Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm running back Trenton Braman takes a handoff from quarterback Keagan James during practice on Thursday. - Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm junior nears 1,000 yards rushing

Central Montcalm running back Trenton Braman is nearing 1,000 yards rushing as a junior. His focus, though, is beating the Lakeview Wildcats on Friday. The Green Hornets are in a position where they control their own destiny. It’s simple, beat the Wildcats, and qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

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ED GILBERT: The chase is still the thing

As many of us hunters who have tromped the woods for years now feel, it isn’t so much the success of finding and killing game but just being out there and enjoying the chase that is really the thing. Yes, I’m getting up there in years and it is the case with me.

Carson City-Crystal junior outside linebacker Zach Edmister (62) chases down and tackles Vestaburg senior running back Jared Hilden (24) Friday evening. - Cory Smith

CC-Crystal clinches playoff berth with win over Vestaburg

Carson City junior quarterback Zach Pringle very nearly had a four-score game in a 41-27 victory over Vestaburg Friday night when teams on both sides of the field lined up to Salute the Soldiers. The only thing preventing it from happening was that Pringle ran his fakes and hid the football too well, causing an inadvertent whistle that nullfied a 44-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter.

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Cedar Springs defense shuts down Yellow Jackets

Two keys to winning a football game are being able to rush the ball and to play solid defense. The Cedar Springs Red Hawks have mastered both this season. On Friday, the Red Hawks continued its domination on the defensive side of the ball with a 48-16 win over the Greenville Yellow Jackets. Offensively, the Red Hawks controlled the clock with its methodical, Wing-T offense, which makes it nearly impossible to make a comeback when trailing.

Greenville senior Allegra Berry taps the ball over two Forest Hills Eastern defenders for a point during Thursday’s O-K Bronze match at home. - Bruce Bentley

FH Eastern too much for Greenville volleyball

The Greenville Yellow Jackets were up against a tough challenge. Facing a state ranked (8th in Class B) Forest Hills Eastern team, the Yellow Jackets needed to play flawless volleyball to win their match on Thursday night at home.

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SPORTS GALORE: Margin for error is gone in playoff push

The Lakeview Wildcats will be one of 256 teams playing for a coveted football state championship beginning on Oct. 31. Lakeview’s win at Hesperia last week guaranteed the Wildcats (6-1 overall) a second consecutive trip to the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) football playoffs.

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Greenville, Central Montcalm hoping for best at golf finals

Two area girls golf teams begin today the with the hopes of a team state title. The Greenville Yellow Jackets are returning to the Division 2 state finals for the sixth consecutive year and ninth time in the past 10 years. Central Montcalm heads to the Division 4 state finals for the first time since 2007 (Division 3 then).

Greenville senior Eric Plate carries the ball against the Belding Redskins in the season opening game on Aug. 28. Plate rushed for a school single-game record 265 yards in the win.

Plate having sensational season for Greenville

Football is in the blood of Greenville’s Eric Plate. After all, four members of his family have played Division I football. His father Rick played for Central Michigan University, uncle Scott for the University of Iowa and Todd for the University of Michigan. A cousin of the three, Troy, also played for Michigan.

Greenville’s Alec Grice gets tangled with Cedar Springs’ Santiago Quiroga and falls to the turf, while Gabe Zwinger comes away with the ball for the Red Hawks during Tuesday’s Division 2 district opening game. - Bruce Bentley

Greenville advances in soccer tourney

The Greenville Yellow Jackets didn’t play its best game of the year, but it was enough to advance in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 district soccer tournament. After a slow start, the Yellow Jackets adjusted to the synthetic surface at Cedar Springs and was able to score once in each half of a 2-0 victory over the host Red Hawks.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Oct. 14

Volleyball Greenville 3, Cedar Springs 0: The Yellow Jackets continued their dominance over the Red Hawks with a straight-game win 25-19, 25-11, 25-21 Tuesday night in Cedar Springs. Paige Hallock had 10 kills and four blocks for Greenville, Katherine Stidham had 10 digs, Kaylee Wilcox dished out 13 assists and Riley Jenks made six kills. [...]