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.
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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.
The Lakeview Wildcats were playing in its first regional volleyball game in 23 years. The Grand Rapids South Christian Sailors were the Class B state runner-up in 2013 and are annual state champion contenders. On Tuesday night, the experience prevailed for the Sailors as they swept the Wildcats 25-15, 25-13, 25-9 to advance to the regional final Thursday against Lake Odessa Lakewood.
Mackenzie Oberlin was not feeling well about three years ago. The Lakeview senior was involved in a car accident that caused a couple of serious injuries. It was bad enough that Oberlin’s doctor told her she shouldn’t play sports again.
Lakeview’s boys soccer team came close to being a .500 team this season. But the Wildcats finished 8-12.
The Class B district volleyball final took extra points three times and saw another Lakeview comeback. Down two games to one to Belding, the Wildcats came back and beat the Redskins 28-26, 28-30, 26-28, 25-11, 15-13 Thursday night.
Turnovers are hard to overcome. Seven turnovers are virtually insurmountable. On Friday, the Chippewa Hills Warriors used a dominant defensive performance and special teams to set up its offense in a 41- 0 shutout win over the Lakeview Wildcats in the opening round of the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 5 playoffs.
Unlike last year, the Lakeview Wildcats are familiar with their first round playoff opponent (Maple City Glen Lake). The Wildcats (8-1) will travel to face former CSAA rival Chippewa Hills (7-2) tonight in the first round of the Division 6 football playoffs. The two teams spent the past nine years together in the same league. This year, the league was split into two divisions, with the Wildcats in the Silver and the Warriors in the Gold.
Fighting for its playoff life, the stakes were certainly higher for Central Montcalm than they were for visiting Lakeview in Friday’s final football game of the regular season. The mistakes were just too much for Central Montcalm to overcome.
Central Montcalm and Lakeview will renew a football rivalry on Friday night with a lot at stake. Each team has their own motivation for wanting to win the game. For the Green Hornets (5-3), it’s getting that sixth win to make the playoffs. For the Wildcats (7-1), it’s being 8-1 for the first time since 1976.