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Three area teams meet at football passing camp

On an overcast, humid morning, five football teams strapped on the helmets, huddled and continued to prepare for the upcoming high school football season. With just 22 days until the first official practice and 40 days until the first game of the season, it’s crunch time for each program to make sure they are ready for the start of the season. On Friday, the Lakeview Wildcats and Tri County Vikings squared off with the host Belding Redskins, Ionia Bulldogs and Saranac Redskins in a 7-on-7 passing camp.

Greenville tight end Keegan Cossou, at left, makes a catch and turns from a Lakeview defender on Tuesday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville, Lakeview prep for football season

The Michigan high school football season begins in 51 days. That seems like a long time, but as Greenville coach Dave Moore said, “It’s really not that far away.” On Tuesday, the Yellow Jackets along with the Lakeview Wildcats and Fulton Pirates got together to continue its preparation for the fast approaching season in a 7-on-7 passing camp.

Lakeview’s Vaughan Martens takes a swing at a pitch during a game at Greenville this season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview softball expected better overall season

Looking at the overall record of the Lakeview softball team, the Wildcats didn’t win much. The Wildcats were 9-24 in 2015, with only five wins in the Central State Activities Association Silver Division.

Belding’s Hallee Breimayer drives in for a basket during a scrimmage at Central Montcalm Friday.

Central Montcalm hosts girls hoops shootout

Four area girls basketball teams joined a few others for a round robin of scrimmages to close out the month of June. Basketball season doesn’t start until November, but June and even July, are busy months for basketball programs with preparation for the season.

Lakeview’s Kenadee Roper runs a relay race against Hesperia this season at home. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Scholtens wraps final season with Lakeview

Lakeview’s girls track team is looking for a new girls track coach. That’s because former coach Cari Scholtens has left Lakeview. “I have accepted a teaching position at Greenville next year,” Scholtens, a Greenville graduate, said. “I wish Lakeview High school and Lakeview girls track all the best. I’m excited to see them in competition.”

Lakeview’s Kirsten Johnson connects on a pitch during a game this season. Johnson was named Division 3 All-State honorable mention this season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Four Wildcats earn CSAA Silver honors

The Lakeview Wildcats softball struggled in the win department, but not because of a lack of effort. Lakeview was a young, but talented team. Close losses led to a disappointing 9-24 (5-15 in CSAA Silver) record, but the Wildcats play this year leaves plenty of optimism for 2016.

Lakeview’s Laura Pachaly tries to get past a Greenville defender for a shot on goal during a game this season at home. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview kickers late-bloomers

Lake-view’s girls soccer team was a good team that didn’t know it. The Wildcat kickers finished the season 10-10 overall and 5-7 in the Central State Activities Association. The team came together late in the season, according to coach Chris Smith.

Greenville quarterback Logan MacMillen throws a pass downfield during an early season 7-on-7 passing camp at Legacy Field on Thursday.

Greenville hosts Lakeview, Tri County in 7-on-7 passing camp

The Michigan High School football season is a little less than two months away. To be exact, the first official practice allowed is Aug. 10. On Thursday, the Greenville Yellow Jackets hosted the Lakeview Wildcats and Tri County Vikings in a 7-on-7 passing camp at Legacy Field. It was the first camp for both the Wildcats and Vikings, but second for Greenville as they were at Rockford on Tuesday. All three coaches seem pleased with their teams’ effort.

Lakeview’s Jordan Hart, right, kicks the ball away as Tri County’s Savannah Wilson closes in during the teams’ game Friday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Tri County beats Lakeview in soccer

Both Lakeview’s and Tri County’s girls soccer coaches said the same thing after their teams played each other Friday. They both said it was a good game.

Lakeview’s Laura Pachaly, in white, moves in for her second of three goals against Greenville at home on Friday. The Wildcats won 3-0. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Pachaly’s hat trick leads Lakeview by Greenville

The Lakeview Wildcats girls soccer team couldn’t have asked for a better start. Lakeview scored twice in the opening 1:54 to jump all over the Greenville Yellow Jackets en route to a 3-0 shut out win at home.