07-12-18 Tri-City Area Sports

Paw Paw Lake Triathlon serves up summer fun

Saturday morning proved to be perfect weather-wise for participants in the Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club triathlon. With temperatures nearing 80 degrees at the 10:00 a.m. start time, athletes were primed to enjoy the first leg of the tri – the swim along the shoreline of the yacht club.

The men’s division entered the waters first with the women following two minutes later. Youngsters then entered the water later.

Following the run, the entrants biked around Paw Paw Lake and finished the triathlon with a three-mile run.

PAW PAW LAKE WAVE… Waves of participants hit the waters Saturday morning in the annual Paw Paw Lake triathlon. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


Winning first place in the men’s division was Mike Moser, formerly of Coloma. He completed the course with a time of 45:39. David Gerst was second (46:36) and Dennis Tsang took third (49:30).

In the women’s division, Karen McElvogue was the leading finisher with a time of 57:16. She was followed by Jennifer Garrity (58:13) in second place and Aimee Tracy (59:21) in third.

In a shortened course for the kids, Austin Pool won the boys’ division with a time of 13:17. Jackson Bain took second (14:06) and Bryce Bain was third (14:38).

Audrey Clavadestscher was the first finisher in the girls’ division; she completed the course in 13:16. Meghan Tracy took second place with a time of 14:16, while third-place Leah Garrity was hot on her heels with a time of 14:19.

Hartford spring athletes take home the hardware

Hartford Indian athletes in spring sports walked away this year carrying a lot of First Team hardware.

The Southwest 10 Conference, of which Hartford is a member, honored athletes in several sports.

The members of the Hartford varsity track team that received First Team honors include Riley Traver, Xavier Salinas, Aaron Sinclair, and Robert Ledesma.

TRAVER IS TOPS… Hartford track star Riley Traver was named First Team All-Conference in the Southwest 10. Traver, a junior, was the conference champion in the high jump after topping out at 6’1”; he finished 15th in state competition after he cleared 5’9” to tie for 15th place. Traver was also a member of the 4×100 meter relay team.


Traver, who was a junior, was the Division 3 SW10 conference champion in the high jump. He took second and set a new personal record at regionals where he earned a berth to state competition after his 6’1” qualifying leap.  At state, Traver finished tied for 15th place after he cleared 5’9”.

Traver teamed up with Salinas, Sinclair, and Ledesma to win the 4×100 meter relay at the SW10 conference meet with a time of 46.41 seconds.  The foursome placed seventh overall at regional competition; they turned in a 46.37 second performance. Salinas was a junior, Ledesma was a senior, and Sinclair was a freshman.

LEDESMA LEADS FIRST TEAM… Robert Ledesma, a member of Hartford’s conference championship winning 4×100 meter relay team, earned a First Team All-Conference nod in the Southwest 10.


SINCLAIR IS SW10 STAR… Aaron Sinclair, a member of the conference champion 4×100 meter relay team, won First Team All-Conference honors for Hartford track.


SALINAS SCORES FIRST TEAM SPOT… Xavier Salinas scored a First Team All-Conference award from the Southwest 10. He was a member of the conference champion 100×4 meter relay team.


GALVAN GETS HONOR… Hartford sophomore catcher Jaelyne Galvan was awarded First Team All-Conference honors from the Southwest 10 Conference.


MEGAN MAKES THE GRADE… Hartford sophomore pitcher Megan Nelson was selected by the Southwest 10 Conference as a First Team member.


On the softball diamond, a pair of sophomores picked up First Team All-Conference nods.  Jaelyne Galvan, a catcher on the varsity softball squad, and Megan Nelson, a pitcher, were named First Team.

Mikenzie Chambers and Regan Sinclair were named Second Team All-Conference, while Lainey Goodson and Alexis Griffith received Honorable Mention awards.

During the softball team’s awards banquet, Alexis Griffith was voted Most Improved Player, while Galvan was named team MVP.

As a team, the softball squad won the Team Sportsmanship Award for their Division 3 district play at host Coloma.

Luke Manning and Trey Ackerman are First Team All-Conference recipients from the Hartford varsity baseball team.  Manning recently graduated from Hartford, while Ackerman will be entering his senior year this fall.

Glad-Peach run, walk, bike underway

Seven race events will kick off Saturday, August 4 in Coloma. As part of the city’s Glad-Peach Festival, participants can register for the 5K run and walk, 10K run and walk, 10K bike race, and fun run.SALINAS SCORES FIRST TEAM SPOT… Xavier Salinas scored a First Team All-Conference award from the Southwest 10. He was a member of the conference champion 100×4 meter relay team.

Register online at runsignup.com. The cost to participate is $30 through August 3 for all races except the fun run; the fun run has a $12 fee.

Organizers have put together a great event. The timed races will feature music at the start/finish line, water stations, and cheering squads. Lead runners will be escorted by the Coloma Police Department.

The race kicks off at Salem Lutheran Church, located at 275 Marvin Street, which will also be the site of pre-registration race packet pick up starting at 6:30 a.m. Registration will also be offered the morning of the race but the cost increases to $35.

