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Carson City-Crystal’s Kenneth Dittenber starts his Division 4 semifinal match against Sanford Meridian’s Joe Shuler with a handshake. Dittenber won by major decision 14-3 and will be trying for his third straight state title today.

Area wrestlers take center stage for individual titles at state finals

Brighter lights. Bigger arena. That is the setting called the Palace of Auburn Hills. This weekend, it’s not the Detroit Pistons on centerstage, but the best of the best in high school wrestling.

Greenville’s Kyle Reamer goes for a pin during his district final match against Big Rapids on Thursday. Greenville is one of five area teams to win district titles last week.

5 area wrestling teams look for regional titles

Every wrestling team begins winter practice in November dreaming of the chance to reach Battle Creek for the team state championship. Just eight teams in each of the four divisions get to realize this dream. Tonight, five area teams will have the chance to claim a regional title and a spot in the final eight, which will take place Feb. 22 and 23 at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.

Tri County’s Jordan VandeVrede (24) moves the ball along the baseline for the Vikings durings Tuesday’s game at Greenville. Stephen Roy of Greenville is defending.

Greenville’s size too much for Tri County

The Tri County Vikings played even with the Greenville Yellow Jackets for the first quarter. After that, Greenville’s size, ability to rebound and its transition game took over in a 62-47 victory on Tuesday night at North Gym.

All American Communications won the Danish Festival men’s softball tournament with a 17-10 victory on Sunday. The team includes, Kenny Mitz, Bill Troxel, Jor Norton, Carl Keech, Kyle Merlington, Cody Mitz, A.J. Holbrook, Bill Smith, Josh Proctor, Billy Dillon, John Norton, Jeff Filkens and team sponsor Jeff Pierce.

All American Communication wins men’s Danish Festival softball tourney

The top two teams in the Danish Festival men’s softball tournament had to face each other three times to decide the outcome. In the end, All American Communications topped Ed Koehn Automotive Group two out of three times, including 17-10 in the championship game.

The top athletes for the 2012 Daily News Track Classic were, left to right, Greenville’s Taylor Baker, Lakeview’s Joe Main and Lakeview’s Dillon Wood. All three placed first in four events and were voted top honors by participating coaches on Tuesday. - Bruce Bentley

Dillon, Main, Baker take home top honors at Daily News Track Classic

The sun was shining, but the wind was blowing. The area’s top track athletes never let the wind phase them in the annual Daily News Track Classic on Tuesday evening at Yellow Jacket Stadium.

Tri County’s Jamison Hawley (21) slides into second base safely as the ball gets away from Grant’s Alex Walters, left, during the teams’ game at Fifth Third Ballpark on Monday.

Tri County baseball team hammers Grant at Fifth Third Ballpark

Tri County’s annual trip to Fifth Third Ballpark was a successful one this year. The Vikings had no problems with the Grant Tigers on Monday, winning 10-4 in the annual game at the home of the West Michigan Whitecaps.

Tri County guard Devin Longoria looks to make a pass during Friday’s Class B district final at Belding. Sparta won its first district title in 32 years with a 52-33 win.

Sparta wins first district title in 32 years over TC

Sparta is now home to two 2012 district basketball titles. The Spartans boys basketball team followed the lead of their girls team and defeated the Tri County Vikings 52-33 for their first district title in 32 years. The Spartan girls won their first ever district title on March 2 with a 48-39 win over the Vikings, as well.

Tri County’s Kaylie Caverley goes up against Central Montcalm’s Karli Clark on Wednesday during the district semifinals.

Free throws seal tight game for Tri County girls basketball

Close basketball games usually come down to free throws. Wednesday’s district semifinal between Central Montcalm and Tri County wasn’t any different. In just the final 10 seconds of the game both teams thought they had won the game. Wednesday’s district semifinal between Central Montcalm and Tri County wasn’t any different. In just the final 10 seconds of the game both teams thought they had won the game.

Tri County’s Mitchel Swaney (white jersey) grabs a rebound between Lakeview’s Kolter Schwartz, left, and Dillon Kimble, right, during the teams’ game Tuesday night.

Lakeview struggles, beaten by Tri County

Lakeview’s boys basketball team’s shooting was as cold as the weather. The Wildcats made just two field goals in the first half and lost to the Tri County Vikings 65-41 Tuesday night.

Tri County’s Dani Longoria recovers the ball after Lakeview’s Estelle Molitor knocks it away during Tuesday’s game at Lakeview. The Wildcats won 40-28.

Lakeview earns fifth win against Tri County

The Lakeview Wildcats and Tri County Vikings girls basketball teams spent a majority of the night at the free throw line on Tuesday. The two teams combined for 47 fouls, 58 free throws and plenty of turnovers in Lakeview’s 40-28 nonconference victory over the Vikings at Cook Gymnasium.