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Lakeview's Kirsten Johnson will play college softball for Olivet College next year.

Lakeview’s Johnson heads to Olivet in 2017

Kirsten Johnson will be playing softball beyond this spring. Johnson signed a letter of intent to play for Olivet College in the spring of 2017. Johnson had been recruited by Lansing Community College, Alma College, Muskegon Community College and Aquinas College.

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Six local girls basketball teams academic all-state

Academics is a topic that is stressed in the athletic programs of local high schools, and the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) noticed. BCAM announced its academic all-state girls basketball teams Thursday, with six of the eight local schools being named honorable mention in their classes. The top 10 in team GPA were named academic all-state, with all others who had at least a 3.0 team GPA named honorable mention.

Greenville’s Kyle Smith, second from right, signs his letter of intent to play for DePaul University Feb. 3. Joining Kyle in the photo are, from left, his father, Dan Smith, mother, Mari Smith, and Alliance Academy Soccer Club coach Ryan Fitzsimmons. - Courtesy Photo

Greenville’s Kyle Smith heading to DePaul

One local high school student-athlete is going to play soccer in college. Kyle Smith, who spent two seasons as a goalkeeper with Greenville, signed a letter of intent to play soccer for Division 1 DePaul University. Smith played for the Yellow Jackets as a freshman and a senior. The senior spent the two seasons as a sophomore and a junior with the Alliance Academy Football Club soccer program.

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West Michigan falls 5-3 in frigid home opener

What a difference a change of venue and better weather conditions can make. The West Michigan Whitecaps went from blowing snow in South Bend, Ind., — where they won two games — to a sunny, but cold day Saturday where they lost to the South Bend Cubs 5-3 in the Whitecaps’ home opener. The game-time temperature for the home opener was 35 degrees, which was the second-coldest home opener in Whitecaps’ history. It was 34 degrees in 2003.

Carson City-Crystal junior Cara Wiles brings the ball up the court and checks out the Central Montcalm defense during a game early this season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Despite youth, CC-Crystal girls had ‘great year’

Carson City-Crystal’s girls basketball team would have loved to duplicate last season. The Eagles went to the regional final in Class C and won the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC) title. This year, the Eagles lost to Laingsburg in the district opener and finished second behind Class D state runner-up Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart in league play

Lakeview’s Kobe Perez, far left, and Keola Kaaikala (24) go up in a crowd of Grandville Calvin Christian Squires during the Class C regional semifinal Monday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Lakeview’s season ends in Class C regional semis

Lakeview’s boys basketball team had its season end a little earlier than it wanted it to. The Wildcats lost in the Class C regional tournament at Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian Monday 57-40. The Wildcats ended their season at 16-7.

Montabella’s Josh Balhorn, right, forces Morley Stanwood’s Zach Pritchard to chase him along the baseline during the teams’ Class C district game Wednesday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Montabella rallies in 4th quarter to top Morley Stanwood

Montabella’s boys basketball team is moving on to the Class C district final in their home venue thanks to some tough defense. The Mustangs held off a late charge by the Morley Stanwood Mohawks and won 46-41 Wednesday night. The Mohawks (9-11) got the game as close as one point with two minutes remaining but got no closer. They scored only three points in the final four minutes of the game.

Lakeview’s Trevor Arnold, dark jersey, is surrounded by Beal City Aggies in gathering a rebound during the teams’ Class C district game Wednesday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Lakeview clamps down on defense in win over Beal City

BLANCHARD — Lakeview’s boys basketball team used defense in a big way Wednesday night. The Wildcats held the Beal City Aggies to just eight field goals in a 37-29 win in the Class C district at Montabella High School. The low number of Aggie field goals was a pleasant surprise to Lakeview coach Peter Wurm. [...]

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CC-Crystal falls to Laingsburg in district opener

Carson City-Crystal’s boys basketball team went into districts with a goal to win. The team, unfortunately, came out of districts with a loss, losing 47-34 to the Laingsburg Wolfpack in the opening round of the Class C district, which the Eagles were hosting.
CC-Crystal started the game without making a field goal and fell behind 8-3 after one quarter.

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Sparta downs Tri County in district final, 60-50

Sparta’s girls basketball team came into the Class B district tournament they were hosting with just three wins in the regular season. After the tournament, the Spartans doubled their win total and walked away with a district championship.