As reported in the Press Box
By Kristy Noack
January 26, 2017 Tobar’s 16 points give Watervliet a triple overtime win The Watervliet Panthers won their first game of the 2017 season in a big way at Bangor. The squad turned in an epic performance to win the game 70-66 in three overtime periods. Watervliet led 16-6 after the first period. In the second round of eight minutes, the Bangor offense began to slice through the Watervliet defense. At intermission, Watervliet led 30-22. Watervliet’s offense was stymied by Bangor in the second half. At the end of regulation, the game was tied at 44 all. Both squads slowed the game’s momentum and played a more conservative game. The score was 51-51 at the conclusion of the first OT period. The Panthers trailed early in OT2, but Trent Boone knocked down a clutch 3-pointer. The second overtime period ended in a 60-60 tie. It was Watervliet’s Cam Rendo who hit the game sealing free throw, putting the Panthers just out of reach of Bangor’s last scoring attempt. Sheldon Tobar led Watervliet with 16 points. Dan Cluster scored 13. Rendo drilled 10 points, and Trent Boone scored nine points.
OTHER JANUARY SPORTS NEWS Sisters Ashley and Elaina Fogerty joined members of the Mid America Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team in the Presidential inaugural parade 14-Degree temperatures welcomed the participants of the Run, Frosty, Run 5K and 10K events AJ Jackson of Hartford basketball posted a double-double in the Indians 64-55 loss to Lawton Watervliet girls’ basketball improved to 4-0 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference after topping Gobles 42-39 Casie Gohr poured in 18 points and provided eight rebounds and three assists in the Panthers 53-22 win over Fennville Coloma’s Zach Goodline scored 33 points in Comets’ 61-52 victory over Saugatuck Watervliet’s Klayton Marshall takes first at Fruitport Legends Tournament in the 125 lb. weight class Coloma wrestlers Dylan LeClear, Harrison Spaulding, and Cody Reece undefeated against Schoolcraft and Bangor Trent McKinney Memorial wrestling meet featured teams from Fennville, Gobles, Hartford, and host Watervliet Hartford’s William Martinez lit up Lawrence for 30 points in a boys’ varsity basketball matchup Ariana Rowe of Watervliet’s varsity basketball team recorded her third double-double of the season in 63-34 Panther win Hartford scored a 55-41 win over Watervliet in annual Coaches vs. Cancer game Daun and Bud Pitcher, long-time volunteers with the Hartford Athletic Department, were honored by the school with an award for Outstanding Volunteer Service Katie Schultz scored 12 points in victory over South Haven Hannah Mathis scored 10 points in 39-31 Loss to Brandywine Watervliet’s Tyler Brant and Cam Rendo were named finalists for the MHSAA Scholar-Athlete award Coloma’s Ian Ishmael and Jamane Smith Jr. earn second place titles at Berrien County wrestling meet Watervliet gets 11th win with 43-34 lashing of Lawrence Austin Nelson scored 19 points in 65-56 loss to Gobles Coloma Girls’ varsity basketball stands in third place in the SAC – Lakeshore Division with a 6-4 overall record Goodline scored 36 points as Coloma streaks past Bangor
FEBRUARY 9, 2017 Watervliet’s Tyler Brant wins MHSAA Scholar-Athlete award Watervliet’s own Tyler Brant, a senior, has been selected as a winner of the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s $1,000 scholarship. Brant was one of six recipients in Class C competition to receive the award, which is sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance. Brant played varsity football for two years and holds two school records in that sport. He earned conference and All-State recognition for his football prowess. He also earned conference and All-State awards in baseball. Brant is a triple threat as he also plays on the basketball team. In his essay to MHSAA, Brant wrote, “The value I place on sportsmanship cannot be pinpointed to one specific person or game, but rather to a culmination of every practice and game experience throughout my life. I have been fortunate to have had numerous coaches who have always placed the qualities of sportsmanship – fairness, hard work, and handling every situation with dignity – above winning or losing.
