02-15-2018 Tri-City Area Sports

11 area wrestlers headed to MHSAA individual regional competition

The Michigan High School Athletic Association held individual district wrestling competition Saturday, February 10 with 11 area athletes moving on to regional competition.

In Division 3, Coloma wrestlers hit the mat at host Constantine. Four Comet wrestlers grappled their way on to regionals, and two walked away as district champions.

COMET WRESTLING CHAMPIONS… The Coloma varsity wrestling team won the team district championship Thursday, Feb. 8. The squad beat Benton Harbor 54-27 before soaring past South Haven 54-19 in Division 3 competition.


Jamane Smith Jr. continued his ruling of the wrestling roost as he not only earned his 100th career win but was the 189 lb. champion. Also nabbing a district championship title was Cody Reece in the 140 lb. weight class.

Ian Ishmael finished in second place in the 135 lb. class.  Cole Alsup earned a trip to regional competition after he finished fourth in the heavyweight class.

All four athletes will compete at Fremont on Saturday.

Hartford and Watervliet wrestlers participated in Division 4 individual district competition at Bloomingdale.

Hartford’s Jared Foerster took fourth in the 103 lb. weight class and punched his ticket to regionals.

Six grapplers from Watervliet will join him at Carson City this Saturday for regionals.

Matt Melcher (heavyweight) won a district title crown as he finished in first place.

WRESTLING PRIDE… The Watervliet varsity wrestling squad won the Division 4 district wrestling tournament Thursday, Feb. 8. The tourney, hosted at Watervliet, saw the Panthers beat Bangor 48-27 and level Lawrence 60-18 to win the championship. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


Trever Pelton and Anthony Wade took second place in the 103 and 160 lb. weight classes, respectively.

Alex Isbrecht, Klayton Marshall, and Dylan Lynch made their way to fourth place finishes in the 119, 135, and 152 lb. weight classes, respectively.

Good luck to all 11 wrestlers this Saturday!

Hartford prevails over Panthers 68-65

After a slow start to their season, the Hartford Indians have really hit their stride of late. The Indians welcomed Red Arrow Highway foe Watervliet for a varsity basketball matchup.

Things looked good for Hartford early, as the team scored 24 points in the first period. At one point, the Indians led by 10 points.  The first period ended with Hartford holding a 24-18 lead.

Watervliet roared back into the game in the second period, outscoring their rivals 19-14 and shrinking the Indian lead to 38-37.

The Panther defense stepped up in the third period as they held Hartford to seven points. Watervliet posted 11 and took control of the game, holdi