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Greenville’s Brock Kohler lays down a sacrifice bunt during the third inning against Cedar Springs at home on Thursday. Kohler finished 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Syrjala strikes out 12, Greenville wins 8-2

Calvin Syrjala didn’t start with his A game, but he finished with it. Syrjala allowed two first inning runs, only one earned, but settled in nicely as the Greenville Yellow Jackets completed a three-game O-K Bronze sweep of the Cedar Springs Red Hawks with an 8-2 win at home on Thursday. Greenville won both games of a doubleheader at Cedar Springs (3-6, 0-3) on Tuesday.

Greenville’s Kylee Krogman, at left, sends a shot down field in front of Belding’s Katie Wood during the first half of their teams’ game on Thursday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding’s long, high goals beat Greenville

Greenville girls soccer coach Jeremy Neve may wish he had a taller goalkeeper. Belding scored two goals over the head of Greenville goalkeeper Kenna Allen to beat the arch rival Yellow Jackets 2-1 on Thursday at Yellow Jacket Stadium. Belding coach Tom Griffioen noted they had to play without a few key players, including his daughter Tina, who watched from the sideline.

Greenville junior Landon Kemp clears a Yellow Jacket Stadium record 12-foot pole vault during Monday’s meet against Northview. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Landon Kemp continues to break pole vault records

Landon Kemp never ceases to amaze. The Greenville junior can dominate any event she enters, but it’s a passion for pole vaulting that takes up a lot of Kemp’s time. On Monday at Yellow Jacket Stadium, the second of three regular season home meets, Kemp placed first in four events: 100-meter dash, 100 hurdles, long jump and of course, pole vault.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, April 19

CC-Crystal wins a pair: The Eagles opened their MSAC season with a pair of wins over Coleman Tuesday, winning 10-1 and 8-4. Cam Saylor was the winning pitcher in the opener, scattering three hits. Zach Pringle had four hits, Lane Humphrey added three hits and Drew Stout and Shane Wiggins had two hits each…

Greenville’s Nate Kubec clears a hurdle during the 110-meter hurdles at home against Northview on Monday. Kubec won the event with a time of 16.72 seconds. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville track sweeps O-K Bronze rival Northview

The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys and girls track team put together a pair of solid performances on a warm, sunny afternoon at home. The Yellow Jackets boys track team defeated Northview 93-44, while the girls topped the Wildcats 87-50 in an O-K Bronze meet on Monday.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Monday, April 18

Muskegon Oakridge 13, Tri County 1 (five innings): The Vikings were mercied by the Eagles in a non-conference game Monday when Oakridge scored five times in the first inning, seven more in the third and one more in the fourth inning. Marcus Kimmel lasted just one-third of an inning and allowed five runs on three walks and a hit batter without a hit…

Tri County’s Skylar Reed delivers a pitch during the first inning at Greenville on Monday. Reed earned the win allowing six hits and five strikeouts. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Tri County softball mercies Greenville for 5-0 start

An eight-run fifth inning was all the Tri County softball team needed. The Vikings used that run to mercy the Greenville Yellow Jackets 17-7 in six innings Monday at Hannah Field in Greenville. Tri County remained undefeated at 5-0 with the win.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Saturday, April 16

Central Montcalm 1-1: The Hornets split a pair of games at the Bath tournament on Saturday. Game one was a 10-2 loss to Lansing Catholic. Andrew Jacoby took the loss. Noah Stauffer had a double, while Austin Williams and Bryant Ciganik had singles. The Hornets rebounded with an 11-3 win over Lansing Waverly…

Greenville's Milka Welder was the top female finisher (21:46.6) at the Yellow Jacket Challenge on Sunday.

Sunshine, warmth headline 9th annual Yellow Jacket Challenge

Plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures made for an outstanding turnout for the ninth annual Yellow Jacket Challenge (YJC). With temperatures in the upper 70s, albeit a little warm for racing, nearly 500 runners and walkers participated in the 5k and one-mile walk at Greenville High School and Greenville Middle School on Sunday. Hundreds more turned out to support those who participated.

Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer trains for the NFL draft at Michael Johnson Performance in Texas in February. - Courtesy photo/Larry Zimmer

NFL prospect Justin Zimmer ready for draft

The NFL draft, a three-day extravaganza, begins in less than two weeks. For Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer, an NFL defensive lineman prospect from Ferris State University, it’s down to a waiting game: Waiting to find out if he will be drafted, and, if not, signed as a free agent following the draft. After training for three months in Texas, Zimmer is back home in Michigan and working out at Ferris State in preparation for the draft and a potential NFL minicamp.