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Lakeview’s Trevor Arnold, dark jersey, is surrounded by Beal City Aggies in gathering a rebound during the teams’ Class C district game Wednesday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Lakeview clamps down on defense in win over Beal City

BLANCHARD — Lakeview’s boys basketball team used defense in a big way Wednesday night. The Wildcats held the Beal City Aggies to just eight field goals in a 37-29 win in the Class C district at Montabella High School. The low number of Aggie field goals was a pleasant surprise to Lakeview coach Peter Wurm. [...]

Tri County’s Lucas Prater shakes the hand of Montrose wrestling coach Steve Barnette during the Division 3 215-pound award ceremony. To the right of Prater is Lakeview’s James Smith, who placed seventh, while Prater placed eighth. Smith defeated Prater by 3-1 decision in overtime in the consolation finals on Saturday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Eight area wrestlers earn individual All-State honors

Such a wide range of emotions can be found at the state wrestling finals where even winning is sometimes met with disappointment. Tears can stream from the faces of winners and losers. Winners can feel exhilaration, shock and relief. Losers can feel heartbreak, anger and even contentment. Without a doubt, no other sport displays as many emotions as wrestling does. After three days, just 56 wrestlers out of 896 will be crowned individual state champions, although 448 in four divisions will walk away with All-State honors.

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.