High School

Greenville senior quarterback Cal Syrjala (2) works his way through a crowd of Lowell defenders for positive yardage in the second quarter Friday. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Yellow Jackets overmatched vs. Red Arrows in playoffs, lose 42-17

For one quarter, despite nearly every card in the deck being stacked against Greenville, it appeared a first-round playoff victory was well within the realm of possibility.

But then, top-ranked, undefeated Lowell — making its 18th straight playoff appearance — did what it does best, and pulled away for a 42-17 victory Friday despite no lack of effort on behalf of the Yellow Jackets.

Sophomore Allie Leslie (11) reaches for a tip during an O-K Conference game between Northview and Greenville on Tuesday in Greenville. Leslie, who has been moved up from junior varsity frequently this year, had three blocks for Greenville. Pictured next to her is senior Kaylee Wilcox (14). (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

After loss to Northview, Greenville eyes Lowell, district playoffs

All season long, Greenville coach Shane Wilcox has been adjusting his team.

With one conference game left before district playoffs begin, Wilcox is hoping his team can pull it together and make some noise in the playoffs.

The adjustments started to show in the third game of an Ottawa-Kent Conference match against Northview on Tuesday.

The Greenville equestrian team poses before the state finals in Midland Oct. 9. From left, coach Rachelle Croy, Rylie Croy, Shannon Carey and coach Stephanie Carey. The title is only the second one from a Greenville high school sports team. (Courtesy photos)

Greenville equestrian team wins Division D state title

A less-than-known club sport at Greenville High School now has the school’s second state title and its first in school history.

The Greenville equestrian team took first place in Division D — teams with less than three riders — in the Michigan Interscholastic Horse Association state finals Oct. 13-16.

There were two riders on Greenville’s team — juniors Rylie Croy and Shannon Carey. Their mothers, Rachelle Croy and Stephanie Carey, coached the team.

Greenville's Calvin Syrjala, right, steps out of bounds and stiff-arms a Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern player Friday night. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

Greenville falls to 5-4 in 27-16 defeat to Forest Hills Northern

In a hard-fought battle that came down to the final minutes of play, the Greenville Yellow Jackets fell just short of securing a berth in the postseason.

Playing against Forest Hills Northern (5-4) the Yellow Jackets (5-4) found themselves battling all Friday night in a game that saw five lead-changes, but resulted in a 27-16 defeat to the Huskies.

Both the Belding Redskins and Greenville Yellow Jackets qualified for the Michigan High School Athletics Association football playoffs, sneaking in with five wins each. Greenville will have a rematch with Lowell, which the Red Arrows beat Greenville 35-10 in a September meeting at Greenville. Meanwhile, Belding will face 9-0 Ithaca. Ithaca, which is from the Tri-Valley-West Conference, hasn't lost since Nov. 28, 2014, when it lost in the state finals to Monroe Saint Mary Catholic.

Four out of five eligible football teams make MHSAA playoffs

It was possible that five area football teams would make the playoffs, if the points fell just right. Of those five, four will have another game.

Tri County’s Julia Bice participated in the Division 3 state finals at Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek Friday  (Courtesy photo)

Greenville girls golf, Tri County’s Bice enjoy state finals

Greenville girls golf coach Nancy Johnson would rather remember that her Yellow Jackets got to the state finals and not where they finished, while Tri County junior Julia Bice ended up with a two-day score of 209 at the Division 3 state final at Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek.

Greenville’s Brock Kohler (22) drops a pass while Lowell’s Sam Russell defends during the Jackets’ game against the Red Arrows on Sept. 23. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

Yellow Jackets get second chance against Lowell in state playoffs

At the end of the game against Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern, the chances of Greenville’s football team making the playoffs appeared slim.

Those chances were realized when the Yellow Jackets were one of 38 teams that were 5-4 to be put in the playoffs.

Greenville’s Rylee Welsh chips onto the seventh green of The Meadows at Grand Valley State University at the Division 2 state golf finals first round Friday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Greenville girls golf open state finals in 18th place

Greenville’s girls golf team is looking up at the field after the first day of the Division 2 state finals.

The Yellow Jackets finished the first of two rounds at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University in 18th place Friday.

Greenville’s girls golf team will be heading to The Meadows at Grand Valley State University for the Division 2 state finals today. Pictured are, from left, Mackenzie Larsen, Rylee Welsh, Brooke Helms, Anna Wierda, Landon Kemp, Sydney Zayler and coach Nancy Johnson. (Courtesy photo)

Greenville girls golf playing in state finals

Greenville’s girls golf team has one final tournament ahead of them.

The Yellow Jackets will be heading to Grand Valley State University’s own golf course, The Meadows, for the two-day, two-round Division 2 state finals starting this morning and continuing through Saturday.

Greenville’s Calvin Syrjala reaches for a touchdown while being tackled by a Grand Rapids Northview player Friday night. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

Greenville one step closer to playoffs with win over Northview

Greenville’s football team took advantage of a weak opponent at the perfect time.

The Yellow Jackets sent a homecoming crowd home happy Friday night, beating Grand Rapids Northview 31-13 to come within one win of making the playoffs for the first time in six years.

In the process, they kept the Wildcats (0-7, 0-4) winless in 2016.