Five local teams ran at the Early Season Warrior Invitational Tuesday, but none finished in the top 10 of the meet. On the boys’ side, Greenville had the best finish in the area, finishing 13th with 321 points. Montabella was 14th with 366 and Lakeview had 549 points for 19th out of 20 teams.
Just like last year, Belding’s volleyball team was the best in the area. The Redskins went undefeated and won the Daily News Invitational Volleyball Tournament at their home gym Saturday. The Redskins beat Lakeview and Vestaburg in pool play, then had a tough match with Central Montcalm before besting Greenville 25-7, 25-13 in the finals.
Belding girls 5th ,boys 12th at St. Johns: The Redskin boys were 1212 out of 13 teams at the St. Johns Night Meet Friday. The boys got 320 points while the girls had 163 for fifth. Top boys runners were Blake Flynn in 50th (19:01.2), Justin McMaster in 80th (20:06.3), Royce Braman in 85th (20:27.5), Tommy Myles in 88th (20:33.8) and Zac Brown in 107th (21:37.8)…
The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls cross country team will begin the season in just a few days. Even though the team returns five runners from last year’s squad, the Yellow Jackets will be a small team.
The focus for the Greenville Yellow Jackets has officially turned toward next week’s season opening football game against rival Belding. That was the message from coach Dave Moore following a four team scrimmage at Legacy Field on Wednesday, which pitted the Yellow Jackets against East Lansing, Muskegon Mona Shores and Jenison.
Central Michigan and Toledo have already extended scholarship offers. More are expected to come. It’s safe to say, Greenville junior Keegan Cossou is one of the best high school football prospects in the class of 2017.
With the start of two-a-days for football players around the state, the first game of the season in three weeks serves as the light at the end of the tunnel. On a warm, humid Monday afternoon, it was popsicles serving as that light for the Greenville Yellow Jackets after its first day of practice.
The first day of practice for high school volleyball player may determine whether there will be a second day for that player. All the local high schools will have tryouts when the first day of practice comes and the local coaches have some things they are looking for in a varsity player.
Three local schools will be taking part in a program designed to help athletes with concussions. The pilot program, which is being administered through the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), involves 70 schools, including Belding, Central Montcalm and Greenville. The program will help trainers diagnose concussions and help track athlete progress in recovering from concussions, according to Belding athletic trainer Heidi Wilker.
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.