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Lakeview’s Tara Ward putts during a tournament at Holland Lake Golf Course this season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview girls golf season ‘a moderate success’

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.

Beal City’s Mackenzie Schneider (7) fires an attack past the block of Lakeview’s Emily Molitor, middle, and Ciarra Magnuson during the Class C district playoffs Monday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Lakeview swept 3-0 by Beal City in districts

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.

Central Montcalm sophomore defender C.J. Denman (10) recovers a fumble by the Lakeview Wildcats while being tackled by Lakeview senior lineman Jacob Ridgeway (77) during the second quarter Friday evening. - Daily News/Cory Smith

Lakeview holds off rival Central Montcalm 21-16

With its longshot playoff hopes flickering like a candle in a hurricane, host Lakeview took care of the business at hand Friday night by delivering a hard-fought 21-16 victory over Central Montcalm. “When you look at the rivalry we have with Central Montcalm, you know they are going to give you their best shot, and it will always be a good game,” Lakeview coach Sean Rinehart said. “They have some real good play makers, but we were able to put together four good quarters of football.”

Tri County’s Summer Longstreet nears the finish line at the CSAA cross country championship at Lakeview on Tuesday.

Big Rapids sweeps CSAA XC championship meet

All the teams from both the CSAA Gold and CSAA Silver got together for one final league meet before regionals on Halloween. The Big Rapids ran the fastest as the Cardinals swept both the girls and boys races at Lakeview High School on Tuesday. Big Rapids won the girls race with 41 points. Chippewa Hills was second with 68 and Kent City third with 89.

Central Montcalm’s Ava Miller tees off during a CSAA Jamboree this season.  - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Miller, Corwin, Bice earn CSAA golf honors

The Central State Activities Association girls golf season has come to an end. Playing at Clear Lake Golf Club in Big Rapids, the host Cardinals won the season ending tournament and clinched the season long conference championship on Tuesday.

Tri County senior Dylan Matulis, left, sends a shot on goal by Lakeview senior defender Jacob Tanner during a 4-2 Wildcats win on Monday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview soccer holds off late Tri County push

Lakeview jumped out to a comfortable 3-0 lead, but Tri County gave the Wildcats something to worry about for a while in the second half. Tri County’s Alex Kerslake and Dylan Matulis score three minutes apart midway through the second half, but Lakeview’s Jon Hansen answered late to ease the the Wildcats’ worries in a 4-2 road win on Monday.

Lakeview sophomore running back Mike Zerka (5) attempts a pass on a trick play in the second quarter Friday evening while evading a Morley Stanwood defender. Daily News/Cory Smith

Morley Stanwood stuns Lakeview with late score

Special teams kept Morley Stanwood close early on in Friday night’s Central State Activities Association Gold game at Lakewood. But it was a series of special plays late by Mohawks quarterback Nic Huntey that made the difference in a 23-17 victory over the Vikings. Trailing 17-10 midway through the fourth quarter, Huntey — who had just three rushing yards and none passing before then — stepped up with the game on the line and made several big plays that led to 13 points and the win.

Greenville’s Kyle Farmer, left, tries to maneuver the ball around Lakeview’s Ricky Harvey during the teams’ game Monday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Greenville soccer takes down Lakeview

Greenville’s boys soccer players didn’t let a little thing like a one-hour delay bother them. The Yellow Jackets waited out the delay, then came out firing and mercied the Lakeview Wildcats 9-1 Monday night.

Lakeview’s Dakota Hershberger (84) and Tony Seaborn (on the ground) team up to bring down Tri County’s Dylan Matulis during the first half of the Wildcats’ 28-21 victory on Friday night. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview outlasts Tri County to win season opener

Every time the Tri County Vikings seized the momentum, the Lakeview Wildcats took it right back. In a thrilling season opening game, both teams made mistakes, but also kept every fan on their toes in the final minutes of the game. In the end, the Wildcats avenged last year’s one-point loss with a 28-21 win over the Vikings on Friday night.

Lakeview’s Marc Leach, right, looks to move the ball away from Ithaca’s Mike Meier during the teams’ game Monday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Lakeview soccer gives first win to new coach

Jeff Bennett earned his first win in his first game as Lakeview Wildcats boys soccer coach. The Wildcats opened the 2015 season with a 2-1 win over the Ithaca Yellowjackets Monday in windy and rainy conditions.