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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.

Crossroads volleyball pounces on Baldwin

Crossroads volleyball pounces on Baldwin

Crossroads cruises to 3-0 win against Baldwin in conference play BALDWIN — Crossroads Charter Academy’s volleyball team enjoyed a sweep over Baldwin for the second-straight Thursday. This time, the victory counted in the West Michigan D (WMD) League standings with the Cougars taking a 25-11, 25-9, 25-7 triumph. Alyssa Larson, Miranda Carlson and Majenta Robinson […]

Newaygo football outlasts Reed City

Newaygo football outlasts Reed City

Lions hand Coyotes first regular-season loss since 2010 REED CITY — Newaygo only completed one pass Friday night. But it was a big one. Jack Boyd’s 37-yard touchdown pass to Cole Chesley in the second quarter proved to be the winning play in a 14-6 Newaygo victory over Reed City that snapped the Coyotes’ 31-game […]

Liberty Hunt set to begin next weekend

Liberty Hunt set to begin next weekend

Youth ages 16 and under, veterans and individuals with disabilities can hunt deer from Sept. 20-21 BIG RAPIDS — It’s known to most people as the youth hunt, but the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officially calls it the Liberty Hunt. Regardless, it will be Sept. 20-21 this season. Jim Warren of Baldwin notes […]

DNR stresses tree stand safety

BIG RAPIDS — Hunting seasons are rapidly approaching with action picking up later this month. That means, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) points out, emphasis needs to again be provided for tree stands. “We don’t see too many tree stand accidents in this area, though it is always a possibility if the proper […]