Chip Burch

Montabella’s Joel Bucao drives between two Evart players during the teams’ game Monday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Montabella boys open with OT victory

Montabella’s boys basketball team needed four extra minutes of playing time, but it got it’s first win of the season. The Mustangs went into overtime before knocking off the Evart Wildcats 55-53 Monday night in the season opener for both teams.

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CHIP’S CLIPS: To separate or not to separate

Many people who either have a child playing sports in high school or coaches, think the private schools are at an advantage when it comes to competition. Some believe the private schools are able to recruit some of the best athletes in the state, where public schools, because of a bylaw by the Michigan High School Athletic Association, are only able to get athletes who are in the school district and not outside.

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CC-Crystal spoils Putnam’s CM debut

Rob Putnam’s debut as the new Central Montcalm girls basketball coach didn’t go the way he would have liked. The Green Hornets were beat by the Carson City-Crystal Eagles 57-15 in the season opener for both teams.

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CC-Crystal won’t ‘throw back’ 7-2 record, says coach

Carson City-Crystal’s football team didn’t go undefeated in the regular season this year like they did in 2013. But coach Devin Pringle will still take the 7-2 record the Eagles had.

Tri County’s Madelyn Paulen, right, tries to get an attack over the block of Grant’s Hannah Anderson (10) and Sierra Schuitema (1) during the two teams’ match Oct. 21. - Chip Burch

Tri County had solid volleyball season

The Tri County volleyball team’s first venture into the Central State Activities Association Gold Division turned out to be pretty good. The Vikings finished second in the conference with a 5-1 record, losing to Grant in a match that decided the winner of the conference. They were 28-19-8 overall.

Greenville’s Felicia Callahan competes during the Central Montcalm Hornet Invitational early this season. - Bruce Bentley

Greenville coach Parris liked first year of cross country

Greenville girls cross country coach Nikki Parris entered her first year of coaching the girl Yellow Jackets with 10 girls. “For being my first year coaching cross country I thought it went very well,” Parris said. “The girls worked very hard. The girls had many PRs (personal records). We had a lot of first-time cross country runners. Our goal was just to get better each week.”

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Belding golfers had ‘strong finish’

The 2014 season wasn’t one of the best for Belding’s girls golf team. The Redskins finished last in the O-K Rainbow Conference, which had some strong teams in it.

Belding’s Alexa Syrjala, right, and Zac Brown left, compete during the Central Montcalm Hornet Invitational early this season. - Bruce Bentley

Belding boys runners young, girls solid

The two different Belding cross country teams had divergent seasons. While the boys finished sixth in the O-K Blue Conference, the girls finished third and had the second-fastest team time in school history.

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Tri County runners persevered through low numbers

For the first year of the Tri County cross country teams being in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division, the coach thought they had a good season. The Viking boys ended up fifth in the Gold while the girls were fourth overall.

Carson City-Crystal’s Kaitlin Beyer competes during the annual Hornet Challenge last year. Beyer has committed to run for Lansing Community College next year. - File photo

CC-Crystal runners competed in 2014

The Carson City-Crystal cross country teams were competitive this year, which made coach Grant Woodman very happy. The Eagles finished second in the Mid-State Activities Conference in both boys and girls. Both times the Eagles finished behind Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart.