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Belding’s Brady Blasher prepares for his at bat Monday against Greenville. Belding fell to Greenville 9-8 in game one of the double header.

Greenville baseball takes two from Belding

Greenville’s baseball team got some offense going in their doubleheader against Belding Monday. The Yellow Jackets were able to pound out 19 runs in beating the Redskins 9-8 and 10-1 on Belding’s diamond.

Greenville freshman Landon Kemp attempts a pole vault during a meet at Yellow Jacket Stadium this season. Kemp set the school record with a vault of 11-7 on April 26. - Jamie McNinch

Greenville freshman sets pole vault record

It was just a matter of time before Landon Kemp set the Greenville High School girls pole vault record. The freshman, who has been pole vaulting since fifth grade, set the school record on April 26 at the Fulton Invitational with a vault of 11-7. The vault broke the previous record of 11-6 set by Audrey Wyse in 2013.

The start of the 2014 Yellow Jacket Challenge on Sunday began in the Greenville Middle School parking lot and finished on the football field at Legacy Field.

580 people participate in Yellow Jacket Challenge

It was a little windy and a little chilly on Sunday afternoon, but that didn’t stop plenty of runners and walkers from taking part in the seventh annual Yellow Jacket Challenge. A total of 370 runners and more than 200 walkers/fun runners took part in the event, which serves a fundraiser for Education Foundation of Greenville. Proceeds are used exclusively for wellness, exercise and nutrition programs throughout Greenville Public Schools.

Greenville’s Beth Gantz rips a first inning single against Cedar Springs on Tuesday at home. Gantz had two hits in a 7-6 game one victory.

Greenville softball sweeps Cedar Springs

Fresh off a weekend tournament championship at Morley Stanwood, the Greenville Yellow Jackets softball team was hoping to keep its solid play going against a conference rival. On Tuesday, the Yellow Jackets did just that and swept the Cedar Springs Red Hawks in an O-K Bronze doubleheader at home. Greenville took game one 7-6 and rallied late to win game two 8-5.

Greenville’s Ally Berry, left, races the 100-meter dash during Wednesday’s O-K Bronze track meet against Northview. Ally won the 100 and three other events for the Yellow Jackets.

Yellow Jackets begin track season with a pair of wins

The sun was shining, but the temperatures were chilly and the wind was a little much at times. Still, the Greenville Yellow Jackets boys and girls track teams finally opened the season on Wednesday night at Yellow Jacket Stadium. They did so with a pair of dominating wins over O-K Bronze rival Northview.

Kyle Reamer, right, leads the start of a distance race for the Yellow Jackets during a meet at home last year. Reamer graduated last year.

Greenville track teams ready to continue season

Greenville High School has a long tradition of solid performances, both individually and as a team, on the track and in the field. The Yellow Jackets are expecting more of the same this season.

Greenville’s Ryan Johnson holds his latest 300 ring. Johnson recently bowled a 300 from the left side. He has 16 as a right-hander.

Tragedy leads to rare bowling feat

Bowling is just a game. For some, bowling is just a hobby, a night out of the house. For others, it’s about competition and being the best. But mostly, it’s just a game.

Greenville freshman Paige Hallock reaches for a rebound during Tuesday’s Class A regional semifinal game at Grand Haven. - Jamie McNinch

Strong second half leads Muskegon by Greenville girls

A strong second half led the Muskegon Lady Reds to victory, but it was a late second quarter flurry that built the momentum used in the second half rally over the Greenville Yellow Jackets. Playing with three fouls, Muskegon’s Mardreika Cook scored the first half’s final seven points to trim Greenville’s halftime lead to 28-23. That momentum carried over into the second half as the Lady Reds outscored the Yellow Jackets 42-32 in the second half for a 65-60 Class A regional semifinal win at Grand Haven on Tuesday.

Nick Reamer, right, attempts a blocked shot during the Belding game earlier this season.

Greenville beats Lakewood 69-64

The Greenville Yellow Jackets continue to evolve its offense this season. From a fast paced (patterned after Grinnell College) style offense to a half court, more deliberate post style game, the Yellow Jackets have done a little bit of everything this season. They still shoot the three, but their defense is toughening up and the changes have helped the Yellow Jackets to three straight wins.

Greenville junior Mitch Niewoonder pulls up for a jump shot during Greenville’s home game against Cedar Springs earlier this season. The Red Hawks won that game 88-55.

Greenville upsets Cedar Springs 61-55

The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys basketball team is out of the O-K Bronze Conference race. But that doesn’t mean they can’t play spoiler for teams still competing for the coveted league championship. That’s what happened on Tuesday night as the Yellow Jackets pulled off a 61-55 upset win at Cedar Springs. The Red Hawks entered the game tied with Forest Hills Northern at 6-1 in the league. The loss, couple with Northern’s 45-42 win over Northview, leaves the Red Hawks a game back with two league games remaining.