03-14-2019 Tri-City Area Sports

12-2 SEASON… Watervliet 7th grade basketball girls white team ended the season on a great note Saturday, March 2, 2019, taking second in the Comstock tournament. The girls had a fabulous season with a record of 12-2. In the photo (from the left) are: Back row – Coach Nicol Wildeman, Kennedy Warren, Olivia Camp, Chelsea Lange, Ellie Wildeman, Alyssa Brown; Front row – Dezi Warren, Anya Sexton, Aleah Sexton, Makena Edelberg, Riley Preston.

Press Box Player of the Week!

By John Oliphant

Our Press Box Player of the Week is Watervliet’s Elaine Koshar.

Elaine just completed her career on the Watervliet girls’ basketball team Friday night in the district championship game against Brandywine. She finished her final season with a bang, scoring 21 points against Bangor in the first game of the tournament, helping to propel the Panthers into the district finals.

Elaine was the linchpin of the Panther offense, playing center and getting banged around under the basket all season long. She also handled the tip-off duties for the team.

She’s been playing basketball since the third grade, and also played on the Panther volleyball team, where she led the team in kills and blocks.

She says the best advice she’s received from a coach was to play as hard as you can for as long as you can.

Elaine ended the season with 155 points and 167 rebounds. She shot 41% from the field and 65% from the line. She also had games of 17 and 16 points, and her top rebounding game was 14.

Coach Ken Dietz said, “Elaine expected a lot from herself each and every day. This drove her to be successful. I enjoyed and appreciated her effort and dedication to what we were trying to accomplish this year.”

The Panthers had a tough year with just four wins, but Elaine was upbeat about her team and their final season together: “We may not have won a lot, but our team played our hearts out every day. We got to the district championship game, which is something not a lot of teams can say. It wasn’t the season we wanted but seeing my teammates every day was worth it.”

Elaine’s favorite class is Biochemistry, and after graduation she plans to attend Michigan State University to major in Animal Science and then attend veterinary school. Meanwhile, she plans to enjoy the rest of her senior year at Watervliet High School.

Congratulations, Elaine!

Coloma Press Box By Dave Vollrath

Coloma girls lose heartbreaker to Berrien Springs, 42-41 in overtime

The Coloma Comet girls’ basketball team had their dreams of a first ever district championship end in heartbreaking fashion as they took Berrien Springs to overtime, but eventually fell by a f