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Mitchell Feldpausch and Abby Wieber, both of Westphalia and engaged to be married on Sept. 29, enjoyed some slow dancing during Wednesday evening's dance lessons at St. Joseph's Parish Community Center. (Daily News/Jessica Beery)

1,2,3 … 1,2,3 … Hubbardston couple teaching community how to dance

It was a Valentine’s Day gift for some. Others are just getting ready for their first dance at their wedding. Still others are swinging away “just because it’s fun.” Whatever their reason for participating, about 25 couples have been flooding the floors of the Westphalia St. Joseph Parish Community Center each Wednesday night to brush up on their dancing skills.

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SHORT TAKES: Students shining on mats, courts and stages

This space has been dominated lately with great news coming out of our schools. And the trend continues this week with kudos to top performing orchestra and band students, state title winning wrestlers, and girls basketball district champs.

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Funeral Notices for March 5, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, March 5, 2012

Woods and Waters | Ed Gilbert

ED GILBERT: Sporting Clays Fun Shoot on deck

The Flat River chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) is set to stage its annual Sporting Clays Fun Shoot on Saturday, March 10. The event will take place at the Flat River Conservation Club, located six miles north of Greenville on M-91 (Greenville Road). Shoot registration is 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., with 50-bird shoots scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The last starting time will be 10:45 a.m.

Tri County’s Alexis Firovich moves the ball up the court during Friday’s district final against Sparta. The Spartans won 48-39. — Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Sparta holds off TC for first district title

The Sparta Spartans girls basketball team started quick, but had to hold off the pesky Tri County Vikings. Sparta started the game with a 17-4 run in a 48-39 victory of the Spartans in the Class B No. 54 district final on Friday night. It was the first girls basketball district title in school history.

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Johnson, Rewa pick up college girls basketball honors

Two local women’s basketball players were given honors by the conferences their college plays in this week. Belding’s Taylor Johnson and Greenville’s Patty Rewa were given honors by the Mid-American Conference and Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Association, respectively.

Greenville 189-pound senior Jordan Thomas celebrates after defeating Lowell’s Gabe Dean 5-1 in the final seconds of their division 2 state championship match saturday at The Palace of Auburn Hills. — Special to The Daily News/Mike Mulholland

Greenville, Lakeview and Carson City-Crystal wrestlers win state titles

Make it three in a row for Jordan Thomas and two in a row for Ken Dittenber. The Greenville senior won his third straight individual wrestling state title Saturday at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Carson City-Crystal junior won his second straight individual state wrestling title. Lakeview’s Jordan Betham also was a state title winner, getting his first championship.

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Carson City-Crystal graduate finishes career at Alma

Cory Schneider has played the final basketball game of his college career. Schneider finished his career at Alma College when the Scots beat Kalamazoo College 80-78 Feb. 18. He was given second-team all-conference honors from the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Carson City-Crystal's girls basketball team poses with the district trophy they won over St. Louis on Friday night. — Daily News/Chip Burch

Freshman brings Carson City-Crystal girls from deficit to district title

With a district title on the line, Carson City-Crystal’s Mikayla Duflo decided it was her time to take over the game. The freshman scored 14 of her game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Carson City-Crystal Eagles from a eight-point deficit to a 46-42 win over the St. Louis Sharks in the Class C district final at Vestaburg on Friday night.

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Grand Rapids woman dies in 2-car accident on M-46

A Grand Rapids woman was killed Saturday in a car accident after she lost control of her vehicle and was struck by an oncoming car. Michigan State Police troopers from the Lakeview Post were dispatched at 9:08 p.m. to the accident on M-46 near Jones Road.