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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.

Buck claim regional title

Buck claim regional title

Pine River pitches pair of shutouts to move on to quarters HOLTON — Pitching did the trick for Pine River again on Saturday. Lincoln Erickson pitched a full seven innings in the opener over Kent City while Devin Ruppert went the first 4 2/3 innings and Erickson finished up for the save in the Divison […]

Mohawks fall in  regional semifinal

Mohawks fall in regional semifinal

Morley Stanwood can’t get offense going in loss to Montague HOLTON — The regional tournament was too short on Saturday for the Morley Stanwood baseball team and Pine River softball squad. Both teams were eliminated in the semifinals and ended their seasons. The Mohawks lost 4-0 to Montague and Chayce Lohman, who pitched a no-hitter, […]

Area anglers celebrate free fishing weekend

BIG RAPIDS — This weekend marks the free fishing weekend, but area fishermen are basically concerned right now that any type of fishing becomes very successful. The Department of Natural Resources points out that Michigan’s annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend will be observed Saturday and Sunday. Both residents and non-residents can fish without a license […]

Once in a lifetime

Once in a lifetime

Sami Michell breaks career state title record with four more titles COMSTOCK PARK — Just when it didn’t seem possible that Sami Michell could top what she had already accomplished, she did it again. The remarkable Reed City senior athlete ended a four-year career in track and field Saturday at the Division 3 track and […]

McCuaig defends state title in high jump

McCuaig defends state title in high jump

Mohawks’ senior picks up three medals at state meet; Pine River’s Powell second in the 400 COMSTOCK PARK — It’s two straight state titles for Travis McCuaig who also picked up three medals for Morley Stanwood and scored 15 points in Saturday’s Division 3 track and field meet at Comstock Park. McCuaig won the high […]

Panthers fall short of district title

Panthers fall short of district title

Baldwin rallies for win against CCA in opener, falls to Pentwater in championship CUSTER — Baldwin’s baseball team gave up a lot of runs to open the day and a lot more to close it. The results were a 12-11 victory over Crossroads in the semifinals of the Division 4 districts at Mason County Eastern, […]

CCA softball falls in district title game

Cougars top Baldwin in opener, lose to MCE in championship game CUSTER — Mason County Eastern defeated Crossroads 14-1 in the Division 4 district title softball game on Friday. In Crossroads’ loss to MCE, Cassie Cole was the losing pitcher. She struck out four batters. Kayla Brooks had two stolen bases. Cindy Balstitis and Judy […]

Baldwin fishing guide loves the challenge

Baldwin fishing guide loves the challenge

Flyfishing guide entertains plenty of clientele out on local rivers BALDWIN — Jeff Hubbard lives in the Baldwin area and is a full-time fishing guide. He wouldn’t want it any other way ”My grandma and grandpa lived up here and I used to spend summers up here,” said Hubbard, a Jenison native. “My grandpa (John […]