High School

Greenville’s Jared Vinton throws a pitch during a game against Forest Hills Northern last month. MHSAA’s new pitch count rule that was implemented this spring limits the number of throws a pitcher can have in a day and week, and has forced high school pitchers to be more aggressive on the mound against batters.  (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

New pitch count rule has interesting affect on pitchers’ mindset on the mound

New pitch count rule forces high school pitchers to adjust their approach on the mound against batters.

Montabella’s Hanna Stockwell practices her bunting during Wednesday afternoon’s practice.

Montabella softball players to face Morrice in Division 4 regional

BLANCHARD — The last time Montabella’s softball team has been to the Division 4 regionals was 2007. The Mustangs are headed back to that part of the playoffs at 10 a. m. Saturday when they go to Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart to face Morrice in the semifinals. Montabella coach Whisper Dawson said she “can’t put [...]

Central Montcalm's Mallory Morgan pitches during the Green Hornets' first game against Fremont May 30.

Central Montcalm, Montabella girls win district titles

A pair of local softball teams won district titles Saturday. Central Montcalm’s girls got a win in the Portland district in Division 2. They beat Alma 9-4 in the semifinals, then beat the host Raiders 7-6 in the finals. Mallory Morgan got the win in both games. In the first game, she allowed 10 hits [...]

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Sarah Korte takes over rebuilding Mustangs girls basketball team

The Montabella girls basketball team is getting a new coach, however, one that is already familiar with the team and vice versa. Sarah Korte, who was the Mustangs junior varsity girls basketball coach for two-and-a-half years prior to last year, has filled the varsity head coaching position vacated by Terry Larsen, who stepped down last season after six years at the helm.

The five-member Montabella junior high equestrian club team earned a District 17, Division B state championship at Isabella County Fairgrounds in Mount Pleasant on May 14. The club, which was formed last year, includes, from left, MaKayla Alzamora, Gracie Rasmussen, Kaydenn Aggas, Taylor Harkness and Meadow Cook. (Courtesy photos)

Montabella’s second-year junior high equestrian team wins championship

In only its second year, the Montabella junior high equestrian team captured a team championship at the Isabella County Fairgrounds in Mount Pleasant.

Montabella’s Anna Ferman, left, signs her letter of intent to run track at Siena Heights University. Watching is Siena Heights assistant women’s track coach Emily Reader.

Montabella’s Ferman signs to run at Siena Heights

BLANCHARD — Another Montabella girls track runner has signed a letter of intent to run at the college level. Anna Ferman signed a letter of intent to run at Siena Heights University. “I wanted to go there because it was a smaller school,” Ferman said. “ I was originally going to go to a bigger [...]

Montabella’s Brittany Knapp signs her letter of intent to play for Ottawa University on Monday. Watching is Montabella track coach Dan Gibson.

Montabella’s Knapp to run track at Ottawa University

BLANCHARD — One of Montabella’s girls track athletes will play the same sport in college. Brittany Knapp signed a letter of intent Monday to run for Ottawa University, a Christian college in Ottawa, Kansas. Knapp said she decided on Ottawa once she visited the campus. “They had a very nice facility and everyone was so [...]

Montabella’s Hanna Stockwell swings at a high pitch during the Mustangs’ first game against Breckenridge on Tuesday.

Montabella softball team loses pair to Breckenridge

BLANCHARD — Montabella’s softball team is no longer undefeated in the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC). The Mustangs, who were 2-0 in the MSAC after beating Carson City-Crystal in a doubleheader, lost both ends of a doubleheader to Breckenridge on Tuesday by scores of 7-6 and 12-1 in five innings. “Those are two wins we needed,” [...]

By Ryan Schlehuber

Rooting for Carson City-Crystal’s underdog

As a sports editor who covers multiple teams for up to eight local high schools, I try not to be a “homer” for one particular team.

But I have to admit, after doing a story on Carson City-Crystal’s girls soccer team, it’s hard to not throw on an Eagles hat and root for them.

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Daily News winter sports ‘Spark Plug’ Players of the Year

We’ve had our Daily News All-Area award winners, and now we recognize those players who might not fill up the stats book, but their team may not be as successful or enjoy the sport as much without them.