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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.

Brejcha wins another Dam Festival fishing title

Brejcha wins another Dam Festival fishing title

Stanwood resident takes home second-consecutive title from annual fishing tournament BIG RAPIDS — Matt Brejcha truly enjoys fishing for catfish. It’s the reason he won another fishing tournament last weekend. Brejcha, a Stanwood resident, for the second straight season won the second annual Dam Festival fishing tournament at Rogers Pond. “Fishing was slow,” Brejcha said. […]

Bucks working on new offense

Bucks working on new offense

New Pine River coach Martin hopes to bring new approach to team this season LEROY — New Pine River football coach Terry Martin is bringing in a new offense and defense with him to Pine River’s football program this fall. It’s obviously Martin’s hope that his new packages and a new look to the Pine […]

Price embracing new role as principal

Price embracing new role as principal

REED — Monty Price will be returning as Reed City varsity football coach this season but he’ll also have a new day job. Price recently appointed as the new Reed City high school principal. Monday night, at a Reed City varsity football conditioning session, Price said he has already begun his duties as principal. His […]

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, […]