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Central Montcalm’s Lane Ledford grabs a rebound in front of Greenville’s Mitch Niewoonder during Monday’s game in Greenville. Ledford scored 22 points in the win. - Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

Ledford, Switzer leads Central Montcalm past Greenville

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 Connor Barker, at top, tries to finish pinning Carson City-Crystal’s Colton Blasher during the John Baum Invitational Saturday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding tops CC-Crystal to win own invitational

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.

Greenville senior Amanda Kerschen dribbles the ball along the baseline for the Yellow Jackets during Tuesday’s game at Central Montcalm. Kerschen finished the game with five points. - Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

Kemp’s 24 helps Greenville to win over Central Montcalm

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.

Central Montcalm’s Lane Ledford rises to score two of his game-high 38 points in an 83-56 win over Evart at home on Friday night. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Ledford leads Central Montcalm to season opening win

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.

Central Montcalm’s Mason Barnwell, right, brings the ball up the court during a home game against Newaygo last season. - File photos

Central Montcalm boys ready for basketball season

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.

Central Montcalm quarterback Keagan James gets ready to work on a running back drill during practice last week. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm goes on the road to Freeland

Even though they were only 5-4, Central Montcalm’s football team made it to the playoffs. Because of their record, the Green Hornets will go on the road for the first round of the Division 5 playoffs when they go to Freeland to face the Falcons.

Lakeview quarterback Nate Shurlow (9) fends off Central Montcalm defender Todd Switzer (3) en route to running for a first down in the first quarter Friday evening. - Daily News/Cory Smith

Lakeview wins thriller over rival Central Montcalm

Fighting for its playoff life, the stakes were certainly higher for Central Montcalm than they were for visiting Lakeview in Friday’s final football game of the regular season. The mistakes were just too much for Central Montcalm to overcome.

Central Montcalm’s Blake Wittkopp, left, makes a catch during practice on Thursday. The Hornets were preparing for Friday’s home game against rival Lakeview. - Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm, Lakeview have own motivations for game

Central Montcalm and Lakeview will renew a football rivalry on Friday night with a lot at stake. Each team has their own motivation for wanting to win the game. For the Green Hornets (5-3), it’s getting that sixth win to make the playoffs. For the Wildcats (7-1), it’s being 8-1 for the first time since 1976.

Central Montcalm tight end Bo Studley catches a touchdown in the endzone during the second quarter of play against Clio Friday evening. - Cory Smith

Central Montcalm falls in heartbreaker 30-29

Central Montcalm broke open a tie game by capitalizing on two fourth-down, fourth-quarter gambles Friday night and appeared to be on its way to a 2-0 start before Clio stunned the Hornets with its own version of fourth-and-a-miracle. The Hornets had a 15-point lead with just 2:10 remaining in the game before Clio turned the tables by scoring two touchdowns — including one with no time remaining on the clock — to pull off an improbable 30-29 victory at Central Montcalm.

Central Montcalm quarterback Keagan James avoids a tackler during a game last season. The Hornets opened the 2014 season with a 36-6 win over Morley Stanwood on Thursday.

James: Central Montcalm used defense to win

Central Montcalm’s football team hadn’t beat Morley Stanwood in the past five years. That all changed Thursday, as the Green Hornets had a 36-6 win over the Mohawks.