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For Zoulek, the lofty win total just keeps on climbing

For Zoulek, the lofty win total just keeps on climbing

By Greg Gielczyk  LocalSportsJournal.com   SHELBY--Rick Zoulek did more than just win his 500th game as the Shelby boys basketball coach. He reached a milestone that might never be touched.  At least, not in our lifetime.   In coaching both the boys and girls teams...

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Lady Jayhawks clobber North Central Michigan College

Lady Jayhawks clobber North Central Michigan College

LocalSportsJournal.com PETOSKEY--The Muskegon Community College Lady Jayhawks came out fast on Saturday and made quick work of North Central Michigan College. The Lady Jayhawks led 41-16 at the half and cruised to a 77-33 victory in the Michigan Community College...

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Berndt, Berkley lead Grand Haven past Spring Lake in “Battle of the Bridge”

Berndt, Berkley lead Grand Haven past Holland West Ottawa

LocalSportsJournal.com GRAND HAVEN--The Grand Haven Buccaneers held on for a 49-44 win over Holland West Ottawa on Friday evening in a OK Conference-Red matchup contest played at Grand Haven. Emersen Berndt led Grand Haven with 18 points while Heiid Berkey tossed in...

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Ludington hangs on at home to beat Oakridge

Ludington hangs on at home to beat Oakridge

By Greg Gielczyk LocalSportsJournal.com LUDINGTON -- Ludington's girls basketball team came up with a thrilling 42-40 victory over visiting Oakridge in a West Michigan Conference Lakes Division game Friday night. It was a back-and-forth game in the first quarter,...

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Miller scores 16 as Mason County Central cruises past Holton

Miller scores 16 as Mason County Central cruises past Holton

LocalSportsJournal.com SCOTTVILLE -- Responding in strong fashion after a loss to Glen Lake back on Jan. 19, the Mason County Central girls basketball team has rattled off two consecutive wins, both coming in the West Michigan Coference Rivers Division.   Holton was...

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Walker, Hekkema lead Reeths-Puffer to win over Holland

Walker, Hekkema lead Reeths-Puffer to win over Holland

LocalSportsJournal.com HOLLAND--The Reeths-Puffer Rockets girls basketball team made the trip down south to Holland on Friday and came back home a 65-41 OK-Green victory over the Dutch. With the win, the Rockets remain in second place in the league standings one game...

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Davis scores 19 to lead Lady Big Reds over Mona Shores

Davis scores 19 to lead Lady Big Reds over Mona Shores

LocalSportsJournal.com MUSKEGON--The Muskegon Lady Big Reds remained undefeated in OK-Green action with a 38-27 victory over the Mona Shores Sailors on Friday. The game was played at Redmond-Potter Gymnasium. With the win, Muskegon sits alone at the top of the league...

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Kent City wins CSAA matchup over White Cloud

Kent City wins CSAA matchup over White Cloud

LocalSportsJournal.com KENT CITY--The Kent City Eagles pulled out a 46-35 win over the White Cloud Indians on Friday evening in a Central State Activities Association matchup. "Our defense was solid tonight," said Kent City coach David Ingles. "They can really shoot...

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Edmondson scores 16 as Manistee cruises past Orchard View

Edmondson scores 16 as Manistee cruises past Orchard View

LocalSportsJournal.com MUSKEGON -- The Manistee girls basketball team jumped on Orchard View early and had no trouble rolling to a lopsided 57-30 victory Friday in the West Michigan Conference Lakes Division. "We shot the ball well in the first half and that really...

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Reeths-Puffer runs over Holland in boys basketball action

Reeths-Puffer runs over Holland in boys basketball action

LocalSportsJournal.com HOLLAND -- The Reeths-Puffer Rockets shot out of the gate right from the opening tip on Friday night and posted a 64-34 victory over the host Holland Dutch. The Rockets led 22-5 after one quarter and 32-17 at the half. Reeths-Puffer had a 32-17...

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Pentwater falls to league-leading Baldwin

Pentwater falls to league-leading Baldwin

LocalSportsJournal.com PENTWATER -- Pentwater's boys basketball team took on West Michigan D League leader Baldwin for Homecoming on Friday night and fell short, 82-62. "It was a defensive puzzle to match the excellent offense of the Panthers," said Pentwater coach...

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Second half dooms Oakridge in loss to GR Covenant Christian

Second half dooms Oakridge in loss to GR Covenant Christian

LocalSportsJournal.com   GRAND RAPIDS -- The Oakridge Eagles' boys basketball team simply ran out of gas on Friday night.   After playing at Newaygo on Thursday, the Eagles ventured over to Grand Rapids to take on Covenant Christian. After a tight first half, the...

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North Muskegon girls post lopsided victory over Hesperia

North Muskegon girls post lopsided victory over Hesperia

LocalSportsJournal.com NORTH MUSKEGON -- Host North Muskegon had a balanced attack on Friday night and defeated the Hesperia Panthers 44-14 in a West Michigan Conference matchup. The Norse led 8-4 after one quarter and increased that to 18-4 at the half. Grace Philpot...

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Fremont comes from behind to beat Muskegon Catholic

Fremont comes from behind to beat Muskegon Catholic

LocalSportsJournal.com FREMONT--The Fremont Packers came from behind on Friday evening and pulled out a thrilling 30-28 win over Muskegon Catholic Central in a non-conference battle. MCC held an 11-6 lead after one quarter and a 21-10 lead at halftime. That first half...

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Kent City girls bag 11 3-pointers in rout of White Cloud

Kent City girls bag 11 3-pointers in rout of White Cloud

LocalSportsJournal.com KENT CITY--The Kent City Eagles girls' basketball team canned 11 shots from beyond the arc, including eight in the first half, on Friday evening. That led to a 56-16 victory over the White Cloud Indians in a Central State Activities Association...

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Jayhawk bowlers finish third at Kellogg Invite

Jayhawk bowlers finish third at Kellogg Invite

LocalSportsJournal.com BATTLE CREEK - The Muskegon Community College bowling team took part in the Kellogg Invite at M66 Bowl on Friday and finished in third place. Cade Alderink earned the high-game award with a game of 268.  Bailey Graham earned the high-series...

