High School

Greenville’s Logan Sharp, bottom right, signs his letter of intent to play for Northwood University baseball, watched by Greenville varsity baseball coach Corey Kohler, bottom left, his father, Richard Jr., top left, and his mother, Leslie. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Logan Sharp to play baseball at Northwood University

  GREENVILLE — Greenville senior Logan Sharp will be playing baseball beyond next season. Sharp signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play for Northwood University in 2018. “It was a great fit, academically, for me and also they have a good program up there and I really enjoyed the coaches,” Sharp said. Sharp was [...]

Greenville senior Paige Hallock, bottom right, signs her letter of intent to play basketball at Grand Valley State University, while watching are Greenville girls varsity basketball coach Eric Nichols, bottom left, Hallock’s father, Tom, top left, and mother, Beth. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Paige Hallock to play basketball at Grand Valley State University

In the spring, Greenville senior Paige Hallock tweeted she gave a verbal commitment to Grand Valley State University’s (GVSU) women’s basketball program.

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If done right, Friday night football can be better — for everyone

With the Big Ten Conference (B1G) announcing it will schedule more games on Friday nights next year, one question remains: Will this really hurt high school football?

Zach Ingles, right, talks with his father Kent before a boys basketball game between Kent’s Big Rapids Cardinals and Zach’s Tri CountyVikings on Jan. 8. Zach is now the coach of Olivet College’s women’s basketball team. (File photo)

Former Tri County coach Zach Ingles now coaching Olivet women

Zach Ingles lasted just one year as Tri County boys basketball coach before switching to a college career.

Ingles is now coaching Olivet College’s women’s basketball team after he was hired Oct. 12 to oversee the Lady Comets.

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.