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Carson City-Crystal’s Hunter Clark, left, fires a shot despite the defense of Vestaburg’s Keegan Scott during the Eagles’ game against the Wolverines Dec. 7.

Montabella, CC-Crystal prep for Shepherd tourney

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.

Montabella’s Parker Eldred (3) tries to corral a rebound between Lakeview’s John Zulugua-Torres (25) and Shawn Lindsey (20) and Montabella’s Nate Jankowsky (behind Lindsey) during the teams’ game Monday night.

Lakeview cruises in season opening win over Montabella

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.

Montabella’s Krista Daws defends Chippewa Hills’ Jordan VanSyckle during Tuesday’s season opening 53-42 victory over the Warriors.

Montabella girls hoops off to a winning start

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 Gabby Larson (24) shoots over top of Chippewa Hills' Hannah Guy during the third quarter of the teams' game Tuesday night.

Montabella girls open basketball season with win

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 senior Derek Martin, left, breaks through the line during the Vestaburg game this season.

Coach: Montabella had positive football season

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 Austin Myers, right, is chased out of the pocket by Muskegon Catholic Central’s Ian Taylor during the second quarter of the teams’ Division 8 playoff game Friday night.

Turnovers lead to loss for Vestaburg against ‘bigger, faster, Muskegon CC

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.

Ashley’s Kelsey Smith (10) attacks around the block of Montabella’s Sarah Ranney during the first game of the teams’ match Tuesday night.

Ashley volleyball spoils Montabella’s parents’ night

The losses keep piling up for Montabella’s volleyball team. The Mustangs lost their 7th dual match in a row Tuesday when they fell to the Ashley Bears 25-10, 25-18, 25-17.

Vestaburg’s Elizabeth Stanton (4) tries to block the attack of Montabella’s Blake Warchuck, right, during the teams’ first game Tuesday.

Montabella fall on ‘Dig Pink’ night to Vestaburg

Montabella’s volleyball team celebrated breast cancer awareness month, but Vestaburg was the one doing the final celebrating. The Wolverines swept the Mustangs in a Mid-State Activities Conference match Tuesday by scores of 25-13, 27-25, 26-24.

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Vestaburg needs overtime to down Montabella 30-24 (Video and Gallery)

Vestaburg’s football team may have blown a lead in their game against Montabella, but they still got the win. The Wolverines got a touchdown from Christian Benavedes to beat the Mustangs 30-24 in overtime Friday night to clinch their first playoff spot since 2007.

Carson City-Crystal’s Hunter Clark carries the ball for the Eagles during a game this year. The Eagles host Montabella on Friday.

Montabella, CC-Crystal to renew football rivalry

Friday’s game between Montabella and Carson City-Crystal will be the Eagles’ homecoming game, but it will be more than that for the two teams. The Eagles will be looking to go 5-1 for the first time since 2004 with one game needed after that to make the playoffs for the first time since 1999. They also are looking to keep pace with Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart for the Mid-State Activities Conference South Division.