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ROUNDUP: Individual state wrestling finals results

Individual state wrestling finals results, with 13 of 22 area wrestlers placing.

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Greenville sophomore learns from first finals appearance

Stephen Hilliker has been making annual trips to the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s state wrestling finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills for years. The past seven, in fact, to watch Greenville wrestlers like Jordan Thomas, Alec Ward, Michael Schmidt and others.

Tri County freshman Dakota Greer, top, tries to pull Richmond’s Roy Costello over during Friday’s Division 3 103-pound championship semifinal match at The Palace. Greer won by decision 7-3. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Six area wrestlers advance to individual state finals

After two days, six area wrestlers are in position to earn the ultimate achievement — an individual state championship. The Michigan High School Athletic Association’s season-ending extravaganza — with nearly 900 wrestlers taking part — began on Thursday and concludes with the championship matches today starting at 4:45 p.m.

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ROUNDUP: First round results from the MHSAA individual state wrestling finals

First round results from the MHSAA individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Paige Hallock drives in for two of her 23 points during the fourth quarter at Forest Hills Central on Friday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

FHC wins 65-63 thriller over Greenville in OT

With just seconds on the clock in overtime, Sophia Sanfillippo faded from the paint, released her shot and found nothing but the bottom of the net. That shot, which created a scrum of white jerseys at mid court, gave the Forest Hills Central a thrilling 65-63 overtime victory in the Class A district semifinals over the Greenville Yellow Jackets on Wednesday night.

Carson City-Crystal’s Grant Gage, left, posts up against Central Montcalm’s Land Ledford during Tuesday’s game. The two combined for 36 points. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Simmon helps CC-C to 59-51 victory over Central Montcalm

It was a showcase between two of the area’s best basketball players in a head-to-head battle on the court. While Carson City-Crystal’s Grant Gage and Central Montcalm’s Lane Ledford put on a great show — combining for 36 points — it was Kyler Simmon and Kolton Kavanagh hitting shot after shot to help the Eagles fend off the Hornets in a 59-51 win at home on Tuesday.

Belding forward Greta Wilker (12) battles for a defensive rebound with Lakeview’s Amanda Heady (40) during third-quarter action Monday night. - Courtesy photos/Joe Veselenak

Belding’s defense, rebounding leads to victory over Lakeview

The Belding Redskins squared off with the Lakeview Wildcats in what felt like a girls basketball district final, but was just a tournament opener. Playing at home, the Redskins used their physicality, defense and rebounding to defeat the Wildcats 55-41 in the Class B district tournament game on Monday night.

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Belding boys bowling advances to state finals

The Belding Redskins boys bowling team placed third at the regional tournament to qualify for the Division 3 state finals on Saturday. The Redskins shot 3,445 to place behind regional champions Wyoming Kelloggsville (3,681) and Fremont (3,541).

Lakeview’s Rylee Nielsen goes in for a fast break basket during the first quarter of Friday’s home game against Hesperia. Lakeview finished the regular season 15-5 overall and will face Belding in districts on Monday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview girls roll past Hesperia in season finale

LAKEVIEW — Senior night was a good one for the Lakeview Wildcats girls basketball team. While not much of a contest, the Wildcats used Friday’s 61-17 win over Hesperia as a tune-up for Monday’s Class B district tournament opener. Sadie Massie’s 22 points and Maddie Shurlow’s 13 assists helped pace the Wildcats to victory. “This [...]

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, Feb. 27

CC-Crystal 71, Ashley 49: The Eagles were winners in a MSAC contest with the Bears Friday night. Grant Gage led CC-Crystal with 18, Kolton Kavanaugh added 17 and Jeremy Schneider added 11…