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Montabella quarterback Brady Burggren takes reps during Thursday’s practice. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Montabella ready to face No. 5 ranked team in D-7

The Montabella Mustangs have been in playoff mode for the past three weeks. After back-to-back losses to Carson City-Crystal and Coleman, the Mustangs’ record stood at 4-3. Six wins guaranteed a playoff spot, meaning Montabella needed to win its final two games to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

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New Belding basketball coach ready for season

Michael Redell knows a thing or two about basketball. The 2004 Rockford High School graduate was a star player for the 2003 undefeated Class A state champion Rams (28-0). Redell played collegiately at Cleveland State University for a season before transferring to Western Michigan University to finish his career.

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Four area teams qualify for football playoffs

The Road to Ford Field begins on Friday/Saturday night for four area football teams. Pairings (games times to be decided later today) were announced on Sunday night with Lakeview (8-1), Central Montcalm (5-4), Carson City-Crystal (7-2) and Montabella (6-3) all getting the chance to play a 10th game this season.

Greenville’s Keegan Cossou catches the go-ahead touchdown in the final seconds of the first half against Northview on Friday night at Legacy Field. Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

Emotional win closes out Greenville’s season

Eric Plate’s interception in the final seconds sent the Greenville Yellow Jackets sideline and crowd into a wild victory celebration. The 24-14 win over O-K Bronze rival Northview on Friday night didn’t give the Yellow Jackets a conference title. The win didn’t qualify the Yellow Jackets for the postseason.

Lakeview senior John Zuluaga-Torres fakes a handoff from quarterback Nate Shurlow duing practice on Thursday at Kos Field. Lakeview is 7-1 overall. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Zuluaga-Torres ready for rival Central Montcalm

The Lakeview Wildcats have already clinched a playoff berth and were crowned CSAA-Silver champions. With one regular season game remaining they still have plenty to play for. Wildcats senior John Zuluaga-Torres is ready to help his team reach their goals.

Central Montcalm running back Trenton Braman takes a handoff from quarterback Keagan James during practice on Thursday. - Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm junior nears 1,000 yards rushing

Central Montcalm running back Trenton Braman is nearing 1,000 yards rushing as a junior. His focus, though, is beating the Lakeview Wildcats on Friday. The Green Hornets are in a position where they control their own destiny. It’s simple, beat the Wildcats, and qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

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ED GILBERT: The chase is still the thing

As many of us hunters who have tromped the woods for years now feel, it isn’t so much the success of finding and killing game but just being out there and enjoying the chase that is really the thing. Yes, I’m getting up there in years and it is the case with me.

Carson City-Crystal junior outside linebacker Zach Edmister (62) chases down and tackles Vestaburg senior running back Jared Hilden (24) Friday evening. - Cory Smith

CC-Crystal clinches playoff berth with win over Vestaburg

Carson City junior quarterback Zach Pringle very nearly had a four-score game in a 41-27 victory over Vestaburg Friday night when teams on both sides of the field lined up to Salute the Soldiers. The only thing preventing it from happening was that Pringle ran his fakes and hid the football too well, causing an inadvertent whistle that nullfied a 44-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter.

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Cedar Springs defense shuts down Yellow Jackets

Two keys to winning a football game are being able to rush the ball and to play solid defense. The Cedar Springs Red Hawks have mastered both this season. On Friday, the Red Hawks continued its domination on the defensive side of the ball with a 48-16 win over the Greenville Yellow Jackets. Offensively, the Red Hawks controlled the clock with its methodical, Wing-T offense, which makes it nearly impossible to make a comeback when trailing.

Greenville senior Allegra Berry taps the ball over two Forest Hills Eastern defenders for a point during Thursday’s O-K Bronze match at home. - Bruce Bentley

FH Eastern too much for Greenville volleyball

The Greenville Yellow Jackets were up against a tough challenge. Facing a state ranked (8th in Class B) Forest Hills Eastern team, the Yellow Jackets needed to play flawless volleyball to win their match on Thursday night at home.