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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.

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.

Montabella’s Cheyenne Fuller, left, hits the brakes when she sees Carson City­-Crystal’s Syndey Kipp with the ball during the first game of their doubleheader Tuesday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

CC-Crystal takes two from league rival Montabella

Carson City-Crystal’s softball team finally got their first two wins in the Mid-State Activities Conference. The Eagles took both games of a doubleheader from Montabella on Tuesday, winning 9-1 and 11-1, with the second game going just five innings.

Montabella’s Kalvin Quackenbush, right, has the ball hit him while Vestaburg’s Tyler Ruckle tries to field it during the first game of the teams’ doubleheader Tuesday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Vestaburg picks up two league wins at Montabella

Vestaburg’s baseball team is on a roll in the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC). The Wolverines are 4-0 in the MSAC after beating Montabella in a doubleheader Tuesday, 10-0 in seven innings and 13-3 in six innings.

Montabella’s Josh Balhorn, right, forces Morley Stanwood’s Zach Pritchard to chase him along the baseline during the teams’ Class C district game Wednesday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Montabella rallies in 4th quarter to top Morley Stanwood

Montabella’s boys basketball team is moving on to the Class C district final in their home venue thanks to some tough defense. The Mustangs held off a late charge by the Morley Stanwood Mohawks and won 46-41 Wednesday night. The Mohawks (9-11) got the game as close as one point with two minutes remaining but got no closer. They scored only three points in the final four minutes of the game.

Lakeview’s Marc Leach elevates as he goes in for a layup attempt in front of Montabella defender Mike Gibbs during the second quarter of Tuesday’s game. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Perez leads Lakeview to 43-35 win at Montabella

The Lakeview Wildcats defense came ready to play. Lakeview’s defense dominated the first quarter while holding the Montabella Mustangs scoreless in the first eight minutes en route to a 43-35 road win Tuesday. Kobe Perez led the Wildcats scoring effort with 17 points.

Carson City-Crystal’s Cara Wiles handles the ball in front of Montabella defender Madi Cutler during the first half of Thursday’s game. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Defense leads CC-Crystal to MSAC win over Montabella

Offense was at a premium. Trailing after the first quarter, the Carson City-Crystal Eagles made a switch defensively and cruised to a 32-16 win over MSAC rival Montabella at home on Thursday. The Mustangs opened the game with a pair of baskets by Ashley Swarts for a 5-2 lead. After the Eagles bounced back with a one-point advantage, Hanna Stockwell finished the first quarter with five straight points for a 10-6 lead.

A battle for a rebound takes place among, from left, Montabella’s Josh Balhorn, Belding’s Xavier Andino and Montabella’s Kelton Eldred during Monday night’s game. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Montabella basketball survives Belding run

Montabella’s boys basketball team had to hold off a resilient Belding team. But hold the Redskins off the Mustangs did, winning 64-57 after leading by 18 after three quarters. “They (Belding) played a tough fourth quarter, hit some tough shots that got their motivation going, got a little bit of momentum,” Montabella coach Jared Simon said. “They carried that and did a good job of making a run back. You have to credit them.”

Montabella’s Lucas Maddox, bottom, looks annoyed that Chippewa Hills’ Jacob Sharp is on his back during their 152-pound match Saturday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Montabella wrestling coach ‘disappointed’ after tourney

Montabella’s wrestling team hosted a tournament of dual meets in order to get better for the coming Central Michigan Athletic Conference tournament and the district tournament. The result wasn’t what Coach Shaun Balhorn had in mind. The Mustangs went 1-3 in their four duals Saturday. Their only win was beating a short-handed LeRoy Pine River 44-24.