Lakeview’s soccer team ended up with a 9-7-3 record this season, but there were extenuating circumstances to that. The former district champions were battling the injury bug all season, which made coach Chris Smith have to shuffle players in and out of the lineup.
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They kept swinging and they kept finding holes. The Greenville Yellow Jackets baseball team scattered 11 hits in a 13-3 game two victory over the Lakeview Wildcats on Wednesday night.
The sun was shining, but the wind was blowing. The area’s top track athletes never let the wind phase them in the annual Daily News Track Classic on Tuesday evening at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
Dillon Wood is going to have a busy week. The Lakeview track runner will be getting ready for two big meets that are happening this week.
The Central State Activities Association has some track teams in it that force every individual on the teams to perform their best. “In the CSAA you get tested every week,” Central Montcalm boys track coach Kris Kolbe said. “From top to bottom it’s the toughest league I’ve seen. But it really prepares you for regionals and invites, where your kids can shine.”
The Lakeview Wildcats baseball team needed to respond just one more time. The Wildcats twice answered rallies by Hesperia to either take the lead or tie the game, but could not do it once more in the final inning of a 7-6 doubleheader nightcap loss on Tuesday. With the game tied 5-5, Hesperia scored two unanswered runs in the top half of the sixth inning. Both runs were scored on throwing errors, which gave the Panthers a 7-5 lead.
The Lakeview Wildcats softball team went 17-9 last year. They return five experienced players and four of their top five hitters in 2012. Returning for the Wildcats are Liz Nielsen, Andrea Henry, Chelsea Lint, Keelie Outman and Erin Vanderzand. They lost Jessica Keilholtz, Dani Johnson and Lindsay Larsen.
Make it three in a row for Jordan Thomas and two in a row for Ken Dittenber. The Greenville senior won his third straight individual wrestling state title Saturday at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Carson City-Crystal junior won his second straight individual state wrestling title. Lakeview’s Jordan Betham also was a state title winner, getting his first championship.
The Spartan Spartans came out of the lockerroom at halftime on fire. Karley Cnossen led the flame. Cnossen scored 16 of her game-high 24 points in the third quarter as the Spartan lead went from nine points (20-11 at halftime) to 26 points (43-17 after three quarters) in a 53-29 district semifinal win on Wednesday night at Tri County. “We were in a zone and the pace was quite slow in the first quarter,” Sparta coach Matt McCallum said. “We started coming on more in the second quarter, but then in the third quarter we made a good run. That put us up enough.”
It wasn’t pretty, but Lakeview’s girls basketball team is advancing in the district tournament. The Wildcats won an ugly 39-29 game over the Chippewa Hills Warriors Monday, but coach Corey Kohler will take it.