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Daily News winter sports ‘Spark Plug’ Players of the Year

We’ve had our Daily News All-Area award winners, and now we recognize those players who might not fill up the stats book, but their team may not be as successful or enjoy the sport as much without them.


Daily News’ girls basketball All-Area teams

Daily News’ All-Area teams, Sixth Woman of the Year and Honorable Mentions


Daily News All-Area wrestling awards

Daily News All-Area wrestling awards

Terry Larsen, far right, huddles in with players from his Montabella girls basketball team at what would be his last game of his high school coaching career, against Leroy Pine River in a regional game March 7. The team lost but it was a memorable end of the season for Larsen, who guided his team to a district title, the team’s first since 2009. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Terry Larsen retires after 28 years of coaching Montabella basketball

  EDMORE — Terry Larsen dreamed of coaching basketball on a bigger stage than high school. But after taking a few years off to reflect, he realized he was already living his dream. After 28 years being involved in coaching, the 1971 Montabella graduate has decided to step down from his “dream job” as Montabella’s [...]


Daily News All-Area boys basketball awards

Daily News All-Area boys basketball awards

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Montabella’s Brynn Lobert to continue track career at Aquinas College

BLANCHARD — Brynn Lobert has been pushing her potential as a runner since she was in seventh grade. Her efforts paid off Thursday when she signed a letter of intent to continue her running career with Aquinas College’s track team. The Montabella senior is part of a Mustangs girls track and field team that has [...]

By Ryan Schlehuber

HIT THE LINE HARD: Surviving the first round of March Madness

Perhaps there were many like me, but my brackets for the NCAA mens basketball tournament last year found its way to the trash can far, far too early. And I can thank the first round of upsets — and expected upsets that didn’t happen — for that.

Montabella senior point guard Madi Cutler drives past Leroy Pine River’s Selma Barnett (22) and Kaylee Goodman (20) during the second half of Tuesday’s game. Cutler finished with a team-high 11 points.

Montabella’s great playoff run ends with loss to Pine River

It was an unexpected and wonderful run, however, Montabella’s playoff streak came to an end at the hands of Leroy Pine River Tuesday.

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.