05-10-18 Tri-City Area Sports

Track athletes find success at BH/SJ Rotary meet

Sixteen teams converged on St. Joseph High School for the 61st annual Benton Harbor/St. Joe Rotary meet Friday, May 4. Coloma and Watervliet participated as part of four teams in Division 3.

In the men’s division, Coloma’s Derek Plitt turned in a third-place performance in the 100 meters; he finished with a time of 11.65 seconds.

Coloma’s Josh Young sailed to first place in the 200 meters. He led all competitors with a 23.17 second performance and set a new personal record.

Watervliet’s Lamarrius Smith finished third in the event with a time of 23.42 seconds and matched his best finish this season.

Young also set a new PR and earned first place in the 400 meters with a time of 50.19 seconds. Teammate Sincere Taylor was fourth overall with a time of 53.62 seconds; Taylor’s effort yielded a new personal record.

THREE FOR TEN… Watervliet’s Mikalah Clay checks with the umpire after sliding safely into third base Monday night in the Panthers’ game against Kalamazoo Christian. Clay hit a single and two doubles and had two RBIs in the 4-3 Panther victory. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

Watervliet’s Austin Roberts finished eighth in the 400 meters with a time of 55.43 seconds, a season record.

Coloma’s Caleb Ellis finished fourth in the 800 meters; he completed the race in 2:05.35 and set a new personal record.

Watervliet’s Isaac Bultema took eighth in the 110 meter hurdles; he finished with a time of 18.39 seconds.

In the 300 meter hurdles, Watervliet’s Jermaine Granados legged it out for a sixth place finish; he set a new PR with his time of 45.51 seconds.

Coloma’s 4×200 meter relay team of Ellis, Taylor, Young, and Plitt continues to be unbeatable. They took first with a time of 1:31.49.  The foursome also won the top spot in the 4×400 meter relay; the squad flew around the track and finished with a time of 3:27.25.

Coloma’s Jonah Jones set a new personal record in the shot put. His throw of 44’ 0.25” resulted in a third place finish for the senior. Fellow Comet James Clay took sixth with his 40’ 11” toss.

Comet athletes earned first through third places in the discus. Jones paired his bronze with gold; he finished first after launching a 133’ 8” throw. Clay finished second with a throw of 125’ 6”. Cole Alsup rounded out the top three with a 124’ 0” toss.  Jones matched a season record, while Clay and Alsup set new personal records.

In the high jump, Watervliet’s Smith set the bar – well – high as he finished second overall with a 6’ 2” leap.

Watervliet’s Klayton Marshall soared to third place in the pole vault after clearing 10’; that effort matched his season best.

Watervliet’s Smith also earned first place honors in the long jump. He leapt 20’ 9.5”.

Watervliet’s Grace Stockdale matched her season best in the 3200 meters; she finished seventh overall with a time of 14:09.17.

Watervliet’s Vicky Smith took third in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 18.21 seconds.

Fellow Panther Emma Yazel turned in a 57.94 second time in the 300 meter hurdles, good for sixth place.

Watervliet’s Kyah Sexton, a freshman, led the field in the shot put. Her toss of 31’ 11” set a new PR and landed her in first place.

Sexton also set a new PR and placed first in the discus; her throw traveled 90’ 2”.

Coloma’s Samantha Scott tied for second place in the high jump with 4’ 7”, which matched her season best. Teammate Cassidy Dryer took sixth with a jump of 4’ 4”.

Indian track teams take seventh at Bangor

The Hartford Indians boys’ and girls’ varsity track teams rolled into Bangor Friday, May 4 with high hopes for a good finish.  Although both squads took seventh place at the seven-team meet, there were quite a few bright spots for the Indians.

NO HURT HURDLE… Hartford’s Danny Gutierrez sails cleanly over the hurdle Thursday, while his Bloomingdale opponent didn’t fare as well. Gutierrez, a freshman, took first in the second heat with a time of 49.32 seconds. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

Xavier Salinas finished third overall in the 200 meters with a time of 24.68 seconds.

Ulises Bacilio ran to a sixth place finish in the 1600 meters; he recorded a time of 5:09.17.

Bacilio also took sixth in the 3200 meter with a time of 11:19.22.

