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The referee pounds the mat to signal a pin for Tri County’s Jake Britton, top, against Kelloggsville’s Roy Flores in the 135-pound match during the Division 3 team regionals in Belding Wednesday. The Vikings eventually lost 33-28. Whitehall earned the regioal title with a 57-24 win over Kelloggsville. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Tri County’s hard effort falls short in state regionals against Kelloggsville

It was a series of near misses, but in the end, Kelloggsville bested Tri County in the first round of the Divison 3 wrestling regionals 39-31 Wednesday.

Greenville’s Stephan Hilliker, above, works Forest Hills Eastern’s Ryan Roth into position for a pin during Saturday’s state individual districts tournment in Lowell. Hilliker would get the pin 1:44 into the match, giving him a district title in the 125-pound division. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

30-plus local wrestlers qualify at weekend individual districts

As the dust settles from Saturday’s state individual district tournaments, as many as 33 wrestlers qualified for the next round, the regionals, which will be next Saturday. The Carson City-Crystal Eagles, wrestling out of the 27-4 Hesperia district, saw 10 wrestlers qualify, which is the most among the area schools, followed by Greenville, which had eight qualify. Belding had six qualify while Tri County and Montabella each had four wrestlers who finished fourth or better to qualify for regionals. Central Montcalm finished with two qualifiers and Lakeview with one.

Surrounded by Chippewa Hills players, Tri County’s Marcus Kimmel, white jersey, tries to grab a loose ball during the teams’ game Friday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Tri County loses 64-39 to Chip Hills

Tri County’s boys basketball team was close for a half of basketball Friday night. Then the second half started and it was all downhill. The Vikings were outscored 25-7 in the third quarter and lost 64-39 to the Chippewa Hills Warriors Friday night.

Tri County’s Grace Miller, right, brings the ball down the court while being watched by Chippewa Hills’ Haley Mercer, left, during the teams’ game Friday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Vikings lose DeGeer, but still beat Warriors 57-38

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Tri County’s Grace Miller, right, brings the ball down the court while being watched by Chippewa Hills’ Haley Mercer, left, during the teams’ game Friday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)
HOWARD CITY — After hitting a pair of 3-pointers, Jenna DeGeer went down with a left knee injury. It happened just 2:45 into the first quarter of Tri County’s girls basketball game with Chippewa Hills Friday night. That seemed to be no problem for the Vikings, as they hammered the Warriors 57-38 Friday night.

Greenville's Paige Hallock, left, and Landon Kemp each signed their letters of intent to play at the college level, with Hallock set to play basketball at Grand Valley State University while Kemp will continue her long jump career at South Dakota University.

HIT THE LINE HARD: Enjoying the hype of committing

This is the time of year I always love, when “National Signing Day” is upon us. I love all the hype of which highly-touted high school football recruit is going where and which team has raked in the most studs and whose team is going to be crazy good next year, or so we think. One of the the trends I’ve gotten caught up in and enjoy watching are the creative announcements these recruits have been posting online lately.

Tri County’s Grace Miller, right, tries to drive around Central Montcalm’s Bree Brasington during the teams’ game Friday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Tri County beats Central Montcalm to take second place in CSAA-Gold

Central Montcalm and Tri County battled for the full 32 minutes to see who would take second behind Big Rapids in the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) Gold Division. That battle went to the Vikings, as they beat the Green Horntets 55-49 Friday night.

Tri County’s Bryce Hallman, right, goes up for a basket while Central Montcalm’s Noah Stauffer trails during the teams’ game Friday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Hornets win in the paint, beat Vikings 61-33

Tri County’s boys basketball team is still looking for its first win of the season. A bad first half turned into a rout Friday night, as Central Montcalm beat the Vikings 61-33 in a Central State Activities Association (CSAA) Gold Division game.

Vikings senior Parker Martin, who is now sitting at 97 career wins, battles Big Rapids’ Aaron Repke in the 130-pound match Wednesday. Martin earned a 5-3 win against Repke. The two are longtime friends and it was the first time Martin was able to beat him since they became friends. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Tri County close to having four wrestlers with 100 career wins on the team

It was a milestone night for Tri County’s Parker Martin in the Vikings’ dual meet Wednesday. Though he inched closer to 100 wins, on this night, he bested a rival friend for the first time. The Vikings (18-8 overall), ranked 10th in Division 3, hosted Newaygo, Big Rapids and No. 1 Division 3 ranked Chippewa Hills. Tri County lost to Chippewa Hills 45-30 and beat Big Rapids 62-18.

Tri County’s Ben Behrenwald, kneeling in front, celebrates his 100th career win with coaches, from left, Mike Astrauskas, Mike Vanderhyde, Corey Renner, Jeremiah Gitchel and Nick Renner. (Courtesy photo)

Tri County’s Ben Behrenwald hits 100th career wrestling win

Tri County 145-pound wrestler Ben Behrenwald knew he was close to his 100th career win. He finally got it Jan. 18, beating Kalub Bonter of Grant 8-4 in a quadrangular meet with the Tigers and Fremont.

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 [...]