09-12-2019 Tri-City Area Sports

Hartford Prress Box By Jerrod Birmele


Hartford Football falls to 0-2 with 50-12 loss at Centreville

Friday night, Sept. 6, the Hartford Indian Football team made their first road trip of the 2019 season to Centreville to take on the Bulldogs. The Indians were coming off of a 57-0 trouncing by Cassopolis the week prior, and all eyes were on the team to right the ship. It would not be easy, though, against a Bulldog team that went 9-2 a season ago, and has depth throughout their entire system to sustain their momentum for years to come. This game would be a big test.

The game would be rather close for three quarters, but the fourth quarter turned a relatively close game into a rout, as Centreville defeated Hartford, 50-12. The host Bulldogs got out of the gate quickly, outscoring the Indians, 14-0 in the first quarter, before Hartford trimmed the deficit to 10 at half thanks to a 12-8 scoring advantage in the second stanza. After that, it was all Centreville from there, as they outscored Hartford, 28-0, in the second half, courtesy of a 6-0 scoring advantage in the third quarter and a 22-0 advantage in the fourth and final stanza.

In terms of scoring for Hartford, one touchdown came through the air and one came on the ground. The first scoring drive was capped off when Kyle Manning took the quarterback sneak one yard into the end zone for the touchdown. The extra-point attempt, via a kick, failed, and the Indians scored six on the possession. Their second and final score came on a 33-yard pass from Manning to Dylan Voss, who took it into the end zone for his first varsity touchdown. Hartford went for two on the point after try, and like the scoring drive before, the attempt failed, and the Indians had to settle for six points on that trip.

Centreville outgained Hartford, 411-156, in total yards, and all of the Bulldogs yards came on the ground.

Of the 156 total yards of offense for Hartford, 82 of them were passing yards, and 74 of them were rushing yards. The Indians were led offensively by Kyle Manning, who was 6-of-14 passing for 82 yards and one touchdown. He also threw two interceptions. Dylan Voss made just one catch, but it was for a team-high 33 yards and a touchdown, while Aaron Sinclair made three catches for 31 yards and Joe Beebe added two catches for 18 yards. Sinclair led the rushing attack, carrying the ball 14 times for 37 yards, while Beebe rushed for 31 yards on six carries and Manning added 28 yards on seven carries and a touchdown.

For the second straight game, Beebe led the defensive charge with 13 tackles, while Alex Cook added 12 tackles, and Yair Delgado and Manning pitched in seven tackles each. Zach Harris added a fumble recovery to the defensive statistics.

Hartford is currently 0-2 on the season, and possesses the same record in Southwest 10 Conference play. The Indians hit the road for the second straight week this Friday, Sept. 13, as they travel to Bloomingdale to take on a Cardinals team that is also 0-2 on the season.

Hartford Volleyball wins second straight match with Lawrence sweep

On Tuesday night, Sept. 3, the Hartford Indian Volleyball team was back in action, with the team hosting their second straight home match against the Lawrence Tigers. The ladies were coming off a week which saw them play just one match, but it was a five-set thriller that they won against a tough Three Oaks River Valley squad. With the momentum of that match fresh in their minds, there was no doubt the team would be fired up and ready to go in a rivalry match.

In the match against Lawrence, Hartford was in control from nearly start-to-finish, sweeping the night’s action in straight sets. They won the first set in commanding form, 25-14, before racking up another dominant victory in the second set, 25-12. Lawrence made it interesting in the third and final set, leading for much of it before the Lady Indians turned it around to win the set and match, 25-22.

In terms of statistics, Hartford was led in aces by Lainey Goodson with five, while Megan Nelson added 4 aces and Descenya Rodarte served 3 aces. Alexis Snodgrass led the team in kills with seven, while Mercedes Requenes added 4 kills. Nelson led the team in digs with 20, while Rodarte added 14 digs and Gillian Kuehnle had 11 digs. Other statistical leaders included Kuehnle with 5 assists, while Nelson recorded an additional 4 assists.

