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.
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.
With nine wins in its first 12 games, the Belding Redskins are off to a good start this baseball season. Belding coach Michael Ostrander said pitching has been the key to its early season success. He also noted the schedule will toughen up quickly.
On a sunny and at times breezy day, Greenville’s Graham McNeill played a great round to lead the Yellow Jackets to victory. McNeill earned match medalist honors with an 81, while the Yellow Jackets shot a team score of 373 to win the Lakeview Invitational at Brookside Golf Course on Saturday. Cedar Springs was second shooting a 394. Kent City shot 401, Central Montcalm 419, Lakeview (Navy) 432, Big Rapids 477 and Montabella 517. The Lakeview (Gold) did not have a team score with three golfers.
In a game that should have a significant implication on the CSAA Gold championship, Central Montcalm and Tri County needed nine innings to decide the winner. The Hornets — the defending league champions — trailed 4-1 after three innings before making a comeback to win 7-4 over the Vikings in game one of a doubleheader on Friday. The Hornets scored twice in the fifth inning. They tied the game in the top of the seventh — without a hit — before scoring three times in the final inning to pull off the win.
Calvin Syrjala didn’t start with his A game, but he finished with it. Syrjala allowed two first inning runs, only one earned, but settled in nicely as the Greenville Yellow Jackets completed a three-game O-K Bronze sweep of the Cedar Springs Red Hawks with an 8-2 win at home on Thursday. Greenville won both games of a doubleheader at Cedar Springs (3-6, 0-3) on Tuesday.
Landon Kemp never ceases to amaze. The Greenville junior can dominate any event she enters, but it’s a passion for pole vaulting that takes up a lot of Kemp’s time. On Monday at Yellow Jacket Stadium, the second of three regular season home meets, Kemp placed first in four events: 100-meter dash, 100 hurdles, long jump and of course, pole vault.
After scoring the first three goals of the game, Tri County looked like it was going to cruise to victory at Lakeview. Lakeview had other ideas and scored three of the next four goals to pull within one goal with just five minutes remaining. But Tri County answered with a goal to seal the 5-3 victory against the Wildcats on Wednesday. Freshman Grace Miller led the Vikings with three goals, all in the second half.
The Belding Redskins girls track team has a stranglehold on the O-K Blue. Belding, which has not lost a league meet since the 2012 season, is 2-0 in the league this season including an 80-56 win over Allendale at home on Tuesday. The boys team hasn’t had that same success and struggled against Allendale in a 122-15 loss on Tuesday.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys and girls track team put together a pair of solid performances on a warm, sunny afternoon at home. The Yellow Jackets boys track team defeated Northview 93-44, while the girls topped the Wildcats 87-50 in an O-K Bronze meet on Monday.