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Belding’s Neil McCully, top, tries to get his hands together to turn Allendale’s Jon Nielsen during the finals of the 189-pound class at the O-K Blue Conference championships Saturday.

Belding places nine at O-K Blue tournament

Belding’s wrestling team had nine of the 14 wrestlers it entered into the O-K Blue Conference wrestling championships place. Despite having only three conference champions, that was good enough for coach Travis Meyer.

Montabella’s Taylor Smith shoots between two Fulton defenders during the teams’ game Tuesday night.

Montabella’s Miller, Smith share chemistry

Sarah Miller and Taylor Smith have been playing girls basketball for Montabella for four years. In that time, the seniors have developed some knowledge of what each other is going to do.

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CHIP’S CLIPS: NASCAR going in reverse with Chase

NASCAR has never been a believer in “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” In fact, even if something is working well, NASCAR teams will still try to get that extra tenth of a second off of lap times if they can.

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CC-Crystal clinches CMAC wrestling title

The Carson City-Crystal wrestling team has picked up another piece of hardware. The Eagles won the regular-season Central Michigan Athletic Conference wrestling title Wednesday night with wins over Montabella and Laingsburg. The Mustangs went down 54-24, then the Wolfpack fell 49-22.

Former Michigan linebacker Obi Ezeh speaks about football and life at Montcalm Community College Monday.

Former U-M linebacker talks life, football at MCC

A former running back turned linebacker for the University of Michigan related his experiences playing for the Wolverines at Montcalm Community College Monday to crowd of about 50 people. Obi Ezeh, who played for Michigan from 2007-2010, was the guest speaker at an event that was part of a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Ezeh spoke about how his experiences with the Wolverines related to life.

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CMU’s Johnson scores 1,000th point

Finally, Taylor Johnson can concentrate on team basketball. The Central Michigan senior and 2010 graduate of Belding High School scored her 1,000th career point Saturday when the Chippewas beat Bowling Green in overtime 82-79.

Greenville’s Stephen Hilliker, right, has the leg of Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern’s Ryan Roth during the 112-pound match. Hilliker won 9-1.

Greenville hands FH Eastern first league loss

Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern’s wrestling team may be young, but they were able to win their first two O-K Bronze matches. That winning streak ended at the hands of Greenville, who won 67-9 over the Hawks.

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Lakeview pressure leads to win over Central Montcalm

Lakeview’s pressure defense led to a couple of streaks being prolonged Tuesday night. The Wildcats used pressure on Central Montcalm to beat the Green Hornets 59-45 Tuesday night in a Central State Activities Association boys basketball game.

Lakeview’s Myranda Lake (23) and Lexi Smythe (10) battle for a rebound surrounded by Central Montcalm players during the two teams’ game Monday night.

Lakeview girls control Central Montcalm

Two girls basketball teams going in opposite directions met at Cook Gymnasium Monday night. The result didn’t change the direction either team was going.

Central Montcalm’s Cory Kindle, left, butt heads with Carson City-Crystal’s Brad Osterman during the Central Montcalm Invitational Dec. 14.

Central Montcalm wrestlers go 3-2 at Parchment

Central Montcalm’s wrestling team seemed to need a kick to get going at the Parchment Invitational Saturday. Even though the Green Hornets won the opening match against the host Panthers and ended up fourth overall, a slow start bugged the Hornets, according to coach Dan VanderVlucht.