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SPORTS GALORE: Jackie Robinson West learns life lesson

The Jackie Robinson West (JRW) Little League Baseball team from Chicago this week became just the third team in Little League Baseball World Series history to have wins and/or a championship vacated for rule violations. JRW was last summer’s sports sensation after winning the United States championship to reach the Little League World Series.

Greenville’s Landon Kemp drives to the basket past Northview’s Sarah VanHoute during Friday’s game at home. Kemp scored 17 points in the loss. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Northview’s defense stifles Yellow Jackets

GREENVILLE — A first half offensive struggle left the Greenville Yellow Jackets with too big a deficit to come back from. Greenville scored just four first half points and trailed by 16 at halftime. A spirited second half comeback effort fell short in a 39-32 home loss to the Northview Wildcats in O-K Bronze play. The [...]

The Greenville Yellow Jackets pose for a team photo after winning its 10th consecutive district title at home on Thursday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville wrestlers top Sparta, Cedar Springs to win title

The Sparta Spartans were supposed to be the threat to dethrone the Greenville Yellow Jackets. Instead, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks nearly snapped Greenville’s district domination.

Belding’s Monica Baylis, left, goes in for a shot against Montabella’s Madi Cutler during Tuesday’s game. The Redskins won 36-31. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Breimayer leads Belding to comeback win over Montabella

Hallee Briemayer caught fire when her team needed it the most. The Belding Redskins struggled offensively most of the night, but its defense was outstanding. While the defense was forcing key turnovers down the stretch, Breimayer was filling the basket in a 36-31 comeback win at Montabella on Tuesday.

Who’s who? Carson City-Crystal twins Dillen, left, and Darren Decker are both looking to win an individual state championship, while leading the Eagles back to Battle Creek for the team state finals. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Decker twins are state championship contenders

Darren and Dillen Decker are two of a kind … literally. The Carson City-Crystal duo are identical twins. To the untrained eye, it’s basically a 50/50 guess figuring out who’s who.

Tri County’s Nick McGhan goes for a pin against Chippewa Hills’ Kaden Ellis during the 112-pound championship match at the CSAA tournament on Saturday. McGhan earned the fall at 5:31. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

14 area wrestlers place at CSAA tournament

Three area wrestling teams wrapped up the regular season on Saturday at the Central State Activities Association tournament at Tri County. In all, 14 wrestlers from Central Montcalm, Lakeview and Tri County placed in the top four. Tri County led the way with eight individual placers, while Lakeview and Central Montcalm each had three.

Greenville celebrates after Kyle O’Connor, right, makes a game winning free throw in overtime to beat Forest Hills Northern 52-51 at home on Friday night. - Daily News/Jamie McNinch

O’Connor’s free throw leads Greenville to OT victory

Greenville senior Kyle O’Connor needed to make just one of three free throws Friday night. Fouled shooting a 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime, O’Connor stepped to the free throw line with the clock at zero and knocked down his first attempt to give the Yellow Jackets a 52-51 win over Forest Hills Northern in O-K Bronze play.

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Belding finishes fourth at O-K Blue tournament

The Belding Redskins placed 11 wrestlers at the regular season-ending O-K Blue tournament at Comstock Park on Friday. Allendale — regular season dual champions — placed first with 189 points. Sparta was second with 162.5, Comstock Park third (153.5), Belding fourth (138.5), Coopersville fifth (41) and Grand Rapids West Catholic sixth (14 points).

From left, Greenville’s Eric Plate, Chase Harrington and Steve Eipper signed their Letter of Intent to play college football on Wednesday. Plate will play for Grand Valley State, Harrington for Northwood University and Eipper for Central Michigan University. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville trio signs to play college football

For the second time in five years, the Greenville High School football program had three players from one class sign to play at the next level. On Wednesday, Steve Eipper (Central Michigan), Chase Harrington (Northwood) and Eric Plate (Grand Valley State) signed Letters of Intent to play football in college.

Belding’s Bryce Wilker prior to the 2014 high school football season. Wilker signed his letter of intent to play for Michigan State University on Wednesday. - Courtesy photo/Joe Veselenak

Belding’s Bryce Wilker signs letter with MSU

Bryce Wilker is a Michigan State Spartan. The Belding High School senior realized his dream of playing college football when he signed his Letter of Intent to play for Michigan State University on Wednesday.