Hartford is currently 5-7 on the season. The team has to wait until Saturday, Sept. 14 to see any action, as that is when they will travel to New Buffalo to take part in the New Buffalo Varsity Volleyball Invitational.

Hartford Soccer loses tough 1-0 conference match at Bloomingdale

Wednesday night, Sept. 4, the Hartford Indian Soccer team played their first conference match of the season at Bloomingdale against the Cardinals. This year’s team has played quite well to start the season, despite their relative youth and inexperience at the high school level. When asked in the preseason, head coach Nick Blackmer said their opponent in this game would be a test; but for many years, the soccer program has risen to the test quite well.

In their match against Bloomingdale, Hartford had many chances to score, but they could not convert the scoring chances into any goals. The result was the Indians falling to the home team, 1-nil.

Hartford is currently 3-3 on the season, and falls to 0-1 in Southwest 10 Conference action. The team will have a busy period ahead, with matches dotting the calendar on three days in the coming week. On Monday, Sept. 9 they played a conference match at Cassopolis, before returning home on Wednesday, Sept. 11 to play conference foe, Marcellus. They will conclude the busy schedule on Saturday, Sept. 14 by traveling to South Haven to compete in the Shoreline Shootout. Match results and statistics should be in next week’s Press Box.

Hartford Cross Country runs tough at annual Bob Teske Invitational

On Thursday night, Sept. 5, the Hartford Indian Cross Country teams hosted the Teske Invitational at the Van Buren County Fairgrounds. This annual meet, named for legendary teacher and coach, Bob Teske, has become one of the favorite meets for local teams, and has become a main stay in the schedule during the month of September. With this being their lone home meet of the season, the teams representing the green and white were focused to do well.

At the Teske Invitational, the Hartford men placed 7th out of eight teams, while the Hartford ladies placed 3rd out of eight teams.

On the men’s side, the team was led by Jacob Morales, who placed 19th overall with a time of 19:12, while Joey Lehmkuhl clocked in at 19:17, good enough to place him in 21st position. The top five runners also included Aldo Acevedo in 44th place (21:52), Arulio Delgado in 59th place (23:23) and Hunter Bloom in 64th place (23:37).

On the ladies’ side, the team was led by Katherine Sanchez, who placed 9th overall with a time of 23:33, while Yovana Naranjo came in three seconds later, at 23:36, placing her in 10th place overall. The top five runners also included Jamie Smith in 18th place (24:25), Jasmin Janicki in 19th place (24:25) and Mayra Naranjo in 20th place (24:47).

The Hartford Cross Country teams return to action on Saturday, Sept. 14 when they will make the long trek to Mendon to compete in the Mendon Invitational.

As always, GO INDIANS!

FRESHMAN QB IN FINE FORM… With the offensive line giving him just enough time, Watervliet Panther #15 Tyson Williams throws his first career touchdown pass to Jordan Abney in the second quarter of Friday night’s game Sept. 6 at Saugatuck. The Panthers would go on to beat the Indians 22-14. (Photo courtesy of Rebecca Yazel)


Press Box Player of the Week

By John Oliphant

Our Press Box Player of the Week is Watervliet running back and linebacker Don Smith III.

Don, a junior in his second season on the varsity team, had the best game of his career so far. Facing the Saugatuck Indians last Friday, the running back carried the ball 21 times for 148 yards and a touchdown. On defense he had six tackles and effectively shut down his side of the field. Solid enough, but he also had the biggest play of the game.

Late in the 4th quarter with the score tied, the Indians had the ball on 2nd down and goal on the Panther 6-inch line. At the snap Royce Daugherty shot through the gap, wrapping up the quarterback as he attempted to make a handoff to the fullback. The QB stumbled and the ball came loose, landing two yards deep in the end zone. Smith could have fallen on the ball, but seeing an empty field to his left he scooped it up off the turf and sprinted 102 yards down the Panther sideline for the go-ahead touchdown.

