09-13-2018 Tri-City Area Sports

Watervliet Football thumps Parchment

After a very devastating week two loss to the Saugatuck Indians, the Watervliet Panthers bounced back ferociously in week three taking down the Panthers of Parchment by a score of 50-22.

Watervliet got out to a slow start but were able to capitalize off a couple of turnovers to make the lead 14-0 at the end of the first.

The second quarter was more of the same, with the defense continuing to shut down the Parchment offense and the hometown Panthers putting up more points. Senior QB Garrett Matthews had two of his three rushing TDs in the quarter, while senior WR Jakob Aldrich had one of his two receiving TDs in the second stanza.

ANY WHICH WAY… Coloma’s Nick Santarlas drags a Buchanan Buck along for the ride as he chugs downfield picking up 24 yards Friday night in the pass play. Coloma improved to 2-1 on the season after beating Buchanan 54-22. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


As the teams headed to the locker room for halftime Watervliet had opened up a commanding 36-0 lead. The Panthers extended their lead to 42 points after three quarters and cruised to victory in a dominating fashion.

The Watervliet Panther defense allowed less than 150 yards through three quarters on Friday. Matthews and Aldrich both had interceptions while the defensive line and junior linebacker Collen Doneruse shined in his first start on varsity.

Matthews rushed for 189 yards and three touchdowns. Don Smith III added in 138 yards and two touchdowns, and Aldrich led the receiving for Watervliet with 67 yards and two touchdowns.

Next week the Panthers (2-1, 0-0) hit the road for the first time this season as they travel to Fennville to face the Blackhawks (2-1, 0-0). It is the last non-division game for Watervliet. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.

The Comets top the Bucks

The Coloma Comets took on the Buchanan Bucks Friday night and came out on top by a score of 54-22.

Coloma jumped on the board quickly due to a 72-yard run by Caleb Ellis for a score in the first quarter and then extended that lead later in the first to make the score 16-0. Buchanan decided to change that going forward bringing the game within two points midway through the second, but the Comet offense was too much for Buchanan all night long as Coloma added two more scores before the half courtesy of Zack Lake and Zach Goodline.

Coloma kept up the fast-paced offense as the night went on to a victory.

Quarterback Zach Goodline threw for 76 yards, but he really shined on the ground as he rushed for 198 yards and one touchdown. Ellis had 122 yards rushing and two scores as did Lake. Kenyan Boyd offered a touchdown on the ground as well.

Boyd led the team in tackles with three and Cody Reese shined with two solo tackles and five assisted tackles.

Coloma now has a 2-1 record in the 2018 MHSAA Football season and is home this Friday night as they take on Saginaw Arthur Hill. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.

Hartford wins in thriller against Mendon

Friday night was a game for the ages for the Hartford Indians as they welcomed Michigan High School Football juggernaut, Mendon, into Indian territory. They did not just greet the Hornets of Mendon, they sent them home packing by taking them down 26-24 in overtime!

The first half was all Hartford as they jumped out to a 12-0 lead until midway through the second quarter Mendon hit pay dirt with a 7-yard touchdown pass to narrow Hartford’s lead to six.

To open up the second half, the Indians struck gold again on a 53-yard touchdown run on a keeper from QB Aaron Sinclair. The Indians went into the final stage with an 18-6 lead, but Mendon once again changed that by scoring two touchdowns in the fourth to face overtime, 18-18.

UNSTOPPABLE DON… Don Smith III, in at quarterback for the Watervliet Panthers during the fourth quarter Friday night, picks up some yardage late in the game. Smith carried the ball for a first down as Watervliet whipped Parchment 50-22 to improve to 2-1 on the season. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


Nothing fazed Sinclair as he scrambles at the goal line in overtime to find a wide-open Rick Baker in the end zone for six, and a two-point conversion to broaden the Hartford lead to eight in overtime. Mendon answered with a score but could not complete the two-point conversion, making the Indians the victors in the matchup.

Sinclair shined once again for Hartford as he threw for 113 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns.

Moses Beraza took his talents to the sky bringing in a catch for 48 yards. Joe Beebe had 48 yards as well and Evan Delarosa had 32 yards on the night. The defensive unit was headed up by Beraza, who had six tackles, four assisted tackles, and two of them for a loss. Evan Parker, Beebe and Delarosa all pitched in at least three tackles on the night as well.

Hartford travels to Marcellus this Friday night to take on the Wildcats with a kick-off set for 7:00 p.m.

Coloma Volleyball loses a tough one to Lawton

Coloma Varsity Girls Volleyball loses a tough one to Lawton on Thursday, winning the first game 25-7, losing the second 8-25 and the third 23-25, winning the fourth game 25-23, and then losing the fifth and final set 9-15.

