09-29-2016 Tri-City Area Sports


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RAMIREZ’S RUN… Randy Ramirez chugs up the field with ball in hand during Hartford’s game against Bangor on Friday. Ramirez would go on to score a touchdown in the game and the Indians would win their first game of the season 28-18. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

RAMIREZ’S RUN… Randy Ramirez chugs up the field with ball in hand during Hartford’s game against Bangor on Friday. Ramirez would go on to score a touchdown in the game and the Indians would win their first game of the season 28-18. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


The tide certainly turned Friday for the Hartford Indians varsity football team. The squad had suffered four straight losses prior to welcoming Bangor to town.   Bangor, also winless on the season, was searching for their first victory. It was a do-or-die game for both teams.  Bangor landed the first score of the evening in the first quarter. They continued to hold a 6-0 lead until 7:40 in the second quarter after Hartford’s Randy Ramirez had a nice spin move off a Bangor defender to cross the goal line.  Hartford converted a two-point throw to take the lead 8-6. That lead would stand throughout the rest of the first half.  Hartford did have an opportunity to score after stripping the ball from Bangor and recovering. Unfortunately, the Indians turned the ball over on downs.  Hartford then had opportunity number two to score after recovering a Bangor fumble but was unable to get any appreciable yardage and again failed to convert on fourth down.  Give some credit to the Hartford defense. They had a nice stand against Bangor in the trailing moments of the second quarter.   After getting the ball back, Hartford’s Evan Parker had a pass picked off with seven seconds on the clock. Bangor took a knee to end the first half.  Hartford then made the game a nail biter. The team was held scoreless in the third quarter and waited until three minutes remained in the fourth before making their stand.   “Scoring 20 points in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter to come from 10 points behind shows how our players will fight to the end,” commented Hartford head coach Ben Kain.  Hartford won their homecoming game 28-18, notching their first win of the season. The team improves to 1-4.  The Indians combined for 174 rushing yards and 124 passing yards. Robert Ledesma rushed for 63 yards on 12 carries. Garrod Johnson carried the ball five times for 33 yards.  Berto Ibarra averaged 5.6 yards per carry and had one touchdown.  Garrod Johnson threw for two touchdowns, one each to Ramirez and Mo Beraza.  Defensively, Kain was singing the praises of Bob Johnson. “Johnson had a big game on defense and did a great job blocking up front from his center position against a guy more than 100 pounds bigger than him.” Johnson was credited with 12 tackles.  Ibarra had seven tackles, one sack, a fumble recovery, and one interception. Parker contributed seven tackles.  “The offensive and defensive lines are the heroes for us because they controlled the line of scrimmage all night,” Kain commented.  Hartford faces a 2-3 Galesburg-Augusta squad on Friday.  G-A has lost three consecutive games. With one win under their belts, Hartford could use that momentum to tack on another “W” in the scorebook.

Watervliet Football wins third in a row

 Watervliet’s varsity football team continued their winning ways Friday after downing Fennville 50-12 on the road.  Watervliet opened the scoring with two touchdowns in the first quarter. The Panthers added 30 points in the second quarter, including Bryant Kieft’s 62 yard fumble recovery and return, to take a 44-0 lead at the half.  With the clock continuously running in the second half, Watervliet added another six points to the board.   Fennville got their first score of the evening – a touchdown – in the third quarter. Watervliet maintained a 50-6 lead at the end of three.  Fennville added another six points in the fourth quarter while holding Watervliet scoreless. But, the game was in the books long before the clock stopped. Watervliet earned their fourth victory of the season, 50-12.  Watervliet quarterback Cam Rendo was 14 of 16 under center. He threw for 157 yards and two touchdowns.  Rendo also rushed for 64 yards on eight carries and three touchdowns.  Zack Pickens also got in the game as QB. He was one for two for four yards. Pickens had 12 carries for 68 yards including one TD.  Kieft carried the ball five times for 58 yards.  Trent Boone was the most popular receiver Friday night. He picked up 61 yards and one touchdown on six receptions. Tyler Brant caught four passes for 28 yards and one touchdown.  LA Smith hauled in two passes for 28 yards.  Devon Flowers grabbed one pass for 31 yards. Carlos Hernandez’s one catch was good for nine yards.  Tate Halamka had four yards on one catch.  Defensively, Pickens was credited with 17 tackles, one sack, and one interception. Ryan Chisek had 14 tackles.  Kieft accounted for four tackles.  Quinton Childs added four tackles to the team effort.  Blake Kinzler, James Bell, Matt Melcher, Flowers, and Eric Kehrer had three tackles apiece.  Sheldon Tobar got in on the action with one tackle, one sack, and one fumble recovery.  Four players converted two point plays successfully for Watervliet: Pickens, Hernandez, Brant, and Kieft.  Watervliet will return to Panther Stadium Friday for a three-game home stand. They will face a 3-2 Constantine squad who was bested by Kalamazoo Hackett 62-57 last week.  Game time is 7:00 p.m., be sure to get your spot early.

