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Woods and Waters | Ed Gilbert

WOODS AND WATERS: Missing the deer season opener

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.

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Yellow Jackets gain experience in 2011

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.

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Five Vestaburg players on all-MSAC first team

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.

John Kearney, far right, works with his team at a recent practice.

New Central Montcalm boys hoops coach gets team ready

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.”

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Larsen returns as Montabella girls hoops coach

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.

Greenville’s Peter Lindeman, left, looks to make a pass with Curtis Heppe guarding him during practice on Tuesday. Greenville coach Mark Haist watches in the back ground. The Yellow Jackets open the season Dec. 6 at Cedar Springs.

Yellow Jackets ready for hoops season to begin

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.

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Montabella places seven on all-MSAC first team

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.

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New Tri County athletic director makes transition

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.

Former Michigan quarterback John Navarre speaks to the crowd during Montabella’s football banquet Sunday night.

Former Wolverine Navarre guest speaker at Montabella banquet

John Navarre was like every other Michigan alumnus and fan during 2007-2010. Navarre, the former Michigan quarterback from 2000-2003, said it was tough for him, too.

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Dream season for Mustangs’ football team, finishes 9-2

Before the season started, Montabella’s football team had only 18 players and coach David Clay was hoping injuries wouldn’t take a toll on his team. How far the Mustangs have come.