Vestaburg’s Andreya McCarty, left, leads Saranac’s Sidney Klynstra and the rest of the girls through the second straightaway at the Central Montcalm Pre-Regional Invitational Monday. McCarty won the race. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Local runners prep for regionals at Central Montcalm invite

STANTON — Central Montcalm held its annual Pre-Regional Invitational cross country meet Monday as a way for teams and runners to get ready for the regional runs Saturday.

The host Green Hornets, Lakeview and Vestaburg all brought some runners to the meet, along with Morley Stanwood, Reed City and Saranac.

Both the Belding Redskins and Greenville Yellow Jackets qualified for the Michigan High School Athletics Association football playoffs, sneaking in with five wins each. Greenville will have a rematch with Lowell, which the Red Arrows beat Greenville 35-10 in a September meeting at Greenville. Meanwhile, Belding will face 9-0 Ithaca. Ithaca, which is from the Tri-Valley-West Conference, hasn't lost since Nov. 28, 2014, when it lost in the state finals to Monroe Saint Mary Catholic.

Four out of five eligible football teams make MHSAA playoffs

It was possible that five area football teams would make the playoffs, if the points fell just right. Of those five, four will have another game.

Chad Gould, center, has 16 years of coaching experience at Tri County, including all levels of the boys basketball program. He now takes on a new position at a new school, as girls basketball coach in Lakeview.  (Courtesy photos)

Gould changes Vikings colors for Wildcats with new coaching position

After a two year hiatus from coaching, former Tri County basketball coach Chad Gould is ready to get back into it.
Only this time, it will be with the Lakeview Wildcats.

When Gould, 44, a 1990 Tri County graduate, returned from a business trip in China, he was contacted by Lakeview Wildcats athletic director Caleb Martz, who offered him a chance to coach again.


Montabella’s Jordan Mawhirter takes first at Carson City-Crystal Jamboree

It was a fine fall day for a run Wednesday, and, for Montabella’s Jordan Mawhirter, it was a fine first-place finish.

The sophomore cross country runner took first place at a Mid-State Athletic Conference jamboree at Fish Creek Sportsman’s Club, finishing with a time of 17:17.60, almost six seconds ahead of second-place finisher Hunter Chovanec of Breckenridge.

Central Montcalm girls runners, in green jerseys, and Tri County girls runners take off at the start of the CSAA championships Tuesday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Fremont, Big Rapids win conference championships

Tri County’s boys cross country team had something to be proud of Tuesday.

The Vikings ended up second behind Fremont in the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) Gold Division at the Championships they hosted, finishing with 99 points to the Packers’ 26.

Tri County’s Julia Bice participated in the Division 3 state finals at Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek Friday  (Courtesy photo)

Greenville girls golf, Tri County’s Bice enjoy state finals

Greenville girls golf coach Nancy Johnson would rather remember that her Yellow Jackets got to the state finals and not where they finished, while Tri County junior Julia Bice ended up with a two-day score of 209 at the Division 3 state final at Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek.

Belding’s Kade Walker (No. 6) leaps into the arms of teammate Dominica Francisco (with glasses) after scoring the first goal of the game versus Tri County in the teams’ Distict 35 playoffs game Monday at Belding. The Redskins outlasted the Vikings 3-2 in overtime. Belding will play Wednesday versus Grand Rapids Wellspring, which beat Grand Rapids West Catholic 2-1 to advance. Others pictured are Belding’s Josh Van Dyke (No. 10), Keenan Walker (No. 16) and Tri County’s Bryce Ruppert (No. 4). (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Belding outlasts Tri County 3-2 in O.T. to win District 3 soccer playoff opener

Edgar Tobar knew it was the moment of all moments. The season lay in his hands … or rather, his foot.

With the score knotted at two each between Belding and Tri County during a Division 3, District 35 soccer game at Rudness Field, the Belding captain was faced with a chance to put his team ahead on a penalty kick.

Tri County’s Ludek Cizinsky, right, goes forward with the ball as Lakeview’s Nick Ruvalcaba chases during the first half of the teams’ game Monday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Vikings make comeback for 6th win of the soccer season

Make it a season sweep for the Tri County boys soccer team over Lakeview.

The Vikings came from a 3-2 deficit to beat the Wildcats 4-3 Monday.

After starting the season 0-2, the Belding Redskins have turned things around and are riding a four-game winning streak heading into week 7 going on the road to Godwin Heights (3-3) hoping to get one step closer to an automatic bid to the playoffs.

Five local teams have legitimate shot to make the post-season

With three games left in the regular season, five local football teams have a chance to lock up a playoff spot.

It takes six wins to automatically qualify for the Michigan High School Athletics Association playoffs, although, if there aren’t enough teams with six or more wins, five-win teams can sneak in.

Coaches prefer to get that solid sixth win, and, as it stands now, Belding, Carson City-Crystal, Greenville, Lakeview and Vestaburg have a legitimate shot at earning an automatic bid to the post-season. Tri County can maybe sneak in if it wins its last three games, which would give the Vikings five wins.


Local schools to dedicate games to cancer awareness

A few local teams are participating in cancer awareness games for the month of October. Breast cancer is usually recognized during the month of October, and most schools will be dedicating “pink out” games for that particular cause, however, this year, Central Montcalm is also dedicating some games towards childhood cancer, which the representing color is gold.

Tri County has decided to bring awareness to all types of cancer, which is signified by the color purple.