08-30-2018 Tri-City Area Sports

Hartford Football rushes through Gobles!

The time of year sports fans have all been waiting for and it is finally here! It is fall, of course, and with fall comes football season! Fans are not the only ones who were ready for football season; the Hartford Indians were as well.

Second year coach Brad Manning’s team hit the field last Thursday night to kickoff the 2018 High School Football season and they did so dominantly, as the Indians gave the old “Goose Egg” to the Gobles Tigers. The Indians beat the Tigers 33-0 in the first match of the season, and what better way to start it off!?

TOPSY-TURVEY… It was Hartford’s Evan Delarosa who came up big Thursday, August 23 in the Indians’ season opener at home. He caught a long ball from quarterback Aaron Sinclair for the team’s first pick six of the game. Hartford blanked Gobles 34-0. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


The Indians were taken under center by sophomore quarterback Aaron Sinclair in his first varsity start, but he looked like a seasoned veteran. Sinclair passed for 111 yards and one touchdown, but the most impressive stat on the night came on the ground as Sinclair rushed for 90 yards on nine attempts and had a touchdown as well.

Moses Beraza was also unstoppable for the Indians rushing for 140 yards on 31 carries and three touchdowns. James Gideon rushed for 18 yards, Inetus Dixon added 15 yards and Chris Palmer added in three yards to complete the dominating effort on the ground.

Sinclair had 111 yards through the air and found Moses Beraza, Joe Beebe and Evan Delarosa each one time while Beebe brought in the lone receiving touchdown. Evan Parker had five tackles in the trenches and Ricky Baker chipped in a happy five as well.

Some of the most exciting moments on the night were when Kyle Manning snagged not one, but two interceptions! The whole Indians’ defense was phenomenal, holding the Gobles Tigers to just 148 yards total on the night.

Coach Manning said before the season started that his team was going to be young and there would be some guys who had to step up, but they would be very fast and fun to watch. That was proven to be true Thursday night. Want to see this team in action? Check them out on the road tonight, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. at Bangor High School.

Watervliet wins 4th straight season opener

The Panthers opened up their 2018 football season at home Friday night as they beat former SAC rival Lawton, 50-28. Watervliet has only five returning starters this season, so there were a lot of questions coming in to game one. Senior gunslinger Garrett Matthews answered those questions very early in his first career start. Matthews found success on TD passes of 58, 77, 78, and eight yards all in the first quarter.

Senior receiver Jakob Aldrich was on the other end of three of those tosses, while senior receiver Kris Lenox grabbed the fourth.

The Panther offense added two more touchdowns in the first half. One was brought in by senior wideout Tristan Schultz and Matthews found his way in to the end zone as well. They went into the locker room up 42-14.

WRAPPED UP… Coloma’s Trent Brown wrapped up Brandywine’s Robert Gordon in the second quarter Thursday night, August 23, and brought him down to end the play. The Comets won their season opener 64-40 over the Bobcats. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


The second half was contained a little bit more by the Panthers as they added in one more score, with the final score being 50-28. Matthews threw for 319 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 83 yards and one touchdown.

Through the air, Matthews found Aldrich for 174 yards and three touchdowns, while Lenox had two catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. Schultz added three receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, Don Smith struck gold as a sophomore rushing for 137 yards on 18 attempts and one touchdown.

On the defensive side of the ball, the line was in control all night long. Senior tackles Eric Kehrer and Derrick Burkhardt along with ends Jimmy Collis and Dylan Lawson controlled the game right at the line of scrimmage. Linebackers Allen Chapin and Isaiah Yazel played well defensively while Aldrich added in an interception to his already impressive stat line. The Panthers look to start 2-0 on the season as they will be in action Friday night against the 2017 state runner-up Saugatuck Indians at home with a 7:00 p.m. kickoff.

Coloma wins against Brandywine in an offense heavy matchup

The Coloma Comets came out on fire to start the 2018 High School Football season as they topped Brandywine 64-40. It was quite the duel between these two teams. Brandywine put in a stout 412 yards of total offense, but Coloma threw that out the window and produced a total of 526 yards of total offense.

Quarterback Zach Goodline led the way with 149 passing yards and three touchdowns while he also rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Sin’Cere Taylor brought in one receiving touchdown as it was a 76-yard grab. Kenyon Boyd and Caleb Ellis each had a receiving touchdown as well.

Running back Zack Lake led the rushing attack for the Comets as he rushed for 142 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown. Ellis rushed for 100 yards on eight carries.

Cody Reese and Trent Brown had double-digit tackles. The Comets defense also created two turnovers and gave up none. The turnovers came by Taylor who had an interception for the Comets. Davion Bledsoe forced a fumble and Goodline recovered. The defense stopped Brandywine in their tracks on the first three drives.

Coach Stephens said, “We got off to a fast start and executed well on offense to start the game. We were very balanced and got a lot of our backs involved.”

The first half Coloma ran 18 plays for 380 yards. The offensive line was huge for the Comets as well. The Comets had three different 100-yard rushers on Thursday and all three had less than ten carries. The Comets were also 8-8 on two-point conversion attempts, so they were very efficient in goal line situations.

