03-29-2018 Tri-City Area Sports

DOWNTOWN BROWN… Benton Harbor’s Dennie Brown drove to the basket Saturday in the Class B state championship finals. Brown scored six points in the Benton Harbor victory. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

Area athletes earn All-Conference honors for basketball

The Tri-City area is chock full of talented basketball athletes. That opinion was cemented recently when the Southwestern Athletic Conference and Southwest 10 Conference announced All-Conference honorees.

In the SAC, Coloma basketball standouts Zach Goodline, Robbie Schroeder, Levi Wilkens, Kayla Yore, and Morgan Wagner all received First Team All-Conference nods.

Dan Cluster and Ariana Rowe, hard court stars from their Watervliet Panther squads, received First Team All-Conference honors from the SAC.

In the SW10, Hartford’s William Martinez and AJ Jackson led the way for the Indians. The two received First Team All-Conference awards.

In the SAC, Honorable Mention accolades went to Coloma’s Michael Dancer, Phillip Caldwell, and Hannah Mathis.

Watervliet’s Sheldon Tobar, Garrett Matthews, Madalyn Hutchins, Jaelyn Pitre, and Zoe Smith each picked up an SAC Honorable Mention award as well.

The SW10 doled out Honorable Mention awards to Hartford’s Jessica Cortes, Mikenzie Chambers, and Trey Ackerman.

Congratulations to the hustlers of the hard court on their awards!

Benton Harbor brings home First Class B Basketball State Championship since 1965

It’s safe to say there was no better game of basketball to watch Saturday night and, in the midst of March Madness, that’s saying something.

The Tigers traveled the road to the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University with a 26-1 record, including two wins over Coloma, who only suffered three losses the entire season.

With their walk through districts, regionals, and semi-finals, Benton Harbor earned a berth in the state championship game against a strong Grand Rapids Catholic Central team.

WAGNER WINS FIRST TEAM RECOGNITION… For her effort on the hardcourt this season, Coloma’s Morgan Wagner, a senior forward on the squad was named First Team All-Conference in the SAC.