Carson City-Crystal and Montabella had dueled all season for dominance over the other. The score was finally settled Thursday night at the Division 4 district tournament, where the Eagles beat the Mustangs in the finals 34-30.
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Carson City-Crystal and Montabella’s wrestling teams knew it would come down to each other to determine who would win the Central Michigan Athletic Conference title. The result was both teams won.
The Carson City-Crystal Eagles wrestling team has already won the regular season Central Michigan Athletic Conference championship. With that title wrapped up, the Eagles turned their attention Friday night to preparing for an extended postseason run. They did so by traveling to face two larger schools, one of which is a perennial powerhouse.
Carson City-Crystal’s girls basketball team is now the leader in the Mid-State Activities Conference – sort of. The Eagles, who trailed Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart in the standings by a game, grabbed a share of the lead from the Irish with a 42-24 victory at home Wednesday night.
If the Carson City-Crystal Eagles are to win a league title for the second consecutive season, they will need a home win tonight against Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart. This will be the second matchup between the Mid-State Athletics Conference leaders this season. The two schools met early in the season, with the Irish posting a 37-33 win in just the second game.
Brann Schmitt had a very successful football season. He hopes to improve his basketball, too.
A pair of local teams will be heading to Shepherd today to participate in a holiday basketball tournament. Montabella and Carson City-Crystal will be busy today, as they are set to play in the Shepherd Holiday Tournament. The Eagles will take on Ithaca at noon, while the Mustangs will face the South Grand Rapids Homeschoolers at 2 p.m.
Turnovers will drive a coach mad, but more importantly, turnovers will cost a team the chance to win a ballgame. Sometimes teams are able to overcome turnovers, other times not. On Thursday night, the Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team turned the ball over 17 times and could not overcome annual powerhouse Portland St. Patrick in a 50-45 loss at home.
The boys basketball game between Carson City-Crystal and Belding wasn’t an offensive gem, but the two coaches saw something else in that game. It was defense. The Eagles got enough defense of their own to beat the Redskins 39-34 Tuesday night.
After wrestling at the Central Montcalm Hornet Invitational Saturday, a pair of local wrestling teams came out near the top of the 10-team tournament. Carson City-Crystal was the highest-finishing local team, ending up third in the tournament. Central Montcalm was fifth after beating sixth-place Belding.