Coloma’s varsity football squad certainly had a lot of things going for it Friday against a 2-1 Constantine team. Coloma scored 35 points against the Falcons, the most Constantine has allowed this season. But, Constantine put up big numbers itself, including the one that means the most. The team defeated Coloma 68-35. The score, however, does not necessarily tell the tale of the game. It was a lot closer than it appeared. The first quarter was all Constantine as the Falcons put 14 points on the board on two rushing plays. Constantine took a 14-0 lead into the second quarter and scored early on a 47-yard run. Coloma responded with their first score of the game. Quarterback Zach Goodline launched a pass that was caught by Caleb McDaniel. The 43-yard pass play was good for a TD and put the Comets on the board. Derek Plitt followed by sailing a kick through the uprights, and Coloma trailed 20-7. For most of the remaining game, it was score, be scored on. Constantine responded with their own TD and extra point kick to widen their lead 27-7. Coloma fought back with Robbie Schroeder catching a Goodline pass for a touchdown. Plitt sent another kick through the uprights. Constantine led 27-14 as the Comets drew to within striking distance. The Falcons answered with another TD and extra point. Their lead seesawed back to 34-14 to finish out the first half. In the third quarter, Coloma started off the scoring by another Goodline bullet delivered to Zack Lake. The 61-yard pass play resulted in a touchdown and Plitt’s kick made it 34-21 in favor of Constantine. The Falcons would go on to score three more times in the third quarter. As time on the clock expired, Constantine held a 54-21 lead. But, the Comets were not done. They opened the fourth quarter with Goodline ducking into the end zone for a quick six. Plitt’s kick gave the Comets one more point and they trailed 54-28. Constantine scored again in the fourth quarter, putting another seven points on the board. Goodline made it two in a row as he scored from one yard out. Adding Plitt’s successful kick to the mix, Coloma stood at 35 points compared to Constantine’s 61. The Falcons closed out the game with another TD and seven points slapped on the board. Final: Constantine 68, Coloma 35. Goodline had a heck of a game. He completed four of six passes attempted for 183 yards. He threw for three TDs and ran for two, picking up 68 yards on the ground along the way on 19 carries. Goodline sent each one of his completed passes to a different target. Lake’s one reception gave the Comets 61 yards and a touchdown. Schroeder picked up 45 yards and one touchdown. McDaniel caught one pass for 43 yards and one TD. Calvin Starnes also snagged a pass for 34 yards. Constantine did not gain one single yard in the air all night. Coloma rushed for 224 yards total. That was spread among five players. McDaniel had 13 carries for 82 yards. Lake picked up 41 yards on 16 carries. Wilkens rushed for 19 yards on two carries. Derek Plitt had one carry, good for 14 yards. Coloma head coach Joe Stephens was pleased with his team’s effort on offense. “Our offensive line, led by Matt Davis and Rickie McClain, kept us in good situations all night. Constantine loaded the line of scrimmage because of our run game, but sophomore quarterback Zach Goodline made them pause with some big passes. “He really rose to the occasion against what will likely be the most aggressive defense we will play. He threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more. He completed passes of over 30 yards to four different receivers, and in the option game he got the ball to five different ball carriers that each had gains of 13 or more. It was Zach’s first really big night as an option quarterback.” Coloma’s defense needs to take notice. They allowed Constantine to rack up 511 yards on the ground including 10 scoring drives. Stephens said, “We defended poorly, but we answered back many times to keep the game tight through the third quarter. We allowed over 200 rushing yards and six touchdowns to their fullback on what we knew was going to be their number one play. Our physical effort is good, but in order to turn the corner and win some meaningful games, we are going to have to play a lot smarter in the coming weeks.” Defensively, Zane Lute led the Comets with six tackles. Bryce Peters had four tackles and two assists. Jamane Smith Jr. contributed three tackles and three assists. Christian Hudson and Trysten Skaggs added three tackles and one assist each. Wilkins offered up two tackles and three assists. Sergio Hernandez had two tackles and one assist. Calvin Hutchinson tallied one tackle and two assists, as Schroeder got in on one tackle and four assists. Coloma ran 59 total plays compared to Constantine’s 47 and had 17 first downs. The Comets fumbled twice during the contest and were hit for four penalties. Coloma continues on the road for a second consecutive week. This time they take on a 2-2 Delton Kellogg squad. Coloma currently holds a 0-4 record overall.
