Good basketball teams have multiple players step up when needed to help win ballgames. On Monday night, the Lakeview Wildcats — with its leading scorer in foul trouble — had such a game, with multiple players leading the way in a 64-47 nonleague win over Chippewa Hills at Cook Gymnasium.
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Boys basketball season is underway, but Montabella would have liked to have waited a few days. The Mustangs made only 11 field goals against Lakeview Monday night to lose 60-37 in the season opener for both teams.
With a little more than a week before the boys high school basketball season begins, one thing is for certain, the Lakeview Wildcats will feature a very young team. With just two returning seniors, it’s very possible the Wildcats could have not one, not two, but three sophomores in the starting lineup this season.
The Lakeview Wildcats girls basketball program is always in contention for league and district titles. Those again, are the expectations for this coming season. The Wildcats went 14-8 a year ago. Their season ended with a 53-29 loss to eventual district champion Sparta Spartans.
Lakeview’s soccer team had the same amount of wins last season as they did this season. But that’s a bit deceiving, said coach Chris Smith.
The Lakeview Wildcats narrowly missed out on the MHSAA football playoffs. Narrowly means losing four games to playoff teams, one of which is still playing (Newaygo) in the regional finals. Lakeview lost three of those games by two touchdowns or less, including a 9-8 loss to Newaygo and 21-14 to regular season unbeaten Reed City.
Belding’s volleyball team opened their Class B district volleyball tournament Monday with a win, but coach Mikayla Linebaugh knew it wasn’t going to be easy. The Redskins knocked off the Lakeview Wildcats in four games, 25-21, 24-26, 25-21, 25-23 to advance in the tournament.
The 10 football coaches of the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) wasted no time on deciding the best of the conference. The regular season ended Friday and coaches convened Saturday to vote. In all, 13 combined Central Montcalm Hornets (2-7) and Lakeview Wildcats (5-4) earned league honors.
The Lakeview Wildcats needed to win one final game to secure a spot in the Michigan High School Athletics Association (MHSAA) football playoffs. For a little more than 30 minutes, it looked like the Wildcats were on their way to doing so. In the end, the Big Rapids Cardinals (8-1) made the plays and defeated the Wildcats 28-14 in the regular season finale on Friday night at Kos Field.
The Lakeview Wildcats were down, but not out. All they needed was some momentum. After some early unforced errors, the Wildcats found what they needed for a thrilling five game come from behind win over the Central Montcalm Hornets on Wednesday night.