The Comets take on the Berrien Springs Shamrocks at Berrien Springs High School tonight (August 30) at 7:00 p.m. for the week two matchup.

Hartford Soccer tops Fennville

The Hartford Indians took on the Fennville Blackhawks in matchup Monday night where Hartford wins in a tight one, 1-0. The lone goal on the night was from Roy Rodriguez. Rudy Martinez had three saves on the night. Hartford takes on Bloomingdale at home on Wednesday, September 5 at 5:00 p.m.

Watervliet Girls Varsity Volleyball wins big at LMC

The Watervliet High School Girls Volleyball team earned their first win of the season against Lake Michigan Catholic. The Panthers got out to a slow start but ended up finding a rhythm and winning the match. Elaine Koshar led the team in kills with 11 and three blocks. Emma Armstrong had five kills and two digs. Grace Smith led the Panther squad with eight digs while pitching in five of the teams 11 aces on the day.

Hartford Volleyball comes up short in a valiant effort

The Hartford Indians Varsity Girls Volleyball team came up short against River Valley. In five sets the Indians lost set one 24-26, they won set two 25-22 and set three 25-22, they lost set four 24-26 and they lost the final set of the night 5-15.

The Lady Indian squad is 2-8 on the season. Mikenzie Chambers led the team in kills with 10 and Megan Nelson brought in four kills as well. Lainey Goodson led in aces with four while Megan Nelson led in digs with 96 throughout the day.

Ladies Monday Night Happy Hour Golf League

Golf Report from the Paw Paw Lake Golf Club

August 20 Weekly Event winner was Sandy Johnson; Low Gross: Kathy Osborne with 52; Low Net:  Sandy Johnson and Kathy Osborne with 34; Low putts: Sandy Johnson with 14; Pars: Cheryl Hutchins #5

August 27 Weekly Event winners: Maureen McGrath and Colleen McKeown; Low Gross:  Cheryl  Hutchins with 47; Low Net:   Katherine Rodriguez with 31; Low Putts:  Ursela Bansen with 15; Pars:  Cheryl Hutchins  #12, #13, #14, #15,  Katherine Rodriguez #15, Maureen McGrath  #14 and Ursela Bansen #12 and #13; Chip-ins:  Ursela Bansen #17

Press Box Player of the Week

 This week’s Press Box Player of the Week is Jakob Aldrich from Watervliet.

Jakob is the son of Mark and Trisha Aldrich. He is a senior at Watervliet High School and participates in football, basketball, and baseball.

In the first game of his senior season in football against Lawton, Jakob raked in 174 receiving yards and three touchdowns, and also brought in an interception on defense.

Let’s hear it for, Jakob! Good luck this season!

Armchair Quarterbacks come out strong, with Krell in the lead!

By Ben Loshbough

Week One of the 2018-2019 Tri-City Record AQB season is in the books. The standings look a little different than they did at the end of last season. Rodney Lynch, of Coloma, finished first last year while Greg Krell, of Watervliet, finished last. Well, that has been flip-flopped!

Even though it is only week one of the season it is amazing to see the turnaround from last season as Krell is first overall and Lynch is in last! Before getting into the standings, here is a rundown of the rules for TCR AQB. Each week six local, community-minded football fans try to predict the outcomes of eight football games. The start of each season will feature only high school games as they are the only games happening. Once pro and college football start, then the eight games become a mix of all three.

Of the eight weekly games, one is selected as a tie-breaker game. Each AQB must determine what they think the combined point total will be in that game. If two or more AQBs have the same weekly record then their place in the standings will be decided by whichever point total was closest to the actual total. As the season goes on, the eight games turn into four then to one culminating with the Super Bowl. Whoever is in first place when it is all said and done will be crowned champion of the AQB season and will win a championship ball cap!

That being said, high school football went underway this week as our Tri-City heroes of Coloma, Watervliet, and Hartford came out with victories! Every AQB predicted all three Tri-City teams as victors except for Rodney Lynch who finished in last this week with a 5-3 record.

Chris Leach of Coloma also pitched in a 5-3 record but owned the tie-breaker for the week over Lynch, as did Dan Jones who came in with a 5-3 record who owns the tie-breaker over both of them. In third place is Tim Hildebrand of Hartford who came in with a solid 6-2 record as he was the only 6-2 record of the week.

RoxAnn Rodney-Isbrecht and Greg Krell both had 7-1 records on the week.

The tie-breaker game was Hartford vs. Gobles and Hartford won that contest 33-0 which means the combined score from the game was… 33 points. RoxAnn predicted a combined 48-point total, but Greg predicted 47 so that makes him the winner of the tie-breaker and the winner of week one of the TCR AQB season.

The set of games for week two of the AQB season is as follows:

Watervliet vs. Saugatuck

Coloma vs. Berrien Springs

Hartford vs. Bangor

Michigan vs. Notre Dame

Michigan State vs. Utah State

Detroit vs. Cleveland

Green Bay vs. Kansas City

Chicago vs. Buffalo

This week’s tie-breaker game will be the Watervliet Panthers taking on the Saugatuck Indians at home on Friday night. Check back next week to see how our Armchair Quarterbacks fared in week two of the TCR AQB 2018-2019 season!

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