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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, Feb. 20

CC-Crystal 60, Montabella 25: The Eagles won their game against the Mustangs in a MSAC battle Friday night. CC-Crystal got 13 from Kaleb Barrett and nine each from Garrett Tabor and Grant Gage…

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SPORTS GALORE: Wrestlers turn to individual aspect

Honestly, I expect to see near that same number following Saturday’s tournaments. This year, though, could produce the area’s first individual state champion since Greenville’s Jordan Thomas (189 pounds in Division 2), Lakeview’s Jordan Betham (152 in Division 3) and Carson City-Crystal’s Kenneth Dittenber (103 in Division 4) all won state titles.

Greenville’s Stephen Hilliker checks the clock while going for a pin during the regional semifinal match against Muskegon Reeths-Puffer at Coopersville High School on Wednesday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville falls short in regional semifinal to Reeths-Puffer

The goal for the Greenville Yellow Jackets wrestling team is to reach the team state finals at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. Unfortunately, for the second consecutive season, the Yellow Jackets season ended at regionals.
On Wednesday night, Muskegon Reeths-Puffer (28-4) came on strong late and defeated the Yellow Jackets 39-33 in a Division 2 regional semifinal at Coopersville High School.

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Belding, Tri County wrestlers fall in regionals

Both the Belding Redskins and Tri County Vikings were defeated by state-ranked opponents in the Division 3 regional wrestling tournament on Wednesday night.

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SPORTS GALORE: Jackie Robinson West learns life lesson

The Jackie Robinson West (JRW) Little League Baseball team from Chicago this week became just the third team in Little League Baseball World Series history to have wins and/or a championship vacated for rule violations. JRW was last summer’s sports sensation after winning the United States championship to reach the Little League World Series.

Greenville’s Landon Kemp drives to the basket past Northview’s Sarah VanHoute during Friday’s game at home. Kemp scored 17 points in the loss. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Northview’s defense stifles Yellow Jackets

GREENVILLE — A first half offensive struggle left the Greenville Yellow Jackets with too big a deficit to come back from. Greenville scored just four first half points and trailed by 16 at halftime. A spirited second half comeback effort fell short in a 39-32 home loss to the Northview Wildcats in O-K Bronze play. The [...]

The Greenville Yellow Jackets pose for a team photo after winning its 10th consecutive district title at home on Thursday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville wrestlers top Sparta, Cedar Springs to win title

The Sparta Spartans were supposed to be the threat to dethrone the Greenville Yellow Jackets. Instead, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks nearly snapped Greenville’s district domination.

Belding’s Monica Baylis, left, goes in for a shot against Montabella’s Madi Cutler during Tuesday’s game. The Redskins won 36-31. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Breimayer leads Belding to comeback win over Montabella

Hallee Briemayer caught fire when her team needed it the most. The Belding Redskins struggled offensively most of the night, but its defense was outstanding. While the defense was forcing key turnovers down the stretch, Breimayer was filling the basket in a 36-31 comeback win at Montabella on Tuesday.

Who’s who? Carson City-Crystal twins Dillen, left, and Darren Decker are both looking to win an individual state championship, while leading the Eagles back to Battle Creek for the team state finals. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Decker twins are state championship contenders

Darren and Dillen Decker are two of a kind … literally. The Carson City-Crystal duo are identical twins. To the untrained eye, it’s basically a 50/50 guess figuring out who’s who.

Tri County’s Nick McGhan goes for a pin against Chippewa Hills’ Kaden Ellis during the 112-pound championship match at the CSAA tournament on Saturday. McGhan earned the fall at 5:31. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

14 area wrestlers place at CSAA tournament

Three area wrestling teams wrapped up the regular season on Saturday at the Central State Activities Association tournament at Tri County. In all, 14 wrestlers from Central Montcalm, Lakeview and Tri County placed in the top four. Tri County led the way with eight individual placers, while Lakeview and Central Montcalm each had three.