MEET IN THE MIDDLE… Watervliet’s Kara Liles and Hartford’s Amber Martin meet in the middle during a recent varsity volleyball match. Wa-tervliet topped Hartford in three games 25-16, 25-17, and 26-24. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)
Watervliet whips Kalamazoo United 34-19; now 3-1
Watervliet notched their second consecutive victory on Friday after they topped Kalamazoo United 34-19. With the win, the Panthers improved to 3-1 this season and share the lead with Constantine in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Lakeshore Division standings. Kalamazoo drew first blood, scoring a touchdown in their opening drive of the game. Their point after try was good, and they led 7-0 in short order. Watervliet, however, was quick to respond. The Panthers scored 12 points in the first quarter to take 12-7 lead. Watervliet’s defense held the Kalamazoo team scoreless in the second quarter. Watervliet scored one TD and their two-point conversion attempt was successful. At the half, it was Watervliet with the 20-7 lead. The Panthers added another 14 points to the scoreboard in the third period, while still keeping Kalamazoo from the end zone. Watervliet led 34-7 at the end of three. Kalamazoo put 12 points on the board in the fourth quarter, but Watervliet walked away with the win. “To be honest,” Watervliet head coach Jeremy Andrews commented, “it was not our sharpest game offensively. It was 34-7 midway through the third quarter and it felt like we let up a little. We did have two long TDs called back for penalties, but we did not do a good job of overcoming that. Several dropped passes and missed blocking assignments in the second half stalled drives.” The Panthers ran 73 total plays and achieved 21 first downs. They were whistled six times for penalties and paid the price with 60 yards. Watervliet quarterback Cam Rendo was 19 of 36 for 262 yards and three touchdowns. He also carried the ball 25 times, picking up 125 yards and two touchdowns. Andrews was extremely pleased with his QB’s success. “Rendo had another fantastic game. The senior signal caller has already thrown for over 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns through four games.” Considering “he has not played a snap in the second half (of a game) twice,” Rendo “has been really good at QB. He has done a very good job of leading our offense,” Andrews said. Zack Pickens rushed for 77 yards on 10 carries. Bryant Kieft had two carries for seven yards. Tyler Brant was on the receiving end of some nice Rendo passes. Brant’s eight grabs resulted in 108 yards and one touchdown. Trent Boone picked up three passes for 69 yards, while Carlos Hernandez had three receptions for 37 yards and one TD. Lamarrius Smith tallied 39 yards on two receptions, and Devon Flowers’s one catch added 11 yards. Watervliet’s defense was led by Pickens who, according to Andrews, was “playing linebacker for the first time in his career.” Pickens notched a team high 14 total tackles and also contributed one sack. Ryan Chisek and Brant each added nine total tackles to the team effort. Boone had five total tackles, while Rendo and Sheldon Tobar chipped in four apiece. Tobar also had one sack and five hurries for the Watervliet defense. Brant notched three tackles. Tate Halamka, James Bell, Flowers, and Eric Kehrer added two tackles each. Flowers also picked off two errant Kalamazoo passes. Rendo intercepted one pass during the contest. As for Watervliet’s game calling change where they onside kick and go for two-point conversions, Andrews thinks the new way of doing things is working well. “We have recovered five onside kicks and are getting better at doing it every week. We have also converted a high percentage of fourth downs, including two fourth and 10s in our own territory this past Friday that would have been punts in the past. There has been some adjustment for me as a play caller and for our QB especially in understanding we have four downs to get a first down, but I feel like we are all getting better and settling in at this point.” With a two-game win streak in hand, Watervliet will travel to Fennville Friday night. The Blackhawks are on a two-game losing streak and hold a 2-2 record and sit near the bottom of the SAC – Lakeshore division standings.
