Four area girls basketball teams joined a few others for a round robin of scrimmages to close out the month of June. Basketball season doesn’t start until November, but June and even July, are busy months for basketball programs with preparation for the season.
The Lakeview Wildcats softball struggled in the win department, but not because of a lack of effort. Lakeview was a young, but talented team. Close losses led to a disappointing 9-24 (5-15 in CSAA Silver) record, but the Wildcats play this year leaves plenty of optimism for 2016.
The Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association released its All-State honorees on Wednesday. In all, four area players earned All-State honors this season. For the second straight season, Belding’s Greta Wilker was named to the Division 2 first team. This year as a utility fielder (third base in 2014).
The Central Montcalm Hornets won the CSAA Gold softball championship this season, its first conference title since 1987. The Hornets went 12-0 in league play (29-8 overall) and had seven players earn conference honors. Tri County finished the season 16-22 overall and fifth in the CSAA Gold. Four Vikings earned conference honors this season.
A year away from wrestling gave Luke Gilmore a renewed appreciation for the sport he loves. Following graduation from Greenville High School in 2012, the three-time state wrestling placer stepped away from the sport to heal from a torn labrum and to reinvigorate his mind. Gilmore said it is a privilege to wrestle.
Major League Baseball All-Star game starting position players have been selected by fans continually since 1970. Prior to 1970, the voting process changed many times between fans, players and managers for both starting and reserve positions.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets baseball team expected some growing pains in 2015. With just three seniors and a roster full of freshman and sophomores, the Yellow Jackets were able to pull out 15 wins this year against 19 losses.
The Michigan High School football season is a little less than two months away. To be exact, the first official practice allowed is Aug. 10. On Thursday, the Greenville Yellow Jackets hosted the Lakeview Wildcats and Tri County Vikings in a 7-on-7 passing camp at Legacy Field. It was the first camp for both the Wildcats and Vikings, but second for Greenville as they were at Rockford on Tuesday. All three coaches seem pleased with their teams’ effort.
Area youth girl basketball players spent the past four days working on developing skills that will only help in their basketball future. Girls grades fourth through eighth got together for the “Camp of Champs” hosted by the Greenville High School girls basketball program Monday through Thursday.
Tri County’s slow start to the 2015 baseball season may have been a little deceiving. The Vikings began the season with six consecutive losses, but finished the season 23-13, which included their first-ever CSAA Gold Conference championship.