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Lakeview’s Marc Leach elevates as he goes in for a layup attempt in front of Montabella defender Mike Gibbs during the second quarter of Tuesday’s game. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Perez leads Lakeview to 43-35 win at Montabella

The Lakeview Wildcats defense came ready to play. Lakeview’s defense dominated the first quarter while holding the Montabella Mustangs scoreless in the first eight minutes en route to a 43-35 road win Tuesday. Kobe Perez led the Wildcats scoring effort with 17 points.

Belding’s Mitchell Ward pins Tri County’s Ryan VanderMuellen in the final match of the Division 3 district semifinal to win 33-32 at Central Montcalm on Thursday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding stuns Tri County, tops Lakeview for district title

On paper, Tri County should have won. On the mat, Tri County did not win. In stunning fashion, the Belding Redskins upset the No. 8 ranked Vikings with a pin in the final match to knock off the favorite 33-32 in the semifinals of the Division 3 team district wrestling tournament at Central Montcalm on Thursday.

Lakeview’s Trevor Arnold goes up for a basket in front of Reed City’s Logan Straub during the fourth quarter at home on Tuesday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Hallada steals 39-38 win for Lakeview

Mike Hallada made two steals to preserve Lakeview’s lead and two free throws to seal Lakeview’s win. In a defensive, physical game, it was the Wildcats using defense to edge the Reed City Coyotes in a 39-38 non-conference win at home on Tuesday.
Holding a 37-35 lead, Hallada had steals on back-to-back Reed City possessions to retain that lead. Then with 36 seconds left, Hallada hit two free throws to give the Wildcats a 39-35 lead, which was enough to win.

Central Montcalm’s Libby Ledford shoots a 3-point shot from the corner in front of Lakeview’s Amanda Larson during the first half at home on Tuesday. Ledford led all scorers with 21 points in the Hornets win. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm downs rival Lakeview 47-31

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.

Lakeview’s Nolan Saxton, right, fights for position against Chippewa Hills’ Austin Spedowski during the 135-pound final at the Lakeview Invitational on Saturday. Saxton won by decision 4-2. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview’s Saxton eyes individual state championship

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.

Montabella’s Carson Dalrymple, on bottom, tries to hold his position against Ionia’s Cole Cudney during the semifinals of the 103-pound division on Saturday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Chippewa Hills wrestlers win Lakeview Invitational

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’s Amanda Heady (40) puts up a shot between Hesperia’s Alissa Trip (23) and Kayleen Craner (12). - Daily News/Chip Burch

Possible record set in Lakeview girls win

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.

Lakeview’s Marc Leach looks to make a pass during the second half with Greenville’s Keegan Goetz guarding at home on Tuesday night. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville edges Lakeview in 46-43 comeback victory

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.

Tri County’s Parker Martin, top left, tries to finish the pin on Lakeview’s Brandon Gunderman-Lake during the teams’ meet at a school assembly at Lakeview High School Thursday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Tri County wrestlers beat Lakeview at assembly

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.

Lakeview’s Kirsten Johnson tries to move the ball along the baseline in front of a couple of Alma defenders during Friday’s game at home. Johnson scored a team-high 14 points. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Alma pulls out 2OT victory at Lakeview

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.