Belding girls basketball coach Brad Wilson wanted to make sure Montabella’s Taylor Smith didn’t beat them Tuesday night. “Smith, No. 23 from Montabella, is a special player and we knew that going in,” Wilson said. “We wanted to limit her touches and make the others beat us.”
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Sarah Miller and Taylor Smith have been playing girls basketball for Montabella for four years. In that time, the seniors have developed some knowledge of what each other is going to do.
Four area teams participated in Saturday’s individual wrestling format Lakeview Invitational. The Tri County Vikings placed second out of 15 teams with 157.5 points. Behind tournament winner Mason County Central’s 172.
Montabella cross country coach Jeff Kauffman had set a goal for his girls team to finish in the top 10 of the teams in Division 4 race Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. After finishing ninth with 260 points, Kauffman said the mission was accomplished.
For the first time in the history of Montabella cross country, the girl Mustangs have an extended season past regionals. The Mustang girls are in preparations for the Division 4 state finals at Michigan International Speedway Saturday. They were one of three teams that qualified from the Carson City-Crystal regional.
The Carson City-Crystal Eagles focused on consistency, while the Montabella Mustangs worked on team communication. In an MSAC volleyball match Tuesday night, it was the Eagles cruising to a straight set win over the Mustangs 25-8, 25-10, 25-12.
A slow start did not effect the final outcome for the Vestaburg Wolverines. The Wolverines trailed early in each game against the Montabella Mustangs, but still won three straight to sweep their MSAC rival on the volleyball court Tuesday night.
Saturday morning started out as a great day for a run. Later in the morning, the same couldn’t be said as rain and lighting delays slowed the event and runners. Central Montcalm hosted 14 high school cross country teams and another 13 middle school teams for the 36th annual Mike Noll Hornet Run on Saturday. Area schools participating included Belding, Carson City-Crystal, Central Montcalm, Montabella and Vestaburg.
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.
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.