It didn’t take long for the Lakeview Wildcats soccer team to take control. Lakeview senior David Wheeler was able to knock in a goal just five minutes into the game against the Tri County Vikings on Tuesday evening in a nonleague 2-1 victory at home.
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For nearly 70 minutes, the Lakeview Wildcats and Big Rapids Cardinals battled to a scoreless tie. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the Cardinals would score twice in an 8:42 time frame to earn a 2-0 CSAA road win Tuesday evening. The Cardinals (9-4-1, 4-0) are now in the drivers seat to win the league championship.
For nearly 45 minutes, the Lakeview Wildcats were on its way to a season opening, third consecutive victory. If only, the final three minutes were different. With Lakeview punting from its own 39-yard line, the snap sailed high and punter Brandon Bisel could not corral the ball. The Newaygo Lions recovered on the Wildcats’ 25-yard line with just 3:16 remaining in the game.
Lakeview’s soccer team had been working on trying to get more offense going in their opponent’s zone. If their game against Newaygo was any indication, the message got through.
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.
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.