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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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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.