High School

New Lakeview softball coach Ron Cantu with his daughters, Hannah, left, and Hailee with their first place trophies from an end-of-the-year pony softball tournament four years ago. (Courtesy photo)

Defense, hitting, ‘small ball’ will be key to Wildcats’ success this year

Last year, the Lakeview Wildcats softball team won its first districts title since 1994 and enjoyed a 22-12 regular season finish.

This year’s team has a new coach and will have a new approach but the goal is still to be just as successful as last year’s team.

Lakeview’s Keola Kaaikala, right, shoots over Leroy Pine River’s Mason Powell during the two teams’ Class C district final at Morley Stanwood High School Saturday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Lakeview loses 50-33 to Pine River in districts final, ending Wildcats’ season

After an emotional win over Morley Stanwood Friday night, Lakeview’s boys basketball team couldn’t match it Saturday. The Wildcats lost to Leroy Pine River in the finals of the twice-delayed Class C district Saturday, falling 50-33 to the Bucks.

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Wildcats earn last-second win over Mohawks in district semifinals

The suspense of who would be victors between Morley Stanwood and Lakeview took every second of Friday’s game to figure out. Leading 55-53 with two seconds left, Morley Stanwood’s offensive weapon Nic Huntey drew a foul to go to the free throw line in hopes of tying the game.

Belding’s Mitchell Ward reacts to his blood round win against Mount Morris’ Jesse Munsell during the second round of consolation matches Friday. He was 2-1 on the day and has reached Saturday’s next consolation round.

15 of the 21 local wrestlers still alive in state finals

With each wrestler that walked onto the mats at the state individual wrestling finals, there is a story of hard work, dedication as well as triumph and heartbreak.

Tri County’s Dakota Greer will compete in the individual state finals as the only undefeated wrestler in the local area, having set a 50-0 record this season and is the 119-pound district champion. Individual state finals are at The Palace of Auburn Hills March 2-4. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

21 local wrestlers move to individual state finals at The Palace March 2-4

A total of 21 local wrestlers are going to The Palace of Auburn Hills to try to win a title. All 21 finished fourth or better at their individual tournaments across the state and will move on to wrestle at The Palace for the final time March 2 to March 4.

Greenville’s Stephan Hilliker, above, works Forest Hills Eastern’s Ryan Roth into position for a pin during Saturday’s state individual districts tournment in Lowell. Hilliker would get the pin 1:44 into the match, giving him a district title in the 125-pound division. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

30-plus local wrestlers qualify at weekend individual districts

As the dust settles from Saturday’s state individual district tournaments, as many as 33 wrestlers qualified for the next round, the regionals, which will be next Saturday. The Carson City-Crystal Eagles, wrestling out of the 27-4 Hesperia district, saw 10 wrestlers qualify, which is the most among the area schools, followed by Greenville, which had eight qualify. Belding had six qualify while Tri County and Montabella each had four wrestlers who finished fourth or better to qualify for regionals. Central Montcalm finished with two qualifiers and Lakeview with one.

Lakeview’s David Larson (32) grabs a rebound in a crowd that includes, from left, Newaygo’s Riley Davis (5), Lakeview’s Keola Kaaikala (21) and Newaygo’s Jacob Mayle during the teams’ game Tuesday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

‘Guts and effort’ help Lakeview beat Newaygo 69-66

It was tough for Lakeview’s boys basketball team to prepare for its game against Newaygo on Tuesday night. The Wildcats had sickness running through the team to the point where only four players practiced Monday. Others were still feeling the effects, but Lakeview pulled out a 69-66 win over Newaygo.

Greenville's Paige Hallock, left, and Landon Kemp each signed their letters of intent to play at the college level, with Hallock set to play basketball at Grand Valley State University while Kemp will continue her long jump career at South Dakota University.

HIT THE LINE HARD: Enjoying the hype of committing

This is the time of year I always love, when “National Signing Day” is upon us. I love all the hype of which highly-touted high school football recruit is going where and which team has raked in the most studs and whose team is going to be crazy good next year, or so we think. One of the the trends I’ve gotten caught up in and enjoy watching are the creative announcements these recruits have been posting online lately.

Lakeview's David Bannen, middle, looks to go up for a shot between Chippewa Hills' Kurt Ray, left, and DeAngelo Lowery during the teams' game Tuesday night.

Lakeview comes from behind to beat Chippewa Hills, 44-34

Lakeview coach Pete Wurm knew his team was still in the boys basketball game despite being down at halftime. Wurm made the adjustments that worked, holding Chippewa Hills to just 12 points in the second half and taking a 44-34 win Tuesday night.

Central Montcalm sophomore guard Kiara Wernette works around Lakeview’s Alleigh Lint at the baseline in the second quarter of Tuesday’s game. Wernette scored six points. She also had three steals.

Hornets win tight, defensive battle over Wildcats

Coming into Tuesday’s girls basketball rivalry game between Central Montcalm and Lakeview, the Hornets were the easy favorite to win, but the Wildcats proved otherwise. In a tight game, where defense was dominating on both ends of the court, Central Montcalm (9-2 overall, 4-1 CSAA-Gold) squeaked out a 34-30 win over Lakeview (3-7 overall, 3-2 CSAA-Silver).