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THE REVIEW: Rebuilding a kicker

It’s been over 20 years since the Detroit Lions and their fans have had to even entertain the thought of a struggle in their kicking game. They’ve more than made up for it by experiencing difficulty in other areas, as we all know.

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Cedar Springs defense shuts down Yellow Jackets

Two keys to winning a football game are being able to rush the ball and to play solid defense. The Cedar Springs Red Hawks have mastered both this season. On Friday, the Red Hawks continued its domination on the defensive side of the ball with a 48-16 win over the Greenville Yellow Jackets. Offensively, the Red Hawks controlled the clock with its methodical, Wing-T offense, which makes it nearly impossible to make a comeback when trailing.

Greenville senior Allegra Berry taps the ball over two Forest Hills Eastern defenders for a point during Thursday’s O-K Bronze match at home. - Bruce Bentley

FH Eastern too much for Greenville volleyball

The Greenville Yellow Jackets were up against a tough challenge. Facing a state ranked (8th in Class B) Forest Hills Eastern team, the Yellow Jackets needed to play flawless volleyball to win their match on Thursday night at home.

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SPORTS GALORE: Margin for error is gone in playoff push

The Lakeview Wildcats will be one of 256 teams playing for a coveted football state championship beginning on Oct. 31. Lakeview’s win at Hesperia last week guaranteed the Wildcats (6-1 overall) a second consecutive trip to the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) football playoffs.

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Greenville, Central Montcalm hoping for best at golf finals

Two area girls golf teams begin today the with the hopes of a team state title. The Greenville Yellow Jackets are returning to the Division 2 state finals for the sixth consecutive year and ninth time in the past 10 years. Central Montcalm heads to the Division 4 state finals for the first time since 2007 (Division 3 then).

Greenville senior Eric Plate carries the ball against the Belding Redskins in the season opening game on Aug. 28. Plate rushed for a school single-game record 265 yards in the win.

Plate having sensational season for Greenville

Football is in the blood of Greenville’s Eric Plate. After all, four members of his family have played Division I football. His father Rick played for Central Michigan University, uncle Scott for the University of Iowa and Todd for the University of Michigan. A cousin of the three, Troy, also played for Michigan.

Greenville’s Alec Grice gets tangled with Cedar Springs’ Santiago Quiroga and falls to the turf, while Gabe Zwinger comes away with the ball for the Red Hawks during Tuesday’s Division 2 district opening game. - Bruce Bentley

Greenville advances in soccer tourney

The Greenville Yellow Jackets didn’t play its best game of the year, but it was enough to advance in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 district soccer tournament. After a slow start, the Yellow Jackets adjusted to the synthetic surface at Cedar Springs and was able to score once in each half of a 2-0 victory over the host Red Hawks.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Oct. 14

Volleyball Greenville 3, Cedar Springs 0: The Yellow Jackets continued their dominance over the Red Hawks with a straight-game win 25-19, 25-11, 25-21 Tuesday night in Cedar Springs. Paige Hallock had 10 kills and four blocks for Greenville, Katherine Stidham had 10 digs, Kaylee Wilcox dished out 13 assists and Riley Jenks made six kills. [...]

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THE REVIEW: A new generation of Griffins

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. For Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman Brennan Evans pictures have captured some of the greatest moments throughout the journey of the veteran’s career, including a moment shared between he and his greatest inspiration, his father.

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Greenville stunned by FH Eastern 45-16

The Greenville Yellow Jackets path to the postseason just increased in difficulty. The Yellow Jackets began Friday night needing two wins in three games to guarantee their first playoff berth since 2010. After a stunning 45-16 loss to Forest Hills Eastern (FHE), the Yellow Jackets will need to win their final two games to reach the playoffs.