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Ty Langlois lifts Mona Shores in 6-5 OT win over Byron Center

Ty Langlois lifts Mona Shores in 6-5 OT win over Byron Center

LocalSportsJournal.com The Mona Shores hockey team came into the weekend with a 4-0 record and fresh off an exciting 3-0 shutout of Forest Hills Central on Wednesday. Saturday, the Sailors faced visiting Byron Central for a 10 a.m. puck drop, and came out clean with a...

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Fourth quarter leads Montague past Oakridge in WMC matchup

Fourth quarter leads Montague past Oakridge in WMC matchup

LocalSportsJournl.com The Montague girl’s basketball team used a strong fourth quarter performance to grab at 52-35 win over the visiting Oakridge Eagles on Friday. The Wildcats outscored the Eagles 22-12 in the fourth quarter to seal the victory which was also a West...

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Whitehall builds big lead, holds off Ravenna in WMC opener

Whitehall builds big lead, holds off Ravenna in WMC opener

LocalSportsJournal.com The Whitehall girls basketball team notched their first win of the season with a 39-31 West Michigan Conference victory over a pesky Ravenna squad on Friday. The Vikings were wide open the minute they stepped on the court, drumming up a big...

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Zoulek tallies double-double in Shelby win over North Muskegon

Shelby girls struggle in second half, fall to Newaygo 47-26

LocalSportsJournal.com A rough second half buried the Shelby girls basketball team in its 47-26 non-conference loss to Newaygo on Tuesday. The Tigers built a 10-4 lead after the first quarter and led 19-18 at halftime. But a seven-point second half performance was not...

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Ravenna offense struggles in girls hoops loss to Coopersville

Ravenna offense struggles in girls hoops loss to Coopersville

LocalSportsJournal.com It was a rocky start to the season for the Ravenna girl’s basketball team as they fell to visiting Coopersville, 31-20 on Tuesday. The Bulldogs came out flat, scoring six points by halftime and trailing 18-6. Though the Ravenna defense held the...

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Orioles coast in season opener with 48-11 win over Benzie Central

Ludington’s Peyton LaCombe signs with Michigan Tech

By Greg Gielczyk LocalSportsJournal.com LUDINGTON -- He was playing travel ball with the Grand Rapids Storm when Ludington senior Peyton LaCombe caught the attention of Michigan Tech's men's basketball head coach Josh Buettner. Saginaw Valley State also offered him,...

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Mona Shores hockey tops Lowell 9-1, continues play against Grand Haven on Friday

Mona Shores defeats Caledonia in hockey 9-1

LocalSportsJournal.com The Mona Shores Sailor’s hockey team opened up O-K Green Conference action on Wednesday night with a bang piling it on Caledonia and finishing with a 9-1 victory at home. The Sailors bombarded the Scots’ net with Trent Benedict leading the way...

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Lakeshore Badgers get first win of the 2021-2022 hockey season

Lakeshore Badgers get first win of the 2021-2022 hockey season

By Greg Gielczyk LocalSportsJournal.com SCOTTVILLE -- Despite their recurring problem with penalties, especially in the second period, the Lakeshore Badgers co-op ice hockey team skated to their first win of the season Wednesday night, beating East Kentwood, 5-2 at...

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A year without Ford Field magnifies our past football glory

A year without Ford Field magnifies our past football glory

By Tom Kendra LocalSportsJournal.com Rumor has it there are some high school football games being played this weekend at Ford Field in Detroit. But without any Muskegon-area teams taking part in the festivities, it’s like Christmas without snow, Easter without eggs or...

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Lakeshore Badgers get first win of the 2021-2022 hockey season

Lakeshore Badgers fall in season opener to Southgate Anderson

LocalSportsJournal TAWAS -- With only 11 skaters, and one goalie, the Lakeshore Badgers co-op ice hockey team needs to play a clean game if they hope to have any success. That didn't happen Friday night when the Badgers dropped the puck on the 2021-22 regular season...

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Jayhwks Soccer Season ends with 1-0 loss in semi-final round

Jayhwks Soccer Season ends with 1-0 loss in semi-final round

LocalSportsJournal Though the season didn’t end the way they would have liked, the Jayhawks women’s soccer team really proved they are as strong as they have been, On Friday MCC fell to the number one seed Heartland 1-0 in the semi-final of the NJCAA national...

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Fighting Freedom – The Gift of Mobility after a stroke

Fighting Freedom – The Gift of Mobility after a stroke

By Kristi Lynn LocalSportsJournal.com They say that life can change in an instant. And when it does, in the most tragic and unexpected way, it’s difficult. Sometimes it’s so overwhelming you want to give up. But you may just discover it’s easier to tackle adversity...