Hartford gets first TD of season but drops to 0-4
HOT HANDOFF… Hartford quarterback Evan Parker prepares to hand off the football to Robert Ledesma Jr. Friday evening. Hartford scored their first TD of the season, but lost 57-7 to Gobles, at home. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)
Varsity football at Hartford High School continues to be a rough sport for the young men playing the game. Led by head coach Ben Kain, the young team continues to struggle on the field, although they found some measure of success after scoring their first TD of the season Friday night. Facing off against a tough undefeated Gobles team, Hartford knew a victory would not come easy. In fact, it did not come at all. Hartford lost 57-7 to remain winless this season. Gobles led 14-0 after the first quarter of play. They added another 28 points in the second quarter to take a 42-0 lead at half time. Hartford was held scoreless in the third quarter, while Gobles added another eight points as the clock ran continuously. Hartford crossed the goal line in the fourth quarter for the first time in the 2016-17 season. Their seven points were matched by Gobles, who ultimately won the contest 57-7. Kain commented, “The kids were happy we got a score but nobody was happy with our overall performance. Total offense of 125 yards, which is more yards than the previous three games combined. We took a step forward this week but are looking to make a leap against Bangor.” Berto Ibarra led the team with 12 tackles. Rollie Contreras contributed nine tackles, and Bob Johnson added seven tackles. Hartford tallied four first downs compared to the 15 of Gobles. Hartford allowed Gobles to rush for 406 yards, and stifled the Tiger’s passing game to just 23 receiving yards. Hartford will travel to Bangor Friday for a matchup of winless teams. Expect a good, solid battle from two teams who will be determined to earn their first victory of the season.
Kerr finishes first in SAC Cross Country Jamboree
Coloma, Hartford, and Watervliet all participated in the Southwestern Athletic Conference – Lakeshore Division jamboree on Wednesday, September 14 in Decatur. Watervliet finished third with 79 points, behind champion Saugatuck. Coloma ran to a sixth place finish, and Hartford took seventh. Nine schools participated in the event. Jobe Kerr of Watervliet finished in first place for the second time in two races. His time of 17:11.18 was eight seconds faster than the second place finisher. Klayton Marshall of Watervliet took 22nd (19:11.52). Dominick Tavolacci finished 24th (19:22.76) with teammate Brent Simmons hot on this heels in 25th place (19:23.75). Nick Swanson and Gus Hinch finished 32nd and 33rd for Watervliet with times of 19:53.88 and 19:55.08, respectively. Austin Roberts ran to a 37th place finish (20:25.61). Alex Isbrecht (20:52.31), Kody Edmonds (20:53.26), and Tom Swanson (21:03.24) took 43rd through 45th place. Rick Ertman finished in 47th place (21:25.59). Haydon Richards earned a 52nd place finish (21:59.18), while Isaac Willmoth finished in 55th (22:11.13). Coloma’s cross country squad finished in sixth place with 168 points. The Comets were led by Greg Olsen who finished 28th with a time of 19:38.06. Josh Young took 34th for the Comets (20:01.50), Teammate Adiel Granados finished 40th (20:36.14). Bryton Fitgerald’s time of 23:37.04 was good for 59th place. Hartford ended the event in seventh place with 173 points. The Indians were led by Francisco Loera. He crossed the finish line in 36th place with a time of 20:24.00. Tristan Hanners finished in 49th place (21:38.18), while Blair McMeeken ran for 50th place (21:40.78). Nick McGlothlin earned a 53rd place finish (22:05.09). James Lucero took 61st (24:16.04). Francisco Medrano and Zak Romhilt finished 68th and 69th with times of 36:43.74 and 36:52.67, respectively.
Lady Panthers claim third place finish at SAC Jamboree
The girls’ cross country teams of Coloma, Hartford, and Watervliet all converged on Decatur Wednesday, September 14 for the Southwestern Athletic Conference – Lakeshore Division jamboree. The championship was won by Saugatuck with 15 points. The team had eight of the race’s top 10 finishers. Watervliet’s squad finished third with 85 points. The team was led by Allie Pazera who finished 10th overall with a time of 21:47.86. Taylor Shafer was the second Panther finisher; she crossed the line in 13th place (22:28.82). Jade Miller took 22nd place (24:05.43). Bailey Evans finished 27th (24:35.50). Alyssa Hobson’s time of 25:56.68 was good for 36th place. Brenda Hess posted a time of 35:39.79 for 64th place. Natalie Wesaw took 67th (44:19.45). Hartford finished in fifth place overall with 137 points. Finishing first for the Indians was Angela Saldana in 29th place (24:52.25). Maria Gutierrez took 40th (26:36.79), followed by Isabelle Heminger (26:41.45) in 41st place and Evelin Ugalde in 42nd (26:54.49). Alexis Griffith finished in 51st place (27:56.92). Mariela Guitierrez took 56th place (29:48.78), and Jessica Cortes finished in 62nd place (33:55.09). Coloma’s squad ended the day in seventh place, earning 173 points. Marissa Sherburn led the Comets. She took 20th with a time of 24:03.75. Gabrielle Ezell finished 48th (27:41.38) and Amaria Echols took 55th (28:33.83). Julia Sternaman rounded out the Comets’ effort with a time of 32:06.22 for 59th place.
