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.
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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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
The Lakeview Wildcats thrive when their defense leads to easy offense. Such was the case Tuesday night at home. The Wildcats’ defense forced 21 turnovers, which led to easy baskets — 30 field goals in all — in a 69-27 victory over Montabella.