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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.

Cards come up short against Blue Devils

Cards come up short against Blue Devils

Sault Ste. Marie brings Big Rapids’ winning streak to an end with 4-2 victory BIG RAPIDS — Sault Ste. Marie spoiled Big Rapids’ hopes of being in the title game of the Cardinal Holiday Hockey Tournament Friday night. Conrad Schmitigal and Hunter Krause scored consecutive goals for the Blue Devils late in the second period […]

Tigers pounce on Panthers in opening contest

Tigers pounce on Panthers in opening contest

Muskegon Heights hands Baldwin a 75-57 loss on opening night BALDWIN — Muskegon Heights is likely to be the toughest regular-season opponent the Baldwin Panthers could face all season. It sure looked that way Tuesday night. The Tigers, fueled by rebounding dominance, handed Baldwin a 75-57 setback in the nonleague season opener for both teams. […]

Panthers tamed in conference opener

Panthers tamed in conference opener

Baldwin struggles to put points on the scoreboard in loss to Pentwater in WMD League opener BALDWIN — Baldwin couldn’t muster enough offense Friday night in its girls basketball season opener against West Michigan D League rival Pentwater, falling 38-20. It was the season opener for both teams. Emily Gebhart scored nine points and Desirae […]