03-09-2017 Tri-City Area Sports

Boys’ district basketball opened Monday, March 3

District basketball for boys’ varsity teams began Monday, March 3 for Coloma, Hartford, and Watervliet.

Hartford faced Kalamazoo Christian at host Bloomingdale in Class C District 79 competition. The Indians suffered a 58-48 loss to end their season.

Watervliet took on Eau Claire in Class C District 65 play Monday. The Panthers won the first round game 60-46 and earned a trip to the district semi-final game Wednesday, March 8 against Cassopolis.

IT’S ACKERMAN, NOT “HACK-HIM-MAN”… Hart-ford’s Hunter Ackerman is fouled as he drives toward the basket Thursday in Gobles. The Indians took on the Tigers and, although Ackerman converted both free throws, Hartford lost 59-53. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

Coloma tangled with Buchanan on the court in Class B District 33 action. The Comets enjoyed the home court advantage as they are the host for the district tourney. Coloma needed two overtime periods to record a 56-55 victory over the pesky Bucks.  With the win Coloma moved on to the district semi-final game Wednesday against Benton Harbor.

Complete tournament action and stats will be available in next week’s Press Box column.

Coloma’s Smith places eighth at state

Coloma’s Jamane Smith enjoyed a successful run at Michigan High School Athletic Association’s state wrestling competition March 2 through 4 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.  Smith placed eighth in the state in the 189 lb. weight class.

Smith won his first match of the day on Thursday, March 2 by defeating Kyle Reinhart of Dundee in a 16-3 major decision.

Smith then lost 8-4 to Richmond’s Colton McKiernan. In the most exciting match of the day, Smith then took on Luke Henderson in a bout to end all bouts. Smith and Henderson battled through three tie-breaker periods before Smith won 3-2 in the ultimate tie-breaker period. Wow!

The victory earned Smith a spot on the mat against Rylee Schultz of Grant. Smith lost 5-4.

In his final match of the day, Smith wrestled for seventh place against Kris Roche of Frankenmuth. Roche took the 5-3 win and Smith walked out of the Palace with an eighth place finish in state competition.

Smith closes out his junior year of wrestling in fine form among the best in the state. Look for him to seek another state title next year!

Hartford girls end season with district semi-final loss to Bangor

Hartford opened up their Class C District 79 title hunt Monday, February 27 against Bloomingdale. The game ended 56-14 in Hartford’s favor, a relatively easy ball game for the Indians.

Hartford got on the board with nine points in the first period and allowed eight. In the second period, the Indian offense came alive, especially the shooting off the hands of Cora Wesaw. She scored 12 of her team’s 24 second-quarter points.

The Indian defense stifled Blooming