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Greenville's Paige Hallock, left, and Landon Kemp each signed their letters of intent to play at the college level, with Hallock set to play basketball at Grand Valley State University while Kemp will continue her long jump career at South Dakota University.

HIT THE LINE HARD: Enjoying the hype of committing

This is the time of year I always love, when “National Signing Day” is upon us. I love all the hype of which highly-touted high school football recruit is going where and which team has raked in the most studs and whose team is going to be crazy good next year, or so we think. One of the the trends I’ve gotten caught up in and enjoy watching are the creative announcements these recruits have been posting online lately.

Lakeview's David Bannen, middle, looks to go up for a shot between Chippewa Hills' Kurt Ray, left, and DeAngelo Lowery during the teams' game Tuesday night.

Lakeview comes from behind to beat Chippewa Hills, 44-34

Lakeview coach Pete Wurm knew his team was still in the boys basketball game despite being down at halftime. Wurm made the adjustments that worked, holding Chippewa Hills to just 12 points in the second half and taking a 44-34 win Tuesday night.

HIT THE LINE HARD
By Ryan Schlehuber

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.