High School

Central Montcalm’s Gunther Ebels goes in for two of his team-high 14 points during the Green Hornets’ game against White Cloud Thursday night. (Daily News | Chip  Burch)

Central Montcalm ends regular season with a win

Central Montcalm’s boys basketball team will be going into the playoffs with a little momentum. The Green Hornets won their final regular-season game Thursday, beating White Cloud 55-38 at home.

Belding’s Avery German, middle, tries to put up a shot but is blocked by both Central Montcalm’s Bree Brasington, left, and Kenzie Rutz during the teams’ Class B district game Monday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Central Montcalm beats Belding 47-37 to advance in districts

One quarter and one missing player ended Belding’s girls basketball season Monday night. Belding had its season end by Central Montcalm in the Class B girls basketball district opener Monday night, losing 47-37 in Alma.

Tri County’s Dakota Greer will compete in the individual state finals as the only undefeated wrestler in the local area, having set a 50-0 record this season and is the 119-pound district champion. Individual state finals are at The Palace of Auburn Hills March 2-4. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

21 local wrestlers move to individual state finals at The Palace March 2-4

A total of 21 local wrestlers are going to The Palace of Auburn Hills to try to win a title. All 21 finished fourth or better at their individual tournaments across the state and will move on to wrestle at The Palace for the final time March 2 to March 4.

Central Montcalm's Austin Proctor hits a 3-pointer over Big Rapids players Friday. Proctor's team wore orange and white uniforms as part of the school's Orange Out event to raise awareness for type 1 diabetes. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Martin’s 50 points lead Big Rapids over Central Montcalm

Demetri Martin showed why he may be the best basketball player in the state against Central Montcalm on Friday. The Big Rapids senior forward dropped a school single-game record 50 points to help his Cardinals (15-1 overall, 11-0 CSAA-Gold) earn a 83-45 win during Central Montcalm’s Orange Out event, which raises awareness of type 1 diabetes.

Central Montcalm’s Libby Ledford looks to penetrate into Big Rapids’ defense during the second half of Friday’s game. Ledford finished with 10 points. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Battle of league’s overall lead goes to Big Rapids, beats Central Montcalm

For a moment, it looked as though Central Montcalm’s Orange Out event was going to include a great comeback victory Friday. However, the Cardinals of Big Rapids, who were tied for first in the overall standings of the Central States Activities Association with the Green Hornets before the game, proved too much in the end, securing a 52-42 victory.

Central Montcalm girls basketball coach Rob Putnam and Green Hornets sophomore guard Libby Ledford don their orange for last year’s “Orange Out” event to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes, which Ledford has had since she was 8 years old. This year’s “Orange Out” is Friday. (Courtesy photo)

Central Montcalm’s Libby Ledford doesn’t let type 1 diabetes control her life

Libby Ledford is a competitor. If you ask her, she will admit she doesn’t like losing. The 16-year-old Central Montcalm sophomore never liked losing to her older brother, Lane. The siblings enjoy competing in pick-up games of basketball in the driveway. She’s just as competitive in drag racing in the summer as well as on the court for the Green Hornets basketball. She is a second-year starter for the varsity team.

Greenville’s Stephan Hilliker, above, works Forest Hills Eastern’s Ryan Roth into position for a pin during Saturday’s state individual districts tournment in Lowell. Hilliker would get the pin 1:44 into the match, giving him a district title in the 125-pound division. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

30-plus local wrestlers qualify at weekend individual districts

As the dust settles from Saturday’s state individual district tournaments, as many as 33 wrestlers qualified for the next round, the regionals, which will be next Saturday. The Carson City-Crystal Eagles, wrestling out of the 27-4 Hesperia district, saw 10 wrestlers qualify, which is the most among the area schools, followed by Greenville, which had eight qualify. Belding had six qualify while Tri County and Montabella each had four wrestlers who finished fourth or better to qualify for regionals. Central Montcalm finished with two qualifiers and Lakeview with one.

Central Montcalm’s Gunther Ebels makes a no-look pass to teammate Ryan Wenger (10) in the third quarter against Grant Friday. The Hornets lost 57-54. Ebels scored 18 points. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Grant’s freshman guard hits six 3’s to down Green Hornets on Parents Night

Central Montcalm coach Dan Basom knew Friday’s opponent had a stellar freshman guard. What he didn’t realize was his ability to shoot moon shots and make them. Carter Chase put on a spectacular shooting performance during the Hornets’ parents night Friday, nailing six 3-pointers and tallying a total of 24 points to lead his Tigers to a 57-54 win.

Greenville's Paige Hallock, left, and Landon Kemp each signed their letters of intent to play at the college level, with Hallock set to play basketball at Grand Valley State University while Kemp will continue her long jump career at South Dakota University.

HIT THE LINE HARD: Enjoying the hype of committing

This is the time of year I always love, when “National Signing Day” is upon us. I love all the hype of which highly-touted high school football recruit is going where and which team has raked in the most studs and whose team is going to be crazy good next year, or so we think. One of the the trends I’ve gotten caught up in and enjoy watching are the creative announcements these recruits have been posting online lately.

Tri County’s Grace Miller, right, tries to drive around Central Montcalm’s Bree Brasington during the teams’ game Friday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Tri County beats Central Montcalm to take second place in CSAA-Gold

Central Montcalm and Tri County battled for the full 32 minutes to see who would take second behind Big Rapids in the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) Gold Division. That battle went to the Vikings, as they beat the Green Horntets 55-49 Friday night.