The play sets a new state record for the longest fumble return for a touchdown, breaking the previous 100-yard record held by five players.

Don utilized his favorite football advice on the play, which is to “not think and just do.” He hopes to play football in college, and said “This team is really coming together, where we can rely on each other and help push each other to the next level.”

Congratulations Don!

Watervliet Press Box by John Oliphant


Panther Football

wins 22-14 at Saugatuck

The new-look Panther football team traveled north to Saugatuck on Friday night, where they fought hard for a 22-14 win.

After a couple defensive stops by each team, the Panthers struck first on a 21-yard pass from freshman quarterback Tyson Williams to Jordan Abney. Evan Hutchins caught the pass for two extra points. The Indians responded with a long drive, making the score 8-6. In the third quarter Don Smith finished off a drive weaving and breaking tackles on a 15-yard TD run. The extra point failed leaving the Panthers ahead at 14-6.

The Indians again responded with a long drive, eventually punching in both the touchdown and the 2-point try, tying the game at 14. On the next drive the Panthers were forced to punt and the Indians launched a long 14-play drive. They were poised to score from the one-foot line, but the running back fumbled into the end zone. Linebacker Don Smith picked up the loose ball two yards deep. Seeing nothing but a lot of green in front of him, he sprinted 102 yards, outrunning a pair of Saugatuck defenders for the touchdown. The pass to Hutchins for two points was successful, leading to the final score of 22-14. The final Indian drive was halted on a nifty sideline interception by Abney.

Smith finished the game with 148 yards on 21 carries. Williams, playing very well in just his second high school game, was 10 of 16 passing for 95 yards and one TD. Hutchins led the receivers with five catches for 51 yards, and Abney has two catches for 41 yards and 53 return yards. Nick Polaskey had a first-half interception.

The defense played tough all night behind a great effort up front from Jimmy Collis, Royce Daugherty, Conner Underwood and Dylan Lawson on the line, and linebackers Smith and Yazel. Yazel led with nine tackles, Polaskey with eight, and Lawson with seven. Fifteen different Panthers recorded tackles on the night.

The win moves the young Panthers to 1-1 on the season. They travel to play the 0-1 Parchment Panthers in week three.

Panther boys cross country dominance continues

The boys cross team “spoiled” their perfect record with a second-place finish in the Bob Teske Invitational on August 31. The Panther runners traversed the hilly and uneven course at the Van Buren County Fairgrounds. Despite four runners finishing in the top 15 in a field of 83, the Panthers couldn’t match the Bloomingdale squad who took first place. Gus Hinch (18:00) was fourth overall with a season-best time. Ezra Troyer (18:17) was seventh overall. Trever Pelton (18:48) and Kody Edmonds (18:54) were also under 19 minutes, Pelton in 11th and Edmonds in 15th. German Casiano (19:25) ran his best time so far, finishing in 22nd place. Other Panthers posting season best times were Matt Hanks (19:42), Alex Isbrecht (20:11), Camdon Geisler (21:36), Jimmy Kolosowsky (22:13), Aaron Leoni (22:38), Jake Kroepel (24:40), and Nick Orlando (25:46).

Final team scores: Bloomingdale 34, Watervliet 51, Lawrence 90, Gobles 112, Coloma 121, Mendon 151, Hartford 161 and Marcellus 199.

The boys were right back to their winning ways on Saturday, August 7 on the hilly, wooded trails of Centreville. The 15-team meet is divided into Class A/B and Class C/D, then further divided into 11/12 grades and 9/10 grades.

The Panthers brought home the first place trophy in the 11/12 race with Ezra Troyer (17:59) running his best race of the season capturing second place in C/D class and sixth overall. Gus Hinch (18:30) finished fifth, while Trever Pelton (18:56) was seventh. Kody Edmonds (19:26) finished up the scoring for the squad, good for eighth place.

