Chip Burch

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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.

Carson City-Crystal’s Haleigh Hubbell, middle, puts up a shot between Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central’s McKenzie Domine, left, and Laurel Jacqmain during the teams’ game Monday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Turnovers too much for CC-Crystal to overcome

Carson City-Crystal’s girls basketball team found out how good Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central is. The Eagles had almost as many turnovers as points in losing to the Panthers 57-30 Monday night. It was the third loss in the past four games for CC-Crystal.

The referee checks the shoulders of Grand Rapids Catholic Central’s Calvin Dent, bottom, as he is getting pinned by Belding’s Mitchell Ward during the 171-pound match Wednesday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

GR Catholic Central knocks Belding out of regionals

A few matches that could have gone either way ended up being the difference for Belding’s wrestling team. In the first round of the Division 3 regionals at Tri County High School, the Redskins were ousted by Grand Rapids Catholic Central 38-33. The result was not what Belding coach Art Ward hoped for.

Belding’s Alexandria Parker, bottom, signs her letter of intent to run Tuesday at Madonna University. Watching, from left, is her father Dave, her mother Janet and Madonna track coach Patrick Daugherty. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding’s Parker to run for first-year program in college

Belding’s school record-holder in the 100-meter hurdles is going to continue her career in college. Alexandria Parker signed a letter of intent Tuesday to run for Madonna University near Livonia. Parker is one of the first recruits to the program, which will begin its first season this spring.

A battle for a rebound takes place among, from left, Montabella’s Josh Balhorn, Belding’s Xavier Andino and Montabella’s Kelton Eldred during Monday night’s game. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Montabella basketball survives Belding run

Montabella’s boys basketball team had to hold off a resilient Belding team. But hold the Redskins off the Mustangs did, winning 64-57 after leading by 18 after three quarters. “They (Belding) played a tough fourth quarter, hit some tough shots that got their motivation going, got a little bit of momentum,” Montabella coach Jared Simon said. “They carried that and did a good job of making a run back. You have to credit them.”

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Sacred Heart girls beat CC-Crystal, wins MSAC

The first time Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart and Carson City-Crystal played each other, the teams combined for 41 points. Not the second time. The Irish had no problems with the Eagles on Thursday night, winning 59-47 to claim the Mid-State Activities Conference title outright.

Greenville’s Tayler Schofield, front, looks to reverse Cedar Springs’ Gabe Gardner during a 160-pound match Wednesday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Greenville wins 11th consecutive district title

Greenville’s wrestling team almost had its streak of district titles ended Wednesday night. Almost being the key word. The streak remained alive when the Yellow Jackets won the Cedar Springs district final over the host Red Hawks 35-34, giving Greenville its 11th district title in as many years.

Carson City-Crystal’s Garrett Gage, right, tries to drive around Grant’s Gannon Carr, left, and Shane Gardner, middle, during the teams’ game Monday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

CC-Crystal shuts down Grant in 2nd half

Carson City-Crystal’s basketball team hadn’t practiced at all between Friday’s game against Coleman and Monday night. That concerned coach Cory Schneider. But the Eagles won 64-49 over the Grant Tigers Monday night, putting Schneider’s concerns to rest.

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CHIP’S CLIPS: The best and worst of Super Bowl 50

So the old man goes out on top. Super Bowl 50 will likely go down as Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s swan song, and he will be going out a winner — even if brother Eli wasn’t all that thrilled about big brother getting his second title. It will also go down as a defensive clinic by the Broncos, showing defense is still possible in a league that is outlawing defense little by little.

Vestaburg’s Tyler Ruckle, right, is watched closely by Montabella’s Joel Bucao, left, during the teams’ game Jan. 7. Vestaburg won the game 54-48. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Winning streak ends, but Vestaburg to try again

Vestaburg’s boys basketball team had been on a roll since the start of the season. The Wolverines were undefeated at 8-0 and ranked 10th in the state in Class D by The Associated Press going into Tuesday night’s game against St. Louis. The Sharks ended the winning streak with a 54-44 win over Vestaburg despite trailing the entire first half.