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Six local girls basketball teams academic all-state

Academics is a topic that is stressed in the athletic programs of local high schools, and the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) noticed. BCAM announced its academic all-state girls basketball teams Thursday, with six of the eight local schools being named honorable mention in their classes. The top 10 in team GPA were named academic all-state, with all others who had at least a 3.0 team GPA named honorable mention.

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West Michigan falls 5-3 in frigid home opener

What a difference a change of venue and better weather conditions can make. The West Michigan Whitecaps went from blowing snow in South Bend, Ind., — where they won two games — to a sunny, but cold day Saturday where they lost to the South Bend Cubs 5-3 in the Whitecaps’ home opener. The game-time temperature for the home opener was 35 degrees, which was the second-coldest home opener in Whitecaps’ history. It was 34 degrees in 2003.

Carson City-Crystal junior Cara Wiles brings the ball up the court and checks out the Central Montcalm defense during a game early this season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Despite youth, CC-Crystal girls had ‘great year’

Carson City-Crystal’s girls basketball team would have loved to duplicate last season. The Eagles went to the regional final in Class C and won the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC) title. This year, the Eagles lost to Laingsburg in the district opener and finished second behind Class D state runner-up Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart in league play

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CC-Crystal falls to Laingsburg in district opener

Carson City-Crystal’s boys basketball team went into districts with a goal to win. The team, unfortunately, came out of districts with a loss, losing 47-34 to the Laingsburg Wolfpack in the opening round of the Class C district, which the Eagles were hosting.
CC-Crystal started the game without making a field goal and fell behind 8-3 after one quarter.

O’Green tries to keep his balance with opponent Ethan Woods of Manchester pushing from behind during the Division 4, 130-pound state championship final match on Saturday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Dallas O’Green wins 2nd consecutive individual state wrestling title

On an afternoon with upsets taking place in all divisions, Carson City-Crystal senior Dallas O’Green wasn’t going to be denied a second consecutive state wrestling championship. With extreme focus and precision, O’Green won that second state championship with an 8-2 decision over Manchester’s Ethan Woods at 130 pounds in Division 4 at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday. The win capped an undefeated season (59-0) and a remarkable career, one which will go down as one of the best, not only in school history, but in the state of Michigan.

Tri County’s Lucas Prater shakes the hand of Montrose wrestling coach Steve Barnette during the Division 3 215-pound award ceremony. To the right of Prater is Lakeview’s James Smith, who placed seventh, while Prater placed eighth. Smith defeated Prater by 3-1 decision in overtime in the consolation finals on Saturday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Eight area wrestlers earn individual All-State honors

Such a wide range of emotions can be found at the state wrestling finals where even winning is sometimes met with disappointment. Tears can stream from the faces of winners and losers. Winners can feel exhilaration, shock and relief. Losers can feel heartbreak, anger and even contentment. Without a doubt, no other sport displays as many emotions as wrestling does. After three days, just 56 wrestlers out of 896 will be crowned individual state champions, although 448 in four divisions will walk away with All-State honors.

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21 area grapplers aim for state championships

The Michigan High School Athletic Association individual state wrestling finals is an experience unlike any other. Whether a first time qualifier or one with state finals experience, the state finals can bring plenty of nerves and anxiety for wrestlers. Controlling those nerves can be the difference between standing on the podium or heartbroken in defeat. The three-day state finals tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills begins today and concludes Saturday.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, Feb. 26

Tri County 71, Grant 64: The Vikings got by the Tigers in a CSAA-Gold game Friday night. Jacob Sickelsteel and Colton Harris had 19 points each and Dylan Matulis had 10 points, nine rebounds and 10 steals for Tri County…

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Feb. 23

Tri County 73, Orchard View 41: The Vikings’ Dylan Matulis set a state record for steals by getting nine Tuesday night against the Cardinals. That gives him 132 for the season. Matulis also had a game-high 22 points, while Colton Harris added 15 and Jacob Sickelsteel added 11…

Carson City-Crystal’s Haleigh Hubbell, middle, puts up a shot between Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central’s McKenzie Domine, left, and Laurel Jacqmain during the teams’ game Monday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Turnovers too much for CC-Crystal to overcome

Carson City-Crystal’s girls basketball team found out how good Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central is. The Eagles had almost as many turnovers as points in losing to the Panthers 57-30 Monday night. It was the third loss in the past four games for CC-Crystal.