The 9/10 group finished in fourth place, as German Casiano (19:23) set a new PR and finished fifth. The race also saw Mason Pennington (21:08), Nathan Isbrecht (21:16), and Jake Kroepel (24:06) post season best times.

The Lady Panther’s rebuilding season continued in a positive direction at the Teske meet last week. Sophie Tavolacci (25:46) ran her best season time for 28th place. Alyssa Lange (28.36) provided another highlight as she took 16 seconds off her previous best. Season best times were also turned in by Destiny Kerr and Aria Richards.

At the Centreville meet they finished sixth place in the 11/12 race and seventh in the 9/10 race out of 15 schools. Tavolacci (26:15) was the top Panther runner in the 11/12 race. Brenda Romero (27:15) was the team’s top performer in the 9/10 race, finishing with a new PR. Megan Trapp and Destiny Kerr also posted new PRs.

Boys soccer wins conference match at Constantine

The Panther soccer team traveled to Constantine for their first conference match of the season. The long bus ride did not bother the players, and they rolled to an 8-0 victory, improving to 3-2-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference.

As usual, the scoring started quickly when Nathan Isbrecht scored unassisted in the third minute to take a 1-0 lead. Although the maroon jerseys controlled the tempo, it took until the 22nd minute before German Casiano made the score 2-0 unassisted. The pitch tilted the Panther’s direction at this point. Brady Bornas scored in the 27th minute off an assist from Erick Perez-Cruz. Ziki Alvarado scored in the 31st minute on an assist from Brennan Bornas, and the Panthers went to halftime with a 4-0 lead.

More of the same in the second half as Perez-Cruz scored his second goal on a free kick in the 61st minute. Robert Kraklau scored in the 62nd minute, and Casiano scored his second goal of the game in the 66th minute. Shortly after that, Andrew Chisek scored to end the match at 8-0.

Volleyball showing their age

The young and inexperienced Panthers traveled to Galesburg-Augusta on Thursday, September 5 and fell short, losing 3-1. In games one and two the Panthers took early leads but the Rams fought back to win 25-19 and 25-18. Game three was a back and forth battle until the score reached 10-10, when the Panthers took the lead and won 25-20. In the final game the Panthers fought to 18-18 but couldn’t recapture control and lost 25-18.

Stat Leaders: Samantha Dietz – 11 kills, 3 digs, 1 ace; Addison Riley – 7 kills, 1 dig, 3 blocks, 3 aces; Susanna VanLente – 5 kills, 4 digs, 4 aces; Allie Pline – 9 digs, 2 aces.

The volleyball team hosted a tournament on Saturday, September 7. The Panthers went 0-4 in four matches in a strong field of the area’s top Class C teams. They lost to Brandywine 25-19 and 25-11 and then lost to Lawton 25-13 and 26-24. They faced Bangor next, losing 25-15 and 25-10. In the consolation round they were bested by Decatur 25-16 and 25-13.

Brandywine eventually beat South Haven to win the tournament.

Stat Leaders: Samantha Dietz – 24 kills, 11 digs, 3 blocks, 5 aces; Kristen Gardiner – 39 assists, 4 digs, 4 aces; Susanna VanLente – 5 kills, 7 aces, 6 digs; Myah Hobson – 9 kills, 2 blocks; Addison Riley – 5 kills, 1 ace; Allie Pline – 7 digs, 3 aces.

