10-29-2020 Tri-City Area Sports

KICKING THE FINISH… Watervliet’s German Casiano outraces Hartford’s Jacob Morales to the finish line in Saturday’s pre-regional cross country meet at Watervliet High School on Oct. 24, 2020. Casiano came in 13th with a time of 18:56. (TCR photo by John Oliphant)

Watervliet Press Box by John Oliphant

Panther volleyball keeps winning

The SAC coaches chose three Lady Panthers as recipients of SAC All-Division honors in volleyball this season. Sophomore Samantha Dietz was recognized as a First Team outside hitter and freshman Grace Chisek was recognized with First Team honors as a setter. Senior Abbigayle Roberts earned Honorable Mention as an outside hitter.

On Tuesday, Oct. 20 the Panthers played their final regular-season home match against Lawton, coming away with a 3-1 win by scores of 25-17, 18-25, 25-16, and 25-20. The team and parents also honored seniors Yanna Winters and Abbigayle Roberts.

Stats: Grace Chisek 32 assist, 2 kills, 7 aces, 13 digs, 3 blocks; Samantha Dietz 21 kills, 8 aces, 19 digs, 1 block; Natalie Hart 6 kills, 13 digs; Addison Riley 7 kills; Jaylie Querfurth 2 aces, 12 digs; Abbigayle Roberts 3 kills; Yanna Winters 4 digs; Ellie Golden 4 aces, 5 digs; Myah Hobson 3 kills, 4 blocks

The Lady Panthers visited Coloma on Thursday, Oct. 22, winning a match that wasn’t ever very close, 25-21, 25-11, and 25-19. Both the offense and defense played strong and stayed strong all three games.

On Monday, Oct. 26 the team faced Lawton in the first of two matches. The Blue Devils struggled to return serves as the Panthers racked up 17 aces in the match. The Panthers were consistent with their offense and defense all three games, winning the match 25-16, 25-25, and 25-16. Ellie Golden led the team with 9 digs. Samantha Dietz had 13 kills.

To close out the evening the Lady Panthers faced Paw Paw for the second time this season and won this time also. The Panthers came out strong surprising Paw Paw with their aggressive play winning game one 25-20. In the second game Paw Paw fought back for a 26-24 win. In game three the Panthers battled for every point and won 25-20. Addison Riley, Myah Hobson and Samantha Dietz led in offensive kills. Jaylie Querfurth led the team with 4 aces and Grace Chisek had 30 assists along with 27 digs.

Panther football falls at Parchment

The Watervliet Panthers and a handful of fans traveled to Parchment last Friday, Oct. 23 on a windy and drizzling night and fell to the Parchment Panthers 24-8. Watervliet started strong, passing and running down the field in the first quarter to take an 8-0 lead. From there the short-handed Panther squad couldn’t sustain a drive long enough to score again, and gave up 24 unanswered points. Don Smith scored the lone touchdown on the night, while leading the team with six tackles. Isaiah Yazel and Royce Daugherty each recorded sacks for the defense.

Everybody gets a playoff berth this season and the Panthers will travel to Constantine for the opening round game on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1:00 p.m.

Boys cross country team qualifies for regional finals

The Panther boys cross country team qualified for a spot at Saturday’s regional meet on Oct. 24 by finishing 4th at the pre-regional meet held on their treacherous home course. Ezra Troyer (17:55) placed sixth to lead the team and German Casiano (18:56) was 13th. Jimmy Kolosowsky (19:26) and Camdon Geisler (19:30) paced each other over the 5K course to cross the finish line in 19th and 20th places. Aaron Leoni (19:54) wrapped up the Panther scoring capturing 26th place with his second consecutive race under 20 minutes.