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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.

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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…

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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.

Tri County’s Lucas Prater shakes the hand of Montrose wrestling coach Steve Barnette during the Division 3 215-pound award ceremony. To the right of Prater is Lakeview’s James Smith, who placed seventh, while Prater placed eighth. Smith defeated Prater by 3-1 decision in overtime in the consolation finals on Saturday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Eight area wrestlers earn individual All-State honors

Such a wide range of emotions can be found at the state wrestling finals where even winning is sometimes met with disappointment. Tears can stream from the faces of winners and losers. Winners can feel exhilaration, shock and relief. Losers can feel heartbreak, anger and even contentment. Without a doubt, no other sport displays as many emotions as wrestling does. After three days, just 56 wrestlers out of 896 will be crowned individual state champions, although 448 in four divisions will walk away with All-State honors.

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21 area grapplers aim for state championships

The Michigan High School Athletic Association individual state wrestling finals is an experience unlike any other. Whether a first time qualifier or one with state finals experience, the state finals can bring plenty of nerves and anxiety for wrestlers. Controlling those nerves can be the difference between standing on the podium or heartbroken in defeat. The three-day state finals tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills begins today and concludes Saturday.

Tri County’s Dylan Matuilis (3) tries to get a steal from Central Montcalm’s Mitch Nichols (12) during a game Feb. 5. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Tri County’s Matulis sets state steals record

Dylan Matulis missed out on one state record during the fall boys soccer season. Matulis fell short of getting the state record for most goals in a season. He made up for that in the winter boys basketball season, getting the state record for most steals in a season with his 132nd Tuesday night in a win over Muskegon Orchard View.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, Feb. 26

Tri County 71, Grant 64: The Vikings got by the Tigers in a CSAA-Gold game Friday night. Jacob Sickelsteel and Colton Harris had 19 points each and Dylan Matulis had 10 points, nine rebounds and 10 steals for Tri County…

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Feb. 23

Tri County 73, Orchard View 41: The Vikings’ Dylan Matulis set a state record for steals by getting nine Tuesday night against the Cardinals. That gives him 132 for the season. Matulis also had a game-high 22 points, while Colton Harris added 15 and Jacob Sickelsteel added 11…