Coloma Football now 0-5

 Coloma’s varsity football schedule appeared to be front loaded from the get-go. The Comets have played Watervliet and Gobles at home and Schoolcraft and Constantine on the road before taking on Delton Kellogg. After suffering from four straight defeats, the Comets were passionately searching for a win.  They will have to wait at least one more game after the squad lost to Delton Kellogg on the road Friday, 28-16.  Coloma and Delton Kellogg played a scoreless first period before Coloma took a 10-0 lead in the second quarter.  Derek Plitt got the Comets on the board after booting a 22 yard field goal to make it a 3-0 game.  Delton Kellogg made a move to score late in the second quarter, but Coloma’s Calvin Hutchinson blocked a field goal. The ball squibbed around and was picked up by teammate Levi Wilkins who raced to the end zone. Plitt’s point after kick gave Coloma a 10-0 lead at intermission.  After half-time, momentum swung Delton Kellogg’s way as they scored 12 unanswered points against the Comets to take a 12-10 lead. Delton Kellogg scored two rushing touchdowns but was unable to convert their point after attempts.  Coloma got back on the board in the fourth quarter after quarterback Zach Goodline tossed a 15 yard pass to Levi Wilkins. The two-point conversion attempt failed, but Coloma took a 16-12 lead.  That would end Coloma’s scoring for the game. From then on out it was all Delton Kellogg, with a little help from Coloma.  With 4:30 left to play in the game, Delton Kellogg was forced to punt. Coloma was unable to handle the ball and Delton Kellogg recovered it on the eight yard line. Twenty seconds later, the Panthers scored a touchdown. The point after kick was good, and Delton Kellogg took a 19-16 lead.   Just over three minutes later, Delton Kellogg scored another TD and PAT for another seven points. The Comets trailed 26-16.  The final score was a safety by Delton Kellogg for the 28-16 win.  Coloma will face a 2-3 Fennville squad at home Friday. The Blackhawks have suffered three straight losses, including last week’s 50-12 drubbing by Watervliet. Look for Coloma to get their first win of the season.

SHERRILL SHOOTS THROUGH A HOLE… Using his knee and feet, Coloma’s Ty-ler Sherrill shoots through a Laker gap during Saturday’s home game. The Comets would fall to Lake Michigan Catholic 2-1. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

SHERRILL SHOOTS THROUGH A HOLE… Using his knee and feet, Coloma’s Tyler Sherrill shoots through a Laker gap during Saturday’s home game. The Comets would fall to Lake Michigan Catholic 2-1. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


