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Central Montcalm’s Ava Miller putting during a CSAA Jamboree early this season. Miller shot a 90 to qualify for the Division 4 state finals on Thursday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm’s Miller qualifies for state finals

Central Montcalm senior Ava Miller is the only area golfer to continue her season beyond regionals. On Thursday, playing at the Grayling Country Club, Miller fired a 90 to qualify for the Division 4 state championship at Michigan State’s Forest Akers East Oct. 16-17. The Hornets shot 443, but did not qualify as a team, which meant Miller did so as an individual. The top three teams and top three players from non qualifying teams advance to the state finals.

Central Montcalm’s Ava Miller tees off during a CSAA Jamboree this season.  - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Miller, Corwin, Bice earn CSAA golf honors

The Central State Activities Association girls golf season has come to an end. Playing at Clear Lake Golf Club in Big Rapids, the host Cardinals won the season ending tournament and clinched the season long conference championship on Tuesday.

Tri County senior Dylan Matulis, left, sends a shot on goal by Lakeview senior defender Jacob Tanner during a 4-2 Wildcats win on Monday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview soccer holds off late Tri County push

Lakeview jumped out to a comfortable 3-0 lead, but Tri County gave the Wildcats something to worry about for a while in the second half. Tri County’s Alex Kerslake and Dylan Matulis score three minutes apart midway through the second half, but Lakeview’s Jon Hansen answered late to ease the the Wildcats’ worries in a 4-2 road win on Monday.

Belding’s Edgar Tovar had his shot blocked by sliding West Catholic keeper Paul Gomez during the first half on Thursday. Tovar finished the game with three goals. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding starts quick, tops West Catholic 4-2

Edgar Tovar, Fabian Corona and Chris Ornelas are Belding’s version of the big three. The soccer trio uses their quickness, agility and chemistry to weave in-and-out of opponents and have helped lead the Redskins to 13 wins this season. The latest victory was a 4-2 victory over O-K Blue rival West Catholic at Rudness Field on Thursday evening.

Central Montcalm running back Logan Davis, left, tries to break away from Tri County defender Jordan Wainright during a game on Sept. 11. Daily News/Cory Smith

Central Montcalm faces tough Chippewa Hills team

Three teams in the CSAA Gold have yet to lose a league game. Central Montcalm (at 2-1 in league play) is scheduled to play all three of those teams in consecutive weeks beginning Friday at home against Chippewa Hills. After back-to-back wins, following three consecutive losses to begin the season, the Hornets (2-3 overall) feel like they are playing better and improving each week with the season now more than half over.

Belding’s Olivia Stephan returns a serve against West Catholic at home on Tuesday. Johanna McCully (3) and Sarah Brownell, right, are there to provide support. Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Beldings tops West Catholic, ready for Coopersville rematch

Playing the first varsity game of Belding’s 5th annual Pink Week, the Redskins volleyball team put on a stellar display. On Tuesday, the Redskins pieced together three solid sets to defeat O-K Blue rival Grand Rapids West Catholic. The win sets up another showdown with three-time defending league champion Coopersville on Thursday.


ED GILBERT: Don’t trash the out-of-doors

The DNR tells us that some folks are taking advantage of our state and national forests. By that, they are using it as a dumping ground for items they no longer want or need. They find old refrigerators, freezers, stoves, or even old tables and chairs, etc.
However, in some cases the ones who use the forests for dumping items have actually outsmarted themselves by including old mail or letters with their name and addresses right there. Well, not everyone is that dumb, but some are and will likely continue to be.

Greenville running back Nolan MacMillen breaks free from a tackle during a run against Forest Hills Northern Friday. Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

Jake Martin leads FH Northern past Greenville

Stopping Jake Martin is the task of every Forest Hills Northern opponent. After five weeks, the Greenville Yellow Jackets were the latest in trying to find a successful way. Martin, a senior quarterback, rushed for 209 yards, passed for 176 yards and accounted for all eight of the Huskies’ touchdowns, five of them on the ground, in a 62-22 win against Greenville at home Friday night.

Greenville’s Paige Hallock, right, and Forest Hills Northern’s Parker Kwiatkowski meet over the top of the net battling for a point during Tuesday’s O-K Bronze match. - Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

Greenville falls in 5-setter to FH Northern

Playing from the east side of Greenville’s volleyball court is a good thing. Unfortunately, the host Yellow Jackets only played two of five games from the east side. That meant the Forest Hills Northern Huskies were on the winning side of an extremely competitive five-set match on Tuesday.

Tri County senior Johnathan Becktell returns a kickoff against Lakeview in the Vikings season opener at home. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Tri County’s slow starts having negative impact

If not for the first quarter, the Tri County Vikings just might have a winning record. In three Tri County (1-3 overall) losses this season, the Vikings have been outscored 69-0 in the first quarter. They have returned the favor by outscoring their opponents 71-40 in the final three quarters in those same games. Another slow start against Big Rapids on Friday was too difficult to come back from.