05-23-2019 Tri-City Area Sports

Watervliet Press Box by John Oliphant


Panther Softball wins one of three

The Lady Panthers played their only games this week in a tournament at River Valley on Saturday, May 18. The girls started with a blowout 20-2 win over Saugatuck and then dropped close games to River Valley 4-1 and New Prairie 6-3. In the first game the Panthers pounded out 13 hits, including a solo home run by Sabrina Klimkiewicz. They took advantage on nine walks and six errors to end this one after just five innings. Celina Klimkiewicz got the win. In the second game River valley scored all their runs in the fourth inning, and strong pitching kept the Panthers in check as they only managed three hits. In the third game New Prairie scored two runs in each of the first three innings, while the Panthers put up all their runs in the second. On the day Sabrina lead the offense with five hits and Brenna Langston had four. The Panthers are now 10-15 after the non-conference tournament. Celina Klimkiewicz leads the offense batting .405 with 10 extra-base hits and 12 RBI. Sabrina Klimkiewicz is batting .356 with eight extra-base hits and 14 RBI. Watervliet plays in a tournament at Berrien Springs on Saturday, May 25 to close out the regular season.

WATERVLIET OUTSTANDING SENIOR ATHLETES… Garrett Matthews and Emma Yazel were recently named Watervliet’s male and female Outstanding Senior Athletes. Matthews played four seasons of varsity baseball, three seasons of varsity football, and one season of varsity basketball. He earned First Team All-Division and the Panther Pride awards in baseball and football, and will attend Grand Valley State University next fall. Yazel played four years of varsity track, two years of varsity volleyball, and two years of varsity basketball. She earned Panther Pride awards for basketball and track, and will attend Wayne State University in the fall. (TCR photo by John Oliphant)


Baseball has losing week

The Panther baseball team played just one game last week, losing to Galesburg-Augusta 8-6 in 12 innings. The teams were tied at 5-5 after six innings, but the Rams rallied to score three unearned runs in the 10th inning, and the Panther comeback wasn’t big enough. Garrett Matthews led the offense with two doubles. The loss puts the Panthers at 6-8-1 on the season and they remain in third place with a 4-2 record in the SAC Lakeshore division. Girls Soccer wins one, loses one The Panther girls soccer team played at Coloma on Monday, May 13, where they gave up four goals in each half, losing 8-0. On Thursday, the girls went to New Buffalo where they beat the Bison 3-0. The Panthers started the game cold, and struggled to mount any offensive chances in the first half. Coach Dave Armstrong noted the effective defense played by Trinity Crain, Susanna VanLente, Aria Richards, Katherine Schmidt, and Abbi Roberts kept the Bison from scoring. Emma Kraklau scored two goals and Vicki Smith had one goal and two assists. Coach Armstrong said Jada Prignano and Elena Alvarado played their best games of the season. On Friday, May 17 Watervliet traveled again, this time to Lawton where they beat the Blue Devils 4-0. Goalie Alex Hays earned her second shutout in as many nights. On the offensive side Vicki Smith scored two goals and had an assist. Erika Nykamp and Emma Armstrong each scored one goal. Susanna Van Lente chipped in one assist. Coach Armstrong said a tenacious effort was given by Jada Prignano and Danyel Munson, and VanLente was everywhere when needed on that night.

Boys Track 3rd at divisional meet

The Watervliet Panther boys track team performed well at the SAC Lakeshore divisional meet, capturing third place. The team picked a great day to set 31 personal bests. Notable finishes were the first place 4×800 team of Matthew Hanks, Ezra Troyer, Gus Hinch and Trever Pelton. Gus Hinch also finished first place in the 3200 meter run. Comet boys finish second in SAC Lakeshore meet The Coloma Comet track teams competed on Monday, May 13, in the SAC Lakeshore Division track meet held on the Watervliet track. The Comet boys had a more than respectable showing with a second place finish, with the girls also competing well with a fourth place finish. Sin’cere Taylor had a big day for the Comet tracksters in picking up three firsts, by winning the 200 and 400 meter runs, and also running a leg on the 4×400 relay team. In the 200 run Taylor won with a time of 23.30, with Steven Trosper finishing third in 24.00. Taylor’s time in winning the 400 was 54.20, while his teammate Tayte Coleman finished in third place in a time of 55.70. The Comet 4×400 relay team won in a time of 3:43.51, also running legs with Taylor was Nick Fogarty, Adiel Granados, and Tayte Coleman. Cole Alsup, the Comet junior, continued to dominate the competition in the discus by winning with a heave of 138 feet 4 inches. James Clay finished in second place with a toss of 116’07”. Cole also finished second in the shot put with a distance of 40’7-1/2”. Adiel Granados had a second place finish in the 800 run with a time of 2:11.09, and he followed that up with a third place in the 1600 with a personal best time of 4:56.37.