Central Montcalm started its baseball season with a pair of wins on Saturday. Playing at Lansing Sexton, the Hornets took both ends of a doubleheader, the first game because of a no-hitter by Jesse Petersen.
The Central Montcalm Hornets girls basketball team had three players earn league honors for their play this season. Earning CSAA Gold first team honors was Kenzie Rutz. Makayla Studley was named second team, while Kalika Wernette earned honorable mention.
You know how Mark Beach was going to be the new Central Montcalm varsity football coach after Marty James resigned? Scratch that. Beach resigned as varsity football coach when he accepted a three-year, $36,000 deal with a professional football league in the Detroit area. The deal included an undisclosed signing bonus.
Central Montcalm’s wrestling team had to learn the art of the sport real fast. The team had plenty of underclassmen, which didn’t escape the eye of coach Dan Vandervlucht.
Not since the likes of Brian Thwaites, Matt Spencer, Tom Thomsen and Jason Anderson roamed the halls of Central Montcalm have the Hornets won a boys basketball district title. The year was 1991. Thwaites went for 23 points and 12 rebounds in a 59-44 win over Lakewood to lead the Hornets to its first district title since 1978. That same team went on to defeat Mason in the regional finals before falling to Flint Powers Catholic 59-47 in the Class B quarterfinals.
Central Montcalm’s boys basketball team got to the Class B district finals they are hosting, but it wasn’t easy. The Green Hornets survived an early onslaught from the Shepherd Bluejays and won 44-36 Wednesday night.
Central Montcalm forward Lane Ledford is making up for lost time after returning from an injury that cost him more than half of his senior season. Ledford and the Hornets opened up high school basketball’s postseason in a big way Monday night with a 77-53 Class B district victory over Belding at Central Montcalm High School.
Belding’s girls basketball team held Central Montcalm from getting a lot of shots to go in. As a result, the Redskins are moving on to the Class B district final they are hosting.
It was a showcase between two of the area’s best basketball players in a head-to-head battle on the court. While Carson City-Crystal’s Grant Gage and Central Montcalm’s Lane Ledford put on a great show — combining for 36 points — it was Kyler Simmon and Kolton Kavanagh hitting shot after shot to help the Eagles fend off the Hornets in a 59-51 win at home on Tuesday.
The Belding Redskins boys bowling team placed third at the regional tournament to qualify for the Division 3 state finals on Saturday. The Redskins shot 3,445 to place behind regional champions Wyoming Kelloggsville (3,681) and Fremont (3,541).