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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Greenville’s wrestling team almost had its streak of district titles ended Wednesday night. Almost being the key word. The streak remained alive when the Yellow Jackets won the Cedar Springs district final over the host Red Hawks 35-34, giving Greenville its 11th district title in as many years.
The Greenville and Big Rapids girls basketball teams have combined for 20 wins this season against just six losses. In a non-conference matchup, it was the Yellow Jackets adding to the win column with a hard, fought 59-46 win over the Cardinals at home Tuesday. Big Rapids started strong in the first half, but Greenville’s defensive intensity in the second half led to its seventh consecutive win.
Greenville’s wrestling team got a pair of wins it wanted Wednesday night. The Yellow Jackets won their O-K Bronze matchup with Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern, winning 57-24. They then beat arch rival Belding 53-15. It was good enough for Greenville coach Paul Johnson.
ADA TOWNSHIP — A quick start and strong finish helped the Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team to its third consecutive victory. Landon Kemp’s 19 points led four Greenville scorers in double figures in a 69-52 win at Forest Hills Eastern on Friday. It was Greenville’s third straight league road game to open the O-K Bronze [...]
Eddie Ostipow saw a unique opportunity and went after it. Ostipow, the varsity football head coach at Forest Hills Eastern the past three seasons, was one of nearly 50 applicants for the vacant varsity head coaching position at Greenville High School. After a month of going through all of the applications, narrowing the field to eight, interviews and more, Greenville Athletic Director Brian Zdanowski announced the hiring of Ostipow last week.