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Tri County freshman Dakota Greer, top, tries to pull Richmond’s Roy Costello over during Friday’s Division 3 103-pound championship semifinal match at The Palace. Greer won by decision 7-3. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Six area wrestlers advance to individual state finals

After two days, six area wrestlers are in position to earn the ultimate achievement — an individual state championship. The Michigan High School Athletic Association’s season-ending extravaganza — with nearly 900 wrestlers taking part — began on Thursday and concludes with the championship matches today starting at 4:45 p.m.

Belding forward Greta Wilker (12) battles for a defensive rebound with Lakeview’s Amanda Heady (40) during third-quarter action Monday night. - Courtesy photos/Joe Veselenak

Belding’s defense, rebounding leads to victory over Lakeview

The Belding Redskins squared off with the Lakeview Wildcats in what felt like a girls basketball district final, but was just a tournament opener. Playing at home, the Redskins used their physicality, defense and rebounding to defeat the Wildcats 55-41 in the Class B district tournament game on Monday night.

Lakeview’s Rylee Nielsen goes in for a fast break basket during the first quarter of Friday’s home game against Hesperia. Lakeview finished the regular season 15-5 overall and will face Belding in districts on Monday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview girls roll past Hesperia in season finale

LAKEVIEW — Senior night was a good one for the Lakeview Wildcats girls basketball team. While not much of a contest, the Wildcats used Friday’s 61-17 win over Hesperia as a tune-up for Monday’s Class B district tournament opener. Sadie Massie’s 22 points and Maddie Shurlow’s 13 assists helped pace the Wildcats to victory. “This [...]

Lakeview’s Nate Shurlow looks to make a pass over the head of Montabella’s Josh Balhorn during Tuesday’s game. Shurlow scored 10 points for the Wildcats. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Defense leads Lakeview past Montabella at home

The Lakeview Wildcats thrive when their defense leads to easy offense. Such was the case Tuesday night at home. The Wildcats’ defense forced 21 turnovers, which led to easy baskets — 30 field goals in all — in a 69-27 victory over Montabella.

Tri County’s Nick McGhan goes for a pin against Chippewa Hills’ Kaden Ellis during the 112-pound championship match at the CSAA tournament on Saturday. McGhan earned the fall at 5:31. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

14 area wrestlers place at CSAA tournament

Three area wrestling teams wrapped up the regular season on Saturday at the Central State Activities Association tournament at Tri County. In all, 14 wrestlers from Central Montcalm, Lakeview and Tri County placed in the top four. Tri County led the way with eight individual placers, while Lakeview and Central Montcalm each had three.

Central Montcalm’s Zac MacDonald competes against Grant’s Chase Hicks during the 140-pound championship match on Saturday. Hicks won by 12-1 major decision.

Mason County Central wins Lakeview Invitational

The Lakeview Wildcats hosted its annual individual wrestling tournament on Saturday. Mason County Central outlasted 16 schools to earn the championship this weekend with 202 points. Grant was second with 164 points and Belding third with 150.

Lakeview senior Rylee Nielsen dives for a loose ball and makes a pass up court for a basket during Monday’s game at home against Leroy Pine River. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview girls rally past Pine River

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.

Lakeview’s Nate Shurlow looks to make a pass with Greenville’s Keegan Cossou guarding during Tuesday’s game at Greenville. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview remains perfect with win at Greenville

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.

Lakeview senior Caleb Ruvalcaba directs the offense at home on Tuesday against Chippewa Hills. The Wildcats improved to 5-0 with the win. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview’s Shurlow scores 24 to lead Wildcats

Offensively, the Lakeview Wildcats looked to be in midseason form. Defensively, according to coach Mike Schreiber, Lakeview could have been much better.

Lakeview junior Jon Hansen shoots a three-pointer during the first half of Friday’s game against White Cloud. Hansen hit three three-pointers in the fourth quarter to finish with 10 points. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview improves to 4-0 with 69-30 win

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.