Grace Christian self-reports violations to MHSAA, loses Softball district title

 Grace Christian School recently self-reported a rules violation to the Michigan High School Athletic Association, a press release dated September 23, 2016 stated.  Grace Christian unknowingly allowed three ineligible student athletes to participate in three varsity sports during the 2015-2016 school year. The three sports included boys’ varsity soccer, boys’ varsity basketball, and girls’ varsity softball.  MHSAA penalized the school which resulted in Grace Christian forfeiting all victories in the three named sports for the 2015-2016 school year; included in that forfeiture, was the softball district championship title.  Head of School Todd Zimmerman stated, “It is difficult to forfeit the wins and the district championship our student athletes worked so hard for. Mistakes happen. Admitting those mistakes, owning the consequences, and learning from them is not always the easiest road to take, but it is the God-honoring thing to do. By taking responsibility and self-reporting this mistake, we uphold the values we teach in the classroom and on the playing field.”  Grace Christian administrators and coaches are working with MHSAA officials to receive training. Staff is also reviewing policies and procedures to ensure the error does not occur again, according to the press release. The nature of the violation was not disclosed.  Joe Pepple, chairman of the Grace Christian school board stated, “This incident should in no way diminish in anyone’s mind the talent and hard work of the students who competed on these teams.”

Lady Panther Pazera takes First Place at Bangor Invitational while team takes second; Indians run to Fifth Place 

 The Watervliet varsity girls’ cross country team proved fleet of feet on Saturday as they finished second overall at the Bangor Invitational. Hartford was hot on their heels and took fifth place. Lawton won the championship with 43 points.  Watervliet was led by sophomore Allie Pazera who took the field by storm. She raced through the course with a time of 21:24 and finished in the top spot overall.  Trailing right behind Pazera was teammate Taylor Shafer. Shafer took fifth place overall with a time of 22:04.  Jade Miller finished in 14th place (24:16). Bailey Evans and Alyssa Hobson crossed the finish line in 17th and 18th place, respectively, with times of 24:32 and 24:41.  Brenda Hess took 44th place with a time of 33:24.  Angela Saldana led Hartford with a 13th place finish and time of 24:12. She was followed across the line by Marisol Robles and Isabell Heminger. Robles took 24th place (25:32), while Heminger set a new personal record with her time of 25:36 and took 25th place.  Maria Gutierrez’s time of 27:42 was good for 33rd place, and Mariela Gutierrez took 35th (27:58), as she set a new personal record.  Jessica Cortes rounded out the Indians’ effort with a 45th place finish (36:05).

Watervliet Cross Country nabs Third Place finish at Bangor Invitational; Hartford takes ninth  Watervliet’s boys’ cross country team ran to a third place finish at Saturday’s Bangor Invitational.

The team collected 80 points to champion Constantine’s 67 points.  Hartford’s varsity team finished ninth overall with 220 points.  Jobe Kerr continued his hot streak at the finish line. This time he took second place overall with a time of 17:36.  Gus Hinch’s time of 18:55 set a new personal record for the freshman. He finished the race in 15th place.  Brent Simmons took 18th with a time of 19:04. Dominick Tavolacci and Nick Swanson finished in 22nd and 23rd place, respectively, with the same time of 19:20. Swanson set a new PR with the run.  Klayton Marshall took 24th place (19:27), and Austin Roberts finished in 39th place (20:33).  Hartford was led by sophomore Francisco Loera. He took 28th place with a time of 19:55. Teammate Blair McMeeken set a new personal record with his time of 20:56; he finished in 41st place.  Tristan Hanners took 43rd place and set a new personal record with a time of 21:10. James Lucero’s time of 23:06 was good for 54th place.  Francisco Medrano and Zak Romhilt finished in 63rd and 64th place, respectively. Their finish times were 36:58 and 37:58.

Comets and Indians volley at the net

 The varsity volleyball squads of Coloma and Hartford met up on the court of the Comets Tuesday, September 20. Coloma notched the win, taking three games from the Indians by scores of 25-5, 25-18, 25-16.  Kelly Walter led Coloma with 14 kills, 12 aces, 10 digs, and two blocks.  Kayla Yore had eight kills, 19 assists, 24 digs, and one block.  Morgan Wagner chipped in 16 kills, nine digs, and one block, while Jenna Walter contributed three kills, 14 assists, one ace, and four digs.  Hannah Mathis had four kills and three digs, and Mya Potter added one kill and 16 digs. Alyssa Dillenbeck was credited with eight digs and Nicolle Larson had two kills.  Amber Martin led Hartford with 28 digs, seven blocks, four kills, and one ace. Olivia Ziemer tallied 43 digs. AJ Jackson had four blocks and five kills.  Brynn Duffy notched three kills, and Olivia Kling hit one ace.

