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Six local girls basketball teams academic all-state

Academics is a topic that is stressed in the athletic programs of local high schools, and the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) noticed. BCAM announced its academic all-state girls basketball teams Thursday, with six of the eight local schools being named honorable mention in their classes. The top 10 in team GPA were named academic all-state, with all others who had at least a 3.0 team GPA named honorable mention.

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West Michigan falls 5-3 in frigid home opener

What a difference a change of venue and better weather conditions can make. The West Michigan Whitecaps went from blowing snow in South Bend, Ind., — where they won two games — to a sunny, but cold day Saturday where they lost to the South Bend Cubs 5-3 in the Whitecaps’ home opener. The game-time temperature for the home opener was 35 degrees, which was the second-coldest home opener in Whitecaps’ history. It was 34 degrees in 2003.

Lakeview’s Kobe Perez, far left, and Keola Kaaikala (24) go up in a crowd of Grandville Calvin Christian Squires during the Class C regional semifinal Monday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Lakeview’s season ends in Class C regional semis

Lakeview’s boys basketball team had its season end a little earlier than it wanted it to. The Wildcats lost in the Class C regional tournament at Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian Monday 57-40. The Wildcats ended their season at 16-7.

Lakeview’s Trevor Arnold, dark jersey, is surrounded by Beal City Aggies in gathering a rebound during the teams’ Class C district game Wednesday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Lakeview clamps down on defense in win over Beal City

BLANCHARD — Lakeview’s boys basketball team used defense in a big way Wednesday night. The Wildcats held the Beal City Aggies to just eight field goals in a 37-29 win in the Class C district at Montabella High School. The low number of Aggie field goals was a pleasant surprise to Lakeview coach Peter Wurm. [...]

Tri County’s Lucas Prater shakes the hand of Montrose wrestling coach Steve Barnette during the Division 3 215-pound award ceremony. To the right of Prater is Lakeview’s James Smith, who placed seventh, while Prater placed eighth. Smith defeated Prater by 3-1 decision in overtime in the consolation finals on Saturday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Eight area wrestlers earn individual All-State honors

Such a wide range of emotions can be found at the state wrestling finals where even winning is sometimes met with disappointment. Tears can stream from the faces of winners and losers. Winners can feel exhilaration, shock and relief. Losers can feel heartbreak, anger and even contentment. Without a doubt, no other sport displays as many emotions as wrestling does. After three days, just 56 wrestlers out of 896 will be crowned individual state champions, although 448 in four divisions will walk away with All-State honors.

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21 area grapplers aim for state championships

The Michigan High School Athletic Association individual state wrestling finals is an experience unlike any other. Whether a first time qualifier or one with state finals experience, the state finals can bring plenty of nerves and anxiety for wrestlers. Controlling those nerves can be the difference between standing on the podium or heartbroken in defeat. The three-day state finals tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills begins today and concludes Saturday.

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Lakeview’s new coach has a passion for track & field

Lakeview has a new girls track coach that loves track. Katina Kosinski is taking over the coaching position from Cari Scholtens, who resigned in the summer of 2015 to take a teaching and a coaching position at Greenville. This is Kosinski’s first-ever coaching job.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, Feb. 26

Tri County 71, Grant 64: The Vikings got by the Tigers in a CSAA-Gold game Friday night. Jacob Sickelsteel and Colton Harris had 19 points each and Dylan Matulis had 10 points, nine rebounds and 10 steals for Tri County…

Lakeview’s Marc Leach elevates as he goes in for a layup attempt in front of Montabella defender Mike Gibbs during the second quarter of Tuesday’s game. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Perez leads Lakeview to 43-35 win at Montabella

The Lakeview Wildcats defense came ready to play. Lakeview’s defense dominated the first quarter while holding the Montabella Mustangs scoreless in the first eight minutes en route to a 43-35 road win Tuesday. Kobe Perez led the Wildcats scoring effort with 17 points.

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21 area grapplers qualify for state finals

The dream of a Michigan High School Athletic Association individual state wrestling championship is still alive for 21 area grapplers. On Saturday, a trio of seniors were able to capture regional championships: Tri County’s Nick McGhan at 112 pounds in Division 3, Carson City-Crystal’s Taylor Barkley at 119 pounds and Dallas O’Green at 130 pounds in Division 4. In Division 3, the Belding Redskins qualified five wrestlers, which tied a school record for most individual qualifiers in a single season.