon, he had [...]

State Games boxing offers glimpse into strong amateur ranks

Two state Golden Gloves fighters battled Saturday evening in the boxing portion of the Meijer State Games of Michigan. Sardius Simmons of FWC Berston in Flint and Joseph Nelson of The Fire Within of Holland had never fought each other but had admired each other's work f [...]

Rain fails to dull buzz during opening ceremonies

Thousands of spectators slogged their way through the rain to see the official start of the 2014 Meijer State Games of Michigan at Fifth Third Ballpark Friday night.. The ceremonial torch of the games started its journey in St. Ignace last week, traveling across the Upp [...]

Meijer State Games opens with fanfare at Fifth Third Ballpark

Holland Calvary girls basketball coach Shannon Badgero understands there are a number of travel or recreational teams that could occupy her time during the early days of summer. She chose, however, for the third consecutive year, to coach a boys team at the State Games [...]

Summer Games Schedule of Events Released

The Meijer State Games of Michigan’s fifth annual Summer Games are almost here. The Summer Games are taking place June 20–22, and will feature 39 different sports taking place in West Michigan with 7,000 athletes expected to participate. The schedule of events is finali [...]

GRBJ: Olympic-style festival gets underway this week

Summer has freshly arrived, and with the change in seasons comes the Meijer State Games of Michigan Summer Games. A quick turnaround from the Winter Games in February left the West Michigan Sports Commission and the Meijer State Games staff busy during the spring. Meije [...]

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