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.
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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.
Two baseball teams struggling to get wins this season met at Central Montcalm Tuesday, and one is no longer struggling. That team would be the Lakeview Wildcats, who beat the Green Hornets 6-4 and 7-0 in a Central State Activities Association doubleheader.
After weeks of rain and clouds, the sunshine finally made an appearance. It was perfect timing as the 6th annual Yellow Jacket Challenge took place at Greenville High School on Sunday.
On Wednesday afternoon, Central Montcalm senior Paige Switzer realized a dream come true. Switzer, a volleyball and softball star for the Hornets, signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball in college for Lander University in Greenwood, S.C.
All the sports events scheduled for Monday and even Tuesday were canceled because of rain. With the exception of a few teams, most school teams have yet to take the field or the track to start the season.