For nearly three quarters, the Lakeview Wildcats girls basketball team had a case of the Mondays. For a good portion of the game, Leroy Pine River out-rebounded the Wildcats. Lakeview turned the ball over far too many times and its lackadaisical effort allowed the Bucks to lead after each of the first three quarters. Luckily for the Wildcats, the game lasts four quarters.
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Lakeview’s Jon Hansen went diving. John Zuluaga-Torres did the same. It was their effort that saved the basketball from going out of bounds. Hansen’s dive was near mid court, Zuluaga-Torres was along the baseline. The end result was a game defining three-pointer from Caleb Rubalcaba.
Offensively, the Lakeview Wildcats looked to be in midseason form. Defensively, according to coach Mike Schreiber, Lakeview could have been much better.
Lakeview coach Mike Schreiber thought his team started the Christmas break a little earlier than expected. While the Wildcats offense struggled in the first half, their defense was tremendous for four quarters in a 69-30 win over White Cloud on Friday night.
The Sparta Spartans outlasted good competition all day long to finish with an unblemished record and won the Tri County wrestling invitational on Saturday. The Spartans went 5-0, capping their day with a pin at 130 pounds to come from behind and defeat the Comstock Park Panthers in their final match of the day. Trailing 36-32, the pin gave Sparta a 38-36 victory.
The Lakeview Wildcats and Montabella Mustangs opened the girls basketball season on Tuesday and both teams showed signs of rust. Lakeview’s defense, though was mostly strong and helped to carry the Wildcats to a season opening 53-20 win over the Mustangs at home.
The Lakeview Wildcats were playing in its first regional volleyball game in 23 years. The Grand Rapids South Christian Sailors were the Class B state runner-up in 2013 and are annual state champion contenders. On Tuesday night, the experience prevailed for the Sailors as they swept the Wildcats 25-15, 25-13, 25-9 to advance to the regional final Thursday against Lake Odessa Lakewood.
Mackenzie Oberlin was not feeling well about three years ago. The Lakeview senior was involved in a car accident that caused a couple of serious injuries. It was bad enough that Oberlin’s doctor told her she shouldn’t play sports again.
Lakeview’s boys soccer team came close to being a .500 team this season. But the Wildcats finished 8-12.
The Class B district volleyball final took extra points three times and saw another Lakeview comeback. Down two games to one to Belding, the Wildcats came back and beat the Redskins 28-26, 28-30, 26-28, 25-11, 15-13 Thursday night.