Tri County’s volleyball team had found themselves a perfect chance to get back at Central Montcalm for beating them during the regular season. They did it at the Green Hornets’ own invitational Saturday. Tri County beat Central Montcalm 25-18, 25-22 to win the Silver Division of the Hornets’ Halloween Invitational.
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Tri County Vikings cross country runner Aaron Jason is hoping to have two more races to run this season. On Saturday, Jason will compete in the Division 2 regional meet. A top 15 finish will qualify Jason for one more race, the Division 2 state finals for the second consecutive season. Like he did a year ago, Jason is confident his season will end at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn at the state finals.
All the teams from both the CSAA Gold and CSAA Silver got together for one final league meet before regionals on Halloween. The Big Rapids ran the fastest as the Cardinals swept both the girls and boys races at Lakeview High School on Tuesday. Big Rapids won the girls race with 41 points. Chippewa Hills was second with 68 and Kent City third with 89.
Lakeview jumped out to a comfortable 3-0 lead, but Tri County gave the Wildcats something to worry about for a while in the second half. Tri County’s Alex Kerslake and Dylan Matulis score three minutes apart midway through the second half, but Lakeview’s Jon Hansen answered late to ease the the Wildcats’ worries in a 4-2 road win on Monday.
If a cross country runner wanted to set a new personal best time, Saturday at the Carson City-Crystal Don Baese Invitational seemed to be the place to do it. Coaches from Greenville, the host Eagles, Vestaburg and Tri County saw a lot of their runners set “personal records” (PRs) at the meet. The meet started with the Blue Division, which CC-Crystal and Vestaburg were in.
If not for the first quarter, the Tri County Vikings just might have a winning record. In three Tri County (1-3 overall) losses this season, the Vikings have been outscored 69-0 in the first quarter. They have returned the favor by outscoring their opponents 71-40 in the final three quarters in those same games. Another slow start against Big Rapids on Friday was too difficult to come back from.
Tri County senior quarterback Colton Harris looked like a one-man wrecking crew during Friday’s 41-27 Central State Activities Association Gold Division victory over Central Montcalm, but he was the first to admit that he had a little help from his friends.
“My linemen gave me awesome protection and my receiving corps did an awesome job catching the ball,” Harris said. Harris, meanwhile, did just about everything else by shredding the Hornets on the ground and through the air.
Kyle Smith was the difference. The Greenville Yellow Jackets scored seven goals, but it was the play of Smith in goal who keyed a 7-3 home victory over the Tri County Vikings on Thursday. In all, Smith made 16 saves for the Yellow Jackets including a penalty kick save on goal-scoring machine Dylan Matulis late in the second half.
Every time the Tri County Vikings seized the momentum, the Lakeview Wildcats took it right back. In a thrilling season opening game, both teams made mistakes, but also kept every fan on their toes in the final minutes of the game. In the end, the Wildcats avenged last year’s one-point loss with a 28-21 win over the Vikings on Friday night.
The Big Rapids Cardinals were expected to be the favorite to take home the CSAA championships this season. On Wednesday, at the first league match of the season, the Cardinals showed exactly why so many had those expectations.