avatar

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.

Stanwood man wins world archery title

Stanwood man wins world archery title

Jim Misner wins international archery title in Master Senior division  STANWOOD — Jim Misner knows how to shoot his bow. In fact, he knows how to shoot it very well…well enough that he has won an International field archery championship. Misner lives in Stanwood and is a retired school teacher from Montana. He’s been in […]

A legendary game

A legendary game

Old Timers win Mecosta County Sports Hall of Fame Game, 14-6 BIG RAPIDS — It was old-time fun for another Fourth of July celebration at Hemlock Park Wednesday night. The annual Old Timers game featured players from years past against the Big Rapids varsity team. The Old Timers, with help from three women softball pitchers, […]

Hollister remembered as baseball star

Hollister remembered as baseball star

Morley Stanwood athlete was a force on the mound, at the plate for Mohawks BIG RAPIDS — Herm McConnell remembers Nate Hollister very well. All McConnell can say is: “Oh, he was good.” Hollister was an outstanding area high school athlete whose high school days were at Morley Stanwood. Hollister, who died in 1998, will […]

Britton known as a leader in athletics

Britton known as a leader in athletics

Former BRHS baseball, football standout will be inducted into Mecosta County HOF BIG RAPIDS — When Don Britton is inducted into the Mecosta County Sports Hall of Fame Wednesday night in Big Rapids at Hemlock Park, it will be on one of the diamonds where Britton has displayed some of his athletic talents during a […]

The best of the best

The best of the best

Big Rapids’ Daugherty, Baldwin’s Ware end prep careers in all-star game ALLENDALE — Jake Daugherty and Andon Ware got one last chance to play high school football on Saturday. Daughtery, an offensive tackle from Big Rapids, and Ware, a running back from Baldwin, were both on the West squad in Saturday’s 33rd annual Michigan High […]

Enjoying the great outdoors

Enjoying the great outdoors

Local principal maintains love of hunting and fishing BIG RAPIDS — He’s principal of the Mecosta-Osecola Intermediate School District’s Career Center. But Steve Locke has to admit that he loves to hunt and fish whenever the opportunity is knocking at the door. “My fishing is primarily oriented around my family and my kids,” he said. […]