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Carson City-Crystal’s Mikayla Duflo gets ready to shoot a three-pointer during last season’s Class C regional final against St. Louis. - File photo

CC-Crystal girls basketball off to 5-0 start

There seems to be no slowing down the Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team. Led by potential all-state sharpshooter Mikayla Duflo, the Eagles are off to a perfect 5-0 start this season after Tuesday’s 54-12 win over Lansing Christian. Duflo led the Eagles with 22 points (on six three-pointers) and six assists. Maddi Weese added 15 points and five rebounds in the win.

Greenville senior Amanda Kerschen dribbles the ball along the baseline for the Yellow Jackets during Tuesday’s game at Central Montcalm. Kerschen finished the game with five points. - Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

Kemp’s 24 helps Greenville to win over Central Montcalm

It took until the final minutes of the first quarter before the Greenville Yellow Jackets found some momentum. The Yellow Jackets used quickness and their height inside to defeat the Central Montcalm Hornets 58-33 on Tuesday night.

Carson City-Crystal senior Kaitlin Beyer signs her Letter of Intent to run cross country and track for Lansing Community College. LCC coach Jim Robinson was there for the signing. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

CC-C’s Beyer signs to run at Lansing Community College

Carson City-Crystal cross country runner Kaitlin Beyer finished her career this year as one of the best runners in school history. Last week, Beyer signed a Letter of Intent to continue her running career for the Lansing Community College (LCC) Stars.

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Belding wrestling off to perfect start

Seven matches into the 2014-2015 wrestling season and the Belding Redskins have yet to lose. On Saturday, the Redskins took home the Kent City Invitational championship with a perfect 5-0 day. Wins over Wyoming Godwin Heights, Holland, Kenowa Hills, Kent City and Rockford improved the Redskins to 7-0.

Carson City-Crystal’s Alex Baker, left, hand fights with Tri County’s Nick McGhan during Saturday’s Tri County Invitational. McGhan defeated Baker 3-0. The Vikings defeated the Eagles 47-30. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Sparta wins Tri County wrestling invitational

The Sparta Spartans outlasted good competition all day long to finish with an unblemished record and won the Tri County wrestling invitational on Saturday. The Spartans went 5-0, capping their day with a pin at 130 pounds to come from behind and defeat the Comstock Park Panthers in their final match of the day. Trailing 36-32, the pin gave Sparta a 38-36 victory.

Central Montcalm’s Lane Ledford rises to score two of his game-high 38 points in an 83-56 win over Evart at home on Friday night. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Ledford leads Central Montcalm to season opening win

Expectations have risen the past couple of seasons for the Central Montcalm Hornets boys basketball team. After Friday night, those expectations should increase even more. The Hornets, firing on all cylinders from the beginning of the game, rolled to a season opening 83-56 win over the Evart Wildcats at home.

Greenville’s Stephen Hilliker goes for a pin against Byron Center during Wednesday’s home match. Hilliker pinned Bryon Biles in 1:40. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville opens wrestling year with pair of victories

With no returning state placers and only a handful of seniors, the Greenville Yellow Jackets wrestling team is as inexperienced as any of its teams in the past several seasons. Still, saying Greenville is rebuilding would be inaccurate. The team is plenty talented, very well coached and in line to win a ninth consecutive district championship this year. A four-year regional championship run ended last season.

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SPORTS GALORE: Speculation season upon us

For plenty of college football teams it’s bowl season. For the University of Michigan football program it’s speculation season. After 33 consecutive bowl appearances (1975 to 2007), the Wolverines will not partake in the traditional month of meaningless games, sponsored by anything and everything, in warm, sunny locations across the country, otherwise known as bowl season, for the third time in seven years.

Greenville’s Paige Hallock, right, dives for a loose ball during the regional semifinal game against Muskegon in March. - Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

Greenville girls excited to start hoops season

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team has had a great amount of success the past two seasons. In the past two years, the Yellow Jackets have won 38 games, two O-K Bronze titles and one district championship, the school’s first since 1983. This year, with a quality returning base, the expectations are once again high.

Belding’s Monica Baylis, front, boxes out during a district tournament game last season. The Redskins opened this season on Tuesday with a win over Lakewood. - File photo

Belding works for successful season

The Belding Redskins girls basketball team got off to a good start this season. After a slow start Tuesday night, the Redskins used a dominating second half to defeat Lakewood to open the 2014-15 season with a 44-33 win. Hallee Breimayer scored 16 points in the win, while Katie Wood finished with 14 points and Monica Baylis with eight points.