Chip Burch

The Greenville equestrian team poses before the state finals in Midland Oct. 9. From left, coach Rachelle Croy, Rylie Croy, Shannon Carey and coach Stephanie Carey. The title is only the second one from a Greenville high school sports team. (Courtesy photos)

Greenville equestrian team wins Division D state title

A less-than-known club sport at Greenville High School now has the school’s second state title and its first in school history.

The Greenville equestrian team took first place in Division D — teams with less than three riders — in the Michigan Interscholastic Horse Association state finals Oct. 13-16.

There were two riders on Greenville’s team — juniors Rylie Croy and Shannon Carey. Their mothers, Rachelle Croy and Stephanie Carey, coached the team.

Both the Belding Redskins and Greenville Yellow Jackets qualified for the Michigan High School Athletics Association football playoffs, sneaking in with five wins each. Greenville will have a rematch with Lowell, which the Red Arrows beat Greenville 35-10 in a September meeting at Greenville. Meanwhile, Belding will face 9-0 Ithaca. Ithaca, which is from the Tri-Valley-West Conference, hasn't lost since Nov. 28, 2014, when it lost in the state finals to Monroe Saint Mary Catholic.

Four out of five eligible football teams make MHSAA playoffs

It was possible that five area football teams would make the playoffs, if the points fell just right. Of those five, four will have another game.


Central Montcalm school board approves designs

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education was presented with a schematic design and pricing package Monday of the upcoming construction/renovation, and approved it … sort of. Designers from the engineering and architect firms presented designs for construction and renovation, focusing first on secure vestibule entrances for four school buildings. The board, in a 6-0 vote with Mark Grossbauer absent, approved the design, with a Plan B proposal for the high school/middle school entrance.

Belding running back and junior James Daniel (2), works his way past Grandville Calvin Christian defender and junior Sam Elliot (23) for positive yardage Friday evening. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Belding sits and waits after 47-27 loss to Calvin Christian

The wait until Sunday is going to be agonizing for Belding’s football team.

The Redskins finished 5-4 overall on the season after losing to Grandville Calvin Christian 47-27 on Friday night.

Grandville Calvin Christian’s Brooke Barendsen, far left, attacks past the block of Belding’s Summer Eubank (7) and Jessica Wittenbach (5) during the first game of a match Thursday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Seniors go out as winners on home court as Belding volleyball beats Calvin Christian

Thursday night was the last time the seniors on Belding’s volleyball team took to the court in its home gymnasium in a regular-season game.

The players made themselves — and the parents in attendance — happy with a straight-game win over the Grandville Calvin Christian Squires, 25-16, 25-20, 25-18.

Central Montcalm girls runners, in green jerseys, and Tri County girls runners take off at the start of the CSAA championships Tuesday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Fremont, Big Rapids win conference championships

Tri County’s boys cross country team had something to be proud of Tuesday.

The Vikings ended up second behind Fremont in the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) Gold Division at the Championships they hosted, finishing with 99 points to the Packers’ 26.

Tri County’s Julia Bice participated in the Division 3 state finals at Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek Friday  (Courtesy photo)

Greenville girls golf, Tri County’s Bice enjoy state finals

Greenville girls golf coach Nancy Johnson would rather remember that her Yellow Jackets got to the state finals and not where they finished, while Tri County junior Julia Bice ended up with a two-day score of 209 at the Division 3 state final at Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek.

Lakeview’s David Larson turns the ball around during the Wildcats’ Division 3 playoff game against Comstock Park Monday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Larson’s 4 goals help Lakeview move on past Comstock Park

Lakeview’s boys soccer season will continue for at least one more game.

The Wildcats got all four goals from senior David Larson and hung on against a second-half surge to beat the Comstock Park Panthers 4-3 Monday in the first round of the Division 3 soccer playoffs.

Greenville’s Brock Kohler (22) drops a pass while Lowell’s Sam Russell defends during the Jackets’ game against the Red Arrows on Sept. 23. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

Yellow Jackets get second chance against Lowell in state playoffs

At the end of the game against Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern, the chances of Greenville’s football team making the playoffs appeared slim.

Those chances were realized when the Yellow Jackets were one of 38 teams that were 5-4 to be put in the playoffs.

Greenville’s Rylee Welsh chips onto the seventh green of The Meadows at Grand Valley State University at the Division 2 state golf finals first round Friday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Greenville girls golf open state finals in 18th place

Greenville’s girls golf team is looking up at the field after the first day of the Division 2 state finals.

The Yellow Jackets finished the first of two rounds at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University in 18th place Friday.