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Greenville’s Gabe McNinch tries to keep the ball away from an opponent during a game this year. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville soccer triples win total from 2013

Greenville’s soccer team ushered in a new coach this season, hoping to improve on 2013. The Yellow Jackets did just that this season, going from three wins to a 9-8 record overall and 5-5 in the O-K Bronze Conference.

Greenville graduate Jordan Thomas in his team photo for the University of Michigan. Thomas was a three-time individual state champion in high school. - Courtesy photo

Injuries force Thomas to retire from wrestling

As a kid, Jordan Thomas dreamed of wrestling for the University of Michigan. A combination of talent, hard work and dedication led to that dream becoming reality. Unfortunately, Thomas’ dream ended in early October with the quiet announcement of his retirement from the sport he loves. Injuries and the battle to stay healthy became too much and Thomas told himself it was time.

Greenville’s Keegan Cossou catches the go-ahead touchdown in the final seconds of the first half against Northview on Friday night at Legacy Field. Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

Emotional win closes out Greenville’s season

Eric Plate’s interception in the final seconds sent the Greenville Yellow Jackets sideline and crowd into a wild victory celebration. The 24-14 win over O-K Bronze rival Northview on Friday night didn’t give the Yellow Jackets a conference title. The win didn’t qualify the Yellow Jackets for the postseason.

Greenville senior Allegra Berry taps the ball over two Forest Hills Eastern defenders for a point during Thursday’s O-K Bronze match at home. - Bruce Bentley

FH Eastern too much for Greenville volleyball

The Greenville Yellow Jackets were up against a tough challenge. Facing a state ranked (8th in Class B) Forest Hills Eastern team, the Yellow Jackets needed to play flawless volleyball to win their match on Thursday night at home.

Greenville senior Eric Plate carries the ball against the Belding Redskins in the season opening game on Aug. 28. Plate rushed for a school single-game record 265 yards in the win.

Plate having sensational season for Greenville

Football is in the blood of Greenville’s Eric Plate. After all, four members of his family have played Division I football. His father Rick played for Central Michigan University, uncle Scott for the University of Iowa and Todd for the University of Michigan. A cousin of the three, Troy, also played for Michigan.

Greenville’s Alec Grice gets tangled with Cedar Springs’ Santiago Quiroga and falls to the turf, while Gabe Zwinger comes away with the ball for the Red Hawks during Tuesday’s Division 2 district opening game. - Bruce Bentley

Greenville advances in soccer tourney

The Greenville Yellow Jackets didn’t play its best game of the year, but it was enough to advance in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 district soccer tournament. After a slow start, the Yellow Jackets adjusted to the synthetic surface at Cedar Springs and was able to score once in each half of a 2-0 victory over the host Red Hawks.

Greenville’s Eric Plate reaches for an extra yard during Friday’s homecoming game at Legacy Field against Forest Hills Northern. Plate rushed for 234 yards in the loss. - Courtesy photos/Jamie McNinch

Greenville loses to FHN in homecoming heartbreaker

The Greenville Yellow Jackets needed to play the perfect game. On Friday, the Forest Hills Northern Huskies, ranked No. 7 in Division 3 and defending O-K Bronze champions, visited Legacy Field in what many thought would be a convincing victory over the Yellow Jackets.

Greenville coach Dave Moore practices as Forest Hills Northern scout team quarterback at practice on Thursday. The two teams will meet Friday at Legacy Field. Greenville is 4-1 overall. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville faces tough league challenge vs. FHN

The Greenville Yellow Jackets will have its toughest challenge of the season on Friday when the Forest Hills Northern Huskies visit Legacy Field. The Huskies are defending O-K Bronze champions, a perfect 5-0 this season and ranked No. 6 in Division 3 in the latest Associated Press prep football poll. Greenville, on the other hand, enters the game 4-1 overall. Both teams are 1-0 in the league.

Greenville’s Dair Smith heads the ball over Wyoming’s Ezequiel Sanchez Lagunas during Tuesday’s O-K Bronze soccer match at Yellow Jacket Stadium.

Wyoming soccer edges Greenville 2-1

The Greenville Yellow Jackets were in attack mode. Unfortunately, Wyoming Wolves goalkeeper Jesse Flores was in defense mode. Flores, a senior, made save after save on Tuesday night as the Wolves held off a late Greenville surge for a 2-1 victory in an O-K Bronze soccer match.

From left, Greenville defenders Conner Wyckoff (18) Caleb Jeanette (1) Hunter Tobey (36) and Cody Buchanan (76) bring down Comstock Park running back Monterio Smith (1) Friday evening at Legacy Field in Greenville. - Cory Smith

Greenville controls 2nd half, beats Comstock Park

Greenville coach Dave Moore said the Yellow Jackets needed to stop the running game of the Comstock Park Panthers. It took a half, but the Yellow Jackets did just that. Trailing 16-14 at halftime, Greenville held the Panthers scoreless in the second half and pounded out three touchdowns of its own for a 37-16 victory on Friday night at Legacy Field.