Hartford Soccer remains undefeated
Hartford’s varsity soccer team continues their hot streak from last season. On Wednesday, September 7, the squad shutout Saugatuck 7-0 with six different Indians scoring goals. Fernando Alvarez led Hartford with two goals. Austin Nelson, Michel Calderon, Roy Rodriguez, Noel Soto, and Chris Ramon each scored one goal. Israel Uglade had two assists, while Calderon and William Martinez each had one. Riley Traver was credited with one save as keeper. Rudy Martinez also shared time in goal and grabbed three saves. With the victory over Saugatuck, Hartford improved to 4-0. Next on the schedule was Bangor. That game was held Monday, September 12 and resulted in a 5-0 blanking by the Indians. Austin Nelson led Hartford with three goals. William Martinez kicked in two of his own. Assists were credited to Martinez, Michel Calderon, Nick Pultz, and Brandon Galvan. Jake Griffith was in as keeper for the Indians, and he recorded seven saves. Hartford moved to 5-0 on the season. The game of the week had to be the duel Wednesday, September 14, as the Indians welcomed the Comets of Coloma. It was a hard fought battle by two excellent soccer squads. Hartford’s undefeated streak remained alive after not one but two overtime periods! The Indians bested the Comets 3-1 and moved to 6-0 on the season. Hartford held a one goal advantage at the half, 1-0. Coloma mounted a comeback in the second half but was unable to out maneuver Hartford. Michel Calderon, William Martinez, and Austin Nelson scored for Hartford. Rodriguez and Nelson each had an assist. Jake Griffith notched five saves as goalie. On Saturday, September 17, Hartford participated in the Parchment soccer invitational. The Indians tallied three victories and moved to 9-0 this season. Hartford downed Lake Michigan Catholic 5-1. William Martinez put on a show, scoring three goals for Hartford. Austin Nelson and Fernando Alvarez tallied the other two. Roy Rodriguez and Danny Resendez each had an assist. Rudy Martinez shouldered the weight in goal for Hartford. He recorded two saves. Hartford shut out Dowagiac, 1-0. Martinez scored the lone Indian goal as Jake Griffith notched six saves as keeper. The Indians then blanked Parchment 4-0 to remain undefeated on both the day and year. Riley Traver, in goal for Hartford, had one save.
Comet Soccer continues to shine
Coloma’s varsity soccer squad continues their hot streak. Having graduated six seniors from last year’s team, the squad is led by senior captains Patrick Guntz, Sam Tavolacci, and Kobe Hunter. Harrison Spaulding, a senior, has joined the team, playing varsity soccer for the first time. Grant Kroschel is fielding most of the keeper duties for Coloma. He is also a first-time senior soccer player. Six other seniors anchor the deeply experienced team: Dylan LeClear, Tyler Sherrill, Shawn Moore, Mathew Kelley, Brad Kelley, and Zack Heater. The seniors are joined by one junior, Thaddieuss Arnold. Steven Trosper, Antonio Gagliardo, and Jacob Bryant are sophomore soccer stars who have been added to the team. Three freshmen join the others, including Austin Russell, Erik Jarvis, and Vinny Tavolacci. On Wednesday, September 7, Coloma beat Bloomingdale 9-1 in a scoring blitz. Coloma was led by Kobe Hunter who scored four goals. Tyler Sherrill scored two goals including a penalty kick, Antonio Gagliardo, Dylan LeClear, and Jacob Bryant each scored once. Austin Russell was credited with two assists. Matt Kelley, Brad Kelley, Zack Heater, and Sherrill each posted one assist. Monday, September 12 saw the mighty Comets blank Saugatuck in a conference game 8-0. Coloma outshot Saugatuck 19-0. The Comets suffered their first loss of the season in a conference game against Hartford on Wednesday, September 14 that went into two overtimes. With Hartford leading 1-0 at the end of the first half, Coloma battled back to tie the game at 1-1 at the end of regulation. The score remained unchanged through the first overtime period. Hartford scored twice in the second overtime period for the 3-1 win. Coloma is 4-1 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
