Yellow Jackets guard Keegan Goetz (2) lines a pass to teammate Brady Platt (5) during the first half of Greenville’s game against Forest Hills Northern Friday. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Lack of effort dooms Greenville in 52-39 loss to Forest Hills Northern

In order to win in basketball, effort has to be given in all four quarters. For the Greenville boys basketball team, the needed effort waned in the second half Friday night against Forest Hills Northern, resulting in a 52-39 loss at home to drop the Yellow Jackets to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the Ottawa-Kent White Conference.

Mallory Hinken (20) came off the bench to score 10 points for Greenville in the Yellow Jackets’ 61-44 win against Forest Hills Northern Friday. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

Greenville’s 61-44 win over Forest Hills Northern a ‘nine-strong’ effort

On the whiteboard in the locker room were three goals written for the Yellow Jackets to attain against Forest Hills Northern on Friday night. And they did it as a full team.

Greenville Yellow Jackets assistant football coach Tom Hallock recently was named Michigan High School Football Coaches Association’s assistant coach of the year. Hallock is a defensive coordinator for the team. He’s been with the team for 19 years. (File photo)

Greenville football’s Tom Hallock is assistant coach of the year

The Michigan High School Football Coaches Association (MHSFCA) named Greenville assistant coach Tom Hallock as one of 16 varsity assistant coaches of the year.

Cedar Rock Sports Plex in Cedar Rock is offereing a free program to young children who are interested in learning the sport of hockey. The program is at 6 p.m. Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

Free program offers hockey lessons to youths

James Hodge has loved the sport of hockey since he was 7 years old. Now he’s getting the chance to love the sport through his two sons.

Hodge, of Greenville, has played many levels of hockey during his life, including collegiate. And now that his sons, Zander, 5, and Conner, 4, are old enough to strap on a pair of ice skates, Hodge has introduced them to the sport he loves through a free program called “Try Hockey for FREE,” offered at the Cedar Rock Sports Plex.

Greenville's Sydney Zayler putts during the Division 2 state finals at Grand Valley Statge Univeristy's The Meadows Golf Course Sept. 28.

Greenville, Lakeview girls golfers named academic all-state

Yet another honor has come to the girls golf teams of Greenville and Lakeview. The Yellow Jackets and Wildcats were named academic all-state by the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association last week. During the past seven years, Lakeview has produced five academic all-state teams, noted coach Brian Corwin. “Both of our golf programs at Lakeview [...]

Greenville’s Elijah TerHaar, front, tries to escape the grasp of Coopersville’s Rylie Maysie during their 215-pound match at Wednesday’s Central Montcalm Invitational. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Jackets take 3rd, Hornets 7th at Central Montcalm Invitational

Central Montcalm’s wrestling team finally has its first two wins of the season. The Green Hornets beat Newaygo twice at Central Montcalm’s Bruce Train Wrestling Tournament Wednesday night, with the second win coming in the match to determine who would take seventh place.

Sophomore Adele Kemp is in her second year as starting point guard for the Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Greenville’s sophomore point guard Adele Kemp displays high level of determination

Every day, for at least an hour, Adele Kemp will put in her earbuds, listen to music and just dribble a basketball. It is a small example of the dedication the 15-year-old Greenville sophomore puts toward her favorite sport.

Greenville’s Calvin Syrjala, bottom right, signs his letter of intent to play for Grand Rapids Community College while looking on are his mother Carrie, bottom left, father Derek, top left, and Greenville baseball coach Corey Kohler, top right. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Greenville’s Syrjala signs to play baseball for Grand Rapids Community College

Calvin Syrjala was getting looked at by a couple of Division 1 college baseball teams. Instead, Syrjala decided community college is the way to go, signing a letter of intent last week to play for Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

Greenville senior forward Mallory Hinken (20) takes a shot over Morley Stanwood freshman forward Bre Berry during the first half of Tuesday’s game in Greenville. The Yellow Jackets won 71-52, with Hinken scoring 10 points and grabbing four rebounds. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

Defensive play earns Greenville its third win of the season against Morley Stanwood

If there is one thing Adele Kemp learned from Greenville’s 71-52 win over Morley Stanwood Tuesday, it is forgetting about a bad game. Last Friday, in a win against rival Belding, the Greenville girls basketball team dominated the Redskins, however, Kemp didn’t have her usual stellar performance. On Tuesday, however, the sophomore point guard was back on track, scoring 25 points, grabbing eight rebounds and collecting four assists.

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Daily News fall sports Spark Plug Players of the Year

Recognizing our local “spark plug” players from our fall sports season.