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Trent Ward, right, assistant coach to Carson City-Crystal’s head coach Kacy Datema, left, was named the Division 4 assistant wrestling coach of the year by the Michigan High School Athletics Association this past weekend. Ward, a 1994 CC-C graduate, has been the assistant coach for the past seven years. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Carson City-Crystal’s Trent Ward gets Division 4 assistant coach of year

Carson City-Crystal’s Trent Ward was named assistant wrestling coach of the year for Division 4 by Michigan High School Athletics Association. The award was announced at the state individual wrestling finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills this past weekend.

Montabella senior point guard Madi Cutler drives past Leroy Pine River’s Selma Barnett (22) and Kaylee Goodman (20) during the second half of Tuesday’s game. Cutler finished with a team-high 11 points.

Montabella’s great playoff run ends with loss to Pine River

It was an unexpected and wonderful run, however, Montabella’s playoff streak came to an end at the hands of Leroy Pine River Tuesday.

Carson City-Crystal’s Jamison Ward finished the season with a 55-4 record and was this year’s Division 4 103-pound state runner-up as a freshman. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Carson City-Crystal’s Ward, Seida so close to wrestling titles

Carson City-Crystal’s Jamison Ward and Braxton Seida may have not known it before this past weekend, but both have been on the same path with success and failure this wrestling season, but also having greater expectations for the near future.

Tri County junior Dakota Greer, right, makes a quick move on Hemlock’s Stuart Massa in the Division 3 119-pound title match at The Palace of Auburn Hills Saturday. Greer won the match, giving him his second state individual of his career. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Tri County’s Dakota Greer earns second individual wrestling title

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.

Belding’s Mitchell Ward reacts to his blood round win against Mount Morris’ Jesse Munsell during the second round of consolation matches Friday. He was 2-1 on the day and has reached Saturday’s next consolation round.

15 of the 21 local wrestlers still alive in state finals

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.

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.