05-17-2018 Tri-City Area Sports

Coloma takes second at SAC – Lakeshore Division track meet

The Comets of Coloma finished second overall Monday, May 14 in the SAC – Lakeshore divisional track meet hosted by Watervliet. The top three finishers from Coloma and Watervliet are listed.

Saugatuck won the meet with 170 points. Coloma took second place with 132 points.  Watervliet earned 82 points and finished fourth.

Lamarrius Smith of Watervliet won the high jump after he cleared 6’.  Coloma’s Michael Dancer took third; he topped 5’ 8”.

Smith also took first in the long jump with a leap of 20’ 5”.

MAKING THE GAME… Watervliet’s Zack Pickens (left) and Bryant Kieft (right) were selected to the 2018 Addix All-Star Football game on June 8 at Hope College. The top football players from West Michigan were invited to join the roster for the third annual game. Also joining the all-star roster is Danny Resendez from Hartford.


Coloma’s Jonah Jones hit the top spot in the discus. His throw of 138’ 2” was good for number one. Teammate Cole Alsup’s 126’ throw earned him a third place finish.

The foursome of Tayte Coleman, Adiel Granados, Aarol Puma, and Blane Sutherland joined forces to finish second in the 4×800 meter relay with a time of 9:11.33.

In the 110 meter hurdles, Watervliet’s Isaac Bultema finished third with a time of 17.44 seconds.

Coloma’s Derek Plitt ran away with first place in the 100 meters and a time of 11.6 seconds.

The 4×200 meter relay team of Trent Boone, Bultema, Austin Roberts, and Smith of Watervliet finished in second place (1:38.25).

Coloma’s Dancer, Nick Fogarty, Caleb Ellis, and Plitt teamed up in the 4×100 meter relay to capture gold. Their time was 45.39 seconds. Watervliet’s team of Bultema, Boone, Smith, and Roberts crossed the finish line almost two seconds later for second place (47.28).

It was Coloma’s Josh Young securing first place in the 400 meters with a time of 50.80 seconds. Teammate Sincere Taylor’s time of 53.05 seconds was good for second place.

Watervliet’s Jermaine Granados finished off the 300 meter hurdles in a time of 45.33 seconds, good for second place.

Taylor of Coloma took first in the 200 meters (23.7 seconds), with teammate Young hot on his heels (23.74) in second place.

Gus Hinch ran the 3200 meters and cruised to third place with a time of 10:57.10.

Ellis, Plitt, Taylor, and Young raced to a third place finish (4:00.99) in the 4×400 meter relay.

Watervliet’s Klayton Marshall vaulted into third place in the pole vault after he cleared 11’.

Coloma girls in 4th, Watervliet finishes 6th at SAC meet

On a day that started with pouring rain and ended with the sun shining and warm temperatures, the Southwestern Athletic Conference Lakeshore Division track meet ended with Saugatuck taking home the championship with 182 points.

The meet, held Monday, May 14 at Watervliet, saw Coloma’s squad finish in fourth place with 69 points, while the Lady Panthers took sixth with 36 points. Results include Coloma and Watervliet athletes who placed in the top three spots.

Coloma’s Samantha Scott flew to a first place finish in the high jump (5’). Scott’s teammate Cassidy Dryer earned a third place finish after she cleared 4’ 6”.

Coloma’s Divine Parker took third in the long jump (14’ 5”).

A MUCH KNEEDED VICTORY… Watervliet’s Elena Alvarado bounces the soccer ball off her knee during the Panthers’ game against Schoolcraft. Watervliet tallied the 6-2 Senior Night win. (TCR phot


Watervliet’s Kyah Sexton sent the shot put flying for a first place finish (33’ 5.5”).

Vicky Smith of Watervliet took second in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 17.96 seconds.

Coloma’s Alexia Saucedo’s time of 13.91 in the 100 meters earned her a second-place finish.

Coloma’s Gabby Ezell, Marissa Sherburn, Divine Parker, and Saucedo claimed first place in the 4×200 meter relay with a time of 1:58.23.

It was Parker for Coloma nabbing second place in the 200 meters with a time of 29.02 seconds.

Indians prowl over Panthers 4-1

Four first-half goals proved enough for the Hartford Indians to get the win at home Friday, May 11 over Red Arrow Highway rival Watervliet.

Watervliet was not aided by a miscue in which the Panthers sent the ball into their own net for the first “score” of the game.

Hartford then booted goals by Mercedes Requenes, Mayra Naranjo, and Olivia Ziemer.

Abigail Lopez assisted on all three goals for the Indians.

Jessica Cortes was in goal for Hartford and had eight saves.

Watervliet’s lone goal was scored in the second half.

Watervliet’s Senior Night nets 6-2 win over Schoolcraft

LEADER OF THE PACK… Coloma’s Divine Parker, the anchor of the 4×200 meter relay team, kicks her pace into high gear as she approaches the finish line Monday during the SAC division meet at Watervliet. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


The Watervliet girls’ varsity soccer team celebrated Senior Night with a 6-2 win over Schoolcraft Wednesday, May 9.

