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.
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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.”
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 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 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 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.”
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 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.