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Vestaburg’s Lauren Dove, left, tries to block the tip of Montabella’s Madi Cutler during the teams’ match Tuesday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Montabella volleyball makes quick work of Vestaburg

Two volleyball teams got together at Montabella High School on Tuesday night looking for their first win in the Mid-State Activities Conference. The host Mustangs got that win, beating arch rival Vestaburg 25-23, 25-14, 25-13.

Lakeview’s JaTrevion Williams, right, is chased by Belding’s Matt Ferman, left, during a scrimmage Thursday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Lakeview, Belding, Montabella tune up for next week

It was the final tuneup for the football teams from Lakeview, Belding and Montabella on Thursday at Kos Field. The scrimmage was the last chance for the Redskins, Mustangs and Wildcats to check themselves out before the games become real next week.

Montabella’s Brynn Lobert competes at The Hornet Invitational in 2014 as a sophomore. The now junior is one of five returning runners to the Mustangs girls cross country team this year. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Experienced Montabella runners return for 2015

The Montabella Mustangs cross country program has been pretty successful the several years. With five returners on both the boys and girls teams, the Mustangs are expected to continue that success.

Smith, far right, runs behind competitors at the Horizon League Championships in Kenosha, Wisc., last November. - Courtesy photo

Montabella’s Smith had to make adjustments to college running

Taylor Smith had an adjustment period in her first year of running cross country at the University of Detroit Mercy. The former Montabella standout had to go from doing high school cross country distance of 3.1 miles to going distances as long as 6K. But that wasn’t all Smith had to get used to.

Carson City-Crystal’s Josh Coston, left, releases a discus attempt at the MSAC track meet on Wednesday. Coston set a school record with a throw of 159 feet, 8 inches. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Montabella girls, Coleman boys win MSAC track meet

The Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC) is very competitive in track and field. On Wednesday, at Montabella High School, the host Mustangs edged Carson City-Crystal 124-112 on the girls’ side. Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart was close behind with 91 and followed by Vestaburg (20 points) and Coleman (4).

Carson City-Crystal’s Katlyn Dailey, bottom, slides into second safely as Montabella’s Madi Cutler fields during the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

CC-C ends losing streak at Montabella’s expense

Carson City-Crystal softball coach Bob Naumann finally had something to feel good about. After having endured a losing streak that reached 12 games, the Eagles got two wins against Montabella on Tuesday, winning 4-3 and 18-7.

Montabella’s Ashley Swarts looks to make a pass during a home game against Belding this season. Swarts earned AP Class C honorable mention this year. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Montabella girls ‘did some things no one expected’

Montabella’s girls basketball team finished third in the Mid-State Activities Conference, but it was the surprises that caught coach Terry Larsen’s eyes. The Mustangs were 9-12 this season, a season Larsen said he thought “went very well.”

Montabella’s Hunter Myers, at left, tries to escape the hold of Lakeview’s Kevin Johnson during a meet earlier this year. - File photo

Montabella matmen ‘learned a lot,’ says coach

Montabella’s wrestling team had some question marks coming into the season about how they were going to do. The Mustangs ended up 12-11 in dual meets this season and finished fourth in a loaded Central Michigan Athletic Conference.

Carson City-Crystal's Dillen Decker points to his family after defeating Montabella’s Joey Durham 15-6 in the Division 4, 152-pound final on Saturday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Four area wrestlers win individual state titles, 13 place in top eight

Blood, sweat and tears. Not in any particular order, but that is the life of a wrestler. Without any of the three, success on the mat is hard to come by.

Tri County freshman Dakota Greer, top, tries to pull Richmond’s Roy Costello over during Friday’s Division 3 103-pound championship semifinal match at The Palace. Greer won by decision 7-3. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Six area wrestlers advance to individual state finals

After two days, six area wrestlers are in position to earn the ultimate achievement — an individual state championship. The Michigan High School Athletic Association’s season-ending extravaganza — with nearly 900 wrestlers taking part — began on Thursday and concludes with the championship matches today starting at 4:45 p.m.