LUKE LANDS FIRST TEAM HONOR… Luke Manning, a recent graduate of Hartford High School, capped off his senior year by earning a Southwest 10 First Team All-Conference award for his work on the baseball field.


The 10K walk, and both bike races begin at 7:45 a.m.  The 5K walk and both runs will leave the start line at 8:30 a.m. Fun run participants will take off at 9:45 a.m.

ACKERMAN ALL-CONFERENCE… Trey Ackerman, a junior on the Hartford baseball squad, was selected to the Southwest 10 First Team All-Conference roster.


The Glad-Peach event is part of Michigan’s Fruit Belt Series. If walkers or runners complete and post a finish time in at least five qualifying races in one season, they are eligible to win a commemorative gold coin. Race events start in June with the Hartford Strawberry festival walk/run and continue through the Pumpkin Harvest Hustle on October 20 at Jollay Orchards in Coloma. There’s still plenty of time to get your gold coin this year; including the Glad-Peach event, there are walks and runs in South Haven, Lawrence, Paw Paw, Benton Harbor, Bangor and Coloma left to complete.

Hartford volleyball and Watervliet football offer youth camps

High school sporting events may have hit the pause button for summer, but Hartford and Watervliet are taking advantage of the lull.

The Indians will host a volleyball youth camp August 8 and 9 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the high school gymnasium.

The camp is open to girls in third through eighth grade and will teach fundamental volleyball skills. Participants can expect to learn developmental training techniques, e.g., passing, serving, setting, etc. Players will also learn how to handle the ball as well as skill development.

The cost to attend the youth camp is $20 per child or $30 for the family rate (two or more kids). Contact Hartford varsity volleyball coach Patty Matheny at mathenyp@hpsmi.org for additional information or for a registration form.

Watervliet football, meanwhile, is hosting a youth camp.  Head coach Jeremy Andrews has advised that the non-contact skills camp will be focused on introducing the sport of football to non-players. Participants will also learn various fundamental techniques associated with the highly successful Watervliet football program. Andrews will be assisted by his assistant coaches and some current varsity players during the camp’s duration.

Players will need to wear shorts, a t-shirt, and cleats to the two-day event, which starts Monday, July 23 and ends Tuesday, July 24. The camp runs from 9:00 a.m. until noon both days.

The youth camp is open to anyone entering third through eighth grades this fall. The cost of the camp is $25 and includes a snazzy t-shirt. Contact Andrews at (269) 806-7686 or via email at jandrews@watervlietps.org with questions or to pre-register. Registration will also be available the first day of camp from 8:30 a.m. until 8:55 a.m.

Press Box Player of the Week! By Kristy Noack

Levi Evett, 6, is this week’s Press Box Player of the Week. Evett recently finished playing his second year of baseball in the Coloma Youth Baseball Softball Association league. He played tee ball last year when he was five years old. Cody Kelley has been Evett’s coach during both years he has played ball.

Dr. Andy says… “There are many techniques to adjust the spine, and not all of them involve “cracking and popping”. There are gentler yet effective ways of moving the bones of the spine. Investigate what techniques you prefer when picking your Chiropractor.”

Daytona proves dangerous for half the NASCAR pack Daytona International Speedway chewed up NASCAR drivers Saturday night and spit them back out, as the starting field of 40 was whittled down to 20, with only 13 finishing on the lead lap. The early stages of the race proved disastrous for many big name front runners of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Wrecks at laps 54 and 65 cleared half the field from competition and left plenty of room at the beginning of the pack for some newer talent to stake a claim. Erik Jones won the Coke Zero Sugar 400. He earned his first career victory after passing Martin Truex Jr. with half a lap to go in the event. Jones is in his second year of driving full-time on the Cup circuit. He hails from Byron, Michigan. Jones picked up his second top five finish of the 2018 season and eighth top 10. Truex Jr. sailed into the number two spot right on Jones’ bumper. Truex Jr. has three wins this season and tallied his third runner-up finish. He led 20 laps. AJ Allmendinger drove into third place after he led one lap. Allmendinger marked his first top five this season and third top 10. He remains winless 18 races into the season. Kasey Kahne, who is also winless this year, recorded his first top 10 finish of the season coming in fourth. Chris Buescher rounded out the top five in fifth place. Buescher, too, is winless and earned his second top five finish of 2018. The highest finishing rookie on Saturday was Bubba Wallace. He started 22nd and finished a lap down in 14th place. It was a wild ride as the race featured 25 lead changes and 10 caution periods for 46 laps. The outing went into overtime, running eight laps over the scheduled 160. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. led a race-high 51 laps; he also won Stage 1 and Stage 2. Other drivers who led laps but did not finish in the top five included: Ty Dillon (3), Ryan Newman (1), Alex Bowman (1), Kevin Harvick (8), Clint Bowyer (2), Jimmie Johnson (10), Michael McDowell (20), William Byron (12), Kyle Busch (1), Brad Keselowski (9), and pole sitter Chase Elliott (11). Racing action returns Saturday as the teams converge on Kentucky Speedway in the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart. Truex Jr. won last year’s outing, but Keselowski has picked up three checked flags at Kentucky since 2011, including 2016. Who will it be? Check back to find out!

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