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Trailblazers win season-opener in shutout fashion

Editorial StaffMar 29, 20232 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports EditorThe 2023 season started on a high note for the Saugatuck girls soccer team.Playing host to Zion Christian, the Trialblazers dominated both sides of the field and came away with a 6-0 victory.“We controlled play throughout,” Saugatuck…

Allegan girls tennis wins two

Editorial StaffMar 29, 20232 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor The Allegan girls tennis team hosted its annual Early Bird Invitational on Saturday, March 25, as the Tigers welcomed Coopersville and Grand Haven to town.And while Allegan came away with wins in both of its matches,…

Otsego tennis beats Marshall

Editorial StaffMar 29, 20231 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor OTSEGO—Dominant.That one word pretty much sums up the season-opening performance by the Otsego girls tennis team against visiting Marshall on Thursday, March 23.The Bulldogs didn’t lose more than five games in any flight and cruised to…

Rebel softball, baseball start week strong then wane

Rebel softball, baseball start week strong then wane

Editorial StaffMar 29, 20234 min read

Chamber Rebels Baseball Team Photo by Taphne Nelson Chambers Lady Rebels Softball Team Photo by Taphne Nelson By Katie McElvyLady Rebel SoftballThe Lady Rebels started their week off with a win against the Calvary Christian Knights.Calvary scored first, but Chambers…

Clare hopeful for a successful soccer season

Editorial StaffMar 24, 20231 min read

By Grace DavisSports WriterWednesday night the Clare Girls Soccer team kicked off their season against Mount Pleasant. The girls fell short to the Oilers, 8-0, but Captain Bella Smylie still has strong hopes for the next few months.Some of the…

NMC track team returning three seniors

Editorial StaffMar 24, 20232 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MCBAIN – Northern Michigan Christian School has Diane Eisenga and Mark Bonnes as varsity co-head coaches.“We are returning three seniors who competed at the state finals last year. Isaac Bowden placed third in the Pole Vault and…

Saugatuck girls soccer enters season with high hopes

Editorial StaffMar 22, 20232 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports EditorThe good times continued to roll for Saugatuck girls soccer in 2022, as the Trailblazers claimed a district championship for the second straight season and finished with a 12-6-3 overall record.And with many key players back from…

Girls Track & Field Preview:

Editorial StaffMar 22, 202314 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor ALLEGANCoach: Mike Chalupa (21st year)Returning letter winners: Sabrina Mills (sprints), sr.; Josie Navarro (distance), sr.; Maddie Antkoviak (throws, high jump), soph.; Dawn DeGood (throws), soph.Season outlook: As a junior last season, sprinter Sabrina Mills was the…

Lady Rebels defeat Lakeside in dramatic come-from-behind win

Lady Rebels defeat Lakeside in dramatic come-from-behind win

Editorial StaffMar 22, 20233 min read

The Lady Rebels work in the field to get an out. Photo by Laurie Phillips by Katie McElvy Lady Rebel SoftballAfter falling at Lakeside 1-9 on Monday, the Chambers Academy Lady Rebels returned home on Tuesday to host the Lady…

Basketball Playoffs Roundup

Editorial StaffMar 17, 20234 min read

GirlsColon’s season ends against Hackett in regional finalsNEW BUFFALO — A run to the state rounds in the postseason was not in the cards for Colon, as their season ended in the Division 4 regional finals on Thursday, March 9…

Boys golf in full swing

Editorial StaffMar 17, 20232 min read

By Grace Davis Sports Writer Monday, March 13 the boys golf teams officially started practices for the 2023 season. Farwell has 8 boys on the roster this year, 3 freshmen, 1 sophomore, 2 juniors, and 2 seniors, Keaton Allbee and…

McBain ends season at 20-6

Editorial StaffMar 17, 20232 min read

By John Raffel Correspondent MCBAIN – McBain’s boys basketball season came to an end at 20-6 on Wednesday with a 46-37 loss to Traverse City St. Francis in a Division 3 regional tournament title game at Lake City. McBain had…

Trailblazers’ season ends

Trailblazers’ season ends

Editorial StaffMar 15, 20233 min read

Senior captain Erin Moerler scored seven points in Saugatuck’s season-ending loss to Kent City. (Photo by Scott Sullivan) By Jason WesseldykSports EditorSHELBY—For the record, the Saugatuck girls basketball team dropped its Division 3 regional semifinal against Kent City on Tuesday,…

Otsego’s Smith claims state title

Otsego’s Smith claims state title

Editorial StaffMar 15, 20234 min read

Otsego freshman Liam Smith was all smiles after winning the 100 fly at the D3 state meet. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk) Hamilton senior Jeremy Mathews took fourth place in diving at the Division 3 state finals. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk)…

Lady Bulldogs win first in three years

Lady Bulldogs win first in three years

Editorial StaffMar 15, 20231 min read

The LaFayette Lady softball team got their 1st win in 3 years last week against Notasulga High School. The ladies are coached by Coach Tucker.

Basketball playoffs roundup

Editorial StaffMar 10, 20237 min read

GirlsThree Rivers ends season in district semifinalsVICKSBURG — Three Rivers’ girls’ basketball season ended on Wednesday, March 1 in Vicksburg with a loss in the Division 2 district semifinals to Olivet, 55-28.Gabby Charvat led the Wildcats with 12 points, while…

Farwell boys come back against Pinconning, smoked by Beal City

Editorial StaffMar 10, 20231 min read

By Grace Davis Sports Writer After taking two pretty hard losses to Pinconning during the regular season, 56-39 and then 52-30, the Eagles came back for vengeance during their first round of district play. Farwell won a very close game…

NMC girls enjoy district crown

Editorial StaffMar 10, 20232 min read

By John Raffel Correspondent MCBAIN – McBain Northern Michigan Christian’s girl basketball seasons came to an end on Tuesday, March 7, with a loss to Maple City Glen Lake 61-14 in the Division 4 regional semifinalists. Last week in district…

Mattawan coach inducted in to Hall of Fame

Mattawan coach inducted in to Hall of Fame

Editorial StaffMar 8, 20232 min read

Eaton employee Alicia Smith is a 2023 inductee into the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Smith coaches at Mattawan High School. Intelligent power management company Eaton announced that Alicia Smith, design manager, Engine Air Management, Eaton’s…

Plainwell’s Nieuwenhuis secures title

Plainwell’s Nieuwenhuis secures title

Editorial StaffMar 8, 20232 min read

Members of the Plainwell wrestling team show off their All-State certificates. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor DETROIT—When she stepped onto the mat for her first match at the Division 2 girls individual wrestling state finals on Friday, March 3,…