Sophomores Daniel Smith, left, and Drew Stout are this year’s captains for the Carson City-Crystal Eagles football team. Smith plays both middle linebacker and right guard, while Stout converted from running back to quarterback and also plays defensive back. The two captains have led the team to a surprising 4-1 record this season in which was thought to be a rebuilding year. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Sophomore captains lead Eagles to early success, helping establish a 4-1 record

To many critics, this was suppose to be a rebuilding year for the Carson City-Crystal Eagles football team.

With a very young team, a new coach, a new offense and no varsity-experienced quarterback on the roster, the Eagles community was bracing for a rough season.

Having two sophomores named as team captains would have most likely been the tipping point for any critic to write the Eagles off even before the season started. And after opening the season with a 45-6 loss at home to Saranac, it seemed the plot was going to play out as predicted.

The Vestaburg Wolverines will visit the Carson City-Crystal Eagles Oct. 7 in the annual Salute to Our Soldiers football game, a tradition that is in its fifth year. (File photo)

Four local schools honoring military veterans at football games

On Friday, the Lowell at Greenville football game and Merrill at Montabella football game will be dedicated to military veterans, with Carson City-Crystal and Vestaburg’s game to celebrate their traditional Salute to Our Soldiers game Oct. 7 in Carson City.

Spartan Sports Network’s Seth Newman talks to a camera before a Michigan State men’s basketball game Jan. 26.

Carson City-Crystal grad Newman expands role on Spartan Sports Network

When Michigan State (MSU) football fans tune into a Spartan football broadcast on WGLM-AM Saturday, a local voice will greet them.

Seth Newman will be on the air before the game begins on the radio as the host of the pre-game show for the Spartan Sports Network, which originates all the MSU football games on their affiliate radio stations.

Carson City-Crystal’s Drew Stout, dark jersey, is hit by a Montabella player after throwing a pass Friday night. Stout finished with 316 yards passing, four touchdowns and rushed for 98 yards. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Carson City-Crystal’s Stout has stellar game versus Montabella

On a night when Carson City-Crystal (CC-C) inducted three members into its Sports Hall of Fame, Drew Stout made himself famous.

The Eagles’ sophomore quarterback threw for four touchdowns and scored three more rushing to lead CC-C over the Montabella Mustangs 50-18 Friday night in the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC) opener for both teams.

Matt Tredenick is a 1983 CC-C graduate who was a football and wrestling stand-out for the Eagles.

Carson City-Crystal to induct 3 to Hall of Fame during Eagles football game Sept. 9

Three new members will be added to Carson City-Crystal’s Athletic Hall of Fame this year and will be inducted at the Sept. 9 home football game.

The new members are Mike Burns, Matt Tredenick and Maria Ingraham. They join the 2015 and 2014 class.

Greenville’s Haley Peters, middle, attacks over the block of Charlotte’s Brianna Hasler, left, and Alex Withney during the finals of the Carson City-Crystal Invitational on Friday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Greenville uses extra points to win Carson City-Crystal tourney

It took a few more points than Greenville’s volleyball team would have liked, but the Yellow Jackets got the win they wanted Friday.

Greenville put away the Charlotte Orioles in extra points in the final game of the finals of the Carson City-Crystal Invitational, with the final game going 31-29 in the Jackets’ favor. Normal games go to 25 points.

Carson City-Crystal’s Ryan Argersinger tries to dodge two Saranac Redskins players during the first half the the Eagle’s season-opening game at Carson City-Crystal on Friday evening. The Eagles suffered a 45-6 loss. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Young CC-C team absorbs season-opening loss to Saranac

After Carson City-Crystal’s 45-6 season-opening loss to Saranac on Friday evening, new Eagles head coach Ben Brock knows there’s a lot of work to do.

With a young team — including three freshmen and and six sophomores playing on the varsity level — Brock knows his team will be hard challenged in every game. Against Saranac, his team got to see a varsity-level style it needed to see in order to improve.

Belding’s Summer Eubank, far left, attacks between Central Montcalm’s Libby Ledford, middle, and Kenzie Rutz during the finals of the Daily News Volleyball Invitational Saturday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Hornets start season off winning Daily News Invitational crown

Central Montcalm’s volleyball team found a good way to start its season Saturday. The Green Hornets won the Daily News Volleyball Tournament, beating the host Belding Redskins in three games in the championship game to win.

Daily News sports editor Ryan Schlehuber

No time to waste: ‘Hit the line hard’ as new sports editor

Here it’s my first week as Daily News sports editor, and I’m already playing from behind.

Having accepted the new position on Monday, transitioning from features editor and filling the vacancy left by my dear friend and longtime and much-respected Sports Editor Bruce Bentley, I’ve had to “hit the line hard” and catch up with teams, local athletic directors and coaches as high school fall sports season is already upon us.

Nash Aiken tries to catch the football during the second day of practice at the practice field Tuesday night.

CC-C continues practicing for first game of season

CARSON CITY — Learning the spread offense continued for Carson City-Crystal’s football team Tuesday. The Eagles practiced the spread offense on the practice field behind the baseball diamond for the second day in the heat of the afternoon. Coach Ben Brock was thankful for the opportunity to take over as coach from Devin Pringle. “It [...]