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Greenville senior quarterback Cal Syrjala (2) breaks through Belding defenders, juniors Andrew Gonzales (13) and James Daniel (2), en route to scoring a touchdown Thursday evening at Legacy Field in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Syrjala leads Greenville to physical 49-6 victory over rival Belding

It took three plays for Cal Syrjala to set the tone of the 99th game between football rivals Greenville and Belding at Legacy Field on Thursday night.

On the third play, Greenville’s senior quarterback busted up the middle of the line for a physical 4-yard touchdown run to give the Yellow Jackets the first lead of the game.

Greenville never looked back, earning a 49-6 non-conference win to start their season.

A new trophy will be presented to the winner of the Greenville-Belding football game, which is a rivalry game dating back to 1900, one of the longest ongoing football rivalries in the state. The trophy, purchased by Greenville Rotary Club, stands approximately 4-feet tall. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

New Greenville-Belding rivalry trophy used to be a tradition long ago

Bragging rights for the winner of the Greenville-Belding football game just got a little more interesting. This year’s winning team will have the opportunity to hoist a new rivalry trophy.

Belding visits Greenville at 7 p.m. Thursday at Greenville’s Legacy Field to continue a rivalry that dates back to 1900. Last year, Greenville earned the victory with a 52-29 win at Belding. (File photo)

Greenville, Belding coaches focus on maintaining game plan, keeping adrenaline in check

The 2016 high school football season is set to begin this week, and what better way to get it started then a longtime rivalry game between Greenville and Belding.

The two teams, which have been playing each other for more than a century, will face off Thursday at Greenville’s Legacy Field, with a kick off time of 7 p.m.

Senior co-captain Bryce Johnston attempts to kick the ball through a line of Sparta players in the first half of the Greenville-Sparta soccer game at Greenville Monday. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Little mistakes lead to narrow defeat to Sparta for Greenville’s soccer team

Improvement sometimes doesn’t equal a win in the game of soccer, but Greenville coach Jeremy Neve saw more good things from his team, despite falling to Sparta 1-0 at a home game Monday.

Joseph Conley

New Greenville tennis coach brings plenty of passion

If there is one word to describe Greenville’s new tennis coach, it’s passion. Joseph Conley may not come with a lot of coaching experience, but his players can expect just as much “go get it” attitude as they can dish out for the sport.

Daily News sports editor Ryan Schlehuber

No time to waste: ‘Hit the line hard’ as new sports editor

Here it’s my first week as Daily News sports editor, and I’m already playing from behind.

Having accepted the new position on Monday, transitioning from features editor and filling the vacancy left by my dear friend and longtime and much-respected Sports Editor Bruce Bentley, I’ve had to “hit the line hard” and catch up with teams, local athletic directors and coaches as high school fall sports season is already upon us.

This year’s Central Montcalm volleyball team, which is competing in today’s Daily News Invitational in Belding, consists of five seniors and seven players with varsity experience, however, head coach John Johnson noted there are superstars on this year’s team. “We are very team-oriented. What we have is a different player stepping up in every game,” he said. (File photo)

Daily News Invitational ‘first measurement’ for Hornets’ team

  STANTON — There are five seniors and seven players with varsity experience on Central Montcalm’s varsity volleyball team this year, however, who leads the team will be a game-by-game outcome. “We are very team-oriented, which is different than past teams,” said head coach John Johnson, who is in his third year as coach of [...]

Tri County junior quarterback Cayden Luchies eyes down a wide receiver as he attempts to make a pass during Wednesday’s practice. Vikings coach Phil Butler has 37 players on the team, of which 23 are seniors. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Defense, seniors key to Tri County football’s success this year

There’s always the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to preseason football for high school teams. For Tri County head coach Phil Butler, the good may just be the heavy favorite for his squad this year.

Volunteers are already setting up this year’s Danish Festival, including sisters Jayden, left, and Madison Gibbons who are constructing tiaras as demonstration craft items for the Hans Christian Andersen Park kids events, which will include crafts and games for free Friday and Saturday at Tower Riverside Park in Greenville. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Volunteers make up the backbone of Danish Festival

With their red shirts, they blend into the Danish Festival crowd almost unnoticed. Without them, Greenville’s annual event couldn’t happen.

As many as 50 people — of all ages and range of experience — volunteer to help with the many events during Danish Festival, which begins Thursday and runs through Sunday. From the Princess for a Day event to the Grand Dansk Parade to the Tivoli Beer Gardens to the Exploring Danish Happiness traveling exhibit, all the festival events that happen throughout the city is only possible through the dedication of a volunteer program.


CM, Montabella voters pass ballot proposals

A majority of voters in their respective districts approved a bond proposal for Central Montcalm Public School and allowed Montabella Community Schools to continue its 18 mill non-homestead property tax levy on Tuesday.