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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.

Twice as nice

Twice as nice

Evart boys capture second straight MITCA state championship GOBLES — That’s two straight state championships for the Evart boys track team. The Wildcats made it two in a row in Division 4 by winning the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association (MITCA) state meet Saturday at Gobles for the second straight season. Evart had 1,664.50 points […]

Evart duo reflects on productive careers

Evart duo reflects on productive careers

EVART — Logan Hammer and David Zinger have had quite a four-year career in distance running for Evart, whether it be in cross country or track. Last fall, they helped the Wildcats to a second-place finish in Division 4 state cross country finals. Saturday, they helped the Wildcats win their second straight Michigan Interscholastic Track […]

Green has solid day for Coyotes

Green has solid day for Coyotes

Reed City’s Jon Green has good showing at Pioneer meet BIG RAPIDS – Reed City’s Jon Green was working on the throws prior to the start of the running events at the Pioneer Track and Field meet on Friday at Top Taggart Field. But Green was especially looking forward to the running events and in particular […]

Coyotes can’t handle Ludington

REED CITY — It was a preview of next Tuesday’s Ludington at Reed City girls soccer match in the first round of the Division 3 district. But the Coyotes no doubt would prefer a repeat of the first half rather than the second. In a regular-season nonleague game Thursday night, the Orioles battled Reed City […]

Onward to the state finals

Onward to the state finals

Evart’s Parsons and Turley looking to excel at finals EVART — Evart’s girls track team was third at the regionals but hope for a strong performance Friday at the Pioneer track and field meet. They’ve had standout performances from the likes of Kaitlyn Parsons and Tabby Turley. Both have qualified for the state finals. Parsons […]

Wildcats earn split against Manton

Evart does the little things in 8-5 win in nightcap of twinbill EVART — Alex Bengry knew he had to lay down nearly a perfect bunt against Manton in the top of the seventh inning Friday night. He did, and the Wildcats scored an 8-5 Highland Conference victory in the second game of a doubleheader […]