Bruce Bentley

Tri County’s Aaron Jason, middle, looks to his right in the lead pack at the CSAA championships at Lakeview on Oct. 20. Jason ran a season best time of 16:45 at Portage Invitational on Oct. 11. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Tri County’s Aaron Jason running for 2nd trip to state finals

Tri County Vikings cross country runner Aaron Jason is hoping to have two more races to run this season. On Saturday, Jason will compete in the Division 2 regional meet. A top 15 finish will qualify Jason for one more race, the Division 2 state finals for the second consecutive season. Like he did a year ago, Jason is confident his season will end at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn at the state finals.


Greenville falls in season finale to Wyoming

The final football game of the season is always an emotional one, win or lose. That’s especially true when the season hasn’t met expectations. On Friday, the final game of the 2015 season, a comeback attempt by Greenville fell short as the Wyoming Wolves used a game controlling ground attack to defeat the Yellow Jackets 44-34 at Legacy Field. Greenville started the season with a win at Belding, but lost seven of its final eight games to finish 2-7 overall. The loss to the Wolves left them 0-5 in the O-K Bronze.


SPORTS GALORE: Lovable Losers add a year to misery

It’s now been 107 years since the Chicago Cubs, aka the Lovable Losers, have won a World Series championship. In 1908, the Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers in five games to win their second World Series championship. No one then would’ve dreamed their beloved Cubbies would suffer such a drought since then.

Greenville junior linebacker Evan Plate (6) eyes a Belding offensive player during a season-opening win at Rudness Field in August. Plate committed to play football at Central Michigan University on Monday. - Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

Greenville’s Evan Plate commits to Central Michigan for football

Evan Plate will continue the family tradition of playing football in college. The Greenville Yellow Jackets junior committed to playing football for Central Michigan University (CMU) Tuesday as a member of the Class of 2017. First offered a scholarship in June after a attending a CMU camp, Plate visited the campus during Saturday’s home game against Buffalo. He committed on Monday.

Tri County’s Summer Longstreet nears the finish line at the CSAA cross country championship at Lakeview on Tuesday.

Big Rapids sweeps CSAA XC championship meet

All the teams from both the CSAA Gold and CSAA Silver got together for one final league meet before regionals on Halloween. The Big Rapids ran the fastest as the Cardinals swept both the girls and boys races at Lakeview High School on Tuesday. Big Rapids won the girls race with 41 points. Chippewa Hills was second with 68 and Kent City third with 89.

Greenville’s Kyle Farmer stops on a dime to get by a Cedar Springs’ defender during Monday’s Division 2 district soccer opening at Cedar Springs. Farmer scored a goal in the second half. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville advances in district soccer with 3-0 victory

Nature can be quite the equalizer when it comes to soccer. A windy day can make a simple soccer pass along the turf roll for days, a 40-yard kick go only 20 yards into the wind. Both the Greenville Yellow Jackets and host Cedar Springs Red Hawks experienced high winds that made for an interesting first round game of the Division 2 district soccer tournament on Monday, one that saw the Yellow Jackets advance. A quick goal in the first half and quick back-to-back goals in the second half propelled the Yellow Jackets to a 3-0 victory.

Central Montcalm senior Ava Miller watches her chip shot during a tournament early this season at Holland Lake Golf Course. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm’s Miller finishes 25th at state finals

Central Montcalm senior Ava Miller didn’t win an individual golf state championship, but she put together a performance to be proud of as she finished her high school career. Competing in the Division 4 state finals at Forest Akers East at Michigan State University, Miller followed Friday’s first round 94 with a second round 93 on Saturday. Miller’s 187 total was good for 25th overall out of 89 golfers.

Belding sophomore James Daniel scores in the first quarter against the West Catholic Falcons at Rudness Field on Friday. The Falcons won 67-37. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

West Catholic qualifies for playoffs with win over Belding

The West Catholic Falcons won’t be calling No. 13 unlucky any time soon. With a 67-37 win at Belding on Friday, the Falcons qualified for their 13th consecutive trip to the Michigan High School Athletic Association football playoffs. After starting the season 1-2, the Falcons have won four straight games, the last three against O-K Blue rivals.

Greenville football players were surprised with new jerseys prior to Friday’s game at home against Cedar Springs. The new gold jerseys replace black jerseys. - Courtesy photos/Jamie McNinch

Cedar Springs spoils homecoming for Greenville

When you play the Cedar Springs Red Hawks, capitalizing on scoring opportunities is a must. Cedar Springs is efficient, to say the least, on the offensive side of the ball. The Red Hawks scored on six of seven possessions — the last ending with the completion of the game — in a 51-22 win at Greenville on Friday night.


SPORTS GALORE: Daily fantasy sports is gambling

Every week, I’m one of a couple million people who plays daily fantasy sports via Fanduel, DraftKings or other companies. Fanduel and DraftKings are the most popular and handle a majority of the marketplace. These companies and their product have skyrocketed in popularity the past couple of years much like online poker gambling in the early 2000s.