High School

Central Montcalm’s Mason Ferguson putts on the 18th green during the CSAA jamboree at Brookside Golf Course on April 24.

Central Montcalm golfers close to goal

STANTON — Central Montcalm’s golf team set a goal to make the Division 3 state tournament this year. While the Green Hornets didn’t get there, “we are get-ting close,” said coach Gary Buchholz. “Overall the team consistently averaged 385 for the season,” he said. “We are always pushing for the goal to make it to [...]

Greenville’s Jared Vinton throws a pitch during a game against Forest Hills Northern last month. MHSAA’s new pitch count rule that was implemented this spring limits the number of throws a pitcher can have in a day and week, and has forced high school pitchers to be more aggressive on the mound against batters.  (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

New pitch count rule has interesting affect on pitchers’ mindset on the mound

New pitch count rule forces high school pitchers to adjust their approach on the mound against batters.

Central Montcalm’s Lily Doyle, left, catches the ball to get Saginaw Swan Valley’s Lauren Keyser at first during the teams’ Division 2 region-al tournament game Saturday.

No. 1 Swan Valley ends Central Montcalm’s season in regional softball playoffs

CLIO — Central Montcalm’s softball team found out why Saginaw Swan Valley is ranked No. 1 in the state in Division 2 by the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association. The Vikings mercied the Green Hornets 10-0 in five innings Saturday, ending Central’s season at 30-9 overall. “They are the best team in the state [...]

Central Montcalm’s Courtnee Nicholson throws during warm-ups at prac-tice Tuesday.

Central Montcalm preps for regional tournament Saturday

STANTON — Central Montcalm’s softball team is back where they were two years ago. The Green Hornets are in the Division 2 regionals for the second time in three years, having won the Portland district last Saturday. That was big, said Central coach Bruce Nicholson. “We are excited,” he said. “It was a goal to [...]

Central Montcalm's Mallory Morgan pitches during the Green Hornets' first game against Fremont May 30.

Central Montcalm, Montabella girls win district titles

A pair of local softball teams won district titles Saturday. Central Montcalm’s girls got a win in the Portland district in Division 2. They beat Alma 9-4 in the semifinals, then beat the host Raiders 7-6 in the finals. Mallory Morgan got the win in both games. In the first game, she allowed 10 hits [...]

Greenville senior Landon Kemp splashes into the sand after a school record-breaking long jump attempt with a jump of 18 feet, 11 inches at the annual Daily News track meet in Greenville Wednesday. Kemp is a state qualifier for three events, including the long jump. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Many competitors break PRs, school records at annual Daily News track meet

Though sandwiched between the regionals and the state finals, the annual Daily News track meet Wednesday was well enjoyed as it provided one last hurrah for many and, for others, monumental achievements. Many personal records and some school records were shattered at the meet, which included competitors from Greenville, Belding, Central Montcalm, Lakeview, Carson City-Crystal, Vestaburg and Cedar Springs.

Central Montcalm’s Ben West, middle of bottom row, signs his letter of intent to play baseball at Trine University on Tuesday. Watching are, front row from left, his mother Cindy, Ben, his father George; back row, his sister Julia, Central Montcalm baseball coach Bob Luginbuhl and Central assistant base-ball coach Brett Meilleur.

Central Montcalm’s West headed to Trine

STANTON — Ben West knows where he will play baseball next season. The Central Montcalm senior signed a letter of intent Tuesday to play for Trine University’s baseball team. “I love the atmosphere there, I love the coaches there, I love the overall feel of the college,” West said. “There’s a lot there for me. [...]

Central Montcalm’s Courtnee Nicholson hits the first pitch from Fremont out of the ballpark during the first inning of the two teams’ doubleheader Tuesday.

Central double-mercies Fremont to go undefeated in conference again

STANTON — Central Montcalm’s softball team had already won the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) Gold division title before the conference season wrapped up. There was only one goal left for the Green Hornets, and that was to go undefeated in the conference for the third straight year. That mission was accomplished Tuesday when they [...]

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Central tops Reed City for third straight CSAA-Gold softball title

REED CITY — Central Montcalm’s softball team continues to pile up the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) Gold Division titles. The Green Hornets won their third straight division title Friday when they beat Reed City 15-1 in six innings and 14-0 in five innings in Reed City. “Every one of them is special,” Central coach [...]

Tri County’s Andrew Houghton watches his putt on the 18th green during the CSAA jamboree Monday at Brookside Golf Course.

Lakeview 2nd at own CSAA jamboree

GOWEN — Lakeview’s boys golf team made a major step forward Monday. The Wildcats finished second at the Central State Activities Association jamboree Monday at Brookside Golf Course. Lakeview shot a 361, which trailed only Big Rapids’ 313. “I am very pleased with (Monday’s) performance,” Lakeview coach Brian Corwin said. “We had a tough round [...]