It had been a long time since Central Montcalm defeated rival Lakeview in girls basketball. The Wildcats looked out of sync from the opening tip, while the Hornets came ready to play in a 47-31 win at home on Tuesday.
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Nolan Saxton has established himself as being one of the best wrestlers in the state. The two-time state placer — seventh as a freshman and fifth as a sophomore — is currently ranked No. 5 at 130 pounds in Division 3 by michigangrappler.com. Saxton, a junior, is 29-3 this year with a career record of 107-14. All three losses this year have come to past individual state champions.
The competition at the individual Lakeview Invitational was noticeably tougher than past seasons. With the additions of Grandville (ranked No. 6 in Division 1) and Chippewa Hills (No. 3 in Division 3), the individual talent featured many 2015 state placers, including defending state champion Cameron Mahlich of Ionia. Chippewa Hills and Grandville dominated the competition with six individual champions and six runner-ups in 14 weight classes. Chippewa Hills, though, edged Granville in total points 250-233.5.
Lakeview girls basketball coach Dave King wasn’t sure, but his Wildcats may have set a record Thursday night. The Wildcats allowed the Hesperia Panthers no points in the first half and four points total in a 62-4 slaughter. The four points allowed could be a record for fewest in a game.
Alec O’Connor hit the first two. Will Huiet hit the final one. Those three consecutive 3-pointers by O’Connor and Huiet, trailing by five points, propelled the Greenville Yellow Jackets to a much needed late run in a 46-43 win over the Lakeview Wildcats on Tuesday night.
Lakeview’s wrestling team hosted a special assembly Thursday afternoon to showcase their wrestling team in a real competition. Tri County didn’t make for very good guests at the assembly. The Vikings defeated the Wildcats 51-16 in front of the Lakeview student body at Cook Gymnasium.
Mackenzie Seeley’s shooting brought her team back, while Madison Doolittle’s defense gave the Alma Panthers a second chance. After forcing overtime with a late basket in the fourth quarter, the Lakeview Wildcats jumped out to a seven point overtime lead. The Panthers kept fighting and Doolittle’s inbound steal and basket forced a second overtime. From there, the Panthers were able to finish off the Wildcats in a wild 46-42 double overtime win in Lakeview on Friday night.
After 18 seasons, the Lakeview Wildcats boys basketball team has a new leader. Due to the retirement of longtime coach Mike Schreiber, the Wildcats are now coached by Pete Wurm, who spent the past two seasons leader the Lakeview junior varsity team to a 31-8 record.
Lakeview’s girls golf season didn’t end the way the Wildcats wanted it to. The Wildcats finished fifth in the five-team Central State Activities Association and that was because at the biggest conference meet of the season Lakeview couldn’t field a full team.
For one game at least, Lakeview volleyball coach Ashley Martz loved what her team was doing on the court. But unfortunately for her and the Wildcats, it was the last game of the season. The Beal City Aggies swept the Wildcats in the first round of the Class C district tournament Monday by scores of 25-20, 25-17, 28-26.