UP AGAINST THE SIDELINE… #5, Caleb Winfield, a senior on the Coloma boys soccer team, struggles to keep the ball in play against Alex Stoner of Schoolcraft during second half action of a tough 3-2 loss Monday night, Sept. 9. (TCR photo by Dave Vollrath)


Coloma Press Box By Dave Vollrath








Coloma Comet Harriers’ young

team showing steady improvement

The Coloma Comet boys and girls cross country teams are competing with an abundance of underclassmen, but they have definitely been holding their own and then some. They had a busy week the first week of school running in Hartford on Thursday, Sept. 5, and then again in Centreville on Saturday, Sept. 7. Both the boys’ and girls’ runners have been showing steady improvement in their times, and look to still be on track to achieve one of their preseason goals of having multiple runners qualify for the state meet at the end of the regular season.

In a statement from varsity Comet coach Courtney Churchill, she contributes their improvement to some improved training techniques, and a new attitude of cohesiveness. All runners know that no one can be out there doing their running for them, it is a very solitary activity, but knowing they are not running alone and having others pulling them on can certainly be very beneficial in improving their mental attitude, which will certainly improve them overall.

Coach Churchill says, “Our athletes are performing really well. We have been honing our mental toughness and working on physical strength as well, which seems to be helping. We are dedicated to being united in our efforts, and not divided as a team.” It certainly appears to be working.

Comet girls run to a second place finish in Hartford

The Coloma girl harriers ran at the Van Buren County fairgrounds last Thursday, Sept. 5 in the Bob Teske Invitational and finished in second place overall. The lady Comets totaled 50 points. Bloomingdale came in first with 32 points.

Emma Vandermolen, the Comet senior, once again led the way for Coloma and finished in 3rd place overall in a time of 22:18.5. Her sister Abby Vandermolen ran right behind her and finished in 5th place coming across the line in 22:44.9. Ava Genovese finished in 6th in 22:45.7, Chloe Williams 21st overall in 24:57.4, and Camryn Brown 29th in 25:51.2. Camryn is just a freshman and Ava and Chloe are sophomores.

The Comet boys finished in fifth place in the Bob Teske run, with a total of 121 points. Bloomingdale also finished first for the boys totaling 34 points.

Jake Ickes, a sophomore, finished in 16th place overall in a time of 18:59.9, Ethan Vandermolen was close behind in 20th place with a time of 19:15.1. Blane Sutherland was 23rd in 19:28.2, Caeleb Ishmael 37th in 21:11.8, and Andy Granados 46th in 21:53.3.

Comet cross country competes in Centreville Invitational

The Comets traveled on Saturday, Sept. 7 to run in the Centreville Invitational. This is a large event with many schools and they break the teams into competing sizes with A/B for larger schools and C/D for smaller size schools. They also break this down further with freshmen and sophomores competing against each other, and the seniors and juniors in another category. The Comet boys didn’t have enough seniors and juniors to compete as a team, but Blane Sutherland a Comet junior finished in a time of 20:26.98 and in 18th place overall. The Comet underclassmen did a great job in winning in their category in the C/D division schools. Coloma totaled 37 points to finish in 1st place. Jake Ickes finished in 2nd overall with a time of 19:09.85. Ethan Vandermolen came in 6th at 19:30.78, Caleb Ishmael 10th in 20:17.30, Skyler Wolfe in 20th with a time of 21:11.07, and Andy Granados 30th in 22:18.64.

The Comet girls also competed and had teams in both the upper and lower grade divisions in the C/D schools, with senior/juniors and sophomore/freshmen both finishing in 4th place. For the upper division Junior Abby Vandermolen finally got the best of her senior sister Emma as she finished in 5th place overall in a time of 22:51.40, and Emma was right behind in 6th place in 23:03.65. Vanessa Crisenbery came in 24th in a time of 26:32.93 and Kayla Walter 43rd at 33:51.96.

The top finishers for the 9th and 10th graders were, Ava Genovese in 3rd place overall (22:50.80). Freshman Camryn Brown was 19th (25:24.66) and Chloe Williams was 24th (25:30.80). Finishing together in 28th, 29th, and 30th, were Briana Tillotson, and twin sisters Taylor and Tori Brown.