The Indians 4×100 meter relay team, comprised of Robert Ledesma, Aaron Sinclair, Salinas, and Riley Traver, scooted to a fast fourth-place finish with a time of 48 seconds.

Carter Gendron, Blake Snyder, Aldo Acevedo, and Herik Garcia combined for a 4:04.04 finish in the 4×400 meter relay, good for seventh place.

Also taking seventh place was the 4×800 meter relay team of Jared Foerster, Cesar Santiago, Jacob Morales, and Danny Gutierrez; they recorded a time of 10:05.14.

Bob Johnson finished seventh in the shot put with a throw of 37’.

Traver cleared 6’ to win the high jump competition.  Gendron sailed over the bar at 9’ to finish sixth in the pole vault.

Salinas leapt 17’ 6” in the long jump to finish sixth.

For the ladies, the 4×100 meter relay team of Mackenzie Brinsfield, Isabelle Heminger, Brittney VanLandingham, and Katherine Sanchez had the best finish of the day. The squad took fourth with a time of 58.13 seconds.

Brinsfield, Heminger, VanLandingham, and Jamie Smith joined forces to finish fifth in the 4×200 meter relay with a time of 2:05.29.

Nautica Covington launched the shot put 31’ 1” to win fifth place, while teammate Abigail Garcia’s 29’ 3” throw earned her a seventh place finish.

Garcia took sixth in the discus with a throw of 77’ 7”.

HARTFORD HANDOFF… Hartford’s Katherine Sanchez (right) hands off the baton to teammate Emma Weber to start the final leg of the 4×100 meter relay. Hartford hosted teams from Bloomingdale and Decatur Thursday. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

VanLandingham’s time of 1:11.57 was good for sixth place in the 400 meters.

Adrianna Morseau finished sixth in the 1600 meters with a time of 6:18.60.

Katherine Sanchez soared 13’ 4” in the long jump for seventh place.

Panther softball celebrates Senior Night with split

Senior Watervliet softball players were honored Monday, May 7 during their doubleheader against Kalamazoo Christian.

In the opening contest, Watervliet lost 6-2 after Kalamazoo opened to a 2-0 lead after the first inning.

Watervliet’s first runs came in the fourth inning. The Lady Panthers had five hits, which accounted for two runs, and one error. Taylor Shafer led Watervliet with a double and RBI. Liles scored one run and hit a single. Celina Klimkiewicz smacked a double.

Watervliet’s Kara Liles took the loss.

Wat   0 0 0 | 2 0 0 | 0    2   5    1

Kzo   2 0 1 | 0 0 0 | 1    6   12  1

The Panthers responded to the game one loss with an improved outing in game two.  Watervliet jump started the game in the opening round by scoring one run. But, it was a strong fourth inning that gave Watervliet a 4-1 lead.

Kalamazoo mounted a late-game rally but it fell short. The Panthers celebrated the 4-3 nightcap victory.

Ariana Rowe was the winning pitcher.

NOTHING BUT NET… Coloma’s Alexa Estrada-Keymoole prepares to return a volley Tuesday, May 1 against Galesburg Augusta. Estrada-Keymoole won four games. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

Mikalah Clay led Watervliet from the plate. She scored two runs and hit a single and two triples.

Brenna Langston and Sabrina Klimkiewicz both notched doubles.  Celina Klimkiewicz and Taylor Shafer both scored one run and hit a single.

KZ    0 0 0 | 1 0 2 | 0      3    6    1

Wat   1 0 0 | 3 0 0 | x      4    8    3

Coloma soccer shuts down Saugatuck

Way to go, Coloma! The girls’ varsity soccer team scored a 2-0 shutout over conference rival Saugatuck Monday, May 7.

Emma Vandermolen and Mackenzie Ecker did the heavy lifting for the Comets. Both young ladies scored one goal. Ecker was credited with an assist.

Coloma had 16 shots on goal, compared to Saugatuck’s four.

Emma Watson recorded the shutout for Coloma as keeper.

Coloma improved to 7-2-1 overall and holds a 3-1-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference record.

Watervliet loses tough Lakeshore tourney

Watervliet faced the best of the best Saturday, May 5 in the Lakeshore Softball Invitational.

