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Vestaburg’s Noah Johnston, right, shoots over Carson City-Crystal’s Drew Stout during the teams’ game Feb. 6.

Vestaburg’s Johnston earns all- state in Class D

VESTABURG — Vestaburg junior Noah Johnston was the Wolverines’ leader on the basketball court. He was recognized for that when he was named all- state honorable mention by The Associated Press. Johnston was proud of the honor. “I feel pretty good about it,” he said. “God is good and I couldn’t be here without him.” [...]

Tri County’s Ashley Bowen tries to force her way between two Grand Rapids Catholic Central players during the teams’ Class B regional game Tuesday night.

No. 4 Grand Rapids Catholic Central ends Tri County’s season

HAMILTON — Tri County’s girls basketball team had their season end Tuesday. The Vikings lost in semi-finals of the Class B regional tournament to Grand Rapids Catholic Central 55-32, ending their season at 15-8. The Cougars were ranked fourth in the state in Class B in the final Associated Press poll. Tri County co-coach Chris [...]

Tri County junior Dakota Greer, right, makes a quick move on Hemlock’s Stuart Massa in the Division 3 119-pound title match at The Palace of Auburn Hills Saturday. Greer won the match, giving him his second state individual of his career. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Tri County’s Dakota Greer earns second individual wrestling title

Two years ago, as a freshman, Dakota Greer was on top of the world, winning an individual state wrestling title. On Saturday evening, he relived that feeling, earning his second state individual title with a convincing 23-8 victory over Stuart Massa of Hemlock in the Division 3 119-point title match at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Tri County's competitive cheer team does a handstand roll during the second round of the Division 3 state finals Saturday night.

Tri County cheer team finishes eighth in Division 3 finals

GRAND RAPIDS — Tri County’s competitive cheer team went to the state finals for the third time in four years Saturday at the DeltaPlex. The Vikings weren’t able to score among the top teams, but they still set schools records in the process.   The Vikings scored 748.58 points to take eighth place in the [...]

Belding’s Mitchell Ward reacts to his blood round win against Mount Morris’ Jesse Munsell during the second round of consolation matches Friday. He was 2-1 on the day and has reached Saturday’s next consolation round.

15 of the 21 local wrestlers still alive in state finals

With each wrestler that walked onto the mats at the state individual wrestling finals, there is a story of hard work, dedication as well as triumph and heartbreak.

Tri County junior forward Tricia Slavens, middle, cuts through the Sparta defense as teammate Ashley Bowens looks on behind her. Slavens had six points and four rebounds during the Vikings’ 46-33 win in round two of the teams’ districts tournament Wednesday. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Tri County avenges last year’s district loss, beats Sparta 46-33

Four out of the past five years, the Sparta Spartans girls basketball team has ended Tri County’s season in districts play. On Wednesday, the Vikings looked to anything to buck the trend, including having their coach wear an ugly tie. “I reverted back to wearing the tie from 1994 that I wore when I interviewed at Tri County,” laughed Vikings coach Chris Overbeek after his team won 46-33 to advance to the district finals against Grant Friday. “We were just looking for anything, any sort of competitive advantage, to change things up a little bit. I told the girls that it’s so ugly that this was just something for Sparta.”

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Vikings’ basketball manager Andrew Houghton gets a memorable in-game experience

Though the Tri County Vikings boys basketball game against Fremont was all but lost, there was one person who came into the game that lifted the spirits of everyone in the gymnasium Friday. With 2:30 minutes left in the game and the Fremont Packers up by 20, 18-year-old Andrew Houghton’s name was called by Vikings coach Josh Delameter to check into the game. As Houghton walked onto the court, fans in the gymnasium applauded and roared as his name echoed from the announcer through the speakers.

The Tri County Vikings competitive cheer team is heading to the state finals after placing in the top four of their regional tournament in Rockford Saturday. Last year, the team made it as far as the regionals. Prior to last year, Tri County made the state finals in back-to-back years. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Tri County cheer team headed to state finals for third time in four years

The Tri County competitive cheer team is headed to the state finals this Saturday. The 18-member Vikings team clinched a spot in the eight-team Division 3 finals by finishing fourth in Saturday’s regionals at Rockford High School. The top four teams from that regional advanced to the state finals.

Tri County’s Dakota Greer will compete in the individual state finals as the only undefeated wrestler in the local area, having set a 50-0 record this season and is the 119-pound district champion. Individual state finals are at The Palace of Auburn Hills March 2-4. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

21 local wrestlers move to individual state finals at The Palace March 2-4

A total of 21 local wrestlers are going to The Palace of Auburn Hills to try to win a title. All 21 finished fourth or better at their individual tournaments across the state and will move on to wrestle at The Palace for the final time March 2 to March 4.

Members of the Tri County competitive cheer team show off their stunt abilities during the third and final round of the districts tournament in Comstock Park on Saturday. The Vikings finished second and qualified for the state regionals next weekend. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Tri County cheer moves on again while Belding wraps up historic season

In the District 18, Division 3 competitive cheer finals Saturday, the host team, Comstock Park, took first place while Tri County finished second and Belding finished sixth.