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Belding’s Hallee Breimayer drives in for a basket during a scrimmage at Central Montcalm Friday.

Central Montcalm hosts girls hoops shootout

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.

Central Montcalm pitcher Scylar Blaisdell in action this season. Blaisdell earned CSAA Gold first team honors.

7 Hornets, 4 Vikings earn CSAA Gold softball honors

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.

Central Montcalm’s Hunter VeltKamp dribbles by a defender during summer practice on Wednesday.

Central Montcalm begins prep for basketball 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.

Central Montcalm senior Maddy Christensen takes a swing for a base hit during the Division 2 district final against Portland on Monday. Christensen went 2-for-4 with one run scored. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm falls in D2 softball district final

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.

Central Montcalm’s Brandon Braman delivers a pitch in game one of a doubleheader against Carson City-Crystal on Monday. The Hornets won the game 2-1 and went on to win game two 11-0. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm edges CC-Crystal in pitchers duel

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.

Tri County’s Kyle Peterman delivers a pitch during game one of Friday’s doubleheader at Central Montcalm. Peterman struck out 11, but took the loss in a 3-2 nine inning game. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm tops Tri County in nine innings

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.

David Clay watches a Central Montcalm football practice in August 2014 as an assistant coach. He will be the head coach for the 2015 season. - File photo

Central Montcalm hires 2nd football coach in 3 months

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.

Central Montcalm’s Mallory Morgan connects with a pitch during Wednesday’s game at Greenville. -  Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm softball sweeps DH at Greenville

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.

Central Montcalm senior Makayla Studley takes a cut during batting practice prior to spring break. The senior hit 12 home runs as a junior, which was a school record. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Studley set to lead Central Montcalm Hornets in final season

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.

Central Montcalm coach Rob Putnam talks with his team during a timeout this season. The Hornets went 7-14 overall this season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Inexperience leads to struggles for Central Montcalm girls hoops

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.