10-17-2019 Tri-City Area Sports

Watervliet Press Box by John Oliphant

Panther Football falls to Constantine

The Panthers hosted Constantine on a rainy and sloppy field last week where the always-tough Falcons came out on top 40-6. There were some bright moments for the defense when they caused multiple turnovers again this week, but the Falcons running game was too much for the Panthers.

Tyson Williams connected with Jordan Abney on a 61-yard touchdown pass but otherwise the Panther offense struggled for every yard. Nick Polaskey, Logan Duscha, Aaron Nave, Don Smith and Jerry Unger also caught passes. The Panthers travel to Schoolcraft Friday, and host Coloma next week.

Panther boys cross competes at SAC Championship in Gobles

The Panther cross country team wrapped up the conference portion of the season by once again finishing second at the SAC Championship meet in Gobles on Thursday, Oct. 10. Six of seven varsity runners earned all-conference honors, with five earning first team all-conference.

The five first team members are Ezra Troyer (10th), Kody Edmonds (11th), Gus Hinch (12th), Trever Pelton (19th), and German Casiano (20th). Matthew Hanks ran his best race of the season to earn honorable mention all-conference.

The JV took places two through five with Alex Isbrecht, Abel Villareal, Jimmy Kolosowsky, and Mason Pennington putting up strong performances.

Team scores: Saugatuck 26, Watervliet 72, Delton-Kellogg 78, Kalamazoo Christian 135, Coloma 144

RUNNER-UP IN CONFERENCE… The MHSAA SAC Cross Country Conference Championships were held at Gobles High School on Oct 10, 2019. Watervliet placed second as a team, just missing the team championship by four points to Saugatuck. Five Panther team members who finished with run times that earned them SAC First Team All Conference status includes (from the left) juniors Hermann Casiano and Ezra Troyer, and seniors Trever Pelton, Kody Ed-monds and Gus Hinch. Not pictured is junior Matt Hanks, given honorable mention. (Photo courtesy of Robert Pelton)

Senior Night for volleyball and cross country

On Tuesday, Oct. 8 Panthers volleyball and cross country teams celebrated Senior Night, recognizing the efforts of their senior players. Volleyball recognized Susanna VanLente, and the cross country team recognized Trever Pelton, Kody Edmonds, Gus Hinch, and Alex Isbrecht.

Athletic Director Ken Dietz addressed the gathering saying, “Congratulations Class of 2020 on your successes and highlights as Panther athletes. Our programs have been enriched by your participation. Also thanks to the parents of our senior athletes for all of the support and encouragement you have provided to your child in athletics and overall. You share in all their successes.”

First season boys soccer has great showing in district play

Watervliet varsity boys soccer team played their first ever district playoff game on a cold and rainy night in South Haven on Friday, Oct. 11 facing the top-seeded Rams. The game was exciting and fast paced despite the conditions and came down to the wire, with the Rams winning 1-0.

South Haven scored in the 5th minute of the game, on a shot that just skipped into the corner, if it actually went in at all. The controversial goal counted and was all the difference in the game. The next 75 minutes held up and down action, saves by both keepers and solid defensive play, but no more goals.