02-08-2018 Athletes and sports events of 2017 revisted

As reported in the Press Box By Kristy Noack Continued from last week…

SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 Coloma shell shocks Constantine in stunning shutout upset If there was any game this season that a Coloma win would solidify their status as the team to watch, Friday’s game against Constantine was it. Prior to the September 22 game, both teams were 3-1, with Constantine’s only loss coming at the hands of Homer. And it was no blow out. The Falcons lost that game by two points. Constantine had put up at least 34 points each game against their opponents. Coloma knew they faced an uphill battle from the get-go. But get and go is exactly what Coloma did. The varsity football squad got the ball and got into the end zone repeatedly against the Falcons. And, the Comet defense shuttered all attempts by Constantine to score. It was a heck of a ball game and proved that Coloma’s success on the gridiron is not fleeting. Coloma’s first score of the game was a 19-yard run by Zack Lake. Comet kicker Derek Plitt hoofed the PAT and Coloma led 7-0 in the first quarter. Coloma quarterback Zack Goodline was five of six for 91 yards and one TD. He rushed nine times for 43 yards. Coloma head coach Joe Stephens commented after the game, “We had a good night. It’s not just the way we beat them, it’s the way they played disciplined tonight. We didn’t just win tonight. We played good, clean football. We played Coloma football.”

OTHER SEPTEMBER SPORTS NEWS Coloma celebrates second victory of the season with a 40-20 win over Fennville. Zack Pickens and Bryant Kieft made a winning combination in the Panthers’ 52-26 victory over Maple City Glen Lake. After winning two consecutive games this season, Hartford suffered their first loss after being topped 41-14 by Mendon. Hartford girls’ varsity cross country team placed third in the Teske Invitational. Gus Hinch led Panthers to second place at the Teske Invitational while Hartford finished sixth. Nick Blackmer’s Hartford varsity soccer squad scored a 5-3 road win at Bloomingdale and shut out South Haven 1-0. Coloma volleyball won the Climax-Scotts tourney and outlasted Lawton. Watervliet volleyball falls to Kalamazoo Hackett and Delton Kellogg. Hartford Indians improved to 9-8 after a three-game sweep of New Buffalo. Coloma competes at Fennville Invitational as Adiel Granados finished 10th with a time of 19:01. SAC Jamboree yields fourth place finish for Coloma boys’ cross country team. Indian football improved to 3-1 in SW10 after 28-18 win over Marcellus. Comet football soars to 3-1 after 34-0 shutout of Martin. Watervliet football captures perfect 4-0 record after 54-6 Gobles Tiger thrashing. Hartford girls’ trekkers take second at Mendon with Adrianna Morseau in 12th place. Indian soccer finished the week with a 1-1-1 record after losing to Cassopolis, shutting out 8-0, and tying with Kalamazoo Hackett. Coloma volleyball outplayed Gobles 25-14, 25-21, 25-22. The Watervliet varsity volleyball team manhandled Martin winning three games to one. Hartford volleyball hosted Eau Claire and won three games. Watervliet’s varsity football team improved to a perfect 5-0 this season after they clobbered Kalamazoo United 52-34 at home. It took four complete quarters but the Hartford Indians football team got the job done, improved to 4-1 this season, and beat SW10 conference foe Decatur 39-28. Panther boys’ varsity cross country team finished third at the Bangor Invitational with 62 points. Marisol Robles finished fourth overall as the Hartford girls’ cross country team placed second at Bangor Invitational. Inaugural SW10 jamboree hosted at Bangor as Hartford boys finished fifth and the girls took fourth. Coloma cross country teams sweep ninth place at Buchanan Invitational. Coloma took seventh in Schoolcraft Invitational as Emma Vandermolen led the Comets across the finish line. Indian soccer fans had plenty to cheer about as Hartford scored three victories in three games and supported veterans by participating in the SW10 Patriot games. Coloma volleyball crushed Martin in three games 25-6, 25-13, 25-15. Hartford volleyball has wicked week on the road with losses to Mendon and Marcellus. Watervliet’s hardworking volleyball squad earns win over Lawrence. Watervliet football remains perfect and is playoff-bound after trouncing Delton Kellogg 58-44. Indians are one step closer to playoffs; now 5-1 on season after 21-14 win over White Pigeon. Coloma football disappointed in 28-27 loss to Kalamazoo United; fall to 4-2 for season. Watervliet earned 122 points for fifth place, while Coloma took seventh place with 179 points at the Berrien County Cross Country Invitational. Coloma volleyball digs in for wins over Kalamazoo Hackett and Galesburg Augusta. Hartford soccer nets 8-3 win over Bloomingdale, 3-0 shutout of Cassopolis. Comets lose soccer battle to Fennville 4-1 and Vicksburg 8-1. Jessica Cortes led Hartford volleyball with four aces, four kills, and 24 digs in 3-0 loss to Decatur. Watervliet played host to SAC Jamboree #2; Coloma girls finished ninth. Watervliet’s volleyball squad traveled to Saugatuck and won 3-2.

HE IS A CHAMPION… Coloma tennis star Luis Sanchez claimed Division 4 regional champion honors in singles tennis on October 12.

OCTOBER 26, 2017 Hartford soccer claims Division 3 district championship Hartford soccer continues its winning ways, this time achieving the 2017 Division 4 district championship hosted at New Buffalo. Hartford faced Lake Michigan Catholic on October 17 in Benton Harbor and won 5-1. With the victory, Hartford moved on in the tourney and faced Michigan Lutheran in the district semi-final match. The Indians made quick work of ML as they scored two goals in the third three minutes of play. In the end, Hartford shut out Lutheran 8-0 to earn a spot in the championship game. Hartford’s defense was in fine form on October 21 against Bridgman. The squad limited the Bees to just one shot on goal all night. Hartford, on the other hand, had plenty of time in front of the ball and Bridgman net. Williams Martinez scored all three Hartford goals in the 3-0 blanking of the Bees. Hartford had 16 shots on goal. “I am the luckiest coach because I have wonderful kids. Talent-wise they are as good as any team [Hartford] has had,” Hartford head coach Nick Blackmer stated.

OTHER OCTOBER SPORTS NEWS Panthers pummel Constantine 68-24; remain perfect 7-0. Coloma’s Jamane Smith Jr. scampered eight yards for the Comets’ final TD of the night in a 32-7 win over Schoolcraft. Portage Invitational provides strong competition for area cross country teams. Watervliet volleyball’s effort in the Comstock Invitational yielded losses to Bridgman and Decatur and Portage Northern and win over Kalamazoo Hackett. Hartford soccer duels with Paw Paw to 0-0 tie. Indians volley to 3-0 loss to Centreville. Comets of Coloma lost 9-1 to Kalamazoo Hackett on the soccer field. SW10 cross country jamboree meet #2 held at Decatur. Panthers volley