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21 area grapplers aim for state championships

The Michigan High School Athletic Association individual state wrestling finals is an experience unlike any other. Whether a first time qualifier or one with state finals experience, the state finals can bring plenty of nerves and anxiety for wrestlers. Controlling those nerves can be the difference between standing on the podium or heartbroken in defeat. The three-day state finals tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills begins today and concludes Saturday.

Greenville’s Peyton Mount makes a pass after battling three Forest Hills Central Rangers for a loose ball during the second half of Tuesday’s district playoff game at home. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Hallock’s late layup leads Greenville to 55-54 victory

The question wasn’t who was going to get the ball. The question was could she be stopped. And the answer was no. Trailing by one point with just 13 seconds remaining, Greenville’s Paige Hallock drove the length of the floor, blew past a couple of defenders and scored a game-winning layup with just three seconds left to give the Yellow Jackets a thrilling 55-54 win over Forest Hills Central Rangers on Monday.

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team celebrates its third O-K Bronze Conference title in four years after a 59-48 win at Forest Hills Northern on Friday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville wins O-K Bronze title in regular season finale

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team is O-K Bronze champions for the third time in four years. Paige Hallock’s 27 points led the Yellow Jackets to a 59-48 win at Forest Hills Northern in a winner take all matchup Friday night. Greenville finished the regular season 17-3 overall and 8-2 in the league.

Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer, at left, lines up for a play for Ferris State University against Grand Valley State University in the second round of the Division II football playoffs at home on Nov. 28

Zimmer sets sights on NFL draft

Justin Zimmer has been called “Michigan’s hidden secret.” For those who have witnessed Zimmer on the football field at both Greenville High School (2011 graduate) and Ferris State University (will graduate this year), the secret has been out of the bag for some time. While in high school, Zimmer was an All-State performer and helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a 9-2 record as a senior. At Ferris State, Zimmer developed a resumé that includes being a three-time All-GLIAC first team selection, three-time Academic All-American, two-time consensus All-America selection and a two-time nominee for both the Gene Upshaw NCAA Division II Lineman of the Year Award and the Cliff Harris National Small College Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Lakeview’s Marc Leach elevates as he goes in for a layup attempt in front of Montabella defender Mike Gibbs during the second quarter of Tuesday’s game. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Perez leads Lakeview to 43-35 win at Montabella

The Lakeview Wildcats defense came ready to play. Lakeview’s defense dominated the first quarter while holding the Montabella Mustangs scoreless in the first eight minutes en route to a 43-35 road win Tuesday. Kobe Perez led the Wildcats scoring effort with 17 points.

Greenville resident Ryan Lee competes in the Fatbike competition at the Meijer State Games of Michigan on Feb. 13. Lee won a gold medal in the Class C division. - Courtesy photo

Lee wins Meijer State Games of Michigan gold medal

In the past three years, Ryan Lee has made a transformation most people only talk about doing. With hard work and dedication, Lee has gone from an unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle to a healthy, physically active life full of CrossFit, triathlons, fat bike riding and more. CrossFit is an extremely popular strength and conditioning program for fitness buffs across the world. The program is a mix of aerobic exercise, calisthenics and Olympic weightlifting.

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21 area grapplers qualify for state finals

The dream of a Michigan High School Athletic Association individual state wrestling championship is still alive for 21 area grapplers. On Saturday, a trio of seniors were able to capture regional championships: Tri County’s Nick McGhan at 112 pounds in Division 3, Carson City-Crystal’s Taylor Barkley at 119 pounds and Dallas O’Green at 130 pounds in Division 4. In Division 3, the Belding Redskins qualified five wrestlers, which tied a school record for most individual qualifiers in a single season.

Greenville senior Bryelle Gloden tries to hold onto the ball as Forest Hills Eastern’s Hannah Baird, left, and Hannah Syme, right, reach in to steal the ball away during Friday’s game at home. - Sports Pro Images/Jamie McNinch

Greenville wins 15th game on senior night

A strong finish was more important than the slow start. With the Forest Hills Eastern trying to ruin the O-K Bronze championship hopes of Greenville, the Yellow Jackets shot lights out in the second quarter and sealed the game with free throws in the fourth quarter of a 60-47 win over the Hawks at home for senior night Friday. Landon Kemp led three Yellow Jackets in double figures with 19 points.

Carson City-Crystal’s Cara Wiles handles the ball in front of Montabella defender Madi Cutler during the first half of Thursday’s game. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Defense leads CC-Crystal to MSAC win over Montabella

Offense was at a premium. Trailing after the first quarter, the Carson City-Crystal Eagles made a switch defensively and cruised to a 32-16 win over MSAC rival Montabella at home on Thursday. The Mustangs opened the game with a pair of baskets by Ashley Swarts for a 5-2 lead. After the Eagles bounced back with a one-point advantage, Hanna Stockwell finished the first quarter with five straight points for a 10-6 lead.

Greenville junior Paige Hallock dribbles the ball to her left against Forest Hills Central’s Emily Laage during the first half of Tuesday’s game. Hallock finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville wins district preview vs. FH Central

The first meeting went to overtime. The second meeting comes in less than two weeks when the Greenville Yellow Jackets and Forest Hills Central Rangers square off in the opening round of the Class A district basketball tournament. Paige Hallock scored 23 points, 17 of those in the second half and overtime, as the Yellow Jackets defeated the Rangers 59-55 in overtime on Tuesday.