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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If done right, Friday night football can be better — for everyone

With the Big Ten Conference (B1G) announcing it will schedule more games on Friday nights next year, one question remains: Will this really hurt high school football?

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.

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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.