02-07-2019 Zach Goodline joins extremely elite company as he reaches the 2,000 career point total in

Zach Goodline joins extremely elite company as he reaches the 2,000 career point total in the Comets defeat of Martin!

By Dave Vollrath

Monday night Zach Goodline became only the third player in Southwest Michigan basketball history to score 2,000 points in a high school career. Playing in his fourth year of varsity basketball for the Comets, Zach has scored in every conceivable way. But it was simply a made free throw in the second half of Monday’s blowout over Martin that put the All State Senior guard from Coloma into some very elite company. He joins Richie Jordan of Fennville and Ryan Ross of Michigan Lutheran as the only players from Southwest Michigan to ever score 2,000 points in their high school basketball careers.

2,000… Coloma senior guard Zach Goodline drained a free throw Monday night late in the fourth quarter against Martin to tally 2,000 career points scored on the court. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

Richie Jordan scored a total of 2,210 points in his career at Fennville High School in the years spanning from 1962 to 1965, and Ryan Ross amassed a total of 2,192 points at Michigan Lutheran High School from 2005-2008. Additionally Jordan’s total ranks 12th in the state of Michigan scoring, and Ross ranks 15th all time in the state.

Zach is currently scoring at a clip of 30 points per game through the first 13 games of this season, so he could conceivably surpass the Jordan total and become the all time leader from our area before his season ends. Congratulations on this remarkable achievement, which certainly took a high degree of durability, determination, and dedication to your sport. We can’t wait to be a witness to what lies ahead.

In winning the game by a score of 78-48 the Comets avenge a very tough loss they suffered back in December in a game they had led by more than 20 points. Coming into the game Martin was ranked 7th in the state, boasting a record of 9-1, and was tied with Coloma for first place in the Lakeland Division of the SAC conference. Thanks to the win Coloma now stands in first place alone in the division.

Goodline finished the game with 31 points and also grabbed eight rebounds, six assists, and three steals in leading the Comets to the win. Zach’s younger brother Drew also had another big night as he scored 19 points of his own, including three from down town, and Phil Caldwell chipped in with 10 including one from behind the 3-point arc.

Coloma now owns a 9-4 record on the season, and 5-1 mark in the league.

Coloma Comet girls’ bowling team ranked #1 in the state

The first rankings for the year in Michigan bowling has the Comets from Coloma ranked number one in the state in Girls Division 3.

RANKED #1 IN STATE… Coloma girls’ bowling team (from the left) Front row – Ashley Ikerd, Emily Feldten, Paige Burgess, Carissa Richmond; Back row – Narelle Hickmon, Lainey Meader, Morgan Hosbein and Coach Carley Burrell are currently in first place in Michigan Girls Division 3 bowling. (Photo by A&A Sports Photography)

The team, coached by Carley Burrell, has been working very hard this season and came into the season with the number one goal of winning a state championship. The Comet squad has three seniors and four juniors. Most of them have been bowling together for at least three years, and the seniors all four years.

According to Coach Burrell they are hungry to win a state title that they had previously won in 2010. A team incidentally that was led by Carley as the senior anchor bowler. It is a rare happening indeed, for a player in any sport, to win a state high school championship and come back and lead that team to those same heights as the head coach.

Coach Burrell is now in her sixth year as coach of the Comet team. She says she could not be any prouder of her team which has a very solid lineup that consists of six girls who are all averaging over 160 per game on the season. Four of which have received all state honors in the past. They are currently undefeated on the season in league play, and recently won a large invitational tournament held in Battle Creek under the Baker scoring format.

This past weekend the girls also earned a hard fought second place finish in the Trojan Invitational held in Sturgis.

Listed are the team members and their averages on the season, including all games this season. Emily Feldten 177, Lainey Meader 175, Morgan Hosbein 161, Carissa Richmond 161, Ashley Ikerd 161, Narelle Hickmon 159, and Paige Burgess 134.

The girls and boys both bowl their home matches at Kelley’s Bowl in St. Joe.

Coloma wrestlers have big day and earn four individual crowns

The Coloma Comet Wrestling team hosted the SAC tournament on Saturday and had a huge day as they came away with four individual champions and also earned a fourth place finish in the team event.

As an added bonus, Coloma’s Cole Alsup earlier in the day earned the 100th win of his high school career. The Comet junior, competing at 285 pounds, saved the biggest win for the championship. He defeated River Fox from Schoolcraft, a long time rival, who had beaten Cole six times in the past.

Cole was extremely excited to get that monkey off his back. His coach concurred that this was the biggest win of his career. It was probably the match of the day as the two giants were pretty much at a standoff for the first two periods.

Cole entered the final two minutes with a 1-0 lead. The Comet garnered one more point for an escape, and then with the clock running down Cole was able to get Fox off his feet and wrapped him up for a pin just before the time ran out. The crowd and Cole’s team mates were tremendously enthusiastic for his victory, as everyone seemed to know how much that win meant to the big man.

