Chip Burch

Lakeview’s James Smith goes for a pin during the Lakeview Invitational this season. - File photo

Lakeview wrestlers take CSAA Silver, win 18 times

Lakeview’s wrestling team was the champions of the first Central State Activities Conference Silver Division ever. But yet, the Wildcats finished the season with an 18-13 record in dual meets.

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Central Montcalm looking for football coach, again, as Beach resigns

You know how Mark Beach was going to be the new Central Montcalm varsity football coach after Marty James resigned? Scratch that. Beach resigned as varsity football coach when he accepted a three-year, $36,000 deal with a professional football league in the Detroit area. The deal included an undisclosed signing bonus.

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Breckenridge superintendent explains moving to MSAC

It’s official. Breckenridge will be moving to the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC) along with Merrill. Breckenridge’s Board of Education voted on Monday night to switch its affiliation from the Tri-Valley Conference (TVC) West Division to the MSAC starting with the 2016-17 school year.

Central Montcalm’s Zack MacDonald, left, locks onto his opponent during the Lakeview Invitational this season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Young Central wrestling team had ‘learning year’

Central Montcalm’s wrestling team had to learn the art of the sport real fast. The team had plenty of underclassmen, which didn’t escape the eye of coach Dan Vandervlucht.

Belding’s Max Walker, bottom, tries to excape the grip of Sparta’s Dyland Wilkins during their meet Jan. 14.

Belding matmen ‘had fun,’ said coach

Belding wrestling coach Travis Meyer said he enjoyed coaching his team this year. “It’s always fun to have that level of success at the mat,” Meyer said.

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Vestaburg has new baseball and softball coaches

The retirement of Scott Johnson from the Vestaburg baseball program created an opening that Dave Ruckle will fill. Ruckle was hired as the new baseball coach by the Vestaburg Board of Education in February.

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Central Montcalm advances to final with win over Shepherd

Central Montcalm’s boys basketball team got to the Class B district finals they are hosting, but it wasn’t easy. The Green Hornets survived an early onslaught from the Shepherd Bluejays and won 44-36 Wednesday night.

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Alma’s defense sends Lakeview to sidelines

Lakeview’s boys basketball team got off to a slow start and it cost them the rest of the season. The Wildcats were sidelined in the Class B district playoffs by the Alma Panthers Wednesday, losing 66-46 at Central Montcalm High School.

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Belding’s season ends at the hands of Wayland Union

Belding’s girls basketball team met a vastly superior opponent Tuesday night, and Redskins coach Brad Wilson knew it. “When you play a team as tough as Wayland (Union), they really expose your weaknesses,” Wilson said. “Wayland plays at a speed that’s very hard to match.”

Belding’s girls basketball team poses with the Class B district trophy after winning the district they hosted Friday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding girls earn district tournament win over Alma

Belding’s girls basketball team is head- ed deeper into the Class B state tournament. The host Redskins held the Alma Panthers to just three players scoring in a 52-25 win in the district tournament.