Coloma Cross Country hits the trail in the RedBud Tri-State Invitational

 Both Coloma’s boys’ and girls’ cross country teams participated in Saturday’s RedBud Tri-State Invitational. The hilly course at RedBud Moto Cross Park in Buchanan proved to be challenging for all runners.  Coloma finished seventh overall in the girls division. They ended their effort with 203 points. Edwardsburg claimed the championship with 31 points.  Marissa Sherburn led the Lady Comets with her time of 24:59.6. She finished 53rd.  Vanessa Crisenbery took 68th place (26:39.0) and set a new personal record.  Also achieving a new best time was Amaria Echols. Her effort of 28:12.1 earned her a 78th place finish.  Gabrielle Ezell took 83rd (29:03.2), while Julia Sternaman finished 86th (31:39.2).  For the young men, Coloma was led by senior Greg Olsen. As the top Comet finisher, he posted a time of 20:32.1 and took 21st place. Adiel Granados trailed by just eight seconds and finished 24th (20:40.2). Bryton Fitzgerald finished 44th (23:52.4).

Hartford Soccer earns 11th win and is hit with first loss of the season

 Hartford’s varsity soccer team began the week facing the Bees on Monday, September 19. The Indians rolled into Bridgman undefeated, but the Bees got the better of a tired Hartford squad.  Bridgman rolled to a 2-1 victory, handing Hartford their first loss of the season.  The lone goal scored by the Indians was courtesy of William Martinez with Austin Nelson on the assist.  Jake Griffith was in goal for Hartford and was credited with four saves.  On Wednesday, September 21 Hartford hosted Lawton and got back on a winning track. The Indians won 10-2, after leading 5-0 at half time.  Michel Calderon and William Martinez led Hartford with two goals each.  Also scoring were Austin Nelson, Joel Soto, Miguel Cardoso, Ulisis Bacilio, Roy Rodriguez, and Danny Resendez.  Fernando Alvarez had a team high two assists. Nelson, Cardoso, and Jiovanni Calderon each posted one assist.  Riley Traver was credited with three saves during his time as keeper.  With the victory, Hartford moved to 10-1 on the season.  In their last game of the week, Hartford faced Brandywine at home on Thursday, September 22. The Indians shutout the Bobcats with a score of 7-0. Hartford led 4-0 at the half.  Goals were scored by Nelson, Michel Calderon, Noel Soto, Brandon Galvan, Resendez, and Isai Ordonez. Martinez and Cardoso each had one assist.  Rudy Martinez pulled keeper duties and was credited with one save.  Hartford is now 11-1 on the season. Coloma Soccer shuts out Marcellus; loses to LMC  Coloma soccer split their games last week, shutting out Marcellus 4-0 and dropping a game 2-1 to Lake Michigan Catholic.  Coloma topped Marcellus in a conference matchup on Monday, September 19. Tyler Sherrill and Zach Heater scored two goals apiece for the Comets. Antonio Gagliardo and Heater notched assists.  Coloma coach Rick Redman commented that Coloma outshot Marcellus 13-1.   On Saturday, September 24, the mighty Comets welcomed LMC to McDaniel Field. The Lakers topped Coloma 2-1. Coloma is now 5-4 overall this season.