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Keith Guy on his 400th career win: ‘I’ve been blessed’

Keith Guy on his 400th career win: ‘I’ve been blessed’

By Craig Beilfuss LocalSportsJournal.com MUSKEGON--Muskegon Big Reds head basketball coach Keith Guy reached a milestone that most coaches can only dream about as he won his 400th career game. The Big Reds defeated Ferndale 62-51 in the final game of the Muskegon...

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McDonald, Richards lead Fremont past Ravenna

McDonald, Richards lead Fremont past Ravenna

LocalSportsJournal.com FREMONT--The Fremont Packers boys basketball team hosted the Ravenna Bulldogs on Thursday evening and came away with a 69-42 non-conference victory. Leading the way was Jordon McDonald, who turned in another solid game for the host Packers....

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Thompson’s double-double leads Whitehall in rout of Shelby

Thompson’s double-double leads Whitehall in rout of Shelby

LocalSportsJournalk.com   WHITEHALL -- A big second quarter helped lift the Whitehall Vikings to a 92-61 home victory over the Shelby Tigers on Thursday night. In that pivotal quarter, the Vikings used a 12-point scoring advantage to take a 22-point lead at the half....

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Brethren runs past Pentwater in Thursday hoops action

Brethren runs past Pentwater in Thursday hoops action

LocalSportsJournal.com   PENTWATER -- Falling into a 19-0 hole right off the bat, the Pentwater girls' basketball team lost a West Michigan D League game to visiting Brethren, 52-20.   It was Homecoming for the Falcons, but other than the crowning of the royalty,...

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Newaygo gets by Oakridge in overtime, 62-60

Newaygo gets by Oakridge in overtime, 62-60

LocalSportsJournal.com NEWAYGO--Bryce Decker had a big offensive night and Josiah Long hit the game-winning shot in overtime as the Newaygo Lions defeated Oakridge on Thursday. Decker scored 28 points and pulled down 12 rebounds and led Newaygo to a 62-60 overtime win...

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Hovey scores 31 as Hart cruises past Manistee

Hovey scores 31 as Hart cruises past Manistee

By Greg Gielczyk LocalSportsJournal.com MANISTEE -- Hart exploded out of the blocks with a 3-point barrage that rocked Manistee, 74-48, on Thursday night. Hart, which received votes in this week's Associated Press Division 3 rankings, went to 13-0 on the season....

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Oakridge sweeps Fremont on the lanes

Oakridge sweeps Fremont on the lanes

LocalSportsJournal.com MUSKEGON -The Fremont bowling team had a rough evening on the lanes Wednesday. The Packers went 0-2 against the Eagles of Oakridge. The boys struggled and went down early, 27-3. Ashton Yuhasz led Fremont with a 189 while Gabe VanVleet followed...

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Hart wrestlers fall to Whitehall, but get win over Hesperia

Hart wrestlers fall to Whitehall, but get win over Hesperia

LocalSportsJournal.com WHITEHALL - The Hart wrestling team went 1-1 in a tri-meet against Hesperia and Whitehall on Wednesday evening. The Pirates opened with a battle of the unbeatens as they took on No. 4 ranked Whitehall. The Pirates fell, 47-18. In the second dual...

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Core is a rare breed when it comes to high school sports

Core is a rare breed when it comes to high school sports

By Nate Thompson LocalSportsJournal.com SPRING LAKE – In regards to longevity and success in multiple sports at one public school, Bill Core could be considered a unicorn.  In today’s age, it’s almost mythical to see an individual stick around and thrive for 35...

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Gifford making most of his second tour of duty at MCC

Gifford making most of his second tour of duty at MCC

By Tom Kendra LocalSportsJournal.com MUSKEGON--The world has changed since Gene Gifford last coached at Muskegon Community College in 2007. “Now, when I walk through the locker room after practice, it’s dead quiet,” explained Gifford, 72, who coached MCC from 1981 to...

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Nash scores 27 in Jayhawks’ loss to North Central Michigan College

Jayhawks come up short against GRCC in Wednesday hoops action

LocalSportsJournal.com MUSKEGON--The Muskegon Community College men's Jayhawks basketball team dropped a hard fought 83-74 game on Wednesday against their rival, Grand Rapids Community College. The league matchup was played at Bartels-Rode Gymnasium at MCC. The...

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Freshman Owen Varnado playing a key role at Calvin University

Freshman Owen Varnado playing a key role at Calvin University

By Craig Beilfuss LocalSportsJournal.com GRAND RAPIDS--Owen Varnado is making a quick impact as a key contributor for the Clavin University Knights this season. The former Western Michigan Christian Warrior played 4 years of varsity basketball and finished his high...

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Kent City sweeps Ludington in bowling action

Kent City sweeps Ludington in bowling action

LocalSportsJournal.com   SPARTA -- Ludington's bowling team went up against Kent City at Sparta on Wednesday night with the girls losing 25-5 and the boys falling 30-0.   "These are some tough games to swallow for both teams," said Ludington coach Maggie Bates. "These...

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Shafer scores 25 in Walkerville loss to Brethren

Shafer scores 25 in Walkerville loss to Brethren

LocalSportsJournal.com WALKERVILLE--The Walkerville Wildcats dropped a 70-42 West Michigan 'D' League matchup against Brethren on Wednesday evening. The Bobcats jumped out to a 17-2 lead after the first quarter and extended their lead to 29-11 by the half. Walkerville...

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Chye scores 21 as Mason County Central gets by Orchard View

Chye scores 21 as Mason County Central gets by Orchard View

LocalSportsJournal.com SCOTTVILLE -- Bouncing back after Monday night's loss to Fremont, the Mason County Central boys' basketball team defeated Orchard View, 60-48, at home on Wednesday night. The two teams put on an offensive show in the first quarter by combining...

