Belding’s Mitchell Ward reacts to his blood round win against Mount Morris’ Jesse Munsell during the second round of consolation matches Friday. He was 2-1 on the day and has reached Saturday’s next consolation round.

15 of the 21 local wrestlers still alive in state finals

With each wrestler that walked onto the mats at the state individual wrestling finals, there is a story of hard work, dedication as well as triumph and heartbreak.

Central Montcalm’s Gunther Ebels goes in for two of his team-high 14 points during the Green Hornets’ game against White Cloud Thursday night. (Daily News | Chip  Burch)

Central Montcalm ends regular season with a win

Central Montcalm’s boys basketball team will be going into the playoffs with a little momentum. The Green Hornets won their final regular-season game Thursday, beating White Cloud 55-38 at home.

Belding’s Avery German, middle, tries to put up a shot but is blocked by both Central Montcalm’s Bree Brasington, left, and Kenzie Rutz during the teams’ Class B district game Monday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Central Montcalm beats Belding 47-37 to advance in districts

One quarter and one missing player ended Belding’s girls basketball season Monday night. Belding had its season end by Central Montcalm in the Class B girls basketball district opener Monday night, losing 47-37 in Alma.

Tri County’s Dakota Greer will compete in the individual state finals as the only undefeated wrestler in the local area, having set a 50-0 record this season and is the 119-pound district champion. Individual state finals are at The Palace of Auburn Hills March 2-4. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

21 local wrestlers move to individual state finals at The Palace March 2-4

A total of 21 local wrestlers are going to The Palace of Auburn Hills to try to win a title. All 21 finished fourth or better at their individual tournaments across the state and will move on to wrestle at The Palace for the final time March 2 to March 4.

Central Montcalm's Austin Proctor hits a 3-pointer over Big Rapids players Friday. Proctor's team wore orange and white uniforms as part of the school's Orange Out event to raise awareness for type 1 diabetes. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Martin’s 50 points lead Big Rapids over Central Montcalm

Demetri Martin showed why he may be the best basketball player in the state against Central Montcalm on Friday. The Big Rapids senior forward dropped a school single-game record 50 points to help his Cardinals (15-1 overall, 11-0 CSAA-Gold) earn a 83-45 win during Central Montcalm’s Orange Out event, which raises awareness of type 1 diabetes.

Central Montcalm’s Libby Ledford looks to penetrate into Big Rapids’ defense during the second half of Friday’s game. Ledford finished with 10 points. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Battle of league’s overall lead goes to Big Rapids, beats Central Montcalm

For a moment, it looked as though Central Montcalm’s Orange Out event was going to include a great comeback victory Friday. However, the Cardinals of Big Rapids, who were tied for first in the overall standings of the Central States Activities Association with the Green Hornets before the game, proved too much in the end, securing a 52-42 victory.

Central Montcalm girls basketball coach Rob Putnam and Green Hornets sophomore guard Libby Ledford don their orange for last year’s “Orange Out” event to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes, which Ledford has had since she was 8 years old. This year’s “Orange Out” is Friday. (Courtesy photo)

Central Montcalm’s Libby Ledford doesn’t let type 1 diabetes control her life

Libby Ledford is a competitor. If you ask her, she will admit she doesn’t like losing. The 16-year-old Central Montcalm sophomore never liked losing to her older brother, Lane. The siblings enjoy competing in pick-up games of basketball in the driveway. She’s just as competitive in drag racing in the summer as well as on the court for the Green Hornets basketball. She is a second-year starter for the varsity team.

Greenville’s Stephan Hilliker, above, works Forest Hills Eastern’s Ryan Roth into position for a pin during Saturday’s state individual districts tournment in Lowell. Hilliker would get the pin 1:44 into the match, giving him a district title in the 125-pound division. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

30-plus local wrestlers qualify at weekend individual districts

As the dust settles from Saturday’s state individual district tournaments, as many as 33 wrestlers qualified for the next round, the regionals, which will be next Saturday. The Carson City-Crystal Eagles, wrestling out of the 27-4 Hesperia district, saw 10 wrestlers qualify, which is the most among the area schools, followed by Greenville, which had eight qualify. Belding had six qualify while Tri County and Montabella each had four wrestlers who finished fourth or better to qualify for regionals. Central Montcalm finished with two qualifiers and Lakeview with one.

Central Montcalm’s Gunther Ebels makes a no-look pass to teammate Ryan Wenger (10) in the third quarter against Grant Friday. The Hornets lost 57-54. Ebels scored 18 points. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Grant’s freshman guard hits six 3’s to down Green Hornets on Parents Night

Central Montcalm coach Dan Basom knew Friday’s opponent had a stellar freshman guard. What he didn’t realize was his ability to shoot moon shots and make them. Carter Chase put on a spectacular shooting performance during the Hornets’ parents night Friday, nailing six 3-pointers and tallying a total of 24 points to lead his Tigers to a 57-54 win.

Central Montcalm senior Libby Ledford slices through the Grant Tigers’ defense to score two of her team-leading 13 points in Friday’s game. The Hornets lost in overtime, 52-47. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Grant avenges 40-point loss to Central Montcalm with overtime win

  STANTON — Earlier in the basketball season, the Central Montcalm girls basketball team throttled conference foe Grant Tigers by 40 points. Friday night, however, during the Hornets’ parents night, the Tigers took revenge, winning 52-47 in overtime. The Green Hornets (10-4 overall, 5-3 CSAA-Gold) led for much of the second half in the second [...]