09-28-2017 Tri-City Area Sports

And then there were four

Four drivers have claimed spots in the Round of 12 race to the finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.  On Sunday, Kyle Busch cemented his status in the second playoff round of competition after he drove to Victory Lane in the ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

It was Kyle Busch from the beginning. He began the race in the coveted pole position, led a race-high 187 laps, stopped short of an accident but put the pedal to the metal to regain the lead at the half-way point, and crossed the finish line first to claim his third win this season. The victory was also Busch’s 41st of his career.

The runner-up spot went to the runner-up starter Kyle Larson. Larson began and ended the race in the number two spot. He led one lap. In addition to his four victories this season, Larson has nine other top five finishes.

Matt Kenseth, who is still in desperate need of a win – any win – this season, earned his eighth top five finish after turning in a third-place end to his day.

Brad Keselowski took fourth place.  He has two wins this season and 12 top five finishes.

Rounding out the top five was the winner of last week’s first playoff race Martin Truex Jr. Truex Jr., who led 112 laps on Sunday, solidified his place in Round 12 competition with the win at Chicagoland.

Sunday’s go-round featured six caution periods for 32 laps, and six lead changes. It was the 28th race of the 2017 NASCAR season.

With 16 drivers competing for a chance to move on to Round 12, tensions are beginning to run high on the track.

Truex Jr. and Busch have filled two spots with their individual wins.  Larson and Keselowski move on to Round 12 based on points. That means four of the 12 spots are filled, leaving the 12 remaining drivers scrambling for eight additional spots.

Dover International Speedway welcomes the drivers Sunday for the running of the Apache Warrior 400 presented by Lucas Oil.

Jimmie Johnson, who won at Dover in June, has yet to secure his spot in the Round of 12. Can he make it two in a row this season at the track nicknamed “The Monster Mile”?


Upsets galore throw some AQBs for a loop

By Kristy Noack

The two local Tri-City Record Armchair Quarterbacks who hail from Coloma were the only ‘backs to correctly predict their hometown football team would upset the visiting Constantine Falcons. The Hartford contingent of two was the lone quarterbacks to select Atlanta over Chicago.

Those two games were a few that wreaked havoc on the standings this week as not one AQB had a better record than 6-2. But, folks, that ain’t half bad!

Six local football fans are tasked with predicting the winners of eight specially selected high school, college, and professional football games. They study injury reports, they watch film, they pour over stat lines all in an effort to get the upper hand. At stake is a Tri-City Record Armchair Quarterback ball cap, given at season’s end following the Super Bowl.

In case our fearless fanatics find themselves in a tie with their weekly predictions, one game is nominated as the tie-breaker game. For that contest, the AQBs must determine the total number of points that will be scored in the game. The AQB with the closest guess will win the higher ranking for that week.

Tim Hildebrand, Rodney Lynch, and RoxAnn Rodney-Isbrecht tied for the best record this week. All three went 6-2, so their place in the standings came down to the 56 points scored as Notre Dame downed Michigan State 38-18. (Our field was split 3-3 on that game).

With his 52 point guess, Lynch laid claim to first place for the week. Rodney-Isbrecht took second place with her 68 point guess. That left Hildebrand in third; he predicted 47 points would be scored.

Chris Leach landed in fourth place for the week. She posted a 5-3 record. Bryan Conrad’s 4-4 record gave him sole possession of fifth place. Greg Krell fell to sixth place. He lost big on his Constantine, Decatur, Detroit, and Pittsburgh bets.

Hildebrand and Lynch had trailed first place Krell by two games last week. They now move into a tie for first place, with both holding 32-8 overall records.

There is also a tie for third place. Krell and Rodney-Isbrecht tallied 31-9 overall records and are knotted up after Krell fell and Rodney-Isbrecht rose.

Leach (30-10 overall) is only two games out of first in fifth place. Conrad still has plenty of time to make up the five games he’s back with his 27-13 overall record.

