Sports Top Story

Belding shortstop Lucas McNinch slides off second base to throw and complete a double play at first base during the fourth inning at Carson City-Crystal on Friday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Pitching, defense leads Belding by CC-Crystal

Four hits and four runs by the Belding Redskins baseball team broke open a pitcher’s duel against the Carson City-Crystal Eagles. Leading 1-0, the Redskins scored four times in the sixth inning and added a run in the seventh to defeat the host Eagles 6-1 in a non-conference game on Friday. Belding only had two hits and one unearned run through the first five innings.

Carson City-Crystal junior Cara Wiles brings the ball up the court and checks out the Central Montcalm defense during a game early this season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Despite youth, CC-Crystal girls had ‘great year’

Carson City-Crystal’s girls basketball team would have loved to duplicate last season. The Eagles went to the regional final in Class C and won the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC) title. This year, the Eagles lost to Laingsburg in the district opener and finished second behind Class D state runner-up Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart in league play

O’Green tries to keep his balance with opponent Ethan Woods of Manchester pushing from behind during the Division 4, 130-pound state championship final match on Saturday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Dallas O’Green wins 2nd consecutive individual state wrestling title

On an afternoon with upsets taking place in all divisions, Carson City-Crystal senior Dallas O’Green wasn’t going to be denied a second consecutive state wrestling championship. With extreme focus and precision, O’Green won that second state championship with an 8-2 decision over Manchester’s Ethan Woods at 130 pounds in Division 4 at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday. The win capped an undefeated season (59-0) and a remarkable career, one which will go down as one of the best, not only in school history, but in the state of Michigan.

Carson City-Crystal’s Haleigh Hubbell, middle, puts up a shot between Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central’s McKenzie Domine, left, and Laurel Jacqmain during the teams’ game Monday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Turnovers too much for CC-Crystal to overcome

Carson City-Crystal’s girls basketball team found out how good Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central is. The Eagles had almost as many turnovers as points in losing to the Panthers 57-30 Monday night. It was the third loss in the past four games for CC-Crystal.

Carson City-Crystal’s Cara Wiles handles the ball in front of Montabella defender Madi Cutler during the first half of Thursday’s game. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Defense leads CC-Crystal to MSAC win over Montabella

Offense was at a premium. Trailing after the first quarter, the Carson City-Crystal Eagles made a switch defensively and cruised to a 32-16 win over MSAC rival Montabella at home on Thursday. The Mustangs opened the game with a pair of baskets by Ashley Swarts for a 5-2 lead. After the Eagles bounced back with a one-point advantage, Hanna Stockwell finished the first quarter with five straight points for a 10-6 lead.

Carson City-Crystal’s Garrett Gage, right, tries to drive around Grant’s Gannon Carr, left, and Shane Gardner, middle, during the teams’ game Monday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

CC-Crystal shuts down Grant in 2nd half

Carson City-Crystal’s basketball team hadn’t practiced at all between Friday’s game against Coleman and Monday night. That concerned coach Cory Schneider. But the Eagles won 64-49 over the Grant Tigers Monday night, putting Schneider’s concerns to rest.

Carson City-Crystal’s Cara Wiles (13) sends a pass across the court with Vestaburg’s Andreya McCarty defending during Thursday’s game. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

CC-Crystal firing on all cylinders in win over Vestaburg

The Carson City-Crystal Eagles girls basketball team is preparing for a tough final month of its season. In doing so, they closed out January on a high. The Eagles were firing on all cylinders in a 79-10 MSAC win against rival Vestaburg at home on Thursday.

Carson City-Crystal’s Garrett Gage (12) takes a charge against Montabella’s  Mike Gibbs during the fourth quarter of Thursday’s game at home. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

CC-Crystal wins defensive battle against Montabella

It wasn’t pretty unless you like defense. The host Carson City-Crystal Eagles and visiting Montabella Mustangs put on a defensive display in an MSAC contest on Thursday night. In the end, it was the Eagles playing slightly better defense in a 32-26 victory.

Carson City-Crystal’s Braxton Seida, top, tries to finish off a pin of Montabella’s Anthony Warchuck during the 140-pound match Wednesday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

CC-Crystal wrestlers sweep away Fulton, Montabella

Carson City-Crystal’s wrestling team got a pair of conference wins that pleased its coach, Kacy Datema. The Eagles won their Central Michigan Athletic Conference matches against Fulton 72-9 and Montabella 57-21.

CC-Crystal’s Dallas O’Green (top) works on a quick pin against Central Montcalm’s Aleklee Strayer at home Wednesday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

CC-Crystal wrestling opens season with win over Central Montcalm

With a mixture of youth and an excellent senior core, the Carson City-Crystal wrestling team already looks to be in midseason form. The Eagles, winners of three straight Division 4 district championships, used eight pins in a convincing 66-9 season opening win at home against the Central Montcalm Hornets on Wednesday afternoon.