Coloma Volleyball hangs tough with Schoolcraft, routs Lawton

 When you tangle with the #8 volleyball team in the state, you either elevate your play or lose quickly. Coloma proved just how tough this year’s varsity squad is as they fared well – but lost – to Schoolcraft on Thursday, September 22.  In quad action at Watervliet, Coloma took on Schoolcraft and kept pace with the ranked team. The Lady Comets lost the first game 25-17, made some adjustments, and really dug in in game two. Coloma matched Schoolcraft point for point until the last volley cleared the net giving Schoolcraft a 25-23 win.  In their second match of the evening, Coloma routed Lawton 25-12 and 25-11 for the easy win.   Morgan Wagner led Coloma with 10 kills, eight aces, 24 digs, and three blocks. Jenna Walter had two kills, three assists, three aces, three digs, and one block.  Kayla Yore contributed four kills, 34 assists, 13 digs, and four blocks. Kelly Walter added 22 kills, three aces, nine digs, and seven blocks.  Nicolle Larson tallied six kills, one ace, six digs, and one block.  Hannah Mathis posted two digs and one block, while Mya Potter had three aces and 21 digs. Hartford Volleyball squad drops matches to Kalamazoo Christian and Kalamazoo Hackett  Hartford volleyball suffered two tough losses Thursday, September 22. The squad dropped two games apiece to Kalamazoo Christian 16-25, 14-25 and 20-25, 18-25 to Kalamazoo Christian.  For Hartford, Amara Wesaw had four kills, eight assists, one ace and nine digs. Amber Martin contributed 12 kills, 11 digs, seven blocks, and one ace.  AJ Jackson added six kills and two blocks for Hartford. Olivia Kling tallied nine assists. Sarah Rice had 14 digs and three aces.

ARIANA’S UP, UP, AND WAITING… Watervliet’s Ariana Rowe leapt for a return volley during Thursday’s game against Lawton. Rowe had eight kills in the two-game match, in which the Lady Panthers were victorious, 25-19, and 25-20. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

ARIANA’S UP, UP, AND WAITING… Watervliet’s Ariana Rowe leapt for a return volley during Thursday’s game against Lawton. Rowe had eight kills in the two-game match, in which the Lady Panthers were victorious, 25-19, and 25-20. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


Watervliet wins three versus Saugatuck as the schools share the national spotlight; hosts quad action

 Watervliet volleyball first welcomed Saugatuck to town then mastered the squad on Tuesday, September 20 to steal the three game set in strong fashion, 25-14, 27-25, and 25-16.  But first, the squads stole the hearts of the audience. The teams lined up on opposing sides of the court and sang the National Anthem after the music did not play.  Now, video is stealing the hearts of the general public nationwide, as snippets have aired on Inside Edition, garnering both schools and squads plenty of attention.  Back on the court after play commenced, Watervliet coach Edie Daugherty was pleased with both her team’s offense and defense stating, “Bog blocking from Kara Liles slowed Saugatuck’s offense down.”  Katie Schultz did a stellar job serving for Watervliet. She put up three consecutive aces in game three as well as the last ace to win game point.  Mercede Daugherty provided 24 assists, three kills, one ace, and three digs.  Logan Mizwicki had five kills, one assist, one ace, and six digs.  Kara Liles added seven kills, six blocks, and three aces. Grace Smith tallied 11 digs, two aces, and one kill.  In addition to her four aces, Schultz had seven kills and one dig. Zoe Smith contributed five kills, one block, one ace, and eight digs.  On Thursday, September 22, Watervliet hosted quad action that included Coloma, Lawton, and Schoolcraft.  Stepping onto the court against Lawton in the first match of the game, Watervliet won 25-19, 25-20.  Daugherty’s stats included 19 digs, one kill, two aces, and six digs, while Zoe Smith had four kills, one block, and five digs.  Schultz landed five kills and one dig. Maggie Lynch hit one ace and seven digs.  Grace Smith had one ace and 12 digs. Ariana Rowe tallied eight kills, while Mizwicki was credited with four kills, four aces, and six digs.  After topping Lawton, Watervliet took on Schoolcraft whose squad is ranked #8 in the state. Schoolcraft edged out a 25-17, 25-21 win over the Lady Panthers.  “Defensively, the Panthers had 49 digs during the two game match resulting in some intense rallies,” Coach Daugherty commented.  Mizwicki was credited with five kills, one block, and nine digs.  Mercede Daugherty had 16 assists, two kills, and seven digs.  Zoe Smith tallied three kills, one ace, and eight digs. Liles contributed seven kills, two blocks, and one ace. Lynch had 11 digs. Schultz landed six kills, and Grace Smith added one kill and 14 digs.

