02-06-2020 Tri-City Area Sports

Coloma Press Box By Dave Vollrath

Coloma Comet boys lose at home, win on the road

On Tuesday, Jan. 28 Coloma boys basketball hosted Schoolcraft in the Comet gym. The Eagles who came in undefeated with a 10-0 record, left with their record still unblemished. Schoolcraft dominated the game, inside and out, and they went home with a 70-43 win over the Comets.

The Comets shooting kept them in the game in the first half, as they hit on six 3-pointers, and went into the locker room at halftime only down 33-30. The Eagles then held the Comets to 13 second half points, and ran out to a 49-35 lead after three quarters. They kept building that lead to 29, until Schoolcraft pulled their starters with 3:45 left in the game. Drew Goodline led Coloma with 11 points including three successes from 3-point land. Isaiah Reinhardt hit two 3’s and scored six points and Brandon Jacobs did the same.

The Comets then traveled to Martin on Friday night, Jan. 31 and came home with a hard fought win, 62-58. Coloma led for the entire first half, leading 11-9 after the first quarter and taking a 25-19 lead into the locker room at half time.

The second half belonged mostly to the Clippers who came out shooting and hitting their 3’s and took their first lead of the game at the 3:30 mark of the 3rd quarter. They finished the quarter leading 41-39.

In the fourth quarter the Comets outscored Martin, 23-16. Drew Goodline and Jake Ickes both hit big shots in the closing minutes, to keep the Clippers at bay. The game wasn’t decided until the final minute. It was a big road win for the Comets, as they didn’t fold in the face of a large and loud Martin Winter Homecoming crowd.

The Comets had three players score in double figures. Goodline led the way with 14 points, as he hit three from behind the 3-point arc. Ickes had his best game in several weeks as he put 11 points on the board, and hit a pair of 3’s. Brendon Jacobs also hit a pair of 3’s and scored 10 points. Grady Lauderdale scored six points with two from long range, and Isaiah Reinhardt also hit a trey for the Comets. The Comet boys will be hosting Fennville, Friday, Feb. 7.

Comet hoops girls lose a pair on the road

Coloma basketball coach Kim Swisher has her girls playing some really good basketball of late, but lost a pair of games on the road to Schoolcraft, 33-24, and at Martin also by nine points, 45-36. Coloma was in both of these games and competed very well against these teams who both have lost only one game on the season.

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Comets had a cold shooting night, but were able to hang with the Eagles even though they were scoreless in the first quarter and only trailed 6-0, and 15-3 at the half. Coloma managed to outscore Schoolcraft 15-6 in the 3rd quarter and only trailed by a score of 21-18. The Comets then went into another scoring drought in the 4th quarter, hitting no field goals but they were a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line.

Megan Koenigshof led the Comets as she was 6-6 from the charity stripe and added a 3-pointer to finish with nine points. Vanessa Crisenbery hit a pair of 3’s for six points and Marissa Sherburn also contributed a 3-pointer to the Comet scoring. Megan Neubecker led Coloma with seven rebounds and Amaria Echols added six boards.

On Friday, Jan. 31 Coloma started well against the Clippers of Martin. But with about 3:30 left in the 2nd quarter Megan Koenigshof, the Comet point guard and main ball handler, had to head to the bench after picking up her third foul. Coloma was leading 9-8 at the time Megan went out of the game, and Martin outscored the Comets the rest of the half and took a 20-12 lead into the locker room.

The Clippers started to pull away during the 3rd quarter building up a 15-point lead, but Coloma stayed with them hitting on several 3-pointers to keep the game within reach. The Comets pulled within five points during the 4th quarter, but couldn’t maintain that momentum and eventually fell by nine points. Megan Neubecker scored a team high 13 points and pulled down 12 boards. Marissa Sherburn scored 11 points and knocked down three treys, while Megan Koenigshof finished with seven points and Vanessa Crisenbery contributed seven rebounds.

First state bowling rankings come out, Comet boys and girls are in Top 5

The first state rankings for high school bowling in Michigan came out on Sunday Feb. 2. The Coloma girls have the No. 2 ranking in Division 3, and the Comet boys are No. 3 in Division 3. Both teams are undefeated in regular season matches.

