The five-member Montabella junior high equestrian club team earned a District 17, Division B state championship at Isabella County Fairgrounds in Mount Pleasant on May 14. The club, which was formed last year, includes, from left, MaKayla Alzamora, Gracie Rasmussen, Kaydenn Aggas, Taylor Harkness and Meadow Cook. (Courtesy photos)

Montabella’s second-year junior high equestrian team wins championship

In only its second year, the Montabella junior high equestrian team captured a team championship at the Isabella County Fairgrounds in Mount Pleasant.

Montabella’s Anna Ferman, left, signs her letter of intent to run track at Siena Heights University. Watching is Siena Heights assistant women’s track coach Emily Reader.

Montabella’s Ferman signs to run at Siena Heights

BLANCHARD — Another Montabella girls track runner has signed a letter of intent to run at the college level. Anna Ferman signed a letter of intent to run at Siena Heights University. “I wanted to go there because it was a smaller school,” Ferman said. “ I was originally going to go to a bigger [...]

Montabella’s Brittany Knapp signs her letter of intent to play for Ottawa University on Monday. Watching is Montabella track coach Dan Gibson.

Montabella’s Knapp to run track at Ottawa University

BLANCHARD — One of Montabella’s girls track athletes will play the same sport in college. Brittany Knapp signed a letter of intent Monday to run for Ottawa University, a Christian college in Ottawa, Kansas. Knapp said she decided on Ottawa once she visited the campus. “They had a very nice facility and everyone was so [...]

Montabella’s Hanna Stockwell swings at a high pitch during the Mustangs’ first game against Breckenridge on Tuesday.

Montabella softball team loses pair to Breckenridge

BLANCHARD — Montabella’s softball team is no longer undefeated in the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC). The Mustangs, who were 2-0 in the MSAC after beating Carson City-Crystal in a doubleheader, lost both ends of a doubleheader to Breckenridge on Tuesday by scores of 7-6 and 12-1 in five innings. “Those are two wins we needed,” [...]

By Ryan Schlehuber

Rooting for Carson City-Crystal’s underdog

As a sports editor who covers multiple teams for up to eight local high schools, I try not to be a “homer” for one particular team.

But I have to admit, after doing a story on Carson City-Crystal’s girls soccer team, it’s hard to not throw on an Eagles hat and root for them.

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Daily News winter sports ‘Spark Plug’ Players of the Year

We’ve had our Daily News All-Area award winners, and now we recognize those players who might not fill up the stats book, but their team may not be as successful or enjoy the sport as much without them.


Daily News’ girls basketball All-Area teams

Daily News’ All-Area teams, Sixth Woman of the Year and Honorable Mentions


Daily News All-Area wrestling awards

Daily News All-Area wrestling awards

Terry Larsen, far right, huddles in with players from his Montabella girls basketball team at what would be his last game of his high school coaching career, against Leroy Pine River in a regional game March 7. The team lost but it was a memorable end of the season for Larsen, who guided his team to a district title, the team’s first since 2009. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Terry Larsen retires after 28 years of coaching Montabella basketball

  EDMORE — Terry Larsen dreamed of coaching basketball on a bigger stage than high school. But after taking a few years off to reflect, he realized he was already living his dream. After 28 years being involved in coaching, the 1971 Montabella graduate has decided to step down from his “dream job” as Montabella’s [...]


Daily News All-Area boys basketball awards

Daily News All-Area boys basketball awards