Chip Burch

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.

Montabella’s Lucas Maddox, bottom, looks annoyed that Chippewa Hills’ Jacob Sharp is on his back during their 152-pound match Saturday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Montabella wrestling coach ‘disappointed’ after tourney

Montabella’s wrestling team hosted a tournament of dual meets in order to get better for the coming Central Michigan Athletic Conference tournament and the district tournament. The result wasn’t what Coach Shaun Balhorn had in mind. The Mustangs went 1-3 in their four duals Saturday. Their only win was beating a short-handed LeRoy Pine River 44-24.

Greenville’s Stephen Hilliker, top, tries to roll Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern’s Troy Sorensen during their 119-pound match Wednesday night. Hilliker won on a technical fall for his 100th career win. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Greenville defeats Belding wrestlers

Greenville’s wrestling team got a pair of wins it wanted Wednesday night. The Yellow Jackets won their O-K Bronze matchup with Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern, winning 57-24. They then beat arch rival Belding 53-15. It was good enough for Greenville coach Paul Johnson.

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Landon Kemp leads Greenville by Wyoming

Landon Kemp had herself a night Tuesday. The Greenville sophomore scored a game-high 32 points in a 63-53 win over the Wyoming Wolves in an O-K Bronze Conference game. Kemp said she didn’t see a 32-point performance coming.

Lakeview’s Amanda Heady (40) puts up a shot between Hesperia’s Alissa Trip (23) and Kayleen Craner (12). - Daily News/Chip Burch

Possible record set in Lakeview girls win

Lakeview girls basketball coach Dave King wasn’t sure, but his Wildcats may have set a record Thursday night. The Wildcats allowed the Hesperia Panthers no points in the first half and four points total in a 62-4 slaughter. The four points allowed could be a record for fewest in a game.