Chip Burch

Carson City-Crystal’s Kaleb Barrett, left, tries to drive by Fulton’s Brandon Jones during their game Jan. 2.

CC-Crystal, Fulton to play again to benefit Sparrow Carson Hospital

CARSON CITY — On Friday, Carson City- Crystal’s basketball teams will be battling for bragging rights again. Sparrow Carson Hospital will be the big winner, though. The Eagles will take on the Fulton Pirates in the second “Battle On M-57” between the teams. The first one, Jan. 2, resulted in a pair of CC-Crystal wins. [...]

Greenville’s Calvin Syrjala, bottom right, signs his letter of intent to play for Grand Rapids Community College while looking on are his mother Carrie, bottom left, father Derek, top left, and Greenville baseball coach Corey Kohler, top right. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Greenville’s Syrjala signs to play baseball for Grand Rapids Community College

Calvin Syrjala was getting looked at by a couple of Division 1 college baseball teams. Instead, Syrjala decided community college is the way to go, signing a letter of intent last week to play for Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

Tri County’s Mason Clewley, right, shoots over Big Rapids’ Demetri Martin during the teams’ game Friday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Tri County boys still learning to gel

A pair of long runs by Big Rapids doomed Tri County Friday night. The Big Rapids Cardinals went on long runs in the middle two quarters and mercied the Vikings 70-32.

Tri County’s Taylor Reed, middle, drives through Big Rapids’ Alexis Lyman, left, and Savannah Seath during the teams’ game Friday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Late foul, free throws help Tri County beat Big Rapids

Tri County’s girls basketball team got a gift from Big Rapids Friday night. A technical foul called on Cardinals forward Grace White turned out to be the difference in the Vikings beating the Cardinals 54-53.

Central Montcalm’s Drew Jacoby, left, and Montabella’s Wyatt Sackett, right, go up for a rebound during the teams’ game Tuesday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Central Montcalm’s big first-half defense too much for Montabella

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Central Montcalm’s Drew Jacoby, left, and Montabella’s Wyatt Sackett, right, go up for a rebound during the teams’ game Tuesday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)
BLANCHARD — Central Montcalm’s boys basketball team played defense to coach Dan Basom’s liking in the first half. It was enough to push the Green Hornets past Montabella 66-40 Tuesday night.

Carson City-Crystal’s Koltn Blasher, top, tries to ride Tri County’s Parker Martin to the mat during their 130-pound match Saturday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Tri County places second at own wrestling invitational

Three area wrestling teams took a shot at stopping LeRoy Pine River at the Tri County Invitational Saturday. None could, as the Bucks won the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record.

Lakeview’s James Smith, right, gets his hand raised by the referee after he pinned Comstock Park’s Joe Nagle, left, for Smith’s 100th career win. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Lakeview wrestler James Smith earns 100th victory

James Smith knew he had to be perfect at the Tri County Invitational if he wanted to get his 100th career win there. Perfect he was.

Greenville’s Gavin Cossou (32) blocks the shot of Belding’s Josh VanDyke (10) during Friday night’s game. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Greenville boys use runs to beat Belding, 51-44

Three times during the boys basketball game between Greenville and Belding Friday night the Yellow Jackets started out on big runs. Those runs led to a 51-44 win by Greenville over the Redskins in the teams’ annual rivalry game.

A scramble for the ball involves, from left, Belding’s Avery German, Greenville’s Landon Kemp, Belding’s Alyssa German and Greenville’s Mallory Hinken during Friday night’s game. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Greenville girls basketball overcome early deficit, beat Belding 61-37

For a moment, Greenville’s girls basketball team experienced a bit of deja vu. The Yellow Jackets, coming off a loss to Central Montcalm Tuesday, fell behind against their archrival Belding early Friday. However, defense took care of that.

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.