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.
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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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 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.