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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.