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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.

Area anglers experiencing mixed results

Area anglers experiencing mixed results

BIG RAPIDS  —  Anglers have had to contend with a wild week of weather, the DNR notes. Winds have come from just about every direction, adding that fishing conditions could change quickly because of the cool weather, strong north winds and a warm-up by the weekend. “It’s been kind of slow,” Ron Denslow of Central […]

Sochocki keeps busy with fishing tournaments

Tournament Trail Tour helps Big Rapids Housing Commission director enjoy the outdoors BIG RAPIDS — Mark Sochocki always hopes the fish are biting. But the Evart resident and director of the Big Rapids Housing Commission is hoping the fish are especially biting this weekend. An active outdoorsman, Sochocki and friends are competing in the Tournament […]

Local fishing action still going strong

Local fishing action still going strong

Area anglers still enjoying good fishing conditions despite recent rainy weather BIG RAPIDS — Fishing could be successful for area anglers  over the weekend, especially if the rain holds off to some extent. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports that it’s been getting good fishing news from all areas of the state. But […]

Rex Schuberg reflects on track success

Rex Schuberg reflects on track success

Former track star will be inducted in Mecosta County Sports Hall of Fame BIG RAPIDS — Rex Schuberg enjoyed plenty of high moments while he was an athlete at Big Rapids High School. But the accomplishment the 1974 Big Rapids graduate will never forget was when he broke a Cardinal scoring record in track and […]