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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Sept. 30

Belding 3, West Catholic 0: The Redskins earned another win in the O-K Blue win a shutout win over the Falcons on Tuesday night. Belding won 25-15, 25-15, 25-12. Brooke Linebaugh led the Redskins with 14 assists and three aces…

Vestaburg junior linebacker Kristian Gostomski (14) tackles Montabella senior running back Zack Taubitz (22) as Taubitz just misses the pylon while reaching to score a touchdown in the second quarter Friday evening  - Daily News/Cory Smith

Montabella cruises in rival matchup with Vestaburg

Montabella has a football team that can light up a scoreboard in a hurry, and Vestaburg found out just how fast during Friday’s Mid-State Activities Conference matchup. A quick-strike offense, combined with Montabella’s stifling defensive effort, led to the Mustangs’ 35-0 homecoming victory over the Wolverines.

A Vestaburg player carries the ball during a game last year against Carson City-Crystal.

Vestaburg, Montabella to renew rivalry Friday

Montabella and Vestaburg had different football games on Friday. The Mustangs were dumped by Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart while the Wolverines shut out Ashley.

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Montabella football game canceled

The Montabella Mustangs will not be playing a football game on Friday. At least an official game. The Mustangs were set to host Manistee Catholic Central, but the Sabers had to forfeit the game due to a lack of players. The same reason was cited when the Carson City-Crystal Eagles had two games canceled last year, one against Manistee Catholic Central and the other against Ashley.

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Montabella hopes winning continues

Montabella’s football team started out coach Shaun Balhorn’s second tenure as leader with a big win last week. The Mustangs knocked off Saugatuck by a 52-22 score. Balhorn said the team won at the line of scrimmage.

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ROUNDUP: Prep results from Thursday, Aug. 28

CC-Crystal 47, Houghton Lake 6: The Eagles opened their season with a road win Thursday night. Dallas O’Green had three touchdowns, Tabor Erskin had two and Garrett Tabor and Shane Wiggins had one each…

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Aug. 26

Belding 3-0: The Redskins continued their great start to the season with three wins at Saranac on Wednesday. Belding first defeated Rivertown Christian 25-10, 25-14; then Holland Calvery 25-19, 25-16; and Saranac 11-25, 25-13, 15-2

The Belding Redskins won The Daily News Volleyball Invitational on Saturday at home. The Redskins defeated Tri County in three sets to win the championship for the second consecutive season. The team consists of, front row from left, Greta Wilker, Sam McNeal and Brooke Linebaugh; back row from left, Izzy Wood, coach Mikayla Linebaugh, Summer Eubank, Emily Byrne, Olivia Stephan, Jo McCully, Kimmie Thomas, Sarah Brownell and Madison Gregory. Missing from photo is Lexi Pilkington. - Courtesy photo

Belding makes it two in a row at DN Invite

Belding’s volleyball team started out the season the same way they started last season. The Redskins won the opening tournament of the season, the Daily News Invitational at their own gym.

Montabella senior Nate Miller, right, works on a tackling drill with teammate Dan Cutler, left, during Monday’s practice. The Mustangs open the football season on Aug. 28 at Saugatuck.

Balhorn returns to Montabella sideline

Shaun Balhorn has been to the Michigan High School Athletic Association football playoffs before. That was in 2004 during Balhorn’s first run as head coach of the Montabella Mustangs football program. Now, Balhorn is back on the varsity sideline for the first since 2007 after taking over for David Clay, who resigned following the 2013 season.

Montabella’s Hanna Stockwell makes a play at first base before Saranac’s Macaela Perry gets to the base during the first game of the teams’ doubleheader May 22.

Montabella has new softball coach

Montabella’s softball team will have their third coach in four years next season. Whisper Dawson will take over for Chara Nisonger in 2015. She will be the third coach of the Mustangs in the last four years.