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Lawrence High School lines up near the goal during the 2014 MHSAA 8-player state final at Legacy Field in Greenville. Lawrence defeated Cedarville 56-12. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Legacy Field to host two playoff games

Greenville Public School’s Legacy Field will be a busy place beginning tonight and continuing to Saturday afternoon. For the third consecutive season, Legacy Field will be hosting two Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) football playoff games.

John Forton, left, works on a swing during a golf lesson last summer. Forton, a Greenville graduate, recently accepted the men’s golf head coaching position at Grand Rapids Community College. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville’s Forton accepts GRCC golf coaching job

Plenty of people have a passion. John Forton’s passion is golf. When your job is also your passion, life is good. As is the case for Forton. Forton, a longtime PGA teaching professional, recently accepted the men’s golf head coaching position at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). It’s been a lifelong dream to coach at the collegiate level.

Greenville coach Dave Moore, third from right, and assistant Mark Haist, far right, talk to the Yellow Jackets during a timeout earlier this year. - Courtesy photos/Jamie McNinch

Dave Moore retires as Greenville’s football coach

After 34 years of coaching football, Dave Moore was looking for a place to call home, a community to raise his two sons and for a job he could retire from. More than 13 years ago, Moore found that home after being hired as head coach of the Greenville Yellow Jackets football program. On Friday, after 13 years as the Yellow Jackets’ head coach, Moore announced his retirement in front of his players and coaches. He finished his career as Greenville’s all-time winningest coach with a 63-61 record.


SPORTS GALORE: More than wins and losses

After 34 years of teaching and coaching football, Dave Moore is calling it a career. Moore has spent the past 13 years as head coach of the Greenville Yellow Jackets football program. He began his coaching career in Texas for 12 years, spent six years as head coach at Midland Bullock Creek and three years as an assistant coach at Midland prior to taking over the Greenville program.

The Belding Redskins won its sixth volleyball district championship in the past eight years with a sweep over the Alma Panthers at Shepherd High School on Thursday night. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding sweeps Alma, returns to volleyball regionals

It took the Belding Redskins less time to defeat the Alma Panthers than it took to drive to Shepherd High School. With a five-set district finals loss in 2014 fresh on their minds, the Redskins dispatched the Panthers in dominating fashion and straight sets at Shepherd on Thursday night. In near flawless play, Belding won 25-14, 25-9, 25-12 to win its sixth Class B district championship in eight years.

Greenville’s Emily Schepp (2) goes for a kill against Forest Hills Central in a Class A district loss at home on Tuesday. - Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

Greenville’s season ends with district loss to FH Central

The energy was there, the effort was there, but there wasn’t enough points to go round between the two teams. The Greenville Yellow Jackets played tough, competitive volleyball against a very good Forest Hills Central Rangers team, but still fell in three close games in the first round of a Class A district opening game at home on Tuesday. FH Central — an honorable mention in the latest Class A poll by the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association — won 25-22, 25-23, 25-18 to advance in the district tournament.


Montabella girls, 5 others qualify for XC state finals at MIS

On Saturday across the state, 11 area cross country runners qualified for the state finals, which will take place at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) this coming Saturday. Included in the 11 runners are six from the Montabella girls team, which qualified with a third place finish at regional. In addition to the top three teams in each regional, the top 15 individual runners in each regional qualify for the state finals.

Vestaburg senior Zach Johnston reaches to bring down Beal City running back Chase Rollin during the first round of the MHSAA football playoffs on Friday. Rollin scored twice and intercepted two passes in Beal City’s win. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Beal City ends Vestaburg’s season with 37-0 shutout

Aside from one game this season, the Beal City Aggies have proven itself to be one of the best football teams in the state and a Division 8 state championship contender. A first round playoff shutout did nothing to diminish those thoughts, as the Aggies used a dominating first half to top the Vestaburg Wolverines 37-0 at home on Friday night.


Banged up Vestaburg faces No. 6 Beal City

The Vestaburg Wolverines were just one of three 5-4 teams in Division 8 to qualify for the Michigan High School Athletic Association football playoffs. In all, 40 teams with 5-4 records qualified for the playoffs in all nine divisions, which includes 8-player. Despite losing their final three games, Vestaburg coach Dan Ryckman was confident the Wolverines would qualify for the postseason.

Carson City-Crystal junior Marissa Schmitt (4) sends a kill past Vestaburg blocker Bailey Phillips during Tuesday’s MSAC match at home. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

CC-Crystal volleyball sweeps MSAC rival Vestaburg

As the season has progressed so has the offense of the Carson City-Crystal volleyball team. With the season winding down — districts begin Monday — that bodes well for the Eagles. The offense showed itself in a three-game sweep over MSAC rival Vestaburg at home on Tuesday. CC-C rolled to a 25-11, 25-18, 25-14 win to improve to 10-24-6 this season. They finished the MSAC with a 2-3 record.