For the first time in five years, the Greenville Yellow Jackets wrestling team will not be ending its season at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. On Wednesday night, Bay City Western revenged last year’s regional final loss (45-19) with a 32-25 Division 2 regional final victory over the Yellow Jackets in Mount Pleasant.
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In February, the Greenville Yellow Jackets winning a district wrestling title is as common as the cold and snowy weather. On Thursday at home, the Yellow Jackets put together two easy wins for their ninth consecutive Division 2 district title. The streak started in 2006 and continued this season with wins over Fremont (66-9) and Cedar Springs (56-18).
It’s already been an outstanding 12 months for Greenville senior Leah Somerfield on the basketball court. Last season, Somerfield helped to lead the Yellow Jackets to their first conference (O-K Bronze) title since 1990. Somerfield earned all-state honors at the end of the season and prior to the current season, committed to play college basketball for Oakland University.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team won a conference title last year for the first time since 1990. On Friday night, the Yellow Jackets took a another step toward winning a second consecutive O-K Bronze title with a 51-40 win over Forest Hills Eastern (9-5, 3-1).
Wrestling’s second season begins tonight for the Greenville Yellow Jackets. The Yellow Jackets travel to Grand Rapids West Catholic tonight, weather permitting, for the O-K Bronze Conference tournament.
Winning goes hand-in-hand with the Greenville Yellow Jackets wrestling program. The Yellow Jackets have won eight consecutive district titles, four straight regional titles and won the schools only state championship in 2008. Individually, Greenville consistently produces district, regional and state champions, as well.
Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern’s wrestling team may be young, but they were able to win their first two O-K Bronze matches. That winning streak ended at the hands of Greenville, who won 67-9 over the Hawks.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets’ win on Tuesday night was unlike any of its previous four this season. The Yellow Jackets won their first four games of the season in convincing fashion by an average of 25 points, while averaging 87 points per game. A two-game losing streak followed in which the Yellow Jackets were dominated in the same fashion.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team prides themselves on playing tough defense. On Friday night, it was a defensive play in the final minutes that sealed a 55-47 O-K Bronze win over the Cedar Springs Red Hawks at home.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys basketball team started the season in December with an uncertain outlook for the year. Outside of knowing his team would work hard every night, Greenville coach Mark Haist didn’t know how a drastic change in offensive/defensive philosophy would translate into wins and losses.