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Daily News fall sports Spark Plug Players of the Year

Recognizing our local “spark plug” players from our fall sports season.

Tri County’s Austn Nagelhout (24) attempts to dribble past Central Montcalm’s Zachary Bigelow (3) as Vikings guard Justin Kirkwood (11) looks on during the first half of Friday’s game, which Central Montcalm pulled out a close 56-54 win for its first league win of the season.

Central Montcalm boys survive last-second Vikings shots

With less than five seconds play, the Tri County Vikings had two great chances to steal a win on the road. Instead, both shot attempts bounced off the rim as time ran out, giving the Central Montcalm boys basketball team a thrilling 56-54 win in its first Central State Activities Association (CSAA) game Friday.

Central Montcalm’s Bree Brasington (10) gets a rebound and gets ready to put up a shot as Tri County’s Tricia Slavins lurks behind her in the second half of Friday’s game, which Central Montcalm won 48-46. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm girls edge out Vikings 48-46

Ashley Bowen knew it would be a close battle to the end when her Tri County Vikings basketball team came into the Hornets’ nest of Central Montcalm. With 3.2 seconds left in the game and the Vikings down by two, Bowen, a senior, tried to get open for the game-winning three-pointer. But Central Montcalm’s defense forced a shot from teammate Jenna DeGeer, which bounced off the backboard and rim, giving the Hornets a 48-46 win at home Friday.

Senior Kenzie Rutz led the Central Montcalm volleyball team to a 33-9-5 record this year. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kenzie Rutz, Central Montcalm

Kenzie Rutz’s all-around statistics with this year’s Central Montcalm volleyball team alone qualifies her as the Daily News Player of the Year, but it’s what she has done beyond statistics that really spell her worthiness.

Carson City-Crystal sophomore Bailey Fitzpatrick (4) fends off a swarm of Green Hornets in the second quarter of Tuesday night’s game between the Eagles and Central Montcalm. The Eagles pulled out a 51-33 win during the opening season game at home. Pictured are, from left,  in the background, Eagles’ Cara Wiles (13) and Hornets’ Emilee Bohen (1) , and surrounding Fitzpatrick are Kiley Guelzo (12), Bree Brasington (10) and Kenzie Rutz. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

CC-C girls basketball’s 51-33 victory over Central Montcalm earns coach’s first win

It wasn’t until the final buzzer sounded that the new Carson City-Crystal girls basketball coach could sigh a relief.

It took three quarters for both teams to shake off the opening season jitters Tuesday, but it was Tim Stout’s Eagles that finally got into a scoring groove, exploding for 28 points in the fourth quarter to pull out a 51-33 non-conference victory against the Central Montcalm Green Hornets.

Central Montcalm's Libby Ledford, left, shoots while Lakeview's Amanda Larson goes up for a block during the teams' game Jan. 26.

Central Montcalm girls focused, ready for season

STANTON — Central Montcalm’s girls basketball team has one of the first games to start the season. The Green Hornets have a date with Carson City- Crystal on Tuesday, and practices have been going well for the two prior weeks, according to coach Rob Putnam. “They’ve been going very good,” Putnam said. “The girls come [...]

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.