The rain didn’t damper the celebration at Legacy Field. On Friday, Greenville High School inducted its third class into the Athletic Hall of Fame. Three individuals and one team joined the 14 others already in the Hall of Fame.
Greenville coach Dave Moore said the Yellow Jackets needed to stop the running game of the Comstock Park Panthers. It took a half, but the Yellow Jackets did just that. Trailing 16-14 at halftime, Greenville held the Panthers scoreless in the second half and pounded out three touchdowns of its own for a 37-16 victory on Friday night at Legacy Field.
The Montabella Mustangs will not be playing a football game on Friday. At least an official game. The Mustangs were set to host Manistee Catholic Central, but the Sabers had to forfeit the game due to a lack of players. The same reason was cited when the Carson City-Crystal Eagles had two games canceled last year, one against Manistee Catholic Central and the other against Ashley.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets were coming off a dominating 6-1 win over the Lowell Red Arrows in its last game. With a 3-2 record, the Yellow Jackets were off to one of their better starts in recent seasons. On Tuesday, perennial powerhouse Northview made the trip to Greenville, which would be a great game to gauge how good these Yellow Jackets really were.
What a difference a week makes. A week ago, the Greenville Yellow Jackets were rolling up 600 plus yards of total offense in a lopsided win over rival Belding. On Friday, the Yellow Jackets failed to find any semblance of week one’s powerful offense.
The Greenville High School Athletic Hall of Fame is about to increase in size. On Sept. 12, the third class will be inducted into the hall of fame during a halftime ceremony of the Yellow Jackets football game against Comstock Park at Legacy Field. A tailgate dinner and pre-game celebration will also take place for family and friends of this year’s inductees.
The Belding Redskins volleyball team has a new look this year, but still the same winning mentality. The Redskins — winners of three consecutive Class B district titles and six of seven overall — graduated plenty of talent from last year’s winning squad. With some retooling, Belding is off to a great start with a 6-0-2 record.
It didn’t take long for the Greenville Yellow Jackets to set the tone for its annual rivalry grudge match against the Belding Redskins. Actually, it took just 18 seconds. On the first play from scrimmage, Greenville senior Eric Plate cut to the outside, he turned on the burners and raced 82 yards for a touchdown.
Shaun Balhorn has been to the Michigan High School Athletic Association football playoffs before. That was in 2004 during Balhorn’s first run as head coach of the Montabella Mustangs football program. Now, Balhorn is back on the varsity sideline for the first since 2007 after taking over for David Clay, who resigned following the 2013 season.
Schnepp and Sons entered the Danish Festival men’s softball championship game undefeated. Their opponent, RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore, had one loss. To win a championship, RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore needed two wins against Schnepp and Sons on Sunday afternoon. They did just that win the tournament title with an 8-1 record.