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Greenville junior Calvin Syrjala tries to stiff-arm Belding’s Alex Hubbert during a 52-29 Yellow Jackets win in a season opening win at Rudness Field. - Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

Greenville starts quick in opening win at Belding

Big and physical are just a couple of words to describe the Greenville Yellow Jackets offensive line. Throw in an uptempo offense and the Yellow Jackets provide quick scoring capability and the ability to wear down an opponent, especially, when that opponent is young and lacking depth.

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Local XC teams open season at Chip Hills Invite

Five local teams ran at the Early Season Warrior Invitational Tuesday, but none finished in the top 10 of the meet. On the boys’ side, Greenville had the best finish in the area, finishing 13th with 321 points. Montabella was 14th with 366 and Lakeview had 549 points for 19th out of 20 teams.

Belding’s Jessica Wittenbach (5) tries to block the attack of Greenville’s Rylie Jenks (13) during The Daily News Invitational Volleyball Tournament Saturday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding does it again at The Daily News Invitational

Just like last year, Belding’s volleyball team was the best in the area. The Redskins went undefeated and won the Daily News Invitational Volleyball Tournament at their home gym Saturday. The Redskins beat Lakeview and Vestaburg in pool play, then had a tough match with Central Montcalm before besting Greenville 25-7, 25-13 in the finals.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Saturday, Aug. 22

Belding girls 5th ,boys 12th at St. Johns: The Redskin boys were 1212 out of 13 teams at the St. Johns Night Meet Friday. The boys got 320 points while the girls had 163 for fifth. Top boys runners were Blake Flynn in 50th (19:01.2), Justin McMaster in 80th (20:06.3), Royce Braman in 85th (20:27.5), Tommy Myles in 88th (20:33.8) and Zac Brown in 107th (21:37.8)…

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CHIP’S CLIPS: Lessons not learned

The Little League Softball World Series showed some adults really know how to mess up a kid’s love of sports. It also showed some adults don’t get it when it comes to playing sports properly. For those readers who don’t know what I’m talking about, there was a controversy in the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore., earlier this week.

Greenville’s Felicia Callahan nears the finish line at last year’s annual Central Montccalm Hornet Run. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville girls ready for cross country season

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls cross country team will begin the season in just a few days. Even though the team returns five runners from last year’s squad, the Yellow Jackets will be a small team.

Greenville junior Keegan Cossou goes up for a touchdown grab along the back of the end zone against Muskegon Mona Shores during a scrimmage at Legacy Field on Wednesday. - Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

GHS scrimmages with three teams, opens season next week

The focus for the Greenville Yellow Jackets has officially turned toward next week’s season opening football game against rival Belding. That was the message from coach Dave Moore following a four team scrimmage at Legacy Field on Wednesday, which pitted the Yellow Jackets against East Lansing, Muskegon Mona Shores and Jenison.

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THE REVIEW: Sending off a legend

It was Sept. 6, 1974. The Montreal Expos were tied at the top of the second inning against the hosting Pittsburgh Pirates when a 20-year-old third baseman stepped to the plate for the Expos. In three at-bats that day, the right-hander may have only posted a single hit in his professional debut, but little did he know that his future in the game of baseball would surpass anything he was expecting.

Greenville’s Nathan Larson, middle, takes part in on-field activities prior to the Detroit Lions game at Ford Field on Thursday. Larson was there for the #MiKidsCan Play Like a Lions Challenge. - Courtesy photo

Greenville kid takes to field prior to Lions win

The Detroit Lions took to the field to open its preseason football schedule at Ford Field on Thursday. Also taking the field, prior to the Lions 23-3 win over the Jets, was Greenville 7-year-old Nathan Larson.

Greenville’s Leah Somerfield, right, turns to the basket for a shot during a game last year for Oakland.  - Courtesy photo/Leah Somerfield

Somerfield loves Oakland, ready for sophomore year

Oakland University women’s basketball player Leah Somerfield made a big jump from high school girls basketball to Division 1 women’s college basketball. It was an interesting transition for the Greenville graduate.