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Mona Shores falls to Hamilton in swimming action

Mona Shores falls to Hamilton in swimming action

LocalSportsJournal.com HAMILTON -The Mona Shores boys' swimming team lost to Hamilton on Tuesday evening. The Sailors fell to the Hawkeyes, 100-69. The 200 medley relay team of Kelby Miller, Santiago Sanchez, Diego Hubby and Quinn McKenna earned a second-place finish...

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Shelby falls to Manistee Catholic Central

Shelby falls to Manistee Catholic Central

By Greg Gielczyk LocalSportsJournal.com   MANISTEE -- Shelby's girls basketball team is in a rough spot right now with its starting point guard out and the Tigers are struggling to find someone to fill that position.   Post players are helping to bring the ball up the...

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Montague wrestlers win matches against Holton and Manistee

Montague wrestlers win matches against Holton and Manistee

LocalSportsJournal.com SHELBY -The Montague wrestling team dominated a quad at Shelby High School on Wednesday evening. The Wildcats took down Holton, 72-12, and cruised by Manistee, 82-6. Savannah Winkleblack, Jimmy Thommen, Chris Aebig, Fletcher Thommen, Tristan...

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Ravenna, Holton split bowling matches

Ravenna, Holton split bowling matches

LocalSportsJournal.com MUSKEGON - The Ravenna bowling team split their matches against the Holton Red Devils on Wednesday. The girls edged out the Red Devils, 16-14. Holton's boys won, 18-12. Mae Mabrito led the way with a 387 series. Kendra Denhof and Alison...

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Oakridge sweeps Fremont on the lanes

Orchard View and Montague girls tie, Cardinal boys win

LocalSportsJournal.com MUSKEGON -The Orchard View bowling team had a good showing against Montague in their West Michigan Conference battle on Wednesday. The girls dropped both Baker games, but rallied in individual play to tie the Wildcats, 15-15. Lacey Claflin led...

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Grant falls to Central Montcalm in Tuesday hoops action

Grant falls to Central Montcalm in Tuesday hoops action

LocalSportsJournal.com STANTON--The Grant Tigers girls' basketball team fell behind early against Central Montcalm and dropped a 70-55 decision. The game was played in the Central State Activities Association. Central Montcalm got out of the gate fast as they raced...

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Montague scores big victory over rival Whitehall in girls basketball

Montague overpowers Orchard View in girls basketball

LocalSportsJournal.com MUSKEGON--The Montague girls' basketball team picked up a 44-12 West Michigan Conference-Lakes win over Orchard View on Tuesday. The Wildcats jumped out to a 12-4 first-quarter lead and led 26-6 at halftime. Montague extended the lead to 34-8 at...

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Highly ranked Muskegon Big Reds crush Holland, 74-25

Highly ranked Muskegon Big Reds crush Holland, 74-25

By Craig Beilfuss LocalSportsJournal.com MUSKEGON--The No. 3-ranked Muskegon Big Reds boys' basketball team wasted little time on Tuesday evening in extending their winning streak. The Big Reds, who compete in Division 1, won their 11th straight game as they clobbered...

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Slow start costs Newaygo girls’ in loss to Reed City

Slow start costs Newaygo girls’ in loss to Reed City

LocalSportsJournal.com REED CITY--The Newaygo girls basketball teams have dominated the Reed City Coyote teams in the past number of years. That wasn't the case on Tuesday evening as the Lions fell to Reed City, 46-29, in a Central State Activities Association...

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Big Rapids’ explosive second quarter dooms Kent City boys

Big Rapids’ explosive second quarter dooms Kent City boys

LocalSportsJournal.com BIG RAPIDS--The Kent City Eagles boys' basketball team came into Tuesday nights' Central State Activities Association looking to knock off the league leaders. An offensive barrage by the Big Rapids Cardinals in the second quarter was something...

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Holton hangs on for win over Ravenna

Holton hangs on for win over Ravenna

LocalSportsJournal.com   HOLTON--The Holton Red Devils used a strong second-quarter performance to knock off Ravenna in a West Michigan Conference-Rivers division contest on Tuesday, 43-37.   "This was a game we had to have and the girls came out with the right effort...

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Reed City takes care of business against Newaygo’s boys

Reed City takes care of business against Newaygo’s boys

LocalSportsJournal.com REED CITY--The Newaygo Lions boys' basketball team traveled to Reed City on Tuesday evening and suffered a lopsided 60-33 setback. The game was played in the Central State Activities Association. Reed City got off to a good start, according to...

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White Cloud comes from behind to beat Lakeview

White Cloud comes from behind to beat Lakeview

LocalSportsJournal.com WHITE CLOUD -The White Cloud girls' basketball team won a crucial Central State Activities Association contest on Tuesday over Lakeview, 31-28. Scoring was hard to come by for either team early on as the Indians found themselves down 12-11 after...

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Montague steamrolls Ravenna behind a dominant first half

Montague steamrolls Ravenna behind a dominant first half

LocalSportsJournal.com MONTAGUE--The Montague Wildcats boys' basketball team blitzed the Ravenna Bulldogs out of the gate and cruised to a 66-37 victory on Tuesday evening. Montague began the game on a 13-4 run to end the first quarter. The Wildcats led 34-14 at...

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Second half dooms Oakridge in loss to GR Covenant Christian

Anna Lundquist scores 19 points to lead Oakridge over Manistee

LocalSportsJournal.com MUSKEGON -- Anna Lundquist scored 19 points to lead the Oakridge girls' basketball team to a 44-40 West Michigan Conference Lakes Division victory over visiting Manistee on Tuesday night. The host Eagles managed to take a 7-6 lead at the end of...

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Spring Lake swimming team gets win over Holland

Spring Lake swimming team gets win over Holland

LocalSportsJournal.com HOLLAND -The Spring Lake boys swimming team squeezed by Holland in an OK Conference-Blue dual meet on Tuesday evening.  The Lakers edged out the Dutch, 92-87. “We continue to find weaknesses to fix while also finding consistent strengths,” said...

