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Tri County junior forward Tricia Slavens, middle, cuts through the Sparta defense as teammate Ashley Bowens looks on behind her. Slavens had six points and four rebounds during the Vikings’ 46-33 win in round two of the teams’ districts tournament Wednesday. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Tri County avenges last year’s district loss, beats Sparta 46-33

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.”

Carson City-Crystal senior guard Avery Earles eyes down one of his eight 3-pointers he made against Central Montcalm Friday night. He led the team with 24 points in the Eagles’ 53-34 win. Earles was two shy of the school record for 3-pointers made. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Senior Avery Earles nails eight 3’s to lead Eagles past Green Hornets, 53-34

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.

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Vikings’ basketball manager Andrew Houghton gets a memorable in-game experience

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 Vikings competitive cheer team is heading to the state finals after placing in the top four of their regional tournament in Rockford Saturday. Last year, the team made it as far as the regionals. Prior to last year, Tri County made the state finals in back-to-back years. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Tri County cheer team headed to state finals for third time in four years

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.

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Greenville’s Landon Kemp breaks indoor pole vault record

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.

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.