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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.”

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36 area wrestlers advance to regional tournament

In December, the goal every wrestler is to reach the Michigan High School Athletic Association individual state finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills. On Saturday, 36 individual wrestlers still have that goal intact after placing in the top four at their respective individual tournaments. Five area wrestlers won district championships while earning a high seed for regional tournaments this Saturday.

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ROUNDUPS: Prep scores from Friday, Feb. 12

CC-Crystal 56, Sacred Heart 33: The Eagles outscored the Irish 19-2 in the first quarter and 16-4 in the third quarter to easily win their MSAC game Friday night. Garrett Tabor had 25 points and Avery Earles added 13 for CC-Crystal…

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Feb. 9

Greenville 40, Hastings 34: The Yellow Jackets took a 19-19 tie after three quarters and turned it into their second straight win, beating the Saxons Tuesday night. Sophomore Brock Kohler led with 11 points and senior Alec O’Connor followed with eight…

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CHIP’S CLIPS: The best and worst of Super Bowl 50

So the old man goes out on top. Super Bowl 50 will likely go down as Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s swan song, and he will be going out a winner — even if brother Eli wasn’t all that thrilled about big brother getting his second title. It will also go down as a defensive clinic by the Broncos, showing defense is still possible in a league that is outlawing defense little by little.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, Feb. 5

Greenville 50, Northview 46: The Yellow Jackets broke a three-game losing streak and got their first O-K Bronze Conference win at the hands of the Wildcats Friday night. Brock Kohler, who was playing his first game after being promoted from the JV squad, led Greenville with 11 points…

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Feb. 2

Tri County 76, Fremont 52: The Vikings jumped over .500 with a win over the Packers Tuesday night. Dylan Matulis had a near triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight steals for Tri County. Cam Miller added 15 points and four blocks to the win…

Montabella’s Lucas Maddox, bottom, looks annoyed that Chippewa Hills’ Jacob Sharp is on his back during their 152-pound match Saturday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Montabella wrestling coach ‘disappointed’ after tourney

Montabella’s wrestling team hosted a tournament of dual meets in order to get better for the coming Central Michigan Athletic Conference tournament and the district tournament. The result wasn’t what Coach Shaun Balhorn had in mind. The Mustangs went 1-3 in their four duals Saturday. Their only win was beating a short-handed LeRoy Pine River 44-24.