Watervliet Volleyball takes three from Hartford
The Lady Panthers of Watervliet scored an impressive three-game victory over the Indians of Hartford on Tuesday, September 13. Watervliet jumped out to an early lead in the first game, routing the Indians 25-16. In the second game, the Indians seemed to settle in and be a bit surer of their shots. They also increased their communication with each other on the court, but Watervliet took the game 25-17. In the third and most exciting match of the day, Hartford and Watervliet battled to a 26-24 Panther win. Hartford began the third game with a 6-0 lead, but Watervliet worked point by point to win the game and match. Mercede Daugherty led Watervliet with 24 assists, five aces, and five digs. Logan Mizwicki had nine kills, three aces, and five digs. Kara Liles tallied eight kills, one block, and one ace. Ariana Rowe launched five kills. Grace Smith had 10 digs and one ace, while Maggie Lynch hit one kill and five digs. Katie Schultz tallied four kills. Watervliet coach Edie Daugherty stated, “Everyone on the team contributed to the Panthers first conference win for 2016.” Sarah Rich tallied 22 digs, two blocks, and four kills and led Hartford, who dropped to 3-10 overall and suffered their first conference defeat. Amber Martin contributed six kills and four blocks. AJ Jackson hit one ace and five kills. Olivia Kling added one ace and two assists. Amara Wesaw had one ace. Olivia Ziemer had a team-high 2 digs. Jasmine Solis posted three assists for the Indians.
Coloma Volleyball defeats Fennville, plays in Portage Northern Invitational
Coloma varsity volleyball had a busy week. The team took on Fennville Tuesday, September 13 and handily won three games, 25-10, 25-10, 25-6. The Comets were led by Kayla Yore, who had four kills, 16 assists, six aces, 10 digs, and one block. Kelly Walter chipped in 12 kills, five aces, four digs, and six blocks. Morgan Wagner added six kills, three aces, and 11 digs. Mya Potter posted 14 digs. Nicolle Larson notched three kills, two aces, and two digs. Alyssa Dillenbeck had two digs. Jenna Walter notched three kills, five assists, two digs, and one block. Sam Stewart tallied one dig, while Mika Anderson accounted for five kills, three aces, three digs, and two blocks for the Comets. On Saturday, September 17, Coloma participated in the Portage Northern tournament in Kalamazoo. Coloma lost to Battle Creek Lakeview 16-25, 23-25. The Comets posted a win over Paw Paw 25-13, 25-23. Coloma then dropped two matches to Okemos (20-25, 21-25) and Wayland (19-25, 20-25). Yore tallied 14 kills, 64 assists, one ace, 41 digs, and seven blocks on the day. Hannah Mathis recorded three kills, one ace, 14 digs, and seven blocks. Jenna Walter posted five kills, 20 assists, one ace, eight digs, and four blocks. Alyssa Dillenbeck provided 24 digs. Nicolle Larson had six kills, six aces, six digs, and one block. Mya Potter contributed 38 digs, while Morgan Wagner accounted for 14 kills, two aces, 50 digs, and six blocks. Kelly Walter provided 47 kills, four assists, three aces, 35 digs, and 29 blocks.
New Buffalo tourney nixes Hartford Volleyball
Hartford varsity volleyball certainly had a rough outing on Saturday, September 17 in the New Buffalo tournament. The squad lost all three games including 16-21, 15-21 to Cass, 19-21, 20-21 to White Pigeon, and 14-21, 14-21 to Brandywine. Amber Martin led Hartford with 15 kills, 11 blocks, and three aces. Amara Wesaw added three kills, eight assists, and four aces. AJ Jackson contributed six kills and six blocks. Sarah Rich chipped in six kills and seven digs. Olivia Ziemer had 30 digs and two aces, while Ashley Kling tallied 15 digs. Olivia Kling notched 22 assists.