This week, the following games are on tap for our gridiron greats:

Coloma @ Kalamazoo United

Hartford @ White Pigeon

Watervliet @ Delton Kellogg

Iowa @ Michigan State

Miami (OH) @ Notre Dame

Ball State @ Western Michigan

Detroit @ Minnesota

Chicago @ Green Bay

The tie-breaker game is da Bears at the Packers. After topping unbeaten Pittsburgh, is Chicago really on a roll?

Can Coloma continue to ride the high of their thrashing of Constantine? Will Watervliet become 6-0? Read the pages of the TCR next week to find out!

Coloma shell shocks Constantine in stunning shutout upset

 If there was any game this season that a Coloma win would solidify their status as the team to watch, Friday’s game against visiting Constantine was it.

Prior to the September 22 game, both teams were 3-1, with Constantine’s only loss coming at the hands of Homer. And it was no blow out. The Falcons lost that game by two points.

Constantine had put up at least 34 points each game against their opponents. Coloma knew they faced an uphill battle from the get-go.

But get and go is exactly what Coloma did. The varsity football squad got the ball and got into the end zone repeatedly against the Falcons. And the Comet defense shuttered all attempts by Constantine to score. It was a heck of a ball game and proved that Coloma’s success on the gridiron is not fleeting. Those boys came to play this season!

Coloma’s first score of the game was a 19-yard run by Zack Lake. Comet kicker Derek Plitt hoofed the PAT and Coloma led 7-0 in the first quarter.

JUMP BALL… Coloma’s Ca-leb Ellis caught some serious air as he almost picked off a pass Friday night, as the Comets welcomed Constantine to town. In a stunning upset, Coloma shut out the Falcons 41-0 and improved to 4-1 this season. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

In the second quarter, it was Caleb Ellis who barreled into the end zone on a 65-yard play. Plitt kicked another beaut and the Comets widened their lead to 14-0 over Constantine.

Coloma’s second score of the quarter was courtesy of Jamane Smith Jr. He ran 10 yards for the TD. Plitt missed the PAT, but Coloma led 20-0 at the half.

In third quarter action, Calvin Starnes added six points after he caught quarterback Zach Goodline’s 26-yard pass play. Plitt sailed the ball between the uprights, giving Coloma the 27-0 lead.

Tevon Blazier ran six yards into the end zone for his first score of the night.  Starnes successfully rushed for the two-point conversion, as Coloma continued to manhandle Constantine, 35-0.

With Constantine facing fourth down and eight yards to go on their own 32-yard line, Ellis leap-frogged into the air and almost picked off a Constantine pass to close out the third quarter.

In the fourth, Smith continued to plow his way through the field of Falcons. Facing third and 15 with the ball on Constantine’s 45-yard line, Smith picked up a first down after gaining 28 yards on the ground. He then handled the ball on the next play and added 15 yards to his total offense.

It was Adam Hearn, in for Goodline, who rushed 13 yards for the touchdown. The extra point was blocked but Coloma sealed the shutout with a score of 41-0.

Goodline was five of six for 91 yards and one TD. He rushed nine times for 43 yards.

Ellis had five carries for 94 yards and one TD. Smith Jr. picked up 81 yards and one TD on 11 carries.

Levi Wilkens caught three passes for 49 yards. He also had seven carries for 63 yards.

Lake’s three carries totaled 63 yards and one TD.

Hearn had one carry for 13 yards and one TD, while Blazier’s one carry netted six yards and six points.

Starnes was the team’s leading receiver with three catches for 49 yards. Robbie Schroeder caught one pass for 16 yards.

Smith Jr. dominated the Constantine offense all night. He had nine tackles, three assists, and two sacks.

“This was a good win for us. We pushed hard, we worked hard, and came in and got that ‘W’,” Smith Jr. said.

Schroeder added four tackles and one assist.  Taequan Shurn notched four tackles.  Calvin Hutchinson contributed three tackles and three assists.

Cody Reese and Matthew Davis posted three tackles and one assist each.

Wilkens had two tackles and three assists.

Following the game, Coloma head coach Joe Stephens was extremely pleased and proud of his Comet team.

“[Constantine] is a program we have circled. They are really good, and they are a team we needed to catch, so these guys – our seniors – know that.”

