01-26-2107 Athletes and sports events of 2016 revisted

Athletes and sports events of 2016 revisited

As reported in the Press Box

By Kristy Noack


The year in sports kicked off with the Saturday, January 2 Run, Frosty, Run event. The 5k run, 5k walk, and 10k run, which benefited the Watervliet Athletic Boosters, took off from North Elementary School with clear roads but chilly temperatures.

Watervliet girls’ varsity basketball’s inaugural holiday tournament was won by White Pigeon. They topped runner-up Hartford 40-34.

The Lady Comets of Coloma lost 51-26 to Buchanan. Morgan Wagner scored 11 points for Coloma.

Jordan Jobe earned his 100th win on the wrestling mat in mid-December at South Haven.

Watervliet wrestling claimed third place at the Berrien Springs invitational.  First place championships were won by Reese Jones, Jake Speck, Jordan Jobe, and David Curl.

Hartford’s Freddie Burtchett wrestled to a second place finish in the 119 lb. weight class at the Jim Wade Family Classic in Climax-Scotts.

Zach Goodline was named to the All-Tournament team at the Earl McKie Holiday Tournament in boys’ basketball. In Coloma’s opening game against Paw Paw, Goodline scored 28 points.

In their loss against Bridgman, Goodline and Caleb McDaniel led Coloma by scoring 11 points each.

The Tri-City Record Armchair Quarterback contest featured a three-way tie for first place. RoxAnn Rodney-Isbrecht, Greg Krell, and Tom Gear all held 105-47 records as the football season began to wane.

Hartford and Watervliet boys’ varsity basketball teams met up courtside in early January. Watervliet won 58-51 after an incredible matchup.  The Panthers were led by Matt Winter; he scored 18 points and had eight rebounds.  Hartford’s high scorer was Joe Cleary with 19 points.

Hartford topped Lawrence in girls’ basketball 48-40. The Indians were led by Tia Thomas, who scored eight points.

The Lady Comets lost 37-32 to Saugatuck after leading 16-15 at the half.

Coloma whipped Hartford wrestling 54-17 in Eau Claire. In one of the most exciting matches of the event, Hartford’s Freddie Burtchett and Coloma’s Hunter Mazigian battled in the 125 lb. weight class. Burtchett had led 10-2 after the second period but was pinned by Mazigian at 5:03.

At that same dual, Hartford beat Eau Claire and won 42-18. Coloma fought Marcellus and won 50-30.

The Coloma and Watervliet wrestling teams participated in the Fruitport tournament on January 9. Watervliet took second place; Coloma finished in 13th place.

Watervliet wrestlers had a bonanza of scoring against Fennville. The Panthers rolled to a 59-0 win after they pinned seven opponents in eight matches.

RoxAnn Rodney-Isbrecht claimed first place in the Tri-City Record Armchair Quarterback contest after posting a perfect 8-0 week.

Hartford wrestled in the Parchment Super Duals. The Indians lost 42-30 to New Buffalo and 48-30 to Central Montcalm.  In a difficult outing against Schoolcraft, Hartford lost 72-12.

Coloma basketball was outdueled in their game against Saugatuck 62-55. Skyler Brown scored 10 points for Coloma.

Watervliet struggled with turnovers in their game against South Haven and went on to post a 70-34 loss.  Stuart Yates led Watervliet with 11 points. He went a perfect four for four from the charity stripe.

The Hartford Indians faced Fennville in girls’ basketball action and won 56-47. Mariah Mireles was the Indians’ high scorer with 14 points. She grabbed four steals.

A rough second period for Coloma allowed opponent Gobles to run away with the ball game, 51-38; Caleb McDaniel and Tevon Blazier scored four points each for Coloma.

Gobles gobbled up the girls’ varsity team from Coloma 53-19. Coloma scored three points in the first period.  Kelly Walter, Hannah Mathis, and Kayla Yore chipped in three points each for the Comets.

The Coloma wrestling squad traveled to Decatur for a Southwestern Athletic Conference quad against Decatur and Constantine. Coloma lost 65-18 to Decatur. Sergio Hernandez, Jamane Smith, and Dylan LeClear won their contested matches. Coloma also fell to Constantine 51-30.

Hartford wrestling was bested by Bloomingdale and Bangor s