The high school football season begins in 15 days for the Central Montcalm Hornets. It will be the first game under head coach David Clay, who previously was head coach for the Montabella Mustangs. On Tuesday, the transition to Clay continued on the practice field.
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Three local schools will be taking part in a program designed to help athletes with concussions. The pilot program, which is being administered through the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), involves 70 schools, including Belding, Central Montcalm and Greenville. The program will help trainers diagnose concussions and help track athlete progress in recovering from concussions, according to Belding athletic trainer Heidi Wilker.
The goal of the summer football practice schedule is to get better each and every time out on the field. The Central Montcalm Hornets, under new coach David Clay, are showing that improvement from week-to-week. It also helps having a full squad to work with.
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.
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.