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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.

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Daily News fall sports Spark Plug Players of the Year

Recognizing our local “spark plug” players from our fall sports season.

Second-year Montabella Mustangs boys basketball coach Jared Simon directs his players during practice Thursday. With only two varsity-experienced players returning from last year’s squad, Simon’s team this year is expected to have some rough learning curves, but Simon is excited to see the progress the team will make throughout the year. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Montabella’s boys basketball team is ‘entirely different’ look from last year’s squad

With only two seniors returning from last year’s team, Montabella boys basketball coach Jared Simon has had to hit the reset button for this year’s team. In his second year as the Mustangs coach, Simon returns only two players with varsity experience, which even they don’t have much experience.

Montabella senior guard Madi Cutler fights for  a rebound in the paint during the Mustangs’ first game of the season at home against Merrill Friday. Pictured are teammates Lauryn Wisner (44), senior Lexi McQueen (middle) and Hanna Stockwell (3). The Mustangs lost 43-22. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Grittiness couldn’t overcome turnovers for Mustangs

The fire was there, the scrappiness and shot opportunities were, too. But the Montabella Mustangs couldn’t overcome the turnovers and bad bounces in the girls basketball team’s season-opening game Friday. The Mustangs, opening their new season at home, lost 43-22 to the Merrill Vandals, one of the newest members or the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC).

Madi Cutler (14), one of four seniors on this year’s Montabella Mustangs girls basketball team, will be looked upon to improve on last year’s 9-12 record. Mustangs coach Terry Larsen said the team’s defense will be one of the key components to the team’s success this year. (File photos)

Montabella’s tight-knit girls basketball team has plenty of fire, confidence this year

When he saw the competitiveness between two of his basketball players escalate to almost an all-out scuffle during a recent practice, Terry Larsen was liking what he was seeing.

Montabella’s Madi Cutler bumps during The Daily News Invitational on Aug. 20.

4 named to MSAC VB teams

MOUNT PLEASANT — The Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC) named four local players to all-conference teams Tuesday. Carson City-Crystal senior Marissa Schmitt was the only area player named first-team all-conference, while sophomore teammate Megan Dailey was named to the second team. Montabella’s Madi Cutler was named second-team all-conference, as was Vestaburg junior Lauren Dove. Schmitt led [...]

Montabella’s Madi Cutler, middle, bumps the ball between teammates Kayla McQueen, left, and Hanna Stockwell during the Daily News Invitational Aug. 20.

Montabella volleyball team reaches coach’s goal for the season

BLANCHARD — After suffering through a five-win season in 2015, the Montabella volleyball team had some work to do to get better in 2016. They got markedly better, finishing 15- 16- 1 overall and 6-6 in the Mid- State Activities Conference. That conference record was good for third out of eight teams overall. “Our season [...]

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If done right, Friday night football can be better — for everyone

With the Big Ten Conference (B1G) announcing it will schedule more games on Friday nights next year, one question remains: Will this really hurt high school football?