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Proof In Print Muskegon Heights 1992 Football Season

Proof In Print Muskegon Heights 1992 Football Season

By Ron Pesch LocalSportsJournal.com Cinque Moody, now known as Mr. Moody, Dean of Students within the Grand Rapids Public School District, laughs as he explains his desire to replace newspaper clippings lost over time. They detailed his prep days at Muskegon Heights....

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One big family: Coach Tony Annese’s Story

One big family: Coach Tony Annese’s Story

By Tom Kendra LocalSportsJournal Tony Annese hates excuses. On a recent 38-degree day in Big Rapids, the veteran coach heard some mumbling about the cold weather, so he decided to address the topic as his team huddled around him after practice on Top Taggart Field....

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Shower of Champions Coach Hankwitz’s Career

Shower of Champions Coach Hankwitz’s Career

By Greg Gielczyk LocalSportsJournal.com Mike Hankwitz received a Gatorade bath after he coached his last game as defensive coordinator for the University of Northwestern after a 13-year run. That, and his 400th career victory accumulated over a 51-year career as an...

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Whitehall comes up short in 24-14 loss to Cadillac

Whitehall comes up short in 24-14 loss to Cadillac

By Greg Gielczyk LocalSportsJournal CADILLAC - Whitehall's football team saw its season come to an end Friday night when Cadillac pulled out a 24-14 victory to win the Division 4 district championship at War Memorial Stadium in Cadillac. Whitehall finished the season...

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Kent City tops Ravenna, moves into district finals

Kent City tops Ravenna, moves into district finals

LocalSportsJournal.com The Kent City volleyball team downed the Ravenna Bulldogs on Wednesday in the district semifinals. The Eagles breezed by the Bulldogs in three games with scores of 25-12, 25-5 and 25-11. Leading for the Eagles was Lexie Bowers with 11 digs, nine...

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Hart volleyball season ends with loss to Shelby

Hart volleyball season ends with loss to Shelby

LocalSportsJournal.com The Hart Pirates volleyball team took a tough 3-0 loss in the district semifinals to the Shelby Tigers on Wednesday. The Pirates fell with scores of 25-11, 25-9 and 25-10. Leading for the Pirates was Kloe Klotz with three digs and two aces,...

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Ludington falls to Cadillac in volleyball districts

Ludington falls to Cadillac in volleyball districts

By Greg Gielczyk LocalSportsJournal.com MANISTEE - In the end Ludington's youth couldn't match up against Cadillac's experience, and that was the telling point in Wednesday night's MHSAA Division 2 girls volleyball district tournament in Manistee. But the Orioles...

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Area cross country teams take high hopes into state final meet

Area cross country teams take high hopes into state final meet

By Greg Gielczyk LocalSportsJournal.com Anything can happen once you get to the state championship meet. At least that’s what several area cross country teams are counting on Saturday when the regional champions, and other top finisher, convene for the final meet of...

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Holton defeats Mason County Central in girls volleyball action

Holton defeats Mason County Central in girls volleyball action

LocalSportsJournal.com HOLTON - Holton suffered from a case of nerves to start Monday night's MHSAA Division 3 district quarterfinal match against Mason County Central and trailed 11-1 in the first set. But the Red Devils quickly recovered, overcame that deficit and...

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Norder leads Grand Haven boys to regional cross country title

Norder leads Grand Haven boys to regional cross country title

LocalSportsJournal.com Allendale - Grand Haven is sending both its boys and girls cross country teams to the MHSAA Division 1 state championship meet. The boys, led by regional champion Seth Norder, captured the team title while the girls are going to state based on...

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Fremont coach Somers named cross country coach of the year

Fremont coach Somers named cross country coach of the year

LocalSportsJournal.com Cliff Somers has developed a strong cross country program at Fremont High School. That includes a boys team that won the conference championship this season. On the eve of the regional meets, the Michigan High School Athletic Coaches Association...

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Montague takes care of Central Montcalm 41-7

Montague takes care of Central Montcalm 41-7

LocalSportsJournal Montague punched its ticket into the Division 6 district championship game next week with a resounding 41-7 victory over Central Montcalm on Friday night at Montague. While it was close early, with Central Montcalm actually tying the score at 7-7,...

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Grant season comes to an end with a 36-14 loss to Tri-County

Grant season comes to an end with a 36-14 loss to Tri-County

LocalSportsJournal.com After a fast start, the Grant Tigers sputtered on offense and Howard City Tri-County went on a roll to finish with a 36-14 victory in a MHSAA district semifinal football game Friday night at Tri-County. The Tigers appeared poised to advance to...

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Fruitport Comes up short in 42-35 loss to Cadillac

Fruitport Comes up short in 42-35 loss to Cadillac

By Marc Vieau Cadillac News CADILLAC — They're still playing. That's maybe the best that can be said. And at this point of the season, maybe that's all that matters. Cadillac survived a pesky Fruitport team, 42-35, in an MHSAA Division 4 football pre-district contest...

