Forest Hills Northern is playing much better basketball than it was to start the season. And this is the time teams want to be playing its best basketball of the season. On Monday night, in the Class A district tournament opener in Greenville, the Huskies extended their winning streak to six games with a 71-42 win over the host Yellow Jackets.
Such a wide range of emotions can be found at the state wrestling finals where even winning is sometimes met with disappointment. Tears can stream from the faces of winners and losers. Winners can feel exhilaration, shock and relief. Losers can feel heartbreak, anger and even contentment. Without a doubt, no other sport displays as many emotions as wrestling does. After three days, just 56 wrestlers out of 896 will be crowned individual state champions, although 448 in four divisions will walk away with All-State honors.
Every time Greenville got within striking distance in the fourth quarter, the Wyoming Wolves killed the momentum with a 3-pointer. Wyoming — the O-K Bronze champions — drained four fourth quarter 3-pointers as the Wolves pulled away to defeat the Yellow Jackets 79-60 on Thursday night. Greenville, playing their final regular season game, trailed by five points with 5:29 remaining in the fourth quarter, but Chase Vander Klay drained a 3-pointer to extend the Wyoming lead. Vander Klay scored all of his 12 points in the fourth quarter to help the Wolves hold off the Yellow Jackets.
Eric Nichols doesn’t believe it’s hard to beat a team three times in the same season. “No, it’s not hard to beat a team three times,” said the Greenville girls basketball coach. “You go out and you play. I’ve always said that’s a bunch of malarkey.” Nichols’ Yellow Jackets proved he was right by beating Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern 54-45 in the Class A district semifinal at Greenville’s North Gym Wednesday night.
The Michigan High School Athletic Association individual state wrestling finals is an experience unlike any other. Whether a first time qualifier or one with state finals experience, the state finals can bring plenty of nerves and anxiety for wrestlers. Controlling those nerves can be the difference between standing on the podium or heartbroken in defeat. The three-day state finals tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills begins today and concludes Saturday.
The question wasn’t who was going to get the ball. The question was could she be stopped. And the answer was no. Trailing by one point with just 13 seconds remaining, Greenville’s Paige Hallock drove the length of the floor, blew past a couple of defenders and scored a game-winning layup with just three seconds left to give the Yellow Jackets a thrilling 55-54 win over Forest Hills Central Rangers on Monday.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team is O-K Bronze champions for the third time in four years. Paige Hallock’s 27 points led the Yellow Jackets to a 59-48 win at Forest Hills Northern in a winner take all matchup Friday night. Greenville finished the regular season 17-3 overall and 8-2 in the league.
Tri County 71, Grant 64: The Vikings got by the Tigers in a CSAA-Gold game Friday night. Jacob Sickelsteel and Colton Harris had 19 points each and Dylan Matulis had 10 points, nine rebounds and 10 steals for Tri County…
Tri County 73, Orchard View 41: The Vikings’ Dylan Matulis set a state record for steals by getting nine Tuesday night against the Cardinals. That gives him 132 for the season. Matulis also had a game-high 22 points, while Colton Harris added 15 and Jacob Sickelsteel added 11…
The dream of a Michigan High School Athletic Association individual state wrestling championship is still alive for 21 area grapplers. On Saturday, a trio of seniors were able to capture regional championships: Tri County’s Nick McGhan at 112 pounds in Division 3, Carson City-Crystal’s Taylor Barkley at 119 pounds and Dallas O’Green at 130 pounds in Division 4. In Division 3, the Belding Redskins qualified five wrestlers, which tied a school record for most individual qualifiers in a single season.