08-29-2019 Tri-City Area Sports

Coloma Press Box By Dave Vollrath

Coloma Comet Cross Country team looking to send more runners to state

The Coloma Comet Cross Country team used the Glad-Peach 5K run as a combination warm up and practice run. Many of the members of this year’s runners were on hand for the 5K race on Saturday morning Aug. 3, as part of the Glad-Peach festival, and several members finished very well. The varsity coach for the coed team of runners once again is Courtney Churchill. She’s looking to send more of her team to the state finals this year, as she says her team is more prepared and healthier than they were a year ago. Last year Emma Vandermolen was the only Comet qualifier for state, but Coach Churchill feels that number could go up this year.

Coach Churchill also states that the Comet Junior High coach Jennifer Ickes and her have been working very well together, and have been able to recruit some better quality athletes in building the program. In talking about some of her runners in addition to Emma who qualified for state last year, and returns again this year for her senior season, Camryn Brown is a runner, and just a freshman who has a lot of potential, and a natural born leader. Abby Vandermolen, a junior, struggled with injuries a year ago, but has returned strong and healthy this year and ready to make an impact. Vanessa Crisenbery, another senior on the team, is very honest and has a ton of integrity. Chloe Williams is a sophomore who loves to run and has a great deal of potential, as she enters her first year on the squad. Rounding out the girls side of the team are sophomores Ava Genovese, and Taylor and Tori Brown who are twins sisters. Kayla Walter, a Comet junior also adds depth to the roster.

TRI-CITY SCHOOLS SCRIMMAGE… Hartford’s Dylan Voss looks to tackle Coloma’s Michael Case during a scrimmage held at Coloma High School on Thursday, August 22. Both teams were very competitive in one of their final tune-ups before opening night this week. Both teams begin the year on Thursday night, with Hartford hosting Cassopolis and Coloma traveling to Brandywine. (TCR photo by Jerrod Birmele)

On the male side of the roster of runners is sophomore Caeleb Ishmael, who is an all state wrestler, also brings a ton of energy and enthusiasm to the team. He has already taken four minutes off his time in the first meet last week, compared to this time last year. Riley Davis, another sophomore, was thinking of playing football but decided that cross country was a better sport for him, and will be helping to lead the Comets. Blane Sutherland, a junior runner, is a team leader who is very ambitious and brings a lot of positive energy, which long distance runners always find to be extremely beneficial.

Rounding out the Comet roster of boys are freshmen, Skylar Wolfe, Andy Granados, and Wyatt Sinnett. Another sophomore, Jake Ickes, is a very talented all around athlete who also plays basketball and baseball, and has already posted some good times. Ethan Vandermolen is also a sophomore who should bring a great competitiveness, as he has two sisters on the team.

Coloma Comet harriers compete in first meet of the new season

The Coloma Comet Cross Country team competed in their first meet of the year last week running in the Three Rivers Big Hill Invitational. Jackson was winner on the female side with a total of 85 points; the Comets took sixth place with a total of 127 points.

Top overall finishers for the Coloma girls were Emma Vandermolen, 11th place in 23:39, as Ava Genovese came in 12th right behind her in 23:47. Abby Vandermolen came in 17th in a time of 24:19. Tori Brown came in 45th, Taylor Brown 47th, and Camryn Brown 48th for the Comet runners.

The Coloma boys also finished in sixth place as Marshall won the 9-team event with a total of 47 points. The Comet point total was 154. Top finisher for Coloma was Jake Ickes in 16th place overall in a time of 20:10. He was followed closely by Blane Sutherland in 18th place in a time of 20:20. Ethan Vandermolen finished in 34th in a time of 21:04 and next in for the Comets was Caeleb Ishmael in a time of 21:43. Skylar Wolfe finished in 24:01, and Riley Davis ran a time of 25:19.

Comet boys soccer team finishes as runner up in Comet Invitational