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Lakeview's Amanda Heady (40) goes up for two of her team-high eight points during the Wildcats' game against Reed City Friday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Turnovers doom Lakeview in Gould’s debut as coach

Lakeview’s girls basketball team wanted to give new coach Chad Gould a win in his first game as the Wildcats’ coach. It instead gave the ball to Reed City too many times for Gould’s liking. The Coyotes beat Lakeview 41-29 Friday night when the Wildcats turned the ball over multiple times and shot just 6-of-17 from the free-throw line.

Grant Woodman, coach of Carson City-Crystal’s boys and girls cross country teams, led the girls team to the state finals this year, a feat the team hasn’t accomplished since 1997. (Photo courtesy of DS Events)

CROSS COUNTRY COACH OF THE YEAR: Grant Woodman, Carson City-Crystal

Carson City-Crystal’s cross country teams took a major step forward in 2016. The Eagle girls went as a team to the Division 4 state finals at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) and two boys in Kaleb Barrett and Jamison Ward went with them.

It’s the first time since 1997 that a CC-Crystal girls cross country team went to the state finals. The last boys team to go was 2005. The success of the program this season is why CC-Crystal coach Grant Woodman is The Daily News Cross Country Coach of the Year.

Taking over for longtime Greenville football coach Dave Moore, Eddie Ostipow helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a 5-4 regular season record and a spot in the MHSAA playoffs, something Greenville hadn’t done since 2010. (File photo)

ALL-AREA COACH OF THE YEAR: Eddie Ostipow, Greenville

It didn’t take long for Eddie Ostipow to make an impact on Greenville’s football team.

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CHIP’S CLIPS: MLB finally gets it right

It took 13 years, but Major League Baseball finally got it right. When news of the new labor agreement with the players’ union broke Tuesday night, there was a key provision in the tentative agreement that will change baseball for the better when it comes to the playoffs. The All-Star game will no longer determine [...]

Central Montcalm's Libby Ledford, left, shoots while Lakeview's Amanda Larson goes up for a block during the teams' game Jan. 26.

Central Montcalm girls focused, ready for season

STANTON — Central Montcalm’s girls basketball team has one of the first games to start the season. The Green Hornets have a date with Carson City- Crystal on Tuesday, and practices have been going well for the two prior weeks, according to coach Rob Putnam. “They’ve been going very good,” Putnam said. “The girls come [...]

Montabella’s Madi Cutler bumps during The Daily News Invitational on Aug. 20.

4 named to MSAC VB teams

MOUNT PLEASANT — The Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC) named four local players to all-conference teams Tuesday. Carson City-Crystal senior Marissa Schmitt was the only area player named first-team all-conference, while sophomore teammate Megan Dailey was named to the second team. Montabella’s Madi Cutler was named second-team all-conference, as was Vestaburg junior Lauren Dove. Schmitt led [...]

Greenville’s Landon Kemp (13) looks to pass while guarded by Cedar Springs’ Aailyah Sargent (33) during the teams’ game Jan. 15.

Greenville girls hoopsters get ready for the coming season

GREENVILLE — Practice for high school girls basketball teams began two weeks ago, with Greenville joining teams around the state in getting ready for the 2016- 2017 season. The Yellow Jackets are coming off last season’s O- K Bronze Conference title and an appearance in the Class A regional semifinals. But there is no O-K [...]

Carol Klein of Greenville became the first woman to throw a perfect bowling game at Sheridan Lanes in the house’s history when she did it Monday night.

Greenville woman rolls first 300 game in Sheridan Lanes’ history

Carol Klein picked an interesting location to get her first career 300 game.

Klein, 52, became the first woman to ever throw a perfect game at Sheridan Lanes when she did it during her Monday Night Women’s League.

Carson City-Crystal’s Drew Stout (9) runs from some players during the Eagles’ game against Montabella on Sept. 9.

Local athletes Stout, Smith named AP all-state

Carson City-Crystal sophomore quarterback Drew Stout and Vestaburg senior defensive back Jeren Smith were named honorable mention by a panel of 10 Michigan AP sports editors.

arson City-Crystal’s Marissa Schmitt, right, tries to attack past the block of Vestaburg’s Kailee McGarvey during the Daily News Invitational on Aug. 20.

Young CC-Crystal players led to ‘learning season’

CARSON CITY — There was only one senior on the Carson City-Crystal volleyball team this season. Because of that, the season was “very much a learning experience,” Eagles coach Ashley Seals said. “Having only one senior in Marissa Schmitt meant that my younger players had to step out of their comfort zone a little bit [...]