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Tri County’s Julia Bice participated in the Division 3 state finals at Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek Friday  (Courtesy photo)

Greenville girls golf, Tri County’s Bice enjoy state finals

Greenville girls golf coach Nancy Johnson would rather remember that her Yellow Jackets got to the state finals and not where they finished, while Tri County junior Julia Bice ended up with a two-day score of 209 at the Division 3 state final at Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek.

Belding’s Kade Walker (No. 6) leaps into the arms of teammate Dominica Francisco (with glasses) after scoring the first goal of the game versus Tri County in the teams’ Distict 35 playoffs game Monday at Belding. The Redskins outlasted the Vikings 3-2 in overtime. Belding will play Wednesday versus Grand Rapids Wellspring, which beat Grand Rapids West Catholic 2-1 to advance. Others pictured are Belding’s Josh Van Dyke (No. 10), Keenan Walker (No. 16) and Tri County’s Bryce Ruppert (No. 4). (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Belding outlasts Tri County 3-2 in O.T. to win District 3 soccer playoff opener

Edgar Tobar knew it was the moment of all moments. The season lay in his hands … or rather, his foot.

With the score knotted at two each between Belding and Tri County during a Division 3, District 35 soccer game at Rudness Field, the Belding captain was faced with a chance to put his team ahead on a penalty kick.

Tri County’s Ludek Cizinsky, right, goes forward with the ball as Lakeview’s Nick Ruvalcaba chases during the first half of the teams’ game Monday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Vikings make comeback for 6th win of the soccer season

Make it a season sweep for the Tri County boys soccer team over Lakeview.

The Vikings came from a 3-2 deficit to beat the Wildcats 4-3 Monday.

After starting the season 0-2, the Belding Redskins have turned things around and are riding a four-game winning streak heading into week 7 going on the road to Godwin Heights (3-3) hoping to get one step closer to an automatic bid to the playoffs.

Five local teams have legitimate shot to make the post-season

With three games left in the regular season, five local football teams have a chance to lock up a playoff spot.

It takes six wins to automatically qualify for the Michigan High School Athletics Association playoffs, although, if there aren’t enough teams with six or more wins, five-win teams can sneak in.

Coaches prefer to get that solid sixth win, and, as it stands now, Belding, Carson City-Crystal, Greenville, Lakeview and Vestaburg have a legitimate shot at earning an automatic bid to the post-season. Tri County can maybe sneak in if it wins its last three games, which would give the Vikings five wins.

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Local schools to dedicate games to cancer awareness

A few local teams are participating in cancer awareness games for the month of October. Breast cancer is usually recognized during the month of October, and most schools will be dedicating “pink out” games for that particular cause, however, this year, Central Montcalm is also dedicating some games towards childhood cancer, which the representing color is gold.

Tri County has decided to bring awareness to all types of cancer, which is signified by the color purple.

Tri County’s Jessica Thompson, at right, tries an attack past the block of Morley stanwood’s Abi Waldo during the teams’ first game Friday afternoon. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Tri County volleyball falls to Morley Stanwood

Similar to what Lakeview did for its homecoming game Sept. 22, Morley Stanwood’s volleyball team was part of a school assembly Friday afternoon, playing Tri County in a non-conference match.

The Mohawks won 25-18, 26-24 over the Vikings in front of a large student body.

The Vestaburg Wolverines will visit the Carson City-Crystal Eagles Oct. 7 in the annual Salute to Our Soldiers football game, a tradition that is in its fifth year. (File photo)

Four local schools honoring military veterans at football games

On Friday, the Lowell at Greenville football game and Merrill at Montabella football game will be dedicated to military veterans, with Carson City-Crystal and Vestaburg’s game to celebrate their traditional Salute to Our Soldiers game Oct. 7 in Carson City.

Tri County’s Joseph Nagy heads the soccer ball during the second half of a CSAA game against Reed City Monday. The Vikings won, 6-1, earning their second win of the season. Tri County is now 2-4 overall. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Tri County earns solid 6-1 win over Reed City

Though their coach was missing from the game, the Tri County Vikings’ offense surely wasn’t, as the soccer team earned its second win of the season with a solid 6-1 victory over Reed City Monday.

The Central Montcalm volleyball team does a celebration dance after scoring a win against CSAA-Gold rival Tri County during a head-to-head conference match-up in Tri County Tuesday. An experienced Green Hornets team outlasted an up-and-coming Vikings team three games to none. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm’s experience outlasts up-and-coming Tri County volleyball team

Kathy Thompson sees greatness in her Tri County volleyball team. It’s just … those … darn … mistakes … that are holding her Vikings back.

“If we play well, and let the other team make mistakes, we’re going to be fricking amazing,” said a frustrated Thompson, whose team lost three close matches to Central Montcalm Tuesday evening, 27-25, 25-19 and 25-22, during a Central State Activities Association—Gold head-to-head conference match-up.

Tri County senior tight end Quentin Stevens (80) makes a leaping catch in the first quarter Thursday for a 20-yard gain over Central Montcalm defenders, juniors Devin Williams (4) and Blake Ryan (7). (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Tri County makes comeback in defensive battle, beating Central Montcalm

Both teams only scored twice each during the rivalry game between the Tri County Vikings and Central Montcalm Green Hornets, but every second of the 48-minute game was a nail-biter.

With Central Montcalm’s scoreboard down for the entire game, the anticipation of time built, especially in the last few minutes.

Down 13-6, the Vikings were staring down the end zone 71 yards away with less than three minutes to play in the game, time being shouted out periodically by the referees.