Stephens paused, realizing his team had indeed caught Constantine, and humbly said, “We had a good night. It’s not just the way we beat them, it’s the way they played disciplined tonight. We didn’t just win tonight. We played good, clean football. We played Coloma football.”

Coloma (now 4-1 overall) will face Kalamazoo United on the road Friday. It will be another tough contest for the Comets, but considering their mastery of Constantine, another win is entirely possible.

Panthers perfect at 5-0 with Pickens at the helm

 Watervliet’s varsity football team improved to a perfect 5-0 this season after they clobbered Kalamazoo United 52-34 at home Friday, September 22. With temperatures in the mid-eighties at game time, the weather for the Homecoming game was unseasonably hot as the teams took the field.

Watervliet kicked off to Kalamazoo but the ball didn’t remain in the hands of the United team long. After an incomplete pass, a sack by Ryan Chisek and Bryant Kieft, and another incomplete pass, Kalamazoo was forced to punt after facing fourth and 25.

On their first possession of the game, Watervliet scored a quick pick six. The Panthers worked their way downfield as quarterback Zack Pickens first pass was caught by Chisek for four yards.

After a first down courtesy of a Pickens run, the QB lofted the ball to Kieft for another first down.

HOT HANDS… With tempera-tures in the 80s at game time, Bryant Kieft caught seven passes for 203 yards and one touchdown Friday in Water-vliet’s 52-34 victory over visit-ing Kalamazoo United. The Panthers remain perfect this season posting a 5-0 record. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

It was Kieft who got the call to the end zone. He rushed the goal line for the TD and Garrett Matthews caught the two-point conversion pass. With five minutes off the game clock, Watervliet led 8-0.

Kalamazoo United responded just a minute later with their own TD. Their two-point conversion attempt failed as Eric Kehrer dropped the quarterback to end the play.

On Watervliet’s next possession, after a Trent Boone reception and screen to Lamarrius Smith, Pickens was sacked for a loss. Another toss to Boone failed to get the first down and Watervliet faced fourth and 11 from their own 44-yard line.

Chisek came through with the big catch for Watervliet’s first down. Matthews caught a pass for a 22-yard pickup, which gave Pickens good field position for his rushing touchdown. The two-point conversion failed, but Watervliet increased their lead to 14-6. That score stood as the first quarter closed out.

In the second quarter, Watervliet’s first possession ended with the team turning the ball over on downs. But the Panthers would get the ball back in a big way.

Kalamazoo’s quarterback passed the ball right to Watervliet’s James Bell who was wide open. Bell hauled the interception into the end zone for another Watervliet touchdown. The two-point conversion failed. Watervliet increased their lead over Kalamazoo to 20-6.

WATERVLIET HOMECOMING 2017 ROYALTY… was crowned Friday during halftime of the Panthers game against Kalama-zoo United. Alyssa Hobson, daughter of Scott and Jennifer Hobson, was crowned Home-coming Queen. Lamarrius Smith, son of Teresa Burton, was crowned Homecoming King. The district celebrated Home-coming with travel destinations theme. The senior class won the downtown businesses window painting contest, followed by the juniors, sophomores and freshmen. First place in float building went to the freshmen, with the seniors and sopho-mores tied for second place, and the juniors in last place. (Photo by Shawn Mead Photography)

Kalamazoo found the end zone less than one minute later and converted to the two-point pass to keep pace with Watervliet. Now the score stood 20-14.

The Watervliet offense was not crisp or consistent late in the second half. Pickens was either smothered or hurried or he had oodles of time in the backfield.

Case in point… Watervliet’s next possession. The Panthers were facing fourth down and one at their own 49-yard line. The Panthers suffered a five yard penalty. Then Matthews caught a pass for the first down.

Kieft picked up two consecutive rushing first downs. Then, the ball came loose on a Pickens run and was recovered by Kalamazoo.

The United team was forced to punt on fourth down. The ball was returned by Pickens all the way to the end zone. However, a Panther penalty on the play negated the punt.

