Scott Novak, Author at Leader Publications

High school basketball

Chieftains fall to Lawton 54-27

A slow start spelled doom for the Dowagiac girls basketball team Tuesday night. Read more

by Scott Novak, Wednesday, December 8, 2021 1:19 pm

College football

Nine Big Ten teams garner bowl bids

Nine Big Ten schools were selected for bowl competition on Sunday, highlighted by invitations to College Football Playoff bowls for Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Monday, December 6, 2021 1:04 pm

girls basketball

Second half rally comes up short for Dowagiac

DOWAGIAC —It was a tale of two halves for the Dowagiac girls basketball team against visiting Paw Paw Thursday night. In their Wolverine Conference opener, ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Thursday, December 2, 2021 10:49 pm

High school basketball

Niles holds off late rally to beat South Haven

With one of its top players sitting on the bench having fouled out, host Niles had to hold off a fourth-quarter rally by South Haven ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Wednesday, December 1, 2021 12:35 pm

High school basketball

Bobcats open with 20-point win over New Buffalo

Ellie Knapp scored a game-high 21 points to lead visiting Brandywine to a 60-40 BCS Athletic Conference non-division girls basketball game Tuesday night. Read more

by Scott Novak, Wednesday, December 1, 2021 12:08 pm

College football

Kelly leaves Notre Dame for LSU

What started as a buzz on social media Monday afternoon turned into a full-blown roar as darkness fell across Michiana and word got out that ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Tuesday, November 30, 2021 3:38 pm

High school football

Brandywine’s Nate retires after 40 years of coaching

After 40 years of coaching, the last 13 of which came at Brandywine High School, Mike Nate announced his retirement Monday morning. Read more

by Scott Novak, Monday, November 29, 2021 2:06 pm

Dowagiac HS

Accolades a plenty: Niles volleyball reaping the rewards of a great season

When you have the type of season that the Niles volleyball team did, the awards are sure to follow. Read more

by Scott Novak, Tuesday, November 23, 2021 2:45 pm

High school football

Unity Christian ends Edwardsburg run in semifinals

There was no debating who was the best football team when No. 3-ranked Hudsonville Unity Christian defeated No. 2-ranked Edwardsburg 58-8 in the Division 2 ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Monday, November 22, 2021 9:39 am

High school sports

Column: What a year it has been for the Eddies

It has been quite a 2021 for the Edwardsburg football team. Read more

by Scott Novak, Sunday, November 21, 2021 7:42 pm

High school football

PHOTO GALLERY: Division 4 state semifinals

For the second time in 10 months, the Edwardsburg football team had its dreams of being the Division 4 state champions dashed in the semifinal ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Sunday, November 21, 2021 7:39 am

High school sports

St. Joseph’s Guzzo, two others win Bush Award

St. Joseph’s Kevin Guzzo, Birmingham Groves’ Thomas Flynn and Bay City Western’s Michael Thayer are leaders of Michigan high school athletic programs who have put ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Thursday, November 18, 2021 2:00 pm

High school football

Something has to give Saturday in Division 4 semifinals

Two of the highest-scoring teams in the state of Michigan are set to square off at Portage Northern High School, with a trip to the ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Thursday, November 18, 2021 1:30 pm

Running

Thanksgiving Day Run registration tops 1,000 participants

With just under a week remaining to register for the 40th annual YMCA of Greater Michiana’s annual Thanksgiving Day Run, registration numbers have topped the ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Thursday, November 18, 2021 12:42 pm

high school volleyball

Niles state title run ends in quarterfinals

The dream of winning a Division 2 state volleyball championship for the Niles Vikings ended with a 3-0 loss to three-time defending champion Grand Rapids ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 4:54 pm

High school sports

Column: Niles volleyball shows everyone what it is made of

There is nothing more bittersweet in sports than when a season comes to an end. Read more

by Scott Novak, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 3:54 pm

high school volleyball

PHOTO GALLERY: Division 2 Volleyball Quarterfinals

The state title run for the No. 6-ranked Niles volleyball team came to an end Tuesday night at the hands of the three-time defending state ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Tuesday, November 16, 2021 11:23 pm

High school baseball

Buchanan’s Hoover signs with Broncos

Senior right-handed pitcher Matthew Hoover has signed a national letter of intent to continue his education and baseball career at Western Michigan University. Read more

by Scott Novak, Tuesday, November 16, 2021 12:04 pm

high school volleyball

Niles faces tall task in state quarterfinals

Niles has a big hurdle to overcome on the road to Battle Creek and the Division 2 Volleyball Finals. Read more

by Scott Novak, Monday, November 15, 2021 12:51 pm

high school volleyball

Niles sweeps Wildcats for second regional title

For just the second time in school history, the Niles volleyball team captured a regional championship. Read more

by Scott Novak, Friday, November 12, 2021 1:23 pm

Collegiate cross country

Roadrunners looking to make history in Virginia

For the first time in 26 years, the Southwestern Michigan College men’s cross country team will seek a top 10 finish at the National Junior ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Friday, November 12, 2021 12:33 pm

high school volleyball

PHOTO GALLERY: Niles wins Division 2 Regional title

For the second time in school history, the Niles volleyball team captured a regional championship Thursday night. Read more

by Scott Novak, Thursday, November 11, 2021 9:26 pm

High school football

Eddies ready for Sailors in rematch of region finals

The last time Edwardsburg and Grand Rapids South Christian met on a football field it was in January. Read more

by Scott Novak, Wednesday, November 10, 2021 4:00 pm

high school volleyball

Vikings gearing up for Wildcats

Hard work and dedication will hopefully pay off for the No. 6-ranked Niles volleyball team in its Division 2 Regional championship match at Vicksburg High ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Wednesday, November 10, 2021 3:43 pm

high school volleyball

Niles sweeps Otsego to advance to regional championship match

Perhaps the Michigan High School Athletic Association should consider renaming the Division 2 Volleyball Regional the Wolverine Conference Classic. Read more

by Scott Novak, Wednesday, November 10, 2021 12:21 am

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