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From right, Grand Rapids West Catholic’s Kateri Mills, Belding’s Astrid Aarestrup, Sparta’s Vanessa Hulbert and Belding’s Victoria Wittenbach finish in a line from second to fifth during the Redskins’ cross country meet at Lightning Bend Park Wednesday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Belding, Lakeview fall in shortened cross country meet

The heat index was 102 degrees when Belding and Lakeview met Sparta and Grand Rapids West Catholic in a cross country meet Wednesday.

That was the reason the meet was shortened from 5,000 meters (3.1 miles) to 3,200 meters (two miles).

Lakeview’s Mia McCrumb bumps the ball during the Daily News Invitational Aug. 20. (File photo)

Lakeview Wildcats prepare for Morley Stanwood

It’s early in the volleyball season, but Lakeview’s volleyball team has a big match Wednesday.

The Wildcats will host Morley Stanwood at Cook Gym Wednesday. The Mohawks have won a pair of state championships in Class C.

Lakeview’s James Smith (55) and Zach Hamlin (2) tackle Tri County’s Cayden Luchies, as a flag is thrown on the play for offensive holding during the teams’ game Thursday night. — Daily News/Chip Burch

Lakeview overtakes Tri County in 37-6 football win

Lakeview and Tri County have had two close games in their previous two matchups.

Thursday night’s matchup wasn’t as close.

The Wildcats ran all over the Vikings in winning 37-6 at Kos Field in the season-opener for both teams.

Belding’s Summer Eubank, far left, attacks between Central Montcalm’s Libby Ledford, middle, and Kenzie Rutz during the finals of the Daily News Volleyball Invitational Saturday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Hornets start season off winning Daily News Invitational crown

Central Montcalm’s volleyball team found a good way to start its season Saturday. The Green Hornets won the Daily News Volleyball Tournament, beating the host Belding Redskins in three games in the championship game to win.

Daily News sports editor Ryan Schlehuber

No time to waste: ‘Hit the line hard’ as new sports editor

Here it’s my first week as Daily News sports editor, and I’m already playing from behind.

Having accepted the new position on Monday, transitioning from features editor and filling the vacancy left by my dear friend and longtime and much-respected Sports Editor Bruce Bentley, I’ve had to “hit the line hard” and catch up with teams, local athletic directors and coaches as high school fall sports season is already upon us.

Lakeview’s Zach Hamlin, front, and an unidentified Newaygo player battle for the ball during the teams’ 7- on- 7 passing drills Tuesday night.

Lakeview, Newaygo work on football

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s football team got some more work in against a real opponent instead of their own teammates. The Wildcats had 7- on-7 passing drills with Newaygo Tuesday at the practice fields at Lakeview High School. In a 7- on- 7 passing drill, a team has only one offensive lineman — the center — [...]

Bruce Bentley

SPORTS GALORE: One last column, one last thank you

I’ve been thinking for a few weeks on what and how to write my final column as sports editor of The Daily News. As I write this column, I’m still not exactly sure what to say, so I’m just going to type what comes to mind. After 15 1/2 years, today is my final day working for Stafford Publishing.

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Lakeview falls to Montague in regionals

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s softball team came into the Division 3 regionals they hosted with high hopes. But the mistakes they made left them with a loss. The Wildcats lost in the regional semifinal to the Montague Wildcats 4-2 Saturday, ending Lakeview’s season. “Three of the four runs were unearned and it was too big of [...]

Lakeview’s softball team poses with their Division 3 district trophy after winning the Morley Stanwood district Saturday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Lakeview wins first softball district title since 1994

Lakeview’s softball team did something that they haven’t done in 22 years. The Wildcats won a district softball title Saturday, beating Morley Stanwood in the district final 15-1 in a five-inning mercy. Lakeview won their last district title in 1994.

Tri County’s Aaron Jason, left, and Greenville’s Landon Kemp were voted The Daily News Track Classic top male and female athletes at Tuesday’s meet. - Sports Pro Images/Jamie McNinch

Kemp, Jason lead Daily News Track Classic

In a track meet pitting the area’s best of the best, a pair of juniors stood out among the rest. On a beautiful Tuesday evening, the annual Daily News Track Classic was held at Greenville High School. The meet consists of the best athletes from The Daily News coverage area, minus Montabella (they opt to compete at the Morning Sun Invitational), plus Cedar Springs. Greenville junior Landon Kemp, winner of three events, and Tri County junior Aaron Jason, winner of two events, were named the top male and female athletes of the meet. This was the third time Kemp won the honor and first for Jason.