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Greenville’s Tyler Lee, left, and Muskegon Reeths-Puffer’s Brett Thomas push each other’s heads during their 171-pound match Wednesday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Greenville’s wrestling season ended by No. 1 Lowell in regionals

Greenville’s team wrestling season is over. The Yellow Jackets lost to Lowell in the finals of the Division 2 regional Wednesday night 46-25. This came after getting to the final with a 49-25 win over Muskegon Reeths-Puffer in the semifinals.

Greenville’s Stephan Hilliker, above, works Forest Hills Eastern’s Ryan Roth into position for a pin during Saturday’s state individual districts tournment in Lowell. Hilliker would get the pin 1:44 into the match, giving him a district title in the 125-pound division. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

30-plus local wrestlers qualify at weekend individual districts

As the dust settles from Saturday’s state individual district tournaments, as many as 33 wrestlers qualified for the next round, the regionals, which will be next Saturday. The Carson City-Crystal Eagles, wrestling out of the 27-4 Hesperia district, saw 10 wrestlers qualify, which is the most among the area schools, followed by Greenville, which had eight qualify. Belding had six qualify while Tri County and Montabella each had four wrestlers who finished fourth or better to qualify for regionals. Central Montcalm finished with two qualifiers and Lakeview with one.

Greenville’s Keegan Cossou (40), boxed in by Cedar Springs’ Jameson Pavelka (15) and Dawson Wood (21), scored 22 points for the Yellow Jackets to lead his team to a 43-40 win over the Red Hawks Tuesday. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Cossou’s 22 points leads Greenville to 43-40 win over Cedar Springs

Midway through the third quarter, during a timeout, Mark Haist shouted a reminder to his team that even got the home crowd going during a conference game Tuesday. “Have some heart and finish this game!” the Greenville coach exclaimed to his team, which seemed to energize the Yellow Jackets in its 43-40 win over Cedar Springs.

Greenville’s Blake Whitcomb (73) will be headed to Marquette in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to play football for the Northern Michigan University Wildcats. Whitcomb played center, guard and defensive lineman for the Yellow Jackets. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

Greenville’s Blake Whitcomb headed to Northern Michigan University to play football

Blake Whitcomb loves the outdoors. With the college he will be attending, that love will certainly grow. The Greenville senior football player will be playing football in the Upper Peninsula with the Wildcats of Northern Michigan University next year.

Greenville's Paige Hallock, left, and Landon Kemp each signed their letters of intent to play at the college level, with Hallock set to play basketball at Grand Valley State University while Kemp will continue her long jump career at South Dakota University.

HIT THE LINE HARD: Enjoying the hype of committing

This is the time of year I always love, when “National Signing Day” is upon us. I love all the hype of which highly-touted high school football recruit is going where and which team has raked in the most studs and whose team is going to be crazy good next year, or so we think. One of the the trends I’ve gotten caught up in and enjoy watching are the creative announcements these recruits have been posting online lately.

Dren Bartrum earned his 100th career victory against Lowell’s Carter Bierling in the 152-pound match in Wednesday’s home dual match. He almost pinned Beerling but ended up with a decisive 14-0 major decision. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Greenville’s Dren Bartrum earns 100th career win against Lowell

Dren Bartrum gave Greenville’s best highlight of the dual meet against Lowell Wednesday, earning his 100th career win.

Greenville senior quarterback Cal Syrjala (2) breaks through Belding defenders, juniors Andrew Gonzales (13) and James Daniel (2), en route to scoring a touchdown at Legacy Field in Greenville in last season's rivalry game, in which the Yellow Jackets won 49-6. (File photo)

JUST IN: Greenville-Belding football rivalry on two-year hiatus

The long-standing football rivalry between the Belding Redskins and the Greenville Yellow Jackets will be postponed at least for the next two years, a decision made by Belding Area Schools this week.

Greenville’s Cameron Heppe, left, in white, gets fouled by Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central’s John Fuller (15) during the teams’ game Monday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Greenville boys basketball forced to pick itself up again in loss

Yellow Jackets coach Mark Haist is hoping his team will continue to fight and pick itself up after a 78-34 loss to Grand Rapids Central Monday.

HIT THE LINE HARD
By Ryan Schlehuber

HIT THE LINE HARD: What’s wrong with second favorites?

I have been a fan of all the Detroit pro sports teams all my life. But I also have second favorites. For some reason, that doesn’t sit well with others. I remember the very day I became a New England Patriots fan … are you done gasping? Ok. So, as I was saying, I remember the day I became a New England Patriots fan. It was the 1985-86 Super Bowl. If you can’t recall, they were thumped by the Chicago Bears 46-10.

Second-grade students present the story of “Mulan” Saturday evening through a performance they learned in the Walnut Hills Elementary School Chinese Immersion program during the Chinese New Year Gala at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Immersion students ring in the Chinese New Year (PHOTOS)

The year of the rooster is officially here and students at Walnut Hills Elementary School made sure to ring it in properly. Students in the Chinese immersion program took the stage at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center Saturday evening to perform a program that showcased the language and culture they’ve been learning about in school.