Coloma boys soccer struggling to get a win

The Comet boys soccer team is also competing with a great many underclassmen, which makes it very difficult to constantly go up against teams loaded with seniors and juniors. It is evident that they are improving game to game, and it’s only a matter of time before their hard work will begin to pay off with some victories.

Head coach Gary Gagliardo’s team played at home Thursday, Sept. 5 facing Three Rivers and fell by a score of 5-2, but played well. The score was tied 1-1 at halftime, with a penalty kick by Cannon Hodges being the goal for Coloma. In the second half the Comets took the lead 2-1 on a goal scored by Tyler Russell, but they couldn’t hang on to the lead and had a few injuries playing a part in the final outcome.

On Monday, Sept. 9 the Comets traveled to Schoolcraft for a game against the Eagles, and lost by a score of 3-2. The Eagles pretty much controlled the ball on their end for much of the first half and went to halftime leading by a score of 2-0. Coloma came out playing much stronger in the second half, and had control enough to have more scoring chances. They twice cut the lead to one goal with both of the goals coming off the right foot of junior Tyler Russell. Schoolcraft scored the deciding goal on a penalty kick, and Coloma had a great chance to tie but a kick banged off the cross bar just missing going into the net. The Comets gave great effort in this game, but just came up a little short.

Coloma Varsity Football loses at Lawton

The Coloma Comets in their second consecutive road game lost to the Lawton Blue Devils 22-8 in a game played in a steady, rainy drizzle on Friday, Sept. 6. The Comets scored on their first drive of the night helped by some hard running by senior David Caulton, but the Comets had little offense the rest of the night as the Blue Devils scored the next 22 unanswered points. Coloma came out hitting hard and played a much more physical game, but they couldn’t seem to get the offense untracked on this night.

Coloma’s next game is on Friday, Sept. 13 at Buchanan. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Hildebrand drops like a rock, Lynch back in familiar

position leading the AQB pack

By Dave Vollrath That big thump you may have heard last weekend was most likely Tim Hildebrand, who not only fell out of first place, but fell hard all the way to fifth place, in our weekly Tri-City Record Armchair Quarterback competition. It was a strange week of game picking for our panel of football experts. Rodney Lynch was not fazed by all the fuss and had another great week in leading the way with a 6-1 record. He moves back into first place, a familiar spot for our two-time defending champion. All on our panel had picked the Chicago Bears to win and they lost to the Packers. Having all our pigskin pickers miss on a game like that is unusual. However the strangest game would have to be the lowly Lions, who looked like the losers they have been for 62 year, even though they wound up in a rare NFL tie with the Arizona Cardinals. The Lions in a strange 4th quarter of bumbling events backed their way into blowing an 18-point lead that led to overtime where neither team could get more than a field goal so the game ended in a 27-27 tie. Four on our panel picked the Lions to win and two picked the Cards, so no points will be given for this game. The TCR, AQB competition is held weekly from the beginning of the high school football season in late summer, until it finishes with the playing of the Super Bowl in February. We have six Tri-City area football fans competing against each other to predict the winners of a group of pre selected games from the high school, collegiate, and professional ranks. Following the conclusion of the Super Bowl, one winner is crowned champion and will have the honor of wearing the Tri-City Record Armchair Quarterback Championship hat. In the event that two or more ‘backs have the same record for the week, or the yearly total, their place in the standings will be determined by a weekly tie-breaker game. In addition to trying to correctly pick the winners of each week’s games, they predict the score from a specially selected game. The AQB that comes the closest to the total number of points scored by both teams will get the higher spot in the standings Chief Dan moves all the way up to second place, as he wins a tie-breaker with Greg, who moves into third for the year. Dan and Greg both were 5-2 for the week. Kathy Summers our newbie finished 5th for the week and now holds the fourth overall spot, she was 4-3. Tim is fifth as he was bottom picker for the week going 3-4. RoxAnn still holds down the anchor spot, in 6th place, though she was 4-3 for the week, but picked the tie-breaker number right on the button. Kathy only missed by one point. Be sure and check back next week and see if Tim can recover, as our panel of pigskin prognosticators moves on to week three with these games to challenge their skills. This week’s picks:

