Just like last year, Belding’s volleyball team was the best in the area. The Redskins went undefeated and won the Daily News Invitational Volleyball Tournament at their home gym Saturday. The Redskins beat Lakeview and Vestaburg in pool play, then had a tough match with Central Montcalm before besting Greenville 25-7, 25-13 in the finals.
It was the final tuneup for the football teams from Lakeview, Belding and Montabella on Thursday at Kos Field. The scrimmage was the last chance for the Redskins, Mustangs and Wildcats to check themselves out before the games become real next week.
The Montabella Mustangs cross country program has been pretty successful the several years. With five returners on both the boys and girls teams, the Mustangs are expected to continue that success.
Max Simon is the “new” coach of the Montabella Mustangs volleyball team. The term new only is in place since he was not the varsity coach last year. Simon replaces Jordann Jankowsky as coach, but has coached off and on for the past 28 years at every level, including 14 on varsity.
The first day of practice for high school volleyball player may determine whether there will be a second day for that player. All the local high schools will have tryouts when the first day of practice comes and the local coaches have some things they are looking for in a varsity player.
Montabella’s girls track team showed just how good they are for the second year in a row. The Mustang girls won the Mid-State Activities Conference for the second years in a row.
Jared Simon has been hoping to become a varsity boys basketball coach since his graduation from Montabella High School. He’s getting that chance this coming winter. Simon was selected to replace Gary Jankowsky as the Mustangs’ varsity coach.
Another Jankowsky resigned as coach of a Montabella sport in 2015. That Jankowsky will be replaced another Simon. This time it’s Jordann Jankowsky, who is leaving the Mustangs’ volleyball program in favor of Max Simon, who has coached Montabella volleyball before.
Gary Jankowsky has spent the past three years as varsity boys basketball coach at Montabella. That term ended in March. Jankowsky submitted his resignation after the 2014-2015 season ended. The season ended with the Mustangs going 5-15 overall and 1-8 in the Mid-State Activities Conference.
Montabella’s boys golf team was young, noted coach Nichole Howe. But they impressed her with how much they improved.