On Saturday across the state, 11 area cross country runners qualified for the state finals, which will take place at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) this coming Saturday. Included in the 11 runners are six from the Montabella girls team, which qualified with a third place finish at regional. In addition to the top three teams in each regional, the top 15 individual runners in each regional qualify for the state finals.
The final football game of the season is always an emotional one, win or lose. That’s especially true when the season hasn’t met expectations. On Friday, the final game of the 2015 season, a comeback attempt by Greenville fell short as the Wyoming Wolves used a game controlling ground attack to defeat the Yellow Jackets 44-34 at Legacy Field. Greenville started the season with a win at Belding, but lost seven of its final eight games to finish 2-7 overall. The loss to the Wolves left them 0-5 in the O-K Bronze.
Evan Plate will continue the family tradition of playing football in college. The Greenville Yellow Jackets junior committed to playing football for Central Michigan University (CMU) Tuesday as a member of the Class of 2017. First offered a scholarship in June after a attending a CMU camp, Plate visited the campus during Saturday’s home game against Buffalo. He committed on Monday.
Central Montcalm 3, Big Rapids 0: The Green Hornets finished second in the CSAA-Gold after beating the Cardinals 25-19, 25-22, 25-21 Tuesday night. Kenzie Rutz led in kills with nine, Sam Nichols had two blocks, Paiton Bartz had five aces and nine digs and Jenna Switzer added 20 assists…
Nature can be quite the equalizer when it comes to soccer. A windy day can make a simple soccer pass along the turf roll for days, a 40-yard kick go only 20 yards into the wind. Both the Greenville Yellow Jackets and host Cedar Springs Red Hawks experienced high winds that made for an interesting first round game of the Division 2 district soccer tournament on Monday, one that saw the Yellow Jackets advance. A quick goal in the first half and quick back-to-back goals in the second half propelled the Yellow Jackets to a 3-0 victory.
When you play the Cedar Springs Red Hawks, capitalizing on scoring opportunities is a must. Cedar Springs is efficient, to say the least, on the offensive side of the ball. The Red Hawks scored on six of seven possessions — the last ending with the completion of the game — in a 51-22 win at Greenville on Friday night.
Central Montcalm senior Ava Miller is the only area golfer to continue her season beyond regionals. On Thursday, playing at the Grayling Country Club, Miller fired a 90 to qualify for the Division 4 state championship at Michigan State’s Forest Akers East Oct. 16-17. The Hornets shot 443, but did not qualify as a team, which meant Miller did so as an individual. The top three teams and top three players from non qualifying teams advance to the state finals.
Tri County 3, Newaygo 0: The Vikings won their CSAA-Gold match over the Lions Tuesday, winning 25-12, 25-23, 25-17. Leading Tri COunty was Lena Thompson with nine kills, Dani Stewart with 17 digs, Taylor Prins had 21 assists and Autumn Stears had five blocks…
Greenville 3-0: The Yellow Jackets swept O-K Bronze rival Wyoming at home on Tuesday. Greenville won 25-22, 25-22, 25-17. Paige Hallock led the Yellow Jackets with 14 kills, while Peyton Mount had five aces…
If a cross country runner wanted to set a new personal best time, Saturday at the Carson City-Crystal Don Baese Invitational seemed to be the place to do it. Coaches from Greenville, the host Eagles, Vestaburg and Tri County saw a lot of their runners set “personal records” (PRs) at the meet. The meet started with the Blue Division, which CC-Crystal and Vestaburg were in.