02-14-2019 Tri-City Area Sports

Coloma Comet wrestle their way to third straight team district title

The Coloma Comet wrestling team, due to a variety of circumstances have been unsure from week to week on how their team would be able perform in their team matches. However on Thursday, Feb. 7 in hosting the state team district, they were not going to give away the crown they have won the last two years without a fight.

Coach Kenny Ashley said he had a good feeling about the previous two years, going into the district, but this year was more of a guessing game. His team came through in a big way in first defeating South Haven in the semi finals by a score of 44-36, and then had to fight off a tough Buchanan squad in winning in the finals, 45-33.

The Comets 14-13 on the season, will be hosting the Division 3 Regional tournament, weather permitting, Wednesday, Feb. 13 beginning at 6 p.m. Coloma will face Otsego in one semifinal, and Dowagiac takes on Comstock in the other match. Results were not available as of press time.

Winning for the Comets in contested matches in the finals against the Bucks were, Dillon Clemons at 119 by pin at 1:01, Ian Ishmael at 140 by pin at 1:25, Alex DeLaTorre 160 by pin at 1:19. Wrestling at 171, Aaron Pounders won by pin in 1:59; at 189, Dalton Turner won a 5-2 decision, and finally at 285, Cole Alsup won by pin at 1:45.

Winning members of the Comet squad in the semi finals versus the Rams, Caeleb Ishmael at 103 won by pin at 1:01; Ian Ishmael won a major decision at 140 pounds by a count of 14-5. At 145 Cody Reese won by pin at 3:15, Mike Case at 152 also won a major decision, 15-1. Alec DeLaTorre won by pin at 2:25 wrestling at 160 pounds, and Cole Alsup won by pin at 285 pounds in 1:18.

Coloma Comet Basketball teams split 2 games vs. Saugatuck amid the Snowcoming festivities

The Comet boys improved their overall record to 10-4, and moved to 6-1 in the Lakeshore Division by overwhelming Saugatuck Friday night by a score of 87-30. It was the second blowout win of the season against the Indians for the Coloma boys as they had defeated them earlier in the season 75-26.

The Comets led at halftime by a score of 41-12, and entering the fourth quarter with a 70-28 lead, that final stanza was played with a merciful running clock. Coloma’s All State guard Zach Goodline didn’t lead the Comets in scoring but did fill up the stat chart and almost had a triple double, as he scored 17 points, pulled down eight rebounds, handed out 10 assists, and stole the ball six times. Phillip Caldwell had a big game scoring in leading the Comets with 25 points, and knocking down seven from 3-point land. Drew Goodline followed him closely with 23 points, including four long range bombs. Kenny Crowder had seven points, and Michael Dancer and Isaiah Reinhardt each chipped in with six points.

The Comet girls didn’t fare quite as well as the boys as they fell to the Lady Indians by a final score of 59-35. Megan Neubecker led Coloma with nine points and she also garnered eight rebounds and had five steals. Mia Cole and Vanessa Crisenbery each had eight points for the Comets. Kelsey Ellis had deuces wild as she had two each of points, rebounds, assists, and steals on the night.

Following their Friday night win, the Comets boys were right back on their home court again Saturday afternoon, for a make-up contest with Lawton that was frozen out a week or so ago. With Lawton coming in fresh and rested, it took a little time for Coloma to put them away, as the Comets led by only nine at the half.

According to Coach Paul Marfia, the Comet seniors stepped it up in the second half and led the charge as Coloma eventually cruised to a 75-49 victory. Zach Goodline led the Comets in scoring with 32 points, and also handed out 10 assists and grabbed eight rebounds. Coloma also had eight other players put points up on the board, as Phillip Caldwell had nine, Drew Goodline and Michael Dancer also had nine. Kenny Crowder and Isaiah Reinhardt each chipped in with six points.

The Comets move to 11-4 on the season. After starting the year at 1-3, have come back strong winning