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Carson City-Crystal’s Tyler Craig, right, starts the senior division race quick during Saturday’s Hornet Run at Central Montcalm. Craig placed third overall with a time of 17:49.91.

Central Montcalm hosts 36th annual Mike Noll Hornet Run

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.

Central Montcalm’s Todd Switzer, middle, works as the gunner during punt team practice on Tuesday. Austin Phenix, left, is defending Switzer, while Keagan James, in back at right, is punting.

Central Montcalm is ready to get back to the playoffs

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).

The Central Montcalm Hornets offense lines up for a play against the Lakeview Wildcats last season. The Hornets went 2-7 in 2012.

Central Montcalm gridders have been busy

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.

Central Montcalm coach Rocky Studley (44) meets with his team on the mound during a game against Lakeview May 7.

Central Montcalm baseball team struggle with errors

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.”

Central Montcalm varsity volleyball coach Haley Dawe, standing left, talks with more than 45 athletes during Thursday’s camp at the high school.

Central Montcalm hosts youth volleyball camp

Unlike baseball, basketball and other sports, area youth leagues are not available for interested volleyball players. Because of that, most volleyball players are not introduced to the sport until middle school and even high school for others.

Central Montcalm’s LaShae Wright, left, clears a hurdle during The Daily News Track Invitational in May. Wright placed third at the Division 3 state meet in the 100-meter hurdles.

Central Montcalm track teams made ‘huge strides’

Central Montcalm’s track teams had some hiccups during the season, but co-coach Kris Kolbe was still happy with how things went. “Starting with the boys, we knew we were young,” he said. “We only had one senior on the team, so we knew we were going to have some big shoes to fill with some inexperienced kids. We saw some huge gains at every meet, which will give us something to build on for next year.”

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.