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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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.
Lakeview’s girls basketball team kept rolling on Monday night, though according to coach Dave King, it wasn’t pretty. The Wildcats won their 19th straight game Monday, beating Montabella 44-20 in the first round of the Class C district tournament hosted by the Mustangs.
Montabella’s Sarah Miller had a long wait to reach 1,000 career points. The Mustang senior finally got the points she needed Saturday in a 54-33 loss to Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart.
Belding girls basketball coach Brad Wilson wanted to make sure Montabella’s Taylor Smith didn’t beat them Tuesday night. “Smith, No. 23 from Montabella, is a special player and we knew that going in,” Wilson said. “We wanted to limit her touches and make the others beat us.”
Sarah Miller and Taylor Smith have been playing girls basketball for Montabella for four years. In that time, the seniors have developed some knowledge of what each other is going to do.
Four area teams participated in Saturday’s individual wrestling format Lakeview Invitational. The Tri County Vikings placed second out of 15 teams with 157.5 points. Behind tournament winner Mason County Central’s 172.
Montabella cross country coach Jeff Kauffman had set a goal for his girls team to finish in the top 10 of the teams in Division 4 race Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. After finishing ninth with 260 points, Kauffman said the mission was accomplished.
For the first time in the history of Montabella cross country, the girl Mustangs have an extended season past regionals. The Mustang girls are in preparations for the Division 4 state finals at Michigan International Speedway Saturday. They were one of three teams that qualified from the Carson City-Crystal regional.
The Carson City-Crystal Eagles focused on consistency, while the Montabella Mustangs worked on team communication. In an MSAC volleyball match Tuesday night, it was the Eagles cruising to a straight set win over the Mustangs 25-8, 25-10, 25-12.