Vern Smith is taking over in Lakeview. The JV baseball coach is moving up to the varsity position after Ryan Vellanti resigned.
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Don’t settle for average. That is the message being relayed from Lakeview football coach Sean Rinehart to his team. This week’s minicamp was just one more step the program is taking toward a second season under Rinehart.
A year ago, Lakeview’s Nate Shurlow was a first-year starting quarterback. Actually, he was a first-year high school football player. Shurlow, an all-around talented athlete, was a member of the Wildcats soccer team the previous two fall seasons.
Day two at the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 3 state golf finals wasn’t as good to Lakeview senior Jon Wandel as day one was. Wandel fired an 88 on Saturday at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University. Wandel shot 76 on Friday to finish with a two-round total of 164.
Lakeview senior Jon Wandel is a legitimate state championship contender. Wandel will compete Friday and Saturday in the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 3 state golf finals at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University. Wandel qualified as an individual with rounds of 78 at districts and 77 at regionals.
The Lakeview Wildcats baseball team struggled to find consistency in its season this year. Part of the inconsistency was due to the awful weather in April, which forced the cancelations of practices and many early season games.
Greenville’s Parker Syrjala hadn’t pitched since mid-April. On Wednesday, Syrjala took the mound against the Lakeview Wildcats and showed no signs of rust. Syrjala, on a strict pitch count, went 4 2/3 innings without allowing a hit or run for a 5-0 victory in the second of two games.
Missed opportunities cost the Lakeview Wildcats baseball team a win. Trailing early, the Wildcats battled back to take the lead against the Big Rapids Cardinals only to give the lead and the game away the next inning in a 9-8 loss at home on Tuesday night.
Goals have been hard to come by this season for the Lakeview Wildcats girls soccer team. At least that was the case prior to Wednesday’s match at home against Big Rapids Crossroads, which saw the Wildcats score six goals, the last on a penalty kick, to defeat the Cougars 6-5 on a chilly, rainy afternoon.
The Central Montcalm Hornets picked up a couple of Central State Activities Association games on Tuesday. The Hornets had to rally in game one for a 7-3 victory over rival Lakeview, while game two was a bit easier with a 16-1 four inning mercy.