The Lady Panthers scored four goals in the first half of the game and followed with two goals in the second half.

Schoolcraft scored one goal in each half.

Leading Watervliet was Emma Armstrong. She scored two goals and had an assist.  Emma Kraklau and Vicky Smith booted two goals each.

Notching an assist for the Panthers was Trinity Crain and Soledad Alvarado.

Coloma struggles against Kalamazoo Hackett in 4-0 shutout

Coloma suffered a rare conference loss Wednesday, May 9 in their game against Kalamazoo Hackett.

The Comets were unable to generate any offense and trailed 3-0 at the half.

Coloma had five shots on goal compared to Hackett’s 14.

Coloma keeper Emma Watson was credited with 12 saves.

The Comets fall to 7-3-1 overall and are 3-2-1 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference – Lakeshore Division.

Indians on fire against Cassopolis, score two wins

The Hartford varsity softball squad was on fire as they welcomed Cassopolis Monday, May 7.

BEST EFFORTS… Coloma’s Levi Wilkens, teammate Jamane Smith Jr., and Watervliet’s Don Smith put their best foot forward Monday evening in the 100 meter dash at the SAC divisional track meet at Watervliet. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


In game one, Lainey Goodson pitched a heck of a game for Hartford. She held Cassopolis to just one hit and struck out seven.

Hartford opened the first inning with one run and added a healthy lead with a big five-run second inning.

Picking up RBIs in the contest were: Meghan Deckard, Regan Sinclair, Jaelyne Galvan, and Goodson.

Cas   0 0 0 | 0 0               0      1    0

Har   1 5 3 | 1 x             10    13    1

In game two, Hartford staved off a last ditch, seventh inning rally to win 8-7 and sweep the doubleheader.

Hartford trailed Cass 3-2 following the first inning. By the fifth inning, Hartford led 5-4. The Indians added runs in the sixth and seventh and managed to shut down a three-run rally by Cass to secure the win.

Megan Nelson was on the mound for Hartford. She took the win and threw six strikeouts.

Nelson, Galvan, Sinclair, Goodson, Lexi Griffith, Mikenzie Chambers, and Angela Saldana had multiple hits in the contest for Hartford.

Har    2 0 1 | 0 2 2 | 1     8   16   3

Cas    3 1 0 | 0 0 0 | 3     7   11   3

Coloma softball continues its hot streak with two wins over Fennville

STRAIGHT SHOT… Watervliet’s Kyah Sexton watches the shot put travel Monday during the Panthers’ home meet. Sexton’s throw resulted in a 33’ 5.5” effort. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


Monday, May 7 saw Coloma softball take two games from Fennville as the Comet squad continues to blast hits from the plate and dole out strikes from the rubber.

In the early contest, Skylar Crisenbery pitched Coloma to a 16-1 decisive victory.  She gave up just one run and three hits and improved to 9-1 this season.

Coloma’s four-run first inning opened the scoring faucet for the Comets. They bashed Fennville for 12 runs in the second inning of the mercy rule-shortened contest.

Jaidyn Hutsell led Coloma’s offense with a double, triple, and three RBIs.  Kayla Yore hit a single and double and scored three runs.

Megan Koenigshof and Morgan Wagner hit two singles apiece. Megan Neubecker smacked a double, while Sam Stewart hit a single and double.

Fen    0 0  1                     1    3   2

Col    4 12 x                   16  12  0

In the evening outing, Coloma shut out Fennville 15-0.  Hutsell took the mound for Coloma and had a stellar outing.  She earned her 11th win of the season (11-0), allowed zero hits, and struck out nine.

Wagner blasted a home run and scored three RBIs.  Yore stroked three doubles and had three RBIs. Koenigshof almost hit for the cycle, ending the game with two singles, a double, and a triple. Stewart hit a single and double.

Coloma is now 22-1 overall and remains undefeated in the Southwestern Athletic Conference – Lakeshore Division with an 8-0 record.

Watervliet teams take to the track in Saugatuck

The boys’ and girls’ varsity track teams competed against Fennville and Saugatuck Wednesday, May 9.

The meet, held in Saugatuck, featured plenty of Panther pride as numerous places were won by our local athletes.

In the 100 meters, Marshall Smith set a new personal record of 13.81 seconds when he finished seventh. Diego Martinez also set a new PR time of 14.24 seconds as he finished eighth.

Trent Boone finished second in the 200 meters (25.12 seconds) and set a new PR.  Smith finished sixth (28.60 seconds). Isaac Bultema took seventh (28.71 seconds) and set a new PR.

Austin Roberts took second in the 400 meters (58.63 seconds).  Martinez was the fifth finisher (1:06.51) after he set a new PR.  Smith was sixth with a time of 1:10.68.

