High School

Central Montcalm’s Bree Brasington, center, fires an attack past the block of Grant’s Taylor Wegener, left, and Kylie Patton during a match Sept. 13.

CM netters had successful season despite change

STANTON — Central Montcalm’s volleyball season started out well enough. The Green Hornets won The Daily News Invitational Aug. 26 and looked like a team to beat. Shortly thereafter, coach John Johnson stepped down for what he said were personal reasons. Enter co-coaches Amy Tasker and Haley Dawe, who were working with the volleyball program [...]

Central Montcalm senior Courtnee Nicholson, second from right, signs a letter of intent Thursday to attend Grand Rapids Community College and play softball for the Raiders. With her are, from left, her father and Central Montcalm softball coach, Bruce Nicholson, GRCC softball coach Brian Skudre, and her mother, Kelly Nicholson. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Green Hornets’ Courtnee Nicholson to be a GRCC Raider

This spring will be the last time Courtnee Nicholson will play for the Central Montcalm softball team; however, her career won’t be finished just yet.

The Green Hornets senior signed a letter of intent to attend Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) and play softball for the Raiders.

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If done right, Friday night football can be better — for everyone

With the Big Ten Conference (B1G) announcing it will schedule more games on Friday nights next year, one question remains: Will this really hurt high school football?

As teammate Libby Ledford (17) looks on, Central Montcalm senior Kenzie Rutz leaps up to spike the ball against Chippewa Hills during a districts semifinals game Wednesday in Belding. Chippewa Hills won the series in five games, ending the Green Hornets’ season. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm’s season ends with epic semis battle

After the back-and-forth battle between Central Montcalm and Chippewa Hills in volleyball district semifinals Wednesday, the only thing left on the court were tears, sweat and, for one team, the “what could have been.”

The Chippewa Hills Warriors defeated the Green Hornets 25-21, 19-25, 27-25, 24-26 and 15-10, to advance to the districts finals, which is today at 6 p.m. against Belding at Redskins Arena.

Shepherd’s Jordyn Emelander (3) attacks toward the block of Central Montcalm’s Jenna Switzer (4) and Nicole Wilkie (14) during the first game of the teams’ Class B district match Monday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Green Hornets beat Shepherd in district volleyball match

Central Montcalm’s volleyball team got an easy win in the first match of its Class B district tournament.

The Green Hornets knocked off Shepherd, 25-20, 25-12, 25-16, Monday night in the Belding district second game.

Between Kaitlyn and Joshua Naert, the sister-brother duo has combined for 18 state titles, four national titles and three world titles in powerlifting. They recently competed in a national tournament in Chicago in May and in a world tournament in Portland, Oregon, Oct. 6-9.

Crystal siblings rack up medals at powerlifting tournament

During a World Powerlifting Association tournament in Portland, Oregon, both Joshua and Kaitlynn Naert, representing the state of Michigan and the American Powerlifting Association (APA), went up against competitors from 15 states and five foreign countries, where they dominated in all three of the powerlifting categories — squat, bench and deadlift — for their age groups, with Kaitlynn establishing three world records in the the 14-year-olds category.

Vestaburg’s Andreya McCarty, left, leads Saranac’s Sidney Klynstra and the rest of the girls through the second straightaway at the Central Montcalm Pre-Regional Invitational Monday. McCarty won the race. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Local runners prep for regionals at Central Montcalm invite

STANTON — Central Montcalm held its annual Pre-Regional Invitational cross country meet Monday as a way for teams and runners to get ready for the regional runs Saturday.

The host Green Hornets, Lakeview and Vestaburg all brought some runners to the meet, along with Morley Stanwood, Reed City and Saranac.

Lakeview running back and sophomore Addison Mitchell (10), outruns Central Montcalm defender and sophomore Jack Christensen (5) for a 60-yard touchdown in the second quarter Friday evening. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Lakeview shuts out Central Montcalm to clinch sixth win and spot in playoffs

With a berth in the postseason hanging in the balance, the Lakeview Wildcats needed every player focused.

Facing off against rival Central Montcalm Hornets, all records were thrown out the window Friday night, with every player from both teams motivated by pure passion.

But as it would turn out, the Wildcats (6-3) were simply too overpowering for the Hornets (1-8), dominating at the line of scrimmage, and running their way to a 35-0 shutout, clinching a spot in the playoffs in the process.

Central Montcalm girls runners, in green jerseys, and Tri County girls runners take off at the start of the CSAA championships Tuesday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Fremont, Big Rapids win conference championships

Tri County’s boys cross country team had something to be proud of Tuesday.

The Vikings ended up second behind Fremont in the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) Gold Division at the Championships they hosted, finishing with 99 points to the Packers’ 26.

Amy Tasker, left, and Haley Dawe, right, directing practice Monday, took over the Central Montcalm varsity volleyball program after former coach Jim Johnson unexpectedly resigned just before the school year began. The two women, both teachers at the school, have helped the team establish a 21-5-5 record so far. Picturd in the middle is Green Hornets junior varsity volleyball coach Amy Kolbe. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm volleyball’s new coaches help team excel this season

It is said a team learns more about itself after a loss than a win. But when a team loses its coach suddenly, it is a lesson no one is prepared for.

When Jim Johnson abruptly stepped down as Central Montcalm volleyball coach at the beginning of the school year because, what the school administration said, was for “personal reasons,” it was a shock to the players.