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Tri County’s Dylan Matuilis (3) tries to get a steal from Central Montcalm’s Mitch Nichols (12) during a game Feb. 5. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Tri County’s Matulis sets state steals record

Dylan Matulis missed out on one state record during the fall boys soccer season. Matulis fell short of getting the state record for most goals in a season. He made up for that in the winter boys basketball season, getting the state record for most steals in a season with his 132nd Tuesday night in a win over Muskegon Orchard View.

Belding’s Mitchell Ward pins Tri County’s Ryan VanderMuellen in the final match of the Division 3 district semifinal to win 33-32 at Central Montcalm on Thursday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding stuns Tri County, tops Lakeview for district title

On paper, Tri County should have won. On the mat, Tri County did not win. In stunning fashion, the Belding Redskins upset the No. 8 ranked Vikings with a pin in the final match to knock off the favorite 33-32 in the semifinals of the Division 3 team district wrestling tournament at Central Montcalm on Thursday.

Tri County’s Ashley Bowen handles the basketball in front of Central Montcalm defender Kiara Wernette during Friday’s game. Bowen scored 16 points in the Vikings 50-48 win. Wernette tallied 11 points. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Tri County free throws edge Central Montcalm

For the second time this season two of the top teams in the CSAA-Gold battled down to the wire. This time is was Tri County edging past rival Central Montcalm 50-48 at home on Friday night. “I thought we hit free throws down the stretch and understood the situations,” Tri County co-coach Chris Overbeek said. “We had some kids step up and play good defense tonight.”

Tri County’s Dakota Greer, left, hand fights with Greenville’s Austin Dickinson in the 125-pound match at the Rockford Invitational on Saturday. Greer won by technical fall 16-1.- Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Tri County wrestlers win Rockford Invitational

The Tri County Vikings wrestling team continued its spectacular season with five more wins. The Vikings were perfect and defeated the Greenville Yellow Jackets 42-25 in the final match to win the Rockford Invitational on Saturday. It was the second time this season the Vikings knocked off the Yellow Jackets. It was also the first time in school history Tri County defeated Rockford.

First year Tri County coach Zach Ingles, right, calls out instructions to his team, while Big Rapids coach and Zach’s father Kent Ingles, standing left, watches his team play on Friday night. It was the first head-to-head matchup between the father/son coaching duo. Jessica Haist, Kent’s daughter and Zach’s sister, coaches the Big Rapids girls varsity team. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Second half comeback gives Big Rapids win over Tri County

Round one went to dad. In a hard, fought battle, it was Kent Ingles’ Big Rapids Cardinals edging Zach Ingles’ Tri County Vikings 73-69 in their first father/son coaching matchup on Friday night.

Tri County’s Parker Martin, top left, tries to finish the pin on Lakeview’s Brandon Gunderman-Lake during the teams’ meet at a school assembly at Lakeview High School Thursday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Tri County wrestlers beat Lakeview at assembly

Lakeview’s wrestling team hosted a special assembly Thursday afternoon to showcase their wrestling team in a real competition. Tri County didn’t make for very good guests at the assembly. The Vikings defeated the Wildcats 51-16 in front of the Lakeview student body at Cook Gymnasium.

Central Montcalm’s Libby Ledford, right, hits the ball over the outstretched arms of Tri County’s Jessica Thompson, left, and Dani Stewart during the Silver Division finals Saturday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Tri County uses Central Montcalm’s own invite for revenge

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.

Tri County’s Aaron Jason, middle, looks to his right in the lead pack at the CSAA championships at Lakeview on Oct. 20. Jason ran a season best time of 16:45 at Portage Invitational on Oct. 11. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Tri County’s Aaron Jason running for 2nd trip to state finals

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.

Tri County’s Summer Longstreet nears the finish line at the CSAA cross country championship at Lakeview on Tuesday.

Big Rapids sweeps CSAA XC championship meet

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.

Tri County senior Dylan Matulis, left, sends a shot on goal by Lakeview senior defender Jacob Tanner during a 4-2 Wildcats win on Monday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview soccer holds off late Tri County push

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.