On Monday, Jan. 27 the Coloma boys bowling team defeated Saugatuck 25-5 at Kelley’s bowl. Ryan Wilson had a high game of 223 while Nick Santarlas was a consistent 181 and 183, for a 364 total.

Coloma’s boys traveled to Parchment on Wednesday, Jan. 29 and continued their undefeated season by pounding out a 28-2 victory. Charlie Cullitan shot a 213 high game, Ryan Wilson had 175-208, and Damian Gomez shot 207-203, for a 410 series.

The Coloma girls team continued to add to the trophy case by bringing home the championship trophy from the Sturgis Trojans Invitational, where they competed on Sunday, Feb. 3. The tournament was comprised of two individual games and six baker games. The Comet girls were the second seed following the qualifying. The bracket play was head to head matches with two baker games and one individual game, and total pins deciding the winner. Coloma first defeated Bronson in the semi final, by a score of 1076-1041, and then beat the No. 1 seed, Coldwater, by a 1218-1141 score.

Coloma wrestles their way to 2 wins at home on Senior Night

The Coloma Comet wrestling team hosted four team dual matches on Wednesday, Jan. 29, the final appearance for the Comet seniors on the team on their home mat. They came away with a pair of victories. Coloma defeated Delton-Kellogg by a score of 48-36, and then beat Climax-Scotts/Martin by a score of 51-24.

DELATORRE PINS A CLIPPER… Alec DeLaTorre, Comet senior wrestler, pins his 152 pound opponent at the 5:12 mark as Coloma defeated the Martin Clippers, 51-24, Wednesday Jan. 29 in the Coloma gym. It was senior night and last home meet of the year for the Comets. (TCR photo by Dave Vollrath)

Winning for the Comets against Delton-Kellogg were Blaine Sutherland at 130 pounds with a .17 second pin; at 145 Seth McQuillan had a pin in 3:41; Ian Ishmael at 160 won with a pin in 2:13; and Caleb Ishmael at 112, had a pin in 1:20.

Wrestling for wins against Martin were 119-pounder Logan Furgeson with a 12-10 decision; Alec DeLaTorre with a pin at the 5:14 mark at 152 pounds; Ian Ishmael at 160 had a pin in 1:11; Travis Borr had a pin in 3:10 at 215 pounds; and Cole Alsup also had a pin in 1:11 wrestling at 285 pounds.

Coloma wrestled Saturday, Feb. 1 in the annual Berrien County meet in the St. Joe gym. They came away with three placers; two came home with individual 1st place medals.

Coming home a champion from the County meet was Ian Ishmael wrestling at 152 pounds. Ian was 3-0 on the day and defeated Trevor Winkle of South Haven in the championship match. Cole Alsup, the Comet 285-pounder, also was 3-0 on the day and defeated Wyatt Bailey of Dowagiac in the championship. Caeleb Ishmael won the 3rd place match, and finished 2-1 on the day.

Press Box Player of the Week

By John Oliphant

Tri-City Record Press Box Player of the Week for Feb. 6 is Cole Pline. Cole is a senior center on the Watervliet Panther varsity basketball team and recently stepped up his game when called upon to be the full-time big man for the last few weeks.

In that role he has become an enforcer under the basket, blocking shots and challenging everything that happens there, playing aggressively on the offense as well and leading the team in rebounds when he’s on the court.

Coach Dan Hoff said of Cole, “His rebounding and defensive intensity have been instrumental in the team’s success. He also has developed some crafty offensive skills around the basket. As a senior he has been very dependable and incredibly coachable.”

Cole also played on the varsity football team for two years and will be returning to the varsity baseball team this spring, where he plays several positions and pitches.

Pline carries an impressive 3.88 GPA, is the president of the WHS Student Council, and was also elected as the president of the WHS National Honor Society. He is ranked fifth academically in his class. His favorite subject is history, and after graduation he will attend Michigan State University and study computer science, ultimately becoming a software engineer. His favorite basketball memory is a double-overtime victory over Hartford his sophomore year.

Congratulations, Cole!

