High School

Lakeview running back and sophomore Addison Mitchell (10), outruns Central Montcalm defender and sophomore Jack Christensen (5) for a 60-yard touchdown in the second quarter Friday evening. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Lakeview shuts out Central Montcalm to clinch sixth win and spot in playoffs

With a berth in the postseason hanging in the balance, the Lakeview Wildcats needed every player focused.

Facing off against rival Central Montcalm Hornets, all records were thrown out the window Friday night, with every player from both teams motivated by pure passion.

But as it would turn out, the Wildcats (6-3) were simply too overpowering for the Hornets (1-8), dominating at the line of scrimmage, and running their way to a 35-0 shutout, clinching a spot in the playoffs in the process.

Central Montcalm girls runners, in green jerseys, and Tri County girls runners take off at the start of the CSAA championships Tuesday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Fremont, Big Rapids win conference championships

Tri County’s boys cross country team had something to be proud of Tuesday.

The Vikings ended up second behind Fremont in the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) Gold Division at the Championships they hosted, finishing with 99 points to the Packers’ 26.

Amy Tasker, left, and Haley Dawe, right, directing practice Monday, took over the Central Montcalm varsity volleyball program after former coach Jim Johnson unexpectedly resigned just before the school year began. The two women, both teachers at the school, have helped the team establish a 21-5-5 record so far. Picturd in the middle is Green Hornets junior varsity volleyball coach Amy Kolbe. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm volleyball’s new coaches help team excel this season

It is said a team learns more about itself after a loss than a win. But when a team loses its coach suddenly, it is a lesson no one is prepared for.

When Jim Johnson abruptly stepped down as Central Montcalm volleyball coach at the beginning of the school year because, what the school administration said, was for “personal reasons,” it was a shock to the players.


Local schools to dedicate games to cancer awareness

A few local teams are participating in cancer awareness games for the month of October. Breast cancer is usually recognized during the month of October, and most schools will be dedicating “pink out” games for that particular cause, however, this year, Central Montcalm is also dedicating some games towards childhood cancer, which the representing color is gold.

Tri County has decided to bring awareness to all types of cancer, which is signified by the color purple.

A few of Lakeview’s student body, which was in attendance for the assembly game, rub a student’s head for good luck for their Wildcats team. High school students got out early from class to attend both the varsity and junior varsity games between Central Montcalm and Lakeview. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central sweeps two close sets versus Lakeview at ‘assembly game’

The intimidation factor was on full tilt for Central Montcalm’s volleyball team in its match against Lakeview. The event took place Thursday afternoon in front of the school’s entire student body. Facing a boisterous crowd that filled the stands, the Green Hornets were able to overcome the intimidation to sneak away with a two-game sweep, winning 25-23 in each game.

Central Montcalm junior Tyler Giles, center, wraps up Newaygo’s running back during the first half of Friday’s game in Stanton. Newaygo won 41-13. Giles led the Green Hornets with 15 tackels. Also pictured are Blake Ryan (No. 7) and Zach Bigelow (No. 3). (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Newaygo too much for Central Montcalm in 41-13 loss

Lightning was in the air, but the thunder was coming from the ground game of the Newaygo Lions, who overtook Central Montcalm 41-7 Friday evening.

Grant’s Laura Bouwkamp (12) attacks the block of Central Montcalm’s Kenzie Rutz, left, and Mallory Morgan, middle, during the teams’ match Tuesday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Grant hands Central Montcalm first loss of 2016 in four games

In a match that will likely determine who wins the Central State Activities Association Gold Division champion, Grant’s volleyball team came away with a win.

The Tigers beat the Central Montcalm Green Hornets in four games Tuesday night, 25-13, 25-20, 21-25, 25-13.

The Central Montcalm volleyball team does a celebration dance after scoring a win against CSAA-Gold rival Tri County during a head-to-head conference match-up in Tri County Tuesday. An experienced Green Hornets team outlasted an up-and-coming Vikings team three games to none. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm’s experience outlasts up-and-coming Tri County volleyball team

Kathy Thompson sees greatness in her Tri County volleyball team. It’s just … those … darn … mistakes … that are holding her Vikings back.

“If we play well, and let the other team make mistakes, we’re going to be fricking amazing,” said a frustrated Thompson, whose team lost three close matches to Central Montcalm Tuesday evening, 27-25, 25-19 and 25-22, during a Central State Activities Association—Gold head-to-head conference match-up.

Central Montcalm’s Libby Ledford, right, bumps in front of teammate Kenzie Rutz during pool play of the Daily News Invitational Aug. 20.

Rutz, Ledford lead Central Montcalm’s volleyball team to a 9-0 start

STANTON — Central Montcalm’s volleyball team has got a hot streak going. The Green Hornets are 9-0 after winning a pair of tournaments prior to the Labor Day holiday, winning the Daily News Invitational and the Beaverton Invitational. Senior Kenzie Rutz said there were many factors to the Hornets’ undefeated start. “We started the season [...]

Tri County senior tight end Quentin Stevens (80) makes a leaping catch in the first quarter Thursday for a 20-yard gain over Central Montcalm defenders, juniors Devin Williams (4) and Blake Ryan (7). (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Tri County makes comeback in defensive battle, beating Central Montcalm

Both teams only scored twice each during the rivalry game between the Tri County Vikings and Central Montcalm Green Hornets, but every second of the 48-minute game was a nail-biter.

With Central Montcalm’s scoreboard down for the entire game, the anticipation of time built, especially in the last few minutes.

Down 13-6, the Vikings were staring down the end zone 71 yards away with less than three minutes to play in the game, time being shouted out periodically by the referees.