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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.

Baldwin football players recognized with all-league honors

Baldwin football players recognized with all-league honors

Panthers well-represented on NW6 all-conference teams BALDWIN — Brandon Childress was considered by many as the best player in the Northwest 6 Football Conference this season. Now it’s official. Childress, Baldwin’s senior quarterback, was recently named the conference’s offensive player of the year. Teammate Maverick Fisher was co-defensive player of the year. Childress, a senior, […]

Lining up the best shot

Lining up the best shot

Sight-in days at rod and gun club attracts around 200 people MECOSTA  — It’s called Sight-In days and is a tradition prior to the start of the deer season. Many sportsman clubs have Sight-In days. The Mecosta County Rod and Gun Club completed its final day on Friday, just in time for the start of the […]

Deer camp: A family tradition

Deer camp: A family tradition

Deer hunters make the most of camp south of Remus REMUS  — Ryan Schultz and his family can mention two words why Nov. 15 is such a special day: Deer camp. Schultz, who lives in Cadillac, is a Big Rapids native and has been hunting for 21 years. He has a family deer camp south of […]

A better year for bucks

A better year for bucks

Despite cold weather, hunters look forward to promising season BIG RAPIDS — It might be snowy and cold locally for the firearm deer opener on Saturday. But that could be good news for hunters. A bow season in which hunters have been seeing some nice-sized racks is giving encouragement to hunters that the 2014 firearm […]

Bucks tame Mustangs for district title

Bucks tame Mustangs for district title

Last-minute touchdown pass from Powell to Park sends Pine River on to the regional round MERIDIAN — Make that two district football champions from Osecola County. Pine River joined their neighbors from the south, Reed City, as district kings for the first time with a 34-27 triumph over Sanford Meridian Friday night in the Division […]

Bulldogs split with Spartans

Bulldogs split with Spartans

MSU wins Saturday to force series split with FSU hockey EAST LANSING — One goal wasn’t enough for the Ferris State Bulldogs Saturday night as Michigan State skated out to a 3-0 lead and hung on for a 4-1 nonconference victory over the Bulldogs. Ferris State senior Justin Buzzeo scored his first goal of the […]