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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.