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.


Local schools to dedicate games to cancer awareness

A few local teams are participating in cancer awareness games for the month of October. Breast cancer is usually recognized during the month of October, and most schools will be dedicating “pink out” games for that particular cause, however, this year, Central Montcalm is also dedicating some games towards childhood cancer, which the representing color is gold.

Tri County has decided to bring awareness to all types of cancer, which is signified by the color purple.

A few of Lakeview’s student body, which was in attendance for the assembly game, rub a student’s head for good luck for their Wildcats team. High school students got out early from class to attend both the varsity and junior varsity games between Central Montcalm and Lakeview. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central sweeps two close sets versus Lakeview at ‘assembly game’

The intimidation factor was on full tilt for Central Montcalm’s volleyball team in its match against Lakeview. The event took place Thursday afternoon in front of the school’s entire student body. Facing a boisterous crowd that filled the stands, the Green Hornets were able to overcome the intimidation to sneak away with a two-game sweep, winning 25-23 in each game.

Central Montcalm junior Tyler Giles, center, wraps up Newaygo’s running back during the first half of Friday’s game in Stanton. Newaygo won 41-13. Giles led the Green Hornets with 15 tackels. Also pictured are Blake Ryan (No. 7) and Zach Bigelow (No. 3). (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Newaygo too much for Central Montcalm in 41-13 loss

Lightning was in the air, but the thunder was coming from the ground game of the Newaygo Lions, who overtook Central Montcalm 41-7 Friday evening.