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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.

Coyotes take two against Evart

Coyotes take two against Evart

Reed City, Evart play last-minute twinbill as districts approach EVART — Reed City and Evart arranged at the last minute on Wednesday for a nonleague doubleheader and the Coyotes prevailed 10-1 and 15-6 in a pair of six-inning affairs. Reed City’s scheduled doubleheader with Central Montcalm was canceled and will not be made up. Central’s […]

Pine River ready for next challenge

Pine River ready for next challenge

Bucks take down Lake City in five innings; will face McBain on Saturday LEROY — Now comes the hard part. Pine River’s baseball team defeated Lake City 11-1 in five innings Tuesday night in pre-district action. That win put the Bucks in a Division 3 district semifinal game, at home Saturday morning against a tough […]

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 […]