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Mustangs sophomore point guard Connor Riley drives past a Lakeview defender during a game earlier this season. Riley is in his second year on the team, averaging 13 points per game. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

With a young team in need of a leader, Montabella sophomore steps up

On a team dominated by underclassmen with only two seniors with limited experience, someone had to step up to be the leader for this year’s Montabella Mustangs boys basketball team. And stepping up is what sophomore Connor Riley has been doing since moving up to the varsity level last year as a freshman.

Tri County’s Dakota Greer will compete in the individual state finals as the only undefeated wrestler in the local area, having set a 50-0 record this season and is the 119-pound district champion. Individual state finals are at The Palace of Auburn Hills March 2-4. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

21 local wrestlers move to individual state finals at The Palace March 2-4

A total of 21 local wrestlers are going to The Palace of Auburn Hills to try to win a title. All 21 finished fourth or better at their individual tournaments across the state and will move on to wrestle at The Palace for the final time March 2 to March 4.

Greenville’s Stephan Hilliker, above, works Forest Hills Eastern’s Ryan Roth into position for a pin during Saturday’s state individual districts tournment in Lowell. Hilliker would get the pin 1:44 into the match, giving him a district title in the 125-pound division. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

30-plus local wrestlers qualify at weekend individual districts

As the dust settles from Saturday’s state individual district tournaments, as many as 33 wrestlers qualified for the next round, the regionals, which will be next Saturday. The Carson City-Crystal Eagles, wrestling out of the 27-4 Hesperia district, saw 10 wrestlers qualify, which is the most among the area schools, followed by Greenville, which had eight qualify. Belding had six qualify while Tri County and Montabella each had four wrestlers who finished fourth or better to qualify for regionals. Central Montcalm finished with two qualifiers and Lakeview with one.

Greenville's Paige Hallock, left, and Landon Kemp each signed their letters of intent to play at the college level, with Hallock set to play basketball at Grand Valley State University while Kemp will continue her long jump career at South Dakota University.

HIT THE LINE HARD: Enjoying the hype of committing

This is the time of year I always love, when “National Signing Day” is upon us. I love all the hype of which highly-touted high school football recruit is going where and which team has raked in the most studs and whose team is going to be crazy good next year, or so we think. One of the the trends I’ve gotten caught up in and enjoy watching are the creative announcements these recruits have been posting online lately.

Carson City-Crystal’s Kaylee Reeder, center, tries to escape the double-team of Montabella’s Lauryn Wisner, left, and Hanna Stockwell during the teams’ game Thursday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Carson City-Crystal uses big runs to beat Montabella

A couple of big runs doomed Montabella’s girls basketball team Thursday night.

The big runs came in the middle two quarters as Carson City-Crystal beat the Mustangs 52-31 in a Mid-State Activities Conference match.

Montabella's Lexi McQueen, middle, tries to lay up between Carson City-Crystal's Kaylee Reeder, left, and Haleigh Hubbell during the teams' game Thursday night.

CC-Crystal uses big runs to beat Montabella

BLANCHARD — A couple of big runs doomed Montabella’s girls basketball team Thursday night. The big runs came in the middle two quarters as Carson City-Crystal beat the Mustangs 52-31 in a Mid-State Activities Conference match. The Eagles (9-2, 5-2) started out with a 7-2 run over the first 4:35 of the opening quarter, only [...]

Lakeview’s David Larson extends to the basket to get the shot in and the foul during Wednesday’s game against Montabella, in which the Wildcats won 52-31. Pictured, from left, defending Larson, are Montabella’s Jake Korte, Connor Riley and Wyatt Sackett (32). (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Lakeview shakes off snow-day rust to earn fifth win

It’s been a work in progress all season for Pete Wurm to find consistency for his Lakeview boys basketball team, but the Wildcats put together a solid 52-31 win against Montabella Wednesday.

Montabella’s senior guard Hanna Stockwell (with the ball) wrestles for control against Central Montcalm’s sophomore guard Kiara Wernette, who attempts a steal during the first quarter in Tuesday’s game, which the Hornets won 53-20. Hornets forwards Bree Brasington, far left, Kenzie Rutz (20) and Libby Ledford, far right, are also pictured. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm gets home court win over Montabella, but still not satisfied

It is a sign of a good team when players from the winning team aren’t satisfied with just a dominating win. The Central Montcalm girls basketball team took control of Tuesday night’s game against the Montabella Mustangs early to earn its fourth victory of the year with a 53-20 win, but Bree Brasington wasn’t happy with her team’s performance despite the win.

Central Montcalm’s Drew Jacoby, left, and Montabella’s Wyatt Sackett, right, go up for a rebound during the teams’ game Tuesday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Central Montcalm’s big first-half defense too much for Montabella

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Central Montcalm’s Drew Jacoby, left, and Montabella’s Wyatt Sackett, right, go up for a rebound during the teams’ game Tuesday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)
BLANCHARD — Central Montcalm’s boys basketball team played defense to coach Dan Basom’s liking in the first half. It was enough to push the Green Hornets past Montabella 66-40 Tuesday night.

Montabella junior Mason Dalrymple, at bottom, has his eyes set on returning to state finals, where he lost in the blood round last year. (File photo)

Mustangs wrestling team has ‘full stable’ of grapplers

If there is one thing Shaun Balhorn won’t have to worry about for this year’s wrestling season, it’s numbers. The Montabella Mustangs wrestling team has a healthy number of 25 grapplers taking to the mat, with 22 of them being freshmen and sophomores.