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Greenville’s Alec Ward, right, tangles with Bay City Western’s Christian Schoenherr during the Division 2, 140-pound semifinal on Friday. Ward placed second after a finals match loss to St. Johns’ Zac Hall. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Ward places second, 11 others earn all-state wrestling honors

The Michigan High School Athletic Association individual wrestling tournament is an exhilarating three-day weekend full of joy and heartbreak. Overall, the area had 26 wrestlers earn their way through a grueling team regular season and then individual district and regional tournaments to reach the state finals. In the end, 12 of those wrestlers placed at least eighth in their respective weight classes and divisions.

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ROUNDUP: State wrestling tournament results

First round results from the MHSAA individual state wrestling tournament.

Carson City-Crystal’s Tori Christiansen, right, tries to lay up on Pewamo-Westphalia’s Hannah Thelen during the teams’ Class C district semifinal Wednesday night.

CC-Crystal outduels Pewamo-Westphalia in semis

Carson City-Crystal’s girls basketball team used their signature defense to beat a very good team Wednesday night. The Eagles, ranked eighth in the state in Class C by The Associated Press, held the Pewamo-Westphalia (P-W) Pirates to just six points in the first half en route to a 34-21 win in the Class C district tournament.

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Greenville girls advance to district finals

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team is just one win away from its first district title since 1983. On Wednesday, the Yellow Jackets held off a feisty Lowell Red Arrows team for a 68-58 win at Cedar Springs. They will face Forest Hills Central on Friday at Cedar Springs for the Class A district title.

Nick Reamer, right, attempts a blocked shot during the Belding game earlier this season.

Greenville beats Lakewood 69-64

The Greenville Yellow Jackets continue to evolve its offense this season. From a fast paced (patterned after Grinnell College) style offense to a half court, more deliberate post style game, the Yellow Jackets have done a little bit of everything this season. They still shoot the three, but their defense is toughening up and the changes have helped the Yellow Jackets to three straight wins.

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Greenville girls advance to district semifinals

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team have won O-K Bronze Conference titles the past two years. The next goal is winning a district title for the first time since 1983. On Monday, the Yellow Jackets took the first step toward a Class A district title with a 53-39 win at Forest Hills Northern. Greenville never trailed in the game.

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JUST IN: Hesperia defeats Carson City-Crystal in wrestling quarterfinals

Everything seemed to work in favor of the Hesperia Panthers. The Panthers won the coin toss, won the first three matches and were able to revenge a earlier season loss to the Carson City-Crystal Eagles (No. 4 seed) to advance to the Division 4 state wrestling semifinals with a 44-21 win on Friday afternoon at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.

The Carson City-Crystal Eagles during the national anthem prior to last year’s team state quarterfinal match at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. The Eagles return for a second consecutive year with a regional final win over St. Louis.

No. 4 CC-Crystal to battle No. 5 Hesperia at Kellogg Arena

Reaching Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek for the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) team wrestling finals means you have had an outstanding season. Doing it for a second consecutive season means a consistent wrestling program is being built and season expectations continue to rise, as is the case for the Carson City-Crystal Eagles.

Greenville junior Mitch Niewoonder pulls up for a jump shot during Greenville’s home game against Cedar Springs earlier this season. The Red Hawks won that game 88-55.

Greenville upsets Cedar Springs 61-55

The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys basketball team is out of the O-K Bronze Conference race. But that doesn’t mean they can’t play spoiler for teams still competing for the coveted league championship. That’s what happened on Tuesday night as the Yellow Jackets pulled off a 61-55 upset win at Cedar Springs. The Red Hawks entered the game tied with Forest Hills Northern at 6-1 in the league. The loss, couple with Northern’s 45-42 win over Northview, leaves the Red Hawks a game back with two league games remaining.

Greenville senior Leah Somerfield drives to the basket during Friday’s game at home against Northview. Somerfield finished with seven points and eight rebounds.

Greenville girls clinch conference title with win

On senior night, it was a couple of freshman helping to lead the Greenville Yellow Jackets to victory. Playing for the second time in seven days against the Northview Wildcats, freshman Landon Kemp and Paige Hallock combined for 32 points in Greenville’s 48-37 O-K Bronze Conference win.