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.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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.”
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 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.
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.
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.