03-01-2018 Tri-City Area Sports

STATE SIXTH PLACE FINISHERS… The Misfits, a running club, comprised of Coloma High School athletes, took sixth place at the Michigan Indoor Track Series state finals at Saginaw Valley State University in the 4×200 meter relay. Members of the Misfits (from the left) are: Joshua Young, Derek Plitt, Sincere Taylor, and Caleb Ellis.

Six wrestlers vie for state titles at Ford Field

Six area wrestlers will hit the mat Friday, March 2 at Ford Field in the hopes of bringing home a state championship title.

In Division 3 competition, Coloma wrestlers Ian Ishmael, Cody Reese, Jamane Smith Jr., and Cole Alsup are set to compete in the Michigan High School Athletic Association finals. First round action begins March 2 following the Grand March when all state qualifiers parade around the mats.

Ishmael, a sophomore, holds a 41-10 record heading into competition. He will face Trevor Robinson, a junior from Shepherd in the 135 lb. weight class. Robinson is 39-3 and is a junior.

Teammate Cody Reese will look for a title in the 140 lb. division. The junior, who sports a 36-6 record, will tangle with Shelby’s Nick Felt. Felt, a junior, has a 47-4 record.

In the 189 lb. weight class, it will be Coloma senior Jamane Smith Jr. matching wits with Almont’s Austin Battani, a junior. Smith Jr., the regional champion, is undefeated (44-0), while Battani is 35-12.

Also bringing the heat for the Comets will be Cole Alsup in the heavyweight category. The sophomore holds a 44-10 record and will face Ovid-Elsie’s Zachary Morris, a senior. Morris is 38-1.

Watervliet will have two wrestlers representing Panther Nation at the state finals in Division 4 competition.

Sophomore Trever Pelton, wrestling in the 103 lb. weight class, will square off against Hudson’s Caden Natale, a freshman who has a 27-7 record. Pelton is 40-5.

In the 215 lb. weight class, Matt Melcher (41-8), a junior, will grapple with senior Thomas Miller of Lake City. Miller is 25-10.

Good luck to the super six as they compete at state!

Results from Monday’s district basketball games

SMITH TAKES A SHOT… Watervliet welcomed Gobles to the hard court Friday night and lost a tough battle 50-44. Here, Vicky Smith prepares to launch the ball and get the basket. Smith had two points and three steals for Watervliet. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

Two girls’ varsity district basketball games were on tap Monday, February 2