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Carson City-Crystal junior running back Dallas O’Green (1) hauls in a 40-yard Hail Mary pass for a touchdown on the last play of the first half against Montabella Friday night. - Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-Crystal tops Montabella in MSAC matchup

Carson City-Crystal’s football team needed to break a two-game losing streak. Montabella’s needed to start another winning streak. The Eagles broke their streak.

Vestaburg junior linebacker Kristian Gostomski (14) tackles Montabella senior running back Zack Taubitz (22) as Taubitz just misses the pylon while reaching to score a touchdown in the second quarter Friday evening  - Daily News/Cory Smith

Montabella cruises in rival matchup with Vestaburg

Montabella has a football team that can light up a scoreboard in a hurry, and Vestaburg found out just how fast during Friday’s Mid-State Activities Conference matchup. A quick-strike offense, combined with Montabella’s stifling defensive effort, led to the Mustangs’ 35-0 homecoming victory over the Wolverines.

A Vestaburg player carries the ball during a game last year against Carson City-Crystal.

Vestaburg, Montabella to renew rivalry Friday

Montabella and Vestaburg had different football games on Friday. The Mustangs were dumped by Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart while the Wolverines shut out Ashley.

Montabella senior Nate Miller, right, works on a tackling drill with teammate Dan Cutler, left, during Monday’s practice. The Mustangs open the football season on Aug. 28 at Saugatuck.

Balhorn returns to Montabella sideline

Shaun Balhorn has been to the Michigan High School Athletic Association football playoffs before. That was in 2004 during Balhorn’s first run as head coach of the Montabella Mustangs football program. Now, Balhorn is back on the varsity sideline for the first since 2007 after taking over for David Clay, who resigned following the 2013 season.

Montabella’s Hanna Stockwell makes a play at first base before Saranac’s Macaela Perry gets to the base during the first game of the teams’ doubleheader May 22.

Montabella has new softball coach

Montabella’s softball team will have their third coach in four years next season. Whisper Dawson will take over for Chara Nisonger in 2015. She will be the third coach of the Mustangs in the last four years.

Jannelle Rons touches home plate as the rest of Vestaburg’s softball team surrounds her. Rons blasted a home run to put the Wolverines on top 1-0 in the first inning of Vestaburg’s 4-2 quarterfinals win over Ubly Tuesday morning at Saginaw Valley State University. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

No. 6 Vestaburg uses power to win quarterfinal (PHOTOS)

Vestaburg’s softball team will be going to the Division 4 semifinals. The sixth-ranked Wolverines won the quarterfinal game at Saginaw Valley State University Tuesday by beating second-ranked Ubly 4-2.

Montabella’s Josh Balhorn during a round last year as a freshman. Balhorn qualified as a sophomore for the Division 4 state finals.

Montabella’s Balhorn reaches state finals

Josh Balhorn is just a sophomore. Regardless of his age, the Montabella golfer has displayed enough skill this year to qualify for the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 4 state golf finals at Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek today and Saturday.

Montabella’s Emily Lint fires a pitch during the first game of the teams’ doubleheader Thursday against Saranac.

Montabella loses last two before districts

Montabella’s softball team will have to find something to help them get ready for the district tournament next week. The Mustangs didn’t find much Thursday in their final regular-season games, losing to Saranac 3-1 and 17-2.

Montabella’s Cayden Nisonger (22) splits through two Lakeview defenders during a game this season. — Daily News/Chip Burch

Montabella boys basketball team improved, but wanted more wins

Montabella’s boys basketball team made some strides this season, but it didn’t get the wins it wanted. “I would have loved to have won more games, but I thought it was a pretty positive season,” coach Gary Jankowsky said. “Our JV had a successful season and the varsity got better as a team so I thought it was pretty good.”

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Lakeview sidelines Montabella in districts

In the end Lakeview’s boys basketball team was just better. The Wildcats had no problems knocking off Montabella 58-45 in the semifinals of the Class B district tournament Wednesday night.