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Central Montcalm senior Michaela Crooks backs down on a Lakeview defender this season.

Central Montcalm girls struggled early, came on late

Central Montcalm’s girls basketball team got off to a slow start under new coach Kevin Everingham. “We had a weak start to the season,” Everingham said. “I think we won the majority of the games in the second half of the season. We could have done the same type of thing in the first half if we played a little better early on.”

Lakeview junior Shawn Lindsey goes finishes a breakaway with an easy layup during a game this season.

Lakeview boys get three on CSAA league team

Lakeview Wildcats junior Shawn Lindsey was named to the All-CSAA boys basketball first team for his play this year. Lindsey leads three Wildcats on the postseason team, while one Central Montcalm Hornet earned honors, as well. Nate Shurlow was named to the second team and John Torres an honorable mention for the Wildcats. Trevin Nemeth [...]

Central Montcalm’s Jesse Judge, left, wrestles during the individual state finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills earlier this month. Judge placed eighth in Division 3 at 189 pounds.

Central Montcalm mat coach predicting big things next season

There’s some optimism coming from Central Montcalm after this past wrestling season. That optimism is coming from coach Dan VanderVlucht after his team finished with a 24-9 record in the regular season and won a Division 3 district title.

Belding’s Brenden Zuver goes in for a layup during Wednesday’s district semifinal games at Shepherd.

Central Montcalm, Belding both fall in district semis

The Central Montcalm Hornets and Belding Redskins boys basketball teams have had similar seasons this year. Both the Hornets and Redskins struggled to win games, but battled hard and never gave up. Wednesday’s district semifinal games were more of the same for the two schools.

Carson City-Crystal’s Kenneth Dittenber, right, tries to keep Logan Griffin of Erie Mason on the mat during Saturday’s Division 4 state final at 112 pounds. Dittenber lost 5-4 in four overtimes.

14 wrestlers place at individual state finals

Sometimes it’s just not meant to be. That may have been the case for Carson City-Crystal senior Kenneth Dittenber, who was in search of a third straight individual wrestling state title on Saturday at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Carson City-Crystal’s Kenneth Dittenber starts his Division 4 semifinal match against Sanford Meridian’s Joe Shuler with a handshake. Dittenber won by major decision 14-3 and will be trying for his third straight state title today.

Area wrestlers take center stage for individual titles at state finals

Brighter lights. Bigger arena. That is the setting called the Palace of Auburn Hills. This weekend, it’s not the Detroit Pistons on centerstage, but the best of the best in high school wrestling.

Going for a rebound is, from left, Reed City’s Tia Lintemuth, Central Montcalm’s Kirsi Singh, Reed City’s Natalia Westhoff and Central Montcalm’s Michaela Crooks during the teams’ game Saturday.

Reed City spoils Central Montcalm Senior Day

For one half Saturday, Central Montcalm’s girls basketball team was looking at a big upset of Reed City. The second half showed why the Coyotes are so good.

Greenville’s Kyle Reamer goes for a pin during his district final match against Big Rapids on Thursday. Greenville is one of five area teams to win district titles last week.

5 area wrestling teams look for regional titles

Every wrestling team begins winter practice in November dreaming of the chance to reach Battle Creek for the team state championship. Just eight teams in each of the four divisions get to realize this dream. Tonight, five area teams will have the chance to claim a regional title and a spot in the final eight, which will take place Feb. 22 and 23 at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.

Central Montcalm sophomore Mason Barnwell brings the ball up the court against Big Rapid on Thursday night. The Cardinals remained undefeated with the win.

Big Rapids hoops too much for Central Montcalm

Snow was falling outside, inside in was raining three-pointers. On Thursday night, the Big Rapids Cardinals were on fire. They drained nine three-pointers and 31 field goals in all, as they defeated the host Central Montcalm Hornets 74-37 in CSAA action.

Lakeview’s Estelle Molitor moves the ball against Central Montcalm’s Shelby McIntyre on Tuesday. Lakeview won 50-31.

Lakeview wins foul-plagued rivalry game with Central Montcalm

Rivalry basketball games are intense and usually physical. That’s expected. Such was the case Tuesday night in Stanton as the Lakeview Wildcats (6-3, 4-3) earned a hard fought, foul-riddled game over rival Central Montcalm 50-31 in a CSAA matchup.