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.”
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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.