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Sorrelle hits game-winning shot as Grand Haven gets by Spring Lake in “Drawbridge Classic”

Grand Haven girls fall in final seconds to Hudsonville

LocalSportsJournal.com HUDSONVILLE -The Grand Haven girls basketball team lost a heartbreaking game against OK Conference-Red foe Hudsonville on Tuesday evening.  The Bucs led with 3 seconds left before a foul sent Hudsonville to the line to steal the win, 47-46....

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Whitehall comes from behind to beat Western Michigan Christian

Whitehall comes from behind to beat Western Michigan Christian

LocalSportsJournal.com NORTON SHORES -The Whitehall girls basketball team rallied from a halftime deficit on Tuesday evening and came from behind to beat Western Michigan Christian, 42-35 Whitehall led 9-8 edge after the first quarter of action. The Warriors outscored...

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Miller scores 16 as Mason County Central cruises past Holton

Mason County Central cruises past North Muskegon

LocalSportsJournal.com SCOTTVILLE -- Mason County Central's girls basketball team bounced back from a loss to Glen Lake with a dominating 36-18 victory over visiting North Muskegon in the West Michigan Conference Rivers Division contest Tuesday night. Mallory Miller...

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Laird, Jeruzal lead Ludington to win over Fremont

Laird, Jeruzal lead Ludington to win over Fremont

LocalSportsJournal.com   FREMONT -- Keelyn Laird and Elianna Jeruzal scored 24 points between them as the  visiting Ludington girls basketball team defeated Fremont, 50-20 to open the second half of the West Michigan Conference Lakes Division season Tuesday.   It was...

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Davis scores 19 to lead Lady Big Reds over Mona Shores

Lady Big Reds cruise past Holland in OK-Green action

LocalSportsJournal.com HOLLAND--The Muskegon Lady Big Reds kept their perfect OK Conference-Green record intact by clobbering the Holland Dutch 60-21 on Tuesday. The Big Reds had a balanced scoring attack with three players in double digits. Mariah Sain led Muskegon...

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Fox, Mosley lead Hesperia over Mason County Eastern

Fox, Mosley lead Hesperia over Mason County Eastern

LocalSportsJournal.com HESPERIA -- Ian Fox and Maddox Mosley combined for 38 points for Hesperia's boys basketball team Monday night in a 66-59 non-conference victory over visiting Mason County Eastern.   Fox poured in 20 points and Mosley finished with 18 for the...

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Chye reaches 1000th career milestone at Mason County Central

Chye reaches 1000th career milestone at Mason County Central

By Greg Gielczyk   LocalSportsJournal.com   SCOTTVILLE--When Mason County Central's Will Chye was brought up to varsity as a freshman, he was predominantly a perimeter scorer. Now a senior, Chye has altered his game to be more of an inside threat. Despite tweaking his...

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McDonald, Miller lead Fremont over Mason County Central

McDonald, Miller lead Fremont over Mason County Central

LocalSportsJournal.com SCOTTVILLE -- Fremont won its second consecutive game Monday night with a 72-61 non-conference victory over Mason County Central in Scottville. The Spartans gained a six-point lead, 16-10 after the first quarter. But the Packers regrouped during...

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North Muskegon rallies for win over Muskegon Heights

North Muskegon rallies for win over Muskegon Heights

LocalSportsJournal.com MUSKEGON HEIGHTS--The North Muskegon boys' basketball team rallied for a 57-54 win over the Muskegon Heights Tigers on Monday evening in a non-conference battle played at the Heights. The Norse and the Tigers finished deadlocked in a 12-12 tie...

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Walkerville falls to Algoma Christian

Walkerville falls to Algoma Christian

LocalSportsJournal.com   WALKERVILLE -- Walkerville's boys basketball team lost its third consecutive game Monday night with a 66-34 non-conference loss to Algoma Christian at home.   The Wildcats trailed by only six, 20-14 at the end of the first quarter, but...

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Ravenna cruises past Holton in Monday night hoops action

Ravenna cruises past Holton in Monday night hoops action

LocalSportsJournal.com HOLTON--The Ravenna boy's basketball team cruised to a 83-43 win over the Holton Red Devils on Monday evening in a West Michigan Conference-Rivers contest. The Bulldogs raced out to a 21-14 lead after the first eight minutes of action. They...

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Kent City’s Bowers Joins Elite 1,000-Point Club

Kent City’s Bowers Joins Elite 1,000-Point Club

By Seth Vanderwest LocalSportsJournal.com   KENT CITY--As the clock wound down in the third quarter of a non-conference matchup against Fowler back on January 3, Kent City’s Lexie Bowers dribbled around the top of the key.    Just before the clock hit zero, the senior...

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Oakridge sweeps Fremont on the lanes

Mona Shores sweeps Coopersville in Monday bowling action

LocalSportsJournal.com RAVENNA -The Mona Shores bowling team breezed by Coopersville at Ravenna Lanes on Monday evening. The boys fought to a 21-9 victory and the girls dominated and won, 29-1. Derek Kern led the boys with games of 188 and 204 while Danika Cooper led...

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Muskegon girls fall to highly ranked Detroit Renaissance

Muskegon girls fall to highly ranked Detroit Renaissance

By Craig Beilfuss LocalSportsJournal.com MUSKEGON--The Muskegon Lady Big Reds were no match for the highly ranked Detroit Renaissance Phoenix on Saturday afternoon. The Phoenix, ranked No. 2 in Division 1, ran away from Muskegon, 74-45. The Phoenix, members of the...

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Lumberjacks fall behind early in 7-4 loss to Team USA

Lumberjacks fall behind early in 7-4 loss to Team USA

LocalSportsJournal.com The Muskegon Lumberjacks did not have enough answers for Team USA on Saturday night. The Lumberjacks fell behind early and lost 7-4. After letting in three first period goals, Muskegon's Nathan McBrayer put his team on the board off an assist...

