It’s always a big deal when the Greenville Yellow Jackets and Belding Redskins face each other in sports. It doesn’t even matter the sport. Well this January, the two schools will meet again on the hard court, as they do every season, this time both the boys and girls games will take place at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Legacy Field at Greenville High School has been talked about plenty the past couple of weeks across the state and for good reason. This week, Legacy Field will play host to two high profile football playoff games showcasing what everyone has been talking about. First, the three-year-old stadium, placed second in the MLive “Grandest” high school football stadium contest. Voting took place online the past month with Legacy Field finishing second to Engel Stadium at Bay City Central.
The Belding Redskins struggled to find wins in 2014. They struggled to stay competitive. The Redskins went just 2-7 overall this year, which followed a 7-4 season and playoff appearance in 2013.
The Lakeview Wildcats were playing in its first regional volleyball game in 23 years. The Grand Rapids South Christian Sailors were the Class B state runner-up in 2013 and are annual state champion contenders. On Tuesday night, the experience prevailed for the Sailors as they swept the Wildcats 25-15, 25-13, 25-9 to advance to the regional final Thursday against Lake Odessa Lakewood.
As a kid, Jordan Thomas dreamed of wrestling for the University of Michigan. A combination of talent, hard work and dedication led to that dream becoming reality. Unfortunately, Thomas’ dream ended in early October with the quiet announcement of his retirement from the sport he loves. Injuries and the battle to stay healthy became too much and Thomas told himself it was time.
There is more than just winning and losing when it comes to sports. Despite stories of reckless youth parents, win-at-all-cost college athletic programs and law breaking professional athletes, sports provide us with stories of courage and inspiration.
The Belding Redskins always seem to play its best volleyball this time of the year. That means the district tournament. On Monday, the Redskins took their first step toward winning a fourth consecutive Class B district title with a 25-17, 23-25, 25-15, 25-17 win over Alma in the first round of district play at Central Montcalm High School. The Redskins domination goes further back with district title wins in six of the last seven tourneys.
The Ravenna Bulldogs were a little more physical and a little more athletic than the Carson City-Crystal Eagles. On Saturday, in the first round of the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 6 football playoffs, the Bulldogs, behind the effort of running back David Thompson, defeated the Eagles 42-14 to advance to the district final.
Turnovers are hard to overcome. Seven turnovers are virtually insurmountable. On Friday, the Chippewa Hills Warriors used a dominant defensive performance and special teams to set up its offense in a 41- 0 shutout win over the Lakeview Wildcats in the opening round of the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 5 playoffs.
Unlike last year, the Lakeview Wildcats are familiar with their first round playoff opponent (Maple City Glen Lake). The Wildcats (8-1) will travel to face former CSAA rival Chippewa Hills (7-2) tonight in the first round of the Division 6 football playoffs. The two teams spent the past nine years together in the same league. This year, the league was split into two divisions, with the Wildcats in the Silver and the Warriors in the Gold.