The Lady Panthers crossed paths with South Bend St. Joseph in their first game of the season.  Ariana Rowe took the loss for Watervliet, as the Panthers fell 3-0.

Rowe struck out four batters and walked one while giving up three runs on nine hits in seven innings of work.

South Bend led 1-0 following the first inning of play, and they added runs in the third and sixth innings.

Watervliet tallied five hits thanks, in part, to Taylor Shafer. She was two for three at the plate with two singles.

Wat   0 0 0 | 0 0 0 | 0      0   5   6

SB    1 0 1 | 0 0 0 | x      3   9   0

In the noon game, Watervliet tangled with Grand Haven. The Lady Panthers struggled on defense, giving up two costly errors which led the way to their 4-3 loss.

Kara Liles pitched three innings for Watervliet. Celina Klimkiewicz completed the final four innings.

Sabrina Klimkiewicz scored a run after hitting a triple.  Rowe hit a single and had one RBI. Alexis Worley sliced a double.

Wat   0 0 3 | 0 0 0 | 0     3   5   2

GH    2 1 0 | 0 0 0 | 1     4   6   1

In the final game of the tourney, Watervliet took on Buchanan and lost 12-0. The Panthers tallied seven hits, with Mikalah Clay leading the way with three doubles.  Worley hit two singles.

Rowe took the loss for Watervliet.

Wat   0 0 0 | 0 0 0 | 0      0    7   4

Buc   0 2 6 | 0 0 1 | 3     12   17  0

Comets cruise to 3-0 win over Hartford

Coloma recorded a 3-0 shutout over home team Hartford Wednesday, May 2.

All three Comet goals came in the first half. Emma Vandermolen kicked two goals. She was assisted by Mackenzie Ecker and Elisa Austin-Rowe.

Ecker also booted a goal with an assist from Katelyn Johnson.

In goal for the Coloma was Emma Watson. She recorded five saves.

Coloma had seven shots on goal, while Hartford had five.

Panthers post 6-0 loss to Delton Kellogg

Watervliet traveled to Delton Kellogg for girls’ varsity soccer action Wednesday, May 2. The Lady Panthers were hampered at every turn and ended the game with a 6-0 loss.

Delton Kellogg scored two goals in the first half and four in the second half. Alex Hays was in as keeper for Watervliet.

Hartford on a high after 7-0 knockout of New Buffalo

Hartford handed New Buffalo a 7-0 on the soccer field Monday, May 7. The Indians scored two first-half goals and added five in the second half.

Jessica Cortes and Monserrat Requenes combined for the clean sheet for Hartford.

Abigail Lopez and Mercedes Requenes scored three goals each for the Indians.  Michelle Parra added one goal for Hartford. Requenes contributed one assist in the victory.

Comet softball continues to shine

Coloma softball doesn’t know the meaning of the word quit. The squad continues to shine both from the mound and the plate. Strong pitching battles batters back, and seamless hitting throughout the lineup often proves too much for opponents to handle.

Thursday, May 3, Coloma faced Saugatuck in doubleheader action. In the first contest, Coloma shut out their rival 15-0 in three innings.

Skylar Crisenbery nabbed her seventh win this season (7-1). She did not allow a hit in the game.

On offense, Megan Neubecker sent a home run sailing, hit a single, and scored two runs.  Crisenbery had a single, double, and two RBIs.  Kayla Yore chipped in two singles and three runs.

Sau   0 0 0              0   0    3

Col   1 8 6             15  15  0

In the nightcap, Coloma earned the 15-2 victory.  Megan Koenigshof won her second game of the season, as the Comets improved to 17-1 overall and 6-0 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Crisenbery hit a double and had two RBIs.  Koenigshof smacked two singles to score two runs. Morgan Wagner hit three singles.

Sau   0 0 0 | 2 0         2   3   2

Col   4 5 3 | 3 x        15  9   0

Indian softball drops two to Decatur

Hartford softball suffered a doubleheader defeat Monday, April 30. The squad lost 6-2 and 6-4 to host Decatur.

In the early game, the Indians trailed 4-0 after the first inning and failed to make an offensive run at the Raiders.

Lainey Goodson pitched for Hartford. She allowed six runs on eight hits and struck out two.

