Three area wrestling teams wrapped up the regular season on Saturday at the Central State Activities Association tournament at Tri County. In all, 14 wrestlers from Central Montcalm, Lakeview and Tri County placed in the top four. Tri County led the way with eight individual placers, while Lakeview and Central Montcalm each had three.
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Two Central Montcalm football players made their national signing day special by signing letters of intent to play college football. Seniors Keagan James and Jacob Palmer signed their letters of intent Wednesday. James will play for St. Francis College of Illinois and Palmer will play for Hope College.
Todd Switzer’s fourth three-pointer was his biggest of the night, and quite possibly the biggest of the season. With just 2.6 seconds remaining, Switzer, who was also fouled on the shot, drained his final three-pointer and only free throw of the night to give the Central Montcalm Hornets a thrilling, 46-42 come-from-behind victory over the Big Rapids Cardinals on Friday night.
The Lakeview Wildcats hosted its annual individual wrestling tournament on Saturday. Mason County Central outlasted 16 schools to earn the championship this weekend with 202 points. Grant was second with 164 points and Belding third with 150.
Central Montcalm’s girls basketball team struggled shooting most of Friday night, both from the floor and the free throw line. The Hornets, though, found a groove at the right time to force overtime against the Chippewa Hills Warriors at home. The Warriors refocused and battled back for a 45-40 CSAA Gold win in the extra time.
The Central Montcalm Hornets kept shooting and the shots started to fall. Down by 10 in the first half, five at halftime and three to start the fourth quarter, the Hornets continued to battle. Seniors Lane Ledford and Todd Switzer combined for 29 of the Hornets’ 37 second half points in a 55-52 road win over the Yellow Jackets.
Belding’s wrestling team needed a big win over Carson City-Crystal in the championship match to win its own invitational Saturday. The Redskins got it, beating the Eagles 51-23 to cap off an undefeated tournament.
It took until the final minutes of the first quarter before the Greenville Yellow Jackets found some momentum. The Yellow Jackets used quickness and their height inside to defeat the Central Montcalm Hornets 58-33 on Tuesday night.
Expectations have risen the past couple of seasons for the Central Montcalm Hornets boys basketball team. After Friday night, those expectations should increase even more. The Hornets, firing on all cylinders from the beginning of the game, rolled to a season opening 83-56 win over the Evart Wildcats at home.
The expectations continue to rise for the Central Montcalm boys basketball team. Following last year’s 9-12 record, with all five starters returning (six seniors overall) this year, the Hornets expect to see improvement.