Carson City-Crystal’s Cara Wiles signs a letter of intent Wednesday with Mid Michigan Community College to play basketball. Pictured with her are, from left, MMCC women’s basketball coach Matt Rodenbo and assistant coach Chadd Fletcher. (Courtesy photo)

Carson City-Crystal’s Cara Wiles signs on to play basketball with Mid Michigan Community College

Cara Wiles is going from one successful team to another, taking her basketball skills to Mid Michigan Community College next year.

By Ryan Schlehuber

HIT THE LINE HARD: Surviving the first round of March Madness

Perhaps there were many like me, but my brackets for the NCAA mens basketball tournament last year found its way to the trash can far, far too early. And I can thank the first round of upsets — and expected upsets that didn’t happen — for that.

Carson City-Crystal senior bowler Sydney Kipp qualified for regionals, placing 19th out of 89 bowlers, which is the first time in CC-C girls bowling history an Eagles bowler finished in the top 20 at regionals. She also placed in the top three for the highest average in Division 4 for the season, at 153, another school record for girls bowling. (Courtesy photo)

Carson City-Crystal bowler Sydney Kipp finishes as one of school’s top female bowlers

Although Dawn Steffes’ boys and girls team struggled to win games while going through a rebuilding year, one bowler stuck out from the rest and even made some history.

Trent Ward, right, assistant coach to Carson City-Crystal’s head coach Kacy Datema, left, was named the Division 4 assistant wrestling coach of the year by the Michigan High School Athletics Association this past weekend. Ward, a 1994 CC-C graduate, has been the assistant coach for the past seven years. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Carson City-Crystal’s Trent Ward gets Division 4 assistant coach of year

Carson City-Crystal’s Trent Ward was named assistant wrestling coach of the year for Division 4 by Michigan High School Athletics Association. The award was announced at the state individual wrestling finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills this past weekend.

Carson City-Crystal’s Jamison Ward finished the season with a 55-4 record and was this year’s Division 4 103-pound state runner-up as a freshman. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Carson City-Crystal’s Ward, Seida so close to wrestling titles

Carson City-Crystal’s Jamison Ward and Braxton Seida may have not known it before this past weekend, but both have been on the same path with success and failure this wrestling season, but also having greater expectations for the near future.

Tri County junior Dakota Greer, right, makes a quick move on Hemlock’s Stuart Massa in the Division 3 119-pound title match at The Palace of Auburn Hills Saturday. Greer won the match, giving him his second state individual of his career. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Tri County’s Dakota Greer earns second individual wrestling title

Two years ago, as a freshman, Dakota Greer was on top of the world, winning an individual state wrestling title. On Saturday evening, he relived that feeling, earning his second state individual title with a convincing 23-8 victory over Stuart Massa of Hemlock in the Division 3 119-point title match at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Belding’s Mitchell Ward reacts to his blood round win against Mount Morris’ Jesse Munsell during the second round of consolation matches Friday. He was 2-1 on the day and has reached Saturday’s next consolation round.

15 of the 21 local wrestlers still alive in state finals

With each wrestler that walked onto the mats at the state individual wrestling finals, there is a story of hard work, dedication as well as triumph and heartbreak.

Carson City-Crystal’s Haleigh Hubbell (23) loses the ball due to the defense of Dansville’s Dakota Bumpus (22) and Shelby Knauff (30) during the teams’ Class C district game Wednesday.

Carson City-Crystal beats Dansville for showdown with Pewamo-Westphalia

  CARSON CITY — Carson City-Crystal’s girls basketball team played almost perfect defense against a weaker opponent. That opponent was Dansville, which scored only three points in a 46-3 blowout by the Eagles in the Class C district semifinal CC-Crystal was hosting Wednesday night. “Let’s not fool ourselves,” CC-Crystal coach Tim Stout said. “We have [...]

Carson City-Crystal senior guard Avery Earles eyes down one of his eight 3-pointers he made against Central Montcalm Friday night. He led the team with 24 points in the Eagles’ 53-34 win. Earles was two shy of the school record for 3-pointers made. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Senior Avery Earles nails eight 3’s to lead Eagles past Green Hornets, 53-34

Going into the game against a good Carson City-Crystal boys basketball team, Dan Basom knew his game plan had to be to stop the Eagles’ two top shooters. But on Tuesday night, it was Avery Earles.

The Carson City-Crystal bench and fans react to Daniel Smith’s attempt to pin New Lothrop’s Allan Jamick in the 171-pound match during Friday’s state wrestling regionals at Central Michigan University. Smith pinned Jamick in the second round. The Hornets were able to make a comeback on the Eagles, however, winning the quarterfinals match 32-31 to advance to the semifinals against Leroy Pine River.  (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Carson City-Crystal wrestling team loses by one to New Lothrop in state quarterfinals

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. This was the year of the young Carson City-Crystal Eagles. Unfortunately, the New Lothrop Hornets had other plans.

Carson City-Crystal’s wrestling team came into the Michigan High School Athletics Association’s quarterfinals at Central Michigan University’s McGuirk Arena Friday as the No. 3 seed against No. 6 New Lothrop, but the Hornets were able to make a comeback to win 32-31 to advance to the semifinals against Leroy Pine River tomorrow.