The final score of the game was at the hands of Kieft with just over a minute left in the half. He had some fancy footwork as he spun, pushed, and spun again as he dragged opposing players into the end zone and scored with the ball in his outstretched hands.

The two-point conversion pass to Matthews was good, and Watervliet led 28-14 at the half.

The second half of the ball game was as equally exciting. Watervliet scored 16 points in the third quarter but just could not shake Kalamazoo loose.

United began to rally. They scored 20 points and began to close the gap on Watervliet. At the close of the third quarter, Watervliet led 44-34 and neither team was satisfied.

Smith made the big play for Watervliet in the fourth quarter. He intercepted a pass, setting up the Panthers’ final scoring drive. Following the TD and two-point conversion, and after holding United scoreless, Watervliet maintained their perfect record with a 52-34 victory.

2017 HOMECOMING… Princess Allison Pazera, daughter of Mark and Theresa Pazera and Prince Garrett Matthews, son of Joe and Tara Matthews were crowned Friday afternoon at Watervliet High School during the Pep-Rally.

There were big numbers all around for Watervliet. They ran 80 plays to Kalamazoo’s 59. The Panthers tallied 29 first downs and had nine penalties for 99 penalty yards.

Pickens was 26 of 39 for a whopping 467 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 134 yards and two TDs over 26 carries.

Kieft picked up 46 yards and two TDs on eight carries. He also caught seven passes for 203 yards and one TD.

Dylan Lynch had seven yards on six carries. He caught one pass for three yards.

Boone’s six receptions garnered 108 yards and one TD. Chisek caught four passes for 34 yards.

Matthews picked up 119 yards on seven carries.

Kieft led Watervliet defensively with five tackles, one assist, and three sacks. Chisek had five tackles and one assist.

Pickens and Matthews ponied up four tackles each. Lynch had three tackles. Bell and Anthony Wade had one tackle and one assist. Kehrer accounted for one tackle and one sack.

Watervliet will travel to Delton Kellogg Friday. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.

Indians eke out 39-38 victory over Decatur

 There was just enough stomach twisting tension Friday night to make any Indian football fan a bit nervous. Hartford’s varsity football team traveled to Southwest 10 Conference foe Decatur in search of a fourth victory this season. It took four complete quarters, but the Indians got the job done and improved to 4-1 this season after their 39-38 win.

Decatur drew blood first after scoring on a four-yard rush in the first quarter. The Raiders converted the two-point rush and led 8-0. Hartford was unable to obtain much in the way of offense in the first quarter; they were held scoreless.

In the second quarter, the Indians got on board on a seven-yard touchdown scamper by Robert Ledesma Jr.  Danny Resendez split the uprights and Hartford trailed by one, 8-7.

Decatur responded with their own TD, this time a six-yard run. Their attempt at two points failed, but they took a 14-7 lead.

Hartford’s Moses Beraza picked up a TD on a five-yard pass play from Garrod Johnson for the Indians’ second score of the game.  Resendez’s kick failed and Hartford was back trailing Decatur by one, this time 14-13.

Following intermission, Ledesma Jr. carried the load for Hartford. He scored his second TD of the night on a four-yard run. Resendez’s kick was good, and Hartford took the lead for the first time in the contest, 20-14.

But, the breathing room for Hartford shrank rather rapidly. Decatur scored on a 24-yard pass play and the Raiders converted two points on a run. The Raiders retook the lead 22-20 as the third quarter ended.

The fourth quarter was a hold-your-breath, 12 minutes scoring extravaganza.

The Indians scored first and reclaimed the lead. Beraza notched his second score of the game as he caught a six-yard pass from Johnson. The two-point conversion failed but Hartford led 26-22.

The Hartford faithful took a hit as Decatur scored on a 62-yard run and scored on the two-point conversion. The game see-sawed back Decatur’s way, 30-26.

Things seemed bleak for Hartford as Decatur would make it a second consecutive score in the fourth quarter on a four-yard run. The Raiders converted the two-point rush again and increased their lead 38-26 with time draining off the clock.