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Lady Jayhawks clobber North Central Michigan College

Zoulek has double-double in Lady Jayhawks win over Bay College

LocalSportsJournal.com ESCANABA--The Muskegon Community College Lady Jayhawks made the long trip to Escanaba to take on the Bay College Norse and came home with a 56-28 Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) win. The Jayhawks got off to a slow start...

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Dempsey, Carnes lead Whitehall girls past North Muskegon

Dempsey, Carnes lead Whitehall girls past North Muskegon

LocalSportsJournal.com   WHITEHALL--The Whitehall Vikings girls basketball team cruised to a 52-28 win over the North Muskegon Norsemen on Saturday afternon in a contest played at Whitehall.   Onnyka Dempsey from Whitehall burned the North Muskegon defense for a game...

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Spring Lake takes control from the opening tip, takes down rival Fruitport

Spring Lake boys fall to Hamilton in Friday night hoops action

LocalSportsJournal.com SPRING LAKE--The Spring Lake Lakers boys basketball team got off to a good start on Friday evening against OK Conference-Blue foe Hamilton, however, the second and third quarters proved to be costly as the Lakers fell to the Hawkeyes by a final...

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Mona Shores hockey gets topped by Saginaw Heritage

Mona Shores hockey gets topped by Saginaw Heritage

LocalSportsJournal.com Mona Shores hockey couldn't capitalize on the start of its three-game home stand with an 8-5 loss to Saginaw Heritage on Friday. The Sailors (10-7) took an opening lead in the first period with a Brooks Robinson goal off an Isaac Habetler...

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Muskegon Heights boys basketball falls to Kalamazoo Phoenix

Muskegon Heights boys basketball falls to Kalamazoo Phoenix

LocalSportsJournal.com Muskegon Heights was on the losing end of an 86-35 boys basketball matchup with Kalamazoo Phoenix on Friday. The Tigers fell behind quickly, trailing 36-11 after the first quarter. Kalamazoo's Jhymeir Wilkins caught fire with four 3-pointers in...

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Fremont clobbers Manistee in boys’ hoop action

Fremont clobbers Manistee in boys’ hoop action

LocalSportsJournal.com FREMONT -- Fremont defense was on target Friday night in a 64-35 victory over Manistee. The West Michigan Conference game was played at Fremont. "I thought we took better care of the ball and rebounded much better than we have been," said...

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Hovey has a triple-double as Hart runs past Holton

Hovey has a triple-double as Hart runs past Holton

LocalSportsJournal.com HART -- Parker Hovey just keeps putting up the big numbers for Hart Pirates boys' basketball team. He had another triple double Friday night in an easy 65-20 victory over visiting Holton in the West Michigan Conference Rivers Division.   The...

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Highly-ranked Muskegon wins big over Wyoming, 84-52

Highly-ranked Muskegon wins big over Wyoming, 84-52

LocalSportsJournal.com WYOMING--The Muskegon Big Reds boys' basketball team proved its lofty ranking in Division 1 on Friday night. The undefeated Big Reds, ranked No. 3 in the state, scored an 84-52 victory over Wyoming in the OK Conference-Green contest. The two...

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Newaygo gets by Oakridge in overtime, 62-60

Newaygo uses big second half to cruise past Lakeview

LocalSportsJournal.com LAKEVIEW--It took a while for the Newaygo boys' team to kick its offense into high gear on Friday evening. Once they did, they cruised to a 64-42 Central State Activities Association victory over the Lakeview Wildcats. Newaygo managed to score...

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Montague steamrolls Ravenna behind a dominant first half

Fast start sparks Montague to one-sided victory over Oakridge

LocalSportsJournal.com MONTAGUE -- The host Montague Wildcats came out fast on Friday night and soundly defeated the Oakridge Eagles, 64-34. The Wildcats stormed to a 24-10 lead after one quarter and the advantage grew to 42-16 at the half. "It was a good team win...

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Sorrelle hits game-winning shot as Grand Haven gets by Spring Lake in “Drawbridge Classic”

Grand Haven gets by Grandville in overtime, 48-45

LocalSportsJournal.com GRANDVILLE--The Grand Haven girls earned a hard-fought overtime victory over Grandville on Friday. The visiting Bucs won the OK-Red matchup, 48-45. Grandville jumped out to a 9-7 lead after the first eight minutes of action.  Grand Haven came...

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Ashbaugh, Hance lead Grant past Howard City Tri-County

Ashbaugh, Hance lead Grant past Howard City Tri-County

LocalSportsJournal.com GRANT--The Grant Tigers girls' basketball team made quick work of the Howard City Tri-County Vikings on Friday evening in a 64-25 Central State Activities Association game. The game was played in Grant. Grant jumped out to a 27-5 lead after the...

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Newaygo girls win in double overtime over Lakeview

Newaygo girls win in double overtime over Lakeview

LocalSportsJournal.com LAKEVIEW--The Newaygo girls' basketball team needed overtime to take down Lakeview on Friday evening. The Lions won the Central State Activities Association game, 45-44. "The crowd definitely got their money's worth tonight," said Newaygo coach...

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Cook, Russell lead Mona Shores girls to win over Zeeland East

Cook, Russell lead Mona Shores girls to win over Zeeland East

LocalSportsJournal.com NORTON SHORES -The Mona Shores girls basketball team cruised by Zeeland East on Friday, 49-26. It was Shores' fourth victory in the OK Conference-Green. The Sailors raced out to a 27-12 lead over the Chix at the half. The Sailors extended their...

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White Cloud gets by Chippewa Hills in league basketball action

White Cloud gets by Chippewa Hills in league basketball action

LocalSportsJournal.com REMUS -The White Cloud Indians hit the road Friday evening and came home with a 24-15 win over the Chippewa Hills Warriors in a Central State Athletic Association contest. In a matchup in which neither team could get their offense going beyond...

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Brethren runs past Pentwater in Thursday hoops action

Pentwater gets win over Walkerville

LocalSportsJournal.com   WALKERVILLE -- Records don't matter when Pentwater and Walkerville play in girls basketball, and that was the case Friday night when the Falcons visited the Wildcats in the West Michigan D League.   After trailing the Wildcats, 9-5 at the end...

