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Belding’s Mitchell Ward reacts to his blood round win against Mount Morris’ Jesse Munsell during the second round of consolation matches Friday. He was 2-1 on the day and has reached Saturday’s next consolation round.

15 of the 21 local wrestlers still alive in state finals

With each wrestler that walked onto the mats at the state individual wrestling finals, there is a story of hard work, dedication as well as triumph and heartbreak.

Landon Kemp

Greenville’s Landon Kemp breaks indoor pole vault record

Landon Kemp continues to rewrite the Michigan pole vaulting record books. The Greenville High School senior broke the Michigan Indoor Track Series (MITS) record for pole vaulting, clearing 13 feet, 6 inches at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids Saturday.

Greenville’s Sydney Taylor, middle, is surrounded by a pair of Lowell players during the teams’ game Friday night. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

Lowell beats Greenville for Ottawa-Kent league title

Lowell and Greenville went into their final game of the regular season tied for the Ottawa-Kent White Conference lead, meaning the winner of Friday night’s game won the conference. The Red Arrows used defense to win the game and conference, beating the Yellow Jackets 43-28 in Greenville.

Greenville players Brock Kohler, left, Keegan Cossou, middle, and Cameron Heppe celebrate after coming from behind to beat Lowell Friday night. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

Greenville’s Keegan Cossou’s free throws seal 61-59 win over Lowell

Greenville boys basketball coach Mark Haist knew why his team beat Lowell Friday night despite being down by 12 points after three quarters. “The kids didn’t give up,” Haist said. Because of not giving up, the Yellow Jackets used a 22-8 fourth quarter beat the Red Arrows 61-59 on Hunt For A Cure night.

Tri County’s Dakota Greer will compete in the individual state finals as the only undefeated wrestler in the local area, having set a 50-0 record this season and is the 119-pound district champion. Individual state finals are at The Palace of Auburn Hills March 2-4. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

21 local wrestlers move to individual state finals at The Palace March 2-4

A total of 21 local wrestlers are going to The Palace of Auburn Hills to try to win a title. All 21 finished fourth or better at their individual tournaments across the state and will move on to wrestle at The Palace for the final time March 2 to March 4.

Keegan Goetz, center, signs his letter of intent to play soccer for Northern Michigan University Tuesday. Pictured with him is his family, his brother, Wade, 9, Amanda, his mother, and Donald, his father. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Greenville’s Keegan Goetz to play soccer at Northern Michigan University

Keegan Goetz is taking his soccer skills to the Upper Peninsula. The senior midfielder, who played soccer this year in Grand Rapids for Alliance Academy and SCOR in Rockford, signed a letter of intent to enroll at Northern Michigan University in Marquette Tuesday.

Greenville’s Tyler Lee, left, and Muskegon Reeths-Puffer’s Brett Thomas push each other’s heads during their 171-pound match Wednesday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Greenville’s wrestling season ended by No. 1 Lowell in regionals

Greenville’s team wrestling season is over. The Yellow Jackets lost to Lowell in the finals of the Division 2 regional Wednesday night 46-25. This came after getting to the final with a 49-25 win over Muskegon Reeths-Puffer in the semifinals.

Greenville’s Stephan Hilliker, above, works Forest Hills Eastern’s Ryan Roth into position for a pin during Saturday’s state individual districts tournment in Lowell. Hilliker would get the pin 1:44 into the match, giving him a district title in the 125-pound division. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

30-plus local wrestlers qualify at weekend individual districts

As the dust settles from Saturday’s state individual district tournaments, as many as 33 wrestlers qualified for the next round, the regionals, which will be next Saturday. The Carson City-Crystal Eagles, wrestling out of the 27-4 Hesperia district, saw 10 wrestlers qualify, which is the most among the area schools, followed by Greenville, which had eight qualify. Belding had six qualify while Tri County and Montabella each had four wrestlers who finished fourth or better to qualify for regionals. Central Montcalm finished with two qualifiers and Lakeview with one.

Greenville’s Keegan Cossou (40), boxed in by Cedar Springs’ Jameson Pavelka (15) and Dawson Wood (21), scored 22 points for the Yellow Jackets to lead his team to a 43-40 win over the Red Hawks Tuesday. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Cossou’s 22 points leads Greenville to 43-40 win over Cedar Springs

Midway through the third quarter, during a timeout, Mark Haist shouted a reminder to his team that even got the home crowd going during a conference game Tuesday. “Have some heart and finish this game!” the Greenville coach exclaimed to his team, which seemed to energize the Yellow Jackets in its 43-40 win over Cedar Springs.

Greenville’s Blake Whitcomb (73) will be headed to Marquette in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to play football for the Northern Michigan University Wildcats. Whitcomb played center, guard and defensive lineman for the Yellow Jackets. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

Greenville’s Blake Whitcomb headed to Northern Michigan University to play football

Blake Whitcomb loves the outdoors. With the college he will be attending, that love will certainly grow. The Greenville senior football player will be playing football in the Upper Peninsula with the Wildcats of Northern Michigan University next year.