OTHER FEBRUARY SPORTS NEWS Coloma’s Jamane Smith Jr. captured the Southwestern Athletic Conference crown in the 189 lb. weight class Watervliet whipped Coloma 42-22 in girls’ varsity basketball; Jaelyn Pitre led Watervliet with 15 points, all 3-pointers Hartford steals 48-45 win from Coloma; Jessica Cortes led Hartford with 12 points Coloma wallops Watervliet 54-36 in boys’ varsity basketball Logan Mizwicki nets 19 points as Watervliet sinks Saugatuck Coloma defeated Hartford 50-38 on strong second half performance Nine area wrestlers punched their ticket to individual regional competition Coloma’s varsity wrestling squad grappled their way to the team district title Wednesday, February 8 Kayla Yore scored 20 points as the Lady Comets fan Fennville 46-22 Coloma’s girls’ varsity bowling team is undefeated in the regular season and sits atop the Kalamazoo Valley Association Conference A 25-point Coloma fourth period could not overcome a frenzied Fennville attack as the Comets fell 60-57 Indians down Decatur 41-29 as AJ Jackson records double-double Lady Panthers maul Marcellus 42-33 and earn their 10th consecutive victory Senior Night a success for Watervliet as Panthers score 49-33 win over Marcellus Hartford’s Austin Nelson and William Martinez team up for 42 points in 67-65 loss to Saugatuck Hartford’s Amara Wesaw records triple-double in 58-39 sinking of Saugatuck Watervliet 52-38 win over Gobles led by James Bell, who scored 17 points Jamane Smith Jr. is headed to state wrestling competition for Coloma Goodline’s effort yields 40 of team’s 53 points but Comets suffer 60-53 loss to Saugatuck Hannah Mathis wows on the court with 17 points in Coloma’s 28-27 win over Berrien Springs Coloma’s girls’ varsity bowling squad is ranked #1 in the state; eight bowlers receive conference awards Watervliet girls’ basketball wins Southwestern Athletic Conference championship with 47-28 victory over Bangor Watervliet beats Bangor 82-50 as Sheldon Tobar and Daniel Cluster post double-doubles Coloma basketball back on track with impressive 63-45 win over Gobles Gobles girls frustrate Coloma in 50-24 win Grace Christian split a two-game home stand with a 25-20 victory over Eau Claire and 53-32 loss to Countryside Academy Coloma drops close contest to Constantine as Morgan Wagner scores 25 of team’s 45 points Hartford hit with 57-51 loss to Fennville on Senior Night Watervliet falls to Fennville 63-47; Mark Myers led the Panthers with 11 points Hartford foiled Fennville’s attempt at a win by clipping the Blackhawks 57-38 as AJ Jackson recorded her second double-double of the week The Watervliet boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams from 1992 were honored on the 25th anniversary of their impressive seasons. The boys’ team was the 1992 Red Arrow Conference champions, while the girls’ team was the 1992 district champions
March 9, 2017 Coloma’s Zach Goodline scores 1,000th career point as Comets bludgeon Bangor 73-28 Coloma’s Zach Goodline’s impressive play earned him his 1,000th point as Coloma creamed Bangor 73-28. Coloma is now 12-8 overall. Goodline scored 16 points for the Comets and was the team’s high scorer. According to Coloma head coach Paul Marfia, “After 41 games of his varsity career, (Goodline) has 1,015 points and unofficially about 187 assists and 96 steals. As far as our research could go back, he is the first 1,000 point scorer in Coloma boys’ history.
OTHER MARCH SPORTS NEWS Coloma’s Jamane Smith Jr. placed eighth in the MHSAA state wrestling finals; Smith wrestled in the 189 lb. weight class Hartford City Clerk RoxAnn Rodney-Isbrecht wins second consecutive Tri-City Record Armchair Quarterback championship with 121-42 record Hartford girls end season with district semi-final loss to Bangor 37-24 Lady Comets close out season with semi-final loss to Buchanan 42-34 Panther girls outpaced by Brandywine 40-26 in district opener Lady Patriots end season after district semi-final loss to Three Oaks River Valley by a score of 49-20 Hartford beats Galesburg-Augusta 61-44 as Austin Nelson, Will Martinez, and Brandon Galvan each scored double digits Kalamazoo Hackett press pesters Panthers in 71-46 Watervliet loss Coloma cruises to 64-42 victory over Decatur, gets 11th win of season Comets end basketball season after district semi-final loss to Benton Harbor 66-49 Watervliet loses double overtime semi-final district game to Cassopolis 69-65 Hartford suffered first round loss in district competition to Kalamazoo Christian 58-48 Watervliet romps over Eau Claire 60-46 in district opener Coloma wins district opener 56-55 over Buchanan in double overtime Newly crowned Blossomtime King Hunter Ackerman of Hartford and Queen Kaylee Chapin of Watervliet represent their schools as student-athletes Watervliet athletes Mercede Daugherty and Tyler Brant signed letters of intent to play softball and football, respectively, at Trine University Watervliet’s Travis Bolin reports for spring training at the Texas Rangers camp in Surprise, Arizona Coloma girls’ JV hoops team has phenomenal 20-0 undefeated season SAC All-Division and Honorable Mention award winners announced; Coloma’s Zach Goodline, Hartford’s Austin Nelson, and Watervliet’s Dan