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THE REVIEW: A voice for a generation

Legendary coach John Wooden once said, “Nothing will work unless you do.” To University of Michigan head softball coach Carol Hutchins, this has been a way of life since day one.

Lakeview junior Vaughan Martens dives to keep a ball in play during Tuesday’s Class B regional semifinal against Grand Rapids South Christian. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview falls in regional semifinals to South Christian

The Lakeview Wildcats were playing in its first regional volleyball game in 23 years. The Grand Rapids South Christian Sailors were the Class B state runner-up in 2013 and are annual state champion contenders. On Tuesday night, the experience prevailed for the Sailors as they swept the Wildcats 25-15, 25-13, 25-9 to advance to the regional final Thursday against Lake Odessa Lakewood.

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THE REVIEW: Logic and ping pong

Logic is a funny thing in the game of football. It’s that still, small voice reminding you that in order to be successful, it’s all about the numbers. It’s all about the players toting the last names, that dominate jersey sales, being in your starting lineup each Sunday. It’s all about that rookie who brought the rave reviews to the table on draft day living up to the hype of his collegiate reputation

Lakeview senior Mackenzie Oberlin (7) goes for a kill during the district semifinals on Nov. 5. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview’s Oberlin didn’t let accident stop her

Mackenzie Oberlin was not feeling well about three years ago. The Lakeview senior was involved in a car accident that caused a couple of serious injuries. It was bad enough that Oberlin’s doctor told her she shouldn’t play sports again.

Lakeview senior Genevieve Moore (1) sets the ball with junior Justice Rummel (11) behind heading toward the net during the district semifinals at Central Montcalm on Nov. 5. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview to face No. 10 South Christian in regionals

Lakeview’s volleyball team has a daunting task ahead of them. The Wildcats, who just won their first district title in 23 years, face the No. 10 team in the state in Class B according to the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association, Grand Rapids South Christian.

Lakeview’s Spencer Kamp battles for the ball with a player from Tri County during a game this season. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Lakeview kickers had chances to better record

Lakeview’s boys soccer team came close to being a .500 team this season. But the Wildcats finished 8-12.

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SPORTS GALORE: Lauren Hill is an inspiration

There is more than just winning and losing when it comes to sports. Despite stories of reckless youth parents, win-at-all-cost college athletic programs and law breaking professional athletes, sports provide us with stories of courage and inspiration.

The Lakeview Wildcats volleyball team poses with its district championship trophy on Thursday at Central Montcalm High School. - Joe Veselenak

Lakeview wins district final over Belding

The Class B district volleyball final took extra points three times and saw another Lakeview comeback. Down two games to one to Belding, the Wildcats came back and beat the Redskins 28-26, 28-30, 26-28, 25-11, 15-13 Thursday night.

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THE REVIEW: Motown magic

He wasn’t part of the original plan. No one had expected to discover him. Hockey scouting reports weren’t singing his praises, but as fate would have it, the ambition of a resilient Russian would give just enough of a push to grab the eye of an organization and forever change his future.

Lakeview senior quarterback Nate Shurlow (9) evades Chippewa Hills senior linebacker Eric Russell (60) en route to a 36-yard run for a first down Friday evening at Warrior Field in Remus. - Daily News/Cory Smith

Turnovers haunt Wildcats in 41-0 loss to Chip Hills

Turnovers are hard to overcome. Seven turnovers are virtually insurmountable. On Friday, the Chippewa Hills Warriors used a dominant defensive performance and special teams to set up its offense in a 41- 0 shutout win over the Lakeview Wildcats in the opening round of the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 5 playoffs.