03-26-2020 Tri-City Area Sports

FISH ON… or not? Cory Chaloupka from Lawton spent the first morning after Governor Whitmer’s Stay-At-Home order fishing near the kayak launch at the Paw Paw River County Park in Watervliet. The sun was shining and the birds were enjoying this bright morning, while anglers a plenty fished the banks, respecting the social distancing order also. (TCR photo by Amy Loshbough)

Coloma Press Box By Dave Vollrath

Spring sports still on holding pattern

As we delve deeper and deeper into this new world of the unknown, it is beginning to look more and more like our high school spring sports will eventually be swept aside and placed on permanent hold. The careers of our high school seniors will be over without ever throwing a ball, swinging a bat, trying to make a birdie putt, or coming out of the starting gate to race down the track.

It is certainly not the way anyone anticipated our high school seniors would finish their athletic careers, as very few will ever compete again at any level of organized sports. Less than 2% of all high school athletes move on to play at the collegiate level, which makes it all the more painful for these student athletes who will always feel like something was taken from them.

As adults we must keep them all in our hearts and prayers, and do the best we can to guide them with the knowledge that all the precautions being taken are done with the best interests of everyone in mind. Their loss could be saving the lives of countless people, the numbers of which can never be calculated with any degree of accuracy.

Comets honored with SAC all division honors for winter sporting seasons

The winter sports season ended without conclusion for most of our high school winter sports. Wrestling and bowling being a couple of exceptions that finished with champions being crowned. Many Coloma Comet athletes were honored by the Southwestern Athletic Conference by being named to the all division first team, and honorable mention, in boys and girls basketball, wrestling, and bowling.

The boys and girls bowling teams both dominated the rosters of all Lakeshore Division of the SAC, just as they dominated the competition on the lanes throughout the 2019-2020 bowling season. Both Coloma squads rolled through the competition and finished their conference seasons undefeated and division champions. The Comet ladies placed five bowlers in the top six spots in the Lakeshore Division with their final average determining their placement. Carissa Richmond and Morgan Hosbein were tied at the top, as both completed the season with a 173 average. Emily Feldten was next with a 168 average. Ashley Ikerd finished with an average of 146, and Madison McQuillan filled out the first team roster with an average of 145. Eadie Needham was named to the SAC all division honorable mention, as she finished with an average of 115. The Coloma gals had a great season and finished in the final four in the team tournament at state. They lost in the semi-finals by only 12 pins.

The Coloma boys also grabbed onto five of the top six, first team all division selections with Charlie Cullitan, Jonathon Swetay, and Ryan Wilson all finishing the season with an average of 170. Damian Gomez was also a first teamer with an average of 169. Nick Santarlas ended his bowling season with an average of 163. Santarlas was the lone boy who qualified for the individual state tournament by winning a qualifying spot in the regionals.

The Coloma Comet wrestlers also were very well represented on the first team all division, and also added a couple of wrestlers on the honorable mention squad. Named to the first team, by weight class, Caeleb Ishmael was first team champion at 112 pounds and Logan Ferguson was runner up first team at 119 pounds. Ian Ishmael wrestling at 145 pounds was the runner up first teamer. Travis Borr was the 215-pound runner up, while Cole Alsup was the first team champion in the 285-pound class. Alex DelaTorre was on the honorable mention team as runner up at 160 pounds.

The Coloma girls basketball team placed several players on the all division teams. Megan Neubecker, the Coloma senior, earned first team honors. Megan was a strong force for the Comets scoring in the paint, and leading the team in rebounds while battling with big players down low. Megan Koenigshof and Vanessa Crisenbery, who are both seniors and had great final years on the varsity squad, were each named to the honorable mention side of the Lakeshore Division.