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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.

Montabella’s Emily Lint fires a pitch during the first game of the teams’ doubleheader Thursday against Saranac.

Montabella loses last two before districts

Montabella’s softball team will have to find something to help them get ready for the district tournament next week. The Mustangs didn’t find much Thursday in their final regular-season games, losing to Saranac 3-1 and 17-2.

Montabella’s Cayden Nisonger (22) splits through two Lakeview defenders during a game this season. — Daily News/Chip Burch

Montabella boys basketball team improved, but wanted more wins

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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Lakeview sidelines Montabella in districts

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 Maddie Shurlow, far left, grabs a rebound in front of Montabella’s Taylor Smith (behind Shurlow) and Katherine Welk and Lakeview’s Lauren Jaquays during the teams’ Class C district game Monday night.

Lakeview sidelines Montabella in districts

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, dark jersey, puts up a shot between Fulton’s Gabriella Seida (12) and Hannah Baker (15) during the two teams’ game Jan. 28.

Montabella’s Miller reaches 1,000 points

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.

Montabella’s Sarah Miller (33) goes up for a shot between a couple of Belding defenders on Tuesday night at Redskins Arena. Belding won 50-31.

Belding holds down Smith, Montabella

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.”