With ball in hand and under four minutes on the clock, Hartford took the field. Beraza got it done again. This time, he picked up a seven-yard pass from Johnson for the pick six. The two-point conversion failed and Hartford trailed 38-32.

With collective breaths being held, Hartford scored on a Johnson pass to Beraza, which accounted for 32 yards. With the game tied, it was up to Resendez’s boot. He kicked the ball clean and Hartford won 39-38.

Hartford ran 66 plays compared to 49 by Decatur.  The Indians had 386 total yards of offense.

Johnson was 14 of 22 for 157 yards and four touchdowns.  He rushed for 16 yards on six carries. Beraza caught seven passes for 81 yards and four TDs.

Aaron Sinclair had five receptions for 80 yards and four catches for 12 yards. Joseph Beebe caught one pass for nine yards.  Evan Parker caught five passes for six yards.

Defensively, Cory Arnold led Hartford with five tackles and one assist.  Xavier Salinas tallied four tackles and two assists.  Luke Manning was responsible for three tackles and three assists.  Beebe, Alex Cargo and Garrett Brant had two tackles each. Buddy Earls and Bobby Johnson contributed two tackles and one assist apiece.

Watervliet claims bronze place at Bangor Invitational after Hinch wins individual championship

The Panther boys’ varsity cross country team finished third Saturday at the Bangor Invitational.  The Panthers scored 62 points, while the championship was won by Mendon with 42 points. Hartford boys’ team finished in sixth place with 146 points.

It was Gus Hinch of Watervliet who led all runners across the finish line. He earned his first first-place finish of the season and set a new personal record with his time of 18:22.

Teammate Ezra Troyer took fourth place overall with a new personal record time of 18:34.  Kody Edmonds and Trevor Pelton also boosted the Panther effort with their 17th and 21st place finishes (20:10 and 20:43, respectively).

Hartford’s Francisco Loera was the first Indian across the finish line; his time of 20:44 was good for 22nd place. Watervliet’s Alex Isbrecht placed 25th (21:00). Trey Ackerman of Hartford took 26th place (21:07), and Watervliet’s Austin Roberts finished 29th (21:48).

Hartford’s Evan Delarosa set a new PR with his time of 22:43; he finished in 34th place.  Watervliet’s Nick Swanson raced to 36th place (23:05). Hartford runners James Lucero, Francisco Medrano, and Blair McMeeken finished 40th, 44th, and 47th, respectively, with times of 23:56, 26:21, and 31:14.

With unseasonably warm weather and sunny skies, the runners gave one of their best efforts this season.

Hartford girls win second overall at Bangor Invitational

 The young ladies of Hartford’s varsity cross country team turned in quite a performance in the Bangor Invitational Saturday, September 23. Seven Indian runners placed in the top 25.

Finishing first for Hartford was Marisol Robles. Robles was fourth overall with a new personal record time of 22:29.  She was followed by Adrianna Morseau in sixth place (22:49). Angela Saldana was next for Hartford in 11th place (24:26). Brianna Morseau and Abigail Lopez finished 13th and 16th (24:54 and 25:21, respectively).

Watervliet’s first finisher was Alyssa Hobson in 18th place and a time of 25:51. Hartford’s Jamie Smith took 21st place (26:18).  Watervliet’s Angelina Hammond raced through the course and set a new PR time of 26:24; she finished 23rd.

Isabelle Heminger of Hartford ran the route in a time of 27:30, which was good for 24th place.   Watervliet’s Katelynn Sutherland and Keyona Klimkiewicz took 29th and 30th with times of 29:23 and 30:01, respectively.

Inaugural Southwest 10 Jamboree hosted at Bangor

The Southwest 10 Conference hosted their inaugural cross country jamboree Wednesday, September 20 at Bangor.  Host Bangor won the boys’ division, while Bloomingdale claimed gold in the girls’ division.

Hartford boys finished in fifth place overall with 121 points.  Blair McMeeken was the quickest Indian at the event. He finished 10th overall with a time of 20:05. Francisco Loera took 15th (20:36), and Trey Ackerman finished 22nd (21:09).

