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Belding’s Tyler Smith, top, tries to roll over Traverse City West’s Audie Herrera during their 145- pound match at the Sparta Invitational Saturday.

Area wrestling coaches happy with Sparta wrestling invitational

SPARTA — Out of the three area coaches who had teams in the Sparta Invitational wresting tournament Saturday, none said they were really disappointed in their teams. Belding, Lakeview and Tri County were among the 17 teams at Sparta, which was an individual tournament, even though team scores were kept. Belding had one winner. Mitchell [...]

Lakeview’s Amanda Larson, middle, goes up for a shot between Kent City’s Kaitlyn Geers (41) and Paula Roberts (11) during the teams’ game Friday night.

Fourth-quarter stretch dooms Lakeview in loss to Kent City

For three quarters at least, Lakeview’s girls basketball team kept up with Kent City. But the Wildcats couldn’t stay with the Eagles for a key stretch of the fourth quarter and Lakeview lost 48-39 Friday night in a Central State Activities Association Silver Division game. The big difference-maker was a 13-2 run over the first [...]

Lakeview’s Keola Kaaikala, left, is guarded by Kent City’s Braden Petruska during the first quarter of the teams’ game Friday night.

Lakeview boys grind out win over Kent City

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s boys basketball team got a win that will stick with them for a while. The Wildcats came back from a 34-29 deficit after three quarters to beat the Kent City Eagles 50- 42 Friday night in a Central State Activities Association Silver Division game. “I think a big win is an understatement [...]

Junior Dan Steele earned two victories by pins against Newaygo and Reed City in the 152-pound class. Lakeview went 2-0 on the night, beating Reed City, 51-21, and Newaygo, 54-18. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Lakeview gets two victories in first home wrestling dual

The Lakeview Wildcats wrestling team started off the new year on the right track, earning two team victories in its first home dual meet of the season Wednesday. Lakeview beat Newaygo, 54-18, and Reed City, 51-21, to improve its team record of 3-8 on the year. Big Rapids was also participating, beating Reed City, 60-19, and Newaygo, 34-30.

Cedar Rock Sports Plex in Cedar Rock is offereing a free program to young children who are interested in learning the sport of hockey. The program is at 6 p.m. Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

Free program offers hockey lessons to youths

James Hodge has loved the sport of hockey since he was 7 years old. Now he’s getting the chance to love the sport through his two sons.

Hodge, of Greenville, has played many levels of hockey during his life, including collegiate. And now that his sons, Zander, 5, and Conner, 4, are old enough to strap on a pair of ice skates, Hodge has introduced them to the sport he loves through a free program called “Try Hockey for FREE,” offered at the Cedar Rock Sports Plex.

Greenville's Sydney Zayler putts during the Division 2 state finals at Grand Valley Statge Univeristy's The Meadows Golf Course Sept. 28.

Greenville, Lakeview girls golfers named academic all-state

Yet another honor has come to the girls golf teams of Greenville and Lakeview. The Yellow Jackets and Wildcats were named academic all-state by the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association last week. During the past seven years, Lakeview has produced five academic all-state teams, noted coach Brian Corwin. “Both of our golf programs at Lakeview [...]

Former Lakeview wrestling coach Pat Boyd holds up newspaper clippings from the 1981 state finals in which his team finished 14-0 on the year and were state runners-up in Class B that year.

Pat Boyd, Lakeview wrestling founder, to be honored at Wildcats’ Jan. 4 meet

Four guys. That’s all Pat Boyd had to start a wrestling program in Lakeview. Boyd, a Saginaw native, excelled in football. He was a two-time all-state quarterback at Saginaw Saint Peter and Paul and he’s regarded as one of Central Michigan University’s greatest quarterbacks. But if you ask Boyd, he will tell you, it’s wrestling that is “in his blood.”

Lakeview’s James Smith, right, gets his hand raised by the referee after he pinned Comstock Park’s Joe Nagle, left, for Smith’s 100th career win. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Lakeview wrestler James Smith earns 100th victory

James Smith knew he had to be perfect at the Tri County Invitational if he wanted to get his 100th career win there. Perfect he was.

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Lakeview's Amanda Heady (40) goes up for two of her team-high eight points during the Wildcats' game against Reed City Friday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Turnovers doom Lakeview in Gould’s debut as coach

Lakeview’s girls basketball team wanted to give new coach Chad Gould a win in his first game as the Wildcats’ coach. It instead gave the ball to Reed City too many times for Gould’s liking. The Coyotes beat Lakeview 41-29 Friday night when the Wildcats turned the ball over multiple times and shot just 6-of-17 from the free-throw line.