Four area girls basketball teams joined a few others for a round robin of scrimmages to close out the month of June. Basketball season doesn’t start until November, but June and even July, are busy months for basketball programs with preparation for the season.
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The Central Montcalm Hornets won the CSAA Gold softball championship this season, its first conference title since 1987. The Hornets went 12-0 in league play (29-8 overall) and had seven players earn conference honors. Tri County finished the season 16-22 overall and fifth in the CSAA Gold. Four Vikings earned conference honors this season.
The Michigan High School Athletic Association allows basketball programs 15 team practices in the month of June. There really isn’t much time to waste if improvement is the goal. That is especially true for the Central Montcalm Hornets boys basketball team. After a senior dominated Central Montcalm team went to the district final in March, the Hornets will be young and inexperienced at the varsity level this coming season.
Even the long ball wasn’t enough for the Central Montcalm Hornets. The Hornets, facing the Portland Raiders in a Division 2 softball district final, hit three home runs, all solo shots, in a tough 12-6 loss at Alma on Monday. It was the second consecutive district title for Portland.
Strong pitching and defense in baseball should be good enough for a team to win more times than not. On an extremely windy Monday afternoon, both the Central Montcalm Hornets and Carson City-Crystal Eagles displayed strong pitching and defense. One team, though, had to lose.
Todd Switzer and Kyle Peterman dueled back and forth for nine innings. Switzer earned the win for Central Montcalm with Ben West’s walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning — two extra innings — to defeat the Tri County Vikings 3-2 on Friday.
For the second time in three months, Central Montcalm has a new varsity football coach. This time it’s David Clay, who was an assistant to Marty James last season. Clay also coached Montabella as a varsity coach, resigning two seasons ago.
The Central Montcalm Hornets girls softball team came out swinging. The Hornets saw its first four batters reach base and scored three times in the first inning of an 8-3 win at Greenville on Wednesday.
Makayla Studley has a passion for the game of softball. That passion has created a relentless work ethic, which helped developed the skills to make Studley one of the areas best softball players.
Rob Putnam took over the Central Montcalm girls basketball team this year and admitted it was a learning experience for both him and the team. The Green Hornets ended up 7-14 overall and 4-8 in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division. Yet Putnam liked the way his first season went.