Brighter lights. Bigger arena. That is the setting called the Palace of Auburn Hills. This weekend, it’s not the Detroit Pistons on centerstage, but the best of the best in high school wrestling.
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Carson City-Crystal and Montabella had dueled all season for dominance over the other. The score was finally settled Thursday night at the Division 4 district tournament, where the Eagles beat the Mustangs in the finals 34-30.
Carson City-Crystal and Montabella’s wrestling teams knew it would come down to each other to determine who would win the Central Michigan Athletic Conference title. The result was both teams won.
The regular season is over for the Montabella Mustangs wrestling team. Now, it’s postseason time. With that, attention has turned toward the upcoming Central Michigan Athletic Conference tournament and quickly following, the Division 4 team district tournament at Carson City-Crystal.
A pair of local teams will be heading to Shepherd today to participate in a holiday basketball tournament. Montabella and Carson City-Crystal will be busy today, as they are set to play in the Shepherd Holiday Tournament. The Eagles will take on Ithaca at noon, while the Mustangs will face the South Grand Rapids Homeschoolers at 2 p.m.
Boys basketball season is underway, but Montabella would have liked to have waited a few days. The Mustangs made only 11 field goals against Lakeview Monday night to lose 60-37 in the season opener for both teams.
One game and one win so far for the Montabella Mustangs girls basketball team. The Mustangs finished with a stellar 15-5 regular season record a year ago, but lost in their first game of the postseason tournament 51-44 to St. Louis.
Montabella’s girls basketball team got a win, and that’s all coach Terry Larsen really cared about. “We’re always happy with a win,” he said.
Montabella’s football team didn’t have the same success in 2012 as the 2011 team. But then again, the team was vastly different.
Vestaburg’s football team ran into one of the toughest opponents in Division 8 Friday night. “They’re bigger, stronger, faster,” Wolverine coach Dan Ryckman said. “They” were Vestaburg’s first round opponent, Muskegon Catholic Central, which dominated Vestaburg 61-8 in the first round of the playoffs Friday night.