Greenville’s Parker Syrjala hadn’t pitched since mid-April. On Wednesday, Syrjala took the mound against the Lakeview Wildcats and showed no signs of rust. Syrjala, on a strict pitch count, went 4 2/3 innings without allowing a hit or run for a 5-0 victory in the second of two games.
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Missed opportunities cost the Lakeview Wildcats baseball team a win. Trailing early, the Wildcats battled back to take the lead against the Big Rapids Cardinals only to give the lead and the game away the next inning in a 9-8 loss at home on Tuesday night.
Goals have been hard to come by this season for the Lakeview Wildcats girls soccer team. At least that was the case prior to Wednesday’s match at home against Big Rapids Crossroads, which saw the Wildcats score six goals, the last on a penalty kick, to defeat the Cougars 6-5 on a chilly, rainy afternoon.
The Central Montcalm Hornets picked up a couple of Central State Activities Association games on Tuesday. The Hornets had to rally in game one for a 7-3 victory over rival Lakeview, while game two was a bit easier with a 16-1 four inning mercy.
Kent City’s girls soccer team hasn’t won a game in four years, according to coach Marshall VanderMey. The Eagles left Lakeview still searching for that first win.
Ryan Oshnock is keeping high school coaching in the family. The 2003 Lakeview graduate was recently hired as the varsity football coach at Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern High School.
Lakeview’s wrestling team had a good season, according to coach Todd Barton. “I feel the 2013-2014 season went really well,” Barton said. “I feel we could have done better, but performed well with the amount of young wrestlers we have. The progress from last year to this year has been tremendous. A lot of second year wrestlers stepped up and fulfilled leadership roles. The kids seem excited to be in the room and they enjoy learning and excelling at the sport. When the kids enjoy what they are doing and they have faith in their leaders success will happen.”
The Lakeview Wildcats girls basketball team had a tremendous season. The Wildcats finished the regular season with an 18 game winning streak following two losses and won the Central State Activities Association league title.
The Shelby Tigers could shoot the ball from anywhere on the court. They made those shots, too. Led by senior Jason Beckman, the Tigers drained nine first half three-pointers, went inside in the second half and sealed the game from the free throw line during Monday’s 80-72 Class C regional semifinal win over the Lakeview Wildcats at Montabella High School.
LAKEVIEW — The Lakeview Wildcats are district champions for the first time since 2008. It did not come easy. The Wildcats (20-3) opened the second half with a flurry, but needed a late basket by junior Nate Shurlow to clinch a 46-45 Class C district championship over the Ithaca Yellowjackets on Friday night in Lakeview. [...]