Central Montcalm’s football team came close to making a playoff run. But the record was 4-5, which fell two games short of automatic qualification.
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The football season is over for the Lakeview Wildcats and Central Montcalm Hornets. The Wildcats (7-3) qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2006, but lost in the first round to Maple City Glen Lake. Central Montcalm did not qualify for the postseason and finished 4-5 overall.
Lakeview’s quick start over Central Montcalm led to a big win Friday night. The Wildcats scored the five of the first six touchdowns of the game and cruised to a 46-26 win over the Green Hornets Friday.
Central Montcalm’s football team got a win on one of their bigger nights of the season. The Green Hornets beat the Holton Red Devils 49-36 on homecoming Friday night, led by quarterback Keagan James.
The Greenville Invitational Golf Tournament was designed to get golf teams prepared for the upcoming regional tournament that will take place Oct. 10 there. Both the local schools that played there used it to find areas they needed to improve on as the regionals get closer.
The Central Montcalm Hornets will be looking for its first home football win of the season on Friday night. The Hornets lost in week one at home 21-0 to Chippewa Hills (1-1) and won in week two at White Cloud (0-2) 38-22. The start of the season has been both good and bad for the Hornets.
Saturday morning started out as a great day for a run. Later in the morning, the same couldn’t be said as rain and lighting delays slowed the event and runners. Central Montcalm hosted 14 high school cross country teams and another 13 middle school teams for the 36th annual Mike Noll Hornet Run on Saturday. Area schools participating included Belding, Carson City-Crystal, Central Montcalm, Montabella and Vestaburg.
When the Central Montcalm Hornets football team took the practice field on Tuesday evening it felt more like late September than the second day of the preseason practice. The Hornets are coming off their first losing season (2-7 in 2012) since going 4-5 in 2006. Central Montcalm went to the postseason four consecutive seasons (2007-10), but have missed that goal the past two seasons (5-4 in 2011).
It’s not like Central Montcalm’s football team has been idle this summer. Far from it. The Green Hornets have been doing a lot of things this summer to prepare for their opening game on Aug, 29, noted coach Marty James.
When it came to figuring out why the Central Montcalm baseball team didn’t do as well as coach Rocky Studley would have liked, he boiled it down to one thing. “We had too many errors,” he said. “That was the deal. We played ball with some pretty good teams. But we had too many errors on the year.”