SPORTS GALORE: Texas HS football players should never play again

Playing high school sports is a privilege and not a right. That is as true in Michigan as it is in Texas, even if the state of Texas takes its high school football a little more serious than the rest of the country. This past Friday, the lights shined on Texas football for all the wrong reasons.

Tri County senior quarterback Colton Harris (3) scores one of his four rushing touchdowns Friday evening in the second quarter as he powers past Central Montcalm senior defender Zack Bebow (54). - Daily News/Cory Smith

Colton Harris leads Tri County to victory over Central Montcalm

Tri County senior quarterback Colton Harris looked like a one-man wrecking crew during Friday’s 41-27 Central State Activities Association Gold Division victory over Central Montcalm, but he was the first to admit that he had a little help from his friends.
“My linemen gave me awesome protection and my receiving corps did an awesome job catching the ball,” Harris said. Harris, meanwhile, did just about everything else by shredding the Hornets on the ground and through the air.

Tri County quarterback Colton Harris attempts a pass on the run during a season opening loss at home against Lakeview. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm, Tri County look for first win Friday

Two football teams without a win in the first two weeks of the season will meet in Howard City Friday. The Central Montcalm Green Hornets will face the Tri County Vikings in the first Central State Activities Association Gold Division game for the Green Hornets.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, Sept. 9

Central third, Tri County fourth: The Vikings took fourth at the Lady Warrior Invitational Wednesday, shooting a team score of 523. That was behind Big Rapids’ 419, Chippewa Hills’ 427 and Central Montcalm’s 457. Julia Bice was fourth overall with a 103, Cierra Rose added a 127 for a 15th-place finish, Anna Caldwell shot a 143 and Megan Owen had a 150 that was assisted by a hole-in-one on the seventh hole, using a pitching wedge…

Central Montcalm’s Samantha Nichols blocks a kill attempt for a point during game two against Portland St. Patrick at home on Tuesday night. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm wins twice after long weekend

Like most of us after a long holiday weekend, the Central Montcalm Hornets were a little sluggish in the team’s first day back to work. The Hornets, though, responded well twice, to knock off both the White Cloud Indians and Portland St. Patrick Shamrocks in a volleyball triangular at home on Tuesday.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Thursday, Sept. 3

Vestaburg 20, Farwell 6: Chris Keeler had runs of three, three and five yards for all three of the Wolverines’ scores over the Eagles Thursday night. Keeler finished with 18 carries for 90 yards and Dalton Keyes added 13 carries for 79 yards. Vestaburg had 209 yards of offense, all on the ground…


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, Sept. 2

Belding 2nd: The Redskins competed in an O-K Blue Jamboree at the Mines Golf Course hosted by NorthPointe Christian on Wednesday. Grand Rapids West Catholic won the tournament with a 185. Belding tied with NorthPointe Christian with 197. Coopersville shot 201, Comstock Park 216, Calvin Christian 221, Sparta 225 and Allendale 255…


THE REVIEW: Expand and conquer

For the first time in roughly six years, the Detroit Tigers find themselves face to face with a slim chance at the playoffs, a chance that’s slimmer by the day. Working to bolster their chances, the Tigers will use the start of September to shift focus from bullpen frustrations to a roster expansion. At this time, major league teams move beyond their usual 25-man roster count and open an opportunity for some of the standout prospects to get a chance at playing in the big leagues.

Central Montcalm senior Trenton Braman, left, works during a drill at practice on Tuesday. Braman rushed for 1,107 yards as a junior and is a three-year captain. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm’s Trenton Braman’s main goal: Reaching playoffs

It only takes a quick visit to a Central Montcalm football practice to realize Trenton Braman is a special player. It only takes a quick conversation with him to also realize he is a special person. In an age with a me-first mentality, the senior and three-year varsity player is focused on one thing — getting the Hornets back to the playoffs.


Central Montcalm struggles in second half, falls 54-21

Central Montcalm was halfway home to a successful start for the high school football season against Morley Stanwood on Thursday night when the inevitable, and totally unavoidable, occurred. The second half began. The Hornets looked impressive while building up a 21-14 lead over the first 24 minutes before being outscored 40-0 in the second half of a 54-21 season-opening loss to the Mohawks.