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Central Montcalm’s Shalie Shank bumps during a practice at the alumni-JV camp Tuesday.

CM alums help out at JV camp

STANTON — While the Central Montcalm varsity volleyball team was away at a camp this week, the JV team had a camp of their own at the high school. The camp had some very special teachers. The more than 20 campers were taught by former varsity volleyball coach Amy Tasker, and she brought in some [...]

Central Montcalm’s Caitlin Ferguson, right, slides in safely as Portland’s Abby Grys tries to block the plate during the teams’ Division 2 district game Tuesday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Errors cost Central Montcalm in district showdown

Central Montcalm’s softball team made three critical errors that determined its playoff fate. All three Portland batters who were safe on those errors came around to score, including the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 3-2 win over the Green Hornets in the Division 2 pre-district game Tuesday. Central got the first batter of the ninth inning out but the next four reached base, starting with Rachel Click being safe on a fielding error.

Central Montcalm’s Brandon Braman delivers a pitch at home against Central Montcalm on Monday. Hornets first baseman Noah Spohr, right, gets ready to field. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

CC-Crystal wins pitchers duel with Central Montcalm

On most nights, the pitching performance by Central Montcalm’s Brandon Braman would result in a win. On Monday, Braman was slightly out dueled by Carson City-Crystal’s Dallas O’Green in a 1-0 shut out win at Central Montcalm. Both pitchers went the distance. O’Green allowed a single hit in the first inning and struck out six including the final three outs of the game. Braman allowed four hits, one of them a game-winning infield hit, and struck out five.

Central Montcalm’s Trenton Braman, middle, celebrates while crossing the finish line — in fifth place — during the preliminary heats of the 100 during the Division 2 regionals at Houseman Field Friday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Tri County boys, Belding girls heading to state track finals

Belding’s girls will be well represented at the state Division 2 track finals in Zeeland. The Redskin girls will be going in eight events after the regionals Friday at Houseman Field. Belding’s 800-meter relay team of Hallee Breimayer, Johanna McCully, Emma Jakeway and Lauren McDowell (1:47.04) finished second to Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills and is headed to the state finals.

Central Montcalm freshman Andrew Jacoby takes a swing and connects for a two-run single during the fourth inning against Chippewa Hills at home on Friday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Myers pitches Central Montcalm to shutout win

Central Montcalm has been struggling at the plate. On Friday, behind two key defensive plays, the Hornets combined some small ball and timely hits to defeat CSAA Gold rival Chippewa Hills 5-0 in game one of a doubleheader. Chase Myers pitched a complete game for the shutout win allowing four hits and and three walks.

Central Montcalm’s Mallory Morgan delivers a pitch during game one of a doubleheader against Tri County on Friday. Morgan earned the win in nine innings of work. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm rallies to beat Tri County in 9 innings

In a game that should have a significant implication on the CSAA Gold championship, Central Montcalm and Tri County needed nine innings to decide the winner. The Hornets — the defending league champions — trailed 4-1 after three innings before making a comeback to win 7-4 over the Vikings in game one of a doubleheader on Friday. The Hornets scored twice in the fifth inning. They tied the game in the top of the seventh — without a hit — before scoring three times in the final inning to pull off the win.

Central Montcalm’s Kenzie Rutz connects for a two-run double in the second inning of game one at home against Greenville on Wednesday. Rutz also hit her second home run of the season in game two. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm softball sweeps Yellow Jackets

The Central Montcalm Hornets are primed to have an outstanding season on the diamond. On Wednesday, a young Greenville Yellow Jackets team witnessed what the Hornets have to offer this season as they were swept 15-0 (in three innings) and 7-0.

Belding’s Mitchell Ward pins Tri County’s Ryan VanderMuellen in the final match of the Division 3 district semifinal to win 33-32 at Central Montcalm on Thursday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding stuns Tri County, tops Lakeview for district title

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.

Tri County’s Ashley Bowen handles the basketball in front of Central Montcalm defender Kiara Wernette during Friday’s game. Bowen scored 16 points in the Vikings 50-48 win. Wernette tallied 11 points. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Tri County free throws edge Central Montcalm

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.”

Central Montcalm’s Libby Ledford shoots a 3-point shot from the corner in front of Lakeview’s Amanda Larson during the first half at home on Tuesday. Ledford led all scorers with 21 points in the Hornets win. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm downs rival Lakeview 47-31

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.