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Greenville’s Jared Vinton throws a pitch during a game against Forest Hills Northern last month. MHSAA’s new pitch count rule that was implemented this spring limits the number of throws a pitcher can have in a day and week, and has forced high school pitchers to be more aggressive on the mound against batters.  (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

New pitch count rule has interesting affect on pitchers’ mindset on the mound

New pitch count rule forces high school pitchers to adjust their approach on the mound against batters.

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Wilcox steps down as Greenville girls volleyball coach

GREENVILLE — Shane Wilcox is done as varsity volleyball coach at Greenville. Wilcox resigned the position after four years, saying giving time to the program was a problem. “Primarily, I didn’t have the time,” he said. “I work outside the school district. With time constraints I didn’t have the time I had in the past [...]

Greenville’s Landon Kemp clears the bar during her long jump event at the state track finals in East Kentwood Saturday. She finished first to repeat as the Division 1 pole vault champion. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Greenville’s Landon Kemp repeats as state pole vault champion

Greenville senior Landon Kemp wrapped up her fourth consecutive Division 1 state track finals at East Kentwood High School Saturday, walking away with her second consecutive pole vault title, along with a second-place finish in the long jump and fifth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles.

Greenville senior Landon Kemp splashes into the sand after a school record-breaking long jump attempt with a jump of 18 feet, 11 inches at the annual Daily News track meet in Greenville Wednesday. Kemp is a state qualifier for three events, including the long jump. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Many competitors break PRs, school records at annual Daily News track meet

Though sandwiched between the regionals and the state finals, the annual Daily News track meet Wednesday was well enjoyed as it provided one last hurrah for many and, for others, monumental achievements. Many personal records and some school records were shattered at the meet, which included competitors from Greenville, Belding, Central Montcalm, Lakeview, Carson City-Crystal, Vestaburg and Cedar Springs.

As teammates Hunter Sorsen, left, and Logan Sharp (6) celebrate in excitement, Cal Syrjala (21) slides into home to score the winning run for Greenville in the district opener against Forest Hills Northern Wednesday. The Yellow Jackets made a dramatic two-out, come-from-behind scoring run to beat the Huskies 3-2 and advance to Saturday’s district semifinals against Forest Hills Central. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Dramatic district opener for Greenville as Jackets beat FHN in extra innings

On Tuesday, Jared Vinton proved why a team should never give up despite the odds. Down one with two outs and runners on first and second base in extra innings, the Greenville relief pitcher nailed a pitch hard into the outfield, scoring both runners to beat Forest Hills Northern 3-2 in a wild district baseball opener.

Brian Zdanowski, left, watches over the student section at a Greenville game. Zdanowski has been Greenville Public Schools’ athletic director for 19 years. With his time at Onaway and Bullock Creek high schools, he has accumulated more than 25 years of service to his career, which was recently recognzied by the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

Brian Zdanowski enjoys 19 years at Greenville, 27 as athletic director overall

It is common for high school athletic directors to bounce from one job to the next in their careers; however, Brian Zdanowski has been with Greenville Public Schools for 19 years and he’s still enjoying where he’s at.

Greenville’s Hunter Sorsen lunges for a ground ball during the Yellow Jackets’ game against Morley Stanwood on Friday.

Greenville’s Syrjala sets school’s triples record

GREENVILLE — Greenville’s baseball team saw a record fall and got a big win Friday. The Yellow Jackets put the mercy rule on Morley Stanwood with a 16-1 four-inning win on the same day Jacket Calvin Syrjala set a school record. Syrjala knocked out his seventh triple of the season, setting a new school record [...]

Players from Powers North Central celebrate with the eight-player football title they won Nov. 26, 2016, at Legacy Field in Greenville. The MHSAA is moving the eight-player finals to the Superior Dome starting this fall.

Legacy Field loses gig as host of 8-player football final

GREENVILLE – Greenville High School’s Legacy Field will no longer be the host of the high school eight-player football finals. The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) voted at Representative Council meetings Sunday and Monday to move the eight-player finals from Legacy Field to the Superior Dome at Northern Michigan University (NMU) in Marquette for [...]

For the first time since 1924, Greenville and Belding won’t meet on the football field. To open the 2017 football season, the Yellow Jackets will be one of six teams participating in the third annual Gridiron Classic at Grand Valley State University’s Lubbers Field Aug. 26. Greenville will face North Farmington at 7:30 p.m. (File photo)

Greenville football working on Sept. 1 military game, prepping for May 13 golf outing

Football season seems like a long way off, but leaders of the Greenville football program are busy prepping for the fall season.

Belding’s Jo VanderRoer, left, drops a ball that allowed Greenville’s Addie Chesebro, right, safe at first during the first game of the two teams’ doubleheader Friday.

Belding sweeps shorthanded Greenville in doubleheader

GREENVILLE — Belding’s softball team continued to roll Friday. Belding defeated its arch rival Greenville in a pair of games Friday, winning 14-0 in five innings and 13-3 in six innings. “We’ve been on a streak now,” Belding coach Sadie Stowell said. “Seven in a row. We’re finally clicking now and we’ve found a lineup [...]