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Photo provided by Josh Bell - Three Rivers freshman Anezka Pradna, left, keeps pace with a runner from Spring Lake during Friday’s Division 2 state finals race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
BROOKLYN — Three Rivers’ cross country program was represented well by its two freshman runners in Friday’s Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 state finals at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Freshman Anezka Pradna finished the 5,000-meter (3.1 mile) race in a time of...
Photo provided - Daniel Jackson from White Pigeon runs the football while Centreville’s Ethan Brownridge (50) pursues him in Friday’s district semifinals.
CENTREVILLE — It was the defensive battle everyone believed it would be. Southwest 10 Conference football rivals White Pigeon and Centreville met for the second time this season Friday with a trip to the Division 8 district finals at stake. The big crowd on hand didn’t leave disappointed as...
Commercial-News | Scott Hassinger - Kylie Roberts
CONSTANTINE — Constantine has had a long line of great kickers in its football program. But senior Kylie Roberts might be in a class of her own as the Falcons’ first female kicker. “Kylie is the only girl kicker we’ve had in the program during my 30 years here at Constantine,” said Constantine head...
Commercial-News | Scott Hassinger - Tyler Norton from Three Rivers smells victory as he kicks it in during the last quarter mile of Tuesday’s St. Joseph County cross country race in Sturgis.
STURGIS — Three Rivers’ boys’ cross country team ended its season on a high note by winning Tuesday’s St. Joseph County Meet at Sturgis. With nine runners in the Top 20, including seven that earned a spot on the All-County team, Three Rivers easily claimed first place with 20 points. Sturgis (56)...
THREE RIVERS — There was a three-way tie for first among our local prep football prognosticators in the first week of playoff games. Ollie The Optimist, Willie B. Wrong and Mae B. Wright all finished 8-1. Slim Pickens ended up 6-3. In the overall standings, Ollie is first at 59-9. Mae is second at...
Mendon senior halfback Jackson Crotser scores on a two-point conversion run in last week's playoff win over Cassopolis.
CENTREVILLE — Centreville starts its Division 8 state football title drive tonight with a district  semifinal rematch at home against fellow Southwest 10 Conference rival White Pigeon. Jerry Schultz’s Bulldogs, who won the SW10 title this season and finished its first unbeaten regular season since...
Commercial-News | Scott Hassinger - Anezka Pradna from Three Rivers lengthens her stride in Tuesday’s St. Joe County cross country meet at Sturgis.
BROOKLYN — A huge race like the Michigan High School Athletic Association cross country state finals can be intimidating, especially if you are a freshman for first-time qualifier. That situation won’t scare Three Rivers freshmen Anezka Pradna or Faith Sheagren any when they line up at the starting...
Commercial-News | Scott Hassinger - Anna Smith (8) from Mendon puts away a point with a kill against Athens.
MENDON — Athens’ volleyball coach Jacy Cole delivered a powerful pre-game speech to her team before the start of Thursday’s Division 4 district final. Cole’s team took her emotional speech to heart and used that energy to pull off a stunning 16-25, 25-23, 21-25, 17-25, 15-13 upset win over No. 1-...
MENDON — The No. 1-ranked and two-time defending state champion Mendon volleyball team defeated Tekonsha 25-7, 25-10, 25-9 Wednesday in the Division 4 district semifinals at Mendon. Mendon meets Athens, a 3-0 winner over Burr Oak in the other semifinal Wednesday, in today’s district championship...
Commercial-News | Scott Hassinger - Three Rivers junior outside hitter Lydia Jepsen (8) swings for a kill against Vicksburg.
VICKSBURG — Kali Heivilin was supposed to be going to Texas this weekend to compete in a softball tournament with her travel team. But the University of Alabama womens’ softball commit has had a slight change of plans. Heivilin and her Three Rivers volleyball teammates have a date in the Division...

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