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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.


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.

Cory Schneider

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.


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.


Lakeview teen seriously injured in rollover accident this morning

A Lakeview teenager sustained serious injuries after he rolled his vehicle early this morning. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded at 5:43 a.m. to the one-car rollover accident on Wyman Road near Coral Road.

Greenville resident Brian DeKraker meets President George W. Bush at a campaign stop in Ionia. — Courtesy photo

MAUREEN BURNS: Individual brushes with greatness

This is the third and final part in my column series on personal encounters with U.S. presidents. I hope you are enjoying it. When our daughter, Colleen, graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Barbara Bush was her commencement speaker. She wore a blue dress with pearls and everyone loved her! She was so charming and warm and I quote her to this day. One thing she said was that she was “going to share the secret of parenting …when your child wants to lick the beaters, be sure to turn off the motor.” It brought the house down.

Eric Villegas, Taste of Home Cooking School culinary specialist and consultant, showcased recipes at a recent show in Fort Myers, Fla., as he will do at 6:30 p.m. on March 8 and the Greenville Performing Arts Center. For ticket and VIP packages for the Taste of Home Cooking Show in Greenville, call The Daily News at (616) 754-9301. — Courtesy photo

Taste of Home culinary specialist’s love for food began at a very young age

Growing up, Taste of Home Cooking School Culinary Specialist Eric Villegas had the opportunity to travel and experiment with new and unique foods, feeding his passion for the culinary arts. “I can’t remember a time I wasn’t infatuated with food,” Villegas said. Villegas did not eat what other children his age normally ate while he was growing up. Both of his parents are from South America, so he was exposed to a wide variety of food at a young age.


Montcalm Community College board seeks trustee candidates

The Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees seeks candidates to fill a trustee position. Richard Ellafrits, of Greenville, who has served as a trustee since December 1999, plans to resign from the board effective March 13. The trustees will appoint someone to serve the next three years of his six-year term, which began in June 2009.