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.
The Michigan high school football season begins just two weeks from today. On Aug. 28, the Greenville Yellow Jackets will host longtime rival Belding at Legacy Field. The Redskins snapped a five-game losing streak against the Yellow Jackets with a 47-14 victory a year ago to open the season.
Steve Eipper will play college football for Central Michigan University next year. Eipper, a senior lineman for the Greenville Yellow Jackets, committed this summer to the Chippewas. It was a process that began and ended quickly.
Greenville Yellow Jackets football coach Dave Moore begins his 12th season in charge of the program. During the 11 seasons prior, the Yellow Jackets have made the postseason four times, won nine games twice and a district title in 2005. Moore is Greenville’s all-time winningest coach with a mark of 55-50, but are coming off a disappointing 2-7 season in 2013.
Jordan Thomas loves giving back. The former Greenville Yellow Jacket wrestler and current University of Michigan redshirt sophomore will host his third annual wrestling camp at Greenville High School.