He wasn’t part of the original plan. No one had expected to discover him. Hockey scouting reports weren’t singing his praises, but as fate would have it, the ambition of a resilient Russian would give just enough of a push to grab the eye of an organization and forever change his future.
It was a dream lineup. Some of the league’s hottest hitters all together under the same roof, sporting the storied English D. What was predicted to be a dominating season would ultimately take an unfortunate turn for the Detroit Tigers and thanks to a midseason unraveling, 1984 would continue to hold its place in the franchise’s history.
Eric Plate’s interception in the final seconds sent the Greenville Yellow Jackets sideline and crowd into a wild victory celebration. The 24-14 win over O-K Bronze rival Northview on Friday night didn’t give the Yellow Jackets a conference title. The win didn’t qualify the Yellow Jackets for the postseason.
It’s been over 20 years since the Detroit Lions and their fans have had to even entertain the thought of a struggle in their kicking game. They’ve more than made up for it by experiencing difficulty in other areas, as we all know.
Two keys to winning a football game are being able to rush the ball and to play solid defense. The Cedar Springs Red Hawks have mastered both this season. On Friday, the Red Hawks continued its domination on the defensive side of the ball with a 48-16 win over the Greenville Yellow Jackets. Offensively, the Red Hawks controlled the clock with its methodical, Wing-T offense, which makes it nearly impossible to make a comeback when trailing.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets were up against a tough challenge. Facing a state ranked (8th in Class B) Forest Hills Eastern team, the Yellow Jackets needed to play flawless volleyball to win their match on Thursday night at home.
The Lakeview Wildcats will be one of 256 teams playing for a coveted football state championship beginning on Oct. 31. Lakeview’s win at Hesperia last week guaranteed the Wildcats (6-1 overall) a second consecutive trip to the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) football playoffs.
Two area girls golf teams begin today the with the hopes of a team state title. The Greenville Yellow Jackets are returning to the Division 2 state finals for the sixth consecutive year and ninth time in the past 10 years. Central Montcalm heads to the Division 4 state finals for the first time since 2007 (Division 3 then).
Football is in the blood of Greenville’s Eric Plate. After all, four members of his family have played Division I football. His father Rick played for Central Michigan University, uncle Scott for the University of Iowa and Todd for the University of Michigan. A cousin of the three, Troy, also played for Michigan.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets didn’t play its best game of the year, but it was enough to advance in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 district soccer tournament. After a slow start, the Yellow Jackets adjusted to the synthetic surface at Cedar Springs and was able to score once in each half of a 2-0 victory over the host Red Hawks.