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This year, CSAA-Gold Division rivals Tri County Vikings and Central Montcalm Green Hornets mirror one another in both team set-up and progress. Each team runs a spread offense and both are coming off season-opening losses last week and hope to earn a win against a division rival when they play at 7 p.m. Thursday at Central Montcalm. (File photo)

Vikings, Green Hornets mirror each other, face off in Thursday CSAA tilt

If there are two teams that mirror one another, as far as team comparisons and progress, it is the Tri County Vikings and the Central Montcalm Green Hornets football teams. Tri County plays at Central Montcalm at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Central Montcalm’s Shalie Shank bumps during a practice at the alumni-JV camp Tuesday.

CM alums help out at JV camp

STANTON — While the Central Montcalm varsity volleyball team was away at a camp this week, the JV team had a camp of their own at the high school. The camp had some very special teachers. The more than 20 campers were taught by former varsity volleyball coach Amy Tasker, and she brought in some [...]

Bruce Bentley

SPORTS GALORE: One last column, one last thank you

I’ve been thinking for a few weeks on what and how to write my final column as sports editor of The Daily News. As I write this column, I’m still not exactly sure what to say, so I’m just going to type what comes to mind. After 15 1/2 years, today is my final day working for Stafford Publishing.

Tri County’s Aaron Jason, left, and Greenville’s Landon Kemp were voted The Daily News Track Classic top male and female athletes at Tuesday’s meet. - Sports Pro Images/Jamie McNinch

Kemp, Jason lead Daily News Track Classic

In a track meet pitting the area’s best of the best, a pair of juniors stood out among the rest. On a beautiful Tuesday evening, the annual Daily News Track Classic was held at Greenville High School. The meet consists of the best athletes from The Daily News coverage area, minus Montabella (they opt to compete at the Morning Sun Invitational), plus Cedar Springs. Greenville junior Landon Kemp, winner of three events, and Tri County junior Aaron Jason, winner of two events, were named the top male and female athletes of the meet. This was the third time Kemp won the honor and first for Jason.

Central Montcalm’s Caitlin Ferguson, right, slides in safely as Portland’s Abby Grys tries to block the plate during the teams’ Division 2 district game Tuesday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Errors cost Central Montcalm in district showdown

Central Montcalm’s softball team made three critical errors that determined its playoff fate. All three Portland batters who were safe on those errors came around to score, including the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 3-2 win over the Green Hornets in the Division 2 pre-district game Tuesday. Central got the first batter of the ninth inning out but the next four reached base, starting with Rachel Click being safe on a fielding error.

Central Montcalm’s Brandon Braman delivers a pitch at home against Central Montcalm on Monday. Hornets first baseman Noah Spohr, right, gets ready to field. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

CC-Crystal wins pitchers duel with Central Montcalm

On most nights, the pitching performance by Central Montcalm’s Brandon Braman would result in a win. On Monday, Braman was slightly out dueled by Carson City-Crystal’s Dallas O’Green in a 1-0 shut out win at Central Montcalm. Both pitchers went the distance. O’Green allowed a single hit in the first inning and struck out six including the final three outs of the game. Braman allowed four hits, one of them a game-winning infield hit, and struck out five.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Monday, May 23

Central Montcalm 2-0: The Hornets swept Carson City-Crystal at home on Monday. Game one was 12-2 in six innings and game two was 12-1 in five innings. Mallory Morgan struck out 12 and allowed seven hits to win game one. Morgan, Courtnee Nicholson and Shelby Gilbert each had three hits, one was a home run for Nicholson…

Central Montcalm’s Trenton Braman, middle, celebrates while crossing the finish line — in fifth place — during the preliminary heats of the 100 during the Division 2 regionals at Houseman Field Friday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Tri County boys, Belding girls heading to state track finals

Belding’s girls will be well represented at the state Division 2 track finals in Zeeland. The Redskin girls will be going in eight events after the regionals Friday at Houseman Field. Belding’s 800-meter relay team of Hallee Breimayer, Johanna McCully, Emma Jakeway and Lauren McDowell (1:47.04) finished second to Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills and is headed to the state finals.

Central Montcalm freshman Andrew Jacoby takes a swing and connects for a two-run single during the fourth inning against Chippewa Hills at home on Friday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Myers pitches Central Montcalm to shutout win

Central Montcalm has been struggling at the plate. On Friday, behind two key defensive plays, the Hornets combined some small ball and timely hits to defeat CSAA Gold rival Chippewa Hills 5-0 in game one of a doubleheader. Chase Myers pitched a complete game for the shutout win allowing four hits and and three walks.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, May 6

The Green Hornets won both ends of a CSAA-Gold doubleheader from Chippewa Hills Friday, winning 10-0 in five innings and 6-2. Mallory Morgan won both games, going the distance in the first game and allowing two hits and a walk, striking out eight…