Coloma at Buchanan Parchment at Watervliet Bloomingdale at Hartford Arizona State at MSU New Mexico at Notre Dame Georgia State at WMU LA Chargers at Detroit Chicago at Denver (tie-breaker)

HARTFORD GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM… (from the left): Katalina Soria, Jasmin Garcia, Brianna Bailey, Kathy Sanchez, Yovana Naranjo, Jamie Smith, Mayra Naranjo, Asuzena Loera, Jasmin Janicki and Coach Doug Paran. (Photo courtesy of A&A Sports Photography)


Watervliet Rec Council officer selection meeting Sept. 29

The Watervliet Recreation Council officer selection meeting for the 2020 baseball/ softball season will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. This meeting will take place at VFW Post 1137, 8777 Red Arrow Highway in Watervliet. Anyone interested in joining and/or becoming an officer please attend. For more information, please call Arica Angelo at 269-449-5868.

Watervliet Athletic Hall of Fame accepting nominations for Class of 2020, deadline Oct. 1

Nominations are open for Class of 2020 inductees into the Watervliet Athletics Hall of Fame. Anyone who would like to nominate a former student athlete or coach can simply go to www.watervlietps.org, hover over the “Athletics” tab, and click on “Watervliet Hall of Fame Nominations”. They will accept nominations online until October 1, 2019. Please gather as much information as possible on your nominee so that they can receive full consideration. For questions, contact Athletic Director Ken Dietz at kdietz@watervlietps.org or Athletics Assistant Nancy Scowcroft at nscowcroft@watervlietps.org.

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10th Annual Chili Hop Run/Walk & Fly-In on Sunday

The 10th annual Chili Hop Run/Walk and Fly-In event is Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 at Watervliet Municipal Airport, 8560 Airport Drive. New in 2019 is a change from a mid-October date due to weather conditions turning cold, wet, and muddy with few if any planes able to land in past years. By moving up the date, they have also moved up the start time to 9:00 a.m.! To encourage some healthy school rivalry there is a new benefit partner for 2019. The organizers are awarding a portion of the proceeds to the school with the highest number student participation! Students 17 and under pays only a $15 race fee. When registering, they are to indicate which school they attend. A minimum of $300 will be donated to local school Athletic Departments: $150 to the top school, followed by $100 and $50 to the first and second runners up. The donation amount may increase with the number of race participants. Also new this year is new routes. Let’s face it, some people just don’t enjoy running or walking on grass, especially wet grass! So this year they’re offering some options. Participants can choose from a shorter route that is mainly paved streets, or a longer one that is a mix of streets, mown grass, and trails. Along with a change in routes, they are offering two distance and timing options. Participants may want to try something new with their Timed 4 Miler Run/Walk. This event distance starts out with two miles on streets. But once at the airport, runners head out to cover some of the original Chili Hop 5K trails surrounding the airport. Not a fan of off-road courses? Choose the 4K route on paved and gravel streets with Timed and Untimed options. A 4K is about 2.5 miles. Strollers are permitted. Pre-registered participants will receive an event t-shirt while supplies last. Proceeds benefit EAA Chapter 585, with a portion benefitting local school Athletic Departments. Fees for the timed 4 miler or 4K run/walk on race day are: 18 & over, $25; 17 & under, $15. SWMI RACERS members 18 & over receive an automatic discount when registering. Untimed racers pay 18 & over pay $20 when registering on race day. Immediately following the event, participants can enjoy Free Fly-In Admission & Hayrides with planes arriving throughout the event. Chili and Chili Dog lunch available for purchase from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Due to safety requirements, no pets allowed at the fly-in.

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