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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.

Stout, Tim CC-C girls bball coach

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.


Montabella’s Jordan Mawhirter takes first at Carson City-Crystal Jamboree

It was a fine fall day for a run Wednesday, and, for Montabella’s Jordan Mawhirter, it was a fine first-place finish.

The sophomore cross country runner took first place at a Mid-State Athletic Conference jamboree at Fish Creek Sportsman’s Club, finishing with a time of 17:17.60, almost six seconds ahead of second-place finisher Hunter Chovanec of Breckenridge.

As the sun sets over Carson City-Crystal’s Community Field, the Vestaburg Wolverines punch in the first touchdown in the annual Salute Our Soldiers football game Friday. Vestaburg, now 5-2, beat the Eagles 40-14 to earn the Salute Our Soldiers trophy for the first time. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Vestaburg defeats CC-C in Salute Our Soldiers football game

For the Vestaburg Wolverines, there were a few firsts in its 40-14 victory against the Carson City-Crystal Eagles.

The Friday night win gave the Wolverines (5-2 overall, 3-2 Mid-State Activities Conference) its first victory against the Eagles since CC-C (4-3, 4-2 MSAC) joined the MSAC four years ago.

After starting the season 0-2, the Belding Redskins have turned things around and are riding a four-game winning streak heading into week 7 going on the road to Godwin Heights (3-3) hoping to get one step closer to an automatic bid to the playoffs.

Five local teams have legitimate shot to make the post-season

With three games left in the regular season, five local football teams have a chance to lock up a playoff spot.

It takes six wins to automatically qualify for the Michigan High School Athletics Association playoffs, although, if there aren’t enough teams with six or more wins, five-win teams can sneak in.

Coaches prefer to get that solid sixth win, and, as it stands now, Belding, Carson City-Crystal, Greenville, Lakeview and Vestaburg have a legitimate shot at earning an automatic bid to the post-season. Tri County can maybe sneak in if it wins its last three games, which would give the Vikings five wins.


Local schools to dedicate games to cancer awareness

A few local teams are participating in cancer awareness games for the month of October. Breast cancer is usually recognized during the month of October, and most schools will be dedicating “pink out” games for that particular cause, however, this year, Central Montcalm is also dedicating some games towards childhood cancer, which the representing color is gold.

Tri County has decided to bring awareness to all types of cancer, which is signified by the color purple.

Quaterback Drew Stout (No. 9) dives over a Breckenridge defender for extra yards during Friday’s homecoming game against the Huskies. (Daily News | Ryan Nielsen)

Eagles’ winning streak snapped with 38-0 loss to Breckenridge

On a dreary, rain-soaked evening in an air versus ground attack game between the Breckenridge Huskies and the Carson City-Crystal Eagles, the running game won.

The Huskies (6-0 overall) spoiled the Eagles’ homecoming night with a 38-0 win Friday, which Carson City-Crystal head coach Ben Brock said was a hard learning lesson, not only for his team but him personally, as well.

Sophomores Daniel Smith, left, and Drew Stout are this year’s captains for the Carson City-Crystal Eagles football team. Smith plays both middle linebacker and right guard, while Stout converted from running back to quarterback and also plays defensive back. The two captains have led the team to a surprising 4-1 record this season in which was thought to be a rebuilding year. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Sophomore captains lead Eagles to early success, helping establish a 4-1 record

To many critics, this was suppose to be a rebuilding year for the Carson City-Crystal Eagles football team.

With a very young team, a new coach, a new offense and no varsity-experienced quarterback on the roster, the Eagles community was bracing for a rough season.

Having two sophomores named as team captains would have most likely been the tipping point for any critic to write the Eagles off even before the season started. And after opening the season with a 45-6 loss at home to Saranac, it seemed the plot was going to play out as predicted.

The Vestaburg Wolverines will visit the Carson City-Crystal Eagles Oct. 7 in the annual Salute to Our Soldiers football game, a tradition that is in its fifth year. (File photo)

Four local schools honoring military veterans at football games

On Friday, the Lowell at Greenville football game and Merrill at Montabella football game will be dedicated to military veterans, with Carson City-Crystal and Vestaburg’s game to celebrate their traditional Salute to Our Soldiers game Oct. 7 in Carson City.