Jaidyn Hutsell: Pitching perfection Coloma varsity softball senior Jaidyn Hutsell is this week’s Pressbox Player of the Week. Hutsell helped lead the Lady Comets to a third consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference – Lakeshore Division title this year. Hutsell was on fire this season. She holds a perfect 14-0 record in 2018, with her latest victory coming Friday night against SAC rival Watervliet. Hutsell struck out seven batters and allowed just two hits in the 15-0 shutout of the Lady Panthers. Following graduation, Hutsell will continue her softball career at the collegiate level. She has committed to Lake Michigan College, as her softball career comes full circle. The Red Hawks softball squad is led by John Jewell. Jewell and Hutsell are no strangers. Jewell coached Hutsell when she attended Grace Christian Schools and began her varsity softball career.
Tri-City track-letes headed to State
If you want to see the best of the best in the world of track and field events, head over to Comstock Park June 2 as Division 3 Michigan High School Athletic Association state competition kicks into high gear.
Coloma, Hartford, and Watervliet will all send athletes to state this season, and things look especially good for medals to come back to the Tri-City Area.
Following regional competition at Comstock High School Friday, May 18, one female athlete from our area will participate at State. Hartford’s AJ Jackson finished second in the girls shot put with a throw of 34’ 4”.
Also representing the Indians will be Riley Traver. Traver finished second in the boys’ high jump after he cleared 6’ 1”.
Watervliet’s Lamarrius Smith also qualified for State high jump competition. He finished fourth but topped the 6’ mark to make the cut.
Smith was also crowned regional champion in the long jump. He finished first after leaping 20’ 11”, besting his closest competitor by one and a half inches.
Smith will also take part in the 200-meter dash. His second-place time of 23.25 seconds will put him in contention for a State title.
Coloma’s Cole Alsup was the regional champion in the discus. The mighty Comet’s throw of 143’ 1” was almost 12 feet longer than his closest competitor.
Coloma’s Josh Young was also crowned regional champion. He blazed into first place in the 400 meters with a time of 51.08 seconds.
Coloma’s Derek Plitt took fourth in the 100 meters with a time of 11.61 seconds. Plitt qualified for State based on his time not his finish place.
Teammate Caleb Ellis finished second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:03.06. Not only did he qualify in an individual event but he – and Plitt – also qualified as part of a Comet relay team.
The relay teams of Coloma will be busy as they qualified for four different events.
It will be Michael Dancer, Ellis, Nick Fogarty, and Plitt leaving the gate in the 4×100 relay. They finished fifth at regionals with a time of 45.21 seconds.
Ellis, Young, Plitt, and Sincere Taylor will take to the track in the 4×200 meter relay. They achieved regional champion status after taking first at regionals with a time of 1:30.59.
That same dynamically fast foursome will also run the 4×400 meter relay. The two-time regional champion squad also finished first at regionals with a time of 3:29.94.