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Carson City-Crystal sophomore Bailey Fitzpatrick (4) fends off a swarm of Green Hornets in the second quarter of Tuesday night’s game between the Eagles and Central Montcalm. The Eagles pulled out a 51-33 win during the opening season game at home. Pictured are, from left,  in the background, Eagles’ Cara Wiles (13) and Hornets’ Emilee Bohen (1) , and surrounding Fitzpatrick are Kiley Guelzo (12), Bree Brasington (10) and Kenzie Rutz. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

CC-C girls basketball’s 51-33 victory over Central Montcalm earns coach’s first win

It wasn’t until the final buzzer sounded that the new Carson City-Crystal girls basketball coach could sigh a relief.

It took three quarters for both teams to shake off the opening season jitters Tuesday, but it was Tim Stout’s Eagles that finally got into a scoring groove, exploding for 28 points in the fourth quarter to pull out a 51-33 non-conference victory against the Central Montcalm Green Hornets.

Montabella’s Madi Cutler bumps during The Daily News Invitational on Aug. 20.

4 named to MSAC VB teams

MOUNT PLEASANT — The Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC) named four local players to all-conference teams Tuesday. Carson City-Crystal senior Marissa Schmitt was the only area player named first-team all-conference, while sophomore teammate Megan Dailey was named to the second team. Montabella’s Madi Cutler was named second-team all-conference, as was Vestaburg junior Lauren Dove. Schmitt led [...]

Denise Oostinga, a foreign exchange student from the Netherlands, has been taking on a lot of “firsts” in her life since arriving in America in August. The Carson City-Crystal senior took on the sport of volleyball, playing withe Eagles volleyball team this past fall. She’s now challenging herself to learn basketball and will be playing for the Fellowship Baptist Academy team this winter. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Netherlands exchange student Denise Oostinga takes on ‘firsts’ in America

As the saying goes, “When in Rome, do what the Romans do.”

For Denise Oostinga, she’s doing what Americans do, and loving it.

Oostinga, 17, of Heiloo, Netherlands, is enrolled as a senior at Carson City-Crystal, and is enjoying her first time in America.

Carson City-Crystal’s Drew Stout (9) runs from some players during the Eagles’ game against Montabella on Sept. 9.

Local athletes Stout, Smith named AP all-state

Carson City-Crystal sophomore quarterback Drew Stout and Vestaburg senior defensive back Jeren Smith were named honorable mention by a panel of 10 Michigan AP sports editors.

arson City-Crystal’s Marissa Schmitt, right, tries to attack past the block of Vestaburg’s Kailee McGarvey during the Daily News Invitational on Aug. 20.

Young CC-Crystal players led to ‘learning season’

CARSON CITY — There was only one senior on the Carson City-Crystal volleyball team this season. Because of that, the season was “very much a learning experience,” Eagles coach Ashley Seals said. “Having only one senior in Marissa Schmitt meant that my younger players had to step out of their comfort zone a little bit [...]

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If done right, Friday night football can be better — for everyone

With the Big Ten Conference (B1G) announcing it will schedule more games on Friday nights next year, one question remains: Will this really hurt high school football?

From left, Carson City-Crystal’s Aoife O’Grady, Ariana Dockham and Makayla Baker, competing in a MSAC Jamboree the school hosted at Fish Creek Sportsman’s Club in Hubbardston Oct. 19. The girls team qualified for the Nov. 5 state finals at the Division 4 regionals in Gaylord Saturday. (File photos)

Carson City-Crystal’s Barrett, Ward, girls team qualify for state finals

It was a bittersweet day for Grant Woodman during the Division 4 boys and girls cross country regionals in Shepherd Saturday. The girls team finished third overall to qualify for the state finals, a feat that hasn’t been done in 18 years. Two runners from the boys team qualified as individuals to compete in the state finals — Kaleb Barrett and Jamison Ward.

Between Kaitlyn and Joshua Naert, the sister-brother duo has combined for 18 state titles, four national titles and three world titles in powerlifting. They recently competed in a national tournament in Chicago in May and in a world tournament in Portland, Oregon, Oct. 6-9.

Crystal siblings rack up medals at powerlifting tournament

During a World Powerlifting Association tournament in Portland, Oregon, both Joshua and Kaitlynn Naert, representing the state of Michigan and the American Powerlifting Association (APA), went up against competitors from 15 states and five foreign countries, where they dominated in all three of the powerlifting categories — squat, bench and deadlift — for their age groups, with Kaitlynn establishing three world records in the the 14-year-olds category.

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Tim Stout to lead Carson City-Crystal’s girls basketball team

Only two years removed from its Class C regional finals trip, the Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team is looking to return, this time under new leadership.

In his 20 years as a local resident, Tim Stout, 40, has taken on many enjoyable challenges, such as opening two businesses — Muffin Top in Carson City and Ike’s Ice Cream in Crystal — with his wife, Amanda, and coaching, both the boys junior varsity basketball team and, currently, working as the defensive coach for the Eagles football team the last nine years.

This winter, Stout is taking on another coaching challenge as the new girls basketball coach, replacing Larry Farmer, who took a position at Portland High School.

Senior Marissa Schmitt throws her hands up in the air as she celebrates a point during Carson City-Crystal’s game against Vestaburg. Each team wore pink jerseys to commemorate those who have fought and are still fighting against cancer. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Carson City-Crystal sweeps Vestaburg during ‘pink out’ game

There was a continuous thundering sound coming from Carson City-Crystal’s gymnasium Tuesday night.

The booming sounds were the many spikes from CC-C senior Marissa Schmitt, who led her team with 16 kills to help her team earn a three-game sweep over Vestaburg in the Eagles’ final regular season home game.

The Eagles beat the Wolverines, 25-14, 25-11 and 25-19.