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CC-Crystal falls to Laingsburg in district opener

Carson City-Crystal’s boys basketball team went into districts with a goal to win. The team, unfortunately, came out of districts with a loss, losing 47-34 to the Laingsburg Wolfpack in the opening round of the Class C district, which the Eagles were hosting.
CC-Crystal started the game without making a field goal and fell behind 8-3 after one quarter.

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Sparta downs Tri County in district final, 60-50

Sparta’s girls basketball team came into the Class B district tournament they were hosting with just three wins in the regular season. After the tournament, the Spartans doubled their win total and walked away with a district championship.

Greenville's Baleigh Boni, left, battles for a loose ball with Forest Hills Northern's Rachel Cornell, middle, and Ali Chick during the Class A district semifinal game on Wednesday. - Sports Pro Images/Jamie McNinch

Greenville beats FH Northern for finals berth

Eric Nichols doesn’t believe it’s hard to beat a team three times in the same season. “No, it’s not hard to beat a team three times,” said the Greenville girls basketball coach. “You go out and you play. I’ve always said that’s a bunch of malarkey.” Nichols’ Yellow Jackets proved he was right by beating Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern 54-45 in the Class A district semifinal at Greenville’s North Gym Wednesday night.

Tri County’s Dylan Matuilis (3) tries to get a steal from Central Montcalm’s Mitch Nichols (12) during a game Feb. 5. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Tri County’s Matulis sets state steals record

Dylan Matulis missed out on one state record during the fall boys soccer season. Matulis fell short of getting the state record for most goals in a season. He made up for that in the winter boys basketball season, getting the state record for most steals in a season with his 132nd Tuesday night in a win over Muskegon Orchard View.

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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.