Watervliet Press Box by John Oliphant

Wrestlers finish SAC dual meets, perform well at county

The Watervliet Panther wrestling season is winding down to the big tournaments. Last week they completed the last of the season’s dual meets against SAC schools. On Wednesday, Jan. 29 they wrestled against Climax-Scotts/Martin and Delton Kellogg.

IT’S A PIN FOR PELTON… Trever Pelton of Watervliet turns Lakeshore’s Kyle Stampfly over for a pin with just two seconds left in their match at Saturday’s Greater Berrien County Wrestling tournament at St. Joseph High School. Trever went on to place second in the 119-pound weight class. (Photo courtesy of Robert Pelton)

Climax-Scotts/Martin is a co-op team made up of wrestlers from both schools that come together for practices and tournaments. Despite that, they were short a few wrestlers and the Panthers easily won the match 38-27. Getting wins were Isaiah Yazel at 160 with a 16-0 technical fall, Don Smith at 215 with a pin at 3:58, Royce Daugherty at heavyweight with a pin at 1:50, and Evan Orlando at 140 with a hard-fought 7-6 decision.

The Panthers faced many unknowns in the Delton Kellogg match as D-K doesn’t participate in the same tournaments as most other SAC schools. It turns out they have a solid team, beating the Panthers 48-21. Several matches were close but didn’t fall Watervliet’s way, and D-K has plenty of good wrestlers matching up to the Panthers. Getting wins were Jimmy Kolosowsky at 103 with a 7-1 decision, Trever Pelton at 119 with a 5:34 pin, and Nathan Isbrecht with a pin at 0:35 in his first action since an injury sidelined him last month.

The Greater Berrien County meet was held Saturday, Feb. 1 at the St. Joseph High School field house. This is probably the biggest and toughest meet of the year for smaller schools like Watervliet. Young wrestlers can get chewed up and swallowed at this meet, so teams have the option of sending those young wrestlers to the Friday night JV meet where they face appropriate competition and have a chance to win a match or two.

Coach Joe Isbrecht elected to take just four wrestlers to the big Saturday event. Senior Trever Pelton qualified for the 119-pound championship match where he ran into Lakeshore’s Aaron Lucio and lost to take the second place medal.

COUNTY MEDALS… The Watervliet varsity wrestling team had three members bringing home medals from the Greater Berrien County Wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 1. Pictured (from the left) are Don Smith, 5th place at 189, Trever Pelton, 2nd place at 119, and Isaiah Yazel, 4th place at 160. (Photo courtesy of Robert Pelton)

Isaiah Yazel wrestled well in a loaded 160-pound class and finished in fourth place. Don Smith won a consolation match to take fifth place at 189 pounds. Jimmy Kolosowsky was the fourth Panther wrestler at 103 pounds.

On Friday night the younger Panther wrestlers showed a glimpse of the future by bringing home several medals. Freshman Royce Daugherty won the heavyweight class, going 3-0 with three pins at 1:25, 0:20, and 0:58. Parker Lanning went 2-1 to take second place with pins at 0:58 and 0:56. Dominick Morrison also took second, going 2-1.

Nathan Isbrecht took third place, going 3-1 with pins at 0:30, 3:49, and 0:38. Thomas Morgan also took third place, going 1-1. Evan Orlando took fourth place, going 2-2 with pins at 0:29 and 1:46.

The team will be at Lawton on Saturday, Feb. 8 for the SAC Championship Tournament. The Division 3 individual state tournament begins February 15 with the district meet at Constantine. Due to the growth in WHS enrollment over the last couple years the team has moved up to Division 3 this season and will compete with bigger schools in the state tournaments.

Boys basketball back to full strength, loses a pair

The Watervliet Panther boys basketball team had the potential to be at full strength last week after a few guys had been out for a couple weeks, but the flu bug struck the Tri-City communities just as the team was ready to go with a full roster.

On Tuesday, Jan. 28 their never-ending road trip took them to Kalamazoo Christian to face the 6-3 Comets, where the Panthers lost 54-38. The Comets took a 13-8 lead into the second quarter, where they outscored the Panthers 20-10 to take a 44-31 lead into the half and cruised from there.

Evan Hutchins and Davis King led the scoring with nine points each. Danaveon Gilbert scored six, and Cole Pline scored five. Andrew Chisek scored three, while Brennan Bornas, Jordan Abney, and Dylan Lawson each scored two points.

