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The Carson City-Crystal bench and fans react to Daniel Smith’s attempt to pin New Lothrop’s Allan Jamick in the 171-pound match during Friday’s state wrestling regionals at Central Michigan University. Smith pinned Jamick in the second round. The Hornets were able to make a comeback on the Eagles, however, winning the quarterfinals match 32-31 to advance to the semifinals against Leroy Pine River.  (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Carson City-Crystal wrestling team loses by one to New Lothrop in state quarterfinals

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. This was the year of the young Carson City-Crystal Eagles. Unfortunately, the New Lothrop Hornets had other plans.

Carson City-Crystal’s wrestling team came into the Michigan High School Athletics Association’s quarterfinals at Central Michigan University’s McGuirk Arena Friday as the No. 3 seed against No. 6 New Lothrop, but the Hornets were able to make a comeback to win 32-31 to advance to the semifinals against Leroy Pine River tomorrow.

Mustangs sophomore point guard Connor Riley drives past a Lakeview defender during a game earlier this season. Riley is in his second year on the team, averaging 13 points per game. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

With a young team in need of a leader, Montabella sophomore steps up

On a team dominated by underclassmen with only two seniors with limited experience, someone had to step up to be the leader for this year’s Montabella Mustangs boys basketball team. And stepping up is what sophomore Connor Riley has been doing since moving up to the varsity level last year as a freshman.

Members of the Tri County competitive cheer team show off their stunt abilities during the third and final round of the districts tournament in Comstock Park on Saturday. The Vikings finished second and qualified for the state regionals next weekend. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Tri County cheer moves on again while Belding wraps up historic season

In the District 18, Division 3 competitive cheer finals Saturday, the host team, Comstock Park, took first place while Tri County finished second and Belding finished sixth.

Central Montcalm's Austin Proctor hits a 3-pointer over Big Rapids players Friday. Proctor's team wore orange and white uniforms as part of the school's Orange Out event to raise awareness for type 1 diabetes. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Martin’s 50 points lead Big Rapids over Central Montcalm

Demetri Martin showed why he may be the best basketball player in the state against Central Montcalm on Friday. The Big Rapids senior forward dropped a school single-game record 50 points to help his Cardinals (15-1 overall, 11-0 CSAA-Gold) earn a 83-45 win during Central Montcalm’s Orange Out event, which raises awareness of type 1 diabetes.

Central Montcalm’s Libby Ledford looks to penetrate into Big Rapids’ defense during the second half of Friday’s game. Ledford finished with 10 points. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Battle of league’s overall lead goes to Big Rapids, beats Central Montcalm

For a moment, it looked as though Central Montcalm’s Orange Out event was going to include a great comeback victory Friday. However, the Cardinals of Big Rapids, who were tied for first in the overall standings of the Central States Activities Association with the Green Hornets before the game, proved too much in the end, securing a 52-42 victory.

The Belding competitive cheer team includes, in front, Shae Pallick, Ebony Noland, Jaimie Cole and Jasmine Royce, second row, Lauren Barker, Karah Ring, Megan Couture, Julia Lacopelli and Kailey Heath, third row, Aly Kline, Paige Martin and Alexis McCarty, back row, coaches Rikki Venneman, Rachelle Stressman, Laney Klooster and Stacy Venneman. (Courtesy photo)

Belding competitive cheer team heads to districts

With its first conference championship in hand, Belding’s competitive cheer team is looking to continue rewriting the history books.

Carson City-Crystal coach Kacy Datema holds up the trophy of the Hesperia regional tournament after the Eagles defeated St. Louis and Hart Wednesday night. (Courtesy photos)

Aiden Adkins’ win clinches regional title for Carson City-Crystal wrestling

Every high school wrestler wants the chance Aiden Adkins got Wednesday night … and his results. The Hesperia regional team wrestling title came down to a 125-pound matchup between Carson City-Crystal’s Adkins and Hart’s James Vanderswag, and the Eagles sophomore didn’t disappoint.

Keegan Goetz, center, signs his letter of intent to play soccer for Northern Michigan University Tuesday. Pictured with him is his family, his brother, Wade, 9, Amanda, his mother, and Donald, his father. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Greenville’s Keegan Goetz to play soccer at Northern Michigan University

Keegan Goetz is taking his soccer skills to the Upper Peninsula. The senior midfielder, who played soccer this year in Grand Rapids for Alliance Academy and SCOR in Rockford, signed a letter of intent to enroll at Northern Michigan University in Marquette Tuesday.

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Tri County basketball players engage with Early Childhood youngsters

As the youngest sibling in her family, Julia Hauenstein hasn’t had much chance to be a “big sister.” However, on Wednesday, she did, at least for a little while. As many as 70 youngsters from Howard City’s Early Childhood Center, ranging from 3 to 4 years old, filed into the center’s Edge gymnasium and were greeted by several players from both the Tri County girls and boys basketball team Wednesday, an outreach event to introduce youngsters to engage in school activities, says co-coordinator Dave Princer, who broadcasts Vikings sports through Michigan Sports Radio.

The referee pounds the mat to signal a pin for Tri County’s Jake Britton, top, against Kelloggsville’s Roy Flores in the 135-pound match during the Division 3 team regionals in Belding Wednesday. The Vikings eventually lost 33-28. Whitehall earned the regioal title with a 57-24 win over Kelloggsville. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Tri County’s hard effort falls short in state regionals against Kelloggsville

It was a series of near misses, but in the end, Kelloggsville bested Tri County in the first round of the Divison 3 wrestling regionals 39-31 Wednesday.