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Montabella’s Joel Bucao drives between two Evart players during the teams’ game Monday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Montabella boys open with OT victory

Montabella’s boys basketball team needed four extra minutes of playing time, but it got it’s first win of the season. The Mustangs went into overtime before knocking off the Evart Wildcats 55-53 Monday night in the season opener for both teams.

Lakeview senior guard Saddie Massie (3) sprints past Montabella junior defender Marisol Bucao (10) during a breakaway in the third quarter Tuesday evening. - Daily News/Cory Smith

Defense leads Lakeview to 53-20 season opening win

The Lakeview Wildcats and Montabella Mustangs opened the girls basketball season on Tuesday and both teams showed signs of rust. Lakeview’s defense, though was mostly strong and helped to carry the Wildcats to a season opening 53-20 win over the Mustangs at home.

Montabella quarterback Brady Burggren takes reps during Thursday’s practice. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Montabella ready to face No. 5 ranked team in D-7

The Montabella Mustangs have been in playoff mode for the past three weeks. After back-to-back losses to Carson City-Crystal and Coleman, the Mustangs’ record stood at 4-3. Six wins guaranteed a playoff spot, meaning Montabella needed to win its final two games to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

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.