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Central Montcalm junior Tyler Giles, center, wraps up Newaygo’s running back during the first half of Friday’s game in Stanton. Newaygo won 41-13. Giles led the Green Hornets with 15 tackels. Also pictured are Blake Ryan (No. 7) and Zach Bigelow (No. 3). (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Newaygo too much for Central Montcalm in 41-13 loss

Lightning was in the air, but the thunder was coming from the ground game of the Newaygo Lions, who overtook Central Montcalm 41-7 Friday evening.

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Lakeview take best-of-5 series to the brink before falling to Hesperia

Losing is never fun, but for Ashley Martz’s Lakeview Wildcats volleyball team, its close loss to the Hesperia Panthers in a five-game series Wednesday was a needed learning lesson.

In Martz’s first year as coach last year, winning was problematic, so much so the Wildcats went winless last year. This year, however, Martz is seeing major improvement and the ever-so-important wins. The loss to Hesperia, however, may prove more valuable than the win.

The Wildcats came out hot in the first game, leading the whole way to a 25-20 win and looking like the favorite between the two teams. However, the Panthers took the next two matches, 25-18 and 25-16.

Tri County’s Joseph Nagy heads the soccer ball during the second half of a CSAA game against Reed City Monday. The Vikings won, 6-1, earning their second win of the season. Tri County is now 2-4 overall. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Tri County earns solid 6-1 win over Reed City

Though their coach was missing from the game, the Tri County Vikings’ offense surely wasn’t, as the soccer team earned its second win of the season with a solid 6-1 victory over Reed City Monday.

Brandon Sellers, left, and his father, Rod, were named this year’s Wrestlers of the Year by Michigan Arms, the state’s premier arm wrestling organization. Rod, 52, is the current title holder in Michigan Arms’ 198-pound, right-handed class while Brandon is the state’s No. 1 contender for the 154-pound, left-handed title, which he will compete for against current title holder Matt Bourdon of Sand Lake in a tournament in Muskegon Oct. 15. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Father and son duo from Greenville named Michigan Arms’ Wrestlers of the Year

When Rod Sellers tore his bicep in an arm wrestling tournament, he figured he would retire after years of success. But all it took was his son’s newly found interest in the sport and his inspiration was reignited.

The 52-year-old Dicastal employee has been competing in arm wrestling tournaments since 1982. Currently, he is the belt holder for Michigan Arms’ 198-pound, right-handed class. He also qualified for a worlds tournament — the top level of arm wrestling. But had it not been for his son getting into the sport after watching some of his father’s arm wrestling friends compete on AMC’s “Game of Arms” reality show three years ago, none of Rod’s recent accomplishments would have ever happened.

Cedar Springs quarterback Collin Alvesteffer leaps over the trenches of linemen to reach the football over the goal line to score the Red Hawks’ second touchdown against Greenville at Legacy Field on Friday. Cedar Springs won 17-3, handing the Yellow Jackets their first loss of the season. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Greenville’s offense stifled by Cedar Springs’ defense

It took two series to establish what was going right for the Red Hawks, and what wasn’t going at all for the Yellow Jackets in Cedar Springs’ 17-3 win against Greenville on Friday at Legacy Field.

Greenville’s Noah Day serves as tennis doubles teammate Jeremy Stowitts looks on during Greenville’s match with Cedar Springs. Day and Stowitts were able to get the team’s only point, as Greenville lost 7-1 during Wednesday’s matches at Greenville. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Despite being short-handed, Greenville tennis team stays focused, keeps fighting

Jeremy Stowitts and Noah Gager know that every match they play is going to be a unique challenge, because they’ll be behind as soon as they step on the court.

The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys tennis team is four players short of a full roster, which means they automatically lose two points overall to a team with a full roster of 12 players.

The Central Montcalm volleyball team does a celebration dance after scoring a win against CSAA-Gold rival Tri County during a head-to-head conference match-up in Tri County Tuesday. An experienced Green Hornets team outlasted an up-and-coming Vikings team three games to none. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm’s experience outlasts up-and-coming Tri County volleyball team

Kathy Thompson sees greatness in her Tri County volleyball team. It’s just … those … darn … mistakes … that are holding her Vikings back.

“If we play well, and let the other team make mistakes, we’re going to be fricking amazing,” said a frustrated Thompson, whose team lost three close matches to Central Montcalm Tuesday evening, 27-25, 25-19 and 25-22, during a Central State Activities Association—Gold head-to-head conference match-up.

Tri County senior tight end Quentin Stevens (80) makes a leaping catch in the first quarter Thursday for a 20-yard gain over Central Montcalm defenders, juniors Devin Williams (4) and Blake Ryan (7). (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Tri County makes comeback in defensive battle, beating Central Montcalm

Both teams only scored twice each during the rivalry game between the Tri County Vikings and Central Montcalm Green Hornets, but every second of the 48-minute game was a nail-biter.

With Central Montcalm’s scoreboard down for the entire game, the anticipation of time built, especially in the last few minutes.

Down 13-6, the Vikings were staring down the end zone 71 yards away with less than three minutes to play in the game, time being shouted out periodically by the referees.

This year, CSAA-Gold Division rivals Tri County Vikings and Central Montcalm Green Hornets mirror one another in both team set-up and progress. Each team runs a spread offense and both are coming off season-opening losses last week and hope to earn a win against a division rival when they play at 7 p.m. Thursday at Central Montcalm. (File photo)

Vikings, Green Hornets mirror each other, face off in Thursday CSAA tilt

If there are two teams that mirror one another, as far as team comparisons and progress, it is the Tri County Vikings and the Central Montcalm Green Hornets football teams. Tri County plays at Central Montcalm at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Dave Riches, who has been Belding varsity baseball assistant coach for the past six years, is now the team’s new head coach, taking over the position vacated by Michael Ostrander, who has taken over principal duties at Belding High School. (Courtesy photo)

Dave Riches upgrades from assistant to head coach for Belding varsity baseball

The new Belding varsity baseball manager is a familiar face to returning players. Dave Riches, a 1996 graduate of Belding High School, was named to the job last week, a position vacated by Michael Ostrander, who was recently hired to be a full-time principal for Belding High School.