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Carson City-Crystal’s Garrett Gage (12) takes a charge against Montabella’s  Mike Gibbs during the fourth quarter of Thursday’s game at home. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

CC-Crystal wins defensive battle against Montabella

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.

Montabella’s Joel Bucao handles the ball with Vestaburg’s Christian Keeler applying the defensive pressure in an MSAC matchup on Thursday night. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Vestaburg pulls out late MSAC win at Montabella

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.

Montabella coach Max Simon talks to his team during a timeout at the Daily News Invitational Aug. 22. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Montabella volleyball showed improvement

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.

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Montabella runner signs to run at Ferris

BLANCHARD — Kensi Garvey finished 13th at the cross country state finals in Division 4 Nov. 7. Now she’s going to continue her career at Ferris State. The Montabella senior signed a letter of intent to run cross country and track at the Division 2 school last week. “First off, it was who has the [...]

Montabella’s Kendra Stockwell, right, dribbles up the sideline while watched by Carson City-Crystal’s Mikayla Duflo (11) and Sara McAlvey (14) during a game Feb. 19. - File photos

Montabella’s Stockwell twins do everything together

Without their jersey numbers on, it’s difficult for one to tell Hanna and Kendra Stockwell apart. The juniors are twin sisters who play volleyball, basketball and softball for Montabella. And pretty much do everything else together.

Vestaburg’s Lauren Dove, left, tries to block the tip of Montabella’s Madi Cutler during the teams’ match Tuesday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Montabella volleyball makes quick work of Vestaburg

Two volleyball teams got together at Montabella High School on Tuesday night looking for their first win in the Mid-State Activities Conference. The host Mustangs got that win, beating arch rival Vestaburg 25-23, 25-14, 25-13.

Lakeview’s JaTrevion Williams, right, is chased by Belding’s Matt Ferman, left, during a scrimmage Thursday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Lakeview, Belding, Montabella tune up for next week

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.

Montabella’s Brynn Lobert competes at The Hornet Invitational in 2014 as a sophomore. The now junior is one of five returning runners to the Mustangs girls cross country team this year. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Experienced Montabella runners return for 2015

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.

Smith, far right, runs behind competitors at the Horizon League Championships in Kenosha, Wisc., last November. - Courtesy photo

Montabella’s Smith had to make adjustments to college running

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.

Carson City-Crystal’s Josh Coston, left, releases a discus attempt at the MSAC track meet on Wednesday. Coston set a school record with a throw of 159 feet, 8 inches. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Montabella girls, Coleman boys win MSAC track meet

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).