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Greenville’s Haley Peters, middle, attacks over the block of Charlotte’s Brianna Hasler, left, and Alex Withney during the finals of the Carson City-Crystal Invitational on Friday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Greenville uses extra points to win Carson City-Crystal tourney

It took a few more points than Greenville’s volleyball team would have liked, but the Yellow Jackets got the win they wanted Friday.

Greenville put away the Charlotte Orioles in extra points in the final game of the finals of the Carson City-Crystal Invitational, with the final game going 31-29 in the Jackets’ favor. Normal games go to 25 points.

Greenville senior quarterback Cal Syrjala (2) breaks through Belding defenders, juniors Andrew Gonzales (13) and James Daniel (2), en route to scoring a touchdown Thursday evening at Legacy Field in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Syrjala leads Greenville to physical 49-6 victory over rival Belding

It took three plays for Cal Syrjala to set the tone of the 99th game between football rivals Greenville and Belding at Legacy Field on Thursday night.

On the third play, Greenville’s senior quarterback busted up the middle of the line for a physical 4-yard touchdown run to give the Yellow Jackets the first lead of the game.

Greenville never looked back, earning a 49-6 non-conference win to start their season.

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31st annual SnoMotion is this weekend at Nelson’s Speed Shop

The annual “SnoMotion” event at Nelson’s Speed Shop just north of Greenville will have a new event this time around.

The 31st annual showcase will feature snowmobiles racing on grass this year, noted Nelson’s general manager Danielle Maneke.

A new trophy will be presented to the winner of the Greenville-Belding football game, which is a rivalry game dating back to 1900, one of the longest ongoing football rivalries in the state. The trophy, purchased by Greenville Rotary Club, stands approximately 4-feet tall. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

New Greenville-Belding rivalry trophy used to be a tradition long ago

Bragging rights for the winner of the Greenville-Belding football game just got a little more interesting. This year’s winning team will have the opportunity to hoist a new rivalry trophy.

Belding visits Greenville at 7 p.m. Thursday at Greenville’s Legacy Field to continue a rivalry that dates back to 1900. Last year, Greenville earned the victory with a 52-29 win at Belding. (File photo)

Greenville, Belding coaches focus on maintaining game plan, keeping adrenaline in check

The 2016 high school football season is set to begin this week, and what better way to get it started then a longtime rivalry game between Greenville and Belding.

The two teams, which have been playing each other for more than a century, will face off Thursday at Greenville’s Legacy Field, with a kick off time of 7 p.m.

Senior co-captain Bryce Johnston attempts to kick the ball through a line of Sparta players in the first half of the Greenville-Sparta soccer game at Greenville Monday. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Little mistakes lead to narrow defeat to Sparta for Greenville’s soccer team

Improvement sometimes doesn’t equal a win in the game of soccer, but Greenville coach Jeremy Neve saw more good things from his team, despite falling to Sparta 1-0 at a home game Monday.

Joseph Coy, 19, of Cedar Springs (No. 925) started out as one of the lead runners, and held the spot to take First Overall Male with a time of 25.17.5 at Saturday’s Danish Festival Road Race. (Daily News | Lori Hansen)

Cedar Springs’ Coy, Grand Rapids’ Cook winners in Danish Festival Road Race

he course was paved, the scenery was great, and the runners were ready. The humidity, however, was the struggle. The 39th annual Danish Festival Road Race on Saturday started at 8.m. with temperatures already in the high 70s. The humidity level hovered in the mid-80s.

Daily News sports editor Ryan Schlehuber

No time to waste: ‘Hit the line hard’ as new sports editor

Here it’s my first week as Daily News sports editor, and I’m already playing from behind.

Having accepted the new position on Monday, transitioning from features editor and filling the vacancy left by my dear friend and longtime and much-respected Sports Editor Bruce Bentley, I’ve had to “hit the line hard” and catch up with teams, local athletic directors and coaches as high school fall sports season is already upon us.

Buffalo’s Justin Zimmer rests during drills at a recent practice. Zimmer said things are quite the same between a pre-season practice at Ferris State and a training camp practice in the NFL.

Greenville’s Justin Zimmer working to earn a spot on Bills’ team

The first part of Buffalo Bills training camp has gone well for Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer.

Zimmer, who was signed by the Bills as a undrafted free agent out of Ferris State shortly after the NFL Draft concluded in April, has been practicing with the Bills since then. The defensive tackle has been going through the first part of training camp at St. John Fisher College, the Bills’ training camp site.

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JUST IN: Jim Lower wins Republican primary for 70th District House

With 39 of 39 precincts reporting, voters have elected Jim Lower of Cedar Lake as the representative of the Republican party to run for the 70th District House in November.