Not since the likes of Brian Thwaites, Matt Spencer, Tom Thomsen and Jason Anderson roamed the halls of Central Montcalm have the Hornets won a boys basketball district title. The year was 1991. Thwaites went for 23 points and 12 rebounds in a 59-44 win over Lakewood to lead the Hornets to its first district title since 1978. That same team went on to defeat Mason in the regional finals before falling to Flint Powers Catholic 59-47 in the Class B quarterfinals.
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It was a showcase between two of the area’s best basketball players in a head-to-head battle on the court. While Carson City-Crystal’s Grant Gage and Central Montcalm’s Lane Ledford put on a great show — combining for 36 points — it was Kyler Simmon and Kolton Kavanagh hitting shot after shot to help the Eagles fend off the Hornets in a 59-51 win at home on Tuesday.
Three area wrestling teams wrapped up the regular season on Saturday at the Central State Activities Association tournament at Tri County. In all, 14 wrestlers from Central Montcalm, Lakeview and Tri County placed in the top four. Tri County led the way with eight individual placers, while Lakeview and Central Montcalm each had three.
Two Central Montcalm football players made their national signing day special by signing letters of intent to play college football. Seniors Keagan James and Jacob Palmer signed their letters of intent Wednesday. James will play for St. Francis College of Illinois and Palmer will play for Hope College.
Todd Switzer’s fourth three-pointer was his biggest of the night, and quite possibly the biggest of the season. With just 2.6 seconds remaining, Switzer, who was also fouled on the shot, drained his final three-pointer and only free throw of the night to give the Central Montcalm Hornets a thrilling, 46-42 come-from-behind victory over the Big Rapids Cardinals on Friday night.
The Lakeview Wildcats hosted its annual individual wrestling tournament on Saturday. Mason County Central outlasted 16 schools to earn the championship this weekend with 202 points. Grant was second with 164 points and Belding third with 150.
Central Montcalm’s girls basketball team struggled shooting most of Friday night, both from the floor and the free throw line. The Hornets, though, found a groove at the right time to force overtime against the Chippewa Hills Warriors at home. The Warriors refocused and battled back for a 45-40 CSAA Gold win in the extra time.
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 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.
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.