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Buffalo Bills cut Greenville grad Zimmer

Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer’s NFL plans are on hold.

Liam Dailey, 9, left, is about to be taken down by Lucas Rowley, 9, during the “Schmidt Intense Camp” Monday night.

Greenville state placer holds first wrestling camp

GREENVILLE — Mike Schmidt has been wrestling for many years. Now he’s sharing some of the wrestling knowledge he’s gained over time. Schmidt, a 2013 graduate of Greenville, is holding the “ Schmidt Intense Camp” wrestling camp in the wrestling loft at Allinder Gym at Greenville High School. The camp ends today. Schmidt, who was [...]

Greenville junior Landon Kemp attempts a pole vault during the Division 1 state track finals at Hudsonville on Saturday. Kemp’s family and friends watch in the back ground as Kemp clears 12-6 to win the state title. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville’s Kemp wins D1 pole vault state title

Greenville junior Landon Kemp is always calm and focused. Competing in three events at the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 1 state track championships, Kemp needed her calm and focused demeanor over eight hours of competition at Hudsonville on Saturday. For the second consecutive season, Kemp earned All-State honors in three events including a state championship in the pole vault, state runner-up in the long jump and fifth place in the 100-meter hurdles.

Tri County’s Aaron Jason, left, and Greenville’s Landon Kemp were voted The Daily News Track Classic top male and female athletes at Tuesday’s meet. - Sports Pro Images/Jamie McNinch

Kemp, Jason lead Daily News Track Classic

In a track meet pitting the area’s best of the best, a pair of juniors stood out among the rest. On a beautiful Tuesday evening, the annual Daily News Track Classic was held at Greenville High School. The meet consists of the best athletes from The Daily News coverage area, minus Montabella (they opt to compete at the Morning Sun Invitational), plus Cedar Springs. Greenville junior Landon Kemp, winner of three events, and Tri County junior Aaron Jason, winner of two events, were named the top male and female athletes of the meet. This was the third time Kemp won the honor and first for Jason.

Greenville junior Calvin Syrjala leaps over some down lineman during a game at Legacy Field against Cedar Springs last year. - Sports Pro Images/Calvin Syrjala

Ostipow making transition as Greenville football coach

It’s been a smooth transition for new Greenville High School varsity football coach Eddie Ostipow. Ostipow, who was announced as new coach in January, began his new position (also the strength and conditioning teacher) on Feb. 1. The position opened with the retirement of Dave Moore.

Greenville tight end Keegan Cossou goes up for a touchdown catch during a preseason 7-on-7 passing camp at Legacy Field last July. - Sports Pro Images/Jamie McNinch

Greenville’s Cossou commits to Central Michigan

Keegan Cossou had plenty of options to choose from. A 3-star tight end (according to Rivals) from Greenville, Cossou chose to commit to Central Michigan University (CMU) over six other Division I football scholarship offers. He committed to the Chippewas during the program’s spring game, won by the Gold 21-7, on April 16. Cossou, who has since added Big Ten offers from Nebraska and Minnesota, choose Central Michigan for a few reasons.

Greenville’s Justin Zimmer will begin rookie minicamp with the Buffalo Bills on Friday. Zimmer was signed by the Bills following the completion of the NFL draft on Saturday. - File photo collage by Cory Smith

Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer signs with Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills have gained a whole new fan base in West Michigan. While Justin Zimmer, a 2011 Greenville High School graduate, did not hear his name called during the three days of the NFL draft, he was quickly signed to a free agent contract following the draft by the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. A dominating defensive tackle from Ferris State University, Zimmer realized his childhood dream of playing in the NFL with the signing.

Lakeview’s Amanda Larson, right, tries to go around Greenville’s Tessa Tobey, left, during the teams’ game Friday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Krogman’s hat trick leads Greenville over Lakeview

Greenville’s soccer team pulled out a close game against Lakeview Friday. The Yellow Jackets got three goals and an assist from Kylee Krogman. But her last goal was the game-winner, as Greenville beat the Wildcats 4-3. Greenville coach Jeremy Neve said the win was huge.

Lakeview’s Anthony Blazo hits his tee shot on the par 3 hole No. 11 at Brookside Golf Course on April 23. - File photo

Greenville golfers win own invitational

Greenville’s golf team hosted an invitational amid cold, windy rainy conditions. The Yellow Jackets, along with the Lakeview Wildcats, Central Montcalm Green Hornets and Ithaca Yellowjackets made it through Thursday’s blustery conditions to play at The Links of Bowen Lake. The host Yellow Jackets made it through better, earning a team score of 290 to win the meet.

Greenville’s Drew Morris hits a shot out of the bunker on hole No. 18 at the Lakeview Invitational at Brookside Golf Course on Saturday. Morris shot 91, which was good for second overall. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

McNeill leads Greenville to Lakeview Invitational win

On a sunny and at times breezy day, Greenville’s Graham McNeill played a great round to lead the Yellow Jackets to victory. McNeill earned match medalist honors with an 81, while the Yellow Jackets shot a team score of 373 to win the Lakeview Invitational at Brookside Golf Course on Saturday. Cedar Springs was second shooting a 394. Kent City shot 401, Central Montcalm 419, Lakeview (Navy) 432, Big Rapids 477 and Montabella 517. The Lakeview (Gold) did not have a team score with three golfers.