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Lakeview linebacker James Smith finished with 97 tackles and two interceptions in eight games for the Wildcats this year. (File photo)


There was more to James Smith than being a great defensive player. The Lakeview senior was one of the few ironmen that played on both sides of the ball during football games.

White Cloud’s Olivia Sherman, left, gets ready to attack over Lakeview’s Hailee Cantu (7) and Ashton Cooper (9) during the Class C district semifinals Nov. 2.

Lakeview netters had up and down season

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s volleyball season had its share of highs and lows in 2016. The Wildcats had a high of winning their own volleyball tournament to the low of being swept by Morley Stanwood — a team they beat twice in the regular season — in the Class C district final. Still, second-year coach Ashley [...]

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If done right, Friday night football can be better — for everyone

With the Big Ten Conference (B1G) announcing it will schedule more games on Friday nights next year, one question remains: Will this really hurt high school football?

The Lakeview Wildcats football team finished 6-4 overall, making the playoffs, losing to Ravenna in the first round. The team had 13 seniors, which was the first group to play all four years with head coach Sean Rinehart. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Lakeview Wildcats’ football season a success, but goal still not reached

When the clock struck zero at the Division 6 playoff game at Ravenna, many of the Lakeview football players hung around in the end zone, not wanting to leave the field just yet.

The 42-21 loss to the Bulldogs meant the Wildcats’ great season was done, and, for the seniors, so too was their high school football career. So the players took their time walking off the field, relishing what they inevitably would have to leave behind for the final time.

White Cloud’s Olivia Bowman (6) is blocked by Lakeview’s Ciarra Magnuson (15) and Kelsee Rosset (8) during the first game of the teams’ Class C district semifinal Wednesday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Lakeview wins district semifinals over White Cloud

Lakeview’s volleyball team has a chance to win its second district title in three years tonight.

The Wildcats advanced to the Class C district finals Wednesday night with a 25-21, 25-13, 25-16 win over White Cloud at Morley Stanwood High School.

Lakeview running back Mike Zerka (5) storms down the field with his teammates Luke Nunley (70) and Riley Nunley (61) in tow while Ravenna Bulldogs players bear down on him during the Division 6 playoff game Friday. Ravenna won 42-21 to advance to the second round against Kent City. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Ravenna running back racks up 323 rushing yards, 4 touchdowns against Lakeview in 42-21 Division 6 game

It only took the first snap of the game Friday for Lakeview to realize just what it was up against in its Division 6 football playoff game against Ravenna.

Bulldogs senior David Thompson may have been listed as the quarterback for Ravenna, but in the first few minutes of the game, he showed his high-level running back skills, busting out for an 80-yard and an 84-yard touchdown run that put Ravenna up 14-0, quickly.

Thompson ended up with 323 of Ravenna’s 425 rushing yards and scored four touchdowns to lead his Bulldogs to a convincing 42-21 first round win. The win earns Ravenna a second-round match-up with Kent City (8-2 overall), which upset favored Montague (7-3), 20-19.

With blockers James Smith (55) and Addison Mitchell (10) leading the way, Lakeview’s Mike Zerka (5) hands off to Jason Kroeze (21) during the Wildcats’ game against Morley Stanwood on Sept. 16. — File photo

Run game key in Ravenna, Lakeview match-up

Fifty-four years have passed since these two teams faced each other.

Tonight, the Lakeview Wildcats and Ravenna Bulldogs will go head to head in a Division 6 playoffs game in Ravenna.

Vestaburg’s Andreya McCarty, left, leads Saranac’s Sidney Klynstra and the rest of the girls through the second straightaway at the Central Montcalm Pre-Regional Invitational Monday. McCarty won the race. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Local runners prep for regionals at Central Montcalm invite

STANTON — Central Montcalm held its annual Pre-Regional Invitational cross country meet Monday as a way for teams and runners to get ready for the regional runs Saturday.

The host Green Hornets, Lakeview and Vestaburg all brought some runners to the meet, along with Morley Stanwood, Reed City and Saranac.

Lakeview running back and sophomore Addison Mitchell (10), outruns Central Montcalm defender and sophomore Jack Christensen (5) for a 60-yard touchdown in the second quarter Friday evening. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Lakeview shuts out Central Montcalm to clinch sixth win and spot in playoffs

With a berth in the postseason hanging in the balance, the Lakeview Wildcats needed every player focused.

Facing off against rival Central Montcalm Hornets, all records were thrown out the window Friday night, with every player from both teams motivated by pure passion.

But as it would turn out, the Wildcats (6-3) were simply too overpowering for the Hornets (1-8), dominating at the line of scrimmage, and running their way to a 35-0 shutout, clinching a spot in the playoffs in the process.

Both the Belding Redskins and Greenville Yellow Jackets qualified for the Michigan High School Athletics Association football playoffs, sneaking in with five wins each. Greenville will have a rematch with Lowell, which the Red Arrows beat Greenville 35-10 in a September meeting at Greenville. Meanwhile, Belding will face 9-0 Ithaca. Ithaca, which is from the Tri-Valley-West Conference, hasn't lost since Nov. 28, 2014, when it lost in the state finals to Monroe Saint Mary Catholic.

Four out of five eligible football teams make MHSAA playoffs

It was possible that five area football teams would make the playoffs, if the points fell just right. Of those five, four will have another game.