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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Saturday, Dec. 13

Belding takes Kent City Invitational: The Redskins won all five matches they wrestled in to take the title at the Kent City Invitational Saturday. Belding started out with a 63-15 win over Wyoming Godwin Heights, then beat Holland 72-12, Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills 59-10, the host Eagles 54-17 and Rockford 37-36…

Central Montcalm’s Lane Ledford rises to score two of his game-high 38 points in an 83-56 win over Evart at home on Friday night. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Ledford leads Central Montcalm to season opening win

Expectations have risen the past couple of seasons for the Central Montcalm Hornets boys basketball team. After Friday night, those expectations should increase even more. The Hornets, firing on all cylinders from the beginning of the game, rolled to a season opening 83-56 win over the Evart Wildcats at home.

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CC-Crystal spoils Putnam’s CM debut

Rob Putnam’s debut as the new Central Montcalm girls basketball coach didn’t go the way he would have liked. The Green Hornets were beat by the Carson City-Crystal Eagles 57-15 in the season opener for both teams.

Central Montcalm’s Mason Barnwell, right, brings the ball up the court during a home game against Newaygo last season. - File photos

Central Montcalm boys ready for basketball season

The expectations continue to rise for the Central Montcalm boys basketball team. Following last year’s 9-12 record, with all five starters returning (six seniors overall) this year, the Hornets expect to see improvement.

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Freeland runs by Central Montcalm 44-16

Central Montcalm’s football team made it to the playoffs, but couldn’t continue on because of a really good team. The Freeland Falcons had no problems with the wind or the Green Hornets, winning the Division 5 contest 44-16 Friday night.

Central Montcalm quarterback Keagan James gets ready to work on a running back drill during practice last week. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm goes on the road to Freeland

Even though they were only 5-4, Central Montcalm’s football team made it to the playoffs. Because of their record, the Green Hornets will go on the road for the first round of the Division 5 playoffs when they go to Freeland to face the Falcons.

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Four area teams qualify for football playoffs

The Road to Ford Field begins on Friday/Saturday night for four area football teams. Pairings (games times to be decided later today) were announced on Sunday night with Lakeview (8-1), Central Montcalm (5-4), Carson City-Crystal (7-2) and Montabella (6-3) all getting the chance to play a 10th game this season.

Lakeview quarterback Nate Shurlow (9) fends off Central Montcalm defender Todd Switzer (3) en route to running for a first down in the first quarter Friday evening. - Daily News/Cory Smith

Lakeview wins thriller over rival Central Montcalm

Fighting for its playoff life, the stakes were certainly higher for Central Montcalm than they were for visiting Lakeview in Friday’s final football game of the regular season. The mistakes were just too much for Central Montcalm to overcome.

Central Montcalm running back Trenton Braman takes a handoff from quarterback Keagan James during practice on Thursday. - Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm junior nears 1,000 yards rushing

Central Montcalm running back Trenton Braman is nearing 1,000 yards rushing as a junior. His focus, though, is beating the Lakeview Wildcats on Friday. The Green Hornets are in a position where they control their own destiny. It’s simple, beat the Wildcats, and qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Central Montcalm’s Blake Wittkopp, left, makes a catch during practice on Thursday. The Hornets were preparing for Friday’s home game against rival Lakeview. - Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm, Lakeview have own motivations for game

Central Montcalm and Lakeview will renew a football rivalry on Friday night with a lot at stake. Each team has their own motivation for wanting to win the game. For the Green Hornets (5-3), it’s getting that sixth win to make the playoffs. For the Wildcats (7-1), it’s being 8-1 for the first time since 1976.