The high school football season is officially underway. Today, across the state, is the first day of two-a-day practices, with the first game less than three weeks away. One area team got things started at the first possible moment.
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With just a few weeks before the start of the high school football season, the Lakeview Wildcats continue summer preparation with new head coach Sean Rinehart. Rinehart, a Michigan native, has spent the past several years in North Carolina coaching the same sport. Now, for the first time he is in charge of his own program and loving every minute of it.
Things went very well for Lakeview’s boys golf team this season. So well that coach Brian Corwin said he “didn’t know how much better the season could have been.”
Lakeview’s girls soccer team was hit with a lot of different roadblocks during the season. The Wildcats still finished 11-5-1, but they had to go through some adversity, noted coach Chris Smith.
The Lakeview Wildcats soccer team featured just four seniors and three juniors this season. Despite the youth, and the fact one of their seniors (Megan Leach) was out all season because of injury, the Wildcats managed to finish the year 11-5-1. Lakeview finished second in the CSAA behind Newyago and lost to regional finalist Grand Rapids Catholic Central (plays Muskegon Oakridge in regional final tonight at Big Rapids) in the district tournament.
Wednesday and Thursday are the days the three local high school golf teams take to the course for the regional tournaments. Greenville, Lakeview and Montabella all will be heading to their regional tournaments happy that they were able to qualify for the tournaments.
Two baseball teams struggling to get wins this season met at Central Montcalm Tuesday, and one is no longer struggling. That team would be the Lakeview Wildcats, who beat the Green Hornets 6-4 and 7-0 in a Central State Activities Association doubleheader.
The Central State Activities Association league soccer title may very well come down to a rematch between the Lakeview Wildcats and Newaygo Lions. As of now, the Lions have the advantage after Wednesday’s 2-1 win over the Wildcats. A fast start by Newaygo (5-2, 2-0) gave the Wildcats their first blemish of the season.
It wasn’t ideal, but at least they were playing. The Belding Redskins and Lakeview Wildcats softball teams took to the field for the first time, literally, on Monday night at Demorest Field.
All the sports events scheduled for Monday and even Tuesday were canceled because of rain. With the exception of a few teams, most school teams have yet to take the field or the track to start the season.