A West Michigan Amateur Athletics Union (AAU) girls basketball team showed itself to the rest of the country July 10-13. The West Michigan Lady Titans, coached by Jim Johnson of Belding, went to the semifinals of the Battle In The Boro national girls basketball tournament, amassing a 5-2 record in the tournament outside of Nashville, Tenn.
Nearly 80 youths participated in this week’s annual Zach Ingles Basketball Camp at Greenville High School. The camp ran Monday through Thursday and featured two sessions. The first session was for children entering kindergarten through fifth grades and the second session for those entering sixth through ninth grades.
Greenville graduate Steve Eipper had the opportunity to go head-to-head with some of the best football players in Michigan and Ohio. Eipper competed in the Border Classic, which pits players from Michigan against players from Ohio on June 13. Michigan, for the second consecutive summer, defeated Ohio 24-7. The game was played at Wayne State University in Detroit. A Central Michigan University recruit, Eipper enjoyed the four-day experienced.
There was a lot of “ballin’” happening in Greenville over the weekend. The annual Gus Macker tournament took over the streets of downtown Greenville with a record number of teams at this year’s tournament. “We have 226 teams so you figure four players per team, plus they usually bring about eight spectators with them so it’s a lot of business for Greenville,” said Greenville Recreation Department director Kris Berry. “We’ve been trying to break the 200 mark for the past 13 years and this year we finally broke the number in a huge way.”
The Michigan high school football season begins in 51 days. That seems like a long time, but as Greenville coach Dave Moore said, “It’s really not that far away.” On Tuesday, the Yellow Jackets along with the Lakeview Wildcats and Fulton Pirates got together to continue its preparation for the fast approaching season in a 7-on-7 passing camp.
Greenville’s girls track team came close to winning the O-K Bronze Conference this season. The Yellow Jackets went 5-2 overall in dual meets and 3-2 in the conference this season. That was good for coach Sharon Gianacakos.
Four area girls basketball teams joined a few others for a round robin of scrimmages to close out the month of June. Basketball season doesn’t start until November, but June and even July, are busy months for basketball programs with preparation for the season.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys track team ended up with a pretty good record this season. The Yellow Jackets were 5-2 overall and 3-2 in dual meets, finishing second in the O-K Bronze Conference, according to coach Tim O’Brien.
Eventually, Greenville’s soccer team started winning. The Yellow Jackets ended up 4-15-1 overall and 1-8-1 in the O-K Bronze Conference. The only win was over Wyoming High.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets baseball team expected some growing pains in 2015. With just three seniors and a roster full of freshman and sophomores, the Yellow Jackets were able to pull out 15 wins this year against 19 losses.