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)


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 [...]

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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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.