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Central Montcalm’s Brooke Hollenbeck fouls off a pitch during the Division 3 regional semifinal against Manistee Saturday.

Central Montcalm falls short in regional final

Central Montcalm’s softball team faced a familiar foe with a trip to Michigan State University on the line. Unfortunately, that familiar foe took revenge on the Green Hornets for beating them twice in the regular season.

Central Montcalm’s Makayla Studley tags Hesperia’s Holly Whelan at second base during the team’s game May 14.

Central Montcalm prepares tough task at regionals

Central Montcalm’s softball team has been preparing for the Division 3 regional Saturday at Holton. “We had a good practice Monday,” said coach Bruce Nicholson. “We took (Tuesday) off but we had a scrimmage (Wednesday) with Ithaca who is also going to regionals. (Thursday) we went to Belding to scrimmage them and Northview.”

The Belding Redskins show five fingers to represent its fifth consecutive district title on Saturday at home.

Belding, Central Montcalm win softball districts

Two local softball teams will be heading to the regional round of the playoffs after winning their district tournament. Belding and Central Montcalm are moving on after two wins Saturday.

Central Montcalm’s Mikayla Studley, left, tags Hesperia’s Holly Whelan at second base during the first game of the teams’ doubleheader Tuesday.

Central Montcalm sweeps Hesperia, sets up CSAA showdown

Central Montcalm’s softball team continued rolling through the Central State Activities Association Tuesday. It’s their toughest test to date in the conference was Tuesday against Hesperia, which also came in with just two losses in the conference.

Central Montcalm’s Austin Edwards, left, scampers back to first base as Lakeview’s Brad Hamlin, right, waits for the ball during the first game of the teams’ doubleheader Tuesday.

Lakeview takes two from Central Montcalm on diamond

Two baseball teams struggling to get wins this season met at Central Montcalm Tuesday, and one is no longer struggling. That team would be the Lakeview Wildcats, who beat the Green Hornets 6-4 and 7-0 in a Central State Activities Association doubleheader.

The start of the 6th annual Yellow Jacket Challenge on Sunday in Greenville. A total of 529 people participated in the event.

Yellow Jacket Challenge takes place with sunshine

After weeks of rain and clouds, the sunshine finally made an appearance. It was perfect timing as the 6th annual Yellow Jacket Challenge took place at Greenville High School on Sunday.

Central Montcalm senior Paige Switzer signs her letter of intent to play college volleyball for Lander University in South Carolina on Wednesday. She is surrounded by, left to right, father Andy Switzer, high school coach Haley Dawe, AAU coach Lisa Gettys, high school coach Amy Tasker and mother Roxanne Switzer.

Central Montcalm’s Switzer signs with Lander U.

On Wednesday afternoon, Central Montcalm senior Paige Switzer realized a dream come true. Switzer, a volleyball and softball star for the Hornets, signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball in college for Lander University in Greenwood, S.C.

Greenville’s Stankey Field, where the Yellow Jackets play baseball, shows some standing water in the infield and in foul territory after Tuesday’s rain.

Local sports teams having to work around bad weather

All the sports events scheduled for Monday and even Tuesday were canceled because of rain. With the exception of a few teams, most school teams have yet to take the field or the track to start the season.

Former Central Montcalm and Greenville golf coach Jim Whitmer, middle, was elected to the MIGCA Hall of Fame in March. Pictured with him is MIGCA executive director Gregg Kirchen and current Central Montcalm boys and girls golf coach Gary Buchholz. Buchholz was named the girls Division 3 Regional Coach of the Year.

Longtime golf coach Jim Whitmer makes MIGCA Hall of Fame

Former Central Montcalm and Greenville golf coach Jim Whitmer has a long resume of success. Whitmer coached golf at Central Montcalm from 1972 until 2001 when he retired. After that, he spent another five years coaching the Greenville boys golf team. He coached both boys and girls at Central Montcalm, as well as football, basketball [...]

Central Montcalm’s Mason Barnwell brings the ball up the court during the Class B district tournament this season.

Different facets to Central Montcalm boys hoop season

Sure, Central Montcalm’s boys basketball team could have had a better season. The Green Hornets were 4-17 on the season, but not all was lost, according to coach John Kearney.