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GRAND RAPIDS, MI - No matter what happens with the Detroit Red Wings coaching situation following the departure of Mike Babcock, frontrunner Jeff Blashill will stay with the Grand Rapids Griffins for the duration of the playoffs. Ryan Martin, Red Wings assistant general manager, confirmed in a text Wednesday afternoon Blashill would continue to coach the team, currently preparing for the Western Conference finals. (MLive)

KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo Growlers are set to unveil renovations to Homer Stryker Field ahead of the team's home opener May 29. Among the improvements is a section of seats, honoring Kalamazoo's Derek Jeter, who recently retired after a 20-year Major League Baseball career. Dubbed the "Jete Seats," the section features Yankee Stadium replica seats located next to the away dugout. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

WMUK

(Akron, OH) Western Michigan University has advanced to the third day of the Mid-American Conference softball tournament with a 10-2 win over Ohio. 

KALAMAZOO, MI – Bobby Longenecker is a pretty ambitious runner, but it seems he took it to another level this weekend. The 26-year-old from Lititz, Pa., set out to run marathons in consecutive days for the first time in his running career and he knocked it out of the park. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

TOLEDO – Led by hat tricks from A.J Jenks and Tyler Barnes, the Toledo Walleye clinched the Brabham Cup for best regular season record in the league and most importantly home ice advantage in the Kelly Cup playoffs with an 8-2 victory over the Kalamazoo Wings to close out the regular season. (K-Wings website)

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