Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm’s Brandon Braman delivers a pitch at home against Central Montcalm on Monday. Hornets first baseman Noah Spohr, right, gets ready to field. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

CC-Crystal wins pitchers duel with Central Montcalm

On most nights, the pitching performance by Central Montcalm’s Brandon Braman would result in a win. On Monday, Braman was slightly out dueled by Carson City-Crystal’s Dallas O’Green in a 1-0 shut out win at Central Montcalm. Both pitchers went the distance. O’Green allowed a single hit in the first inning and struck out six including the final three outs of the game. Braman allowed four hits, one of them a game-winning infield hit, and struck out five.

Belding senior Greta Wilker connects on a pitch during a game this season at home against Vestaburg. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding’s Wilker named SI high school athlete of the month

Greta Wilker is the ultimate student-athlete. In less than two weeks, Wilker will graduate as valedictorian of her class (4.2 GPA). The dual-sport athlete will also wrap up the softball and track seasons and will finish her high school athletic career with 16 varsity letters. The Belding community, and others in surrounding areas, have been aware of Wilker for the past four years. Wilker will now be known nationwide and more after being named Sports Illustrated’s (SI) May Athlete of the Month this week.

Greenville junior Calvin Syrjala leaps over some down lineman during a game at Legacy Field against Cedar Springs last year. - Sports Pro Images/Calvin Syrjala

Ostipow making transition as Greenville football coach

It’s been a smooth transition for new Greenville High School varsity football coach Eddie Ostipow. Ostipow, who was announced as new coach in January, began his new position (also the strength and conditioning teacher) on Feb. 1. The position opened with the retirement of Dave Moore.

Central Montcalm freshman Andrew Jacoby takes a swing and connects for a two-run single during the fourth inning against Chippewa Hills at home on Friday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Myers pitches Central Montcalm to shutout win

Central Montcalm has been struggling at the plate. On Friday, behind two key defensive plays, the Hornets combined some small ball and timely hits to defeat CSAA Gold rival Chippewa Hills 5-0 in game one of a doubleheader. Chase Myers pitched a complete game for the shutout win allowing four hits and and three walks.

Forest Hills Northern’s Bryce Fraser, left, touches home plate with the game winning run after a double by Quinton O’Connor to defeat Greenville 3-2 in extra innings on Thursday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

FH Northern tops Greenville with walk-off in 9th

Both the Greenville Yellow Jackets and Forest Hills Northern Huskies deserved to win. The Huskies though, took advantage of a couple of Greenville mistakes to pull out a 3-2 walk-off win on a ninth inning double by Quinton O’Connor in an O-K Bronze game on Thursday. Northern coach John Dolce said it was a great high school baseball game.

Greenville tight end Keegan Cossou goes up for a touchdown catch during a preseason 7-on-7 passing camp at Legacy Field last July. - Sports Pro Images/Jamie McNinch

Greenville’s Cossou commits to Central Michigan

Keegan Cossou had plenty of options to choose from. A 3-star tight end (according to Rivals) from Greenville, Cossou chose to commit to Central Michigan University (CMU) over six other Division I football scholarship offers. He committed to the Chippewas during the program’s spring game, won by the Gold 21-7, on April 16. Cossou, who has since added Big Ten offers from Nebraska and Minnesota, choose Central Michigan for a few reasons.

Greenville’s Justin Zimmer will begin rookie minicamp with the Buffalo Bills on Friday. Zimmer was signed by the Bills following the completion of the NFL draft on Saturday. - File photo collage by Cory Smith

Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer signs with Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills have gained a whole new fan base in West Michigan. While Justin Zimmer, a 2011 Greenville High School graduate, did not hear his name called during the three days of the NFL draft, he was quickly signed to a free agent contract following the draft by the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. A dominating defensive tackle from Ferris State University, Zimmer realized his childhood dream of playing in the NFL with the signing.

Belding shortstop Lucas McNinch slides off second base to throw and complete a double play at first base during the fourth inning at Carson City-Crystal on Friday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Pitching, defense leads Belding by CC-Crystal

Four hits and four runs by the Belding Redskins baseball team broke open a pitcher’s duel against the Carson City-Crystal Eagles. Leading 1-0, the Redskins scored four times in the sixth inning and added a run in the seventh to defeat the host Eagles 6-1 in a non-conference game on Friday. Belding only had two hits and one unearned run through the first five innings.

Lakeview’s Anthony Blazo hits his tee shot on the par 3 hole No. 11 at Brookside Golf Course on April 23. - File photo

Greenville golfers win own invitational

Greenville’s golf team hosted an invitational amid cold, windy rainy conditions. The Yellow Jackets, along with the Lakeview Wildcats, Central Montcalm Green Hornets and Ithaca Yellowjackets made it through Thursday’s blustery conditions to play at The Links of Bowen Lake. The host Yellow Jackets made it through better, earning a team score of 290 to win the meet.

Tri County third baseman Colton Harris lays out for a foul ball near the bullpen against Ludington at Fifth Third Ballpark on Wednesday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Tri County runs away with win at Fifth Third Ballpark

Two former Lakes 8 Conference rivals faced off against each other at Fifth Third Ballpark in a matinee on Wednesday. The Tri County Vikings pounded out 11 hits, seven with two outs, and cruised to an 11-0, five-inning victory over the Ludington Orioles. Jacob Sickelsteel pitched the first four innings to earn the win for Tri County (6-5 overall). He allowed just three hits, one an infield hit, struck out two and walked just one batter.