Former Lakeview wrestling coach Pat Boyd holds up newspaper clippings from the 1981 state finals in which his team finished 14-0 on the year and were state runners-up in Class B that year.

Pat Boyd, Lakeview wrestling founder, to be honored at Wildcats’ Jan. 4 meet

Four guys. That’s all Pat Boyd had to start a wrestling program in Lakeview. Boyd, a Saginaw native, excelled in football. He was a two-time all-state quarterback at Saginaw Saint Peter and Paul and he’s regarded as one of Central Michigan University’s greatest quarterbacks. But if you ask Boyd, he will tell you, it’s wrestling that is “in his blood.”

Lakeview’s James Smith, right, gets his hand raised by the referee after he pinned Comstock Park’s Joe Nagle, left, for Smith’s 100th career win. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Lakeview wrestler James Smith earns 100th victory

James Smith knew he had to be perfect at the Tri County Invitational if he wanted to get his 100th career win there. Perfect he was.

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Lakeview's Amanda Heady (40) goes up for two of her team-high eight points during the Wildcats' game against Reed City Friday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Turnovers doom Lakeview in Gould’s debut as coach

Lakeview’s girls basketball team wanted to give new coach Chad Gould a win in his first game as the Wildcats’ coach. It instead gave the ball to Reed City too many times for Gould’s liking. The Coyotes beat Lakeview 41-29 Friday night when the Wildcats turned the ball over multiple times and shot just 6-of-17 from the free-throw line.

Lakeview linebacker James Smith finished with 97 tackles and two interceptions in eight games for the Wildcats this year. (File photo)


There was more to James Smith than being a great defensive player. The Lakeview senior was one of the few ironmen that played on both sides of the ball during football games.

White Cloud’s Olivia Sherman, left, gets ready to attack over Lakeview’s Hailee Cantu (7) and Ashton Cooper (9) during the Class C district semifinals Nov. 2.

Lakeview netters had up and down season

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s volleyball season had its share of highs and lows in 2016. The Wildcats had a high of winning their own volleyball tournament to the low of being swept by Morley Stanwood — a team they beat twice in the regular season — in the Class C district final. Still, second-year coach Ashley [...]

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If done right, Friday night football can be better — for everyone

With the Big Ten Conference (B1G) announcing it will schedule more games on Friday nights next year, one question remains: Will this really hurt high school football?

The Lakeview Wildcats football team finished 6-4 overall, making the playoffs, losing to Ravenna in the first round. The team had 13 seniors, which was the first group to play all four years with head coach Sean Rinehart. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Lakeview Wildcats’ football season a success, but goal still not reached

When the clock struck zero at the Division 6 playoff game at Ravenna, many of the Lakeview football players hung around in the end zone, not wanting to leave the field just yet.

The 42-21 loss to the Bulldogs meant the Wildcats’ great season was done, and, for the seniors, so too was their high school football career. So the players took their time walking off the field, relishing what they inevitably would have to leave behind for the final time.

White Cloud’s Olivia Bowman (6) is blocked by Lakeview’s Ciarra Magnuson (15) and Kelsee Rosset (8) during the first game of the teams’ Class C district semifinal Wednesday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Lakeview wins district semifinals over White Cloud

Lakeview’s volleyball team has a chance to win its second district title in three years tonight.

The Wildcats advanced to the Class C district finals Wednesday night with a 25-21, 25-13, 25-16 win over White Cloud at Morley Stanwood High School.

Lakeview running back Mike Zerka (5) storms down the field with his teammates Luke Nunley (70) and Riley Nunley (61) in tow while Ravenna Bulldogs players bear down on him during the Division 6 playoff game Friday. Ravenna won 42-21 to advance to the second round against Kent City. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Ravenna running back racks up 323 rushing yards, 4 touchdowns against Lakeview in 42-21 Division 6 game

It only took the first snap of the game Friday for Lakeview to realize just what it was up against in its Division 6 football playoff game against Ravenna.

Bulldogs senior David Thompson may have been listed as the quarterback for Ravenna, but in the first few minutes of the game, he showed his high-level running back skills, busting out for an 80-yard and an 84-yard touchdown run that put Ravenna up 14-0, quickly.

Thompson ended up with 323 of Ravenna’s 425 rushing yards and scored four touchdowns to lead his Bulldogs to a convincing 42-21 first round win. The win earns Ravenna a second-round match-up with Kent City (8-2 overall), which upset favored Montague (7-3), 20-19.