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Mikayla Linebaugh pumps her fist in the air as she and Belding volleyball team’s bench celebrate a match point win  against Ithaca in the district semifinal game in November 2016. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Belding varsity volleyball coach Mikayla Linebaugh steps down after 15 years

When Belding’s volleyball team clinched its third district title in four years last November, Mikayla Linebaugh darted toward the center of the court, dived to the floor and slid into the open arms of her overjoyed team. It was a prime example of what she brought to the team: Energy, heart, confidence and, above all, passion. After 19 years of coaching volleyball — 15 at the varsity level — Linebaugh has decided to step down from the position, saying that it was just time.

Haugen’s hometown is Trondheim, the third-most populated city in Norway with about 187,353 people. He admits it took some time getting used to the country-like atmosphere of the Stanton community, but has enjoyed his host family and friends as well as playing sports at Central Montcalm.

Central Montcalm’s Norwegian wrestler Haugen not afraid of new challenges

  STANTON — When Fredrik Haugen came from Norway to America, he never thought he’d be physically tussling with Americans. But since last November, the 17-year-old foreign exchange student can be found each week on a mat wrestling with Central Montcalm teammates in practice or in wrestling meets with the Green Hornets team. Before coming to [...]

Lakeview’s David Larson extends to the basket to get the shot in and the foul during Wednesday’s game against Montabella, in which the Wildcats won 52-31. Pictured, from left, defending Larson, are Montabella’s Jake Korte, Connor Riley and Wyatt Sackett (32). (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Lakeview shakes off snow-day rust to earn fifth win

It’s been a work in progress all season for Pete Wurm to find consistency for his Lakeview boys basketball team, but the Wildcats put together a solid 52-31 win against Montabella Wednesday.

Yellow Jackets guard Keegan Goetz (2) lines a pass to teammate Brady Platt (5) during the first half of Greenville’s game against Forest Hills Northern Friday. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Lack of effort dooms Greenville in 52-39 loss to Forest Hills Northern

In order to win in basketball, effort has to be given in all four quarters. For the Greenville boys basketball team, the needed effort waned in the second half Friday night against Forest Hills Northern, resulting in a 52-39 loss at home to drop the Yellow Jackets to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the Ottawa-Kent White Conference.

Mallory Hinken (20) came off the bench to score 10 points for Greenville in the Yellow Jackets’ 61-44 win against Forest Hills Northern Friday. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

Greenville’s 61-44 win over Forest Hills Northern a ‘nine-strong’ effort

On the whiteboard in the locker room were three goals written for the Yellow Jackets to attain against Forest Hills Northern on Friday night. And they did it as a full team.

Central Montcalm sophomore wrestler Hunter Hansen, left, has taken on big challenges since joining the team as a freshman last year, wrestling in higher weight classes. This year, he’s already won just as many matches as he did all season last year, wrestling in the 152-pound weight class. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm wrestler Hunter Hansen being groomed for greater things

In a high school student-athlete’s life, there comes a time when one must step through the threshold from follower to leader. For Central Montcalm sophomore wrestler Hunter Hansen, the expectation of that threshold has come a little sooner.

Central Montcalm’s Jacob Wright, facing Grant’s Brandon Sanders in a 140-pound match at the Green Hornets’ triangular Wednesday, went 2-0 on the night, pinning Sanders and beating Fremont’s Alex Walker 11-5. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm’s wrestling team working through season undermanned but determined

  STANTON — It’s been a season of several battles, on and off the mat, for Greg Pilkinton and his Central Montcalm wrestling team, playing short-handed and with little experience. At Wednesday’s home triangular with Fremont and Grant, Central Montcalm fell 54-21 and 66-18, respectively. But, despite not having enough players to fill all the [...]

Belding's Erin Rich, left, and Olivia Stephan, middle, trap Hopkins' Taryn Kilbane during the second half of Tuesday's game in which Belding won 47-38 to earn its first conference victory of the season.

Belding beats Hopkins for first conference win

First-year head coach Connor Hoke told his Belding girls basketball team all week to be tough with everything they do and good things will come.

On Tuesday, at home against a taller Hopkins Vikings team, the Redskins earned its first conference win of the season with a 47-38 win.

Connor Hoke, Belding’s new girls varsity basketball coach, has implemented a new, fast-paced tempo for his team this year that includes running the full-court press defense often to make up for his team’s lack of size. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

First-year Belding coach ingraining fast-pace tempo, philosophy

For the Belding’s girls basketball team, it’s not just a new coach the players are getting accustomed to. Connor Hoke, 25, spent the past four years with the Lowell Red Arrows boys varsity basketball program, where he learned the strategy of basketball’s full-court press defense, which is one of Belding’s newest looks Hoke’s new team is learning.

Madi Cutler, a senior point guard for Montabella Mustangs, recorded her first career quadruple-double in a 49-27 win against Beal City on Tuesday. Cutler’s numbers included 10 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Montabella’s Madi Cutler earns rare quadruple-double

Coming into the girls basketball season, Montabella coach Terry Larsen knew Madi Cutler would be the team’s dominating force. But what she accomplished against Beal City on Tuesday night still took Larsen by surprise. In Montabella’s 49-27 win over Beal City, the senior point guard’s statistic line looked straight out of a Playstation video game — 10 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals.