Steve Ungrey | The Grand Rapids Press

Butch Briggs and John Conlon share the same philosophy when it comes to winning coaching awards.

In the end, it all goes back to the athletes.

Briggs, the longtime swim coach at East Grand Rapids, and Conlon, who has coached boys and girls soccer at East Kentwood for  more than a decade, earned honors from the National Federation of State High School Associations on Wednesday.

By Elijah Brumback |


ROCKFORD — “If you build it, they will come” was the premise Kevin Costner was banking on when he built his field of dreams.

For those involved with the “Everyone Wins” campaign, the hope is virtually the same.

The West Michigan Sports Commission and its partners are just $1.7 million shy of the $6 million needed to break ground on a proposed 12-field, championship-caliber baseball and softball complex just west of Rockford off U.S. 131 on 10 Mile Road.