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Chye scores 21 as Mason County Central gets by Orchard View

Mason County Central cruises past Hesperia

LocalSportsJournal.com   SCOTTVILLE -- Will Chye had a big night for the Mason County Central boys basketball team with 19 points as the Spartans rolled up a 71-29 victory over visiting Hesperia Friday night in the West Michigan Conference Rivers Division.   Mason...

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Coach Ingles posts 100th win in Kent City boys’ victory

Coach Ingles posts 100th win in Kent City boys’ victory

LocalSportsJournal.com KENT CITY -- The Kent City Eagles turned in a solid performance, especially on the defensive end, on Friday night and defeated visiting Reed City 46-33. The victory was No. 100 for Ingles during his career at Kent City. "Our defensive effort was...

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Muskegon Catholic boys fall to sharp shooting Grand River Prep

Muskegon Catholic boys fall to sharp shooting Grand River Prep

Local Sports Journal.com MUSKEGON--Muskegon Catholic could not keep up with hot-shooting Grand River Prep on Friday night and the result was a 69-58 setback. Grand River Prep took a six-point lead after one quarter and built it to 42-28 at halftime.  "Grand River Prep...

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Whitehall takes down Orchard View in boys basketball

Whitehall takes down Orchard View in boys basketball

LocalSportsJournal.com MUSKEGON -- The visiting Whitehall Vikings placed five players in double figures and defeated Orchard View, 71-48, on Friday night. Whitehall raced out to a 15-4 lead after one quarter. The Cardinals evened things up in the middle two quarters...

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Bowers, Geers lead Kent City to 10th straight victory

Bowers, Geers lead Kent City to 10th straight victory

LocalSportsJournal.com KENT CITY--It took a little while for the Kent City Eagles girls basketball team to get its offense going on Friday.  But when they did, the result was a 64-31 victory over the Reed City Coyotes in a Central State Athletic Association matchup....

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Spring Lake takes control from the opening tip, takes down rival Fruitport

Spring Lake girls fall just short against first-place Hamilton

LocalSportsJournal.com SPRING LAKE -- The Spring Lake Lakers hosted league-leading Hamilton on Friday night and fell just short, 51-48. The Lakers were dominant in the opening half and raced to a 27-19 lead at the half. However, Hamilton's experience kicked in during...

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Mason Central falls to top-ranked Maple City Glen Lake

Mason Central falls to top-ranked Maple City Glen Lake

LocalSportsJournal   GLEN LAKE -- Facing top-ranked Glen Lake proved more than the Mason County Central girls' basketball team could handle on Thursday night.   Host Glen Lake didn't take long to get rolling with an 19-11 first quarter enroute to a convincing 68-31...

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Hart wrestlers fall to Whitehall, but get win over Hesperia

Hart wrestlers sweep Holton and Ravenna

LocalSportsJournal.com HART -- Hart's wrestling team swept a triangular meet at home Wednesday night, defeating Ravenna 71-8 in the first match and blew out Holton 84-0 in the second.   The Pirates picked up five pinfalls against Ravenna, lost one by a pin and picked...

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Ludington swimming team gets by Manistee

Ludington swimming team gets by Manistee

LocalSportsJournal.com   LUDINGTON -- In a Coastal Conference dual against Manistee onThursday, the host Ludington boys swimming team finished with a close 91.5-87.5 victory over the Chippewas.   Because of low numbers the last few years, Ludington coach Joe Schneider...

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Manistee’s Lacey Zimmerman signs to run track at Ferris State

Manistee’s Lacey Zimmerman signs to run track at Ferris State

By Greg Gielczyk LocalSportsJournal.com MANISTEE -- Lacey Zimmerman, a senior at Manistee, chose to officially sign her letter of intent to run track at Ferris State.   She said there were actually three reasons she chose to attend the Big Rapids university next year....

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Hicks has a double-double to lead Hart past Montague

Hicks has a double-double to lead Hart past Montague

LocalSportsJournal.com   MONTAGUE -- Hart's girls basketball team won its fifth straight Thursday night with a tight 45-41 non-conference victory over Montague on the road.   But the Pirates shot the ball poorly and made several early mistakes to open the door for the...

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Dempsey, Carnes lead Whitehall girls past North Muskegon

Whitehall gets by Shelby 40-35

LocalSportsJournal.com WHITEHALL -- Shelby's girls basketball team stayed close the entire game, but couldn't get over the hump in dropping a 40-35 non-conference loss to Whitehall on the road Thursday night. After finishing in a 4-4 tie at the end of one, the Tigers...

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Ravenna girls pull out win over Fremont

Ravenna girls pull out win over Fremont

LocalSportsJournal.com RAVENNA--The Ravenna Bulldogs girls basketball team pulled the air out of the ball on Thursday night and ended up with a 32-26 non-conference win over the Fremont Packers. Neither team generated much offense during the opening eight minutes of...

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Kent City sweeps Ludington in bowling action

Fremont girls, Orchard View boys win bowling matches

LocalSportsJournal.com FREMONT - Fremont and Orchard View bowling teams split their match on Wednesday. Orchard View won the boys' match, 17-13. Despite dropping both Baker games and the first regular game, the Packers threw a season-high to take all possible points...

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Whitehall dominates Montague in bowling action

Whitehall dominates Montague in bowling action

LocalSportsJournal.com MUSKEGON - The Whitehall bowling team took home the ceremonial bowling pin with a win over rival Montague on Wednesday evening.  The boys dominated and won, 26-4. Gabe Ganos led the Vikings with a high game of 201. Avery Gabriel rolled a 167....

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Nash scores 27 in Jayhawks’ loss to North Central Michigan College

Shorthanded Jayhawk men drop tight decision to Delta

LocalSportsJournal.com UNIVERSITY CENTER--The Muskegon Community College Jayhawk men fell behind early, battled back, then fell to Delta Community College, 70-66. The Jayhawks trailed 38-25 at the half. A 16-0 run in the latter stages of the opening half pushed Delta...

