Bruce Bentley

Greenville tight end Keegan Cossou goes up for a touchdown catch during a preseason 7-on-7 passing camp at Legacy Field last July. - Sports Pro Images/Jamie McNinch

Greenville’s Cossou commits to Central Michigan

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.

Greenville’s Justin Zimmer will begin rookie minicamp with the Buffalo Bills on Friday. Zimmer was signed by the Bills following the completion of the NFL draft on Saturday. - File photo collage by Cory Smith

Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer signs with Buffalo Bills

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.

Belding shortstop Lucas McNinch slides off second base to throw and complete a double play at first base during the fourth inning at Carson City-Crystal on Friday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Pitching, defense leads Belding by CC-Crystal

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.

Lakeview’s Anthony Blazo hits his tee shot on the par 3 hole No. 11 at Brookside Golf Course on April 23. - File photo

Greenville golfers win own invitational

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.

Tri County third baseman Colton Harris lays out for a foul ball near the bullpen against Ludington at Fifth Third Ballpark on Wednesday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Tri County runs away with win at Fifth Third Ballpark

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.

Belding’s Dylan McMaster trots across home plate to score a run for the Redskins against Lakeview this season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding off to a good start on the diamond

With nine wins in its first 12 games, the Belding Redskins are off to a good start this baseball season. Belding coach Michael Ostrander said pitching has been the key to its early season success. He also noted the schedule will toughen up quickly.

Greenville’s Drew Morris hits a shot out of the bunker on hole No. 18 at the Lakeview Invitational at Brookside Golf Course on Saturday. Morris shot 91, which was good for second overall. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

McNeill leads Greenville to Lakeview Invitational win

On a sunny and at times breezy day, Greenville’s Graham McNeill played a great round to lead the Yellow Jackets to victory. McNeill earned match medalist honors with an 81, while the Yellow Jackets shot a team score of 373 to win the Lakeview Invitational at Brookside Golf Course on Saturday. Cedar Springs was second shooting a 394. Kent City shot 401, Central Montcalm 419, Lakeview (Navy) 432, Big Rapids 477 and Montabella 517. The Lakeview (Gold) did not have a team score with three golfers.

Central Montcalm’s Mallory Morgan delivers a pitch during game one of a doubleheader against Tri County on Friday. Morgan earned the win in nine innings of work. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm rallies to beat Tri County in 9 innings

In a game that should have a significant implication on the CSAA Gold championship, Central Montcalm and Tri County needed nine innings to decide the winner. The Hornets — the defending league champions — trailed 4-1 after three innings before making a comeback to win 7-4 over the Vikings in game one of a doubleheader on Friday. The Hornets scored twice in the fifth inning. They tied the game in the top of the seventh — without a hit — before scoring three times in the final inning to pull off the win.

Greenville’s Brock Kohler lays down a sacrifice bunt during the third inning against Cedar Springs at home on Thursday. Kohler finished 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Syrjala strikes out 12, Greenville wins 8-2

Calvin Syrjala didn’t start with his A game, but he finished with it. Syrjala allowed two first inning runs, only one earned, but settled in nicely as the Greenville Yellow Jackets completed a three-game O-K Bronze sweep of the Cedar Springs Red Hawks with an 8-2 win at home on Thursday. Greenville won both games of a doubleheader at Cedar Springs (3-6, 0-3) on Tuesday.

Greenville junior Landon Kemp clears a Yellow Jacket Stadium record 12-foot pole vault during Monday’s meet against Northview. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Landon Kemp continues to break pole vault records

Landon Kemp never ceases to amaze. The Greenville junior can dominate any event she enters, but it’s a passion for pole vaulting that takes up a lot of Kemp’s time. On Monday at Yellow Jacket Stadium, the second of three regular season home meets, Kemp placed first in four events: 100-meter dash, 100 hurdles, long jump and of course, pole vault.