The Lakeview Wildcats were playing in its first regional volleyball game in 23 years. The Grand Rapids South Christian Sailors were the Class B state runner-up in 2013 and are annual state champion contenders. On Tuesday night, the experience prevailed for the Sailors as they swept the Wildcats 25-15, 25-13, 25-9 to advance to the regional final Thursday against Lake Odessa Lakewood.
Logic is a funny thing in the game of football. It’s that still, small voice reminding you that in order to be successful, it’s all about the numbers. It’s all about the players toting the last names, that dominate jersey sales, being in your starting lineup each Sunday. It’s all about that rookie who brought the rave reviews to the table on draft day living up to the hype of his collegiate reputation
Mackenzie Oberlin was not feeling well about three years ago. The Lakeview senior was involved in a car accident that caused a couple of serious injuries. It was bad enough that Oberlin’s doctor told her she shouldn’t play sports again.
Lakeview’s volleyball team has a daunting task ahead of them. The Wildcats, who just won their first district title in 23 years, face the No. 10 team in the state in Class B according to the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association, Grand Rapids South Christian.
Lakeview’s boys soccer team came close to being a .500 team this season. But the Wildcats finished 8-12.
There is more than just winning and losing when it comes to sports. Despite stories of reckless youth parents, win-at-all-cost college athletic programs and law breaking professional athletes, sports provide us with stories of courage and inspiration.
The Class B district volleyball final took extra points three times and saw another Lakeview comeback. Down two games to one to Belding, the Wildcats came back and beat the Redskins 28-26, 28-30, 26-28, 25-11, 15-13 Thursday night.
He wasn’t part of the original plan. No one had expected to discover him. Hockey scouting reports weren’t singing his praises, but as fate would have it, the ambition of a resilient Russian would give just enough of a push to grab the eye of an organization and forever change his future.
Turnovers are hard to overcome. Seven turnovers are virtually insurmountable. On Friday, the Chippewa Hills Warriors used a dominant defensive performance and special teams to set up its offense in a 41- 0 shutout win over the Lakeview Wildcats in the opening round of the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 5 playoffs.
Unlike last year, the Lakeview Wildcats are familiar with their first round playoff opponent (Maple City Glen Lake). The Wildcats (8-1) will travel to face former CSAA rival Chippewa Hills (7-2) tonight in the first round of the Division 6 football playoffs. The two teams spent the past nine years together in the same league. This year, the league was split into two divisions, with the Wildcats in the Silver and the Warriors in the Gold.