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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.”

Greenville tight end Keegan Cossou, at left, makes a catch and turns from a Lakeview defender on Tuesday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville, Lakeview prep for football season

The Michigan high school football season begins in 51 days. That seems like a long time, but as Greenville coach Dave Moore said, “It’s really not that far away.” On Tuesday, the Yellow Jackets along with the Lakeview Wildcats and Fulton Pirates got together to continue its preparation for the fast approaching season in a 7-on-7 passing camp.

Greenville’s Faith Thornton, left, and Jillian Fidler, middle, chase a runner from Cedar Springs during a home meet. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville girls had good track season

Greenville’s girls track team came close to winning the O-K Bronze Conference this season. The Yellow Jackets went 5-2 overall in dual meets and 3-2 in the conference this season. That was good for coach Sharon Gianacakos.

Greenville’s Brandon Loiselle nears the finish line of the 400-meter dash during The Daily News Track Classic in May. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Veteran runners helped pace Greenville boys

The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys track team ended up with a pretty good record this season. The Yellow Jackets were 5-2 overall and 3-2 in dual meets, finishing second in the O-K Bronze Conference, according to coach Tim O’Brien.

Gilmore prior to Greenville’s Intense Summer Training Program on Monday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Gilmore finding success at Newberry College

A year away from wrestling gave Luke Gilmore a renewed appreciation for the sport he loves. Following graduation from Greenville High School in 2012, the three-time state wrestling placer stepped away from the sport to heal from a torn labrum and to reinvigorate his mind. Gilmore said it is a privilege to wrestle.