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Central Montcalm struggles in second half, falls 54-21

Central Montcalm was halfway home to a successful start for the high school football season against Morley Stanwood on Thursday night when the inevitable, and totally unavoidable, occurred. The second half began. The Hornets looked impressive while building up a 21-14 lead over the first 24 minutes before being outscored 40-0 in the second half of a 54-21 season-opening loss to the Mohawks.

Belding’s Jessica Wittenbach (5) tries to block the attack of Greenville’s Rylie Jenks (13) during The Daily News Invitational Volleyball Tournament Saturday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding does it again at The Daily News Invitational

Just like last year, Belding’s volleyball team was the best in the area. The Redskins went undefeated and won the Daily News Invitational Volleyball Tournament at their home gym Saturday. The Redskins beat Lakeview and Vestaburg in pool play, then had a tough match with Central Montcalm before besting Greenville 25-7, 25-13 in the finals.

Lakeview senior golfer Lauren Corwin chips onto the green on hole No. 8 at Holland Lake Golf Course on Wednesday. Corwin shot 93 to finish second overall. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Big Rapids wins CSAA jamboree at Holland Lake

The Big Rapids Cardinals were expected to be the favorite to take home the CSAA championships this season. On Wednesday, at the first league match of the season, the Cardinals showed exactly why so many had those expectations.

Central Montcalm quarterback Caleb Johnson takes the snap to run a play during practice on Tuesday. Johnson is competing with Hunter VeltKamp for the starting quarterback position. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm continues transition under coach Clay

The high school football season begins in 15 days for the Central Montcalm Hornets. It will be the first game under head coach David Clay, who previously was head coach for the Montabella Mustangs. On Tuesday, the transition to Clay continued on the practice field.

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Wednesday big day for local volleyball players

The first day of practice for high school volleyball player may determine whether there will be a second day for that player. All the local high schools will have tryouts when the first day of practice comes and the local coaches have some things they are looking for in a varsity player.

Belding trainer Heidi Wilker, left, checks on an injured Grand Rapids West Catholic football player. - In Action Photography/Joe Veselenak

Local schools join football concussion program

Three local schools will be taking part in a program designed to help athletes with concussions. The pilot program, which is being administered through the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), involves 70 schools, including Belding, Central Montcalm and Greenville. The program will help trainers diagnose concussions and help track athlete progress in recovering from concussions, according to Belding athletic trainer Heidi Wilker.

Central Montcalm coach David Clay calls out a play for the Hornets offense during a 7-on-7 passing camp at Greenville High School on Tuesday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm works to improve at passing camp

The goal of the summer football practice schedule is to get better each and every time out on the field. The Central Montcalm Hornets, under new coach David Clay, are showing that improvement from week-to-week. It also helps having a full squad to work with.

Belding’s Hallee Breimayer drives in for a basket during a scrimmage at Central Montcalm Friday.

Central Montcalm hosts girls hoops shootout

Four area girls basketball teams joined a few others for a round robin of scrimmages to close out the month of June. Basketball season doesn’t start until November, but June and even July, are busy months for basketball programs with preparation for the season.

Belding junior Greta Wilker connects for a double during a game at home this season. Wilker earned Division 2 first team All-State honors. - File photo

Wilker, 3 others earn All-State softball honors

The Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association released its All-State honorees on Wednesday. In all, four area players earned All-State honors this season. For the second straight season, Belding’s Greta Wilker was named to the Division 2 first team. This year as a utility fielder (third base in 2014).

Central Montcalm pitcher Scylar Blaisdell in action this season. Blaisdell earned CSAA Gold first team honors.

7 Hornets, 4 Vikings earn CSAA Gold softball honors

The Central Montcalm Hornets won the CSAA Gold softball championship this season, its first conference title since 1987. The Hornets went 12-0 in league play (29-8 overall) and had seven players earn conference honors. Tri County finished the season 16-22 overall and fifth in the CSAA Gold. Four Vikings earned conference honors this season.