02-28-2019 Tri-City Area Sports

Andrews resigns varsity football head coach position after 13 years

On Monday afternoon Coach Jeremy Andrews gathered his football team in his classroom at Watervliet High School. Early meetings aren’t unusual, but this one was called to let them know he was resigning as their coach to take a job as the offensive coordinator for the Lakeshore Lancers football program.

EAD COACH… Jeremy Andrews steps down at WHS. Coach Andrews had 13 successful seasons as a Watervliet Panther.

The announcement shocked the students, and they came out of the meeting texting their friends and parents who were just as shocked. Most parents saw Andrews as a sure thing to rebuild the Panthers and return them to the playoffs in a couple years.

Andrews compiled an 87-47 record in his 13 years as the head varsity football coach at Watervliet, with a third of those losses coming in his first and last seasons. In an unprecedented string of success at Watervliet his teams won three district championships and earned trips to the playoffs eight times. Under his leadership the team won eight conference titles and had two undefeated regular seasons.

Andrews brought the Panthers a high flying spread offense, designed to score early and score often. It worked, and every offensive school record is held by one of his players. The Panther offense became a scoring machine, typically averaging around 50 points a game, often scoring 28 points in the first quarter. He has a hill to climb as he joins a Lakeshore team that scored 91 points during the entire 2018 season.

Andrews says that his family was a big factor in the decision to move. He has young children and switching to an assistant position gives him a lot more time to be a part of their lives. He will remain a teacher at Watervliet.

Asked for a comment, Jeremy said:

“To all Watervliet players (current and former), parents, and community members: “Stepping down as your head coach is one of the hardest things I have ever done. I have done it for so long it has become a part of who I am. These last 13 years have been full of great memories, great relationships, and great people. The players and coaches I have been fortunate enough to work with have made an indelible impression on my life. I hope to have made a positive impact on theirs as well. While I will no longer be the head football coach at Watervliet High School, the relationships and memories will live on.

“We were fortunate to have had quite a bit of success over these past 13 years. We could not have done it without a supportive administration, parents who supported the program, coaches who did all that I asked (and more), and of course players who bought in and gave everything they had. While I’m proud of what we accomplished, I’m more proud that we did it the right way. We followed the rules, hopefully got better as people, and I think made our school and community proud.

“Thank you to the entire community for being such great supporters of mine and of the Watervliet Football program over the years. It has truly been one of the great experiences of my life.”

Thank you Coach and good luck!

Lady Panthers fall to South Haven

The Watervliet girls’ basketball team hosted South Haven on Monday, February 18 and came out on the losing end 46-30.

The girls fell behind 14-6 in the first quarter, and despite playing good defense they hit just one basket in the second quarter and trailed at the half 22-8. They saved their best shooting for the final quarter when they scored 14 points, but the Rams kept pace and the Panthers weren’t able to make up any ground before time expired.

Celina Klimkiewicz and Victoria Smith led the scoring with six points each. Emma Yazel and Ally Pazera scored five points apiece. Sabrina Klimkiewicz scored four points. Serena Reyna scored three points, and Brittney Porphir scored one point.

This week’s play includes a rescheduled Senior Night on Monday, Feb. 25, when they host Lake Michigan