On Nov. 11 the Michigan State Spartans and North Carolina Tar Heels opened the men’s college basketball season in San Diego. This game, though, was different. It was special and held far more meaning than the typical regular season or even postseason game for that matter.
The start of the firearm deer season has been good for area hunters so far, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The first day of the season saw an average number of deer being brought to the check station in Belding, said DNR wildlife biologist John Niewoonder.
There’s an old saying that “what’s past is prologue,” so I trust it is true in this case as well. You see, for the second year in a row I can’t participate on the opening day of firearms deer season. Perhaps that will change in the future, but for now I’ll settle for a day or two at our deer camp sometime during the season.
It was going to be a difficult task for the Greenville Yellow Jackets varsity football team to duplicate the success of 2010 this past season. The Yellow Jackets followed a 9-2 season with a 4-5 record in 2011. The record can mostly be attributed the youth and inexperience of the team. They returned just a handful of starters from the year prior.
Even though the Vestaburg football team finished with a 4-5 record, the Mid-State Activities Conference coaches thought enough about the Wolverines to place nine players on the all-conference team. The first-team Wolverines were defensive end Keith Fletcher, tight end/running back Ryan Daley as an “at-large” selection, offensive tackle Tyler Pendell, running back Kyle Johnson and defensive tackle Michael Hale.
It’s been a while since Central Montcalm coach John Kearney has coached a team. But he said he’s back in the swing of things. “I had to dig out a lot of things and remember some stuff from 13 years ago,” he said. “It’s exciting.”
With the start of the girls basketball season last week Terry Larsen began his second run as Montabella girls varsity basketball coach. Larsen, who replaced Scott Jones, served as Mustangs coach from the late 1980s to early 1990s for both the boys and girls teams. He spent the past five seasons as junior varsity coach, including finishing an outstanding 18-2 a year ago.
The boys high school basketball season began on Monday with tryouts and practice. The regular season begins in less than three weeks. The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys basketball team – 15-7 overall last season – is looking forward to the start of the year. Greenville fell two points shy of a district title last season and will be bringing a lot of expectations into the new season.
Montabella’s record season was rewarded by fellow Mid-State Activities Conference South Division coaches. The Mustangs had seven players make first-team all-conference from their 9-2 team, with three of them coming from each side of the ball and one special-teams player.
Not long after the start of the fall high school sports season Tri County High School found itself searching for a new athletic director. In September, former athletic director/boys varsity basketball coach Tim Kisner accepted a teaching and assistant basketball coach position at Lake Superior State University. Phil Butler recently filled the Vikings open AD position.