Vestaburg’s baseball team is on a roll in the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC). The Wolverines are 4-0 in the MSAC after beating Montabella in a doubleheader Tuesday, 10-0 in seven innings and 13-3 in six innings.
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Montabella’s boys basketball team is moving on to the Class C district final in their home venue thanks to some tough defense. The Mustangs held off a late charge by the Morley Stanwood Mohawks and won 46-41 Wednesday night. The Mohawks (9-11) got the game as close as one point with two minutes remaining but got no closer. They scored only three points in the final four minutes of the game.
The Lakeview Wildcats defense came ready to play. Lakeview’s defense dominated the first quarter while holding the Montabella Mustangs scoreless in the first eight minutes en route to a 43-35 road win Tuesday. Kobe Perez led the Wildcats scoring effort with 17 points.
Offense was at a premium. Trailing after the first quarter, the Carson City-Crystal Eagles made a switch defensively and cruised to a 32-16 win over MSAC rival Montabella at home on Thursday. The Mustangs opened the game with a pair of baskets by Ashley Swarts for a 5-2 lead. After the Eagles bounced back with a one-point advantage, Hanna Stockwell finished the first quarter with five straight points for a 10-6 lead.
Montabella’s boys basketball team had to hold off a resilient Belding team. But hold the Redskins off the Mustangs did, winning 64-57 after leading by 18 after three quarters. “They (Belding) played a tough fourth quarter, hit some tough shots that got their motivation going, got a little bit of momentum,” Montabella coach Jared Simon said. “They carried that and did a good job of making a run back. You have to credit them.”
Montabella’s wrestling team hosted a tournament of dual meets in order to get better for the coming Central Michigan Athletic Conference tournament and the district tournament. The result wasn’t what Coach Shaun Balhorn had in mind. The Mustangs went 1-3 in their four duals Saturday. Their only win was beating a short-handed LeRoy Pine River 44-24.
The competition at the individual Lakeview Invitational was noticeably tougher than past seasons. With the additions of Grandville (ranked No. 6 in Division 1) and Chippewa Hills (No. 3 in Division 3), the individual talent featured many 2015 state placers, including defending state champion Cameron Mahlich of Ionia. Chippewa Hills and Grandville dominated the competition with six individual champions and six runner-ups in 14 weight classes. Chippewa Hills, though, edged Granville in total points 250-233.5.
It wasn’t pretty unless you like defense. The host Carson City-Crystal Eagles and visiting Montabella Mustangs put on a defensive display in an MSAC contest on Thursday night. In the end, it was the Eagles playing slightly better defense in a 32-26 victory.
The Vestaburg Wolverines earned its fifth win in as many tries this season, but it was anything but easy. Trailing most of the game, the Wolverines did not maintain a lead until the final 1:18 of the game in a 54-48 MSAC win at Montabella on Thursday night. Vestaburg coach Todd Halcomb said a win is a win, although he noted they were lucky to pull one out.
The “five-foot club” that was the Montabella volleyball team had themselves quite a year. The Mustangs, who named themselves the “five-foot club” due to the fact they had only two players taller than 5-foot-2, finished the season 12-16-2 overall and 5-4 in the Mid-State Activities Conference.