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Carson City-Crystal’s Kaleb Barrett, left, tries to drive by Fulton’s Brandon Jones during their game Jan. 2.

CC-Crystal, Fulton to play again to benefit Sparrow Carson Hospital

CARSON CITY — On Friday, Carson City- Crystal’s basketball teams will be battling for bragging rights again. Sparrow Carson Hospital will be the big winner, though. The Eagles will take on the Fulton Pirates in the second “Battle On M-57” between the teams. The first one, Jan. 2, resulted in a pair of CC-Crystal wins. [...]

Belding’s David Ross, right, battles Carson City-Crystal’s Taylor Wilson in the 171-pound match Saturday. Ross won the match.

Though less teams than expected, competition still at high level at Belding wrestling invitational

There weren’t as many teams as expected that showed up at Belding’s wrestling invitational Saturday, however, there was no lack of the level of competition. Lowell’s B team went 5-0 in what turned out to be a round robin tournament, owing to five teams unable to show up because of Friday night’s snow storm. That left five other teams competing on the day.

In front, Natalie Murray, at right, and Kaitlyn Johnson lead the Carson City-Crystal pompon team during a practice Friday evening. The two Carson City-Crystal students have created their own dance for the team to compete in a competition in February. (Courtesy photo)

Carson City-Crystal pompon team to compete at SVSU with original dance routine

If the Carson City-Crystal pompon team can be described in one word, it would be unique, so says the team’s coach. Taylor Thoma, in her first year as head coach, challenged her 11-member team to go beyond expectations, and, so far, they haven’t disappointed her.

Carson City-Crystal’s Koltn Blasher, top, tries to ride Tri County’s Parker Martin to the mat during their 130-pound match Saturday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Tri County places second at own wrestling invitational

Three area wrestling teams took a shot at stopping LeRoy Pine River at the Tri County Invitational Saturday. None could, as the Bucks won the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record.

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Daily News fall sports Spark Plug Players of the Year

Recognizing our local “spark plug” players from our fall sports season.

Tri County senior cross country runner Aaron Jason established himself at “fastest Viking ever” at regionals this year, breaking the school 5K record. (Courtesy photo)

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE YEAR: Aaron Jason, Tri County

Aaron Jason’s game plan was to hold back at first when he began his race in the boys cross country regionals earlier this year. As it turned out, his “holding back” didn’t pan out and, instead, he ended up with a new personal record and a new school record, earning him the phrase, “fasted Viking ever.

Grant Woodman, coach of Carson City-Crystal’s boys and girls cross country teams, led the girls team to the state finals this year, a feat the team hasn’t accomplished since 1997. (Photo courtesy of DS Events)

CROSS COUNTRY COACH OF THE YEAR: Grant Woodman, Carson City-Crystal

Carson City-Crystal’s cross country teams took a major step forward in 2016. The Eagle girls went as a team to the Division 4 state finals at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) and two boys in Kaleb Barrett and Jamison Ward went with them.

It’s the first time since 1997 that a CC-Crystal girls cross country team went to the state finals. The last boys team to go was 2005. The success of the program this season is why CC-Crystal coach Grant Woodman is The Daily News Cross Country Coach of the Year.

CC-C’s Drew Stout was a dual-threat player for the Eagles, passing for 1,808 yards and rushing for 1,057 yards, with 30 total touchdowns on the year. (File photo)

FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Drew Stout, Carson City-Crystal

Last year, Carson City-Crystal Drew Stout was merely the team’s backup running back, but when new Eagles coach Ben Brock took over, he was looking for a particular player to run the spread offense. He found it in Stout.

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 [...]