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.
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On an overcast, humid morning, five football teams strapped on the helmets, huddled and continued to prepare for the upcoming high school football season. With just 22 days until the first official practice and 40 days until the first game of the season, it’s crunch time for each program to make sure they are ready for the start of the season. On Friday, the Lakeview Wildcats and Tri County Vikings squared off with the host Belding Redskins, Ionia Bulldogs and Saranac Redskins in a 7-on-7 passing camp.
It may be July, but there was football being played in Belding on Friday. The Redskins joined Tri County, Ionia and Saranac at Rudness Field for a series of 7-on-7 scrimmages. That’s where there are no linemen and the idea is to work on the passing offense and passing defense against teams that don’t play each other in the regular season.
The Central Montcalm Hornets won the CSAA Gold softball championship this season, its first conference title since 1987. The Hornets went 12-0 in league play (29-8 overall) and had seven players earn conference honors. Tri County finished the season 16-22 overall and fifth in the CSAA Gold. Four Vikings earned conference honors this season.
The Michigan High School football season is a little less than two months away. To be exact, the first official practice allowed is Aug. 10. On Thursday, the Greenville Yellow Jackets hosted the Lakeview Wildcats and Tri County Vikings in a 7-on-7 passing camp at Legacy Field. It was the first camp for both the Wildcats and Vikings, but second for Greenville as they were at Rockford on Tuesday. All three coaches seem pleased with their teams’ effort.
Tri County’s girls soccer team had a season to remember, even if it didn’t end the way they wanted it to. The Vikings went 19-6 this season, punctuated by the fact that none of the six losses they suffered was in regulation. Tri County had their season end in a shootout in the Division 2 district semifinals, losing to Newaygo in an otherwise scoreless game.
Boys basketball season ended a mere three months ago. Tri County had its last day of high school Monday. Yet the high school gymnasium, along with the middle school gym, was abuzz with boys basketball, as the Vikings hosted five other teams in a spring scrimmage.
Zach Ingles knows a thing or two about the game of basketball. A self titled “gym rat,” Ingles grew up with a basketball in his hands. From high school to college, Ingles has been involved in every aspect of the game.
Both Lakeview’s and Tri County’s girls soccer coaches said the same thing after their teams played each other Friday. They both said it was a good game.
Todd Switzer and Kyle Peterman dueled back and forth for nine innings. Switzer earned the win for Central Montcalm with Ben West’s walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning — two extra innings — to defeat the Tri County Vikings 3-2 on Friday.