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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.

Webster hired as Coyotes soccer coach

Webster hired as Coyotes soccer coach

Newly-named coach for Reed City boys soccer team already at work this summer REED CITY — Matt Webster has already gotten to work as the new coach for Reed City boys soccer. Webster was named recently as the new coach, replacing Dave Mix, who resigned at the end of the last soccer season. On Sunday, Webster […]

Local anglers dealing with hot weather

BIG RAPIDS — Fishermen are having various challenges during this part of the summer. Other area sporting goods businesses said fishing activity has been slow. Others have found the action to be available, depending on where it’s at. ”It’s been really hot,” said Chad Bleeker of Big Rapids, an avid area fisherman. “My dad (Randy) […]

Coyote spikers gearing up for the season

Coyote spikers gearing up for the season

REED CITY — The official start of the volleyball season is less than a month away and summer schedules are intensifying. Reed City coach Don Patterson had another session on ball control for his team last Friday. The varsity team had a recent scrimmage with Cadillac. Friday’s event was open to all age groups although […]

Area teams air it out at FSU

Area teams air it out at FSU

Big Rapids, Reed City work on passing, pass defense at FSU 7-on-7 camp BIG RAPIDS — High school football teams tried to beat the heat, and each other in the Ferris State 7-on-7 passing tournament Saturday. Top Taggart Field and the Ferris practice facility were used for the 16 teams, which participated in pool play, […]

Baldwin football team gets to work

Baldwin football team gets to work

BALDWIN — It’s beginning to look a lot like football in Baldwin. On Monday, veteran coach Doug Bolles started a summer session of weightlifting and conditioning. It will all lead into the start of three-weeks of preseason practices starting on Aug. 12. The sessions are going 5-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. “We’re trying to get […]

Droke living life in the fast lane

Droke living life in the fast lane

Reed City graduate learning the ropes as a dirt car racer during summer months CHASE — Ricky Droke excelled in all the sports he performed in at Reed City in soccer, football, basketball and baseball. But he’s not done yet, even though he’s graduated from high school. Next up for Droke is dirt car racing. […]

Brigham working hard for Coyotes

Brigham working hard for Coyotes

Reed City junior hoping to help Coyotes improve with work in summer leagues REED CITY — Skiler Brigham has been active for the Reed City team on Sundays and Wednesdays this summer. The team practices at home on Sundays and is at Mount Pleasant Wednesdays for summer action. Brigham is a junior. She has played […]

Learning the ropes

Learning the ropes

Former Reed City standout Kelsey Jones is finding her way at EMU REED CITY — It’s a busy summer for former Reed city standout athlete Kelsey Jones as she prepares for her sophomore season as a volleyball player at Eastern Michigan University. Jones graduated two years ago from Reed City, was redshirted as a freshman […]