By: John Raffel
CC-Crystal track teams continue to improve
Carson City-Crystal track coach Grant Woodman has been finding some success with various athletes this season.
“We're a pretty young team,” he said.
As of late May, the Eagle boys were second in the Mid-State Athletic Conference behind Breckenridge while the girls are fourth.
“In individual events, we're doing well,” Woodman said. “We had a chance to get some state qualifiers. Other than that, it's been a fairly good season so far.”
Jacob and Daniel Smith in the throws, and Kaleb Barrett and Beau Hollinshead in the running events have been standouts. For the girls, it's been Sarah McCrackin and Allyson Stevens in the high jump and Hailey Hubbell in the throws. Hubbell threw the discus 107-1 to win the Alma Scotty Relays.
In the most recent MSAC meet, Hollinshead won the 400 meters (54.73) while Barrett was fourth (57.789). Barrett won the 1,600 meter run (4:50.15) Colin Byrne was second in the 110 hurdles with a personal record of 19.42. Barnett, Chase Wale, Keaton DePue and Hollinshead have done well in the 3,200-meter relay in 9:08.59. Daniel and Jacob Smith were one-two in the shot put at 46-4 and 42-10. Jacob Smith won the discus at 148-2 and Daniel was third at 123-8.
For the girls, Hubbell won the discus in 110-0.
Central Montcalm celebrated its third straight CSAA Gold softball title with a doubleheader sweep of 15-1 and 14-0 over Reed City. Bruce Nicholson had been coaching the team and his daughter Courtnee was 5-for-5 in the doubleheader and a home run. Kenzie Rutz had a home run and three hits. Mallory Morgan, Mia Morgan and Bree Schultz had two hits apiece.
In the second game of the twinbill, Lily Dol had a two-hit shutout, striking out six batters, without a walk. Nicholson, Schultz, Mallory and Mia Morgan Hall had three hits apiece. Mia Morgan had two home runs. Ferguson and Emaleigh Taylor had two hits apiece.
Central Montcalm's baseball team enjoyed a doubleheader sweep over Chippewa Hills in mid-May as one of the highlights of the season. The Hornets won 5-3 and 6-4. Asher Vissman netted the win with five innings pitched in the opener and had eight hits and two walks allowed. Ben West went the final two innings of that game and didn't allow a hit. He got the save. Gideon Scott had two hits while Chase Myers had two hits and two RBIs. Gunner Hill was the winning pitcher of the second game allowing four hits, five walks and a strikeout. West picked up the save. He and Mason Zimmerman had two hits apiece. Bo Studley homered for Central Montcalm.
Vestaburg recent hosted a track meet and took fifth for the boys. Noah Johnston won the 110-meter hurdles in 16.9 seconds and the 300 meter hurdles in 43.83 seconds. The Vestaburg girls were fifth at the MSAC meet with 50 points and were led by Andreya McCarty, who took the 100 dash (13.54) and the 200 (27.790) and was second in the 400 (1:02.82).