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 an