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About John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

Pine River rallies late

Pine River rallies late

Bucks outscore Coyotes 32-21 in second half, win 71-58 LEROY — Osceola County rivals Reed City and Pine River squared off for a rare non-league boys basketball contest Monday night. It was Pine River’s night, however, thanks to a solid second-half effort for a 71-58 victory Pine River (9-2) had a 32-21 scoring edge in […]

Ice fishing remains strong in area lakes

Ice fishing remains strong in area lakes

LEROY —It’s been fun in recent weeks for anglers in Osceola County. It doesn’t appear that fun is going to decline anytime soon. “They’re fishing and they’re doing really well,” Jolynn Hildabridle of the Eyes Have it Fishing Shop in Leroy said. “Todd Lake has been doing well.” Hicks Lake and Rose Lake are also producing […]

Baldwin junior adds another layer

Baldwin junior adds another layer

Copeland making key contributions on offense for Baldwin hoops team BALDWIN — Baldwin coaches continue to emphasize the benefits of having a diversified scoring attack as their team gets ready for the second half of the season. All-stater Brandon Childress continues to get his points but the Panther coaches realize they’ll get better as other players […]

Nelson reaches milestone

Nelson reaches milestone

Kassy Nelson hits 1,000-point mark in Pine River win LEROY — Kassy Nelson had a chance to cross the 1,000-point career scoring mark Thursday, and the Pine River senior didn’t disappoint the Bucks fans who were hoping she would accomplish the unique feat. Nelson needed 21 points entering the Highland Conference game with Beal City […]

Pine River senior nears 1,000 points

Pine River senior nears 1,000 points

Nelson having solid season for Bucks LEROY — Kassy Nelson has had three solid seasons as a basketball player for Pine River, and her fourth one is looking mighty fine. She’s currently averaging 26.5 points per game and could cross the 1,000-point mark Thursday night in a home game against Beal City. “Kassy has had […]

Pine River downs Lakeview

Pine River downs Lakeview

Bucks hand Wildcats first loss of season in 56-50 win LAKEVIEW — Even with a 38-18 halftime lead, the Pine River boys basketball team realized Monday night it wasn’t going to be easy to finish off the Lakeview Wildcats. After all, Lakeview entered the game at 8-0 and the Wildcats put on a big push down […]

FSU swept by Mavericks

FSU swept by Mavericks

BIG RAPIDS — Minnesota State is bidding to become the new Western Collegiate Hockey Association kings this season, and took a major step in that direction by completing a series sweep over defending league champion Ferris State on Saturday night. The Mavericks scored two third-period goals to hand the Bulldogs a 3-1 loss. The Bulldogs […]