Har   0 0 0 | 1 1 0 | 0      2   6   3

Dec   0 4 0 | 0 0 2 | x      6   8   0

The late contest brought about a late rally attempt by the Indians to overtake the 6-0 leading Raiders, but Hartford’s effort fell short.

Hartford began to turn the tide with a three-run sixth inning and added another run in the seventh before losing the game.

Goodson started from the mound for Hartford; she struck out two.  Megan Nelson finished out the game. She had three strikes.

Regan Sinclair, Goodson, Mikenzie Chambers, and Jaelyne Galvan scored one run each.

Har   0 0 0 | 0 0 3 | 1       4   10   1

Dec   3 1 0 | 2 0 0 | x       6   10  0

Kalamazoo clips Watervliet in 8-0 soccer shutout

Kalamazoo Christian hosted Watervliet and earned an 8-0 shutout on the soccer field.

Kalamazoo scored three first-half goals. The squad added another five goals in the second half.

Alex Hays, in goal for Watervliet, recorded 21 saves.

Coloma hosts round robin, streaks past Hartford but loses to Schoolcraft

Schoolcraft won the Coloma round robin tournament Saturday, May 5. The Eagles beat Hartford 14-1 and Coloma 9-7. Coloma downed Hartford 11-1.

Against Hartford, the Comets sent Tyler Streu to the mound. Streu earned his third win of the season (3-2). He gave up one run on two hits. Streu struck out two and walked two.

Coloma led 6-1 after the first inning and rode that score into the fourth inning.

Robbie Schroeder hit two singles and scored four runs.  Nathan Wilder had three singles.  Kevin Hearn hit two singles and had two RBIs. Kenyon Boyd belted a double and scored two runs.

Against Schoolcraft, Coloma battled for the lead but fell short of the rally.

Hunter Crist opened the game for Coloma from the rubber. He pitched two innings and allowed three runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out one.

Nick Eastman came on for the Comets for two innings. He allowed six runs on six hits and walked one. Eastman took the loss for Coloma.

Ethan Price finished the final three innings for Coloma. He gave up just one hit and struck out four.

Sch   3 0 2 | 4 0 0 | 0    9   11   1

Col   0 5 0 | 0 0 2 | 0    7    3    7

Panthers split pair with Dowagiac

Watervliet walloped Dowagiac for nine runs in the first inning of the first of two games between the pair.  The Panthers needed a few more runs but did win the game 16-13.

Three Panthers took to the mound for the win: Ryan Chisek, Nick Polaskey, and Tommy Swanson. Chisek recorded the win.

Bryant Kieft hit two doubles and two triples in the contest.  Chisek chipped in a triple and two singles.  Ben Myas belted a double and two singles. Jakob Aldrich had a single and double.

Wat    9 2 3 | 0 2 0 | 0    16   16   5

Dow   2 5 1 | 1 0 2 | 2    13     6   5

The first game must have primed Dowagiac’s pump, because the Chieftains charged back in game two for the 8-5 win.  That win gave Watervliet their first loss of the season, as the squad fell to 13-1 overall; the Panthers remain perfect in the Southwestern Athletic Conference with a 6-0 record.

Dowagiac opened the late game with a four-run first inning to take the lead, one they would not relinquish.

Aldrich led Watervliet with two singles. Swanson took the loss for the Panthers.

Wat   0 2 0 | 3 0            5   7   2

Dow   4 2 2 | 0 x          8   9    3

Starnes goes the distance in 5-0 win over Saugatuck; Comets lose second game

Coloma faced Saugatuck Thursday, May 3 and split the doubleheader. In the first contest, Coloma pitcher Calvin Starnes pitched a complete game for the Comets. He gave up three hits, struck out 13 in a masterful performance, and walked one batter. Starnes is now 4-1 on the season after Coloma got the 5-0 shutout.

Not only did Starnes shine from the rubber, but he also led Coloma at the plate. He blasted a home run and scored two runs.  Robbie Schroeder hit a single and double and scored three runs.  Kenyon Boyd hit a single and double.

Sau   0 0 0 | 0 0 0 | 0    0   3   1

Col   1 0 2 | 0 2 0 | x    5   7   0

In game two, Saugatuck opened the contest with an early 1-0 lead. Coloma rallied to tie the game at five in the second inning. The Comets picked up another run in the third, before Saugatuck closed the gap in the fourth. The Comet foe took the lead for good in the fifth inning.

