Forrester takes second at SW10 Conference tournament
Hartford’s Jared Forrester may be disappointed with his finish Saturday in the Southwest 10 conference wrestling tournament, but the young man turned in a fine performance. Forrester finished in second place in the 103 lb. weight class. He was the highest Hartford finisher at the event. Teammate Tye Phillips finished fourth in the 112 lb. class. James Terry, also an Indian, finished fourth in the 189 lb. class. Hartford finished with 45 points in seventh place. Mendon won the event with 182.5 points. Coloma’s Ishmael and Smith, Watervliet’s Marshall and Melcher claim championship at SAC wrestling tourney Four individual champions were crowned Saturday, February 3 at the Southwestern Athletic Conference wresting tournament hosted at Coloma. Ian Ishmael wrestled to a first place finish for the Comets in the 135 lb. weight class. Jamane Smith Jr., who was 35-0 prior to tournament action, kept his undefeated streak intact. He reigned supreme in the 189 lb. weight class. Watervliet’s Klayton Marshall finished first in the 130 lb. weight class. In the 215 lb. division, Matt Melcher won the championship. Coloma’s Blane Sutherland (112 lbs.) and Cody Reece (140 lbs.) and Watervliet’s Trever Pelton (103 lbs.) and Logan Swigart (189 lbs.) finished in second place. Finishing third at the event were Coloma’s Shane Champion (125 lbs.) and Cole Alsup (heavyweight). Fourth place finishes were earned by Coloma’s Michael Case (152 lbs.), and Watervliet’s Dillon Clemons (112 lbs.), and Alex Isbrecht (119 lbs.). Noah Mart (130 lbs.) and Brandon Sutherland (171 lbs.) took fifth place. Coloma’s Aaron Pounders (160 lbs.), and Watervliet’s Corbin Camp (125 lbs.) and Coby Henslee (140 lbs.) finished sixth. Coloma ended the tournament with 158 points, good for third place. Watervliet ended the event in fifth place with 127 points. Yore scores 19 in win over Martin Kayla Yore had the magic touch Friday, February 2 as the Coloma girls’ varsity basketball team earned a road win against Martin 39-33. Yore scored 19 of Coloma’s 39 points, including three 3-pointers; she was perfect from the charity stripe, landing two shots. Coloma opened with a nine-point first period but trailed Martin 11-9 after the opening eight minutes. The Comets squad landed just four field goals in the second period for eight points. However, the Comet defense pressured Martin and limited their scoring to five points. At the half, the score was Coloma 17, Martin 16. It was a breakout third for the Comets. Hannah Mathis, Yore, and Morgan Wagner accounted for the team’s 13 points scored. The Comet defense continued to work, and Martin got on the board with only six points. Following the conclusion of three quarters the score was Coloma 30, Martin 22. In the fourth period, the Comets scored nine points and were four of five from the foul line. Martin tried a late game rally with 11 points but fell short of overtaking Coloma. At the buzzer, the score showed a Comet win: 39-33. Martin suffered 16 turnovers in the contest.
RACKING UP THE WINS… Coloma captured the Sturgis Invitational championship Saturday by defeating Battle Creek Pennfield and Coldwater. The squad remains undefeated on the season. Pictured (from the left): Back row – Emily Feldten, Lainey Meader, Narelle Hickmon, Coach Carley Burrell, Ashley Ikerd; Front row – Carissa Richmond, Morgan Hosbein, and Paige Burgess.
Watervliet loses road game in Fennville A brutal first period spelled doom for the Panthers of Watervliet in their basketball game against Fennville on Friday, February 2. The Blackhawks scored 18 points in the first period, as Watervliet just could not get their offense started. The Panthers scored six points and trailed after the first period. The pace of the game slowed dramatically in the second period. Both squads scored nine points each, and the 12-point deficit remained for Watervliet. At intermission, Fennville led 27-15. A pep talk by Panther head coach Chris Prom must have been what the team needed. In the third quarter, Watervliet raced up and down the court and, for the first time all game, outscored Fennville 17-13 to cut the lead to eight points: 40-32. But, the Blackhawks offense proved too much for the Panthers to tame. Fennville scored 19 points in the fourth period and held Watervliet to four. The win went Fennville’s way: 59-36. The loss dropped the Panthers to 7-5 overall and 5-3 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference – Lakeshore Division. Dan Cluster continued to be strong on the floor. He scored 12 points. Jakob Aldrich dropped in eight points for the Panthers. Ackerman scores 22 points but Hartford suffers 68-64 loss to Marcellus Hartford traveled to Marcellus Friday, February 2 for a little hard court action. Unfortunately, for the Indians, the home team proved a bit too hard to handle as Marcellus eked out a 68-64 victory. Talk about a battle on the basketball court! The squads combined for 35 points, with Marcellus earning the 19-16 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Hartford’s offense swooped into overdrive in quarter two, as the Indians scored 21 points and virtually shut down Marcellus. The home team scored 10 points, and Hartford rallied for the lead: 37-29. In the third period, Marcellus outscored Hartford 18-11 and trailed by one. Hartford 48, Marcellus 47. Unfortunately, the Indians came up short in the fourth quarter but it wasn’t because they gave up. The squad battled back and forth bucket for bucket, but Marcellus’ 21 points proved too many to overcome. Hartford came up a bit short with 16 points and took the 68-64 loss on the chin. Trey Ackerman had a heck of a night. He led the Indians with 22 points. Aaron Sinclair added 14 points, and Garrod Johnson tallied 12. Brandon Galvan scored nine points. Coloma strolls to easy 80-31 win over Martin as Goodline scores 30 Coloma’s Zach Goodline continues to improve and impress and Friday’s game against Martin was no different. The junior guard sank eight 3-pointers and scored 30 points in the team’s 80-31 win over Martin. Goodline scored 16 first quarter points after the Comets took a 28-8 lead. In the second period, Coloma added 19 points while holding Martin to seven points. At the half, Coloma led 47-15. The second half continued in the same vein for both squads. Coloma added 22 points in the third period and 11 in the final eight minutes. Martin added 16 second-half points and fell to undefeated Coloma 80-31. Coloma’s Chris Brown scored 13 points, including eight in the first period and two 3-pointers. Willie Donald chipped in seven points. Levi Wilkens added six points and Phillip Caldwell contributed five. Michael Dancer and Adam Hearn each scored four points. Brendan Lute dropped a 3-pointer. Bryton Fitzgerald scored two points.