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Second-year Montabella Mustangs boys basketball coach Jared Simon directs his players during practice Thursday. With only two varsity-experienced players returning from last year’s squad, Simon’s team this year is expected to have some rough learning curves, but Simon is excited to see the progress the team will make throughout the year. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Montabella’s boys basketball team is ‘entirely different’ look from last year’s squad

With only two seniors returning from last year’s team, Montabella boys basketball coach Jared Simon has had to hit the reset button for this year’s team. In his second year as the Mustangs coach, Simon returns only two players with varsity experience, which even they don’t have much experience.

Montabella senior guard Madi Cutler fights for  a rebound in the paint during the Mustangs’ first game of the season at home against Merrill Friday. Pictured are teammates Lauryn Wisner (44), senior Lexi McQueen (middle) and Hanna Stockwell (3). The Mustangs lost 43-22. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Grittiness couldn’t overcome turnovers for Mustangs

The fire was there, the scrappiness and shot opportunities were, too. But the Montabella Mustangs couldn’t overcome the turnovers and bad bounces in the girls basketball team’s season-opening game Friday. The Mustangs, opening their new season at home, lost 43-22 to the Merrill Vandals, one of the newest members or the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC).

Madi Cutler (14), one of four seniors on this year’s Montabella Mustangs girls basketball team, will be looked upon to improve on last year’s 9-12 record. Mustangs coach Terry Larsen said the team’s defense will be one of the key components to the team’s success this year. (File photos)

Montabella’s tight-knit girls basketball team has plenty of fire, confidence this year

When he saw the competitiveness between two of his basketball players escalate to almost an all-out scuffle during a recent practice, Terry Larsen was liking what he was seeing.

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 [...]

Montabella’s Madi Cutler, middle, bumps the ball between teammates Kayla McQueen, left, and Hanna Stockwell during the Daily News Invitational Aug. 20.

Montabella volleyball team reaches coach’s goal for the season

BLANCHARD — After suffering through a five-win season in 2015, the Montabella volleyball team had some work to do to get better in 2016. They got markedly better, finishing 15- 16- 1 overall and 6-6 in the Mid- State Activities Conference. That conference record was good for third out of eight teams overall. “Our season [...]

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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?

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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.

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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.

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 [...]