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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, Sept. 30

Greenville third at conference meet: The Yellow Jackets took third at the final O-K Bronze Conference meet Wednesday, shooting a team score of 387 to finish behind Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern’s 371 and Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern’s 382…

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THE REVIEW: Divide and conquer

With the leaves changing and the Detroit Tigers one step closer to being put out of misery, focus has shifted to a delightful round of inner-state trash talk with everyone making it a point to reflect on their true feelings toward the Ohio State Buckeyes. To onlookers, it’s chaos. To the locals, it’s Big Ten football.

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Greenville golfers 6th, Central Montcalm 7th at Tullymore

Three area girls golf teams competed at the Big Rapids Invitational at Tullymore Golf Resort on Monday. The tournament was won by Muskegon Mona Shores placed first with a 361. Kalamazoo Hackett was second with 373 and Holt third with 380. Greenville was sixth with a 420, Central Montcalm seventh with a 482 and Tri County ninth with 587.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Saturday, Sept. 26

Greenville 3-2 at Zeeland East: The Yellow Jackets went 3-1 in pool play at the Zeeland East Invitational on Saturday. They beat Cedar Springs 25-15, 25-15 then lost to the host Chix 25-16, 25-14. Wyoming High lost to Greenville 25-14, 25-19 before Greenville beat Buchanan 26-24, 25-15…

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Tri County tops Big Rapids in outside volleyball game

Tri County’s volleyball team had a new experience Tuesday night. They played outside, just off the football field. The Vikings ended up with a 25-21, 25-18, 25-13 win over Big Rapids in their first-ever outside game.

Tri County senior Johnathan Becktell returns a kickoff against Lakeview in the Vikings season opener at home. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Tri County’s slow starts having negative impact

If not for the first quarter, the Tri County Vikings just might have a winning record. In three Tri County (1-3 overall) losses this season, the Vikings have been outscored 69-0 in the first quarter. They have returned the favor by outscoring their opponents 71-40 in the final three quarters in those same games. Another slow start against Big Rapids on Friday was too difficult to come back from.

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THE REVIEW: Cultivating the future

It’s a situation Andrew Graham has faced before. For the second consecutive year, the second-year manager for the West Michigan Whitecaps finds himself in the mix of the pressures of the postseason. But you won’t see any added perspiration on the face of the 33-year-old. Observing his mannerisms along the third base line during game time, you can spot the glint in his eye from any location, a glint displaying the drive and the fight for success within the former minor league catcher.

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SPORTS GALORE: Texas HS football players should never play again

Playing high school sports is a privilege and not a right. That is as true in Michigan as it is in Texas, even if the state of Texas takes its high school football a little more serious than the rest of the country. This past Friday, the lights shined on Texas football for all the wrong reasons.

Tri County senior quarterback Colton Harris (3) scores one of his four rushing touchdowns Friday evening in the second quarter as he powers past Central Montcalm senior defender Zack Bebow (54). - Daily News/Cory Smith

Colton Harris leads Tri County to victory over Central Montcalm

Tri County senior quarterback Colton Harris looked like a one-man wrecking crew during Friday’s 41-27 Central State Activities Association Gold Division victory over Central Montcalm, but he was the first to admit that he had a little help from his friends.
“My linemen gave me awesome protection and my receiving corps did an awesome job catching the ball,” Harris said. Harris, meanwhile, did just about everything else by shredding the Hornets on the ground and through the air.

Greenville’s Keegan Goetz sends a shot past Tri County keeper Eric Hayden during Thursday’s game. The shot just missed to the left, but Goetz finished with three goals. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Smith helps Greenville soccer to 7-3 win over Tri County

Kyle Smith was the difference. The Greenville Yellow Jackets scored seven goals, but it was the play of Smith in goal who keyed a 7-3 home victory over the Tri County Vikings on Thursday. In all, Smith made 16 saves for the Yellow Jackets including a penalty kick save on goal-scoring machine Dylan Matulis late in the second half.