Sports

The Vestaburg Wolverines will visit the Carson City-Crystal Eagles Oct. 7 in the annual Salute to Our Soldiers football game, a tradition that is in its fifth year. (File photo)

Four local schools honoring military veterans at football games

On Friday, the Lowell at Greenville football game and Merrill at Montabella football game will be dedicated to military veterans, with Carson City-Crystal and Vestaburg’s game to celebrate their traditional Salute to Our Soldiers game Oct. 7 in Carson City.

Tri County’s Joseph Nagy heads the soccer ball during the second half of a CSAA game against Reed City Monday. The Vikings won, 6-1, earning their second win of the season. Tri County is now 2-4 overall. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Tri County earns solid 6-1 win over Reed City

Though their coach was missing from the game, the Tri County Vikings’ offense surely wasn’t, as the soccer team earned its second win of the season with a solid 6-1 victory over Reed City Monday.

The Central Montcalm volleyball team does a celebration dance after scoring a win against CSAA-Gold rival Tri County during a head-to-head conference match-up in Tri County Tuesday. An experienced Green Hornets team outlasted an up-and-coming Vikings team three games to none. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm’s experience outlasts up-and-coming Tri County volleyball team

Kathy Thompson sees greatness in her Tri County volleyball team. It’s just … those … darn … mistakes … that are holding her Vikings back.

“If we play well, and let the other team make mistakes, we’re going to be fricking amazing,” said a frustrated Thompson, whose team lost three close matches to Central Montcalm Tuesday evening, 27-25, 25-19 and 25-22, during a Central State Activities Association—Gold head-to-head conference match-up.

Tri County senior tight end Quentin Stevens (80) makes a leaping catch in the first quarter Thursday for a 20-yard gain over Central Montcalm defenders, juniors Devin Williams (4) and Blake Ryan (7). (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Tri County makes comeback in defensive battle, beating Central Montcalm

Both teams only scored twice each during the rivalry game between the Tri County Vikings and Central Montcalm Green Hornets, but every second of the 48-minute game was a nail-biter.

With Central Montcalm’s scoreboard down for the entire game, the anticipation of time built, especially in the last few minutes.

Down 13-6, the Vikings were staring down the end zone 71 yards away with less than three minutes to play in the game, time being shouted out periodically by the referees.

The Vestaburg Wolverines will come in to Blanchard looking for their second consecutive win and first MSAC league win against the Montabella Mustangs, who are seeking their first win of the season. Kick-off is 7 p.m. tonight. (File photo)

Montabella, Vestaburg prepare for first MSAC match-up of the season

The first game in the Mid-State Activities Conference for Vestaburg and Montabella is a rivalry game.

The Wolverines face the Mustangs in Blanchard in the first conference game of the season for both teams tonight.

This year, CSAA-Gold Division rivals Tri County Vikings and Central Montcalm Green Hornets mirror one another in both team set-up and progress. Each team runs a spread offense and both are coming off season-opening losses last week and hope to earn a win against a division rival when they play at 7 p.m. Thursday at Central Montcalm. (File photo)

Vikings, Green Hornets mirror each other, face off in Thursday CSAA tilt

If there are two teams that mirror one another, as far as team comparisons and progress, it is the Tri County Vikings and the Central Montcalm Green Hornets football teams. Tri County plays at Central Montcalm at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Lakeview’s James Smith (55) and Zach Hamlin (2) tackle Tri County’s Cayden Luchies, as a flag is thrown on the play for offensive holding during the teams’ game Thursday night. — Daily News/Chip Burch

Lakeview overtakes Tri County in 37-6 football win

Lakeview and Tri County have had two close games in their previous two matchups.

Thursday night’s matchup wasn’t as close.

The Wildcats ran all over the Vikings in winning 37-6 at Kos Field in the season-opener for both teams.

Belding’s Summer Eubank, far left, attacks between Central Montcalm’s Libby Ledford, middle, and Kenzie Rutz during the finals of the Daily News Volleyball Invitational Saturday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Hornets start season off winning Daily News Invitational crown

Central Montcalm’s volleyball team found a good way to start its season Saturday. The Green Hornets won the Daily News Volleyball Tournament, beating the host Belding Redskins in three games in the championship game to win.

Daily News sports editor Ryan Schlehuber

No time to waste: ‘Hit the line hard’ as new sports editor

Here it’s my first week as Daily News sports editor, and I’m already playing from behind.

Having accepted the new position on Monday, transitioning from features editor and filling the vacancy left by my dear friend and longtime and much-respected Sports Editor Bruce Bentley, I’ve had to “hit the line hard” and catch up with teams, local athletic directors and coaches as high school fall sports season is already upon us.

Tri County's Lena Thompson, middle, hits an attack over two Big Rapids players during the Central Montcalm Halloween Invitational October 31, 2015.

Former TC volleyball player Thompson making move to setter in college

Lena Thompson has been a hitter throughout her high school career in volleyball.
That all will change when she gets to Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) this fall.