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Montabella’s Drew Nemeth fouls a ball into the ground during a game against Carson City-Crystal April 30.

Montabella baseball got hot late

There were a few things that conspired against Montabella’s baseball team in the 2013 season. First was the weather. Then the youth of the team.

Montabella’s Marisol Bucao clears a hurdle during the Mid-State Activities Conference championships May 22.

Montabella track teams were young

The overwhelming theme of the 2013 Montabella track season was the youth of the two teams. “Both teams were really young. We had hardly any seniors,” said coach Dan Gibson.

Lakeview’s Preston Giles chips from off the green at No. 10 at Brookside Golf Course during the Lakeview Invitaitonal in May.

Local boys golf teams prepare for regionals

Wednesday and Thursday are the days the three local high school golf teams take to the course for the regional tournaments. Greenville, Lakeview and Montabella all will be heading to their regional tournaments happy that they were able to qualify for the tournaments.

Carson City-Crystal’s Caleb Geselman, far left, tags Montabella’s Colby Butler at third base during the first game of the teams’ doubleheader Tuesday.

Montabella, CC-Crystal split doubleheader

After the baseball doubleheader between Carson City-Crystal and Montabella, both coaches had something good and something bad to talk about. That’s because each team won one game of the doubleheader Tuesday. The Mustangs won the first game 7-5, while the Eagles took the second game 16-7.

Greenville’s Stankey Field, where the Yellow Jackets play baseball, shows some standing water in the infield and in foul territory after Tuesday’s rain.

Local sports teams having to work around bad weather

All the sports events scheduled for Monday and even Tuesday were canceled because of rain. With the exception of a few teams, most school teams have yet to take the field or the track to start the season.

Montabella’s Sarah Miller delivers a pitch during a game last season. Miller suffered a season ending hand injury a year ago, but is healthy to start this year.

Montabella softball looks for improved season

It was a difficult year in 2012 for the Montabella Mustangs softball program. The Mustangs struggled to an 8-28 season, which was filled with inexperience to begin with and coupled with multiple injuries to key players.

Carson City-Crystal sophomore Mikayla Duflo, right, makes a move to get by Belding’s McKenzie Breimayer during a game this season. Duflo earned a AP Class C special mention for her play this year.

Duflo, Smith earn AP Class C all-state honors

There was a high quality to the girls basketball played in the area this winter. Part of that was confirmed today when two area players and a coach were named to the Associated Press Class C all-state basketball team. Carson City-Crystal coach Larry Farmer earned an honorable mention for coaching. He was one of eight [...]

Montabella’s Dan Davidson, right, locks up with an opponent during the individual state wrestling finals earlier this month at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Montabella’s Balhorn happy with CMAC co-championship

Even though Montabella’s wrestling team was bounced from the Division 4 district tournament by Carson City-Crystal, the Mustangs were still able to have a good season, according to their coach. Montabella went 25-5 in dual meets this season and won a share of the Central Michigan Athletic Conference title with the Eagles when they won the postseason tournament.

Carson City-Crystal’s Kenneth Dittenber, right, tries to keep Logan Griffin of Erie Mason on the mat during Saturday’s Division 4 state final at 112 pounds. Dittenber lost 5-4 in four overtimes.

14 wrestlers place at individual state finals

Sometimes it’s just not meant to be. That may have been the case for Carson City-Crystal senior Kenneth Dittenber, who was in search of a third straight individual wrestling state title on Saturday at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Carson City-Crystal’s Kenneth Dittenber starts his Division 4 semifinal match against Sanford Meridian’s Joe Shuler with a handshake. Dittenber won by major decision 14-3 and will be trying for his third straight state title today.

Area wrestlers take center stage for individual titles at state finals

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.