Montabella girls, 5 others qualify for XC state finals at MIS

On Saturday across the state, 11 area cross country runners qualified for the state finals, which will take place at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) this coming Saturday. Included in the 11 runners are six from the Montabella girls team, which qualified with a third place finish at regional. In addition to the top three teams in each regional, the top 15 individual runners in each regional qualify for the state finals.

Central Montcalm’s Libby Ledford, right, hits the ball over the outstretched arms of Tri County’s Jessica Thompson, left, and Dani Stewart during the Silver Division finals Saturday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Tri County uses Central Montcalm’s own invite for revenge

Tri County’s volleyball team had found themselves a perfect chance to get back at Central Montcalm for beating them during the regular season. They did it at the Green Hornets’ own invitational Saturday. Tri County beat Central Montcalm 25-18, 25-22 to win the Silver Division of the Hornets’ Halloween Invitational.

Central Montcalm sophomore defender C.J. Denman (10) recovers a fumble by the Lakeview Wildcats while being tackled by Lakeview senior lineman Jacob Ridgeway (77) during the second quarter Friday evening. - Daily News/Cory Smith

Lakeview holds off rival Central Montcalm 21-16

With its longshot playoff hopes flickering like a candle in a hurricane, host Lakeview took care of the business at hand Friday night by delivering a hard-fought 21-16 victory over Central Montcalm. “When you look at the rivalry we have with Central Montcalm, you know they are going to give you their best shot, and it will always be a good game,” Lakeview coach Sean Rinehart said. “They have some real good play makers, but we were able to put together four good quarters of football.”


SPORTS GALORE: Lovable Losers add a year to misery

It’s now been 107 years since the Chicago Cubs, aka the Lovable Losers, have won a World Series championship. In 1908, the Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers in five games to win their second World Series championship. No one then would’ve dreamed their beloved Cubbies would suffer such a drought since then.


ROUNDUPS: Prep scores from Wednesday, Oct. 21

Central Montcalm 3, Big Rapids 0: The Green Hornets finished second in the CSAA-Gold after beating the Cardinals 25-19, 25-22, 25-21 Tuesday night. Kenzie Rutz led in kills with nine, Sam Nichols had two blocks, Paiton Bartz had five aces and nine digs and Jenna Switzer added 20 assists…

Tri County’s Summer Longstreet nears the finish line at the CSAA cross country championship at Lakeview on Tuesday.

Big Rapids sweeps CSAA XC championship meet

All the teams from both the CSAA Gold and CSAA Silver got together for one final league meet before regionals on Halloween. The Big Rapids ran the fastest as the Cardinals swept both the girls and boys races at Lakeview High School on Tuesday. Big Rapids won the girls race with 41 points. Chippewa Hills was second with 68 and Kent City third with 89.

Central Montcalm senior Ava Miller watches her chip shot during a tournament early this season at Holland Lake Golf Course. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm’s Miller finishes 25th at state finals

Central Montcalm senior Ava Miller didn’t win an individual golf state championship, but she put together a performance to be proud of as she finished her high school career. Competing in the Division 4 state finals at Forest Akers East at Michigan State University, Miller followed Friday’s first round 94 with a second round 93 on Saturday. Miller’s 187 total was good for 25th overall out of 89 golfers.


EMILY WALDON: A season of unfortunate events

Quarterback Dan Orlovsky would like to forget 2008 as much as anyone. Orlovsky was at the helm for the Detroit Lions as they fell 31-21 to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field that year. While any loss has the ability to leave a sting, this particular defeat marked a milestone that anyone would love to go without. A 10-point difference was all it took for the Lions to earn the title of becoming the first team to go winless throughout an entire 16-game season, since the 1976 expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which finished their year at 0-14.


SPORTS GALORE: Daily fantasy sports is gambling

Every week, I’m one of a couple million people who plays daily fantasy sports via Fanduel, DraftKings or other companies. Fanduel and DraftKings are the most popular and handle a majority of the marketplace. These companies and their product have skyrocketed in popularity the past couple of years much like online poker gambling in the early 2000s.

Central Montcalm’s Ava Miller putting during a CSAA Jamboree early this season. Miller shot a 90 to qualify for the Division 4 state finals on Thursday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm’s Miller qualifies for state finals

Central Montcalm senior Ava Miller is the only area golfer to continue her season beyond regionals. On Thursday, playing at the Grayling Country Club, Miller fired a 90 to qualify for the Division 4 state championship at Michigan State’s Forest Akers East Oct. 16-17. The Hornets shot 443, but did not qualify as a team, which meant Miller did so as an individual. The top three teams and top three players from non qualifying teams advance to the state finals.