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Calvary Christian struggles in the second half, falls to Saugatuck

Calvary Christian girls run all over Hudsonville Libertas

LocalSportsJournal.com FRUITPORT--The Fruitport Calvary Christian Eagles girls' basketball team cruised by Hudsonville Libertas Christian on Thursday, 50-6. The non-conference game was played at Calvary. The Eagles defense posted a shutout in the first eight minutes...

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Thompson’s double-double leads Whitehall in rout of Shelby

Whitehall boys cruise past Fremont in league action

LocalSportsJournal.com WHITEHALL--The Whitehall Vikings boys basketball team won a West Michigan Conference-Lakes contest against the visiting Fremont Packers on Tuesday evening, 56-41. Fremont led 15-14 at the end of the first quarter. After that, the Whitehall...

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Lady Jayhawks clobber North Central Michigan College

Lady Jayhawks fall to Delta College in overtime

LocalSportsJournal.com UNIVERSITY CENTER--The Muskegon Community College Lady Jayhawks hit the road Wednesday to take on the Delta College Pioneers and came up on the short end of a 68-67 overtime decision. The game was played in the Michigan Community College...

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Oakridge sweeps Fremont on the lanes

Mona Shores bowlers sweep Muskegon

LocalSportsJournal.com MUSKEGON - The Mona Shores bowling team made a clean sweep over Muskegon on Wednesday evening. Both the boys (3-2-1) and girls (2-4) squads got wins over the Big Reds, 30-0. Derek Kern threw games of 169 and 265 while Nate Trowbridge bowled a...

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Oakridge sweeps Fremont on the lanes

Ravenna sweeps Oakridge in Wednesday bowling action

LocalSportsJournal.com MUSKEGON -The Ravenna bowling team topped Oakridge 2-0 at Northway Lanes on Wednesday. The girls (5-2) edged out the Eagles, 17-13. Alison Phillips led the way with games of 167 and 123 while. Zoe Marsman tossed games of 121 and 137 while Kendra...

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Montague wrestlers sweep Mason County Central and Orchard View

Montague wrestlers sweep Mason County Central and Orchard View

LocalSportsJournal.com MONTAGUE - The Montague wrestling team got wins against two Western Michigan Conference foes on Wednesday. The Wildcats took down Mason County Central, 54-26, and Orchard View, 46-33. Jimmy Thommen, Fletcher Thommen, Tristan Winkleblack, Michael...

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Miller scores 16 as Mason County Central cruises past Holton

Miller, Nelson lead Mason County Central girls past Newaygo

LocalSportsJournal.com   NEWAYGO -- Leading pretty much from start to finish, the Mason County Central girls' basketball team defeated Newaygo, 50-36 in non-conference action on the road Wednesday night.   It was a close first half, with the Spartans managing to take...

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Brethren runs past Pentwater in Thursday hoops action

Pentwater gets by Hesperia in Wednesday hoops action

LocalSportsJournal.com   HESPERIA -- Pentwater's girls basketball team traveled to Hesperia for a non-conference game Wednesday night and came away with a 37-30 victory.   Starting out strong, the Falcons grabbed an early 8-2 lead. But the Panthers fought back, and...

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Hovey has a triple-double as Hart runs past Holton

Hovey, Weirich combine for 59 points to lead Hart past Hesperia

LocalSportsJournal.com   HART -- After more than a month on the road, the Hart boys basketball team finally played a game in the friendly confines of its own gym Tuesday night.   Playing a loose, attacking game, the Pirates cruised to an 85-31 West Michigan Conference...

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Grant falls to Central Montcalm in Tuesday hoops action

Ashbaugh scores 29 in Grant win over Ravenna

LocalSportsJournal.com GRANT--The Grant Tigers girls basketball team made quick work of the Ravenna Bulldogs on Tuesday evening as they cruised by Ravenna 61-16. The non-conference contest was played in Grant. The Tigers led from start to finish as they raced out to a...

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Whitaker, Ambrose lead Reeths-Puffer past Zeeland East

Whitaker, Ambrose lead Reeths-Puffer past Zeeland East

LocalSportsJournal.com ZEELAND--Jaxson Whitaker scored 21 points and Travis Ambrose scored 19 points to lead the Rockets boys' basketball team to a 50-42 OK-Green win over the Zeeland East Chix on Tuesday evening. Whitaker, a junior, finished with a team-leading eight...

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Montague steamrolls Ravenna behind a dominant first half

Montague cruises past Manistee in Tuesday hoops action

By Greg Gielczyk LocalSportsJournal.com MANISTEE -- A long season continued for the winless Manistee boys' basketball team Tuesday night,   Montague dealt the Chippewas a 67-35 home loss in the West Michigan Conference Rivers Division.   The Chippewas led only twice...

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Sorrelle hits game-winning shot as Grand Haven gets by Spring Lake in “Drawbridge Classic”

Grand Haven girls get by East Kentwood, Beindt scores 17

LocalSportsJournal.com GRAND HAVEN - The Grand Haven girls basketball team put away East Kentwood for an OK Conference-Red victory on Tuesday evening, 50-37. The lead exchanged hands over the first two quarters and the Bucs found themselves trailing 20-19 at halftime....

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White Cloud converts 20-of-24 free throws to beat Pentwater

White Cloud converts 20-of-24 free throws to beat Pentwater

LocalSportsJournal.com   PENTWATER -- Pentwater's boys basketball team closed the gap to two late in the game, but White Cloud pulled away for a 59-50 non-conference victory at Pentwater Tuesday night.   The Falcons traded baskets with the Indians throughout the first...

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Chye scores 21 as Mason County Central gets by Orchard View

Perrone scores 21 in Spartans win over Shelby

LocalSportsJournal.com SHELBY -- Mason County Central's boys basketball team overcame a 10-point deficit after the third quarter with a big fourth period to turn back Shelby, 54-48 on the road Tuesday night.   The Spartans bounced back from a 71-50 loss to the red hot...

