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Greenville keeper Kenna Allen makes one of her 20 saves during the first half against Big Rapids at Yellow Jacket Stadium on Friday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Big Rapids downs host Yellow Jackets 6-0

GREENVILLE — Greenville coach Jeremy Neve said his team wasn’t ready to play. He took full responsibility for that, as well. On Friday, Big Rapids scored four second half goals as the Cardinals defeated the host Yellow Jackets 6-0 at Yellow Jacket Stadium. Neve credited Big Rapids for being ready to play. “We could see it [...]

Central Montcalm’s Kenzie Rutz connects for a two-run double in the second inning of game one at home against Greenville on Wednesday. Rutz also hit her second home run of the season in game two. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm softball sweeps Yellow Jackets

The Central Montcalm Hornets are primed to have an outstanding season on the diamond. On Wednesday, a young Greenville Yellow Jackets team witnessed what the Hornets have to offer this season as they were swept 15-0 (in three innings) and 7-0.

Lakeview’s Dakota Harris, left, stops Belding’s Tyler Reichel from stealing a base in third inning on Tuesday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding baseball earns sweep against Lakeview

After spending spring break in the sunshine and warmth of Florida, the Belding Redskins baseball team played like they were in midseason form. Belding pounded out 11 hits, three each by Dylan McMaster and Tyler Reichel, while Aaden Quinn put together a solid performance on the mound in a 7-0 win against the Lakeview Wildcats at home on Tuesday. Quinn pitched all seven innings. He allowed just two hits, two walks and struck out eight.

Belding senior Paige Ledin delivers a pitch during the season opener at home against Vestaburg on Tuesday. Ledin pitched six shutout innings with nine strikeouts. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding opens softball season with wins over Vestaburg

Pitching usually has the edge early in the softball season while hitters adjust their timing. Belding’s Paige Ledin had that edge. The senior starter threw six shutout innings, while striking out nine batters, in an 8-0 season opening win at home against Vestaburg on Tuesday.

Greenville freshman Adele Kemp dives and tries to steal the ball from Hudsonville’s Arinn King during the first half of Tuesday’s Class A regional semifinal game. - Sports Pro Images/Jamie McNinch

Greenville’s season comes to an end with regional loss

Cold shooting in the first half and missed opportunities in the second half. A combination of those two things left the Greenville Yellow Jackets on the wrong side of a Class A regional semifinal game at Hudsonville against the host Eagles on Tuesday night. Hudsonville (21-3) jumped out to an early lead and nearly blew that lead, but held on to defeat the Yellow Jackets 46-39 to advance to the regional final to face Muskegon Mona Shores on Thursday.

Greenville senior Alec O’Connor drives the ball during the first half against Forest Hills Northern in the first round of the Class A district tournament at home on Monday. - Sports Pro Images/Jamie McNinch

FH Northern ends Greenville’s season in district opener

Forest Hills Northern is playing much better basketball than it was to start the season. And this is the time teams want to be playing its best basketball of the season. On Monday night, in the Class A district tournament opener in Greenville, the Huskies extended their winning streak to six games with a 71-42 win over the host Yellow Jackets.

O’Green tries to keep his balance with opponent Ethan Woods of Manchester pushing from behind during the Division 4, 130-pound state championship final match on Saturday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Dallas O’Green wins 2nd consecutive individual state wrestling title

On an afternoon with upsets taking place in all divisions, Carson City-Crystal senior Dallas O’Green wasn’t going to be denied a second consecutive state wrestling championship. With extreme focus and precision, O’Green won that second state championship with an 8-2 decision over Manchester’s Ethan Woods at 130 pounds in Division 4 at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday. The win capped an undefeated season (59-0) and a remarkable career, one which will go down as one of the best, not only in school history, but in the state of Michigan.

Tri County’s Lucas Prater shakes the hand of Montrose wrestling coach Steve Barnette during the Division 3 215-pound award ceremony. To the right of Prater is Lakeview’s James Smith, who placed seventh, while Prater placed eighth. Smith defeated Prater by 3-1 decision in overtime in the consolation finals on Saturday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Eight area wrestlers earn individual All-State honors

Such a wide range of emotions can be found at the state wrestling finals where even winning is sometimes met with disappointment. Tears can stream from the faces of winners and losers. Winners can feel exhilaration, shock and relief. Losers can feel heartbreak, anger and even contentment. Without a doubt, no other sport displays as many emotions as wrestling does. After three days, just 56 wrestlers out of 896 will be crowned individual state champions, although 448 in four divisions will walk away with All-State honors.

Central Montcalm’s Trent Braman, right, tries to keep his balance against Midland Bullock Creek’s Adam McCann during the Division 3, 171-pound championship second round at the MHSAA wrestling state finals on Friday.  (Daily News | Bruce Bentley)

Central Montcalm’s Braman starts with injury, finishes career at state finals

Trent Braman’s wrestling season didn’t begin until February, yet he still made the most of it. A knee injury, suffered during football season, relegated the Central Montcalm senior to the sidelines for the first two months of the wrestling season. Braman had surgery in late December and was given a recovery time frame of six weeks or six months.

Carson City-Crystal senior Dallas O’Green will go for his second consecutive state championship after pinning Mason Rife of Webberville in just 49 seconds in the Division 4, 130-pound final on Friday. (Daily News | Bruce Bentley)

CC-C’s Dallas O’Green advances to the state championship, 7 other local wrestlers to place in top 8

For most of the past two seasons, Carson City-Crystal’s Dallas O’Green has made wrestling look easy. For the rest of the 20 area wrestlers competing at the Michigan High School Athletic Association state finals, easy wasn’t necessarily the case on Friday.