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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.

Greenville’s Brock Kohler lays down a sacrifice bunt during the third inning against Cedar Springs at home on Thursday. Kohler finished 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Syrjala strikes out 12, Greenville wins 8-2

Calvin Syrjala didn’t start with his A game, but he finished with it. Syrjala allowed two first inning runs, only one earned, but settled in nicely as the Greenville Yellow Jackets completed a three-game O-K Bronze sweep of the Cedar Springs Red Hawks with an 8-2 win at home on Thursday. Greenville won both games of a doubleheader at Cedar Springs (3-6, 0-3) on Tuesday.

Greenville junior Landon Kemp clears a Yellow Jacket Stadium record 12-foot pole vault during Monday’s meet against Northview. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Landon Kemp continues to break pole vault records

Landon Kemp never ceases to amaze. The Greenville junior can dominate any event she enters, but it’s a passion for pole vaulting that takes up a lot of Kemp’s time. On Monday at Yellow Jacket Stadium, the second of three regular season home meets, Kemp placed first in four events: 100-meter dash, 100 hurdles, long jump and of course, pole vault.

Greenville’s Nate Kubec clears a hurdle during the 110-meter hurdles at home against Northview on Monday. Kubec won the event with a time of 16.72 seconds. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville track sweeps O-K Bronze rival Northview

The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys and girls track team put together a pair of solid performances on a warm, sunny afternoon at home. The Yellow Jackets boys track team defeated Northview 93-44, while the girls topped the Wildcats 87-50 in an O-K Bronze meet on Monday.

Tri County’s Skylar Reed delivers a pitch during the first inning at Greenville on Monday. Reed earned the win allowing six hits and five strikeouts. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Tri County softball mercies Greenville for 5-0 start

An eight-run fifth inning was all the Tri County softball team needed. The Vikings used that run to mercy the Greenville Yellow Jackets 17-7 in six innings Monday at Hannah Field in Greenville. Tri County remained undefeated at 5-0 with the win.