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Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer trains for the NFL draft at Michael Johnson Performance in Texas in February. - Courtesy photo/Larry Zimmer

NFL prospect Justin Zimmer ready for draft

The NFL draft, a three-day extravaganza, begins in less than two weeks. For Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer, an NFL defensive lineman prospect from Ferris State University, it’s down to a waiting game: Waiting to find out if he will be drafted, and, if not, signed as a free agent following the draft. After training for three months in Texas, Zimmer is back home in Michigan and working out at Ferris State in preparation for the draft and a potential NFL minicamp.

Greenville keeper Kenna Allen makes one of her 20 saves during the first half against Big Rapids at Yellow Jacket Stadium on Friday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Big Rapids downs host Yellow Jackets 6-0

GREENVILLE — Greenville coach Jeremy Neve said his team wasn’t ready to play. He took full responsibility for that, as well. On Friday, Big Rapids scored four second half goals as the Cardinals defeated the host Yellow Jackets 6-0 at Yellow Jacket Stadium. Neve credited Big Rapids for being ready to play. “We could see it [...]

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, April 15

Tri County 12, Reed City 1: The Vikings won the front end of a CSAA-Gold doubleheader Friday over the Coyotes for their first win of the season. Colton Harris went the distance and allowed three hits with seven strikeouts but hit four batters with pitches. Isaac Reams and Marcus Kimmel had two hits and two RBIs each…

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Thursday, April 14

Lakeview ninth at Chippewa Hills: The Wildcats shot a team score of 176 at the Chippewa Hills two-man scramble Thursday, finishing ninth overall. The team of Jeff Tyler and Wes Bishop shot an 81 and Anthony Balzo and Cade Oberlin teamed up for a 95…

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, April 13

Greenville sweeps CM: The host Hornets struggled against the Yellow Jackets on Wednesday. Greeenville won 15-1 in game one and 7-3 in game two. Jared Vinton earned the win going five innings, allowing one run, two hits with six strikeouts. Brockton Kohler went 4-for-5, while Vinton and Logan Sharp had three hits each. Brandon Braman took the game one loss…

Central Montcalm’s Kenzie Rutz connects for a two-run double in the second inning of game one at home against Greenville on Wednesday. Rutz also hit her second home run of the season in game two. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm softball sweeps Yellow Jackets

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.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, April 12

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…

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Six local girls basketball teams academic all-state

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.

Greenville’s Kyle Smith, second from right, signs his letter of intent to play for DePaul University Feb. 3. Joining Kyle in the photo are, from left, his father, Dan Smith, mother, Mari Smith, and Alliance Academy Soccer Club coach Ryan Fitzsimmons. - Courtesy Photo

Greenville’s Kyle Smith heading to DePaul

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.

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West Michigan falls 5-3 in frigid home opener

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.