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Central Montcalm’s Kenzie Rutz connects for a two-run double in the second inning of game one at home against Greenville on Wednesday. Rutz also hit her second home run of the season in game two. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm softball sweeps Yellow Jackets

The Central Montcalm Hornets are primed to have an outstanding season on the diamond. On Wednesday, a young Greenville Yellow Jackets team witnessed what the Hornets have to offer this season as they were swept 15-0 (in three innings) and 7-0.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, April 12

CC-Crystal 2-0: The Eagles opened its season with a pair of wins at Ithaca on Tuesday. Cc-Crystal won game one 12-1 and game two 8-6. Jarrett Loomis earned the win in game one, while Dallas O’Green had three hits. Ryan Argersinger earned the win in game two and Tabor Erskin the save…

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Six local girls basketball teams academic all-state

Academics is a topic that is stressed in the athletic programs of local high schools, and the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) noticed. BCAM announced its academic all-state girls basketball teams Thursday, with six of the eight local schools being named honorable mention in their classes. The top 10 in team GPA were named academic all-state, with all others who had at least a 3.0 team GPA named honorable mention.

Tri County’s Lucas Prater shakes the hand of Montrose wrestling coach Steve Barnette during the Division 3 215-pound award ceremony. To the right of Prater is Lakeview’s James Smith, who placed seventh, while Prater placed eighth. Smith defeated Prater by 3-1 decision in overtime in the consolation finals on Saturday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Eight area wrestlers earn individual All-State honors

Such a wide range of emotions can be found at the state wrestling finals where even winning is sometimes met with disappointment. Tears can stream from the faces of winners and losers. Winners can feel exhilaration, shock and relief. Losers can feel heartbreak, anger and even contentment. Without a doubt, no other sport displays as many emotions as wrestling does. After three days, just 56 wrestlers out of 896 will be crowned individual state champions, although 448 in four divisions will walk away with All-State honors.

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21 area grapplers aim for state championships

The Michigan High School Athletic Association individual state wrestling finals is an experience unlike any other. Whether a first time qualifier or one with state finals experience, the state finals can bring plenty of nerves and anxiety for wrestlers. Controlling those nerves can be the difference between standing on the podium or heartbroken in defeat. The three-day state finals tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills begins today and concludes Saturday.

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Belding rolls to first round district win at CM

Belding was so dialed in from long distance during Monday’s Class B district opener at Central Montcalm High School that even Redskins coach Brad Wilson found himself pleasantly surprised. Led by their bookend guard combination of Hallee Breimayer and Katie Wood, the OK Blue Conference champion Redskins opened postseason play in convincing fashion with a 71-25 victory over Central Montcalm. Even more impressive than the margin of victory was the number of 3-pointers the Redskins sank. An even dozen, to be exact.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, Feb. 26

Tri County 71, Grant 64: The Vikings got by the Tigers in a CSAA-Gold game Friday night. Jacob Sickelsteel and Colton Harris had 19 points each and Dylan Matulis had 10 points, nine rebounds and 10 steals for Tri County…

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Feb. 23

Tri County 73, Orchard View 41: The Vikings’ Dylan Matulis set a state record for steals by getting nine Tuesday night against the Cardinals. That gives him 132 for the season. Matulis also had a game-high 22 points, while Colton Harris added 15 and Jacob Sickelsteel added 11…

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21 area grapplers qualify for state finals

The dream of a Michigan High School Athletic Association individual state wrestling championship is still alive for 21 area grapplers. On Saturday, a trio of seniors were able to capture regional championships: Tri County’s Nick McGhan at 112 pounds in Division 3, Carson City-Crystal’s Taylor Barkley at 119 pounds and Dallas O’Green at 130 pounds in Division 4. In Division 3, the Belding Redskins qualified five wrestlers, which tied a school record for most individual qualifiers in a single season.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, Feb. 19

CC-Crystal 53, Montabella 38: The Eagles downed the Mustangs in an MSAC game Friday night, getting 46 of their 53 points from two sources. CC-Crystal was led by Kaleb Barrett with 24 points and Garrett Tabor added 22. Montabella was led by Josh Balhorn with 19…