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The Vestaburg Wolverines will visit the Carson City-Crystal Eagles Oct. 7 in the annual Salute to Our Soldiers football game, a tradition that is in its fifth year. (File photo)

Four local schools honoring military veterans at football games

On Friday, the Lowell at Greenville football game and Merrill at Montabella football game will be dedicated to military veterans, with Carson City-Crystal and Vestaburg’s game to celebrate their traditional Salute to Our Soldiers game Oct. 7 in Carson City.

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Home-team Wildcats win the Lakeview Invitational

LAKEVIEW — Last year, Lakeview didn’t make it to bracket play at its own volleyball invitational. That changed this time around. The Wildcats won its Lakeview Invitational Saturday, beating Big Rapids in three games, 25- 22, 23- 25, 15-7 in the final to take the tournament. The win was a big one, according to coach [...]

Belding’s Summer Eubank, far left, attacks between Central Montcalm’s Libby Ledford, middle, and Kenzie Rutz during the finals of the Daily News Volleyball Invitational Saturday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Hornets start season off winning Daily News Invitational crown

Central Montcalm’s volleyball team found a good way to start its season Saturday. The Green Hornets won the Daily News Volleyball Tournament, beating the host Belding Redskins in three games in the championship game to win.

Daily News sports editor Ryan Schlehuber

No time to waste: ‘Hit the line hard’ as new sports editor

Here it’s my first week as Daily News sports editor, and I’m already playing from behind.

Having accepted the new position on Monday, transitioning from features editor and filling the vacancy left by my dear friend and longtime and much-respected Sports Editor Bruce Bentley, I’ve had to “hit the line hard” and catch up with teams, local athletic directors and coaches as high school fall sports season is already upon us.

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SPORTS GALORE: One last column, one last thank you

I’ve been thinking for a few weeks on what and how to write my final column as sports editor of The Daily News. As I write this column, I’m still not exactly sure what to say, so I’m just going to type what comes to mind. After 15 1/2 years, today is my final day working for Stafford Publishing.

Montabella’s Kensi Garvey displays her first-place medal at the Division 4 state track championships at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids on Saturday. - Courtesy photo

Montabella’s Kensi Garvey excited to be state champion

Montabella senior Kensi Garvey finally got what she had long hoped for. Garvey finished first at the Division 4 state track finals at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids on Saturday in the 800-meter run, making her a state champion and an all-state runner for the third time. Garvey ran two laps in 2:21.58, beating Colette Lark of Adrian Lenawee Christian by almost a second.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, May 24

Tri County splits: The Vikings played two games against Morley Stanwood on Tuesday, winning the first 5-4 and getting mercied in the second game 11-0 in five innings. The opener was won on a Jake Sickelsteel RBI double in the fourth inning. That gave Eric Hayden the win, as he went the first 4 2/3 innings, scattering seven hits and two walks around two strikeouts…

Montabella’s girls track team poses with their regional championship trophy after winning the Division 4 regional in Breckenridge on Saturday. - Courtesy photo

Montabella girls win school’s first-ever regional title in track

Montabella’s girls track team is going to the state finals as a team. The Mustangs had a large number of girls qualify for the state meet, and because of that they won the Division 4 regional meet at Breckenridge on Saturday. Montabella scored 117 ½ team points to beat Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart (94) and Beal City (81) for the top spot.

Montabella senior Kim Buskirk signed a letter of intent to run cross country and track and field for Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids. Pictured are Montabella cross country coach Jeff Kauffman, Grace Bible Coach Gerry Verwey, Kim Buskirk and Montabella track coach Dan Gibson. - Courtesy photo

Montabella’s Buskirk signs letter to run at Grace Bible

Another girls cross country and track runner from Montabella has signed to run in college. Senior Kim Buskirk signed a letter of intent last month to run for Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids. She will run both cross country and track for the Tigers.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, May 6

The Green Hornets won both ends of a CSAA-Gold doubleheader from Chippewa Hills Friday, winning 10-0 in five innings and 6-2. Mallory Morgan won both games, going the distance in the first game and allowing two hits and a walk, striking out eight…