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.

Pine River extends win streak

Bucks sweep Evart with pair of shutouts in Highland tilt LEROY — Pine River continues to swing the bat well and the result for the baseball team is an 11-game winning streak. The pitching hasn’t been bad either. The Bucks extended their streak with 15-0 and 5-0 wins over Evart on Tuesday in Highland Conference […]

Panthers pick up split with Walkerville

Panthers pick up split with Walkerville

Clugston effective for Baldwin in opener; team improves to 6-6 in league BALDWIN — Two strong pitching performances — one on each side — highlighted Monday’s Walkerville at Baldwin West Michigan D League doubleheader. Baldwin won the opener 5-2 with Alan Clugston throwing a complete game four-hitter. Sam Sweet took the honors for Walkerville in […]

Izzo for college hoops rule change

EAST LANSING — Floppers, beware. College basketball is targeting you in its quest for a prettier, higher-scoring game. An adjustment to block-charge guidelines is the most significant rules tweak to emerge from this week’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee meetings in Indianapolis. If it and other changes are approved, as expected, on June 18 and […]

Anglers enjoying success out on the river

BIG RAPIDS — The Department of Natural Resources reports that bass fishermen taking advantage of the early catch and release season in the Lower Peninsula are having success. Locally, Jake Johnston at Trigger Time Outfitters indicated fishing has been favorable. “I’ve had buddies that have been catching their limit with walleyes, he said. “Crappies and […]

Cards, Coyotes compete in dual meet

Cards, Coyotes compete in dual meet

REED CITY — It may seem like the track season just started, thanks to the early spring weather that canceled many meets. But the Central State Activities Association had its final dual meet of the season Wednesday with both Big Rapids and Reed City taking on White Cloud. The league meet is next week at […]

Wildcats split with Beal City

Evart takes first game of doubleheader against Aggies, drops second EVART — Evart had to settle for a split with McBain, winning 4-1 and losing 6-5 on Tuesday in Highland Conference baseball action. McBain scored the winning run in the second game on a one-out sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning. The […]

Cadillac too much for Reed City

Cadillac too much for Reed City

Vikings improve to 16-1 on season following pair of wins over Coyotes Monday REED CITY — Cadillac’s softball team is 16-1 overall and showed why on Monday. The Vikings swept Reed City 14-0 and 7-1 in a pair of non-league softball games. Cadillac had been to Reed City’s Invitational on Saturday and sustained its only […]