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By Ryan Schlehuber

Rooting for Carson City-Crystal’s underdog

As a sports editor who covers multiple teams for up to eight local high schools, I try not to be a “homer” for one particular team.

But I have to admit, after doing a story on Carson City-Crystal’s girls soccer team, it’s hard to not throw on an Eagles hat and root for them.

Carson City-Crystal’s girls soccer program, which became a sanctioned varsity sport two years ago, received another two-year extension by the school’s Board of Education in January. This year’s team has a larger team — 19 players — and bigger goals.

With new life, Carson City-Crystal’s soccer program focuses on bigger goals

After surviving a school board debate about whether the program should continue, the Carson City-Crystal Eagles girls soccer team is ready to show it belongs on the field.

And this year, it has numbers.

In January, the CC-C school board agreed to extend the soccer program another two years, giving coach Mallory Lynch a chance to continue to build the program and continue increasing the team’s wins.

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Coach Eric Nichols, far left, and his Greenville girls basketball team fought through several setbacks this fall but still managed to be in their league title contention and post a 14-7 overall record. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Greenville girls basketball team fights through a season full of setbacks

Eric Nichols and his Greenville girls basketball team saw a season of high expectations turn into a series of setbacks.

Despite not meeting their season goals, the Yellow Jackets showed true grit in weathering more challenges than they expected, said Nichols, who wrapped up his sixth season with Greenville with a 14-7 record.

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Speed, pitching is strengths of this year’s Eagles softball team, but positivity will be key to success

Coach Bob Naumann might not have the senior leadership he enjoyed on his Carson City-Crystal softball team last year, but he will have a much more cohesive group, at least according to one player.

Taylor Reeder is one of only three seniors on this year’s 13-player Eagles softball team and will be leaned on to replace the leadership lost from graduating seniors last year. The team finished 11-27 last year, but this year’s team has the potential to do much better mostly because the players are much closer and more supportive than ever.

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Matt Bailey is new coach for Belding girls soccer team

When he was approached with the chance to coach Belding’s soccer team, Matt Bailey didn’t hesitate to say yes.

Belding’s Kyleigh Kazmerski, right, and Comstock Park’s Madison Fox recover from running into each other as they go after the ball in the second half of Wednesday’s game at Rudness Field.

As season begins, Belding’s soccer team still settling in with new players, coach

Belding may have lost 2-0 in its season opener against Comstock Park Wednesday, but it gained much-needed field experience, according to its new coach, Matt Bailey.

Greenville’s Landon Kemp, left, earned honorable mention in Class A girls basketball from both The Associated Press and Basketball Coaches of Michigan for her performance this season as a senior shooting guard. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Greenville’s Landon Kemp racks up hoop honors

  Landon Kemp was recognized for her stellar performance on the Greenville girls basketball team this year, getting honorable mention from The Associated Press and Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan. The four-year varsity senior point guard averaged 12 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals per game and scored her 1,000th career point this [...]

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Lakeview’s Jacob Cole fires a pitch during a game against Montabella last summer. (File photo)

Young Lakeview baseball team aims to earn district title after coming up short last year

The Lakeview baseball team may still be working on gelling as a whole, but every Wildcats player knows the potential the team possesses this year.

Though the Wildcats were 15-18 last year, the team was able to make it to the district finals before losing to Carson City-Crystal.

The Wildcats don’t have any doubts they can make it back there again.