SHORT TAKES: Students shining on mats, courts and stages

By Daily News • Last Updated 11:41 am on Monday, March 05, 2012

This space has been dominated lately with great news coming out of our schools. And the trend continues this week with kudos to top performing orchestra and band students, state title winning wrestlers, and girls basketball district champs.

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First to local middle and high school musicians who performed at the Greenville Performing Arts Center for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association District Festival on Friday. Judges rated the middle school bands, as well as high school concert and symphonic bands and symphonic orchestras on a scale of I to V, one being the best.

What we can tell you is that our students from Greenville, Belding and Lakeview are in tune. All earned phenomenal scores of either I or II. That’s music to our ears and certain to be an ongoing trend as our local eighth grade bands and orchestras were among these top talents.

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Area athletes also brought home a number of titles. Greenville’s Jordan Thomas won his third straight individual wrestling title on Saturday, joined by Carson City-Crystal’s Ken Dittenber, who won his weight class for the second year in a row, and Lakeview’s Jordan Betham, who won his first.

We love that so many young men had such great success this season, and look forward to following Thomas next fall in the start of his college-wrestling career at the University of Michigan.

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The Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team has been fun to follow this season and earned a district title win on Friday. They bump up against undefeated Morley Stanwood in Kent City tomorrow night for regionals.

No matter the outcome, with high scorer Mikayla Duflo being a freshman and a team that has proven it can get the job done, we know this program is one to watch.

Of course we also will be in Rockford tonight to watch the Greenville boys basketball team take on Northview for what is sure to be a great game kicking off the start of district play.

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