James Lucero set a new season record with his time of 23:04 en route to his 37th place finish.  Evan Delarosa took 39th (23:06) and Francisco Medrano finished 65th (27:23).

The Hartford girls squad trekked to a fourth place finish with 90 points.  Adrianna Morseau was the top Indian finisher with a time of 22:32 and fifth place.  Brianna Morseau took 19th place (25:05).  Abigail Lopez raced to 21st place (25:32).

Marisol Robles and Angela Saldana finished in 23rd and 24th place with times of 25:35 and 25:55, respectively.  Jamie Smith took 26th place (26:37).  Isabelle Heminger finished 28th (26:41). Katherine Sanchez’s time of 28:33 was good for 38th place.  Alexis Griffith was 44th (29:33), and Mariela Gutierrez rounded out the racers in 55th place (32:59).

Coloma cross country teams sweep ninth place at Red Bud

 The Coloma boys’ and girls’ cross country teams swept ninth place Saturday, September 23 at the Buchanan Invitational held at Red Bud Motocross Park. The sun was shining and temperature began to climb from the high seventies into the eighties as the runners sped along the hilly course.

The boys’ event was won by Berrien Springs with 60 points.  Coloma finished ninth overall with 229 points. Adiel Granados finished first for Coloma; he took 18th place with a time of 18:28.  Ian Ishmael finished 57th (21:16).  Josh Young took 65th place (21:46).  Willie Donald set a new personal record with his time of 24:10; he ended the invitational in 103rd place.  Hunter Crist took 105th place (24:20).

South Haven claimed the girls’ championship with 74 points.  Coloma’s 248 points gave them a ninth place finish.  Emma Vandermolen led the Comets with her 23rd place finish (22:51).  She was followed by Abby Vandermolen in 36th place (24:20). Marissa Sherburn took 88th place (27:12).  Gabby Ezell set a new PR as she finished in 93rd place with a time of 27:48.

McKenzie Ecker crossed the finish line in 101st place (28:47). Julia Sternaman and Amaria Echols finished 105th and 106th, respectively, with times of 28:56 and 29:06.  Samantha Scott scooted across the finish line in 119th place (31:12), and Kayla Walter took 120th with a time of 31:19.

Comets run in Schoolcraft Invitational

 The Coloma girls’ varsity cross country team trekked to Schoolcraft Wednesday, September 20 to participate in the Schoolcraft Invitational. Delton Kellogg won the championship with 33 points. Coloma trailed in seventh place with 142 points, just missing Constantine in sixth place by three points.

DEREK’S DRIVE BY… Derek Plitt of Coloma’s varsity soccer team drives the ball past a Lawton player Monday, September 18. The Comets lost 3-2 in a tough match. Jacob Bryant (16) and Antonio Gagliardo (14) are also pictured. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

Emma Vandermolen continued to lead the Comets across the finish line. She placed 15th with a time of 24:21.  Gabrielle Ezell took 27th and Abby Vandermolen finished 28th with times of 26:46 and 26:48, respectively.  Marissa Sherburn’s time of 28:34 was good for 34th place.  Julia Sternaman took 38th place (28:50), while McKenzie Ecker ended the event with a 43rd place finish (29:25).

Samantha Scott sped to 47th place (29:57), and Phoebe Brown took 51st place (30:42).  Kayla Walter cruised to 57th place (31:18), and Kadee Davis finished 71st (35:44).

Hartford soccer scores trifecta of wins

 Indian soccer fans had plenty to cheer about last week as Hartford scored three victories in three games and supported veterans by participating in the SW10 Patriot Games. Teams commemorated Patriot Games by wearing special jerseys in honor of current service personnel or former or retired military veterans.

On Monday, September 18, the squad opened the week with a 5-1 Southwest 10 conference win over Bangor.

Tuesday’s conference game found the Indians shutting out visiting Eau Claire 9-0.

The third game of the week took place Thursday, September 21 against non-conference foe Kalamazoo Christian. Kalamazoo is always a formidable opponent for Hartford and Thursday was no different. Both teams were ranked in the top 20 in Division 4 play.

