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Greenville’s Stephan Hilliker, above, works Forest Hills Eastern’s Ryan Roth into position for a pin during Saturday’s state individual districts tournment in Lowell. Hilliker would get the pin 1:44 into the match, giving him a district title in the 125-pound division. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

30-plus local wrestlers qualify at weekend individual districts

As the dust settles from Saturday’s state individual district tournaments, as many as 33 wrestlers qualified for the next round, the regionals, which will be next Saturday. The Carson City-Crystal Eagles, wrestling out of the 27-4 Hesperia district, saw 10 wrestlers qualify, which is the most among the area schools, followed by Greenville, which had eight qualify. Belding had six qualify while Tri County and Montabella each had four wrestlers who finished fourth or better to qualify for regionals. Central Montcalm finished with two qualifiers and Lakeview with one.

Belding’s Simone D’Errico goes up for a shot as teammate Josh VanDyke (10) opens up the lane for him against NorthPointe Christian Friday. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

Redskins fight all four quarters, fall short to Mustangs 34-27

  BELDING — “Under the weather” would describe the Belding boys basketball team, both in health and in shooting Friday night against NorthPointe Christian. In a low-scoring 34-27 loss to the Mustangs, the Redskins were playing without four of their players owing to sickness, while most of the rest of the team battled symptoms. Belding [...]

Belding’s Olivia Stephan, right, tangles with NorthPointe Christian’s Kaycee Sluiter during the second half of Friday’s game. The Redskins won 67-47 to improve their record to 8-7 overall. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

Belding shows depth, tenacity in 67-47 win over NorthPointe Christian

After losing its best player to an injury and its head coach to a questionable ejection, one might think Belding would have folded against NorthPointe Christian on Friday. Not so.

Greenville’s Keegan Cossou (40), boxed in by Cedar Springs’ Jameson Pavelka (15) and Dawson Wood (21), scored 22 points for the Yellow Jackets to lead his team to a 43-40 win over the Red Hawks Tuesday. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Cossou’s 22 points leads Greenville to 43-40 win over Cedar Springs

Midway through the third quarter, during a timeout, Mark Haist shouted a reminder to his team that even got the home crowd going during a conference game Tuesday. “Have some heart and finish this game!” the Greenville coach exclaimed to his team, which seemed to energize the Yellow Jackets in its 43-40 win over Cedar Springs.

Greenville’s Blake Whitcomb (73) will be headed to Marquette in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to play football for the Northern Michigan University Wildcats. Whitcomb played center, guard and defensive lineman for the Yellow Jackets. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

Greenville’s Blake Whitcomb headed to Northern Michigan University to play football

Blake Whitcomb loves the outdoors. With the college he will be attending, that love will certainly grow. The Greenville senior football player will be playing football in the Upper Peninsula with the Wildcats of Northern Michigan University next year.

Central Montcalm’s Gunther Ebels makes a no-look pass to teammate Ryan Wenger (10) in the third quarter against Grant Friday. The Hornets lost 57-54. Ebels scored 18 points. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Grant’s freshman guard hits six 3’s to down Green Hornets on Parents Night

Central Montcalm coach Dan Basom knew Friday’s opponent had a stellar freshman guard. What he didn’t realize was his ability to shoot moon shots and make them. Carter Chase put on a spectacular shooting performance during the Hornets’ parents night Friday, nailing six 3-pointers and tallying a total of 24 points to lead his Tigers to a 57-54 win.

Central Montcalm senior Libby Ledford slices through the Grant Tigers’ defense to score two of her team-leading 13 points in Friday’s game. The Hornets lost in overtime, 52-47. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Grant avenges 40-point loss to Central Montcalm with overtime win

  STANTON — Earlier in the basketball season, the Central Montcalm girls basketball team throttled conference foe Grant Tigers by 40 points. Friday night, however, during the Hornets’ parents night, the Tigers took revenge, winning 52-47 in overtime. The Green Hornets (10-4 overall, 5-3 CSAA-Gold) led for much of the second half in the second [...]

Tasha Greggs-Rogers, originally from Stanton, works on touching up a tattoo. Greggs-Rogers has been in the tattoo business for three years, having done a two-year apprenticeship before that.

PERSONALLY SPEAKING: Faith-based couple opens new tattoo studio in Greenville

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be a tattoo artist. Ever since I was a kid, I loved to doodle and draw, but I could never get myself past the threshold of actually taking a needle and permanently staining someone’s skin. Thankfully, there are artists like Tasha Greggs-Rogers who pushed through that nervousness and established themselves tattoo artists.

Greenville’s first game at its newest stadium, Legacy Field, in 2012 opened with the rivalry game against Belding. The Yellow Jackets won the game 43-12. Belding’s last win against Greenville was in 2013, a 47-14 win. — File photo

Historic Belding-Greenville football rivalry abruptly halted

Last season was considered the 99th meeting between the Belding Redskins and the Greenville Yellow Jackets, one of the oldest high school football rivalries in Michigan.

The two teams may never face each other again.

Greenville's Paige Hallock, left, and Landon Kemp each signed their letters of intent to play at the college level, with Hallock set to play basketball at Grand Valley State University while Kemp will continue her long jump career at South Dakota University.

HIT THE LINE HARD: Enjoying the hype of committing

This is the time of year I always love, when “National Signing Day” is upon us. I love all the hype of which highly-touted high school football recruit is going where and which team has raked in the most studs and whose team is going to be crazy good next year, or so we think. One of the the trends I’ve gotten caught up in and enjoy watching are the creative announcements these recruits have been posting online lately.