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Belding senior Hallee Breimayer, center, signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Grand Rapids Community College Wednesday. Surrounding her are, from left in front, her mother, Shawn, Belding girls basketball coach Connor Hoke; in back, her father, Shad, and her new basketball coach, Dave Glazier. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Belding’s Breimeyer to play basketball at GRCC

Dave Glazier is used to allowing freshman players to flourish on his Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) women’s basketball team. Soon, he will have another freshman who can bring a whole new attitude to the Raiders team.

Hallee Breimayer, Belding senior and The Daily News girls basketball player of the year, signed a letter of intent to attend GRCC and play for Glazier, who is in his second year as the Raiders head coach.

Greenville senior Reece Burden signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Cleary University in Howell last Thursday. Pictured are, from left, his brother, Ryan, his mother, Kim, Reece, Jodi, his father and his other brother, Ethan. (Courtesy photo)

Greenville’s Reece Burden to play baseball at Cleary

Reece Burden is in his last year of playing baseball at Greenville, but recently he has made plans to continue his career on the diamond.

Last Thursday, the three-year varsity Greenville outfielder signed a letter of intent with Cleary University, where he will join the Cougars baseball team, as well.

Greenville’s Reece Burden (12) connects on a pitch by Central Montcalm’s Hunter VeltKamp during the first of a doubleheader between the two teams in Stanton Saturday. The Yellow Jackets swept the Green Hornets winning both games, 12-2 in game one and 7-5 in game two. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Greenville sweeps Central Montcalm in baseball doubleheader

A four-run seventh-inning rally awakened the offense for Greenville that led to a 7-5 win in its first game against Central Montcalm Saturday.

Tessa Tobey, left, a Greenville junior, is one of four captains on this year’s Yellow Jackets soccer team. The Jackets have a new coach — Adam Scheidel — and a new attitude, aiming to change the culture of the entire program this year. (File photos)

New coach brings new confidence, fresh outlook to Yellow Jackets’ girls soccer team

Since moving up to the varsity soccer team as a freshman, Greenville’s Kenna Allen has heard the talk around the league that her team is known as a bit of a push-over.

With the help of a new coach, a new attitude and a new outlook on the program, the senior captain believes Greenville girls soccer is going to shock a lot of people this spring.

Junior Kaylee Reeder, left, scored two goals and had an assist for Carson City-Crystal in Wednesday’s win against Chesaning. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Carson City-Crystal soccer earns first win of the season against Chesaning

The Carson City-Crystal Eagles soccer team got into the win column in a big way Wednesday night.

The Belding-Greenville football rivalry game has been an ongoing event since at least 1897. Overall, the teams have played at least 108 games since then. (File photo)

HIT THE LINE HARD: Greenville, Belding’s historic football rivalry goes back 108 years

It may be official, or unofficial, but whatever the fact may be, Bob Dumond knows the historic football rivalry between Greenville and Belding has long passed the mark that many people believed was going to be next year.

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Rooting for Carson City-Crystal’s underdog

As a sports editor who covers multiple teams for up to eight local high schools, I try not to be a “homer” for one particular team.

But I have to admit, after doing a story on Carson City-Crystal’s girls soccer team, it’s hard to not throw on an Eagles hat and root for them.

Carson City-Crystal’s girls soccer program, which became a sanctioned varsity sport two years ago, received another two-year extension by the school’s Board of Education in January. This year’s team has a larger team — 19 players — and bigger goals.

With new life, Carson City-Crystal’s soccer program focuses on bigger goals

After surviving a school board debate about whether the program should continue, the Carson City-Crystal Eagles girls soccer team is ready to show it belongs on the field.

And this year, it has numbers.

In January, the CC-C school board agreed to extend the soccer program another two years, giving coach Mallory Lynch a chance to continue to build the program and continue increasing the team’s wins.

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Daily News winter sports ‘Spark Plug’ Players of the Year

We’ve had our Daily News All-Area award winners, and now we recognize those players who might not fill up the stats book, but their team may not be as successful or enjoy the sport as much without them.

Coach Eric Nichols, far left, and his Greenville girls basketball team fought through several setbacks this fall but still managed to be in their league title contention and post a 14-7 overall record. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Greenville girls basketball team fights through a season full of setbacks

Eric Nichols and his Greenville girls basketball team saw a season of high expectations turn into a series of setbacks.

Despite not meeting their season goals, the Yellow Jackets showed true grit in weathering more challenges than they expected, said Nichols, who wrapped up his sixth season with Greenville with a 14-7 record.