10-15-2020 Tri-City Area Sports

Watervliet Press Box by John Oliphant

Volleyball wins twice

It’s hard to believe it took them so long, but on Thursday, Oct. 8 the Panther volleyball team went on the road, for the first time all season, at Gobles. They swept the Tigers, 25-15, 25-9, and 25-16. In the first two games the Panthers took the lead early and played consistent to the end. Game three the score was tied 7-7 when the Panthers finally took control and began pushing the score. Coach Edie Daugherty said that several strong offensive attacks and aggressive defensive play was the key.

Stat leaders: Grace Chisek – 20 assist, 4 kills, 3 digs; Samantha Dietz – 13 kills, 2 aces, 3 digs, 1 block; Addison Riley – 5 kills, 2 blocks, 1 assist; Natalie Hart – 5 kills, 3 digs, 1 assist; Abbigayle Roberts – 2 kills, 1 dig; Myah Hobson – 2 kills, 1 assist; Jaylie Querfurth – 4 digs, 1 ace; Allison Pline – 5 digs, 1 ace.

Earlier in the week the Lady Panthers hosted Fennville. This was a complete team win, with the Panthers serving up 18 aces and 23 kills. Fennville struggled with service receive and the Panthers took full advantage to control the momentum of the match from start to finish, winning 25-6, 25-13, and 25-8.

Aces: Grace Chisek 6, Allie Pline 4, Samantha Dietz 3, Ellie Golden 2, Natalie Hart 2 and Yanna Winters 1

Kills: Samantha Dietz 12, Natalie Hart 4, Grace Chisek 3, Myah Hobson 2, Addison Riley 2

Assists: Grace Chisek 17, Natalie Hart 2, Lilly Lefor 2

Panther football

The Panther varsity football team fell to 2-2 on the season, losing to a quick Kalamazoo United team 42-7. The game was held on Thursday night, Oct. 8, due to a shortage of referees willing to work high school games during the pandemic. The event was a double-header, with the JV playing first and the varsity kick off taking place a little after 7 p.m.

PANTHER ON THE PROWL… Brendon Petty looks for open space against Kalamazoo United last Thursday night in Panther Stadium. Petty gained a few yards on this play and later ran a kick 90 yards for a touchdown and then blocked a punt. Defending for United are Wyatt Steensma and Connor Bogard. Watervliet suffered a loss to the Titans, 42-7, during their Homecoming game. (TCR photo by Rebecca Yazel)

The Panther defense started out solid, making a few good plays, but once the talented United team got rolling they had too many weapons for the Panthers to handle. On offense the ground game had a little room to run, but the passing game was effectively shut down. The lone bright spot was a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by senior Brendon Petty.

Petty and Don Smith combined for 90 yards rushing. On defense Jordan Abney led with 10 tackles, followed by Smith with nine, and Conner Underwood with eight.

On Friday night, Oct. 16, the Panthers slide over to Coloma.