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.
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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.
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.