Coloma AYSO Soccer

Saturday, September 10

By Jennifer Fardello

U5

Team 1 faced off against Team 3 with Hayden Blackmer, Eric Foster, Isaiah Ledesma-Lynch, Austin Martin, Hadey Musick and Briar Wolf. Playing for Team 3 was Arianna Finney, David Kerr, Maiah Perez, Dominic Vanderboegh and Elijah Wendt.  Team 2 faced off against Team 5 with Skyler Gremore, Israel Lorenzo, Amayah Payton, Adaline Spoke and Maddox Webster. Playing for Team 5 was Robert Brooks, Xalia Crider, Sierra Follman, Mason Kinzler and Spencer Olds.  Team 4 faced off against Team 6 with Anna Fardello, Andres Gutierrez, Whittaker Lewis, Sophia Ovalle and Kian Smith. Playing for Team 6 was Lyla Current, Bentley Gaston, Jackson Halamka, Gabriella Layne and Anthony Michael.

U6

Team 1 faced off against Team 3 with Paxton Brethauer, Timmy Dibble, Adele Finehout and Aimee James. Playing for Team 3 was Parker Duffield, Gabriel Thatcher, Violet Wolf and Landon Wolford.  Team 4 faced off against Team 6 with Samuel Casiano, Jathan Dill, Gavin Downey, Clayton Lehnert and Aiden Sullivan.  Playing for Team 6 was Nehemias Bazan, Bradyn Fuller, Noah Fuller, Noah Hutchins and Conner Peek.  Team 2 faced off against Team 5 with Zeke Fort, Camden Poole, Xavi Ramirez and Aubrey Winnell.  Playing for Team 5 was Froylan Flores, Henry Menz, Liam Mullin, Raeghan Prestidge and Brady Pullins.

U8

Team 1 defeated Team 3, 4-3.  Scoring for Team 1 was Matthew Cowgill with 4 goals. Scoring for Team 3 was Santiago Nava Aviles with 2 goals and Lily Goodsonn with 1 goal.  Team 4 defeated Team 6, 8-0. Scoring goals were Nathan Harasewicz with 4 goals, Mason Mireles with 2 goals and Sean East and Katelyn Brown with 1 goal each.  Team 2 defeated Team 5, 4-1. Scoring for Team 2 was Jaxon Dill and Nathaniel Grabovac with 2 goals each. Scoring for Team 5 was Jairo Lorenzo.

U10B

Team 1 was defeated by Dowagiac, 5-0.  Team 2 wins 5-0 over Team 3. Scoring goals for Team 2 was Kameron Kuehnle with 2 goals and Yanel Nova Aviles, Jaylin Bachman and Dylan Kuehnle with 1 goal each.

U10G

The Pink Dragons defeated Team 1, 3-0. Scoring goals were Julianne Mouw, Mackenzie Hosbein and Hannah Variell with 1 goal each.

U12B

Team 1 wins against Team 2, 5-4. Scoring goals for Team 1 were Ernesto Rodarte with 2 goals and Logan Lehnert, Zach Hastings and Matthew Case with 1 goal each. Scoring for Team 2 was Boden Genovese with 2 goals, Luis Hernandez and Erik Morales with 1 goal each.

U12G

Mealman vs. Gibbs: The Purple Tigers shut out Team 2, 6-0. Scoring for The Purple Tigers was Jaylie Querfurth with 2 goals and Madison Gremore, Amber Mealman, Alyse Grenon and Hannah Wagner with 1 goal each.

U14

Klann vs. St. Joe 2: Team Klann defeated St. Joe Team 2, 2-0. Scoring for Team Klann was Brennan Bornas.

Tuesday, September 13th

U14

Team Klann was victorious over South Haven, 5- 1. Scoring for team Klann was Drew VanLente, Monserrat Requenes, Mason Pennington, Wesley Seabury and Brennan Bornas.

Wednesday, September 14

U10G

Pink Dragons shut out Lakeshore, 7-0. Scoring goals were Mackenzie Hosbein with 4 goals, Amelia Poole with 2 goals and Alyssa Brown with 1 goal.

Thursday, September 15

U14

Team Klann tied St. Joe Team 1, 4-4. Scoring for Team Klann was Brennan Bornas scoring all 4 goals.

