The Central Montcalm Hornets are primed to have an outstanding season on the diamond. On Wednesday, a young Greenville Yellow Jackets team witnessed what the Hornets have to offer this season as they were swept 15-0 (in three innings) and 7-0.
CC-Crystal 2-0: The Eagles opened its season with a pair of wins at Ithaca on Tuesday. Cc-Crystal won game one 12-1 and game two 8-6. Jarrett Loomis earned the win in game one, while Dallas O’Green had three hits. Ryan Argersinger earned the win in game two and Tabor Erskin the save…
Academics is a topic that is stressed in the athletic programs of local high schools, and the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) noticed. BCAM announced its academic all-state girls basketball teams Thursday, with six of the eight local schools being named honorable mention in their classes. The top 10 in team GPA were named academic all-state, with all others who had at least a 3.0 team GPA named honorable mention.
One local high school student-athlete is going to play soccer in college. Kyle Smith, who spent two seasons as a goalkeeper with Greenville, signed a letter of intent to play soccer for Division 1 DePaul University. Smith played for the Yellow Jackets as a freshman and a senior. The senior spent the two seasons as a sophomore and a junior with the Alliance Academy Football Club soccer program.
What a difference a change of venue and better weather conditions can make. The West Michigan Whitecaps went from blowing snow in South Bend, Ind., — where they won two games — to a sunny, but cold day Saturday where they lost to the South Bend Cubs 5-3 in the Whitecaps’ home opener. The game-time temperature for the home opener was 35 degrees, which was the second-coldest home opener in Whitecaps’ history. It was 34 degrees in 2003.
Cold shooting in the first half and missed opportunities in the second half. A combination of those two things left the Greenville Yellow Jackets on the wrong side of a Class A regional semifinal game at Hudsonville against the host Eagles on Tuesday night. Hudsonville (21-3) jumped out to an early lead and nearly blew that lead, but held on to defeat the Yellow Jackets 46-39 to advance to the regional final to face Muskegon Mona Shores on Thursday.
Forest Hills Northern is playing much better basketball than it was to start the season. And this is the time teams want to be playing its best basketball of the season. On Monday night, in the Class A district tournament opener in Greenville, the Huskies extended their winning streak to six games with a 71-42 win over the host Yellow Jackets.
Such a wide range of emotions can be found at the state wrestling finals where even winning is sometimes met with disappointment. Tears can stream from the faces of winners and losers. Winners can feel exhilaration, shock and relief. Losers can feel heartbreak, anger and even contentment. Without a doubt, no other sport displays as many emotions as wrestling does. After three days, just 56 wrestlers out of 896 will be crowned individual state champions, although 448 in four divisions will walk away with All-State honors.
Every time Greenville got within striking distance in the fourth quarter, the Wyoming Wolves killed the momentum with a 3-pointer. Wyoming — the O-K Bronze champions — drained four fourth quarter 3-pointers as the Wolves pulled away to defeat the Yellow Jackets 79-60 on Thursday night. Greenville, playing their final regular season game, trailed by five points with 5:29 remaining in the fourth quarter, but Chase Vander Klay drained a 3-pointer to extend the Wyoming lead. Vander Klay scored all of his 12 points in the fourth quarter to help the Wolves hold off the Yellow Jackets.
Eric Nichols doesn’t believe it’s hard to beat a team three times in the same season. “No, it’s not hard to beat a team three times,” said the Greenville girls basketball coach. “You go out and you play. I’ve always said that’s a bunch of malarkey.” Nichols’ Yellow Jackets proved he was right by beating Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern 54-45 in the Class A district semifinal at Greenville’s North Gym Wednesday night.