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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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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 [...]