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Carson City-Crystal’s Alex Baker, left, hand fights with Tri County’s Nick McGhan during Saturday’s Tri County Invitational. McGhan defeated Baker 3-0. The Vikings defeated the Eagles 47-30. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Sparta wins Tri County wrestling invitational

The Sparta Spartans outlasted good competition all day long to finish with an unblemished record and won the Tri County wrestling invitational on Saturday. The Spartans went 5-0, capping their day with a pin at 130 pounds to come from behind and defeat the Comstock Park Panthers in their final match of the day. Trailing 36-32, the pin gave Sparta a 38-36 victory.

Central Montcalm’s Lane Ledford rises to score two of his game-high 38 points in an 83-56 win over Evart at home on Friday night. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Ledford leads Central Montcalm to season opening win

Expectations have risen the past couple of seasons for the Central Montcalm Hornets boys basketball team. After Friday night, those expectations should increase even more. The Hornets, firing on all cylinders from the beginning of the game, rolled to a season opening 83-56 win over the Evart Wildcats at home.

Greenville’s Stephen Hilliker goes for a pin against Byron Center during Wednesday’s home match. Hilliker pinned Bryon Biles in 1:40. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville opens wrestling year with pair of victories

With no returning state placers and only a handful of seniors, the Greenville Yellow Jackets wrestling team is as inexperienced as any of its teams in the past several seasons. Still, saying Greenville is rebuilding would be inaccurate. The team is plenty talented, very well coached and in line to win a ninth consecutive district championship this year. A four-year regional championship run ended last season.

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SPORTS GALORE: Speculation season upon us

For plenty of college football teams it’s bowl season. For the University of Michigan football program it’s speculation season. After 33 consecutive bowl appearances (1975 to 2007), the Wolverines will not partake in the traditional month of meaningless games, sponsored by anything and everything, in warm, sunny locations across the country, otherwise known as bowl season, for the third time in seven years.

Greenville’s Paige Hallock, right, dives for a loose ball during the regional semifinal game against Muskegon in March. - Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

Greenville girls excited to start hoops season

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team has had a great amount of success the past two seasons. In the past two years, the Yellow Jackets have won 38 games, two O-K Bronze titles and one district championship, the school’s first since 1983. This year, with a quality returning base, the expectations are once again high.

Belding’s Monica Baylis, front, boxes out during a district tournament game last season. The Redskins opened this season on Tuesday with a win over Lakewood. - File photo

Belding works for successful season

The Belding Redskins girls basketball team got off to a good start this season. After a slow start Tuesday night, the Redskins used a dominating second half to defeat Lakewood to open the 2014-15 season with a 44-33 win. Hallee Breimayer scored 16 points in the win, while Katie Wood finished with 14 points and Monica Baylis with eight points.

Lakeview senior guard Saddie Massie (3) sprints past Montabella junior defender Marisol Bucao (10) during a breakaway in the third quarter Tuesday evening. - Daily News/Cory Smith

Defense leads Lakeview to 53-20 season opening win

The Lakeview Wildcats and Montabella Mustangs opened the girls basketball season on Tuesday and both teams showed signs of rust. Lakeview’s defense, though was mostly strong and helped to carry the Wildcats to a season opening 53-20 win over the Mustangs at home.

Central Montcalm’s Mason Barnwell, right, brings the ball up the court during a home game against Newaygo last season. - File photos

Central Montcalm boys ready for basketball season

The expectations continue to rise for the Central Montcalm boys basketball team. Following last year’s 9-12 record, with all five starters returning (six seniors overall) this year, the Hornets expect to see improvement.

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Ferris State University defensive end and Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer, left, chases down a player from Northern Michigan University during a game in 2013. Zimmer and the Bulldogs play today in the second round of the Division II playoffs at home against Ohio Dominican. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Ferris State’s Zimmer ready for D-2 playoffs

Justin Zimmer was a dominating football player in high school for the Greenville Yellow Jackets. Zimmer, now playing for Ferris State University, continues to dominate on the gridiron. The preseason All-America selection, Zimmer is up for a host of awards for his play this season. Before that, Zimmer will help lead the Bulldogs in their first postseason contest in 18 years.

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Greenville/Belding hoops to play at Palace

It’s always a big deal when the Greenville Yellow Jackets and Belding Redskins face each other in sports. It doesn’t even matter the sport. Well this January, the two schools will meet again on the hard court, as they do every season, this time both the boys and girls games will take place at The Palace of Auburn Hills.