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Cedar Rock Sports Plex in Cedar Rock is offereing a free program to young children who are interested in learning the sport of hockey. The program is at 6 p.m. Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

Free program offers hockey lessons to youths

James Hodge has loved the sport of hockey since he was 7 years old. Now he’s getting the chance to love the sport through his two sons.

Hodge, of Greenville, has played many levels of hockey during his life, including collegiate. And now that his sons, Zander, 5, and Conner, 4, are old enough to strap on a pair of ice skates, Hodge has introduced them to the sport he loves through a free program called “Try Hockey for FREE,” offered at the Cedar Rock Sports Plex.

Sophomore guard Kiley Guelzo (12) leads a Hornets charge down the court during Tuesday’s home game against Morley Stanwood. Also pictured are, from left, Mohawks’ Bre Barry, and Hornets Nikki Wilkie (5), Hannah Putnam (3) and Kenzie Rutz (20). The Hornets won 53-35 for their sixth victory in a row. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm shakes off holiday break sluggishness to beat Morley Stanwood, 53-35

It wasn’t a clean game or a crisp game, but Rob Putnam will take the win.

After a long holiday break, his Central Montcalm girls basketball team had to shake off some rust that built up over Christmas and New Year’s break to beat the Morley Stanwood Mohawks 53-35 Tuesday.

Former Lakeview wrestling coach Pat Boyd holds up newspaper clippings from the 1981 state finals in which his team finished 14-0 on the year and were state runners-up in Class B that year.

Pat Boyd, Lakeview wrestling founder, to be honored at Wildcats’ Jan. 4 meet

Four guys. That’s all Pat Boyd had to start a wrestling program in Lakeview. Boyd, a Saginaw native, excelled in football. He was a two-time all-state quarterback at Saginaw Saint Peter and Paul and he’s regarded as one of Central Michigan University’s greatest quarterbacks. But if you ask Boyd, he will tell you, it’s wrestling that is “in his blood.”

Sophomore Adele Kemp is in her second year as starting point guard for the Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Greenville’s sophomore point guard Adele Kemp displays high level of determination

Every day, for at least an hour, Adele Kemp will put in her earbuds, listen to music and just dribble a basketball. It is a small example of the dedication the 15-year-old Greenville sophomore puts toward her favorite sport.

Pierpaolo Puglia, an exchange student at Central Montcalm, is from Sala Consilina, a small community of about 12,250 people in southwest Italy. His host parent in America is Kami DeYoung of Sheridan. (Courtesy photos)

Central Montcalm’s Italian player loving basketball, new ‘family’

In his hometown of Sala Consilina, Italy, Pierpaolo Puglia couldn’t find many people who shared his passion for the game of basketball. So he decided to find them in America.

Central Montcalm senior Emaleigh Taylor, middle, signs a letter of intent to play softball with the Calvin College Knights Tuesday. She is surrounded by her family and coaches, in front, her father and mother, Randy and Angie Taylor and, in back, from left, junior varsity softball coach Eric McKay, assistant varsity softball coaches Mike Studley and Shad Morgan and head coach Bruce Nicholson. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm’s Emaleigh Taylor signs with Calvin to play softball

For the past couple years, Emaleigh Taylor has been knocking out home runs at Central Montcalm steadily. Now she hopes to continue doing the same for the Calvin College Knights at the Division III level.

Belding’s David Ross, right, battles Carson City-Crystal’s Taylor Wilson in the 171-pound match Saturday. Ross won the match.

Though less teams than expected, competition still at high level at Belding wrestling invitational

There weren’t as many teams as expected that showed up at Belding’s wrestling invitational Saturday, however, there was no lack of the level of competition. Lowell’s B team went 5-0 in what turned out to be a round robin tournament, owing to five teams unable to show up because of Friday night’s snow storm. That left five other teams competing on the day.

In front, Natalie Murray, at right, and Kaitlyn Johnson lead the Carson City-Crystal pompon team during a practice Friday evening. The two Carson City-Crystal students have created their own dance for the team to compete in a competition in February. (Courtesy photo)

Carson City-Crystal pompon team to compete at SVSU with original dance routine

If the Carson City-Crystal pompon team can be described in one word, it would be unique, so says the team’s coach. Taylor Thoma, in her first year as head coach, challenged her 11-member team to go beyond expectations, and, so far, they haven’t disappointed her.

Montabella’s senior guard Hanna Stockwell (with the ball) wrestles for control against Central Montcalm’s sophomore guard Kiara Wernette, who attempts a steal during the first quarter in Tuesday’s game, which the Hornets won 53-20. Hornets forwards Bree Brasington, far left, Kenzie Rutz (20) and Libby Ledford, far right, are also pictured. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm gets home court win over Montabella, but still not satisfied

It is a sign of a good team when players from the winning team aren’t satisfied with just a dominating win. The Central Montcalm girls basketball team took control of Tuesday night’s game against the Montabella Mustangs early to earn its fourth victory of the year with a 53-20 win, but Bree Brasington wasn’t happy with her team’s performance despite the win.

Greenville senior forward Mallory Hinken (20) takes a shot over Morley Stanwood freshman forward Bre Berry during the first half of Tuesday’s game in Greenville. The Yellow Jackets won 71-52, with Hinken scoring 10 points and grabbing four rebounds. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

Defensive play earns Greenville its third win of the season against Morley Stanwood

If there is one thing Adele Kemp learned from Greenville’s 71-52 win over Morley Stanwood Tuesday, it is forgetting about a bad game. Last Friday, in a win against rival Belding, the Greenville girls basketball team dominated the Redskins, however, Kemp didn’t have her usual stellar performance. On Tuesday, however, the sophomore point guard was back on track, scoring 25 points, grabbing eight rebounds and collecting four assists.