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Cedar Rock Sports Plex in Cedar Rock is offereing a free program to young children who are interested in learning the sport of hockey. The program is at 6 p.m. Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

Free program offers hockey lessons to youths

James Hodge has loved the sport of hockey since he was 7 years old. Now he’s getting the chance to love the sport through his two sons.

Hodge, of Greenville, has played many levels of hockey during his life, including collegiate. And now that his sons, Zander, 5, and Conner, 4, are old enough to strap on a pair of ice skates, Hodge has introduced them to the sport he loves through a free program called “Try Hockey for FREE,” offered at the Cedar Rock Sports Plex.

Sophomore guard Kiley Guelzo (12) leads a Hornets charge down the court during Tuesday’s home game against Morley Stanwood. Also pictured are, from left, Mohawks’ Bre Barry, and Hornets Nikki Wilkie (5), Hannah Putnam (3) and Kenzie Rutz (20). The Hornets won 53-35 for their sixth victory in a row. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm shakes off holiday break sluggishness to beat Morley Stanwood, 53-35

It wasn’t a clean game or a crisp game, but Rob Putnam will take the win.

After a long holiday break, his Central Montcalm girls basketball team had to shake off some rust that built up over Christmas and New Year’s break to beat the Morley Stanwood Mohawks 53-35 Tuesday.

Greenville’s Elijah TerHaar, front, tries to escape the grasp of Coopersville’s Rylie Maysie during their 215-pound match at Wednesday’s Central Montcalm Invitational. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Jackets take 3rd, Hornets 7th at Central Montcalm Invitational

Central Montcalm’s wrestling team finally has its first two wins of the season. The Green Hornets beat Newaygo twice at Central Montcalm’s Bruce Train Wrestling Tournament Wednesday night, with the second win coming in the match to determine who would take seventh place.

Pierpaolo Puglia, an exchange student at Central Montcalm, is from Sala Consilina, a small community of about 12,250 people in southwest Italy. His host parent in America is Kami DeYoung of Sheridan. (Courtesy photos)

Central Montcalm’s Italian player loving basketball, new ‘family’

In his hometown of Sala Consilina, Italy, Pierpaolo Puglia couldn’t find many people who shared his passion for the game of basketball. So he decided to find them in America.

Central Montcalm senior Emaleigh Taylor, middle, signs a letter of intent to play softball with the Calvin College Knights Tuesday. She is surrounded by her family and coaches, in front, her father and mother, Randy and Angie Taylor and, in back, from left, junior varsity softball coach Eric McKay, assistant varsity softball coaches Mike Studley and Shad Morgan and head coach Bruce Nicholson. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm’s Emaleigh Taylor signs with Calvin to play softball

For the past couple years, Emaleigh Taylor has been knocking out home runs at Central Montcalm steadily. Now she hopes to continue doing the same for the Calvin College Knights at the Division III level.

Belding’s David Ross, right, battles Carson City-Crystal’s Taylor Wilson in the 171-pound match Saturday. Ross won the match.

Though less teams than expected, competition still at high level at Belding wrestling invitational

There weren’t as many teams as expected that showed up at Belding’s wrestling invitational Saturday, however, there was no lack of the level of competition. Lowell’s B team went 5-0 in what turned out to be a round robin tournament, owing to five teams unable to show up because of Friday night’s snow storm. That left five other teams competing on the day.

Montabella’s senior guard Hanna Stockwell (with the ball) wrestles for control against Central Montcalm’s sophomore guard Kiara Wernette, who attempts a steal during the first quarter in Tuesday’s game, which the Hornets won 53-20. Hornets forwards Bree Brasington, far left, Kenzie Rutz (20) and Libby Ledford, far right, are also pictured. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm gets home court win over Montabella, but still not satisfied

It is a sign of a good team when players from the winning team aren’t satisfied with just a dominating win. The Central Montcalm girls basketball team took control of Tuesday night’s game against the Montabella Mustangs early to earn its fourth victory of the year with a 53-20 win, but Bree Brasington wasn’t happy with her team’s performance despite the win.

Central Montcalm’s Drew Jacoby, left, and Montabella’s Wyatt Sackett, right, go up for a rebound during the teams’ game Tuesday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Central Montcalm’s big first-half defense too much for Montabella

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Central Montcalm’s Drew Jacoby, left, and Montabella’s Wyatt Sackett, right, go up for a rebound during the teams’ game Tuesday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)
BLANCHARD — Central Montcalm’s boys basketball team played defense to coach Dan Basom’s liking in the first half. It was enough to push the Green Hornets past Montabella 66-40 Tuesday night.

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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.