High School

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.

Tri County’s Bryce Hallman, right, goes up for a basket while Central Montcalm’s Noah Stauffer trails during the teams’ game Friday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Hornets win in the paint, beat Vikings 61-33

Tri County’s boys basketball team is still looking for its first win of the season. A bad first half turned into a rout Friday night, as Central Montcalm beat the Vikings 61-33 in a Central State Activities Association (CSAA) Gold Division game.

Central Montcalm sophomore guard Kiara Wernette works around Lakeview’s Alleigh Lint at the baseline in the second quarter of Tuesday’s game. Wernette scored six points. She also had three steals.

Hornets win tight, defensive battle over Wildcats

Coming into Tuesday’s girls basketball rivalry game between Central Montcalm and Lakeview, the Hornets were the easy favorite to win, but the Wildcats proved otherwise. In a tight game, where defense was dominating on both ends of the court, Central Montcalm (9-2 overall, 4-1 CSAA-Gold) squeaked out a 34-30 win over Lakeview (3-7 overall, 3-2 CSAA-Silver).

Central Montcalm sophomore wrestler Hunter Hansen, left, has taken on big challenges since joining the team as a freshman last year, wrestling in higher weight classes. This year, he’s already won just as many matches as he did all season last year, wrestling in the 152-pound weight class. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm wrestler Hunter Hansen being groomed for greater things

In a high school student-athlete’s life, there comes a time when one must step through the threshold from follower to leader. For Central Montcalm sophomore wrestler Hunter Hansen, the expectation of that threshold has come a little sooner.

Central Montcalm’s Jacob Wright, facing Grant’s Brandon Sanders in a 140-pound match at the Green Hornets’ triangular Wednesday, went 2-0 on the night, pinning Sanders and beating Fremont’s Alex Walker 11-5. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm’s wrestling team working through season undermanned but determined

  STANTON — It’s been a season of several battles, on and off the mat, for Greg Pilkinton and his Central Montcalm wrestling team, playing short-handed and with little experience. At Wednesday’s home triangular with Fremont and Grant, Central Montcalm fell 54-21 and 66-18, respectively. But, despite not having enough players to fill all the [...]

Sophomore guard Kiley Guelzo (12) leads a Hornets charge down the court during Tuesday’s home game against Morley Stanwood. Also pictured are, from left, Mohawks’ Bre Barry, and Hornets Nikki Wilkie (5), Hannah Putnam (3) and Kenzie Rutz (20). The Hornets won 53-35 for their sixth victory in a row. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm shakes off holiday break sluggishness to beat Morley Stanwood, 53-35

It wasn’t a clean game or a crisp game, but Rob Putnam will take the win.

After a long holiday break, his Central Montcalm girls basketball team had to shake off some rust that built up over Christmas and New Year’s break to beat the Morley Stanwood Mohawks 53-35 Tuesday.

Greenville’s Elijah TerHaar, front, tries to escape the grasp of Coopersville’s Rylie Maysie during their 215-pound match at Wednesday’s Central Montcalm Invitational. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Jackets take 3rd, Hornets 7th at Central Montcalm Invitational

Central Montcalm’s wrestling team finally has its first two wins of the season. The Green Hornets beat Newaygo twice at Central Montcalm’s Bruce Train Wrestling Tournament Wednesday night, with the second win coming in the match to determine who would take seventh place.

Pierpaolo Puglia, an exchange student at Central Montcalm, is from Sala Consilina, a small community of about 12,250 people in southwest Italy. His host parent in America is Kami DeYoung of Sheridan. (Courtesy photos)

Central Montcalm’s Italian player loving basketball, new ‘family’

In his hometown of Sala Consilina, Italy, Pierpaolo Puglia couldn’t find many people who shared his passion for the game of basketball. So he decided to find them in America.