The undefeated Greenville girls basketball team was tested early on Thursday in the Candlestone Holiday Shootout championship game against Belding.
The Black Knights commanded the first quarter, closing on a 10-0 run to take a 22-9 lead into the second quarter. It was a new challenge for this year’s Yellow Jackets but not the girls on it. Senior Megan Leslie, along with many girls on the team, was in a similar position last year when they came back to beat Belding on its home court, 59-57.
Capping off the Candlestone Holiday Shootout basketball tournament with the final game Thursday, the Yellow Jackets boys team showed early on why they’re poised to be one of the top teams in the area this season.
Greenville got off to a 16-5 run to end the first quarter, showcasing great full-court pressure and shell-shocking the Black Knights a bit to start the game. Things didn’t get better in the second quarter for Belding either as Greenville went into the locker room with a 32-9 lead.
A Newaygo man was bound over for trial and saw the addition of two hate crime charges related to his alleged triple stabbing of three Puerto Rican men at a Winfield Township residence after an altercation at the Amble Bar.
Al Daniel Thompson, 30, is now charged with three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, three counts of assault with intent to do great body harm and two new charges of ethnic intimidation.
Thanks to a “quick response and aggressive knockdown” by firefighters, the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail bridge over the Flat River continues to stand following a second fire in the span of 30 months.
At approximately 1:38 a.m. Thursday, Officers Brandon Allen and Alex Tanis of the Greenville Department of Public Safety responded to a report of “suspicious smoke and a glow” coming from the area of Water Works Park in Greenville.