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Greater Muskegon co-op girls swim team finishes in fifth at O-K Rainbow meet

Greater Muskegon girls co-op swim team falls to Zeeland

LocalSportsJournal.com The Greater Muskegon Co-op girls swim team took a 103-83 loss to Zeeland on Tuesday. The Turtles swam to 21 personal bests on the day and the meet set the team up for next week's O-K RAinbow tournament. “It was a great team effort and a great...

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North Muskegon travels to Montague volleyball quad, goes 2-1

North Muskegon travels to Montague volleyball quad, goes 2-1

LocalSportsJournal.com North Muskegon travelled to Montague for a quad on Wednesday and finished 2-1. The Norse defeated Ludington (25-14, 25-23, 23-25), fell to Grandville Calvin Christian in a close match (23-25, 25-22, 25-18) and finished up with a solid win over...

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Montague volleyball goes 2-1 at home quad

Montague volleyball goes 2-1 at home quad

LocalSportsJournal.com The Montague Volleyball team went 2-1 on Wednesday at a home quad match against North Muskegon, Ludington and Grandville Calvin Christian. The Wildcats opened against North Muskegon but fell 25-17, 18-25, and 25-18. In the second match they...

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Western Michigan Christian captures Lakes 8 volleyball title

Western Michigan Christian captures Lakes 8 volleyball title

LocalSportsJournal.com Western Michigan Christian volleyball secured the Lakes 8 title on Saturday with a sweep of Orchard View and Ludington. The Warriors topped OV 25-15, 25-18 and 25-5 while breezing past Ludington 25-7, 25-10 and 25-16. Kyala Wiersema led the...

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Grand Haven lands two players on OK-Red first team in soccer

Grand Haven lands two players on OK-Red first team in soccer

LocalSportsJournal.com League champion East Kentwood captured the OK Red boys soccer title with a 10-1-2 record. Grand Haven, the area’s lone OK Red member, finished fifth. Final standings 1, East Kentwood. 2, tie, Rockford and Holland West Ottawa. 4, Caledonia. 5,...

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Ludington lands three golfers on Lakes 8 all-conference team

Ludington lands three golfers on Lakes 8 all-conference team

LocalSportsJournal.com Ludington put three girls on the Lakes 8 All-Conference team. League champion Ludington All-Conference First team Emma McKinley, sophomore, Ludington; Mackenzie Sarto, senior, Ludington; Sophia Sarto, junior, Ludington; Zoe Vanderstelt, Muskegon...

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Four Sailors land on OK Green tennis all-league team

Four Sailors land on OK Green tennis all-league team

LocalSportsJournal.com The Mona Shores Sailors were crowned the OK Green tennis champs with a narrow 14-12 victory over Holland. Final standings 1, Mona Shores (6-0). 2, Holland (5-1). 3, Zeeland West. 4, Reeths-Puffer. 5, Zeeland East. 6, Grand Rapids Union. 7,...

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Hesperia upends Shelby in the battle of winless teams 34-20

Hesperia upends Shelby in the battle of winless teams 34-20

by Craig Beilfuss Local SportsJournal.com The visiting Hesperia Panthers finished on a high note Friday evening, as they outlasted the Shelby Tigers in a hard fought 34-20 win. It was the most offensive production of the long season for the youthful Shelby Tigers,...

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Grand Haven lands five players on OK Red honors football team, including three on first team

First quarter sets Grand Haven back against Rockford

Local SportsJournal.com Ryan Francis found the end zone but that was all that Grand Haven would score in a 28-6 loss to Rockford. Rockford ambushed Grand Haven out of the gate, taking a 21-0 first-quarter lead. Francis’ touchdown came in the third quarter as he ran...

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Roberson, Konecny lead Mona Shores in 49-0 win over Wyoming

Roberson, Konecny lead Mona Shores in 49-0 win over Wyoming

Local SportsJournal.com Demetri Roberson had a 70-yard interception return touchdown and an 80-yard touchdown catch to lead Mona Shores to a 49-0 win over Wyoming. Roberson finished with two catches for 88 yards while quarterback Mark Konecny was 6 of 9 passing for...

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First quarter hurts Whitehall in loss to Reed City

First quarter hurts Whitehall in loss to Reed City

Local SportsJournal.com The Reed City Coyotes jumped out to a nine-point first quarter lead and forced Whitehall to play catch up all evening as Reed City beat the Vikings 38-28. The ground game was essential for both teams as the Coyotes rushed for 268 yards on 50...

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Fremont’s Fall of 1957…. A Year to Remember

Fremont’s Fall of 1957…. A Year to Remember

by Ron Pesch LocalSportsJournal.com After 60 plus years of additional living, memories can become hazy. For some of the participants, the events of Fremont’s undefeated football season in the fall of 1957 have been reduced to brief highlights and snippets of...

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