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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.