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CM’s lefty standout
Last season was supposed to be a continuation of success for one of the most talented and consistent programs in the area — Central Montcalm varsity softball. Had they been at full strength, the Green Hornets expected to continue their streak of conference championships and go for another district title. But the team would suffer an early blow, losing then-senior Kam Nicholson to an injury during the basketball season that left the Hornets with a young, inexperienced core.
AUSTIN CHASTAIN: This is why we love March, I guess
My friends are hilarious, or heinous, however you want to think of it. I laid out some ideas of what we could see during the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament in Wednesday’s Daily News — and, goodness, was I wrong. My friends let me have it, too, as I shamefully burned my bracket.
Keeping the trio together
Lily Bohen has been a staple in the back row for the Central Montcalm Green Hornets varsity volleyball team for the past two seasons. Bohen’s laser-like focus and determination are what have made her such a valuable player for the Green Hornets — so much so that just having her on the court is equivalent to having more than the allotted six players on the court.
AUSTIN CHASTAIN: Let’s call them the big shots, because they are
Daily News area bowlers have put together a solid season, it’s been great to see their progression throughout the winter season. What especially was great was to see how some of the bowlers across the area made their impressive run to the state finals. The area had two bowlers have an afternoon shot to compete for a championship around the state on March 4 for the individual finals. None of the teams around the area qualified for states, but nine bowlers qualified in all.
CC-C’s Oren Anderson signs to MCC trap shooting, 1st Eagle to sign from program
Hearing about firsts at a scholastic athletic program like Carson City-Crystal doesn’t happen often. Oren Anderson has been part of some legendary teams on the football field as an interior lineman on the offensive line and a defensive end, where he led the Eagles in sacks in 2022. He also has been part of the clay target shooting program at CC-C, which is still in its infancy in its six years.
STEVE MERREN: The big trio of spring
After all the hours well-spent in the wild this spring scoring up turkeys, fish and morels, it will finally be time to reap the rewards. Enjoying those spring successes is only complete when they hit the table and, whether they are served alone or paired with each other, all of the big spring trio make for an excellent meal. Everyone has their favorite recipes and I’d like share a few of mine that are meant for the open fire of a grill. Enjoy!
A burning passion for volleyball
Throughout her life, no hobby, no sport, no activity has come close to topping volleyball for Tiana Whitacre. The Central Montcalm senior has been obsessed with volleyball, by her own admission, ever since she could walk. She’s been a staple for the Green Hornets volleyball team at the setter position for the last two years on varsity but her time with the sport in the green and white jersey started long before that.
AUSTIN CHASTAIN: Time to dance! Let’s talk about brackets
March is always my favorite time of the year — this three-week stretch with the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament are the most insane, ludicrous, unhinged and exciting for basketball fans like myself. What makes this tournament so exciting every year are the upsets and the storylines that we can follow from the first games to when “One Shining Moment” is played following the national championship game.
Montabella boys hoops season ends with 34-point loss to No. 4 Calvin Christian in Kent City regional semifinals
The Montabella boys basketball team entered Monday night’s regional semifinal with just two blemishes on their record and plenty of confidence after earning the program’s first district title in 16 years on Friday. A 15-point loss on the road on opening night to Lansing Catholic and a 3-point overtime loss to Watervilet, the No. 2-ranked team in the state at the time — that’s it. A truly historic run that produced one of the area’s best boys basketball teams in half of a decade was hit with its third blemish on Monday night in a big way against Calvin Christian.
Running like a Centurion
Kevin Sweeney has some goals in his mind and heart, and he’s putting them to work. On top of his duties as the head coach of the Montcalm Community College cross country program, when he was hired on Sept. 7, Sweeney is working on a more-than-four-year goal: run in a marathon in each state across the country each month. To this point, he is 14 months into it and will be hitting his 15th run this week when he travels to Virginia Beach, Virginia.
District champs, check!
An epic basketball game for a district championship was sandwiched in between two local programs showing love and admiration for each other on Friday night. The game started with smiles and handshakes for both the Montabella and Carson City-Crystal boys basketball team Friday night at Ithaca — it ended the same way. But at the start, those handshakes and smiles were going to be fleeting — only one team would walk away happy with the hardware.
Ionia boys basketball falls in district final to GR Christian
March basketball, more often than not, equals heartbreak for someone. Emerging from the visitor’s locker room on Friday at Forest Hills Eastern High School, the Ionia boys basketball team didn’t appear to be distraught. The Bulldogs weren’t dejected, they were just simply soaking in the final moments of the 2022-2023 season.
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