Hunter Crist pitched one and two-thirds innings for Coloma. He allowed four runs on two hits. He struck out one and walked three.

Starnes pitched one and one-third inning. He gave up one run on two hits and struck out two, while walking one.

Nick Eastman took the loss for Coloma. His three innings of work resulted in two runs on five hits and one walk.

Ethan Price and Nathan Wilder hit doubles for the Comets. Wilder scored two runs. Boyd hit a single and had two RBIs.

Sau   1 4 0 | 1 1 0         7    9    0

Col   0 5 1 | 0 0 0         6    5    1

Hartford track tops Decatur, blinded by Bloomingdale

The Hartford boys’ varsity track team hosted Decatur and Bloomingdale Wednesday, May 2. The Indians topped Decatur 84-34 but fell to Bloomingdale 79-48.

According to Hartford coach Brad Manning, “A total of 17 personal records [were] set by the Indians.”

Kraklau goal saves Watervliet shutout by Lawton

Watervliet’s Emma Kraklau scored the lone Panther goal in the Monday, April 30 game at home. Kraklau’s goal was the first scored in the game, but, unfortunately for the Panthers, it wouldn’t be the last.

Rival Lawton scored two of their own goals in the first half. They added six goals in the second half to win the game 8-1.

Blackhawks beat Hartford 2-0

Hartford suffered heartbreak after being shutout 2-0 by host Fennville Thursday, May 3.

Fennville scored one goal in each half of the game.

Mary Pultz worked overtime in the net for Hartford. She recorded 20 saves.

Comet soccer knots up with Fennville

Coloma’s girls’ varsity soccer squad played to a 2-2 tie against Fennville Monday, April 30.

Emma Vandermolen and Grace Gagliardo scored Coloma’s goals.  Katelyn Johnson and Vandermolen were credited with one assist each.

Coloma had seven shots on goal, while Fennville had six.

It was a physically aggressive game with both teams giving their all. Coloma was whistled for 10 fouls. Fennville, meanwhile, had six fouls with one yellow card waved.

In goal for the Comets was Emma Watson.

The Comets are 4-2-1 overall and sport a 2-1-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference record.

Hartford softball scored 26 runs, whips White Pigeon

Hartford softball scored two decisive victories over the home team Friday, May 4.

In the early contest, Hartford shut out White Pigeon 13-0. Lainey Goodson recorded the win for Hartford. She pitched the complete game for the Indians, sprinkling five hits across five innings.

Har   1 2 0 | 4 6         13    19   1

WP  0 0 0 | 0 0           0      5    0

In the late game, Hartford scored four runs in the first inning to take the lead. The Indians built on their lead to take the 13-3 victory.

Megan Nelson struck out four batters and walked one.

Regan Sinclair and Lexi Griffith led Hartford at the plate with multiple hits.

Har   4 4 0 | 3 2         13   6   0

WP   0 2 1 | 0 0           3   5   0

Panther track pounces to second place

With strong performances by Lamarrius Smith, Trent Boone, and Jermaine Granados, the Panthers track team was propelled into second place in a SAC meet against Saugatuck and Kalamazoo Christian.

Smith won two first places – one in high jump, one in long jump.  Smith also earned gold in the 400 meters, with a time of 56.5 seconds, and 200 meters (22.8 seconds).

Boone earned first place in discus with a throw of 99’ 5”.  Granados took the top spot in the 300 meter hurdles; he completed the feat in 44.5 seconds.

Klayton Marshall soared to second place in the pole vault, while Isaac Bultema took second in the 110 hurdles.

Lady Panthers split with Constantine

Watervliet hosted Constantine Monday, April 30 for doubleheader action on the softball field.  Watervliet suffered a 12-0 shutout in game one but bounced back for a 12-2 win in the latter card.

The first contest found Kara Liles taking the loss from the rubber. Watervliet was limited in their output at the plate; the team had three hits.  Ariana Rowe was the lone Panther with an extra base hit; she blasted a double.

