Bruce Bentley

Greenville senior Eric Plate rushes for an 82-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage Thursday evening against Belding at Legacy Field in Greenville. Plate rushed for a school single-game record  265 yards and totaled a single-game record of 373 all-purpose yards.

Greenville dominates rivalry game vs. Belding

It didn’t take long for the Greenville Yellow Jackets to set the tone for its annual rivalry grudge match against the Belding Redskins. Actually, it took just 18 seconds. On the first play from scrimmage, Greenville senior Eric Plate cut to the outside, he turned on the burners and raced 82 yards for a touchdown.

Montabella senior Nate Miller, right, works on a tackling drill with teammate Dan Cutler, left, during Monday’s practice. The Mustangs open the football season on Aug. 28 at Saugatuck.

Balhorn returns to Montabella sideline

Shaun Balhorn has been to the Michigan High School Athletic Association football playoffs before. That was in 2004 during Balhorn’s first run as head coach of the Montabella Mustangs football program. Now, Balhorn is back on the varsity sideline for the first since 2007 after taking over for David Clay, who resigned following the 2013 season.

RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore poses with the Danish Festival men’s softball tournament championship trophy on Sunday.

RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore wins Danish championship

Schnepp and Sons entered the Danish Festival men’s softball championship game undefeated. Their opponent, RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore, had one loss. To win a championship, RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore needed two wins against Schnepp and Sons on Sunday afternoon. They did just that win the tournament title with an 8-1 record.

Greenville’s Conner Wyckoff slips by a defender during practice on Wednesday. - Bruce Bentley

Greenville looks toward start of football season

The Michigan high school football season begins just two weeks from today. On Aug. 28, the Greenville Yellow Jackets will host longtime rival Belding at Legacy Field. The Redskins snapped a five-game losing streak against the Yellow Jackets with a 47-14 victory a year ago to open the season.

Greenville senior Steve Eipper after practice on Wednesday. The left tackle/nose guard will play at Central Michigan University next year. - Bruce Bentley

Greenville senior commits to Central Michigan

Steve Eipper will play college football for Central Michigan University next year. Eipper, a senior lineman for the Greenville Yellow Jackets, committed this summer to the Chippewas. It was a process that began and ended quickly.

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Greenville opens football season at home

Greenville Yellow Jackets football coach Dave Moore begins his 12th season in charge of the program. During the 11 seasons prior, the Yellow Jackets have made the postseason four times, won nine games twice and a district title in 2005. Moore is Greenville’s all-time winningest coach with a mark of 55-50, but are coming off a disappointing 2-7 season in 2013.

Greenville graduate Jordan Thomas during his senior season against Lowell’s Gabe Dean.

Michigan’s Thomas to host wrestling camp

Jordan Thomas loves giving back. The former Greenville Yellow Jacket wrestler and current University of Michigan redshirt sophomore will host his third annual wrestling camp at Greenville High School.

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SPORTS GALORE: World Series championship or bust

The Oakland A’s went all in. The Detroit Tigers decided to call. On Thursday, the MLB trading deadline turned into the ultimate poker tournament. Two of the top teams in the American League, the A’s and Tigers, both spent the day trying to stack their pitching rotations, their deck, if you will.

Carson City-Crystal’s Tabor Erskin gets ready to pitch during a game against Montabella.

CC-C searching for baseball coach

Trying to balance work and play is always difficult. Trying to balance work and more work is even tougher. For Wes Cummings, balancing his job as a realtor and his passion as a baseball coach was too much. Because of that, Cummings recently resigned after two seasons as head coach for the Carson City-Crystal Eagles.

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CC-Crystal looks to add girls soccer program

Youth soccer is one of the most popular participation sports in, not only the state of Michigan, but the entire United States. In Michigan, according to the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), girls soccer has the fourth highest participation total of any sport. On the boys side, soccer has the fifth highest participation numbers.