On Friday, Jan. 31 the 4-8 Panthers went to Fennville to take on the 8-2 Blackhawks. They nearly pulled off the upset, but the Blackhawks outscored the Panthers in the final quarter to get the win, 50-48. The Panthers took a 17-8 lead early, and led 34-26 at the start of the last quarter. Despite playing very well most of the game the home court advantage proved too much to overcome.

Brennan Bornas was on fire, scoring a career-high 17 points. Davis King also had a strong night with 13 points. Kenny Russell scored eight, and Andrew Chisek scored five points. Danaveon Gilbert scored three and Cole Pline scored two.

The boys travel to Gobles on Friday, Feb. 7 and then to Buchanan on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Panther girls split a pair

The Lady Panthers opened the week at Lawrence, beating the Tigers 68-47 for their third win. The girls put up huge numbers to lead the game 46-28 at halftime. Coach Ken Dietz credited great ball movement coupled with good passing which allowed them to break down the Tiger’s zone defense.

Samantha Dietz led all scorers with 25 points, and Madison Flowers put up 13. Serena Reyna was hot from outside, hitting three three-pointers to finish with nine. Alexis Worley scored five points, and the trio of Adriyanna Winters, Madison Saunders, and Addison Riley scored four points each. Lilly Lefor scored two points.

Traveling with the boys on Friday night, the Lady Panthers also fell victim to a late and strong home court advantage, losing 51-50 in a game that was back and forth to the very end when the referees decided to take over. The freshmen duo of Dietz and Flowers again led the way, Samantha scoring 19 and Madison with 18 points. Winters scored four, and Riley scored three. Worley, Reyna, and Myah Hobson each scored two points.

The girls head to Gobles with the boys on Friday, and then host Martin on February 14.

Hartford boys basketball drops both weekly games, falls below .500

Last week, the Hartford Indian boys basketball team played two more key games, as they looked to battle their way back into the top half of the conference race. The Indians came into the week’s action sitting at 5-4 on the year, with their four losses being by eight points or less. This team has had its good points and has had their rough moments.

In their home game on Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Indians fell to a very tough and fast Cassopolis team, as they were defeated by the Rangers, 64-48. Cassopolis earned the point edge in each of the games four quarters. The Rangers led by three, 18-15, after a very competitive, and high scoring, opening quarter. Cassopolis extended their lead to seven points at halftime, 32-25, after outscoring Hartford, 14-10, in the second quarter. The Rangers then extended their lead to eleven points, 48-37, after three quarters, courtesy of a 16-12 scoring advantage, despite numerous Indian runs that got them back within single digits. Any hope Hartford had of winning disappeared in the fourth quarter, when Cassopolis outscored the Indians, 16-11, to put the game away.

The Indians had six players score in the game, but just one player managed to get into double figures. Aaron Sinclair led Hartford with 21 points, while Elijah Rodarte dropped in nine points in a losing effort. Other players that scored for the Indians were Elijah Ledesma and Dylan Voss (6 each), Kaden Johnson (4) and Tanner Kinchen (2).

In their game on Friday, Jan. 31 at Centreville, the Indians lost another heartbreaker, falling to the host Bulldogs, 62-58. The game was a seesaw affair from start-to-finish, with neither team gaining significant advantage with their leads. Centreville won the first quarter by three points, outscoring Hartford, 16-13, in the opening stanza. The Indians would shake the opening quarter off by outscoring the Bulldogs, 17-13, in the second, to grab a slim one point halftime lead, 30-29.

In concert with the entirety of the game, the second half was tight, with Centreville regaining a one point lead after three quarters, 44-43, courtesy of a 15-13 scoring advantage in the stanza. The fourth quarter saw the Indians stay close throughout, but an 18-15 scoring blitz by the Bulldogs sealed the deal, and earned them the victory.

Hartford managed to get three players in double figures, accounting for 50 of the team’s 58 points. Elijah Rodarte led all Indian scorers with 19 points, while Aaron Sinclair dropped in 18 points and Kaden Johnson added 13 points in the loss.