Wat   0 0 0 | 0 0 0 | 0    0    3   5

Con   0 0 2 | 0 4 6 | x   12  11  1

The Lady Panther pride awoke in game two and roared back for the 12-2 win.  The Panther bats returned to their typical form, as Watervliet scattered 14 hits.

Emalie Gitersonke led Watervliet with a single, double, and four RBIs.

Ariana Rowe hit two singles and scored two runs.  Sabrina Klimkiewicz had three hits, including a double, and scored a run.  Kara Liles hit a single and double and had one RBI.

Rowe earned the win for Watervliet.

The Lady Panthers improved to 8-4 overall and remain undefeated in the Southwestern Athletic Conference – Lakeshore Division with a 6-0 record.

Wat   2 0 3 | 5 2          12   14   2

Con   1 0 0 | 1 0            2    5    3

Coloma baseball carves out one win against G-A in doubleheader

Coloma faced Galesburg-Augusta Monday, April 30. The Comets won game one 8-3.

Nick Eastman took the mound for Coloma. He pitched three and two-thirds innings. He allowed three runs on six hits; he struck out two and walked two.

Calvin Starnes came in to pitch the second half of the game. He allowed one hit and struck out seven batters. Starnes walked one.

Galesburg-Augusta led after two innings, but Coloma raced back to tie the game after three innings. The Comets then shut down the Galesburg-Augusta offense for the remainder of the game.

Starnes hit a double for Coloma. Hunter Crist had two singles.

GA    2 1 0 | 0 0 0| 0     3   7   2

Col    0 1 2 | 1 3 1 | x    8   7   1

In the late game, Coloma lost 6-4.  The Comets jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, but a four-run third inning by Galesburg sent Coloma staggering.

Ethan Price recorded his third loss of the season. He pitched two and one-third innings for the Comets.  He allowed four runs on two hits. He struck out three and walked four.

Robbie Schroeder pitched for two and two-thirds innings. He allowed two runs on three hits; he walked one.

Starnes hit a single and scored three runs. Price hit three singles.

Coloma is now 8-10 overall and remains undefeated in the SAC – Lakeshore Division with a 4-0 record.

GA   0 0 4 | 2 0         6   6   0

Col   1 0 2 | 0 1         4   7   1

Panthers pummel Constantine

Watervliet won two big games against Constantine Monday, April 30.

A combination of Panthers’ pitching plus a walk-off run provided plenty of action for Watervliet fans.

Garrett Matthews started the game for Watervliet on the rubber. He pitched three innings and struck out five.

Bryant Kieft followed, handling pitching duties for three innings. Then, it was Tate Halamka for an out and Benny Myas for two outs before the game was done.  The Panthers prevented an upset as Constantine belted five runs across the plate in the seventh inning.

Myas recorded the win and also hit the game-winning, bottom of the eighth shot.

Matthews and Kieft teamed up for two singles each, while Tommy Swanson hit a single and double.

Con   0 0 0 | 1 2 0 | 5       8    9   5

Wat   4 2 0 | 1 0 1 | 1       9   10  2

The nightcap proved a bit calmer, as Watervliet led 4-0 after the first inning and 11-0 after the fourth inning.

Jakob Aldrich started the game for the Panthers. He struck out seven. Myas and Nick Polaskey came on in relief.

Kieft led Watervliet at the plate with two singles.  Matthews stroked a double.

With the two wins, Watervliet improved to 12-0 on the season overall. The pride holds a 6-0 record in the Southwestern Athletic Conference – Lakeshore Division. The Panthers lead the SAC.

Con   0 0 0 | 0 3           3    5    2

Wat   4 0 0 | 7 x          11   9    2

Decatur demolishes Hartford

Monday, April 30 proved to be a difficult night on the diamond for the Hartford Indians. The squad lost 20-3 in game one and 11-1 in game two.

Har   1   1  3                    3

Dec  11 8  1                   20

Har   1 0 0 | 0 0               1

Dec  2 4 0 | 0 5               11

Coloma soccer shuts out Brandywine 8-0

Coloma soccer had an impressive outing Friday, May 4 against Brandywine. The Comets topped the Bobcats 8-0.

Katelyn Johnson, Emma Vandermolen, and Grace Gagliardo scored two goals apiece.  Mackenzie Ecker and Kimberly Spaulding both scored one goal.