Cluster were named All-District First Team Watervliet’s Tyler Brant received the MHSAA Scholar-Athlete award; Brant was one of 32 $1,000 scholarship award winners Watervliet softball is seeking a golden season with eight returning letter winners Hartford Indians open baseball season with 4-1 loss to South Haven and 10-5 loss to Three Oaks Watervliet duffers are ready to hit the course Panther baseball key is versatility, says head coach Josh Tremblay Coloma softball scrimmaged Decatur in cold weather March 23 Abel Robles is the new coach of the girls’ varsity soccer squad Coloma’s girls’ varsity soccer squad scored 8-0 shutout of New Buffalo Watervliet girls’ soccer seeks balance between youth and experience Watervliet awards hoop stars as MVP was given to Sheldon Tobar and Most Improved Player was Mark Myers Hartford will rely on returning seniors Hunter Ackerman, Jake Griffith, Mike Boyd, and Berto Ibarra-Victoria to lead baseball squad Coloma baseball splits doubleheader with Dowagiac Watervliet track set for fast start as state qualifier Allie Pazera and division champion Vicky Smith return Coloma’s 800 meter relay team won first place with a time of 1:37.48 Lamarrius Smith took first place in the long jump, high jump, and as part of Watervliet’s 4×400 relay team at the Polar Bear Invitational First Team All-Conference Awards handed out for competitive cheer to Coloma’s Kiara Cole, Kathryn Pawluk, and Hannah Strunk and Hartford’s Janell Babcock and Brittney Smith Hartford boys’ track opens season with win over Decatur Hartford girls’ split track season opener by topping Decatur but falling to Gobles Coloma outdueled by Saugatuck but beats Fennville in track and field Jimmie Johnson wrangles first victory of 2017 NASCAR season with win at Texas Coloma girls’ varsity track 3200, 800, 400, and 1600 meter relay teams placed second in home opener Coloma track topped Bangor 87-45 and Hartford 97-36; Hartford beat Bangor 73-56 Amber Martin of Hartford’s track team, took first place in discus as Hartford beat Coloma 89-46 but lost to Bangor 86-53 Pitcher Hunter Ackerman led Hartford to two wins over Fennville Coloma softball shuts out and doubles up wins versus Watervliet, 5-0, 10-0 Coloma and Watervliet baseball split double header Hartford soccer records 8-0 loss to Delton Kellogg and 7-0 shutout of Cassopolis Hartford softball recorded four straight wins and outscored their opponents 47-10 Coloma lost 2-0 to Fennville on the soccer field Watervliet softball beats Brandywine, finishes in runner-up spot in Dowagiac Invitational Watervliet wins first place at Marcellus Relays and at home Comets drop a doubleheader to Buchanan 8-1, 3-1 as Dylan LeClear and Calvin Starnes took to the mound Panther baseball plays to 6-4 win over Brandywine and 3-3 tie due to darkness Hartford hosts track meet; Watervliet girls place 4th, boys take 8th Watervliet soccer splits weekly record with 9-0 loss to Kalamazoo Christian and 1-0 shutout of Berrien Springs Hartford softball crushes Saugatuck, beats Bangor Watervliet’s Logan Mizwicki hit a single and double in Watervliet’s first game against Fennville; the Panthers won 15-0 Coloma baseball won 11-2 and 9-1 over Gobles as Calvin Starnes and Mathew Kelley got wins Hartford soccer clipped Comstock 5-1 as Abigail Lopez scored two goals and had one assist Hartford’s Bob Johnson tossed a personal best distance of 101’ 7” in the discus at Fennville meet Watervliet’s Haydon Richards and Allen Chapin finished one-two in the 110 high hurdles at the Watervliet invitational against Coloma and Gobles Watervliet’s Jade Miller took first place in the 100 meters by running 13.73 seconds, 200 meters with a time of 28.73 seconds, and high jump Hartford beat Bangor twice on the diamond as Jake Griffith pitched a complete game one and led the Indians with four hits in game two Watervliet softball on fire with five wins in six games Karli McClendon, of Watervliet track, earned a third place bronze medal in discus at Edwardsburg Invitational Coloma hampers Hartford baseball with 6-2, 5-2 victories The Indians prevailed 6-2 on the soccer field over Watervliet as Hartford’s Abigail Lopez led the team with five goals Coloma’s varsity softball team cruised to two victories against Hartford as Skylar Crisenbery and Jaidyn Hutsell picked up the wins The Comets scored a 6-1 soccer win over Watervliet as Alyssa Bahr scored three goals Coloma boys’ track team took first place at 45th annual Watervliet relays Watervliet softball scored three shutouts in four games Watervliet duffer Matt Lambrecht shot a season low 46 as Watervliet took three of the top five places at Paw Paw Lake Golf Club in an outing against Coloma Watervliet track takes first at Saugatuck including Derrick Burkhart’s efforts in the shot put and discus Hartford soccer shut out Saugatuck 5-0 as keeper Sylvia Perry recorded four saves in the game and earned her first clean sheet Cam Rendo and Tommy Swanson pitched Watervliet to a 15-0 shutout of Bangor, with Rendo notching the win Jakob Aldrich struck out eight batters as Watervliet topped Bangor 11-2 CONTINUED NEXT WEEK Don’t miss any of this years exciting local sports news and photos…see Page 4 for subscription information!