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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.

Central Montcalm’s Hunter VeltKamp dribbles by a defender during summer practice on Wednesday.

Central Montcalm begins prep for basketball season

The Michigan High School Athletic Association allows basketball programs 15 team practices in the month of June. There really isn’t much time to waste if improvement is the goal. That is especially true for the Central Montcalm Hornets boys basketball team. After a senior dominated Central Montcalm team went to the district final in March, the Hornets will be young and inexperienced at the varsity level this coming season.

Central Montcalm senior Maddy Christensen takes a swing for a base hit during the Division 2 district final against Portland on Monday. Christensen went 2-for-4 with one run scored. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm falls in D2 softball district final

Even the long ball wasn’t enough for the Central Montcalm Hornets. The Hornets, facing the Portland Raiders in a Division 2 softball district final, hit three home runs, all solo shots, in a tough 12-6 loss at Alma on Monday. It was the second consecutive district title for Portland.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Monday, June 1

Whitehall 1, Tri County 0: Tri County was eliminated in the Division 2 district tournament in Grant Monday in a battle of Vikings, losing in the ninth inning when Whitehall scored on a walk, sacrifice bunt and throwing error…

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Central Montcalm ends Belding’s district softball title string

It took one bad inning for Belding’s streak of Division 2 district softball titles to end. The Central Montcalm Green Hornets broke open a close game with five runs in the seventh inning to beat the Redskins 7-4 in the Alma district semifinals Saturday.

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Central Montcalm baseball tops Belding to reach finals

Central Montcalm’s baseball team got the bats going at the right time. The Green Hornets pounded out 10 hits and took advantage of seven walks to beat Belding 11-5 in the semifinals of the Division 2 baseball district Saturday.

Central Montcalm’s Brandon Braman delivers a pitch in game one of a doubleheader against Carson City-Crystal on Monday. The Hornets won the game 2-1 and went on to win game two 11-0. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm edges CC-Crystal in pitchers duel

Strong pitching and defense in baseball should be good enough for a team to win more times than not. On an extremely windy Monday afternoon, both the Central Montcalm Hornets and Carson City-Crystal Eagles displayed strong pitching and defense. One team, though, had to lose.

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34 area athletes qualify for track state finals

The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) track and field regional meets were good to area athletes on Friday and Saturday. In all, 34 athletes from area schools qualified in their respective divisions for the MHSAA state finals on May 30.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, May 15

Central hammers Cardinals twice: The Green Hornets outscored Big Rapids 35-1 in winning a CSAA-Golf doubleheader Friday, winning 16-0 in four innings and 19-1 in three innings. Scylar Blaisdell won the opener on the mound, throwing a complete-game one-hitter and striking out three…

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Thursday, May 14

Tri County 9, Wyoming Kelloggsville 3: The Vikings got a non-conference win Thursday, beating the Rockets. Kyle Peterman came in in relief in the fifth inning, got a strikeout after giving up a hit and was credited with the win when Tri County took the lead while he was the pitcher of record…