Amber Fifelski Ingraham was one-and-done with the Lakeview volleyball program. And she went out on top. Ingraham, who married in the spring, resigned last March as varsity volleyball coach, leaving after taking the Wildcats to their first district title in years.
On an overcast, humid morning, five football teams strapped on the helmets, huddled and continued to prepare for the upcoming high school football season. With just 22 days until the first official practice and 40 days until the first game of the season, it’s crunch time for each program to make sure they are ready for the start of the season. On Friday, the Lakeview Wildcats and Tri County Vikings squared off with the host Belding Redskins, Ionia Bulldogs and Saranac Redskins in a 7-on-7 passing camp.
The Michigan high school football season begins in 51 days. That seems like a long time, but as Greenville coach Dave Moore said, “It’s really not that far away.” On Tuesday, the Yellow Jackets along with the Lakeview Wildcats and Fulton Pirates got together to continue its preparation for the fast approaching season in a 7-on-7 passing camp.
Looking at the overall record of the Lakeview softball team, the Wildcats didn’t win much. The Wildcats were 9-24 in 2015, with only five wins in the Central State Activities Association Silver Division.
Lakeview’s varsity baseball team was young. At times that may have hurt the Wildcats. They finished the season 8-21-1 overall and 6-14 in the Central State Activities Association Silver Division. That was good for fourth in the conference.
Four area girls basketball teams joined a few others for a round robin of scrimmages to close out the month of June. Basketball season doesn’t start until November, but June and even July, are busy months for basketball programs with preparation for the season.
Lakeview’s girls track team is looking for a new girls track coach. That’s because former coach Cari Scholtens has left Lakeview. “I have accepted a teaching position at Greenville next year,” Scholtens, a Greenville graduate, said. “I wish Lakeview High school and Lakeview girls track all the best. I’m excited to see them in competition.”
The Lakeview Wildcats softball struggled in the win department, but not because of a lack of effort. Lakeview was a young, but talented team. Close losses led to a disappointing 9-24 (5-15 in CSAA Silver) record, but the Wildcats play this year leaves plenty of optimism for 2016.
The Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association released its All-State honorees on Wednesday. In all, four area players earned All-State honors this season. For the second straight season, Belding’s Greta Wilker was named to the Division 2 first team. This year as a utility fielder (third base in 2014).
Lake-view’s girls soccer team was a good team that didn’t know it. The Wildcat kickers finished the season 10-10 overall and 5-7 in the Central State Activities Association. The team came together late in the season, according to coach Chris Smith.