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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.

Greenville’s Tayler Schofield, front, looks to reverse Cedar Springs’ Gabe Gardner during a 160-pound match Wednesday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Greenville wins 11th consecutive district title

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.

Greenville’s Landon Kemp splits through Big Rapids’ defenders Grace White (10) and Crystal Brinker (23) for two points during the first half at home Tuesday. - Sports Pro Images/Jamie McNinch

2nd half defense leads Greenville win

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 Stephen Hilliker, top, tries to roll Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern’s Troy Sorensen during their 119-pound match Wednesday night. Hilliker won on a technical fall for his 100th career win. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Greenville defeats Belding wrestlers

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.

Greenville senior Mackenzie Bell moves to ball against Forest Hills Eastern’s Hannah Syme (31) during Friday’s 69-52 O-K Bronze road win. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville girls pick up another league road win

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 [...]

A panoramic look at Greenville High School’s Legacy Field. Eddie Ostipow, the new Greenville varsity football head coach, will be roaming the sidelines this fall. - Daily News/Cory Smith

Eddie Ostipow takes over Greenville’s football program

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.

Greenville’s Paige Hallock splits through two defenders on her way to a basket against Cedar Springs during Friday’s league game. Hallock scored 23 points. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Hallock, Kemp combine for 43 points in Greenville win

After opening the O-K Bronze season with a tough loss, the Greenville Yellow Jackets bounced back with a road win to even its league record.
Juniors Paige Hallock and Landon Kemp supplied most of the Greenville offense. Hallock scored a game-high 23 points, while Kemp added 20 points in a 54-44 win at Cedar Springs on Friday.