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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.

Baldwin defeats Covert in basketball scrimmage

Baldwin defeats Covert in basketball scrimmage

BALDWIN — It was like February in the Baldwin gym on Saturday. Actually, the Covert-Baldwin boys basketball game was scheduled to take place last February but was snowed out. As part of the Troutarama Festivities Saturday, members of the two programs played each other in Baldwin for a scrimmage although it looked like the real deal […]

Troutarama Fishing Contest announces winners

Troutarama Fishing Contest announces winners

BALDWIN — Winners in the 2014 Troutarama Fishing Contest were announced Saturday as part of the festival activities. Eddie Mahan was the grand prize winner with a bluegill and took $100. Mahan was the top adult in the bluegill class with length of 12.5 inches and weight of 1.71 pounds. Keith Henderson was the junior winner […]

Grand Rapids team wins Troutarama tournament

Grand Rapids team wins Troutarama tournament

BALDWIN — Kings Sports of Grand Rapids won the 12-team Troutarama Tournament at Hollister Fields on Sunday. The tournament started on Saturday. Rademachers of Muskegon took second place. Joe’s Bu Rum of Pierson was third while Pierson Boys took fourth place. Lake Osceola-State Bank, one of the local teams, took fifth place. “We didn’t do too bad,” […]

Little League officials look ahead to next year

Little League officials look ahead to next year

BALDWIN — The  Lake County 4-H Little League season ended earlier this summer but coaches like Bill Buckley are already looking forward to 2015. Buckley’s team, one of two in the 10-12 year-old division, took a 6-0 record into the offseason.  Bill Buckley also received assistance from his wife, Consepcion in various team administrative matters […]

Softball teams get ready for Troutarama tourney

Softball teams get ready for Troutarama tourney

BALDWIN ​​—  Softball drama will hit the Baldwin area this week as part of the Troutarama festivities. Curt Gravatt of the Baldwin Men’s Softball League said action starts 9 a.m. on Saturday. The last game is scheduled to start 12:45 p.m. on Sunday. Games are at both diamonds at Hollister Park. The championship game will be […]

George receives league honors for softball season

George receives league honors for softball season

BALDWIN — Makayla George recently finished a strong sophomore sports season for the Baldwin Panthers. She was among the volleyball players in the fall and basketball players in the winter. George recently earned softball honors. She was a second team member of the West Michigan D League all-conference squad. George received her honors as an infielder. […]