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About John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Lake County Star as well as the Pioneer and the Herald Review. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

Government Lake wins Baldwin softball title

Government Lake wins Baldwin softball title

BALDWIN  — Government Lake has made it a clean sweep of Baldwin Men’s Softball League titles this season. Government Lake won the regular season title, and Tuesday night took the postseason tournament championship at Hollister Park. The tournament’s first rounds were on Aug. 5 and were set to be completed last week. But a rainstorm […]

Baldwin volleyball teams begin practice

Baldwin volleyball teams begin practice

BALDWIN — Baldwin volleyball players have been very busy in recent days in getting ready for the 2014 season. Junior varsity coach Duane Roberts was working with both volleyball and JV teams during a practice last week. He had up to 18 players and anticipated more would be coming out as the opening of school approached, […]

Baldwin junior eager to help varsity team

Baldwin junior eager to help varsity team

BALDWIN  — McKayla Higbee is a junior Baldwin volleyball player eager to get going in his junior season with the Panther varsity team. She’s coming off two seasons with the junior varsity squad and is anticipating a varsity campaign this fall with coach Bob Hilts’ team. For the JV team, Higbee was a setter, a […]

Brandon Childress returns to gridiron

Brandon Childress returns to gridiron

BALDWIN — Brandon Childress will be quarterback for the Baldwin Panthers this season afterall. It’s a position Childress, a senior, has had for three seasons. But earlier this summer, he told Baldwin football coach Doug Bolles he would focus on his Division I basketball career and not play football. But when practices started on Monday, Childress […]

Nichols joins Baldwin coaching staff

Nichols joins Baldwin coaching staff

BALDWIN — Greg Nichols Jr. got his taste of Baldwin football coaching a few years back on the junior high level.  Nichols will now get a chance to work on the varsity level as an assistant coach. Doug Bolles returns as varsity coach while athletic director Shawn Williams said last week Nichols and Lonnie Donald would […]

Volleyball teams open practices this week

Volleyball teams open practices this week

BALDWIN  —  Practices got underway Wednesday for the Baldwin volleyball teams who have new coaches. Bob Hilts, who had been JV skipper, moves up to the varsity spot, replacing Antoinette Yiberhu, who became a mother during the offseason. Duane Roberts replaces Hilts as JV coach. Top players for the Panthers include Makayla George, Miranda Roberts […]