Two years ago, as a freshman, Dakota Greer was on top of the world, winning an individual state wrestling title. On Saturday evening, he relived that feeling, earning his second state individual title with a convincing 23-8 victory over Stuart Massa of Hemlock in the Division 3 119-point title match at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Ryan Schlehuber “Scoop”
With each wrestler that walked onto the mats at the state individual wrestling finals, there is a story of hard work, dedication as well as triumph and heartbreak.
Four out of the past five years, the Sparta Spartans girls basketball team has ended Tri County’s season in districts play. On Wednesday, the Vikings looked to anything to buck the trend, including having their coach wear an ugly tie. “I reverted back to wearing the tie from 1994 that I wore when I interviewed at Tri County,” laughed Vikings coach Chris Overbeek after his team won 46-33 to advance to the district finals against Grant Friday. “We were just looking for anything, any sort of competitive advantage, to change things up a little bit. I told the girls that it’s so ugly that this was just something for Sparta.”
Going into the game against a good Carson City-Crystal boys basketball team, Dan Basom knew his game plan had to be to stop the Eagles’ two top shooters. But on Tuesday night, it was Avery Earles.
Though the Tri County Vikings boys basketball game against Fremont was all but lost, there was one person who came into the game that lifted the spirits of everyone in the gymnasium Friday. With 2:30 minutes left in the game and the Fremont Packers up by 20, 18-year-old Andrew Houghton’s name was called by Vikings coach Josh Delameter to check into the game. As Houghton walked onto the court, fans in the gymnasium applauded and roared as his name echoed from the announcer through the speakers.
The Tri County competitive cheer team is headed to the state finals this Saturday. The 18-member Vikings team clinched a spot in the eight-team Division 3 finals by finishing fourth in Saturday’s regionals at Rockford High School. The top four teams from that regional advanced to the state finals.
Landon Kemp continues to rewrite the Michigan pole vaulting record books. The Greenville High School senior broke the Michigan Indoor Track Series (MITS) record for pole vaulting, clearing 13 feet, 6 inches at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids Saturday.
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.
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.
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.