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Greenville keeper Kenna Allen makes one of her 20 saves during the first half against Big Rapids at Yellow Jacket Stadium on Friday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Big Rapids downs host Yellow Jackets 6-0

GREENVILLE — Greenville coach Jeremy Neve said his team wasn’t ready to play. He took full responsibility for that, as well. On Friday, Big Rapids scored four second half goals as the Cardinals defeated the host Yellow Jackets 6-0 at Yellow Jacket Stadium. Neve credited Big Rapids for being ready to play. “We could see it [...]

Central Montcalm’s Kenzie Rutz connects for a two-run double in the second inning of game one at home against Greenville on Wednesday. Rutz also hit her second home run of the season in game two. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm softball sweeps Yellow Jackets

The Central Montcalm Hornets are primed to have an outstanding season on the diamond. On Wednesday, a young Greenville Yellow Jackets team witnessed what the Hornets have to offer this season as they were swept 15-0 (in three innings) and 7-0.

Greenville’s Kyle Smith, second from right, signs his letter of intent to play for DePaul University Feb. 3. Joining Kyle in the photo are, from left, his father, Dan Smith, mother, Mari Smith, and Alliance Academy Soccer Club coach Ryan Fitzsimmons. - Courtesy Photo

Greenville’s Kyle Smith heading to DePaul

One local high school student-athlete is going to play soccer in college. Kyle Smith, who spent two seasons as a goalkeeper with Greenville, signed a letter of intent to play soccer for Division 1 DePaul University. Smith played for the Yellow Jackets as a freshman and a senior. The senior spent the two seasons as a sophomore and a junior with the Alliance Academy Football Club soccer program.

Greenville freshman Adele Kemp dives and tries to steal the ball from Hudsonville’s Arinn King during the first half of Tuesday’s Class A regional semifinal game. - Sports Pro Images/Jamie McNinch

Greenville’s season comes to an end with regional loss

Cold shooting in the first half and missed opportunities in the second half. A combination of those two things left the Greenville Yellow Jackets on the wrong side of a Class A regional semifinal game at Hudsonville against the host Eagles on Tuesday night. Hudsonville (21-3) jumped out to an early lead and nearly blew that lead, but held on to defeat the Yellow Jackets 46-39 to advance to the regional final to face Muskegon Mona Shores on Thursday.

Greenville senior Alec O’Connor drives the ball during the first half against Forest Hills Northern in the first round of the Class A district tournament at home on Monday. - Sports Pro Images/Jamie McNinch

FH Northern ends Greenville’s season in district opener

Forest Hills Northern is playing much better basketball than it was to start the season. And this is the time teams want to be playing its best basketball of the season. On Monday night, in the Class A district tournament opener in Greenville, the Huskies extended their winning streak to six games with a 71-42 win over the host Yellow Jackets.

Greenville's Baleigh Boni, left, battles for a loose ball with Forest Hills Northern's Rachel Cornell, middle, and Ali Chick during the Class A district semifinal game on Wednesday. - Sports Pro Images/Jamie McNinch

Greenville beats FH Northern for finals berth

Eric Nichols doesn’t believe it’s hard to beat a team three times in the same season. “No, it’s not hard to beat a team three times,” said the Greenville girls basketball coach. “You go out and you play. I’ve always said that’s a bunch of malarkey.” Nichols’ Yellow Jackets proved he was right by beating Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern 54-45 in the Class A district semifinal at Greenville’s North Gym Wednesday night.

Greenville’s Peyton Mount makes a pass after battling three Forest Hills Central Rangers for a loose ball during the second half of Tuesday’s district playoff game at home. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Hallock’s late layup leads Greenville to 55-54 victory

The question wasn’t who was going to get the ball. The question was could she be stopped. And the answer was no. Trailing by one point with just 13 seconds remaining, Greenville’s Paige Hallock drove the length of the floor, blew past a couple of defenders and scored a game-winning layup with just three seconds left to give the Yellow Jackets a thrilling 55-54 win over Forest Hills Central Rangers on Monday.

Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer, at left, lines up for a play for Ferris State University against Grand Valley State University in the second round of the Division II football playoffs at home on Nov. 28

Zimmer sets sights on NFL draft

Justin Zimmer has been called “Michigan’s hidden secret.” For those who have witnessed Zimmer on the football field at both Greenville High School (2011 graduate) and Ferris State University (will graduate this year), the secret has been out of the bag for some time. While in high school, Zimmer was an All-State performer and helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a 9-2 record as a senior. At Ferris State, Zimmer developed a resumé that includes being a three-time All-GLIAC first team selection, three-time Academic All-American, two-time consensus All-America selection and a two-time nominee for both the Gene Upshaw NCAA Division II Lineman of the Year Award and the Cliff Harris National Small College Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Greenville senior Bryelle Gloden tries to hold onto the ball as Forest Hills Eastern’s Hannah Baird, left, and Hannah Syme, right, reach in to steal the ball away during Friday’s game at home. - Sports Pro Images/Jamie McNinch

Greenville wins 15th game on senior night

A strong finish was more important than the slow start. With the Forest Hills Eastern trying to ruin the O-K Bronze championship hopes of Greenville, the Yellow Jackets shot lights out in the second quarter and sealed the game with free throws in the fourth quarter of a 60-47 win over the Hawks at home for senior night Friday. Landon Kemp led three Yellow Jackets in double figures with 19 points.

Greenville junior Paige Hallock dribbles the ball to her left against Forest Hills Central’s Emily Laage during the first half of Tuesday’s game. Hallock finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville wins district preview vs. FH Central

The first meeting went to overtime. The second meeting comes in less than two weeks when the Greenville Yellow Jackets and Forest Hills Central Rangers square off in the opening round of the Class A district basketball tournament. Paige Hallock scored 23 points, 17 of those in the second half and overtime, as the Yellow Jackets defeated the Rangers 59-55 in overtime on Tuesday.