1. The 12 months of the Inexperienced Hornets
There wasn’t a lot that went incorrect for Central Montcalm athletics in 2019. The ladies basketball workforce placed on a present, persevering with their magical run to the regional finals in Mount Morris, the place they’d endure their first and solely lack of the season to Freeland. The ladies bowling workforce gained its third straight convention title and gained their regional, as properly, making it to the top-eight groups earlier than dropping within the quarterfinals to eventual state champion Coloma. The softball workforce adopted the success within the spring when it gained this system’s fifth consecutive CSAA-Gold title. The baseball workforce made college historical past with 36 wins, shattering the earlier document of 26, and superior to the regional finals in Coloma earlier than dropping to the No. 1-ranked workforce within the state — Pewamo-Westphalia. And to high all of it off, the soccer workforce had a resurgent season and went 7-Three behind new head coach Scott Cripe after going Zero-9 in 2018.
2. Aiden Adkins wins state skeet capturing title after dropping thumb
The story of Aiden Adkins has grow to be a family, internationally acknowledged story thus far, however not essentially for his athletic accomplishments. The 2019 Carson Metropolis-Crystal graduate misplaced his thumb in a woodworking accident and only a few months later, sans thumb, he gained the state title in skeet capturing. Adkins just lately opted to have surgical procedure, which concerned eradicating a toe from his left foot and having it positioned on his hand to be his new thumb.
Three. CC-C wrestling state titles for Seida, Ward; 10 Eagles qualify for finals
It was a sea of blue and yellow because the Carson Metropolis-Crystal wrestlers marched onto Ford Area for the person state wrestling finals. A faculty-record 10 wrestlers certified for the person state finals, eight of them completed All-State and Jamison Ward and Braxton Seida each captured their first particular person state titles. It was a becoming mirrored historical past for the teammates, as Seida and Ward made it to the finals of the 2017 match the place they each got here in second, fell wanting the finals within the semifinals in 2018, and stood atop the rostrum in 2019.
four. Kemp, Ledford, Riley grow to be all-time scoring leaders for his or her applications
Three of the best basketball gamers within the historical past of their colleges graduated in 2019, leaving some large sneakers to fill for future basketball gamers. Montabella’s Connor Riley, Greenville’s Adele Kemp and Central Montcalm’s Libby Ledford every completed their highschool basketball careers because the all-time main scorers, all scoring greater than 1,000 factors for his or her careers. Riley and Kemp are actually enjoying basketball collegiately whereas Ledford is taking part as a thrower for the Davenport College monitor and discipline workforce.
5. Tri County aggressive cheer wins first regional title in class historical past
After inserting third in its district, the Tri County aggressive cheer workforce knew it’d should convey its A-game to complete within the high four of a loaded regional and qualify for the state match for the fourth time in seven years. Not solely did the Vikings qualify, however they gained their program’s first regional title after beating out stiff competitors from Paw Paw, Comstock Park, Alma and Escanaba. The Vikings went onto end seventh on the Division Three state finals, matching their greatest end in program historical past.
6. Ionia powerlifting wins nationwide championship, Bastien wins particular person nationwide title, takes gold in worldwide competitors
Ionia powerlifting was acknowledged on a nationwide and worldwide stage in 2019, because the trio of Kayleb Bastien, Kolby Pierce and Brandon Thurlby mixed for 25 factors, completed within the top-five of their weight lessons and took house the USA Powerlifting Males’s Varsity Uncooked Nationwide Championship in March. Bastien continued his excellence on the earth of powerlifting by competing in a world competitors in Costa Rica, profitable the North American Powerlifting Federation Regional Powerlifting Championship, taking gold within the 105-kilogram weight class within the Uncooked Teen division.
7. Coleman Clark wins monitor state title, second in state in cross nation
After a number of laps, there was no questioning who would win the MHSAA Division four monitor and discipline state title within the Three,200-meter race. Carson Metropolis-Crystal’s Coleman Clark crossed the end line 11 seconds forward of the second-place finisher and 19 seconds sooner than third place. To cap off his memorable 2019, Clark positioned second within the cross nation state finals race within the fall, cementing his place as one of many high distance runners within the state in Division four.
eight. CC-C girls and boys basketball each undefeated in convention, each lose to eventual state champion
On the checklist of unusual coincidences of 2019, there could also be none extra putting than the story of Carson Metropolis-Crystal basketball. Each the girls and boys groups had magical seasons, going 14-Zero within the Mid-State Actions Convention and profitable outright convention championships. The Eagles’ ladies workforce was on fireplace heading into districts, having gained their final 16 video games whereas the boys had gained 9 straight. Heading into the district finals, each groups confronted off and misplaced in opposition to Pewamo-Westphalia, which went onto win each the girls and boys basketball state titles in 2019. The rating of each the girls and boys video games — 32-14 victory for Pewamo-Westphalia.
9. 45 space seniors signal with faculty to play sports activities
The Each day Information space is well-represented with athletes all throughout the state now competing in collegiate sports activities, as 45 seniors from 9 native colleges signed letters of intent to compete of their sport in faculty. In 2018, the variety of seniors who signed on for collegiate sports activities was simply 17.
10. Ionia volleyball wins first district title in 42 years
Pure elation — that was the sensation for the Ionia Bulldogs volleyball workforce as the ultimate ball hit the bottom on Central Montcalm’s house court docket and so they had been topped district champions. It was the varsity’s first district volleyball championship since 1977 and each participant and coach felt the magnitude of their accomplishment virtually instantly. The Bulldogs drew an enormous following throughout their regional semifinal match in Owosso however would lose within the regional semifinals to Freeland, Three-1.