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Carson City-Crystal wrestling coaches Kacy Datema, left, and Trent Ward coach the Eagles at the MHSAA Division 4 wrestling quarterfinals Feb. 24. Ward won his second assistant coach of the year award Thursday.

CC-C assistant gets another award

CARSON CITY — Carson City-Crystal assistant wrestling coach Trent Ward has another award to put on his mantle. This new award is the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) assistant coach of the year for the state of Michigan. It was announced he won the award Thursday. Ward was previously named the Division 4 assistant coach [...]

Montabella senior Maliena Sheehan makes her final attempt at the long jump a good one, reaching 15 feet, 3 inches, which clinched first place at the MSAC track championships. It was her fourth event in a row she participated in. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Montabella, CC-C see many shining moments in conference track championship

Montabella and Carson City-Crystal see a few shining moments in MSAC track championship Wednesday.

Carson City-Crystal’s Heidi Strayer hits a slap hit during the Eagles’ first game of two against Breckenridge on Tuesday.

CC-C loses two close MSAC games to Breckenridge

CARSON CITY — Carson City- Crystal’s softball team came close to doubling their win total. But the Eagles remained at two wins on the season after dropping both ends of a Mid-State Activities Conference doubleheader to Breckenridge, 7-5 and 3-2 on Tuesday. “We just weren’t swinging the bats hard in that first game,” CC- C [...]

Six-year-old Eli Fellows of Crystal makes his way around the track in his Mini Wedge race car during a practice run at Crystal Motor Speedway in Crystal Sunday. The official opening day of Mini Wedge racing, a new class added to the race track last year, is May 20. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

New Mini Wedge racing class growing with younger generation at Crystal Motor Speedway

As 6-year-old Eli Fellows zipped, glided and sped around the short, dusty track in his Mini Wedge race car, his confidence in racing grew with every lap he completed Sunday.

Junior Kaylee Reeder, left, scored two goals and had an assist for Carson City-Crystal in Wednesday’s win against Chesaning. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Carson City-Crystal soccer earns first win of the season against Chesaning

The Carson City-Crystal Eagles soccer team got into the win column in a big way Wednesday night.

HIT THE LINE HARD
By Ryan Schlehuber

Rooting for Carson City-Crystal’s underdog

As a sports editor who covers multiple teams for up to eight local high schools, I try not to be a “homer” for one particular team.

But I have to admit, after doing a story on Carson City-Crystal’s girls soccer team, it’s hard to not throw on an Eagles hat and root for them.

Carson City-Crystal’s girls soccer program, which became a sanctioned varsity sport two years ago, received another two-year extension by the school’s Board of Education in January. This year’s team has a larger team — 19 players — and bigger goals.

With new life, Carson City-Crystal’s soccer program focuses on bigger goals

After surviving a school board debate about whether the program should continue, the Carson City-Crystal Eagles girls soccer team is ready to show it belongs on the field.

And this year, it has numbers.

In January, the CC-C school board agreed to extend the soccer program another two years, giving coach Mallory Lynch a chance to continue to build the program and continue increasing the team’s wins.

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Daily News winter sports ‘Spark Plug’ Players of the Year

We’ve had our Daily News All-Area award winners, and now we recognize those players who might not fill up the stats book, but their team may not be as successful or enjoy the sport as much without them.

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Speed, pitching is strengths of this year’s Eagles softball team, but positivity will be key to success

Coach Bob Naumann might not have the senior leadership he enjoyed on his Carson City-Crystal softball team last year, but he will have a much more cohesive group, at least according to one player.

Taylor Reeder is one of only three seniors on this year’s 13-player Eagles softball team and will be leaned on to replace the leadership lost from graduating seniors last year. The team finished 11-27 last year, but this year’s team has the potential to do much better mostly because the players are much closer and more supportive than ever.

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