Panther wrestlers perform well at SAC meet
The Panther wrestling team participated in the SAC meet at Coloma on Saturday, Feb. 2. Long layoffs don’t typically bode well for wrestling teams because they count on practices to not only get ready but to burn calories and pounds, but after five consecutive snow days and no practices the team performed well, earning six medals and finishing sixth in team points, just a couple behind Lawton.
SAC WATERVLIET WRESTLING RUNNERS-UP… Matt Melcher and Trever Pelton of Watervliet’s varsity wrestling squad were top finishers on the team Saturday in the Southwestern Athletic Conference meet hosted by Coloma. Melcher, a senior, finished second in the 215 lb. weight class and is 27-3 on the season. Pelton is a junior and came in second, holding a 30-5 record this season; he wrestles in the 112 lb. weight class. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)
Leading the way was Matt Melcher (27-4) in the 215-pound bracket, going 2-1 on the day and finishing in second place. Matt won his first match with a pin at 0:57 and lost a close championship match, 4-2.
Trever Pelton (29-6) went 1-1 on the day in the 112-pound bracket, losing only the championship match. Trever now sits at 99 career wins.
Don Smith (17-10) went 3-1 on the day in the 189-pound bracket, including a pin at 4:13 in the third-place match.
Alex Isbrecht (26-13) also took third place in the 125-pound bracket, going 2-1 and winning his last match on a pin at 4:21.
Nathan Isbrecht (22-13) took third place in the 119-pound bracket, winning his last match with a pin at 3:09.
Jordan Angelo (7-13) won just one match in the 135-pound bracket, but it was enough to propel him into the third-place match, where he lost and ended up taking a fourth place medal.
Isaiah Yazel (27-17) ended up in the toughest bracket of the entire tournament at 152 pounds, but came away 2-2 including pins at 0:59, and 0:27 in his fifth place match.
Other wrestlers collecting wins on the day were Coby Henslee (19-21) and Santi Wilkinson (10-14).
The Panther wrestlers now begin their playoff season, beginning Saturday, Feb. 9 with the individual districts at Lawton.
Boys’ basketball hosts Gobles
The Panther Boys Basketball team couldn’t overcome another slow start as they fell to the Gobles Tigers, 77-61, on Friday, Feb. 1. After spotting the Tigers a 21-8 lead in the first quarter they played solid defense and nearly matched the Tigers in points the rest of the way. The Tigers brought their outside shooting game, hitting 12 three-point shots to account for nearly half of their total points. The Tigers’ Brady Brunell was dominant at center, blocking seven shots and scoring 11 points in the paint.
The Panthers hit a season-high eight three-pointers. Andrew Chisek led all scorers with 21, including two three-pointers and several layups after figuring out how to avoid the long arms of Brunell underneath.
Danaveon Gilbert scored 11 with three from beyond the arc. Cole Pline scored a season-high seven points off the bench, and Kenny Russell also scored seven. Omar Cardoso scored five points, Kade VanNeil scored four, Kris Lenox scored three, JayShawn Scruggs scored two, and Curtis White scored a point.
Their next game is Friday, Feb. 8 at Martin, when they take on the 9-1 Clippers.
Girls Basketball falls to Gobles
The Lady Panthers hosted the undefeated Gobles Tigers on Friday, Feb. 1. The weather kept the girls from any practice activity the entire week and it showed. The Tigers won 71-18 on a combination of several hot shooting Tiger hands and the Panthers inability to put the ball in the hoop.
The Tigers jumped out to a 23-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back as the Panthers scored a total of two points in the first and third quarters. The Panthers fall to 0-7 in the SAC Lakeshore division and 2-9 overall. <