09-06-2018 Tri-City Area Sports

Berrien Springs downs Coloma, 42-0

The Coloma Comets traveled to Berrien Springs on Friday to take on the Shamrocks in week two of the MHSAA Football Season. The Shamrocks got off to a hot start by returning the opening kickoff and that continued into the night as the Comets fell 42-0. Coach Joe Stephens said that his team gave a lot of effort to try and keep the ball game alive, only being outgained by 72 yards at the conclusion of the game. The Comets had to work a lot harder to get the yards they had and just couldn’t put a full drive together. Coloma was 21-0 at the end of the first half, and the final score was 42-0.

LEADING THE CHARGE… Watervliet quarterback Garrett Matthews throws the ball as teammates Tristan Schultz (7) and Dylan Lawson (55) charge the line Friday night in the Panthers’ game against Saugatuck. Watervliet lost the contest 49-42 and fell to 1-1 on the season. Matthews was 26 of 44 for 343 yards; he threw two touchdowns and one interception. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

Although the score may not show this, the Comets had 245 total yards to Berrien’s 323, but the Shamrocks rushed for more than twice what the Comets did with 299 rushing yards on the night. Senior Quarterback Zach Goodline went 5/13 on passing for 110 yards and he also rushed for 69 yards. Zack Lake rushed for 18 yards as Caleb Ellis rushed for 17 and Michael Case for 12. Ellis led the way for the Comets in terms of receiving with 55 yards while Lake had 31 yards and Sin’cere Taylor had 24 yards receiving. Going to the defensive side of the ball, Cody Reese had four tackles on the night. Cole Allmon had three and Kenyon Boyd had two. The Comets recovered two fumbles on the defensive side courtesy of Lake and Alec DeLaTorre. It was a tough loss for the Comets of Coloma against a very talented Berrien Springs ball club. The Coloma Comets face the Buchanan Bucks in a week three matchup this Friday, September 7 at 8 p.m. at Coloma High School. Hartford blanks Bangor Last Thursday the Hartford Indians took on the Bangor Vikings in a week three Southwest 10 matchup, shutting them out 52-0. The Indians are off to a very hot start in 2018. The Indians were firing on all cylinders Thursday night. Passing for 74 yards and rushing for 249 yards, to a combined 323 yards. The Hartford defense was a force to be reckoned with as well, holding Bangor to -19 yards total on the night! Evan Delarosa had four tackles, two for a loss as did Corey Arnold. Rick Baker had three tackles. Moses Beraza, Evan Parker, Joe Beebe, Kyle Manning, and Ian Woodruff all pitched in two. In addition to his three tackles, Baker also had an interception on the night as well. Coach Brad Manning’s team had a stout 323 yards of total offense. Sophomore Quarterback Aaron Sinclair went 2/3 for 74 yards and two touchdowns. For the second straight week Beraza led the rushing attack with 108 yards on nine attempts and two touchdowns. Sinclair ran in three touchdowns as well and had 88 yards. Parker contributed well to the rushing attack with 53 yards. Wideout Evan Delarosa had 54 yards receiving and Beraza contributed 20 yards receiving.

The Hartford Indians are in action this Friday at Mendon High School with a 7 p.m. kickoff for a sure to be classic week three matchup.

Watervliet loses to Saugatuck in an instant classic

The 2017 State Runner-Up Saugatuck Indians traveled to Watervliet on Friday night to take on the Panthers for the first time since 2012, with the Panthers losing 49-42 in a game to remember. Handed their first loss of the season and ending their 11-game regular season win streak. Coach Jeremy Andrews and staff knew this would be a tough battle but also knew that it would be a matchup that would go down to the wire as it did. Tied 42-42 going into the final two minutes, Saugatuck scored with just over a minute left in the ball game to take the lead and held on to it until the finish.

THREAD THROUGH… Hartford sophomore Danny Gutierrez threads between two Bangor opponents as he works the ball down the field last Wednesday in a Southwest10 conference matchup. The Indians shut out the Vikings 6-0. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

Senior Watervliet Quarterback Garrett Matthews threw for 343 yards passing and two touchdowns. Matthews also rushed for 82 yards and ran in three touchdowns on the night. Jakob Aldrich once again had a great night receiving with 179 yards. Kris Lenox brought in 88 yards and a touchdown. Tristan Schultz caught four passes for 59 yards and a touchdown as well, and Manny Guzman chipped in 17 yards. Sophomore running back Don Smith rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown in the game. The Panthers fought hard all night long and gave the Panther fans a show as they battled against Saugatuck all night long even though they came up short. The Panthers of Watervliet are home this Friday night against Parchment. That game is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Coloma Volleyball comes up big against Lawrence Last week the Coloma Varsity Girls Volleyball team took on the Lawrence Tigers winning 25-14, 25-23, and 25-12. Some statistics from the night are three kills, one dig and a block courtesy of Marissa Sherburn. Maurissa LaGrow had one ace and two digs. Hannah Mathis came in with five kills, 11 assists, and five digs. Gracie Whitaker helped the effort as well with three kills and two digs. Kelsey Ellis had four aces and 16 digs. Taryn Blazier had five kills and one block on the night. Chloe Mathis contributed six digs. Megan Neubecker brought in 11 kills, three digs, and five blocks. Sam Stewart gave the Comets five aces and 21 digs. Kylee Bailey made her presence known with five kills, three digs, and one block, and Rozalyn Emrich had 11 assists, three aces, and five digs.

