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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.”

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.

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.

Central Montcalm’s Ava Miller tees off during a CSAA Jamboree this season.  - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Miller, Corwin, Bice earn CSAA golf honors

The Central State Activities Association girls golf season has come to an end. Playing at Clear Lake Golf Club in Big Rapids, the host Cardinals won the season ending tournament and clinched the season long conference championship on Tuesday.

Central Montcalm running back Logan Davis, left, tries to break away from Tri County defender Jordan Wainright during a game on Sept. 11. Daily News/Cory Smith

Central Montcalm faces tough Chippewa Hills team

Three teams in the CSAA Gold have yet to lose a league game. Central Montcalm (at 2-1 in league play) is scheduled to play all three of those teams in consecutive weeks beginning Friday at home against Chippewa Hills. After back-to-back wins, following three consecutive losses to begin the season, the Hornets (2-3 overall) feel like they are playing better and improving each week with the season now more than half over.

Tri County senior quarterback Colton Harris (3) scores one of his four rushing touchdowns Friday evening in the second quarter as he powers past Central Montcalm senior defender Zack Bebow (54). - Daily News/Cory Smith

Colton Harris leads Tri County to victory over Central Montcalm

Tri County senior quarterback Colton Harris looked like a one-man wrecking crew during Friday’s 41-27 Central State Activities Association Gold Division victory over Central Montcalm, but he was the first to admit that he had a little help from his friends.
“My linemen gave me awesome protection and my receiving corps did an awesome job catching the ball,” Harris said. Harris, meanwhile, did just about everything else by shredding the Hornets on the ground and through the air.

Central Montcalm’s Samantha Nichols blocks a kill attempt for a point during game two against Portland St. Patrick at home on Tuesday night. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm wins twice after long weekend

Like most of us after a long holiday weekend, the Central Montcalm Hornets were a little sluggish in the team’s first day back to work. The Hornets, though, responded well twice, to knock off both the White Cloud Indians and Portland St. Patrick Shamrocks in a volleyball triangular at home on Tuesday.

Central Montcalm senior Trenton Braman, left, works during a drill at practice on Tuesday. Braman rushed for 1,107 yards as a junior and is a three-year captain. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm’s Trenton Braman’s main goal: Reaching playoffs

It only takes a quick visit to a Central Montcalm football practice to realize Trenton Braman is a special player. It only takes a quick conversation with him to also realize he is a special person. In an age with a me-first mentality, the senior and three-year varsity player is focused on one thing — getting the Hornets back to the playoffs.