Greenville’s tennis team was coming off a win over Ithaca on Monday. That momentum didn’t carry over to Tuesday’s match. The Lake Odessa Lakewood Vikings swept the Yellow Jackets 8-0 in Greenville, putting their record at 6-0 overall.
An eight-run fifth inning was all the Tri County softball team needed. The Vikings used that run to mercy the Greenville Yellow Jackets 17-7 in six innings Monday at Hannah Field in Greenville. Tri County remained undefeated at 5-0 with the win.
Lakeview’s soccer team got its Central State Activities Association (CSAA) schedule off on the right foot Thursday. The Wildcats hung on to beat the Grant Tigers 4-3 in the first CSAA game of the season for them.
Belding’s softball team came back from spring break picking up where they left off. Lakeview’s softball team wasn’t so fortunate. The Redskins won both games of a doubleheader from the Wildcats on Tuesday, 10-4 and 11-1.
Kirsten Johnson will be playing softball beyond this spring. Johnson signed a letter of intent to play for Olivet College in the spring of 2017. Johnson had been recruited by Lansing Community College, Alma College, Muskegon Community College and Aquinas College.
Academics is a topic that is stressed in the athletic programs of local high schools, and the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) noticed. BCAM announced its academic all-state girls basketball teams Thursday, with six of the eight local schools being named honorable mention in their classes. The top 10 in team GPA were named academic all-state, with all others who had at least a 3.0 team GPA named honorable mention.
One local high school student-athlete is going to play soccer in college. Kyle Smith, who spent two seasons as a goalkeeper with Greenville, signed a letter of intent to play soccer for Division 1 DePaul University. Smith played for the Yellow Jackets as a freshman and a senior. The senior spent the two seasons as a sophomore and a junior with the Alliance Academy Football Club soccer program.
What a difference a change of venue and better weather conditions can make. The West Michigan Whitecaps went from blowing snow in South Bend, Ind., — where they won two games — to a sunny, but cold day Saturday where they lost to the South Bend Cubs 5-3 in the Whitecaps’ home opener. The game-time temperature for the home opener was 35 degrees, which was the second-coldest home opener in Whitecaps’ history. It was 34 degrees in 2003.
Carson City-Crystal’s girls basketball team would have loved to duplicate last season. The Eagles went to the regional final in Class C and won the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC) title. This year, the Eagles lost to Laingsburg in the district opener and finished second behind Class D state runner-up Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart in league play
Lakeview’s boys basketball team had its season end a little earlier than it wanted it to. The Wildcats lost in the Class C regional tournament at Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian Monday 57-40. The Wildcats ended their season at 16-7.