Bruce Bentley

Lakeview’s Nolan Saxton, right, fights for position against Chippewa Hills’ Austin Spedowski during the 135-pound final at the Lakeview Invitational on Saturday. Saxton won by decision 4-2. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview’s Saxton eyes individual state championship

Nolan Saxton has established himself as being one of the best wrestlers in the state. The two-time state placer — seventh as a freshman and fifth as a sophomore — is currently ranked No. 5 at 130 pounds in Division 3 by michigangrappler.com. Saxton, a junior, is 29-3 this year with a career record of 107-14. All three losses this year have come to past individual state champions.

Belding’s Maison Krieger goes for a pin against Grandville’s Michael Carrasco during the 130-pound semifinal at the Lakeview Invitational on Saturday. Krieger placed second. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding wrestlers look to carry momentum

The Belding Redskins wrestling team put on a good showing at the Lakeview Invitational on Saturday. Belding placed third out of 14 teams behind Grandville (ranked No. 6 in Division 1 by michigangrappler.com) and Chippewa Hills (ranked No. 3 in Division 3). In all, nine Belding wrestlers placed out of 12 at the individual tournament.

Montabella’s Carson Dalrymple, on bottom, tries to hold his position against Ionia’s Cole Cudney during the semifinals of the 103-pound division on Saturday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Chippewa Hills wrestlers win Lakeview Invitational

The competition at the individual Lakeview Invitational was noticeably tougher than past seasons. With the additions of Grandville (ranked No. 6 in Division 1) and Chippewa Hills (No. 3 in Division 3), the individual talent featured many 2015 state placers, including defending state champion Cameron Mahlich of Ionia. Chippewa Hills and Grandville dominated the competition with six individual champions and six runner-ups in 14 weight classes. Chippewa Hills, though, edged Granville in total points 250-233.5.

Greenville senior Mackenzie Bell moves to ball against Forest Hills Eastern’s Hannah Syme (31) during Friday’s 69-52 O-K Bronze road win. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville girls pick up another league road win

ADA TOWNSHIP — A quick start and strong finish helped the Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team to its third consecutive victory. Landon Kemp’s 19 points led four Greenville scorers in double figures in a 69-52 win at Forest Hills Eastern on Friday. It was Greenville’s third straight league road game to open the O-K Bronze [...]

Grand Rapids’ Jared Coreau makes a kick save during the first period of the Griffins’ game against Chicago on Sunday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Coreau to return to backup role after successful GR run

Jared Coreau had a pretty successful run as the starting goaltender for the Grand Rapids Griffins. The undrafted free agent from Northern Michigan University spent the past two-plus months as the top netminder, having to take the place of Tomas McCollum while he was recovering from an injury the Griffins wouldn’t disclose.

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SPORTS GALORE: Mike Ilitch is the man

As a longtime Detroit Tigers season ticker holder, it’s days like Monday that makes renewing my tickets each year an easy decision. Not that it’s ever a tough decision for a Tigers baseball fanatic like myself, but the excitement that raced through my veins hearing the news of Mike Ilitch’s latest investment turns me into a child on Christmas morning.

Central Montcalm’s Gunther Ebels drives in for a basket against two Reed City defenders for a layup during the first half of Tuesday’s game at home. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm downed by Reed City at home

Reed City has the experience. Central Montcalm does not. With seven seniors on its roster, the Coyotes used its speed and size to defeat the senior-less Hornets 60-25 in a CSAA Gold game on Tuesday night.

A panoramic look at Greenville High School’s Legacy Field. Eddie Ostipow, the new Greenville varsity football head coach, will be roaming the sidelines this fall. - Daily News/Cory Smith

Eddie Ostipow takes over Greenville’s football program

Eddie Ostipow saw a unique opportunity and went after it. Ostipow, the varsity football head coach at Forest Hills Eastern the past three seasons, was one of nearly 50 applicants for the vacant varsity head coaching position at Greenville High School. After a month of going through all of the applications, narrowing the field to eight, interviews and more, Greenville Athletic Director Brian Zdanowski announced the hiring of Ostipow last week.

Greenville’s Paige Hallock splits through two defenders on her way to a basket against Cedar Springs during Friday’s league game. Hallock scored 23 points. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Hallock, Kemp combine for 43 points in Greenville win

After opening the O-K Bronze season with a tough loss, the Greenville Yellow Jackets bounced back with a road win to even its league record.
Juniors Paige Hallock and Landon Kemp supplied most of the Greenville offense. Hallock scored a game-high 23 points, while Kemp added 20 points in a 54-44 win at Cedar Springs on Friday.

Greenville's Nolan MacMillen makes an over the shoulder catch against Forest Hills Eastern last October. Greenville's new football Eddie Ostipow coached the past three seasons at FH Eastern (19-12 overall).

Greenville hires Eddie Ostipow as new football coach

The head coaching position at Greenville High School was coveted by nearly 50 applicants. After a month of going through all of the applications, narrowing the field to eight, interviews and more, a decision was announced on Thursday. Eddie Ostipow, who has spent the past three years as head coach of Forest Hills Eastern, has been named Greenville’s new head coach. He replaces the retired Dave Moore, who spent 13 years as coach.