04-11-2019 Tri-City Area Sports

Press Box Player of the Week

By Jerrod Birmele

Jaelyne Galvan, a junior at Hartford High School, is this week’s Press Box Player of the Week.

The spring is still young, but Jaelyne has already been lighting it up on the softball field for the Green and White. In the Lady Indians first four games, which have seen the team start 2-2, she has pounded the ball to the tune of a .462 batting average. That includes six total hits made up of four singles and a pair of doubles.

Jaelyne has also been clutch with runners in scoring position, as she has racked up four RBIs in as many games. She has been as steady as anyone on the defensive side of the ball, making nine putouts in nine attempts. Because of that, she currently carries a team-high 1.000 fielding percentage.

Outside of playing softball, Jaelyne can be found playing sports during both of the other two seasons. In the fall, she can be found bumping, setting and spiking on the volleyball court, serving as one of the team leaders for a Hartford Volleyball program that earned Team Academic All-State honors last season. In the winter, she can be found on the basketball court, and is known best for coming up with clutch baskets from beyond the arc for the Lady Indian Basketball team.

Jaelyne represents the term “student-athlete” well, as she has been featured on the Hartford High School Honor Roll.

Congratulations on this great honor, Jaelyne!

Watervliet Press Box by John Oliphant

The entire sports program at Watervliet Public Schools was on hiatus last week due to the school being closed for spring break. A full schedule for all five spring sports resumed this week with coverage in Watervliet Press Box in the coming weeks.

Preview of 2019 track season

The 2019 Watervliet track season began this week at Panther Stadium when the boys and girls teams hosted Constantine and Lawrence on Wednesday. Results of that meet were not available at press time.

Meanwhile, a busy spring schedule continues as the teams travel to Marcellus on Friday, April 12, and to Hartford on Saturday for a freshman/ sophomore meet. Next week Gobles comes for a Panther Stadium visit on Wednesday April 17. Looking ahead, don’t miss the Watervliet Relays on Friday, April 19.

The track and field team boasts 35 members this year, and should be competitive in all their meets. Leading the way for the boys are the sprinters, with Robert Kraklau, Diego Martinez, Aaron Nave, and Austin Wilmoth running the 100 meter dash. Joining them in the 200 are Saul Bergos, Korben Camp, Logan Geisler, Jarvis Grzanich, Manny Guzman, and Isaiah Yazel. The 400-meter race will be led by Austin Roberts and Don Smith, along with Bergos, Geisler, Martinez, and Austin Wilmoth.

Eleven runners are slated to run the middle distance 800 meter race, including German Casiano, Camdon Geisler, Matthew Hanks, Gus Hinch, Alex Isbrecht, Jimmy Kolosowsky, Jake Kroepel, Trever Pelton, Mason Pennington, Kade Van Neil, and Issa Yamaguchi.

Running the 110 hurdles, as well as the 300 hurdles are Isaac Bultema, Collen Doneruse, and Jarvis Grzanich.

The 1600-meter race includes all the 800 runners plus Kody Edmonds and Ezra Troyer. Most of these runners are also slated to go in the 3200-meter race.