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Greenville’s Haley Peters, middle, attacks over the block of Charlotte’s Brianna Hasler, left, and Alex Withney during the finals of the Carson City-Crystal Invitational on Friday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Greenville uses extra points to win Carson City-Crystal tourney

It took a few more points than Greenville’s volleyball team would have liked, but the Yellow Jackets got the win they wanted Friday.

Greenville put away the Charlotte Orioles in extra points in the final game of the finals of the Carson City-Crystal Invitational, with the final game going 31-29 in the Jackets’ favor. Normal games go to 25 points.

Greenville senior quarterback Cal Syrjala (2) breaks through Belding defenders, juniors Andrew Gonzales (13) and James Daniel (2), en route to scoring a touchdown Thursday evening at Legacy Field in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Syrjala leads Greenville to physical 49-6 victory over rival Belding

It took three plays for Cal Syrjala to set the tone of the 99th game between football rivals Greenville and Belding at Legacy Field on Thursday night.

On the third play, Greenville’s senior quarterback busted up the middle of the line for a physical 4-yard touchdown run to give the Yellow Jackets the first lead of the game.

Greenville never looked back, earning a 49-6 non-conference win to start their season.

Liam Dailey, 9, left, is about to be taken down by Lucas Rowley, 9, during the “Schmidt Intense Camp” Monday night.

Greenville state placer holds first wrestling camp

GREENVILLE — Mike Schmidt has been wrestling for many years. Now he’s sharing some of the wrestling knowledge he’s gained over time. Schmidt, a 2013 graduate of Greenville, is holding the “ Schmidt Intense Camp” wrestling camp in the wrestling loft at Allinder Gym at Greenville High School. The camp ends today. Schmidt, who was [...]

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SPORTS GALORE: One last column, one last thank you

I’ve been thinking for a few weeks on what and how to write my final column as sports editor of The Daily News. As I write this column, I’m still not exactly sure what to say, so I’m just going to type what comes to mind. After 15 1/2 years, today is my final day working for Stafford Publishing.

Greenville junior Landon Kemp attempts a pole vault during the Division 1 state track finals at Hudsonville on Saturday. Kemp’s family and friends watch in the back ground as Kemp clears 12-6 to win the state title. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville’s Kemp wins D1 pole vault state title

Greenville junior Landon Kemp is always calm and focused. Competing in three events at the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 1 state track championships, Kemp needed her calm and focused demeanor over eight hours of competition at Hudsonville on Saturday. For the second consecutive season, Kemp earned All-State honors in three events including a state championship in the pole vault, state runner-up in the long jump and fifth place in the 100-meter hurdles.

Greenville sophomore Tessa Tobey, left, hits the breaks to keep the ball away from Cedar Springs defender Kaitlyn Coons during a Division 2 district first round game at home on Wednesday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Cedar Springs advances with 3-0 win over Yellow Jackets

Scoring goals has been a challenge at times this season for the Greenville Yellow Jackets. Especially, against the Cedar Springs Red Hawks. For the third time this season, the Yellow Jackets were shut out by Cedar Springs. This time 3-0 in the first round of the Division 2 district tournament at Yellow Jacket Stadium on Wednesday.

Tri County’s Aaron Jason, left, and Greenville’s Landon Kemp were voted The Daily News Track Classic top male and female athletes at Tuesday’s meet. - Sports Pro Images/Jamie McNinch

Kemp, Jason lead Daily News Track Classic

In a track meet pitting the area’s best of the best, a pair of juniors stood out among the rest. On a beautiful Tuesday evening, the annual Daily News Track Classic was held at Greenville High School. The meet consists of the best athletes from The Daily News coverage area, minus Montabella (they opt to compete at the Morning Sun Invitational), plus Cedar Springs. Greenville junior Landon Kemp, winner of three events, and Tri County junior Aaron Jason, winner of two events, were named the top male and female athletes of the meet. This was the third time Kemp won the honor and first for Jason.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, May 24

Tri County splits: The Vikings played two games against Morley Stanwood on Tuesday, winning the first 5-4 and getting mercied in the second game 11-0 in five innings. The opener was won on a Jake Sickelsteel RBI double in the fourth inning. That gave Eric Hayden the win, as he went the first 4 2/3 innings, scattering seven hits and two walks around two strikeouts…

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Monday, May 23

Central Montcalm 2-0: The Hornets swept Carson City-Crystal at home on Monday. Game one was 12-2 in six innings and game two was 12-1 in five innings. Mallory Morgan struck out 12 and allowed seven hits to win game one. Morgan, Courtnee Nicholson and Shelby Gilbert each had three hits, one was a home run for Nicholson…

Greenville junior Calvin Syrjala leaps over some down lineman during a game at Legacy Field against Cedar Springs last year. - Sports Pro Images/Calvin Syrjala

Ostipow making transition as Greenville football coach

It’s been a smooth transition for new Greenville High School varsity football coach Eddie Ostipow. Ostipow, who was announced as new coach in January, began his new position (also the strength and conditioning teacher) on Feb. 1. The position opened with the retirement of Dave Moore.