Saturday, September 17

U5

Team 2 faced off against Team 6 with Skyler Gremore, Israel Lorenzo, Amayah Payton, Adaline Spoke and Maddox Webster. Playing for Team 6 was Lyla Current, Bentley Gaston, Jackson Halamka, Gabriella Layne and Anthony Michael.  Team 5 faced off against Team 3 with Robert Brooks, Xalia Crider, Sierra Follman, Mason Kinzler and Spencer Olds. Playing for Team 3 was Arianna Finney, David Kerr, Maiah Perez, Dominic Vanderboegh and Elijah Wendt.  Team 4 faced off against Team 1with Anna Fardello, Andres Gutierrez, Whittaker Lewis, Sophia Ovalle and Kian Smith. Playing for Team 1 was Hayden Blackmer, Eric Foster, Isaiah Ledesma-Lynch, Austin Martin, Hadey Musick and Briar Wolf.

U6

Team 2 faced off against Team 6 with Zeke Fort, Camden Poole, Xavi Ramirez and Aubrey Winnell. Playing for Team 6 was Nehemias Bazan, Bradyn Fuller, Noah Fuller, Noah Hutchins and Conner Peek.  Team 5 faced off against Team 3 with Froylan Flores, Henry Menz, Liam Mullin, Raeghan Prestidge and Brady Pullins. Playing for Team 3 was Parker Duffield, Gabriel Thatcher, Violet Wolf and Landon Wolford.  Team 4 faced off against Team 1with Samuel Casiano, Jathan Dill, Gavin Downey, Clayton Lehnert and Aiden Sullivan.  Playing for Team 1 was Paxton Brethauer, Timmy Dibble, Adele Finehout and Aimee James.

U8

Team 4 defeated Team 1, 8 to 1.  Scoring for Team 4 were Mason Mireles with 4 goals, Brayden Harasewicz with 3 goals and Nathan Harasewicz with 1 goal. Scoring for Team 1 was Matthew Cowgill.  Jarvis vs. Wendt: Team 5 faced off against Team 3 winning 3-2. Scoring for Team 5 was Jairo Lorenzo with 2 goals and Austin Ledesma with 1 goal. Scoring for Team 3 was Santiago Nava Aviles with 2 goals.  Team 2 defeated Team 6, 5-2. Scoring goals for Team 2 were Jaxon Dill with 3 goals, Nathanial Grabovac and Isaac Morales with 1 goal each. Scoring for Team 6 were Charlie Gagliardo and Marshall Smith.

U10B

Team 2 wins 5-3 over Team 1, scoring for Team 2 was Yanel Nava Aviles with 2 goals and Dillon Arnold, Dylan Kuehnle and Caleb Perez with 1 goal each. Scoring for Team 1 was Melvin Parra with 2 goals and Aiden Ovalle with 1 goal.

U10G

Pink Dragons defeated South Haven team 2, 3-2. Scoring goals were Amelia Poole, Lillian Wolf and Mackenzie Hosbein with 1 goal each. Team 1 defeated South Haven team1 4-3. Scoring goals were Savannah Follman with 2 goals and Kyra Abdel-Warress and Natalie Van Lente with 1 goal each.

U12B

Team 1 defeated South Haven Team 1, 7-5.  Scoring goals were Ernesto Rodarte with 5 and Anthony and Zach with 1 goal each.  Team 2 wins against Marcellus, 3-1. Scoring goals were Jose H., Fletcher Todd, and Luis Hernandez with 1 goal each.

U12G

The Purple Tigers shut out South Haven Team 1, 4 to 0.   Team 2 was defeated by South Haven Team 2, 7-0.

U14

Team Klann defeated Mattawan, 5-3.  Scoring goals were Andrew Van Lente, Brennan Bornas, Wesely Seabury, Mercedes Requenes and Tyler Moore with 1 goal each.  Team Klann was defeated by Dowagiac, 4-1.  Scoring for Team Klann was Mercedes Requenes.

Sunday, September 18

U10 EXTRA

Coloma tied Three Rivers, 4-4. Scoring all 4 goals was Dylan Kuehnle.

