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Lakeview junior Jon Hansen shoots a three-pointer during the first half of Friday’s game against White Cloud. Hansen hit three three-pointers in the fourth quarter to finish with 10 points. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview improves to 4-0 with 69-30 win

Lakeview coach Mike Schreiber thought his team started the Christmas break a little earlier than expected. While the Wildcats offense struggled in the first half, their defense was tremendous for four quarters in a 69-30 win over White Cloud on Friday night.

Carson City-Crystal’s Alex Baker, left, hand fights with Tri County’s Nick McGhan during Saturday’s Tri County Invitational. McGhan defeated Baker 3-0. The Vikings defeated the Eagles 47-30. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Sparta wins Tri County wrestling invitational

The Sparta Spartans outlasted good competition all day long to finish with an unblemished record and won the Tri County wrestling invitational on Saturday. The Spartans went 5-0, capping their day with a pin at 130 pounds to come from behind and defeat the Comstock Park Panthers in their final match of the day. Trailing 36-32, the pin gave Sparta a 38-36 victory.

Lakeview senior guard Saddie Massie (3) sprints past Montabella junior defender Marisol Bucao (10) during a breakaway in the third quarter Tuesday evening. - Daily News/Cory Smith

Defense leads Lakeview to 53-20 season opening win

The Lakeview Wildcats and Montabella Mustangs opened the girls basketball season on Tuesday and both teams showed signs of rust. Lakeview’s defense, though was mostly strong and helped to carry the Wildcats to a season opening 53-20 win over the Mustangs at home.

Lakeview junior Vaughan Martens dives to keep a ball in play during Tuesday’s Class B regional semifinal against Grand Rapids South Christian. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview falls in regional semifinals to South Christian

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.

Lakeview senior Mackenzie Oberlin (7) goes for a kill during the district semifinals on Nov. 5. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview’s Oberlin didn’t let accident stop her

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 Spencer Kamp battles for the ball with a player from Tri County during a game this season. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Lakeview kickers had chances to better record

Lakeview’s boys soccer team came close to being a .500 team this season. But the Wildcats finished 8-12.

The Lakeview Wildcats volleyball team poses with its district championship trophy on Thursday at Central Montcalm High School. - Joe Veselenak

Lakeview wins district final over Belding

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.

Lakeview senior quarterback Nate Shurlow (9) evades Chippewa Hills senior linebacker Eric Russell (60) en route to a 36-yard run for a first down Friday evening at Warrior Field in Remus. - Daily News/Cory Smith

Turnovers haunt Wildcats in 41-0 loss to Chip Hills

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.

The Lakeview Wildcats take offensive reps during a practice last week. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview set to face Chippewa Hills

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.

Lakeview quarterback Nate Shurlow (9) fends off Central Montcalm defender Todd Switzer (3) en route to running for a first down in the first quarter Friday evening. - Daily News/Cory Smith

Lakeview wins thriller over rival Central Montcalm

Fighting for its playoff life, the stakes were certainly higher for Central Montcalm than they were for visiting Lakeview in Friday’s final football game of the regular season. The mistakes were just too much for Central Montcalm to overcome.