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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.

Learning from the Lions in Evart

Learning from the Lions in Evart

Nearly 60 children participate in football camp hosted by Detroit Lions EVART — Close to 60 youngsters were on Evart’s practice field all day last Friday learning about the game of football from a very special source: The Detroit Lions. Chris Fritzsching, the Detroit Lions Director of Youth football, was in charge of Friday’s daylong […]

Fishing guide lives to lead

Fishing guide lives to lead

Casey Hefferan leads anglers on the Pere Marquette BALDWIN — Casey Hefferan realizes that fishing guides barely ever take a day off during the entire year. But he doesn’t mind. Hefferan is in his third year of being a guide for the Pere Marquette River Lodge. “I was working on the fly counter for awhile, […]

Tigers finish sweep of White Sox

DETROIT – Torii Hunter delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox Sunday and their third straight series sweep. The Tigers (64-45) have won eight in a row, while the White Sox (40-69) have dropped 10 straight. Miguel Cabrera, […]

Jones hoping to finish strong at MSU

Jones hoping to finish strong at MSU

Pine River graduate aiming for All-American honors in final year wrestling for Spartans LEROY — Luke Jones has had a strong collegiate wrestling career at Michigan State University. But he recalls with fondness his state championship days at Pine River. For the second straight season, Jones and some of his Michigan State teammates helped with […]

Bucks building chemistry in summer

Bucks building chemistry in summer

LEROY — Pine River’s girls basketball team competed at the Northwood University girls basketball camp last weekend as the Bucks close their summer season in preparation for the 2013-14 campaign. Bucks coach Shawn Ruppert said his team also attended a shootout at Tri County. There were also open gyms including one Saturday. Ruppert said he […]

Cole keeps fishing, hunting

Cole keeps fishing, hunting

Morley Stanwood superintendent loves the outdoors MORLEY — Roger Cole is best known locally as superintendent at Morley Stanwood Community Schools. But like many school administrators, he loves his hunting and fishing. Cole is in his third year as superintendent. He grew up in Sparta and moved here from Menominee County in the Upper Peninsula. […]