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CHIP’S CLIPS: To separate or not to separate

Many people who either have a child playing sports in high school or coaches, think the private schools are at an advantage when it comes to competition. Some believe the private schools are able to recruit some of the best athletes in the state, where public schools, because of a bylaw by the Michigan High School Athletic Association, are only able to get athletes who are in the school district and not outside.

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CC-Crystal spoils Putnam’s CM debut

Rob Putnam’s debut as the new Central Montcalm girls basketball coach didn’t go the way he would have liked. The Green Hornets were beat by the Carson City-Crystal Eagles 57-15 in the season opener for both teams.

Niagara coach Rob McCoy discusses a play with two umpires during a game. - Courtesy photo

THE REVIEW: Coaching beyond the field

Try asking a collegiate coach to display a hard copy of his job description and you are bound to be greeted with a healthy chuckle. Remove the designated photo ops of media day and you will come to discover that a coach’s role is far from simply being the figurehead of a collegiate franchise. Any of them will be the first to tell you that their responsibility goes much deeper than simply shouting instruction against the play clock.

Central Montcalm’s Mason Barnwell, right, brings the ball up the court during a home game against Newaygo last season. - File photos

Central Montcalm boys ready for basketball season

The expectations continue to rise for the Central Montcalm boys basketball team. Following last year’s 9-12 record, with all five starters returning (six seniors overall) this year, the Hornets expect to see improvement.

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THE REVIEW: A voice for a generation

Legendary coach John Wooden once said, “Nothing will work unless you do.” To University of Michigan head softball coach Carol Hutchins, this has been a way of life since day one.

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THE REVIEW: Logic and ping pong

Logic is a funny thing in the game of football. It’s that still, small voice reminding you that in order to be successful, it’s all about the numbers. It’s all about the players toting the last names, that dominate jersey sales, being in your starting lineup each Sunday. It’s all about that rookie who brought the rave reviews to the table on draft day living up to the hype of his collegiate reputation

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SPORTS GALORE: Lauren Hill is an inspiration

There is more than just winning and losing when it comes to sports. Despite stories of reckless youth parents, win-at-all-cost college athletic programs and law breaking professional athletes, sports provide us with stories of courage and inspiration.

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THE REVIEW: Motown magic

He wasn’t part of the original plan. No one had expected to discover him. Hockey scouting reports weren’t singing his praises, but as fate would have it, the ambition of a resilient Russian would give just enough of a push to grab the eye of an organization and forever change his future.

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Freeland runs by Central Montcalm 44-16

Central Montcalm’s football team made it to the playoffs, but couldn’t continue on because of a really good team. The Freeland Falcons had no problems with the wind or the Green Hornets, winning the Division 5 contest 44-16 Friday night.

Central Montcalm quarterback Keagan James gets ready to work on a running back drill during practice last week. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm goes on the road to Freeland

Even though they were only 5-4, Central Montcalm’s football team made it to the playoffs. Because of their record, the Green Hornets will go on the road for the first round of the Division 5 playoffs when they go to Freeland to face the Falcons.