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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.

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 junior Keegan Cossou, at right, catches a pass during the first two-a-day football practice on Monday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville’s Cossou a top high school football recruit

Central Michigan and Toledo have already extended scholarship offers. More are expected to come. It’s safe to say, Greenville junior Keegan Cossou is one of the best high school football prospects in the class of 2017.

Greenville runs a play during the first two-a-day practice at Legacy Field on Monday. The Yellow Jackets open the season at Belding on Aug. 27. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville begins season prep with first practice

With the start of two-a-days for football players around the state, the first game of the season in three weeks serves as the light at the end of the tunnel. On a warm, humid Monday afternoon, it was popsicles serving as that light for the Greenville Yellow Jackets after its first day of practice.

Belding trainer Heidi Wilker, left, checks on an injured Grand Rapids West Catholic football player. - In Action Photography/Joe Veselenak

Local schools join football concussion program

Three local schools will be taking part in a program designed to help athletes with concussions. The pilot program, which is being administered through the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), involves 70 schools, including Belding, Central Montcalm and Greenville. The program will help trainers diagnose concussions and help track athlete progress in recovering from concussions, according to Belding athletic trainer Heidi Wilker.

Greenville graduate Zane Weaver (65) looks to the sideline with the rest of the Northern Michigan offensive line for a play during a game at Ferris State University in 2013.

Greenville’s Weaver set to begin final season at Northern Michigan

Zane Weaver is ready to get back on the football field. It’s been nearly two years since the 2011 Greenville High School graduate was able to strap on a Northern Michigan University (NMU) football helmet outside of practice.

Zach Ingles conducts his ninth annual basketball camp at Greenville High School. The camp ran Monday through Thursday for players from kindergarten through ninth grade. - Courtesy photos/Jamie McNinch

Ingles hoops camp wraps after 4 days

Nearly 80 youths participated in this week’s annual Zach Ingles Basketball Camp at Greenville High School. The camp ran Monday through Thursday and featured two sessions. The first session was for children entering kindergarten through fifth grades and the second session for those entering sixth through ninth grades.

Greenville graduate Steve Eipper, middle, competes in the Michigan vs. Ohio Border Classic in June. The All-Star game, held at Wayne State University in Detroit, featured some of the best players from both states. Michigan won 24-7. - Courtesy photos

Greenville’s Eipper plays in All-Star game, transitions to CMU

Greenville graduate Steve Eipper had the opportunity to go head-to-head with some of the best football players in Michigan and Ohio. Eipper competed in the Border Classic, which pits players from Michigan against players from Ohio on June 13. Michigan, for the second consecutive summer, defeated Ohio 24-7. The game was played at Wayne State University in Detroit. A Central Michigan University recruit, Eipper enjoyed the four-day experienced.

Above, Orange Jackets’ Lexi Hansen, left, tries to dribble away from the Spikes’ Gracen Scott during the Greenville Gus Macker Saturday. At right, Cap City’s Courtney Lynch goes up for a shot. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Gus Macker invades Greenville

There was a lot of “ballin’” happening in Greenville over the weekend. The annual Gus Macker tournament took over the streets of downtown Greenville with a record number of teams at this year’s tournament. “We have 226 teams so you figure four players per team, plus they usually bring about eight spectators with them so it’s a lot of business for Greenville,” said Greenville Recreation Department director Kris Berry. “We’ve been trying to break the 200 mark for the past 13 years and this year we finally broke the number in a huge way.”