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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Saturday, April 16

Central Montcalm 1-1: The Hornets split a pair of games at the Bath tournament on Saturday. Game one was a 10-2 loss to Lansing Catholic. Andrew Jacoby took the loss. Noah Stauffer had a double, while Austin Williams and Bryant Ciganik had singles. The Hornets rebounded with an 11-3 win over Lansing Waverly…

Greenville's Milka Welder was the top female finisher (21:46.6) at the Yellow Jacket Challenge on Sunday.

Sunshine, warmth headline 9th annual Yellow Jacket Challenge

Plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures made for an outstanding turnout for the ninth annual Yellow Jacket Challenge (YJC). With temperatures in the upper 70s, albeit a little warm for racing, nearly 500 runners and walkers participated in the 5k and one-mile walk at Greenville High School and Greenville Middle School on Sunday. Hundreds more turned out to support those who participated.

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 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…

Central Montcalm’s Kenzie Rutz connects for a two-run double in the second inning of game one at home against Greenville on Wednesday. Rutz also hit her second home run of the season in game two. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm softball sweeps Yellow Jackets

The Central Montcalm Hornets are primed to have an outstanding season on the diamond. On Wednesday, a young Greenville Yellow Jackets team witnessed what the Hornets have to offer this season as they were swept 15-0 (in three innings) and 7-0.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, April 12

CC-Crystal 2-0: The Eagles opened its season with a pair of wins at Ithaca on Tuesday. Cc-Crystal won game one 12-1 and game two 8-6. Jarrett Loomis earned the win in game one, while Dallas O’Green had three hits. Ryan Argersinger earned the win in game two and Tabor Erskin the save…

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Six local girls basketball teams academic all-state

Academics is a topic that is stressed in the athletic programs of local high schools, and the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) noticed. BCAM announced its academic all-state girls basketball teams Thursday, with six of the eight local schools being named honorable mention in their classes. The top 10 in team GPA were named academic all-state, with all others who had at least a 3.0 team GPA named honorable mention.

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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.