Maurissa Sherburn had one kill, two digs, and a block. Maurissa LaGrow pitched in one dig. Hannah Mathis had three kills, 17 assists, seven digs, and one block. Gracie Whitaker had two kills, two digs and a block. Kelsey Ellis gave four aces and a stellar 18 digs. Fourteen kills were pitched in courtesy of Taryn Blazier. Chloe Mathis had five aces and 10 digs. The stat of the night goes to Megan Neubecker who had 17 kills, one assist, four digs, and six blocks. Kylee Bailey had four kills, one ace, and four digs. Sam Stewart threw in a pair of aces and 23 digs and Rozalyn Emrich had eight assists, two aces, and three digs.

Hartford Boys Soccer remains undefeated

Hartford soccer remains undefeated this season at an 8-0 record and 4-0 in the conference.

They extended their win streak on Monday as they beat Cassopolis 7-0. Roy Rodriguez kicked in four goals himself while Luis Resendez, Fernando Alvarez and Miggy Cardoso all put in one goal each. Goalie Rudy Martinez had five saves on the night as well.

Watervliet Boys Cross Country wins it all

At the Centreville Invitational, the Watervliet boys’ cross team were team champions in the 9th/10th grade race and finished 3rd out of 14 schools in the 11th/12th grade race.

In the 9th/10th race, Ezra Troyer led the Panthers with a great 18:23 time to capture 6th place. Kade Van Niel and Matthew Hanks were next in at 13th and 25th place with both setting new personal bests of 19:11 and 19:37, respectively. The freshmen kept the personal best trend going as Nathan Isbrecht, Camden Geisler, and Mason Pennington each knocked over a minute off their previous bests.

More success was to come in the 11th/12th grade race as Gus Hinch finished 11th overall crossing the line in 18:24. Kody Edmonds and Trever Pelton ran strong races to capture individual medals with times of 19:07 and 19:26, respectively. Junior Issa Yamaguchi had a fine debut as he ran his first ever race in just 21:31.

Watervliet High School Girls Volleyball falls to Hackett

EMMA’S STRONG ARM… Watervliet senior Emma Armstrong stretches for a return shot Saturday in the Panthers’ second game against Paw Paw. Watervliet was 1-1 against the Redskins and, earlier that morning, was 1-1 against Bridgman. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


The home opener for the Lady Panthers was spoiled at the hands of Kalamazoo Hackett as they took down the Panthers in three games.

Mikalah Clay had five digs and 10 assists. Emma Armstrong had eight digs and two kills. Grace Smith had 12 digs and two kills. Elaine Koshar gave six kills and two blocks. Emma Yazel put in two blocks and three kills. Caylee Simmons had five digs. Suzanna Van Lente contributed two kills and Brenna Langston, five assists and two aces.

Pressbox Player of the Week!

This week’s Tri-City Record Press Box Player of the Week is Megan Neubecker of Coloma High School.

Megan is participating in Varsity Volleyball at Coloma High School. In their match against Lawton last week, Megan posted 17 kills, four digs, six blocks, and had one assist of the night.

Congratulations to our Press Box Player of the Week, Megan Neubecker!

Football is in full swing as the Armchair Quarterbacks make their picks for the week

By Ben Loshbough

Week three of the TCR AQB contest is in the books and the Quarterbacks are starting to get settled in the 2018 Football season. Now the NFL, NCAA and the high school football seasons are well under way. Here’s a rundown of the rules for the Tri-City Record Armchair Quarterback contest.

Each week six local, community-minded football fans try to predict the outcomes of eight football games. The start of each season features only high school games as they are the only games happening. Pro and college football games are added 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 contest and will win a championship ball cap!

RoxAnn Rodney-Isbrecht from the City of Hartford comes into week four in first place. Rodney-Isbrecht is no foe to glory as she is a former AQB Champion. She comes in with the best overall record so far at 16-8.

Greg Krell from the Watervliet Athletic Boosters stays in second place through week three with a 15-9 record and Tim Hildebrand from Hartford Harding’s stays in third place as well with a 15-9 record because Krell owned last week’s Buchanan vs. Coloma tie-breaker over him.

Rodney Lynch and Chris Leach, both Coloma reps, came in tied at 13-11 through week three but Lynch holds the tie-breaker over Leach. Lynch goes to fourth place as Leach goes to fifth.

Rounding out the pack in the caboose is Dan Jones of the Watervliet Fire Department. Chief Jones improved from 7-9 to 12-12 through week three. Not too shabby for the newcomer.

Now, full steam ahead into week four, this week’s TCR AQB games are:

Watervliet vs. Fennville

Coloma vs. Saginaw Arthur Hill

Hartford vs. Marcellus

Michigan vs. SMU

Notre Dame vs. Vanderbilt

Detroit Lions vs. San Francisco 49ers

Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks

Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers

The tie-breaker game for week four is the Lions against the 49ers.

Check back next week to see where the Tri-City Record Armchair Quarterbacks are placing through week four!

TOURNEY CHAMPS… The 8th Grade Maroon Team traveled to Comstock last weekend and came back champions; defeating Comstock 2-0, Niles 2-1, Battle Creek Central 2-0, and River Valley 2-0.


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