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.”


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.


Tri County basketball players engage with Early Childhood youngsters

As the youngest sibling in her family, Julia Hauenstein hasn’t had much chance to be a “big sister.” However, on Wednesday, she did, at least for a little while. As many as 70 youngsters from Howard City’s Early Childhood Center, ranging from 3 to 4 years old, filed into the center’s Edge gymnasium and were greeted by several players from both the Tri County girls and boys basketball team Wednesday, an outreach event to introduce youngsters to engage in school activities, says co-coordinator Dave Princer, who broadcasts Vikings sports through Michigan Sports Radio.

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.