Chip Burch

Carson City-Crystal's Kaleb Barrett, white jersey, gets between two Fulton players to put up a shot during the teams' “Battle On M-57” Friday night.

CC-Crystal falters to Fulton in ‘Battle On M-57′

A few bad plays cost Carson City-Crystal Friday night. The Eagles had enough turnovers to lose to the Fulton Pirates 55-47 in the second annual “Battle On M-57” between the teams. “It was tough because it was a rivalry game, but I think we’ll learn from it and become better for it so it was [...]

Greenville’s Elijah TerHaar, front, tries to escape the grasp of Coopersville’s Rylie Maysie during their 215-pound match at Wednesday’s Central Montcalm Invitational. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Jackets take 3rd, Hornets 7th at Central Montcalm Invitational

Central Montcalm’s wrestling team finally has its first two wins of the season. The Green Hornets beat Newaygo twice at Central Montcalm’s Bruce Train Wrestling Tournament Wednesday night, with the second win coming in the match to determine who would take seventh place.

Carson City-Crystal’s Kaleb Barrett, left, tries to drive by Fulton’s Brandon Jones during their game Jan. 2.

CC-Crystal, Fulton to play again to benefit Sparrow Carson Hospital

CARSON CITY — On Friday, Carson City- Crystal’s basketball teams will be battling for bragging rights again. Sparrow Carson Hospital will be the big winner, though. The Eagles will take on the Fulton Pirates in the second “Battle On M-57” between the teams. The first one, Jan. 2, resulted in a pair of CC-Crystal wins. [...]

Greenville’s Calvin Syrjala, bottom right, signs his letter of intent to play for Grand Rapids Community College while looking on are his mother Carrie, bottom left, father Derek, top left, and Greenville baseball coach Corey Kohler, top right. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Greenville’s Syrjala signs to play baseball for Grand Rapids Community College

Calvin Syrjala was getting looked at by a couple of Division 1 college baseball teams. Instead, Syrjala decided community college is the way to go, signing a letter of intent last week to play for Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

Tri County’s Mason Clewley, right, shoots over Big Rapids’ Demetri Martin during the teams’ game Friday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Tri County boys still learning to gel

A pair of long runs by Big Rapids doomed Tri County Friday night. The Big Rapids Cardinals went on long runs in the middle two quarters and mercied the Vikings 70-32.

Tri County’s Taylor Reed, middle, drives through Big Rapids’ Alexis Lyman, left, and Savannah Seath during the teams’ game Friday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Late foul, free throws help Tri County beat Big Rapids

Tri County’s girls basketball team got a gift from Big Rapids Friday night. A technical foul called on Cardinals forward Grace White turned out to be the difference in the Vikings beating the Cardinals 54-53.

Central Montcalm’s Drew Jacoby, left, and Montabella’s Wyatt Sackett, right, go up for a rebound during the teams’ game Tuesday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Central Montcalm’s big first-half defense too much for Montabella

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Central Montcalm’s Drew Jacoby, left, and Montabella’s Wyatt Sackett, right, go up for a rebound during the teams’ game Tuesday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)
BLANCHARD — Central Montcalm’s boys basketball team played defense to coach Dan Basom’s liking in the first half. It was enough to push the Green Hornets past Montabella 66-40 Tuesday night.

Carson City-Crystal’s Koltn Blasher, top, tries to ride Tri County’s Parker Martin to the mat during their 130-pound match Saturday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Tri County places second at own wrestling invitational

Three area wrestling teams took a shot at stopping LeRoy Pine River at the Tri County Invitational Saturday. None could, as the Bucks won the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record.

Lakeview’s James Smith, right, gets his hand raised by the referee after he pinned Comstock Park’s Joe Nagle, left, for Smith’s 100th career win. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Lakeview wrestler James Smith earns 100th victory

James Smith knew he had to be perfect at the Tri County Invitational if he wanted to get his 100th career win there. Perfect he was.

Greenville’s Gavin Cossou (32) blocks the shot of Belding’s Josh VanDyke (10) during Friday night’s game. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Greenville boys use runs to beat Belding, 51-44

Three times during the boys basketball game between Greenville and Belding Friday night the Yellow Jackets started out on big runs. Those runs led to a 51-44 win by Greenville over the Redskins in the teams’ annual rivalry game.