Hartford girls basketball remains above .500 despite 1-1 week

Last week, the Hartford Lady Indian Basketball team returned to a normal slate of business, with the team playing in two critical Southwest 10 Conference contests. The Lady Indians came into the week with a 6-4 record, and a position in the conference standings that would make them the “meat of the sandwich”. Despite their youth, the team has experienced success so far this year, and with the season winding down, they need to start playing their absolute best.

In their home game on Tuesday, Jan. 28 versus Cassopolis the Lady Indians earned their seventh win of the year defeating the Lady Rangers, 57-44. The first quarter saw visiting Cassopolis lead after the opening eight minutes, as they outscored Hartford, 11-8. The host Lady Indians responded however, by gaining a four point lead, 25-21, going into halftime thanks to a 17-10 scoring advantage in the second quarter. Hartford put the game on ice, basically, with one of their highest scoring eight minutes of the season in the third quarter, as they managed to outscore Cassopolis, 21-13, and extend their lead to 46-34, with eight minutes left. The Lady Indians managed to outscore the Lady Rangers, 11-10, in a competitive fourth quarter, to seal a key home victory.

Eight players scored for Hartford, with two players, both seniors, managing to end the game in double figures. Megan Nelson led the Lady Indians with 20 points, while Jaelyne Galvan added 14 points in the victory. Other players that scored for the Lady Indians were Vanessa DeLaRosa and Khashya McCoy (6 each), Alexis Snodgrass (4), Descenya Rodarte (3) and Sarah De-Diego and Abigail Lopez (2 points each).

In their game on Friday, Jan. 31 at Centreville, the Lady Indians lost to a very good and undefeated team, falling to the fifth-ranked Lady Bulldogs, 50-38. The game was a tale of two halves, with Centreville dominating the opening two quarters, and Hartford playing much more competitive in the final two quarters.

The Lady Bulldogs jumped out on top, 10-3, after the opening eight minutes, before extending their lead to 29-16 at halftime, thanks to a 19-13 scoring blitz in the second quarter. The Lady Indians however, never gave up and, at times, outplayed their opponent in the second half. Both teams managed to score 11 points in the third quarter, leaving Centreville with a 40-27 lead with eight minutes to go. The Lady Indians managed to win the final quarter, but only by a one point margin, 11-10, giving the home team a 12-point victory.

Seven players scored for Hartford in the loss. Jaelyne Galvan led the Lady Indians with nine points, while two players, Sarah De-Diego and Megan Nelson, tossed in seven points each. Other players that scored for the Lady Indians were Alexis Snodgrass (6), Vanessa DeLaRosa (4), Descenya Rodarte (3) and Gillian Kuehnle (2 points).

Hartford Competitive Cheer places 4th in SMCCC conference finals

Last week, the Hartford Indian Competitive Cheer schedule calmed down immensely, as they only competed in one competition. That competition, however, was a big one, as they competed in the SMCCC conference finals. In their previous three conference competitions, the ladies have done a solid job, but managed just 6th place finishes in each of them. With the postseason looming in the near future, it was time to put up some of their best numbers of the year.

In their conference finals competition, held on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Delton Kellogg, Hartford finished in 4th place, finishing with a total score of 631.1 points. Their highest score of the season thus far. The team finished round one with a total of 198.3 points, and came with no deduction in penalty points. The second round saw the team put together a performance worthy of 173.1 points, and for the second straight round, came with no deduction in penalty points. The third, and final, round, which is always the highest scoring round in a competition, saw the team score 259.7 points. It was the final result, thanks to no deduction in penalty points.

Hartford wrestling hosts senior night, splits in conference duals

Last week, the Hartford Indian Wrestling team returned to the mat for just one event. It was their final home meet of the season, and was “Senior Night”. Things have been looking up recently for the team, coming off a week that saw them win their first conference dual of the season and have a wrestler place at an individual tournament. With the season winding down, the team needs to be working hard if they plan to do well in district, and possibly regional, competition. In their lone event of the week, a pair of conference duals against Cassopolis and Decatur on Wednesday, Jan. 29, Hartford earned a split, and went 1-1 on the evening. In their first dual of the night, the Indians defeated Cassopolis, 54-18, before falling to Decatur, 52-10, in their second, and final, dual.

As always, GO INDIANS!