On paper, Tri County should have won. On the mat, Tri County did not win. In stunning fashion, the Belding Redskins upset the No. 8 ranked Vikings with a pin in the final match to knock off the favorite 33-32 in the semifinals of the Division 3 team district wrestling tournament at Central Montcalm on Thursday.
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For the second time this season two of the top teams in the CSAA-Gold battled down to the wire. This time is was Tri County edging past rival Central Montcalm 50-48 at home on Friday night. “I thought we hit free throws down the stretch and understood the situations,” Tri County co-coach Chris Overbeek said. “We had some kids step up and play good defense tonight.”
It had been a long time since Central Montcalm defeated rival Lakeview in girls basketball. The Wildcats looked out of sync from the opening tip, while the Hornets came ready to play in a 47-31 win at home on Tuesday.
The competition at the individual Lakeview Invitational was noticeably tougher than past seasons. With the additions of Grandville (ranked No. 6 in Division 1) and Chippewa Hills (No. 3 in Division 3), the individual talent featured many 2015 state placers, including defending state champion Cameron Mahlich of Ionia. Chippewa Hills and Grandville dominated the competition with six individual champions and six runner-ups in 14 weight classes. Chippewa Hills, though, edged Granville in total points 250-233.5.
Reed City has the experience. Central Montcalm does not. With seven seniors on its roster, the Coyotes used its speed and size to defeat the senior-less Hornets 60-25 in a CSAA Gold game on Tuesday night.
With a mixture of youth and an excellent senior core, the Carson City-Crystal wrestling team already looks to be in midseason form. The Eagles, winners of three straight Division 4 district championships, used eight pins in a convincing 66-9 season opening win at home against the Central Montcalm Hornets on Wednesday afternoon.
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.
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.”
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 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.