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HIT THE LINE HARD: What’s wrong with second favorites?

I have been a fan of all the Detroit pro sports teams all my life. But I also have second favorites. For some reason, that doesn’t sit well with others. I remember the very day I became a New England Patriots fan … are you done gasping? Ok. So, as I was saying, I remember the day I became a New England Patriots fan. It was the 1985-86 Super Bowl. If you can’t recall, they were thumped by the Chicago Bears 46-10.

Dakota Harris, 17, of Lakeview, recently competed in the Vintage World Series Oval Racing in Eagle River, Wisconsin, an annual snowmobile race event. It was his first time competing in the race, in which he won the heat race and finished fifth overall in the finals. (Photo courtesy by Brian Caswell of Speed Shot Photography)

Lakeview’s Dakota Harris finishes fifth in World Series snowmobile race

Dakota Harris is a three-sport athlete at Lakeview High School. But he also has another sport he’s into, one that he is doing very well in. The 17-year-old senior who plays football, baseball and basketball for the Wildcats competed in the annual Vintage World Series Oval Racing, a snowmobile racing event held in Eagle River, Wisconsin, on Jan. 14-15, winning his heat race and finishing fifth overall in the finals.

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).

Lakeview’s David Larson extends to the basket to get the shot in and the foul during Wednesday’s game against Montabella, in which the Wildcats won 52-31. Pictured, from left, defending Larson, are Montabella’s Jake Korte, Connor Riley and Wyatt Sackett (32). (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Lakeview shakes off snow-day rust to earn fifth win

It’s been a work in progress all season for Pete Wurm to find consistency for his Lakeview boys basketball team, but the Wildcats put together a solid 52-31 win against Montabella Wednesday.

Belding’s Tyler Smith, top, tries to roll over Traverse City West’s Audie Herrera during their 145- pound match at the Sparta Invitational Saturday.

Area wrestling coaches happy with Sparta wrestling invitational

SPARTA — Out of the three area coaches who had teams in the Sparta Invitational wresting tournament Saturday, none said they were really disappointed in their teams. Belding, Lakeview and Tri County were among the 17 teams at Sparta, which was an individual tournament, even though team scores were kept. Belding had one winner. Mitchell [...]

Lakeview’s Amanda Larson, middle, goes up for a shot between Kent City’s Kaitlyn Geers (41) and Paula Roberts (11) during the teams’ game Friday night.

Fourth-quarter stretch dooms Lakeview in loss to Kent City

For three quarters at least, Lakeview’s girls basketball team kept up with Kent City. But the Wildcats couldn’t stay with the Eagles for a key stretch of the fourth quarter and Lakeview lost 48-39 Friday night in a Central State Activities Association Silver Division game. The big difference-maker was a 13-2 run over the first [...]

Lakeview’s Keola Kaaikala, left, is guarded by Kent City’s Braden Petruska during the first quarter of the teams’ game Friday night.

Lakeview boys grind out win over Kent City

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s boys basketball team got a win that will stick with them for a while. The Wildcats came back from a 34-29 deficit after three quarters to beat the Kent City Eagles 50- 42 Friday night in a Central State Activities Association Silver Division game. “I think a big win is an understatement [...]

Junior Dan Steele earned two victories by pins against Newaygo and Reed City in the 152-pound class. Lakeview went 2-0 on the night, beating Reed City, 51-21, and Newaygo, 54-18. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Lakeview gets two victories in first home wrestling dual

The Lakeview Wildcats wrestling team started off the new year on the right track, earning two team victories in its first home dual meet of the season Wednesday. Lakeview beat Newaygo, 54-18, and Reed City, 51-21, to improve its team record of 3-8 on the year. Big Rapids was also participating, beating Reed City, 60-19, and Newaygo, 34-30.

Cedar Rock Sports Plex in Cedar Rock is offereing a free program to young children who are interested in learning the sport of hockey. The program is at 6 p.m. Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

Free program offers hockey lessons to youths

James Hodge has loved the sport of hockey since he was 7 years old. Now he’s getting the chance to love the sport through his two sons.

Hodge, of Greenville, has played many levels of hockey during his life, including collegiate. And now that his sons, Zander, 5, and Conner, 4, are old enough to strap on a pair of ice skates, Hodge has introduced them to the sport he loves through a free program called “Try Hockey for FREE,” offered at the Cedar Rock Sports Plex.

Greenville's Sydney Zayler putts during the Division 2 state finals at Grand Valley Statge Univeristy's The Meadows Golf Course Sept. 28.

Greenville, Lakeview girls golfers named academic all-state

Yet another honor has come to the girls golf teams of Greenville and Lakeview. The Yellow Jackets and Wildcats were named academic all-state by the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association last week. During the past seven years, Lakeview has produced five academic all-state teams, noted coach Brian Corwin. “Both of our golf programs at Lakeview [...]