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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.

Bowling ready for Baldwin softball season

Bowling ready for Baldwin softball season

BALDWIN —  Brittany Bowling is a sophomore on the Baldwin softball team which is ready for regular-season action this week. Bowling is in her first varsity softball season and is looking to make an impact on a team that has 20 girls. Coach Bob Hilts has had Bowling at infield spots during preseason practices. In the […]

Childress ready for junior baseball season

Childress ready for junior baseball season

BALDWIN —  Brandon Childress returns for his third varsity season in his third straight sport with the Baldwin Panthers, who are getting set to open their 2014 baseball campaign Thursday against Frankfort. Childress, an all-stater in football and basketball, will bring his talents to the ball diamond where the Panthers hope to contend for West Michigan […]

Baldwin area hunter stays active in archery

Baldwin area hunter stays active in archery

BALDWIN  — Wayne Bennett, of Baldwin, is an avid hunter and is like a lot of area sportsmen who are getting ready for the upcoming season. Some hunters with first-season permits will be starting their hunts next Monday. “It’s looking pretty good,” he said earlier this month. “I’m seeing a lot of birds wandering around […]

Area turkey hunter set for first season

Area turkey hunter set for first season

BALDWIN — John Beach of the Baldwin area is among the hunters who will test his talents during the first turkey season April 21-27. “I hope the weather warms up,” he said earlier this month. “I’ve seen turkeys around. I’m kind of worried how many made it after the winter.” The second season in Area K, […]

Irons-area players earn all-conference honors

Irons-area players earn all-conference honors

IRONS — Two Lake County athletes who live in the Irons area and play basketball at Brethren High School have been named to the West Michigan D League all-conference team announced recently. Junior James Connolly was named to the first team and sophomore Josh Riggs earned a spot on the second team. Both live in the […]