Chip Burch

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Defense leads CC-Crystal to win over Montabella

Two good defenses were on display in Carson City Friday night. But the defense that won the game was the host Eagles, who held the Montabella Mustangs without a field goal in a 26-8 win.

Carson City-Crystal's Dillen Decker, right, tries to keep Hesperia's David Jacobs from escaping during the Carson City-Crystal wrestling tournament Saturday. — Daily News/Chip Burch

No. 4 CC-C stays undefeated, wins wrestling tournament

Carson City-Crystal’s wrestling team not only got another trophy for their case, but they also got a confidence-boosting win in the process.

Belding’s Kole Hart, left, shoots over Grand Rapids West Catholic’s Bryce Witham (42) and Christian Rogalski (23) during the teams’ game Dec. 28. — File photo

Belding boys basketball team ready to play Cedar Springs

Belding’s boys basketball team has had a week to think about what went wrong in their last game. The Redskins lost to Grand Rapids West Catholic Saturday 58-37. Since then Belding has been trying to repair the damage in time for today’s game against Cedar Springs.

Central Montcalm’s Savannah Case, middle, tries to force her way between two Carson City-Crystal players during their game Dec. 3. — File photo

Central Montcalm’s Case gives verbal commitment to play basketball at Lake Michigan College

Savannah Case has got one big decision taken care of: where she wants to play college basketball.

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Second half dooms Belding boys basketball against GR West Catholic

You wouldn’t have faulted Belding boys basketball coach Jeff Wierzbicki if he thought his team’s offense was still on Christmas break. The Redskins had two offensive droughts in their game against Grand Rapids West Catholic on Saturday, but the last one was costly.

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Sports Writer Chip Burch names the top 10 national sports stories of 2013

Attempts by professional sports to rid themselves of performance-enhancing drugs proved futile in 2013, as two different sports were rocked by athletes who were lined to PEDs. That’s why my list of the top 10 national sports stories are led by two prominent stories about illegal drug use in sports.

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Sports Writer Chip Burch names the top 10 Michigan sports stories of 2013

At the end of every year I bring you the top 10 Michigan sports stories. This list will be a little Tigers-heavy, because the Tigers made more news than anyone else in the state.

Carson City-Crystal’s Brad Osterman, right, tries to roll on top of Central Montcalm’s Cory Kindle during the final meet of the Central Montcalm Hornet Invitational Saturday. Kindlle pinned Osterman in 3:36.

CC-C starts perfect at Central Montcalm tourney

Carson City-Crystal’s wrestling team waited a week longer than everyone else to get their season going. When they did get going, not much went wrong. The Eagles went 5-0 at the Central Montcalm Hornet Invitational Saturday to win the event. The host Hornets went 2-3.

Belding’s Michael Hunter, top, works over Greenville’s Stephen Hilliker during the 112- pound match Wednesday.

Greenville wrestlers go 2-0, stop Redskins, Rams

While Greenville’s wrestling team continued their winning ways at the Rockford quadrangular, Belding’s team went the other way. The Yellow Jackets won both of their matches Wednesday, beating the Redskins 41-28. While they were beating Rockford 38-33, the Redskins lost to Fruitport 42-30.

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Lakeview pressure leads to win over Montabella

Lakeview’s boys basketball team gave Montabella a lesson in ball pressure. The Wildcats caused multiple Mustang turnovers in a 53-22 victory over Montabella in the season-opening game for both teams Tuesday night.