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Greenville’s Landon Kemp clears a vault as a freshman in 2014. Kemp holds the school record of 12-feet-0 and just set a national meet record on March 13. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Kemp soars, sets national meet pole vault record

Landon Kemp continues to fly through the air. Each time, she raises the bar…literally. Kemp, who set the Greenville High School pole vault record multiple times a year ago, set another record on March 13, this time at the New Balance Nationals Indoor competition in New York City.

Greenville’s Sarah Newhouse delivers a pitch during an early season game last year. Newhouse has signed to play softball for Kalamazoo Valley Community College. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville duo signs to play softball in college

Sarah Newhouse and Elizabeth Niemiec have yet to begin their season seasons of softball, save for practice, for the Greenville Yellow Jackets. Still, they both know they will continue to play softball following their Greenville careers.

Greenville’s Alex Budge, at top, tries to roll over Wyoming High’s Sutavo Moreno during a meet earlier this year.

Greenville wrestlers had to feel out season

Expectations were high for a Greenville wrestling team that had made multiple state quarterfinal appearances. That is unless you are coach Paul Johnson, who didn’t know what to expect when the season started.

Greenville sophomore Paige Hallock makes a pass during the Class A regional semifinal game against Forest Hills Central on March 4. Hallock earned O-K Bronze first team honors this season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Hallock, Kemp earn O-K Bronze basketball honors

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball season ended with a district semifinal loss to Forest Hills Eastern on March 4. The Yellow Jackets finished the season 9-11 overall and 3-7 in the O-K Bronze.

Carson City-Crystal's Dillen Decker points to his family after defeating Montabella’s Joey Durham 15-6 in the Division 4, 152-pound final on Saturday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Four area wrestlers win individual state titles, 13 place in top eight

Blood, sweat and tears. Not in any particular order, but that is the life of a wrestler. Without any of the three, success on the mat is hard to come by.

Tri County freshman Dakota Greer, top, tries to pull Richmond’s Roy Costello over during Friday’s Division 3 103-pound championship semifinal match at The Palace. Greer won by decision 7-3. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Six area wrestlers advance to individual state finals

After two days, six area wrestlers are in position to earn the ultimate achievement — an individual state championship. The Michigan High School Athletic Association’s season-ending extravaganza — with nearly 900 wrestlers taking part — began on Thursday and concludes with the championship matches today starting at 4:45 p.m.

Paige Hallock drives in for two of her 23 points during the fourth quarter at Forest Hills Central on Friday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

FHC wins 65-63 thriller over Greenville in OT

With just seconds on the clock in overtime, Sophia Sanfillippo faded from the paint, released her shot and found nothing but the bottom of the net. That shot, which created a scrum of white jerseys at mid court, gave the Forest Hills Central a thrilling 65-63 overtime victory in the Class A district semifinals over the Greenville Yellow Jackets on Wednesday night.

Greenville’s Stephen Hilliker checks the clock while going for a pin during the regional semifinal match against Muskegon Reeths-Puffer at Coopersville High School on Wednesday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville falls short in regional semifinal to Reeths-Puffer

The goal for the Greenville Yellow Jackets wrestling team is to reach the team state finals at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. Unfortunately, for the second consecutive season, the Yellow Jackets season ended at regionals.
On Wednesday night, Muskegon Reeths-Puffer (28-4) came on strong late and defeated the Yellow Jackets 39-33 in a Division 2 regional semifinal at Coopersville High School.

Greenville’s Landon Kemp drives to the basket past Northview’s Sarah VanHoute during Friday’s game at home. Kemp scored 17 points in the loss. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Northview’s defense stifles Yellow Jackets

GREENVILLE — A first half offensive struggle left the Greenville Yellow Jackets with too big a deficit to come back from. Greenville scored just four first half points and trailed by 16 at halftime. A spirited second half comeback effort fell short in a 39-32 home loss to the Northview Wildcats in O-K Bronze play. The [...]

The Greenville Yellow Jackets pose for a team photo after winning its 10th consecutive district title at home on Thursday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville wrestlers top Sparta, Cedar Springs to win title

The Sparta Spartans were supposed to be the threat to dethrone the Greenville Yellow Jackets. Instead, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks nearly snapped Greenville’s district domination.