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SPORTS GALORE: Say it ain’t so Joe

If only the headline meant I was referring to “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. Obviously, with what has happened the past week at Penn State University, I am referring to coaching icon Joe Paterno. A story on gambling in sports right now would not be as sad and disappointing as this story is.

Greenville senior Jordan Thomas, front, signed his letter of intent to wrestle for the University of Michigan on Wednesday. With Thomas are, left to right, coach Bill Breen, his parents Rocky and Karen Thomas and coach Paul Johnson.

Thomas signs to become Wolverine

Now a Yellow Jacket, but soon to be a Wolverine. Years of hard work and dedication paid off for Greenville wrestler Jordan Thomas on Wednesday morning. Thomas, one of the best wrestlers in the nation, signed his letter of intent in front of family and mentors to wrestle for the University of Michigan. He committed to Michigan last year.

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11 Hornets, Wildcats earn CSAA honors

Central Montcalm’s football team may have missed the playoffs this season, but they made it on the all-conference teams for the Central State Activities Association. The Green Hornets combined to get nine players on the all-conference teams for 2011. They had six on the first team and four on the second team.

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New Greenville girls coach ready for hoops season

Monday was the first day high schools in Michigan could practice girls basketball. The Greenville Yellow Jackets didn’t waste any time in hitting the court. In college fashion, the Yellow Jackets held a midnight madness and began practice at 12:01 a.m. Monday morning.

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LETTER: Fighting Falcon museum thanks local scouts

The members of the Fighting Falcon Military Museum board would like to express their thanks to the boys of Cub Scout Pack 3134 and their leaders for the wonderful fall clean-up work they did at the museum on Nov. 5.

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Lakeview football ‘did well’ with new coach

There were a lot of unknowns when it came to Lakeview’s football team, especially with a new coach. The Wildcats finished 3-6 overall and 3-5 in the Central State Activities Association this season, which was good as far as the new coach, Guenther Mittelstaedt, was concerned.

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LETTER: Local committee thanks community

The Greenville High School Mystery Trip Committee for the class of 2012 would like to acknowledge the following fabulous sponsors who made our football concessions and T-shirt fundraising efforts profitable.

Belding’s Mindy Reminga, left, and Hannah Linebaugh block a shot for a point during game one of its regional semifinal match on Tuesday at Central Montcalm. Grant won 3-1.

Belding volleyball falls to Grant in regional semifinals

The Grant Tigers dominated with their serve and along net in a four game regional semifinal win over the Belding Redskins. The Redskins – district champs three of the last four years – found themselves down early in each game and lost 25-19, 15-25, 13-25, 15-25 on Tuesday night at Central Montcalm.

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Montabella’s Smith ‘really happy’ with state finish

Montabella sophomore Taylor Smith had a memorable trip to the state cross country finals in Brooklyn, Mich., on Saturday. Smith finished fifth among girls in Division 4 at Michigan International Speedway. Her time was 19:01.4.

Greenville’s Bailey Parmelee races toward the finish line of a meet earlier this season. Parmelee finished seventh at the Division 1 state final on Saturday.

Parmelee seventh at state XC meet

Bailey Parmelee has been really good in cross country all season long. On Saturday, the Greenville senior finished her career with a medal. Parmelee was seventh overall in Division 1 at the state cross country finals at Michigan International Speedway, coming in with a time of 18:10.1.