After 18 seasons, the Lakeview Wildcats boys basketball team has a new leader. Due to the retirement of longtime coach Mike Schreiber, the Wildcats are now coached by Pete Wurm, who spent the past two seasons leader the Lakeview junior varsity team to a 31-8 record.
Lakeview’s girls golf season didn’t end the way the Wildcats wanted it to. The Wildcats finished fifth in the five-team Central State Activities Association and that was because at the biggest conference meet of the season Lakeview couldn’t field a full team.
For one game at least, Lakeview volleyball coach Ashley Martz loved what her team was doing on the court. But unfortunately for her and the Wildcats, it was the last game of the season. The Beal City Aggies swept the Wildcats in the first round of the Class C district tournament Monday by scores of 25-20, 25-17, 28-26.
On Saturday across the state, 11 area cross country runners qualified for the state finals, which will take place at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) this coming Saturday. Included in the 11 runners are six from the Montabella girls team, which qualified with a third place finish at regional. In addition to the top three teams in each regional, the top 15 individual runners in each regional qualify for the state finals.
With its longshot playoff hopes flickering like a candle in a hurricane, host Lakeview took care of the business at hand Friday night by delivering a hard-fought 21-16 victory over Central Montcalm. “When you look at the rivalry we have with Central Montcalm, you know they are going to give you their best shot, and it will always be a good game,” Lakeview coach Sean Rinehart said. “They have some real good play makers, but we were able to put together four good quarters of football.”
All the teams from both the CSAA Gold and CSAA Silver got together for one final league meet before regionals on Halloween. The Big Rapids ran the fastest as the Cardinals swept both the girls and boys races at Lakeview High School on Tuesday. Big Rapids won the girls race with 41 points. Chippewa Hills was second with 68 and Kent City third with 89.
Lakeview’s boys soccer team had no problems in their Division 3 district opener Monday night. The Wildcats shut out the Montague Wildcats 3-0 in the first round of the playoffs. Jon Hansen had two of the three Lakeview goals.
Central Montcalm senior Ava Miller is the only area golfer to continue her season beyond regionals. On Thursday, playing at the Grayling Country Club, Miller fired a 90 to qualify for the Division 4 state championship at Michigan State’s Forest Akers East Oct. 16-17. The Hornets shot 443, but did not qualify as a team, which meant Miller did so as an individual. The top three teams and top three players from non qualifying teams advance to the state finals.
Lakeview’s football team had a pretty good game last week, and the Wildcats are hoping to keep it up. The Wildcats shut out Holton 42-0 last week to move to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the Central State Activities Association Silver Division.
Tri County 3, Newaygo 0: The Vikings won their CSAA-Gold match over the Lions Tuesday, winning 25-12, 25-23, 25-17. Leading Tri COunty was Lena Thompson with nine kills, Dani Stewart with 17 digs, Taylor Prins had 21 assists and Autumn Stears had five blocks…