Although there were only four caution periods during Sunday’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, the NASCAR drivers were running and gunning for the victory. A win would ensure that they would move on in the Race for the Chase championship. The victory at the opening race of round one Chase competition was earned by Martin Truex Jr. He plowed through the field after a late caution flag caused the race to head into two extra laps. Truex, who has 13 top 10 finishes this season, including three wins, also earned his sixth career win on Sunday. He led 32 laps and has guaranteed himself a spot in round two Chase competition. While the win gives him a bit of breathing room for the next two races, he might need it. His car failed post-race inspection. But, NASCAR determined the failure was not something that could have given his car an edge, and he was allowed to keep the win and the free pass into the second round. Joey Logano finished second; he led one lap. Chase Elliott led 75 laps and took third. Ryan Blaney led eight laps on his way to a fourth place finish. Brad Keselowski led seven laps and finished fifth. Seventeen drivers finished the race on the lead lap. The race was pretty calm, with only four caution periods, but tires were a problem all afternoon. Whether they blew, went flat, or bounced down the track unattended, tires certainly played a role in the race. Jimmie Johnson led a race-high 118 laps. Denny Hamlin led two laps, and pole sitter Kyle Busch led 21 laps. The first go-round of Chase competition is underway. From the original field of 16 drivers, only 12 will move on in round two. Truex Jr. is guaranteed a spot, leaving 11 drivers to compete in the next two races. This week, teams head to Loudon, New Hampshire for the New England 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The 1.06 mile paved track was built in 1990. Will Truex Jr. make it two in a row or will someone else claim victory and their spot in round two?
Lynch and Krell tie for first on AQB leaderboard after posting 7-1 records
By Kristy Noack
Rodney Lynch and Greg Krell predicted their way into the top position on the Tri-City Record Armchair Quarterback leaderboard, going 7-1 for the week. They leapfrogged three games over previous leader Tim Hildebrand. Six fearless football forecasters use their wily wits each week to predict the winners of selected high school, college, and professional football games. Their records are tabulated, and at the end of the season, one winner wins glory on the gridiron in the form of a TCR AQB champion ball cap. In the event our prognosticators guess themselves to a tie, one single game is selected each week as the tie-breaker game. Our super seers must determine how many points will be scored in that contest. The one closest to the actual wins the week. Last week two masterful mediums, Rodney Lynch and Greg Krell, posted 7-1 records. The tie-breaker game between MSU and Notre Dame was used to determine who ranked where in the lineup. Lynch guessed 63 points would be scored, just one away from the true number of 64, so he heads to the front of the line. Oh-so-close-Krell guessed 62 points, so he finishes in second place for the week. The ladies on our leaderboard, RoxAnn Rodney-Lynch and Chris Leach, earned 6-2 records, leaving them to battle it out for third and fourth place. Rodney-Lynch predicted 66 points would be scored, so she takes third place. Leach, with her 48 point guess, lands in fourth. Tom Gear ended the week in fifth place with his 5-3 guess, while Tim Hildebrand went 4-4 for sixth. Krell and Lynch gained a lot of real estate, jumping three spots and tying for first place. They hold 26-6 records. Rodney-Lynch holds a 25-7 record after four weeks of football. She is in third place overall. Hildebrand suffered his worst week of the season and dropped to fourth place. His 24-8 record is only two games from the top. The wiggle room he has enjoyed all season came in handy and prevented him from falling further. Gear is in fifth place with a 22-10 record. He is four games back and as this week proves, anything can happen. Leach made a healthy jump north on the leaderboard. She closed the gap on Gear and now trails him by two games. This week, we have some exciting matchups on tap. The tie-breaker game of the week will be the Bangor at Hartford contest. It is Hartford’s Homecoming and they are facing a 0-4 squad. Game time is 7 p.m.; don’t be late! The professional football games will be great as well. Both Detroit and Chicago are seeking their first wins of the season. Odds are good that neither team will find it in Green Bay or Dallas.
Watervliet @ Fennville
Bangor @ Hartford
Coloma @ Delton Kellogg
Wisconsin @ Michigan State
Duke @ Notre Dame
Penn State @ U of Michigan
Detroit @ Green Bay
Chicago @ Dallas