Klayton Marshall stretched his legs for a fifth place finish in the 800 meters (2:30.58), while teammate Alex Isbrecht finished sixth (2:31.76). Both set new individual PRs.

Ezra Troyer led the way in the 1600 meters. His first-place time was 5:07.37.

Gus Hinch finished fifth (5:16.49), and Nick Swanson took sixth (5:26.43) in a new PR-setting time.

Isbrecht ended the event in seventh place (5:34.66) with a new PR, and Kody Edmonds set a new season record of 5:36.66 as he finished eighth.

Hinch took second place in the 3200 meters (11:44.36), and Troyer finished third (11:53.12) with a new PR.

Swanson took sixth (12:16.59), while Edmonds captured seventh place (12:38.89). Both athletes set new season records.

Bultema took gold in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 17.88 seconds.  Jermaine Granados had a time of 18.82 seconds, which was good for second place. Marshall finished third (20.28 seconds) with a new PR.

In the 300 meter hurdles, Granados led the way to first place with his new PR-setting time of 44.69 seconds.  Bultema took fourth (47.71 seconds), and Don Smith finished fifth (50.92 seconds) and set a new PR.

Watervliet’s team of Roberts, Smith, Lamarrius Smith, and Trent Boone combined to win first place in the 4×100 meter relay with a time of 47.53 seconds.

The same squad took first in the 4×200 meter relay (1:37.18).

Isaac Wilmoth threw the shot put 30’ 11” for sixth place. Zach Smith’s toss of 25’ 5” earned him a seventh place finish and gave the athlete a new PR.

Boone took second place in the discus with a throw of 99’.  Wilmoth finished third (89’ 2”) and Zach Smith took seventh with a throw of 70’ 9”. All three set new personal records.

LA Smith won the high jump that cleared 5’ 8”. Marshall finished second in the pole vault; he cleared 11’ and set a new PR. Lamarrius Smith also won the long jump with a length of 20’ 8”.  Bultema took third with a PR-setting leap of 17’ 1”. Don Smith finished fourth (16’ 4”) and Josh Garman took eighth place (13’ 4”).

For the young ladies, Laiya Liberto finished sixth in the 100 meters with a time of 16.81 seconds.  Teammate Erin Maneepun’s time of 16.98 seconds was good for seventh place.

The same duo took second and seventh, respectively in the 200 meters. Liberto set a new PR with her time of 30.64 seconds, a feat matched by Maneepun at 35.50 seconds.

Caley Simmons ran the 400 meters in 1:16.49 and earned the third-place finish.

Allie Pazera matched her season record in the 800 meters where she finished fourth (3:01.40).  Sophia Tavolacci took sixth (3:20.32), while Kayla Hoy finished seventh (3:25.59) and Grace Weckwerth was eighth (3:30.40).

AJ Avina-Hammond set a new PR in the 1600 meters; she finished third overall with a time of 6:43.19.  Hoy was fifth (7:29.61).

Alyssa Hobson was fourth in the 3200 meters with a time of 15:36.95.

Emma Yazel doubled her pleasure as she took third in the 100-meter hurdles (20.01 seconds) and 300-meter hurdles (57.14 seconds).

The 4×400 meter relay team of Pazera, Tavolacci, Simmons, and Yazel captured second place with a time of 5:17.92.

Hobson, Simmons, Tavolacci, and Avina-Hammond put together a second-place finish in the 4×800 meter relay (13:21.11).

Kyah Sexton threw the shot put 29’ 4.5” for a second-place finish. She also took fourth in discus with a throw of 63’ 4”.

Saarah Schaefer set a new PR with her 21’ 10” throw in shot put; she took sixth place.  Audrey Romeo took eighth place with her 17’ 4” toss.

Yazel finished fifth in discus (61’ 5”).  Schaefer was eighth with a throw of 51’ 4”.

Pazera cleared 4’ in the high jump to finish second. Simmons leapt 12’ 10” in the long jump to take second place.

Requenes leads Hartford in 7-0 shutout of New Buffalo

Mercedes Requenes led Hartford Monday, May 7 as the Indians dominated the visiting New Buffalo Bison soccer squad.

Requenes scored three goals for Hartford in the 7-0 shutout. Abigail Lopez chipped in two goals, while Michelle Parra and Madison Garland had one goal each.

Notching assists for Hartford were Requenes, Kendall Ziemer, and Jessica Cardoso.

Hartford scored two goals in the first half and five in the second half.

Goalkeeper duties were shared by Jessica Cortes and Monserrat Requenes for Hartford. They recorded the clean sheet.

Starnes strikes out 14 in 4-0 shutout of Fennville; Crist picks up 6-0 win in game two

Pretty precise pitching by Coloma gave the Comets two big wins over Fennville Monday, May 7.

Calvin Starnes continues to have the hot hands for Coloma baseball.  Starnes recorded his fifth win of the