Ecker was credited with two assists.  Vandermolen and Gagliardo both had an assist.

The Comets had 12 shots on goal and virtually throttled Brandywine’s attempts at controlling the ball.

Emma Watson continues to do a stellar job in goal for the Comets.

Coloma is now 6-2-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the SAC.

Watervliet doubles down on Dowagiac

Watervliet’s varsity softball team returned to their tried and true roots Tuesday, May 1 with two wins over Dowagiac. The Panther bats were popping and the pitching was near perfection.

In the opener, Watervliet tallied the 17-0 victory with Kara Liles on the mound.

Mikalah Clay led Watervliet at the plate. She scored four runs and hit two singles and a double.  Ariana Rowe hit three singles and scored two runs.

Liles blasted a home run and hit a single; she recorded three RBIs. Celina Klimkiewicz and Taylor Shafer both hit a single and scored two runs.

Wat    12 0 0 | 5      17    15   0

Dow    0 0 0 | 0         0     2    3

In the late game, Watervliet held on for the 3-1 win.  Rowe got the win for Watervliet as she pitched five innings; she struck out 12 batters.

Sabrina Klimkiewicz hit a single and scored two runs.  Clay hit a single and double with one RBI.

Watervliet improved to 10-4 overall and is undefeated in the SAC – Lakeshore Division with a 6-0 record.

Ladies Monday Night Happy Hour Golf League

Monday, May 7 golf report from the Paw Paw Lake Golf Club:

Weekly Event winner – Penny Hanks; Low Gross:  Colleen McKeown with 59; Low Net: Charlene Durfee with 44; Low Putts:  Charlene Durfee with 18; Pars:  Colleen McKeown on #18; Chip in:  Ursela Bansen on #11.

Lady golfers are welcome to join this league which meets at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays.  Please call Charlene Durfee at 468-8111 if you are interested in joining.

Grace Christian School 8th Annual Golf Scramble June 2

On Saturday, June 2 enjoy a day of fun! Grace Christian School in Watervliet is holding their annual golf scramble at Indian Lake Hills Golf Course. The course is located at 55321 Brush Lake Road in Eau Claire.

Check in is 7:45-8:25 a.m. with shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Pre-register online at gcspatriots.org, follow the fundraisers tab.

Golfer fee is $75 which includes coffee & donuts, green fee and cart, hamburger cookout, chance at door prizes, a guest pass green fee and prize holes opportunities.

Prize holes include: Longest Drive, Closest to Pin, Longest Putt, etc.

The Grace Christian School Annual Golf Scramble is an annual fund-raiser in which all proceeds benefit the Grace Christian School Financial Aid Fund. These funds, combined with other gifts throughout the year, enable the school to help families keep their students at Grace Christian School.

Harvick hammers down #1 spot after fourth win

He might need to change his name to Magic Man. Kevin Harvick won his fourth race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sunday in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway. That makes four trophies for Harvick in only 11 races! He’s having a quite a run. So much so, that he leads the driver standings and has the most wins for 2018. Harvick picked up his 41st career win after starting in the second spot. He led 201 of the race’s 400 laps, the most of the outing. Clint Bowyer finished in the runner-spot after leading 40 laps. Bowyer has one win this season. Daniel Suarez notched his highest finish of the season and matched his best finish of his career on the NASCAR circuit; he took third place. With the finish, he also earned his third top 10 placing. Last year’s NASCAR Cup champion Martin Truex Jr. finished in fourth place. He earned his sixth top five finish this year. Kurt Busch rounded out the competition in fifth place. William Byron, the race’s highest finishing rookie, ended the day in 14th place. Drivers who also led laps but did not finish in the top five included: Brad Keselowski (108), Joey Logano (1), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (24), and Alex Bowman (26). The race featured 17 lead changes and eight caution periods covering 48 laps. Thirteen drivers ended the race on the lead lap. Additionally, a 40-minute delay due to rain put a damper on the event, but not for long. Racing commenced and the checkered flag dropped. Next up is the Kansas 400 at Kansas Speedway. Truex Jr. won both outings at Kansas last year. Can he get back on track with a win Saturday night? Find out next week!


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Drew Goodline honored as 1st Team All-State, Division 2 Basketball