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Harvick sneaks past Kenseth for win and spot in round two chase competition

 Kevin Harvick sealed up his spot in the second round of NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship after winning Sunday’s Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  Harvick, who led eight laps, started in 19th place. He battled Matt Kenseth for the win, securing his third victory of the 2016 season. Harvick has finished in the top five in six of the last eight races.  Kenseth settled for second place. He led 105 laps.  Kyle Busch raced to a third place finish; he led three laps during the event.  Brad Keselowski finished fourth after leading two laps, and Kurt Busch took fifth.  Polesitter Carl Edwards led 31 laps on Sunday and finished in sixth place.  Other lap leaders included Martin Truex Jr., who led the bulk with 141 laps.  Chase Elliott headed the line for one go-round, and Danica Patrick came out of hiding to run at the front nine times.  There were 14 lead changes during the race with only six caution periods, including a late one on lap 291.    The top eight finishers on Sunday were Chase qualifiers. Twenty-two drivers finished on the lead lap.  With two races complete in the opening round of the Chase for the Championship, Truex Jr. and Harvick have sealed their automatic pass into the second round of competition.  Ten other drivers will join Truex Jr. and Harvick in the next round. With only one more race to go in the first round, expect plenty of running and gunning at Dover International Speedway on Sunday. That is the last pit stop before heading to races at Charlotte, Kansas, and Talladega.  Four drivers will fall out of contention after Sunday. Right now, Jamie McMurray, Austin Dillon, Tony Stewart, and Chris Buescher are all in danger of dropping out of Chase contention.  Dover will play host to the Citizen Soldier 400. Kenseth won at the track in May of this year. A win would secure his spot in round two competition in the hunt for a championship title.


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 Greg Krell turned in a masterful pick performance last week, going 6-2, to claim sole possession atop the Tri-City Record Armchair Quarterback contest.  Each week, six local football fanatics predict the winner of eight gridiron games. The records are tabulated, and there is one weekly winner and one overall winner. At the end of the season, the AQB with the best record wins a jaunty Tri-City Record AQB championship cap.  Should two or more AQBs post the same weekly record, their spot in the standings is determined by the tie-breaker game. One game is selected each week as the tie-breaker game, and the contestants must determine the number of points that will be scored in that contest.  This week, Krell and Tim Hildebrand posted 6-2 records, best for the week. The tie-breaker game of Bangor at Harford came into play. The Indians won their homecoming game 28-18 to notch their first victory of the season.  Krell guessed 40 points would be scored in the contest, while Hildebrand went a little shy at 21 points. With the 46 point total, Krell captured first place. Hildebrand took second place.  Rodney Lynch, who tied Krell for first place overall last week, and RoxAnn Rodney-Isbrecht both tallied 5-3 records. Lynch lands in third place with his 35 point tie-breaker guess, leaving Rodney-Isbrecht in fourth. She guessed 52 points would be scored.  Tom Gear went 4-4 for the week and settled into fifth place. Chris Leach, again sticking with her hometown favorites, went 2-6 and remains in sixth place.  The Michigan State versus Wisconsin and Duke at Notre Dame tripped up all six of our AQBs. Shame on the Spartans and Fighting Irish!  Krell takes control of the leaderboard with his 32-8 record. Lynch’s 31-9 record gives him second place, just one game behind Krell.  Rodney-Isbrecht and Hildebrand are all knotted up in third place with 30-10 records. Hildebrand picked up one spot and both players remain two games out of first place.  Gear holds a 26-14 record in fifth place and is five games out of first place.  Leach continues in sixth place, dropping to nine games out of first place.  This week, we have all three hometown high school teams back on their respective fields. And, in college games, Western tangles with Central. On the pro front, Detroit faces Chicago, which will be an exciting matchup. The Lions and Bears contest (oh my!) is the tie-breaker game.  Our AQBs are tasked with determining the winners of the following contests:

Fennville @ Coloma

Constantine @ Watervliet

Galesburg-Augusta @ Hartford

Michigan State @ Indiana

Notre Dame @ Syracuse

Wisconsin @ Michigan

Western Michigan @ Central Michigan

Detroit @ Chicago

It is still early in the season with plenty of games to go. Who will come out on top next week? Check back to find out!

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