Hartford Boys Soccer shuts out Bangor

The Bangor Vikings challenged the Hartford Indians in a game of soccer only to be shutout 6-0 by Coach Nick Blackmer’s undefeated soccer team. The Hartford Indians thumped Bangor last week shutting them out in a well-rounded team effort. The six goals on the night were brought in by Fernando Alvarez who had two, Joel Soto who had two, and Roy Rodriguez who had two as well. Hartford’s Rudy Martinez had five saves on the night. The Indians are undefeated on the season.

Deadline approaching for Watervliet Athletic Hall of Fame nominations

The Watervliet Athletic Department is seeking nominations for the Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Nominations will be accepted up to October 1, 2018. For more information about the nomination process and who’s eligible, please go to the Watervliet Public School web page, www.watervlietps.org and hover over the Athletics tab and then down to Watervliet Hall of Fame Nominations. The Class of 2019 will be inducted on Saturday, February 16 at halftime of the varsity boys’ basketball game.

Panthers finish 1st & 5th at  New Buffalo Invitational

The Panther boys cross country team finished 1st out of 14 teams at the New Buffalo Invitational on Wednesday, August 29. The squad was able to outpace the second-place Bridgman Bees on a wet and winding course that included some very narrow trails. Gus Hinch again led the effort finishing 6th overall with a time of 19:20. The team’s depth then kicked in as Watervliet put eight runners in the top 22 spots. Kody Edmonds crossed the line in 19:46 for 7th with Kade Van Niel grabbing 12th in 20:00. Trever Pelton and Ezra Troyer brought the team’s scoring to an end by capturing 16th and 17th in 20:15 and 20:23. Alex Isbrecht and Austin Roberts paced each other to 19th and 20th place finishes with times of 20:42 and 20:43. Some nice improvements were made by freshmen Nathan Isbrecht, Camdon Geisler, and Jake Kroepel who each knocked significant amounts of time off of their first race of the season.

Panther Girls Cross Country finish 5th

The Panther girls finished 5th out of 14 teams at the New Buffalo Invitational. Yona Klimkiewicz was the first Watervliet runner to cross the finish line with a time of 27:33 for 24th place. Close behind Yona was Aria Richards who ran a 27:39 for 25th place. Jazmin Moron knocked 46 seconds off of her first race of the season in posting a 29:32. Watervliet will travel to Centreville on Saturday, September 8, for a High School and Middle School Invitational.

Hartford Volleyball earns win over Lawrence

Hartford’s varsity volleyball team hosted the Lawrence Tigers on Tuesday, September 4; 23-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-14 to earn the win. Megan Nelson led Indians with 11 kills, 46 digs, two aces and six blocks. Mikenzie Chambers had 9 kills and two blocks. Jaelyn Galvan had 51 digs and 11 assists. Janell Babcock posted 17 digs for the night along with five blocks. Mercedes Requenes posted five blocks while Karla Robles had 30 digs for the contest. Hartford ended the night with a overall record of 3-8.

SAM’S SHOT… Coloma’s Sam Stewart readies to return a shot in front of teammate Hannah Mathis last Wednesday as the Coloma Varsity Volleyball team faced Lawrence at home. Coloma won the first game 25-14 and went on to win the match in straight sets. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


This week’s Press Box Player of the Week is Aaron Sinclair of Hartford.

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Armchair Quarterbacks mix it up after two weeks of play; Rodney-Isbrecht takes over top spot

By Ben Loshbough Ladies and gentlemen do not blink, but we are two weeks into the high school football season, one week into the college football season and we are one week away from the NFL season. With that being said we are also two weeks through the Tri-City Record Armchair Quarterback season. If one is unfamiliar with what TCR AQB exactly is, let’s go over the rules. 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. We do add pro and college football once they start and 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! The standings look a lot different than they looked in the first week of the AQB season. In fact, none of our stars are in the same place they were in last week, except one! Coming up at the back end of the pack in week two of our TCR AQB 2018 season is Watervliet Fire Chief Dan Jones. Chief Jones comes into the week at a 7-9 season record that he also shares with 5th place Rodney Lynch of the Loma Theatre. Rodney also has a 7-9 record, but he owned week two’s tie breaker over Chief Jones. Coming in at 4th place through two weeks of the 2018 AQB season is Chris Leach from West Street Station in Coloma. Chris finished week one in 5th place and managed to move up to 4th through week two. The lone TCR AQB that stayed at the same ranking through two weeks so far in the 2018 season is Tim Hildebrand from Hartford Harding’s. Tim shares a 10-6 record with Greg Krell of the Watervliet Athletic Boosters. Greg Krell came in the week ranked 1st overall and fell to second place through week two. In first place so far through two weeks in the 2018 TCR AQB season is RoxAnn Rodney-Isbrecht. RoxAnn managed to move up one place from 2nd to 1st as she was the only AQB to pick Saugatuck over Watervliet, which she was correct. Here are the games that our Tri-City Record Armchair Quarterbacks will be picking in week three:

Watervliet vs. Parchment Hartford vs. Mendon Coloma vs. Buchanan Michigan vs. Western Michigan State vs. Arizona State Detroit vs. New York Chicago vs. Green Bay Atlanta vs. Philadelphia

The tiebreaker game for week three will be Coloma vs. Buchanan. Make sure to check back in next week’s issue to see how our TCR AQBs fared in week three!


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