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Carson City-Crystal’s Mikayla Duflo (11) shoots despite the crowd of Montabella’s Kendra Stockwell (21), Madi Cutler (14) and Hannah Stockwell (3) on Thursday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

CC-C girls down Mustangs, clinch MSAC championship

For the first time since joining the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC), the Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team is the conference champions. And this time, they don’t have to share it with Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart.

Belding’s Monica Baylis, left, goes in for a shot against Montabella’s Madi Cutler during Tuesday’s game. The Redskins won 36-31. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Breimayer leads Belding to comeback win over Montabella

Hallee Briemayer caught fire when her team needed it the most. The Belding Redskins struggled offensively most of the night, but its defense was outstanding. While the defense was forcing key turnovers down the stretch, Breimayer was filling the basket in a 36-31 comeback win at Montabella on Tuesday.

Belding’s Jesse Scheidel, left, goes for a pin against his opponent during the Lakeview Invitational on Jan. 24. On Saturday, Scheidel went undefeated to help the Redskins to a second place finish at the Montabella Invitational. - File photo

Belding wrestlers finish second at Montabella

Tournament time is nearly here for Michigan high school wrestling teams. While area wrestling teams are still looking for wins the final weekend of January, they are also fine tuning for the postseason. On Saturday, the Belding Redskins traveled to Montabella for a round-robin team tournament and placed second. Their only loss was to tournament champion Chippewa Hills 40-27.

Central Montcalm’s Zac MacDonald competes against Grant’s Chase Hicks during the 140-pound championship match on Saturday. Hicks won by 12-1 major decision.

Mason County Central wins Lakeview Invitational

The Lakeview Wildcats hosted its annual individual wrestling tournament on Saturday. Mason County Central outlasted 16 schools to earn the championship this weekend with 202 points. Grant was second with 164 points and Belding third with 150.

Montabella’s Dan Davidson, at left, competes at the 2014 MHSAA individual state finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Davidson finished fifth. Davidson, who graduated last year, is an assistant coach for the Mustangs this year.

Depth forces Montabella to focus on individual aspect

Due to a lack of wrestler turnout, the Montabella Mustangs are mainly focusing on the individual aspect of its season this year. The Mustangs, 2-2 on the young season, will wrestle at today’s individual tournament at St. Louis. With about 10 wrestlers on the squad, the Mustangs will be giving up plenty of points in team competitions.

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.