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Fruitport comes from behind late to beat Hudsonville Unity Christian

Fruitport falls at home to conference foe Hamilton

LocalSportsJournal.com FRUITPORT--Host Fruitport struggled offensively in a 52-26 loss to Hamilton on Tuesday evening. The Trojans fell behind early, trailing 13-2 at the end of the first quarter. The Hawkeyes expanded the lead to 23-9 at halftime. The second half was...

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Cook, Russell lead Mona Shores girls to win over Zeeland East

Mona Shores’ girls fall behind early, lose to Zeeland West

LocalSportsJournal.com ZEELAND -The Mona Shores girls basketball team fell to Zeeland West in an OK Conference-Green matchup on Tuesday evening. The Sailors fell behind early and lost, 48-31. The Sailors were down 18-10 after the first quarter and 27-15 by the half. ...

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Cook, Russell lead Mona Shores girls to win over Zeeland East

Mona Shores boys fall to talented Zeeland West squad

LocalSportsJournal.com MUSKEGON -- The host Mona Shores Sailors had some strong runs on Tuesday night, but ultimately dropped a 69-53 decision to the Zeeland West Dux. Three Sailors reached double figures in scoring, led by sophomore Johnathan Pittman with 14 points....

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Spring Lake swimming team gets win over Holland

Spring Lake swim and dive team defeats Greater Muskegon co-op

LocalSportsJournal.com MUSKEGON - The Spring Lake boys swim and dive team wrapped up a grueling stretch with a strong win on Monday evening.  The Lakers claimed victory over the Greater Muskegon co-op swim and dive team, 96-70. "Given this brutal meet schedule over...

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Laird, Lynn lead Ludington past Grant

Laird, Lynn lead Ludington past Grant

LocalSportsJournal.com   LUDINGTON -- Keelyn Laird and Olivia Lynn combined for 29 points as the Ludington girls' basketball team continue to roll on. The Orioles won their fourth straight game with a 50-31 victory over visiting Grant in non-conference action Monday...

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Boutell, Hicks lead Hart to big win over Manistee

Boutell, Hicks lead Hart to big win over Manistee

LocalSportsJournal.com HART -- After a fast start, there was no doubt what the outcome was going to be as the Hart girls basketball team posted a convincing 72-31 non-conference victory over visiting Manistee on Monday night.   It was Hart's depth that flustered the...

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Shelby falls to Manistee Catholic Central

Shelby takes down visiting White Cloud in girls hoops

LocalSportsJournal.com SHELBY -- Biloxi Lee scored 11 points and hauled down 12 rebounds to lead the Shelby girls basketball team to a 35-29 victory over visiting White Cloud Monday night. It was a see-saw affair, with the Tigers taking a 6-2 lead at the end of the...

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Newaygo girls win in double overtime over Lakeview

Newaygo chalks up a victory over Orchard View in girls hoops

LocalSportsJournal.com   NEWAYGO--The Newaygo Lions girls' basketball team got their third win of the season on Monday night with a win over the visiting Orchard View Cardinals, 38-25.   Both offenses got off to slow starts in the first half which saw Newaygo get out...

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Mona Shores wrestlers compete at Unity Christian Invitational

Mona Shores wrestlers compete at Unity Christian Invitational

HUDSONVILLE - The Mona Shores wrestling team posted a sixth-place finish at the Unity Christian Invitational on Saturday.  The Sailors closed out the day with a score of 91. Mario Curiel (106), Aiden Suida-Cortes (113) and Gavyn Stout (157) earned third-place finishes...

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Shillinger scores 35 in Ludington overtime win over Traverse City Central

Ludington rallies against Petoskey, stays perfect at 11-0

LocalSportsJournal.com LUDINGTON -- A big fourth quarter lifted the Ludington boys basketball team to its 11th straight win, with a 56-48 non-conference victory over visiting Petoskey on Saturday afternoon. The Orioles jumped out in the opening quarter with an 18-11...

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Nash scores 27 in Jayhawks’ loss to North Central Michigan College

Jayhawk men get big win over Alpena Community College

LocalSportsJournal.com MUSKEGON--The Muskegon Community College men's basketball team snapped a two game losing streak on Saturday afternoon. The Jayhawks came up with a big win over Alpena Community College by a final score of 97-61. Injuries caused MCC to be without...

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Lady Jayhawks clobber North Central Michigan College

Lady Jayhawks cruise past Alpena Community College

LocalSportsJournal.com MUSKEGON--The Muskegon Community College Lady Jayhawks played their first conference game of the season Saturday afternoon and came away with a convincing 65-29 win over the Alpena Community College Lumberjacks in a Michigan Community College...

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Shelby falls to Manistee Catholic Central

Shelby boys get by Oakridge for fifth straight win

LocalSpoirtsJournal.com   SHELBY -- Three players scored in double figures Friday night as the Shelby boys basketball team won its fifth straight game, 62-56, over visiting Oakridge in a non-conference contest.   Oakridge never led after the Tigers gained a 12-7 edge...

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Hicks has a double-double to lead Hart past Montague

Hovey, Hicks lead Hart over Holton in hoops action

LocalSportsJournal.com   HART -- Holton's girls basketball team traveled to Hart for Friday night's West Michigan Conference Rivers Division matchup and gave the Pirates all they could handle in the first half.   The Pirates pulled away in the second half and rolled...

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North Muskegon girls hold on for win over Ravenna

North Muskegon girls hold on for win over Ravenna

LocalSportsJournal.com   NORTH MUSKEGON--If you were looking for a girls' basketball game to watch with a lot of offense on Friday night, North Muskegon was not the place to be.   North Muskegon and Ravenna combined for just 48 points.   North Muskegon eventually...

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Grant falls to Central Montcalm in Tuesday hoops action

Ashbaugh scores 20 to lead Grant girls past White Cloud

LocalSportsJournal.com WHITE CLOUD--The Grant Tigers girls basketball team fought off a pesky White Cloud Indians team on Friday, surviving with a 44-32 win. The game was played in the Central State Activities Association at White Cloud. Neither team mustered up much...

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