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Montabella’s Joel Bucao handles the ball with Vestaburg’s Christian Keeler applying the defensive pressure in an MSAC matchup on Thursday night. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Vestaburg pulls out late MSAC win at Montabella

The Vestaburg Wolverines earned its fifth win in as many tries this season, but it was anything but easy. Trailing most of the game, the Wolverines did not maintain a lead until the final 1:18 of the game in a 54-48 MSAC win at Montabella on Thursday night. Vestaburg coach Todd Halcomb said a win is a win, although he noted they were lucky to pull one out.

Belding’s Dylan McMaster grabs a rebound and scores two points with the putback during a home game against Lake Odessa Lakewood on Tuesday night. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding comeback falls short against Lakewood

Lucas McNinch put the Belding Redskins on his back in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. McNinch, a senior, scored 17 of his game-high 27 points in the fourth quarter of a 64-54 home loss to the Lake Odessa Lakewood Vikings on Tuesday.

Greenville’s Matt Jeffrey nears a pin against his opponent from Sturgis on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets defeated Sturgis 45-28 and went 5-0 to win their own tournament. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville cruises in own tournament

It’s always nice to be able to win a wrestling tournament as host, especially, after losing the year before. On Saturday, the host Greenville Yellow Jackets went a perfect 5-0 to reclaim top honors at its own invitational. A year ago, Sturgis defeated the Yellow Jackets to push the home into second place.

Greenville’s Adele Kemp, middle, battles Belding’s Hallee Breimayer for the ball during Friday’s rivaly game at Redskins Arena. Kemp scored 20 points in the Yellow Jackets 60-46 win. - Sports Pro Images/Jamie McNinch

Greenville shooters down rival Belding

When you’re hot, you’re hot. As was the case with the Greenville Yellow Jackets on Friday night. The red hot Yellow Jackets knocked down 13 3-pointers, six of them by freshman Adele Kemp, in a 60-46 road win over rival Belding on Friday. The game was tight for 2 1/2 quarters before a flurry of 3-pointers midway through the third quarter propelled the Yellow Jackets their second win of the season.

CC-Crystal’s Dallas O’Green (top) works on a quick pin against Central Montcalm’s Aleklee Strayer at home Wednesday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

CC-Crystal wrestling opens season with win over Central Montcalm

With a mixture of youth and an excellent senior core, the Carson City-Crystal wrestling team already looks to be in midseason form. The Eagles, winners of three straight Division 4 district championships, used eight pins in a convincing 66-9 season opening win at home against the Central Montcalm Hornets on Wednesday afternoon.

Greenville’s Alec O’Connor takes a shot with a Sparta defender in his face at home on Tuesday night. Sparta won the season opener 37-30. Sports Pro Images/Jamie McNinch

Greenville starts slow in opening loss to Sparta

The shots started to fall in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case during the first three quarters. In the high school boys basketball season opener for both Greenville and Sparta, it was the Spartans who made enough shots and then sealed the game with free throws in a 37-30 road win on Tuesday night.

Lakeview’s Kirsten Johnson tries to move the ball along the baseline in front of a couple of Alma defenders during Friday’s game at home. Johnson scored a team-high 14 points. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Alma pulls out 2OT victory at Lakeview

Mackenzie Seeley’s shooting brought her team back, while Madison Doolittle’s defense gave the Alma Panthers a second chance. After forcing overtime with a late basket in the fourth quarter, the Lakeview Wildcats jumped out to a seven point overtime lead. The Panthers kept fighting and Doolittle’s inbound steal and basket forced a second overtime. From there, the Panthers were able to finish off the Wildcats in a wild 46-42 double overtime win in Lakeview on Friday night.

Lakeview’s Mike Hallada handles the ball for the Wildcats during a game at home last season. The Wildcats won 15 games and won the CSAA Silver championship last season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview boys hoops begin season with new leadership

After 18 seasons, the Lakeview Wildcats boys basketball team has a new leader. Due to the retirement of longtime coach Mike Schreiber, the Wildcats are now coached by Pete Wurm, who spent the past two seasons leader the Lakeview junior varsity team to a 31-8 record.

Lawrence High School lines up near the goal during the 2014 MHSAA 8-player state final at Legacy Field in Greenville. Lawrence defeated Cedarville 56-12. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Legacy Field to host two playoff games

Greenville Public School’s Legacy Field will be a busy place beginning tonight and continuing to Saturday afternoon. For the third consecutive season, Legacy Field will be hosting two Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) football playoff games.

John Forton, left, works on a swing during a golf lesson last summer. Forton, a Greenville graduate, recently accepted the men’s golf head coaching position at Grand Rapids Community College. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville’s Forton accepts GRCC golf coaching job

Plenty of people have a passion. John Forton’s passion is golf. When your job is also your passion, life is good. As is the case for Forton. Forton, a longtime PGA teaching professional, recently accepted the men’s golf head coaching position at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). It’s been a lifelong dream to coach at the collegiate level.