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For the first time since 1924, Greenville and Belding won’t meet on the football field. To open the 2017 football season, the Yellow Jackets will be one of six teams participating in the third annual Gridiron Classic at Grand Valley State University’s Lubbers Field Aug. 26. Greenville will face North Farmington at 7:30 p.m. (File photo)

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Football season seems like a long way off, but leaders of the Greenville football program are busy prepping for the fall season.

Belding’s Jo VanderRoer, left, drops a ball that allowed Greenville’s Addie Chesebro, right, safe at first during the first game of the two teams’ doubleheader Friday.

Belding sweeps shorthanded Greenville in doubleheader

GREENVILLE — Belding’s softball team continued to roll Friday. Belding defeated its arch rival Greenville in a pair of games Friday, winning 14-0 in five innings and 13-3 in six innings. “We’ve been on a streak now,” Belding coach Sadie Stowell said. “Seven in a row. We’re finally clicking now and we’ve found a lineup [...]

Greenville freshman Sara Yob tries to move the ball past Lakeview’s Devin Wood during Friday’s game. Both players were praised for their work by both team's coaches.

Greenville, Lakeview soccer teams tussle to 2-2 tie

All that was needed was some dramatic instrumental music to go with the fast, physical and highly entertaining soccer match between Lakeview and Greenville, which the two teams ended up tying 2-2 Friday.

Relief pitcher Evan Stoneham took over the mound in the fourth inning of game two against Forest Hills Northern, striking out five batters to keep his team within striking distance.

Greenville baseball enjoying great season so far at 13-1

When Keegan Cossou stepped up to the plate, with his team down by one in the last inning Tuesday, all he wanted was to make good contact.

That he did, sending the high pitch from Forest Hill Northern’s (FHN) pitcher over the fence, giving the Yellow Jackets a dramatic 3-2 win to sweep the Huskies in the doubleheader, having won 4-2 in the first game.

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10th Yellow Jacket Challenge sees record number 374 participants

Although Andrew Mason of Gowen and Kelli Ludwig of Ada were the first male and female to cross the finish line, all 374 participants of the 10th consecutive Yellow Jacket Challenge made history Sunday.

Greenville senior Reece Burden signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Cleary University in Howell last Thursday. Pictured are, from left, his brother, Ryan, his mother, Kim, Reece, Jodi, his father and his other brother, Ethan. (Courtesy photo)

Greenville’s Reece Burden to play baseball at Cleary

Reece Burden is in his last year of playing baseball at Greenville, but recently he has made plans to continue his career on the diamond.

Last Thursday, the three-year varsity Greenville outfielder signed a letter of intent with Cleary University, where he will join the Cougars baseball team, as well.

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Yellow Jacket Challenge celebrates 10th year

GREENVILLE — For the 10th year running — literally — The Yellow Jacket Challenge 5K run and 1K walk will take place Sunday. The Yellow Jacket Challenge is a run and walk that is put on by the Education Foundation of Greenville, where all proceeds will go. The 5K run will start at 2 p. [...]

Greenville’s Reece Burden (12) connects on a pitch by Central Montcalm’s Hunter VeltKamp during the first of a doubleheader between the two teams in Stanton Saturday. The Yellow Jackets swept the Green Hornets winning both games, 12-2 in game one and 7-5 in game two. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Greenville sweeps Central Montcalm in baseball doubleheader

A four-run seventh-inning rally awakened the offense for Greenville that led to a 7-5 win in its first game against Central Montcalm Saturday.

Tessa Tobey, left, a Greenville junior, is one of four captains on this year’s Yellow Jackets soccer team. The Jackets have a new coach — Adam Scheidel — and a new attitude, aiming to change the culture of the entire program this year. (File photos)

New coach brings new confidence, fresh outlook to Yellow Jackets’ girls soccer team

Since moving up to the varsity soccer team as a freshman, Greenville’s Kenna Allen has heard the talk around the league that her team is known as a bit of a push-over.

With the help of a new coach, a new attitude and a new outlook on the program, the senior captain believes Greenville girls soccer is going to shock a lot of people this spring.

The Belding-Greenville football rivalry game has been an ongoing event since at least 1897. Overall, the teams have played at least 108 games since then. (File photo)

HIT THE LINE HARD: Greenville, Belding’s historic football rivalry goes back 108 years

It may be official, or unofficial, but whatever the fact may be, Bob Dumond knows the historic football rivalry between Greenville and Belding has long passed the mark that many people believed was going to be next year.