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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After scoring the first three goals of the game, Tri County looked like it was going to cruise to victory at Lakeview. Lakeview had other ideas and scored three of the next four goals to pull within one goal with just five minutes remaining. But Tri County answered with a goal to seal the 5-3 victory against the Wildcats on Wednesday. Freshman Grace Miller led the Vikings with three goals, all in the second half.
The Belding Redskins girls track team has a stranglehold on the O-K Blue. Belding, which has not lost a league meet since the 2012 season, is 2-0 in the league this season including an 80-56 win over Allendale at home on Tuesday. The boys team hasn’t had that same success and struggled against Allendale in a 122-15 loss on Tuesday.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys and girls track team put together a pair of solid performances on a warm, sunny afternoon at home. The Yellow Jackets boys track team defeated Northview 93-44, while the girls topped the Wildcats 87-50 in an O-K Bronze meet on Monday.
Plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures made for an outstanding turnout for the ninth annual Yellow Jacket Challenge (YJC). With temperatures in the upper 70s, albeit a little warm for racing, nearly 500 runners and walkers participated in the 5k and one-mile walk at Greenville High School and Greenville Middle School on Sunday. Hundreds more turned out to support those who participated.
The NFL draft, a three-day extravaganza, begins in less than two weeks. For Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer, an NFL defensive lineman prospect from Ferris State University, it’s down to a waiting game: Waiting to find out if he will be drafted, and, if not, signed as a free agent following the draft. After training for three months in Texas, Zimmer is back home in Michigan and working out at Ferris State in preparation for the draft and a potential NFL minicamp.