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West Michigan falls 5-3 in frigid home opener

What a difference a change of venue and better weather conditions can make. The West Michigan Whitecaps went from blowing snow in South Bend, Ind., — where they won two games — to a sunny, but cold day Saturday where they lost to the South Bend Cubs 5-3 in the Whitecaps’ home opener. The game-time temperature for the home opener was 35 degrees, which was the second-coldest home opener in Whitecaps’ history. It was 34 degrees in 2003.

Carson City-Crystal junior Cara Wiles brings the ball up the court and checks out the Central Montcalm defense during a game early this season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Despite youth, CC-Crystal girls had ‘great year’

Carson City-Crystal’s girls basketball team would have loved to duplicate last season. The Eagles went to the regional final in Class C and won the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC) title. This year, the Eagles lost to Laingsburg in the district opener and finished second behind Class D state runner-up Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart in league play

Lakeview’s Kobe Perez, far left, and Keola Kaaikala (24) go up in a crowd of Grandville Calvin Christian Squires during the Class C regional semifinal Monday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Lakeview’s season ends in Class C regional semis

Lakeview’s boys basketball team had its season end a little earlier than it wanted it to. The Wildcats lost in the Class C regional tournament at Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian Monday 57-40. The Wildcats ended their season at 16-7.

Montabella’s Josh Balhorn, right, forces Morley Stanwood’s Zach Pritchard to chase him along the baseline during the teams’ Class C district game Wednesday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Montabella rallies in 4th quarter to top Morley Stanwood

Montabella’s boys basketball team is moving on to the Class C district final in their home venue thanks to some tough defense. The Mustangs held off a late charge by the Morley Stanwood Mohawks and won 46-41 Wednesday night. The Mohawks (9-11) got the game as close as one point with two minutes remaining but got no closer. They scored only three points in the final four minutes of the game.

Lakeview’s Trevor Arnold, dark jersey, is surrounded by Beal City Aggies in gathering a rebound during the teams’ Class C district game Wednesday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Lakeview clamps down on defense in win over Beal City

BLANCHARD — Lakeview’s boys basketball team used defense in a big way Wednesday night. The Wildcats held the Beal City Aggies to just eight field goals in a 37-29 win in the Class C district at Montabella High School. The low number of Aggie field goals was a pleasant surprise to Lakeview coach Peter Wurm. [...]

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CC-Crystal falls to Laingsburg in district opener

Carson City-Crystal’s boys basketball team went into districts with a goal to win. The team, unfortunately, came out of districts with a loss, losing 47-34 to the Laingsburg Wolfpack in the opening round of the Class C district, which the Eagles were hosting.
CC-Crystal started the game without making a field goal and fell behind 8-3 after one quarter.

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Sparta downs Tri County in district final, 60-50

Sparta’s girls basketball team came into the Class B district tournament they were hosting with just three wins in the regular season. After the tournament, the Spartans doubled their win total and walked away with a district championship.

Greenville's Baleigh Boni, left, battles for a loose ball with Forest Hills Northern's Rachel Cornell, middle, and Ali Chick during the Class A district semifinal game on Wednesday. - Sports Pro Images/Jamie McNinch

Greenville beats FH Northern for finals berth

Eric Nichols doesn’t believe it’s hard to beat a team three times in the same season. “No, it’s not hard to beat a team three times,” said the Greenville girls basketball coach. “You go out and you play. I’ve always said that’s a bunch of malarkey.” Nichols’ Yellow Jackets proved he was right by beating Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern 54-45 in the Class A district semifinal at Greenville’s North Gym Wednesday night.

Tri County’s Dylan Matuilis (3) tries to get a steal from Central Montcalm’s Mitch Nichols (12) during a game Feb. 5. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Tri County’s Matulis sets state steals record

Dylan Matulis missed out on one state record during the fall boys soccer season. Matulis fell short of getting the state record for most goals in a season. He made up for that in the winter boys basketball season, getting the state record for most steals in a season with his 132nd Tuesday night in a win over Muskegon Orchard View.

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Lakeview’s new coach has a passion for track & field

Lakeview has a new girls track coach that loves track. Katina Kosinski is taking over the coaching position from Cari Scholtens, who resigned in the summer of 2015 to take a teaching and a coaching position at Greenville. This is Kosinski’s first-ever coaching job.