Hartford’s Isai Ordonez scored the first Indian goal and the teams were tied at 1-1 at intermission. In the second half, Hartford’s William Martinez scored the winning goal, giving Hartford the 2-1 victory.

Hartford head coach Nick Blackmer commented, “The defense, led by Ordonez and Nick Pultz, only allowed four shots on goal for the evening.”

Rudy Martinez was in goal for Hartford.

The Indians are ranked 11th in the state in Division 4.

Coloma volleyball crushes Martin in three games

Coloma’s varsity volleyball team hosted Martin Tuesday, September 19 and rolled to a 25-6, 25-13, 25-15 quick victory.  Kayla Yore led the Comets with eight kills, 18 assists, three aces, 10 digs, and one block.  Morgan Wagner hit seven kills, three assists, one ace and 10 digs.  Hannah Mathis had one kill, one assist, two aces, and 11 digs.

Megan Neubecker tallied six kills, four digs, and one block.  Mika Anderson posted eight kills, two aces, and four digs.  Mya Potter contributed five aces and 18 digs. Sam Stewart slammed one ace and five digs. Taryn Blazier chipped in one kill and three digs.

Mia Cole had one kill and one ace.  Kylee Bailey was credited with one dig.

Hartford volleyball has wicked week on the road

 There’s no place like home for Hartford volleyball. That statement rang true this week as the squad traveled to Mendon Tuesday, September 19 and Marcellus Thursday, September 21 and lost both matches. The Indians lost 12-25, 8-25, 14-25 to Mendon during the Southwest 10 Conference Patriot Games event. Teams wore special jerseys and honored veterans all week long.

Against Mendon, Megan Nelson turned in three assist, one kill, and 17 digs.  Cora Wesaw provided one ace, one kill, and 11 digs. Jessica Cortes added five assists and eight digs.  Elly Valdes battled with one block and two kills.

Thursday’s game in Marcellus proved to be a tough match, as well. The Indians lost 23-25, 15-25, 17-25. In that outing, Cortes contributed nine assists, 32 digs, and one ace.  Mikenzie Chambers chipped in one ace, one assist, and two kills. Nelson knocked down three kills, four assists, and 32 digs.  Wesaw hit 23 digs and two kills.  AJ Jackson accounted for four kills and one block.

The Indians are now 14-14 overall this season and hold a 1-3 SW10 Conference record.

Watervliet’s hardworking volleyball squad earns win over Lawrence

 Watervliet hosted Lawrence Tuesday, September 19 and fought a tough, three-game battle on the volleyball court. Game one saw the score see-saw back and forth between the two teams as each tried to initiate a substantial lead. Late in the game, the score was tied 19-19 before Watervliet took control. Watervliet won 25-20.

WAGNER HELPS WITH THE WIN… Coloma’s varsity vol-leyball season was on a roll Tuesday, September 19 as they topped Martin 25-6, 25-13, 25-15. Morgan Wagner had seven kills, three assists, one ace, and 10 digs in the Comet victory. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

Game two proved to be a bit more decisive for the Panthers. They struck early and dominated throughout the contest. Watervliet won game two 25-15 to send Lawrence reeling.

Lawrence proved to be pesky, and game three was quite a battle as the Tigers would not go quietly. It took a team effort on the part of the Panthers to put the game away, winning 25-22.

Jaelyn Pitre led Watervliet with 22 assists, one kill, two aces, and four digs.  Kara Liles hit one assist, six kills, and four blocks.  Zoe Smith added seven kills, one ace, and 10 digs.  Mikalah Clay contributed one kill, one ace, and one dig.

Elaine Koshar tallied five kills and six blocks.  Grace Smith had three kills and 13 digs.  Brenna Langston posted two aces and two digs.  Emma Armstrong was credited with four kills.  Emma Yazel had one assist and two digs. Caley Simmons offered up three aces and seven digs.

Watervliet head coach Edie Daugherty credited “aggressive serving, strong attacks, big blocks, accurate passing, and big digs” for the squad’s victory over Lawrence.


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