Playing high school sports is a privilege and not a right. That is as true in Michigan as it is in Texas, even if the state of Texas takes its high school football a little more serious than the rest of the country. This past Friday, the lights shined on Texas football for all the wrong reasons.
A high scoring game was expected between two talented offensive teams. Both the Greenville Yellow Jackets and Comstock Park Panthers entered Friday’s game averaging 39 points per game. Unfortunately for the Yellow Jackets, the expected offensive explosion was one-sided.
Kyle Smith was the difference. The Greenville Yellow Jackets scored seven goals, but it was the play of Smith in goal who keyed a 7-3 home victory over the Tri County Vikings on Thursday. In all, Smith made 16 saves for the Yellow Jackets including a penalty kick save on goal-scoring machine Dylan Matulis late in the second half.
Last week, Kenowa Hills rebounded from an opening season loss to win in week two at the expense of the Greenville Yellow Jackets. This week, the Yellow Jackets will be looking for the same type of bounce back win at the expense of the Comstock Park Panthers. The Panthers (2-0) defeated Wyoming last week 30-22 and will host the Yellow Jackets (1-1), which lost at home 49-26 to the Knights. Greenville topped Belding 52-29 in week one.
Central third, Tri County fourth: The Vikings took fourth at the Lady Warrior Invitational Wednesday, shooting a team score of 523. That was behind Big Rapids’ 419, Chippewa Hills’ 427 and Central Montcalm’s 457. Julia Bice was fourth overall with a 103, Cierra Rose added a 127 for a 15th-place finish, Anna Caldwell shot a 143 and Megan Owen had a 150 that was assisted by a hole-in-one on the seventh hole, using a pitching wedge…
Kenowa Hills is big and physical along the offensive line. Ryan Doyle was the beneficiary of that size. The Knights senior rushed for 359 of Kenowa’s 449 rushing yards in a 49-26 victory over the Greenville Yellow Jackets at Legacy Field on Thursday night.
Belding 2nd: The Redskins competed in an O-K Blue Jamboree at the Mines Golf Course hosted by NorthPointe Christian on Wednesday. Grand Rapids West Catholic won the tournament with a 185. Belding tied with NorthPointe Christian with 197. Coopersville shot 201, Comstock Park 216, Calvin Christian 221, Sparta 225 and Allendale 255…
For the first time in roughly six years, the Detroit Tigers find themselves face to face with a slim chance at the playoffs, a chance that’s slimmer by the day. Working to bolster their chances, the Tigers will use the start of September to shift focus from bullpen frustrations to a roster expansion. At this time, major league teams move beyond their usual 25-man roster count and open an opportunity for some of the standout prospects to get a chance at playing in the big leagues.
Greenville’s boys soccer players didn’t let a little thing like a one-hour delay bother them. The Yellow Jackets waited out the delay, then came out firing and mercied the Lakeview Wildcats 9-1 Monday night.
Big and physical are just a couple of words to describe the Greenville Yellow Jackets offensive line. Throw in an uptempo offense and the Yellow Jackets provide quick scoring capability and the ability to wear down an opponent, especially, when that opponent is young and lacking depth.