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Four area teams qualify for football playoffs

The Road to Ford Field begins on Friday/Saturday night for four area football teams. Pairings (games times to be decided later today) were announced on Sunday night with Lakeview (8-1), Central Montcalm (5-4), Carson City-Crystal (7-2) and Montabella (6-3) all getting the chance to play a 10th game this season.

Lakeview quarterback Nate Shurlow (9) fends off Central Montcalm defender Todd Switzer (3) en route to running for a first down in the first quarter Friday evening. - Daily News/Cory Smith

Lakeview wins thriller over rival Central Montcalm

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’s Blake Wittkopp, left, makes a catch during practice on Thursday. The Hornets were preparing for Friday’s home game against rival Lakeview. - Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm, Lakeview have own motivations for game

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.

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SPORTS GALORE: Margin for error is gone in playoff push

The Lakeview Wildcats will be one of 256 teams playing for a coveted football state championship beginning on Oct. 31. Lakeview’s win at Hesperia last week guaranteed the Wildcats (6-1 overall) a second consecutive trip to the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) football playoffs.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Oct. 14

Volleyball Greenville 3, Cedar Springs 0: The Yellow Jackets continued their dominance over the Red Hawks with a straight-game win 25-19, 25-11, 25-21 Tuesday night in Cedar Springs. Paige Hallock had 10 kills and four blocks for Greenville, Katherine Stidham had 10 digs, Kaylee Wilcox dished out 13 assists and Riley Jenks made six kills. [...]

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Lakeview clinches league title, postseason spot

Following an opening season loss, the Lakeview Wildcats have won six consecutive games. The most recent of those six wins, a 35-14 win at Hesperia, clinched the new Central State Activities Association Silver Division championship. Six wins also guaranteed the Wildcats a place in the postseason for the second consecutive season.

Lakeview’s Sadie Massie, left, tries to drive past Montabella’s Taylor Smith during a game Feb. 24. - File photo

Lakeview’s Massie to play hoops at Ferris State

Sadie Massie knew all along she wanted to go to Ferris State University when she graduates from Lakeview. Now her basketball scholarship will take care of the classes and books.

Lakeview’s Sadie Massie, right, tries to put an attack past the block of Cedar Springs’ Sydney Plummer (2) and Brooke Bennett, middle, during the Morley Stanwood Invitational Saturday. - Chip Burch

Tri County falls to host Mohawks

Tri County’s volleyball team had a chance to pull off an upset of the Morley Stanwood Mohawks at the Mohawks’ own invitational Saturday. But Morley Stanwood, ranked fifth in the state in Class C by the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association, ended up with a 25-21, 25-8 win over the Vikings.

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ROUNDUP: Prep football scores from Friday, Oct. 3

Lakeview 35, Kent City 0: The Wildcats mercied the Eagles in a CSAA-Silver game Friday night. John Zuluaga-Torres led Lakeview with 18 carries for 186 yards and four touchdowns, while quarterback Nate Shurlow had seven carries for 53 yards and a score…

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, Oct. 1

Lakeview 8, Kent City 0: The Wildcats mercied the Eagles in just 51 minutes in Wednesday’s CSAA contest. Jonathan Hansen had five goals, Nate Davis had a goal and an assist, Mark Leach and Dan Steele had goals and Jacob Tannis had two assists to Spencer Kamp’s one…