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Central Montcalm’s Brandon Braman delivers a pitch in game one of a doubleheader against Carson City-Crystal on Monday. The Hornets won the game 2-1 and went on to win game two 11-0. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm edges CC-Crystal in pitchers duel

Strong pitching and defense in baseball should be good enough for a team to win more times than not. On an extremely windy Monday afternoon, both the Central Montcalm Hornets and Carson City-Crystal Eagles displayed strong pitching and defense. One team, though, had to lose.

Carson City-Crystal senior Kolton Kavanagh clears a high jump during the Mid-State Activities Conference meet at Montabella on Wednesday. Kavanagh won the event with a jump of 6-foot-4. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Kavanagh sets his sights on D3 track state finals

As Kolton Kavanagh’s love for track and field grew, so did his ability. Coincidence? Probably not. The Carson City-Crystal senior played baseball as a freshman. As a sophomore, Kavanagh split time between the diamond and the track. He switched full-time to track and field as a junior and has excelled ever since.

Carson City-Crystal’s Josh Coston, left, releases a discus attempt at the MSAC track meet on Wednesday. Coston set a school record with a throw of 159 feet, 8 inches. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Montabella girls, Coleman boys win MSAC track meet

The Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC) is very competitive in track and field. On Wednesday, at Montabella High School, the host Mustangs edged Carson City-Crystal 124-112 on the girls’ side. Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart was close behind with 91 and followed by Vestaburg (20 points) and Coleman (4).

Carson City-Crystal’s Katlyn Dailey, bottom, slides into second safely as Montabella’s Madi Cutler fields during the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

CC-C ends losing streak at Montabella’s expense

Carson City-Crystal softball coach Bob Naumann finally had something to feel good about. After having endured a losing streak that reached 12 games, the Eagles got two wins against Montabella on Tuesday, winning 4-3 and 18-7.

Carson City-Crystal's Dillen Decker points to his family after defeating Montabella’s Joey Durham 15-6 in the Division 4, 152-pound final on Saturday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Four area wrestlers win individual state titles, 13 place in top eight

Blood, sweat and tears. Not in any particular order, but that is the life of a wrestler. Without any of the three, success on the mat is hard to come by.

Tri County freshman Dakota Greer, top, tries to pull Richmond’s Roy Costello over during Friday’s Division 3 103-pound championship semifinal match at The Palace. Greer won by decision 7-3. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Six area wrestlers advance to individual state finals

After two days, six area wrestlers are in position to earn the ultimate achievement — an individual state championship. The Michigan High School Athletic Association’s season-ending extravaganza — with nearly 900 wrestlers taking part — began on Thursday and concludes with the championship matches today starting at 4:45 p.m.

Vestaburg’s Collin Dove, in the white jersey, drives past Carson City-Crystal’s Kolton Kavanagh, back, and looks to take Grant Gage, right, to the hoop. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Vestaburg tops CC-Crystal for first conference title since 2004

The boys basketball game between Carson City-Crystal and Vestaburg was everything it was supposed to be when two teams are battling for a conference title. In the end, the Wolverines won the battle and the title Thursday night.

Carson City-Crystal’s Grant Gage, left, posts up against Central Montcalm’s Land Ledford during Tuesday’s game. The two combined for 36 points. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Simmon helps CC-C to 59-51 victory over Central Montcalm

It was a showcase between two of the area’s best basketball players in a head-to-head battle on the court. While Carson City-Crystal’s Grant Gage and Central Montcalm’s Lane Ledford put on a great show — combining for 36 points — it was Kyler Simmon and Kolton Kavanagh hitting shot after shot to help the Eagles fend off the Hornets in a 59-51 win at home on Tuesday.

Carson City-Crystal’s Mikayla Duflo (11) shoots despite the crowd of Montabella’s Kendra Stockwell (21), Madi Cutler (14) and Hannah Stockwell (3) on Thursday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

CC-C girls down Mustangs, clinch MSAC championship

For the first time since joining the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC), the Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team is the conference champions. And this time, they don’t have to share it with Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart.

Carson City-Crystal’s wrestling team poses with the district trophy after winning the Division 4 district title Thursday night. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

CC-Crystal makes it three straight district titles

Carson City-Crystal’s wrestling team began their road to Kellogg Arena for the team wrestling finals with another district title. The Eagles won both of their matches during the Division 4 district meet at Fulton High School on Thursday night.