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Belding’s Mitchell Ward reacts to his blood round win against Mount Morris’ Jesse Munsell during the second round of consolation matches Friday. He was 2-1 on the day and has reached Saturday’s next consolation round.

15 of the 21 local wrestlers still alive in state finals

With each wrestler that walked onto the mats at the state individual wrestling finals, there is a story of hard work, dedication as well as triumph and heartbreak.

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.

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By Ryan Schlehuber

HIT THE LINE HARD: What’s wrong with second favorites?

I have been a fan of all the Detroit pro sports teams all my life. But I also have second favorites. For some reason, that doesn’t sit well with others. I remember the very day I became a New England Patriots fan … are you done gasping? Ok. So, as I was saying, I remember the day I became a New England Patriots fan. It was the 1985-86 Super Bowl. If you can’t recall, they were thumped by the Chicago Bears 46-10.

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.

Cedar Rock Sports Plex in Cedar Rock is offereing a free program to young children who are interested in learning the sport of hockey. The program is at 6 p.m. Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

Free program offers hockey lessons to youths

James Hodge has loved the sport of hockey since he was 7 years old. Now he’s getting the chance to love the sport through his two sons.

Hodge, of Greenville, has played many levels of hockey during his life, including collegiate. And now that his sons, Zander, 5, and Conner, 4, are old enough to strap on a pair of ice skates, Hodge has introduced them to the sport he loves through a free program called “Try Hockey for FREE,” offered at the Cedar Rock Sports Plex.