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Belding’s Tyler Smith, top, tries to roll over Traverse City West’s Audie Herrera during their 145- pound match at the Sparta Invitational Saturday.

Area wrestling coaches happy with Sparta wrestling invitational

SPARTA — Out of the three area coaches who had teams in the Sparta Invitational wresting tournament Saturday, none said they were really disappointed in their teams. Belding, Lakeview and Tri County were among the 17 teams at Sparta, which was an individual tournament, even though team scores were kept. Belding had one winner. Mitchell [...]

Madi Cutler, a senior point guard for Montabella Mustangs, recorded her first career quadruple-double in a 49-27 win against Beal City on Tuesday. Cutler’s numbers included 10 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Montabella’s Madi Cutler earns rare quadruple-double

Coming into the girls basketball season, Montabella coach Terry Larsen knew Madi Cutler would be the team’s dominating force. But what she accomplished against Beal City on Tuesday night still took Larsen by surprise. In Montabella’s 49-27 win over Beal City, the senior point guard’s statistic line looked straight out of a Playstation video game — 10 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals.

Tri County’s Mason Clewley, right, shoots over Big Rapids’ Demetri Martin during the teams’ game Friday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Tri County boys still learning to gel

A pair of long runs by Big Rapids doomed Tri County Friday night. The Big Rapids Cardinals went on long runs in the middle two quarters and mercied the Vikings 70-32.

Tri County’s Taylor Reed, middle, drives through Big Rapids’ Alexis Lyman, left, and Savannah Seath during the teams’ game Friday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Late foul, free throws help Tri County beat Big Rapids

Tri County’s girls basketball team got a gift from Big Rapids Friday night. A technical foul called on Cardinals forward Grace White turned out to be the difference in the Vikings beating the Cardinals 54-53.

Carson City-Crystal’s Koltn Blasher, top, tries to ride Tri County’s Parker Martin to the mat during their 130-pound match Saturday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Tri County places second at own wrestling invitational

Three area wrestling teams took a shot at stopping LeRoy Pine River at the Tri County Invitational Saturday. None could, as the Bucks won the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record.

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Daily News fall sports Spark Plug Players of the Year

Recognizing our local “spark plug” players from our fall sports season.

Tri County’s Austn Nagelhout (24) attempts to dribble past Central Montcalm’s Zachary Bigelow (3) as Vikings guard Justin Kirkwood (11) looks on during the first half of Friday’s game, which Central Montcalm pulled out a close 56-54 win for its first league win of the season.

Central Montcalm boys survive last-second Vikings shots

With less than five seconds play, the Tri County Vikings had two great chances to steal a win on the road. Instead, both shot attempts bounced off the rim as time ran out, giving the Central Montcalm boys basketball team a thrilling 56-54 win in its first Central State Activities Association (CSAA) game Friday.

Central Montcalm’s Bree Brasington (10) gets a rebound and gets ready to put up a shot as Tri County’s Tricia Slavins lurks behind her in the second half of Friday’s game, which Central Montcalm won 48-46. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm girls edge out Vikings 48-46

Ashley Bowen knew it would be a close battle to the end when her Tri County Vikings basketball team came into the Hornets’ nest of Central Montcalm. With 3.2 seconds left in the game and the Vikings down by two, Bowen, a senior, tried to get open for the game-winning three-pointer. But Central Montcalm’s defense forced a shot from teammate Jenna DeGeer, which bounced off the backboard and rim, giving the Hornets a 48-46 win at home Friday.

Tri County sophomore Summer Longstreet earned her personal record time of 19:45.8 at regionals this year. (File photo)

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE YEAR: Summer Longstreet, Tri County

As only a sophomore, Summer Longstreet is making her mark in Tri County’s cross country sport. Having already set a new school record for fastest ninth and 10th grade female 5K runner, Longstreet’s expectations for the next few years may not have a ceiling.

Tri County junior Julia Bice was the team’s No. 1 golfer all season, qualifying individually for the Division 3 state finals.  (File photo)

GOLFER OF THE YEAR: Julia Bice, Tri County

Three years ago, Julia Bice wasn’t sure how good she was at golf, or even if she liked the sport enough to keep at it. This season, the Tri County junior realized her potential and how much fun she had, reaching the Div. 3 state finals as an individual qualifier.