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Montabella’s Josh Balhorn, right, forces Morley Stanwood’s Zach Pritchard to chase him along the baseline during the teams’ Class C district game Wednesday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Montabella rallies in 4th quarter to top Morley Stanwood

Montabella’s boys basketball team is moving on to the Class C district final in their home venue thanks to some tough defense. The Mustangs held off a late charge by the Morley Stanwood Mohawks and won 46-41 Wednesday night. The Mohawks (9-11) got the game as close as one point with two minutes remaining but got no closer. They scored only three points in the final four minutes of the game.

Tri County’s Lucas Prater shakes the hand of Montrose wrestling coach Steve Barnette during the Division 3 215-pound award ceremony. To the right of Prater is Lakeview’s James Smith, who placed seventh, while Prater placed eighth. Smith defeated Prater by 3-1 decision in overtime in the consolation finals on Saturday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Eight area wrestlers earn individual All-State honors

Such a wide range of emotions can be found at the state wrestling finals where even winning is sometimes met with disappointment. Tears can stream from the faces of winners and losers. Winners can feel exhilaration, shock and relief. Losers can feel heartbreak, anger and even contentment. Without a doubt, no other sport displays as many emotions as wrestling does. After three days, just 56 wrestlers out of 896 will be crowned individual state champions, although 448 in four divisions will walk away with All-State honors.

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21 area grapplers aim for state championships

The Michigan High School Athletic Association individual state wrestling finals is an experience unlike any other. Whether a first time qualifier or one with state finals experience, the state finals can bring plenty of nerves and anxiety for wrestlers. Controlling those nerves can be the difference between standing on the podium or heartbroken in defeat. The three-day state finals tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills begins today and concludes Saturday.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, Feb. 26

Tri County 71, Grant 64: The Vikings got by the Tigers in a CSAA-Gold game Friday night. Jacob Sickelsteel and Colton Harris had 19 points each and Dylan Matulis had 10 points, nine rebounds and 10 steals for Tri County…

Lakeview’s Marc Leach elevates as he goes in for a layup attempt in front of Montabella defender Mike Gibbs during the second quarter of Tuesday’s game. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Perez leads Lakeview to 43-35 win at Montabella

The Lakeview Wildcats defense came ready to play. Lakeview’s defense dominated the first quarter while holding the Montabella Mustangs scoreless in the first eight minutes en route to a 43-35 road win Tuesday. Kobe Perez led the Wildcats scoring effort with 17 points.

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21 area grapplers qualify for state finals

The dream of a Michigan High School Athletic Association individual state wrestling championship is still alive for 21 area grapplers. On Saturday, a trio of seniors were able to capture regional championships: Tri County’s Nick McGhan at 112 pounds in Division 3, Carson City-Crystal’s Taylor Barkley at 119 pounds and Dallas O’Green at 130 pounds in Division 4. In Division 3, the Belding Redskins qualified five wrestlers, which tied a school record for most individual qualifiers in a single season.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, Feb. 19

CC-Crystal 53, Montabella 38: The Eagles downed the Mustangs in an MSAC game Friday night, getting 46 of their 53 points from two sources. CC-Crystal was led by Kaleb Barrett with 24 points and Garrett Tabor added 22. Montabella was led by Josh Balhorn with 19…

Carson City-Crystal’s Cara Wiles handles the ball in front of Montabella defender Madi Cutler during the first half of Thursday’s game. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Defense leads CC-Crystal to MSAC win over Montabella

Offense was at a premium. Trailing after the first quarter, the Carson City-Crystal Eagles made a switch defensively and cruised to a 32-16 win over MSAC rival Montabella at home on Thursday. The Mustangs opened the game with a pair of baskets by Ashley Swarts for a 5-2 lead. After the Eagles bounced back with a one-point advantage, Hanna Stockwell finished the first quarter with five straight points for a 10-6 lead.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Feb. 16

Tri County 77, Chippewa Hills 46: The Vikings had no problems with the Warriors in a CSAA-Gold game Tuesday night. Austin Nagelhout had 14 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for Tri County. Alec Paasch had 12 points and Dylan Matulis added eight points and eight steals…

A battle for a rebound takes place among, from left, Montabella’s Josh Balhorn, Belding’s Xavier Andino and Montabella’s Kelton Eldred during Monday night’s game. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Montabella basketball survives Belding run

Montabella’s boys basketball team had to hold off a resilient Belding team. But hold the Redskins off the Mustangs did, winning 64-57 after leading by 18 after three quarters. “They (Belding) played a tough fourth quarter, hit some tough shots that got their motivation going, got a little bit of momentum,” Montabella coach Jared Simon said. “They carried that and did a good job of making a run back. You have to credit them.”