With its longshot playoff hopes flickering like a candle in a hurricane, host Lakeview took care of the business at hand Friday night by delivering a hard-fought 21-16 victory over Central Montcalm. “When you look at the rivalry we have with Central Montcalm, you know they are going to give you their best shot, and it will always be a good game,” Lakeview coach Sean Rinehart said. “They have some real good play makers, but we were able to put together four good quarters of football.”
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All the teams from both the CSAA Gold and CSAA Silver got together for one final league meet before regionals on Halloween. The Big Rapids ran the fastest as the Cardinals swept both the girls and boys races at Lakeview High School on Tuesday. Big Rapids won the girls race with 41 points. Chippewa Hills was second with 68 and Kent City third with 89.
The Central State Activities Association girls golf season has come to an end. Playing at Clear Lake Golf Club in Big Rapids, the host Cardinals won the season ending tournament and clinched the season long conference championship on Tuesday.
Lakeview jumped out to a comfortable 3-0 lead, but Tri County gave the Wildcats something to worry about for a while in the second half. Tri County’s Alex Kerslake and Dylan Matulis score three minutes apart midway through the second half, but Lakeview’s Jon Hansen answered late to ease the the Wildcats’ worries in a 4-2 road win on Monday.
Special teams kept Morley Stanwood close early on in Friday night’s Central State Activities Association Gold game at Lakewood. But it was a series of special plays late by Mohawks quarterback Nic Huntey that made the difference in a 23-17 victory over the Vikings. Trailing 17-10 midway through the fourth quarter, Huntey — who had just three rushing yards and none passing before then — stepped up with the game on the line and made several big plays that led to 13 points and the win.
Greenville’s boys soccer players didn’t let a little thing like a one-hour delay bother them. The Yellow Jackets waited out the delay, then came out firing and mercied the Lakeview Wildcats 9-1 Monday night.
Every time the Tri County Vikings seized the momentum, the Lakeview Wildcats took it right back. In a thrilling season opening game, both teams made mistakes, but also kept every fan on their toes in the final minutes of the game. In the end, the Wildcats avenged last year’s one-point loss with a 28-21 win over the Vikings on Friday night.
Jeff Bennett earned his first win in his first game as Lakeview Wildcats boys soccer coach. The Wildcats opened the 2015 season with a 2-1 win over the Ithaca Yellowjackets Monday in windy and rainy conditions.
It was the final tuneup for the football teams from Lakeview, Belding and Montabella on Thursday at Kos Field. The scrimmage was the last chance for the Redskins, Mustangs and Wildcats to check themselves out before the games become real next week.
The Big Rapids Cardinals were expected to be the favorite to take home the CSAA championships this season. On Wednesday, at the first league match of the season, the Cardinals showed exactly why so many had those expectations.