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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.

Carson City-Crystal’s Alex Baker, left, hand fights with Tri County’s Nick McGhan during Saturday’s Tri County Invitational. McGhan defeated Baker 3-0. The Vikings defeated the Eagles 47-30. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Sparta wins Tri County wrestling invitational

The Sparta Spartans outlasted good competition all day long to finish with an unblemished record and won the Tri County wrestling invitational on Saturday. The Spartans went 5-0, capping their day with a pin at 130 pounds to come from behind and defeat the Comstock Park Panthers in their final match of the day. Trailing 36-32, the pin gave Sparta a 38-36 victory.

Lakeview senior guard Saddie Massie (3) sprints past Montabella junior defender Marisol Bucao (10) during a breakaway in the third quarter Tuesday evening. - Daily News/Cory Smith

Defense leads Lakeview to 53-20 season opening win

The Lakeview Wildcats and Montabella Mustangs opened the girls basketball season on Tuesday and both teams showed signs of rust. Lakeview’s defense, though was mostly strong and helped to carry the Wildcats to a season opening 53-20 win over the Mustangs at home.