Sports

Emily Waldon

THE REVIEW: The spirit of the World Cup competition

On January 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy delivered an inaugural address that, unbeknownst to him, would hold true for many generations to come.

“The world is very different now,” he said. “For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life.”

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Greenville girls soccer had ‘long season’

Greenville’s girls soccer team struggled mightily to find wins. They had only one in 18 tries, which came at the expense of Sparta.

Emily Waldon

THE REVIEW: Teammates get the call from the Tigers

If you were to ever pull a starting member of your local varsity baseball team off to the side and inquire as to why they are so invested in the game, don’t be surprised if you are met with a scoff and an eye roll.
The vision of the up and coming generation of high school and collegiate baseball players is an unwritten, universally shared goal. To them, it’s obvious.
They play to get the call.

West Michigan Whitecaps reliever Montreal Robertson warms up in the bullpen during a recent game at Fifth Third Ballpark. - Emily Waldon

THE REVIEW: A longshot making good for the Whitecaps

West Michigan Whitecaps fans have a knack for smelling victory and this particular steamy evening in May was no exception. Starting pitcher Jonathan Crawford had just wrapped up six masterfully thrown innings and pitching coach Mike Henneman was looking for just one thing. Strikeouts.

Team Max of My Team Triumph crosses the finish line on Saturday at the second annual Tri Greenville Triathlon.

Professional Minnema wins Tri Greenville Triathlon

It was a spectacular day for the second annual Tri Greenville Triathlon. With the sun shining bright more than 200 people participated in the triathlon on Saturday, which started and finished at Baldwin Lake in Greenville.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Saturday, May 31

Kemp third, fourth at state: Greenville freshman Landon Kemp took a third and a fourth at the Division 1 state track finals Saturday. Kemp was third in the pole vault (12-0) and fourth in the long jump (17-9 ½). Kemp broke her own school pole vault record for the second time on Saturday. Her previous best was 11-8.

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SPORTS GALORE: Anything can happen in the postseason

The Michigan High School Athletic Association baseball postseason tournament swings into high gear on Saturday. The tournament actually started on Tuesday with pre-districts and continues tomorrow with the district semifinals and finals. The state semifinals and finals will take place June 12-14 at Michigan State University.

Greenville pitcher Calvin Syrjala fires a pitch past Lakeview’s Jacob Ridgeway in the third inning of game one. Greenville beat Lakeview 5-2 in game one of Wednesday night’s doubleheader.

Greenville baseball sweeps Lakeview in district tuneup

Greenville’s Parker Syrjala hadn’t pitched since mid-April. On Wednesday, Syrjala took the mound against the Lakeview Wildcats and showed no signs of rust. Syrjala, on a strict pitch count, went 4 2/3 innings without allowing a hit or run for a 5-0 victory in the second of two games.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, May 28

Central Montcalm 0-2: The Hornets were swept in their regular season finale against Newaygo on Wednesday. The Lions won game one 7-0. Brandon Braman took the loss, while Bo Studley had a double…

Greenville’s Alec Ward, middle, signs his letter of intent to wrestle for Davenport University. With Ward, left to right, are father Steve Ward, Davenport coach Jamie Boyd, Greenville coach Paul Johnson and mother Stacy Ward.

Greenville’s Ward to wrestle at Davenport University

Greenville’s Alec Ward will have the opportunity to continue his wrestling career. In doing so, Ward will help a new program set the foundation for future success. On Friday, Ward signed to wrestle collegiately for Davenport University in Grand Rapids.