The 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) football playoffs begin on Friday night. On Sunday, the 256-team field was announced live on Fox Sports Detroit. This year, three area teams qualified for the postseason and will continue their seasons.
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For the second time this season the Carson City-Crystal football team will get a win without even taking the field. The Eagles will get their eighth win after Ashley forfeited Friday’s game to the Eagles.
The Carson City-Crystal Eagles focused on consistency, while the Montabella Mustangs worked on team communication. In an MSAC volleyball match Tuesday night, it was the Eagles cruising to a straight set win over the Mustangs 25-8, 25-10, 25-12.
Carson City-Crystal and Vestaburg went into their football game even at 3-0 with Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart in the Mid-State Activities Conference South Division standings. The Eagles beat the Wolverines in the conference opener Friday 24-6. With the Irish’s 42-0 win over Ashley, CC-Crystal and Sacred Heart will be undefeated going into next Friday’s games.
Saturday morning started out as a great day for a run. Later in the morning, the same couldn’t be said as rain and lighting delays slowed the event and runners. Central Montcalm hosted 14 high school cross country teams and another 13 middle school teams for the 36th annual Mike Noll Hornet Run on Saturday. Area schools participating included Belding, Carson City-Crystal, Central Montcalm, Montabella and Vestaburg.
Carson City-Crystal’s foot- ball team won’t have a game to play Friday. That’s because Manistee Catholic Central, the Eagles’ Friday opponent, has for- feited the game instead of coming to Carson City to play.
Carson City-Crystal’s football team has a few weeks of practice under their belt, and as far as coach Devin Pringle is concerned, so far so good. The Eagles started practice Monday, Aug. 12, by going to Camp Northwoods northeast of West Branch. They stayed there for three days while there were no pads allowed for practice by Michigan High School Athletic Association rule.
The 17th Crystal Run the Lake running race was a lot cooler than last year’s race. High humidity was nowhere to be found and it helped bring out a lot of runners to the event, which helped get over 80 runners registered on Saturday, Aug. 3, noted Crystal Chamber of Commerce President Janet Shy. She said the route has also changed.
Things are turning to the good for Carson City-Crystal’s softball program. The Eagles finished 16-12 this season, which coach Samantha Jensen was ecstatic about.
It was a season of continued improvement for the Carson City-Crystal Eagles baseball team in 2013. Longtime area coach and athletic director Wes Cummings returned to the bench to lead the Eagles in 2013. Cummings last coached baseball for Davenport University (2009-2011) and also coached baseball at Belding and Cedar Springs in the past.