Bruce Bentley

Tri County senior Johnathan Becktell returns a kickoff against Lakeview in the Vikings season opener at home. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Tri County’s slow starts having negative impact

If not for the first quarter, the Tri County Vikings just might have a winning record. In three Tri County (1-3 overall) losses this season, the Vikings have been outscored 69-0 in the first quarter. They have returned the favor by outscoring their opponents 71-40 in the final three quarters in those same games. Another slow start against Big Rapids on Friday was too difficult to come back from.

Greenville’s Sam Lindeman stretches to return a shot against Northview’s Ethan Robbins at home on Monday. Robbins won the No. 1 singles match 6-0, 6-4. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Shorthanded Greenville falls at home to Northview tennis

he Greenville Yellow Jackets tennis team put up a good effort despite missing two key components. Playing without their No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles players (sickness), the Yellow Jackets dropped an O-K Bronze matchup 5-3 at home against the Northview Wildcats on Monday.


SPORTS GALORE: Texas HS football players should never play again

Playing high school sports is a privilege and not a right. That is as true in Michigan as it is in Texas, even if the state of Texas takes its high school football a little more serious than the rest of the country. This past Friday, the lights shined on Texas football for all the wrong reasons.

Greenville tackle Tyler Kuiper (75) tries to fend off a couple of Comstock Park defensive players during Friday’s game. - Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

Comstock Park rolls past Yellow Jackets 42-0

A high scoring game was expected between two talented offensive teams. Both the Greenville Yellow Jackets and Comstock Park Panthers entered Friday’s game averaging 39 points per game. Unfortunately for the Yellow Jackets, the expected offensive explosion was one-sided.

Greenville’s Keegan Goetz sends a shot past Tri County keeper Eric Hayden during Thursday’s game. The shot just missed to the left, but Goetz finished with three goals. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Smith helps Greenville soccer to 7-3 win over Tri County

Kyle Smith was the difference. The Greenville Yellow Jackets scored seven goals, but it was the play of Smith in goal who keyed a 7-3 home victory over the Tri County Vikings on Thursday. In all, Smith made 16 saves for the Yellow Jackets including a penalty kick save on goal-scoring machine Dylan Matulis late in the second half.

Greenville running back Nolan MacMillen carries the ball against Kenowa Hills at home last week. For the season, MacMillen has carried the ball 10 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns. - Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

Greenville looks to bounce back on football field

Last week, Kenowa Hills rebounded from an opening season loss to win in week two at the expense of the Greenville Yellow Jackets. This week, the Yellow Jackets will be looking for the same type of bounce back win at the expense of the Comstock Park Panthers. The Panthers (2-0) defeated Wyoming last week 30-22 and will host the Yellow Jackets (1-1), which lost at home 49-26 to the Knights. Greenville topped Belding 52-29 in week one.

Central Montcalm’s Samantha Nichols blocks a kill attempt for a point during game two against Portland St. Patrick at home on Tuesday night. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm wins twice after long weekend

Like most of us after a long holiday weekend, the Central Montcalm Hornets were a little sluggish in the team’s first day back to work. The Hornets, though, responded well twice, to knock off both the White Cloud Indians and Portland St. Patrick Shamrocks in a volleyball triangular at home on Tuesday.

Greenville’s Alec O’Connor (1) and Nolan MacMillen (8) bring down Kenowa Hills running back Ryan Doyle during Thursday’s game at Legacy Field. Doyle rushed for 359 yards.  - Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

Kenowa Hills runs wild in 49-26 win over Greenville

Kenowa Hills is big and physical along the offensive line. Ryan Doyle was the beneficiary of that size. The Knights senior rushed for 359 of Kenowa’s 449 rushing yards in a 49-26 victory over the Greenville Yellow Jackets at Legacy Field on Thursday night.

Belding’s Johanna McCully taps the ball over the net for a point during Wednesday’s match vs. Coopersville. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Coopersville rallies for five set victory against Belding

The road to an O-K Blue volleyball championship goes through Coopersville. The Belding Redskins know this. The three-time defending league champion Coopersville Broncos definitely know this. For two-and-a-half sets Belding was on cruise control. Like a typical Michigan road following a rough winter, the Redskins hit some bumps and potholes as the Broncos found their direction in a come-from-behind 3-2 win on Wednesday night.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, Sept. 2

Belding 2nd: The Redskins competed in an O-K Blue Jamboree at the Mines Golf Course hosted by NorthPointe Christian on Wednesday. Grand Rapids West Catholic won the tournament with a 185. Belding tied with NorthPointe Christian with 197. Coopersville shot 201, Comstock Park 216, Calvin Christian 221, Sparta 225 and Allendale 255…