Also winning, at 103 pounds, freshman Caeleb Ishmael had little trouble in defeating Andrew Colwell from Constantine by pinning him in just 1:34 of the first period. Ian Ishmael, the Comet 140-pound junior, also had little trouble in dispatching Carson Young from Martin by pin at 2:36. Finally, at 145 pounds, Cody Reese won by technical fall by a count of 15-0 at the 3:01 mark.

Also placing in the meet for the Comets was Alec DeLaTorre finishing in 4th in the 152-pound class, and Aaron Pounder finishing in 6th at 171. Dalton Turner finished in 4th place in the 189-pound class.

It was a great day for the Comets, their 3rd wrestler to pick up a 100th career win this season as they continue to build momentum for the big state meets on the horizon.

Tri-Cities schools are back in wake of the polar vortex

MINUS 7 ON MAIN STREET… The Hartford Fire Department sign displays a chilly 7 below zero at just 4:30 in the afternoon on Wednesday, Jan. 30 as the polar vortex unleashed its wrath of blowing snow and unprecedented low temperatures throughout the Tri-Cities. Red Arrow Highway was filled with bumper to bumper traffic rerouted from multiple closures of I-94. Within an hour after sunset, minus 14 was recorded in the City Hartford, while some area residents unofficially reported readings as low as minus 19, causing hundreds of business and school closings across Southwestern Michigan. (TCR photo by Jon Bisnett)

By Jon Bisnett

Monday morning February 4 found Coloma, Hartford, Watervliet and Grace Christian schools finally back in the classroom, on the heels of a full week off as the polar vortex roared through the area. With hundreds of schools and businesses shut down during the prior week, most Tri-City school officials thought they would get at least one day of classes in, but they did not! Friday looked good on paper for a school day, but the back roads were still down to one lane in many cases prompting administrators to remain closed for all four local schools.

State of Emergency

Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a State of Emergency late Monday with severe life-threatening weather advisories for Wednesday and Thursday predicting dangerous conditions. Signed into law early Tuesday was a State of Emergency which empowers the Governor with special access to agencies and funds in time of crisis.

Despite what you may have heard from your cousin on Facebook, the move by the Governor did NOT mandate that schools be closed. What follows is an excerpt from a communication from the Michigan Department of Education:

“Last night, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2019-1 to declare a State of Emergency in Michigan. While the Executive Order warns of the sub-zero temperatures descending upon Michigan over the next few days and coordinates the work of state agencies and local governments to respond to this emergency, the Executive Order does not call for the required closing of schools. That remains a decision by local school leaders.

“We certainly expect every school district to take the precautions it needs to ensure the health and safety of their students and staff during this weather emergency.

“If a school district chooses to cancel classes through this weather emergency, and it causes them to exceed the allowable six days of forgiven time as a result of conditions not within the control of school authorities, we’d like to remind districts that through Section 101 of the State School Aid Act (MCL 388.1701) – after the six allowable days have been exhausted – up to three additional days may be granted with the approval of the State Superintendent through a waiver commonly known as an ‘additional forgiven time waiver.’ Districts can make the request for the additional three days through the online waiver form.”

Days off scoreboard

Days thus far for the 2018-19 school year: Hartford – 9; Watervliet – 8; Grace Christian – 8; Coloma – 7.

All Tri-City schools now are over the state allotted six days of standard allowable forgiveness. Also, in the last few days an erroneous report by WSBT 22 has been making the rounds on social media stating that Michigan has given the schools an additional three days of forgiveness.

Not so – school districts must apply for the waiver by submitting documentation of that request to the State Superintendent. To date none have been granted a waiver as most are in the processing of applying at this time.

As long as we’re debunking social media, here’s two more.

“Where my cousin’s kids go, they just added one hour a day for the rest of the school year so they didn’t have to go extra days.” – Nope!

A new state law that went into effect with the 2016-17 school year requires both 180 days of instruction and a minimum of 1,098 instructional hours. Adding the hour each day is irrelevant unless 180 days is also attained.

“These poor kids are gonna’ have to go ‘til the 4th of July to make up all these days off!”

Probably not! School officials do know what they are doing and have some contingencies in place. Hartford currently plans the last day of school for a Tuesday. If the worst should happen, they add a Wednesday, maybe a Thursday, but not the doomsday scenario the uninformed fear. Also, the additional 3-day waiver has pretty good odds of being approved. Additionally, the Michigan Legislature has the power to trump all and grant additional forgiveness days if motivated to do so.

The bottom line is that all our local schools are over the built-in six days. Most likely they’ll get a waiver for up to three days. In all likelihood, our kids will still have the last day of school on time, maybe give or take a day.

If parents and students do want something to worry about, one would hope we don’t experience any additional days off during the remainder of February or March. It has happened in the past. Shall we all agree that for this winter, enough is enough?

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