07-25-2019 Tri-City Area Sports

Watervliet Press Box by John Oliphant

Watervliet Fall Sports gearing up

We’ve reached the slow season for Watervliet sports as all the recreational baseball and softball teams are done for the year and high school fall sports haven’t begun official full-team practices yet. That doesn’t mean nothing is happening, in fact far from it.

The football team has partnered with the wrestling team on a summer weightlifting program offering several workouts each week. The cross-country teams have been on their summer training schedule for a while now, getting into shape and allowing new team members to work on their endurance. The volleyball teams have been busy with camps and small-group workouts as well. The cheerleaders are attending camps and preparing for what they hope will be a long 2019 football season.

The Watervliet Athletic Department never rests for more than a week or two, and already they’ve put together full schedules for the middle school and high school fall sports. All of those schedules are online now at www.wpspanthers.com.

Panther Football VIP Memberships

The Watervliet football program will once again give Panther fans the opportunity to become a part of the VIP Football Press Box Club. Membership comes with several benefits, including admission for the member(s) (two total) to each home regular season varsity and JV game, indoor press box seating, dinner in the press box for varsity games, and two Panther Football t-shirts.

Becoming a Press Box Club VIP costs $100 for the entire regular season, and is a great way to show your Panther Pride! To become a member, or for more information, contact Coach Josh Tremblay at jtremblay@watervietps.org.

Trent McKinney Golf Fundraiser

The 8th annual Trent McKinney Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, August 10, beginning at 12:00 p.m. at Pipestone Creek Golf Course. The outing is held annually to raise money for the Trent McKinney Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Watervliet wrestling program. Cost to participate is $65 per person. Carts and a steak dinner are included. The deadline to register for this year’s event is August 4.

To register, contact Travis McKinney at 269-308-1177 or travisc.mckinney@gmail.com. Or you may contact Nicole McKinney at 269-308-1176 or niki.mckinney@gmail.com.

In addition to the golf, there will be a silent auction, prize drawings, and a 50/50 drawing. For anyone interested in donating items for the auction or drawings, or would like to sponsor a hole please contact Nicole McKinney or one of the Watervliet wrestling team members or coaches.

Panther boys soccer startup

The new kid on the Panther block in 2019 is boys soccer. A local group of parents and athletes have been lobbying the school to offer soccer to boys for