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Farmer out, Pringle back in as CC-Crystal AD

CARSON CITY — Carson City-Crystal’s athletic program will have a familiar face at the helm next school year. Devin Pringle will reclaim his position as athletic director once current athletic director Larry Farmer steps down, which he announced recently will be at the end of this month. Farmer had taken the role of athletic director [...]

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Tri County’s Overbeek “retiring” from baseball

HOWARD CITY — Chris Overbeek has been the coach of the Tri County varsity baseball team for the past 21 seasons. However, he wants to be a dad again. Overbeek submitted his resignation from the baseball coaching job June 6. “I don’t know if you can call it retiring because I’m 45 years old and [...]

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Lakeview falls to Montague in regionals

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s softball team came into the Division 3 regionals they hosted with high hopes. But the mistakes they made left them with a loss. The Wildcats lost in the regional semifinal to the Montague Wildcats 4-2 Saturday, ending Lakeview’s season. “Three of the four runs were unearned and it was too big of [...]

Montabella’s Kensi Garvey displays her first-place medal at the Division 4 state track championships at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids on Saturday. - Courtesy photo

Montabella’s Kensi Garvey excited to be state champion

Montabella senior Kensi Garvey finally got what she had long hoped for. Garvey finished first at the Division 4 state track finals at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids on Saturday in the 800-meter run, making her a state champion and an all-state runner for the third time. Garvey ran two laps in 2:21.58, beating Colette Lark of Adrian Lenawee Christian by almost a second.

Lakeview’s softball team poses with their Division 3 district trophy after winning the Morley Stanwood district Saturday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Lakeview wins first softball district title since 1994

Lakeview’s softball team did something that they haven’t done in 22 years. The Wildcats won a district softball title Saturday, beating Morley Stanwood in the district final 15-1 in a five-inning mercy. Lakeview won their last district title in 1994.

Central Montcalm’s Caitlin Ferguson, right, slides in safely as Portland’s Abby Grys tries to block the plate during the teams’ Division 2 district game Tuesday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Errors cost Central Montcalm in district showdown

Central Montcalm’s softball team made three critical errors that determined its playoff fate. All three Portland batters who were safe on those errors came around to score, including the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 3-2 win over the Green Hornets in the Division 2 pre-district game Tuesday. Central got the first batter of the ninth inning out but the next four reached base, starting with Rachel Click being safe on a fielding error.

Lakeview second baseman Delanie King, left, covers first base on a bunt by Reed City’s Katianne Hansen, right, during the first game of the teams’ doubleheader Tuesday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Lakeview splits twin bill ahead of title game

Lakeview’s softball team had a few games to play before the game that counted. Thinking about that game may have been the Wildcats’ downfall in the first game of a doubleheader with Reed City on Tuesday, as Lakeview lost 5-2. However, the Wildcats came back with a 10-0, five-inning mercy of the Coyotes in the second game.

Montabella’s girls track team poses with their regional championship trophy after winning the Division 4 regional in Breckenridge on Saturday. - Courtesy photo

Montabella girls win school’s first-ever regional title in track

Montabella’s girls track team is going to the state finals as a team. The Mustangs had a large number of girls qualify for the state meet, and because of that they won the Division 4 regional meet at Breckenridge on Saturday. Montabella scored 117 ½ team points to beat Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart (94) and Beal City (81) for the top spot.

Central Montcalm’s Trenton Braman, middle, celebrates while crossing the finish line — in fifth place — during the preliminary heats of the 100 during the Division 2 regionals at Houseman Field Friday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Tri County boys, Belding girls heading to state track finals

Belding’s girls will be well represented at the state Division 2 track finals in Zeeland. The Redskin girls will be going in eight events after the regionals Friday at Houseman Field. Belding’s 800-meter relay team of Hallee Breimayer, Johanna McCully, Emma Jakeway and Lauren McDowell (1:47.04) finished second to Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills and is headed to the state finals.

Montabella senior Kim Buskirk signed a letter of intent to run cross country and track and field for Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids. Pictured are Montabella cross country coach Jeff Kauffman, Grace Bible Coach Gerry Verwey, Kim Buskirk and Montabella track coach Dan Gibson. - Courtesy photo

Montabella’s Buskirk signs letter to run at Grace Bible

Another girls cross country and track runner from Montabella has signed to run in college. Senior Kim Buskirk signed a letter of intent last month to run for Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids. She will run both cross country and track for the Tigers.