11-03-2016 Tri-City Area Sports

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Coloma crowned SAC Conference champions

The Coloma varsity volleyball squad has worked hard all season and their efforts paid off on Saturday, October 29 as they won the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship. The Lady Comets were one of 20 teams that participated in the event.

The team hit the court and scored three victories in pool play. The Lady Comets beat Constantine 25-20, 25-12. They also schooled Schoolcraft 25-18, 25-10. Coloma then walloped Eau Claire 25-7, 25-8 to remain undefeated in pool play.

Having secured the first seed designation in bracket play, Coloma faced Schoolcraft in the semi-finals for the second time. Coloma won two of three games, 25-14, 12-25, 25-16 to move into the finals.

In their last match of the day, the Comets faced Kalamazoo Christian and, after dropping the first game 19-25, came back to win games two and three, 25-22, 25-17, for the title.

Kayla Yore led Coloma with 90 assists, seven aces, 20 digs, 22 kills, and 10 blocks. Kelly Walter notched seven aces, 20 digs, 71 kills, and 17 blocks. Morgan Wagner hit 11 aces, 40 digs, 28 kills, and eight blocks. Mya Potter added 59 digs, one ace, and two kills to the team effort. Nicolle Larson had nine aces, two digs, 12 kills, and one block.

Alyssa Dillenbeck contributed 15 digs. Jenna Walter tallied 20 assists, five aces, 10 kills, and five blocks. Mika Anderson provided one ace, three digs, and nine kills. Sam Stewart had two digs.

Hartford and Watervliet also participated in the tourney. Hartford lost 20-25, 22-25 to Lawton and 11-25, 19-25 to Delton Kellogg. The Indians defeated Martin 25-21, 25-16.

Amber Martin led Hartford with two aces, 10 kills, nine blocks, 63 digs and five assists. Olivia Kling contributed three aces, 83 digs, and nine assists. Sarah Rice chipped in four kills and one assist.

AJ Jackson blocked eight shots. Olivia Ziemer added 45 digs, and Amara Wesaw had five kills.

Watervliet lost 21-25, 29-30 to Marcellus and 17-25, 25-27 to Bangor. The Lady Panthers split with Galesburg-Augusta 19-25, 25-23. The squad ended the day in seventh place.

Watervliet was led by Mercede Daugherty; she offered up 37 assists, three kills, three aces, and nine digs. Katie Schultz had 10 kills, two blocks, three aces, and six digs. Logan Mizwicki contributed six kills, one block, three aces, and 20 digs.

Kara Liles added nine kills, five blocks, and two digs, while Arianna Rowe hit one assist, 12 kills, and three blocks. Zoe Smith provided 12 kills and 16 digs.  Grace Smith had one kill and 36 digs, and Maggie Lynch tallied 13 digs.

Watervliet’s Kerr & Pazera qualify for Cross Country state competition

HEADED TO STATE!… Wa-tervliet senior Jobe Kerr and sophomore Allie Pazera are headed to state competition in cross country after their finishes in Saturday’s regional meet in Buchanan. Kerr finished fifth overall with a time of 17:11.0. Pazera finished 11th with a time of 21:59.5. Both athletes will head to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn for Sat-urday’s state finale. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

HEADED TO STATE!… Watervliet senior Jobe Kerr and sophomore Allie Pazera are headed to state competition in cross country after their finishes in Saturday’s regional meet in Buchanan. Kerr finished fifth overall with a time of 17:11.0. Pazera finished 11th with a time of 21:59.5. Both athletes will head to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn for Sat-urday’s state finale. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


Watervliet senior Jobe Kerr and sophomore Allie Pazera are headed to Michigan High School Athletic Association competition at the state level after the two runners finished in the top 15 at Saturday’s regional meet at Red Bud Moto Cross in Buchanan.

If you have never been to the course in Buchanan, you cannot fully comprehend its difficulty. The trail weaves between hills, including the final stretch where runners have to gallop uphill to the finish line. On Saturday, the temperatures were cool but not cold and the skies were overcast. Thankfully, the rain did hold off.

Kerr finished fifth overall in the men’s division with a time of 17:11.0. Pazera took 11th place overall with her time of 21:59.5.

For the first time in five years, the Panthers did not qualify for state as a team. The male squad finished seventh with 161 points. The men’s division title was claimed by Saugatuck with 22 points.

Watervliet’s Dominick Tavolacci finished 27th (19:01.8). Senior Rick Ertman set a new personal record with his time of 19:18.5; he took 35th place.

Gus Hinch finished in 37th place (19:18.6), just one-tenth of a second behind Ertman. Klayton Marshall took 60th (20:37.8). He was followed across the finish line by Austin Roberts in 65th place (20:52.6) and Nick Swanson (21:09.4).

Kerr attributed his success this year to coach Aaron Weber. “He’s been an inspiration to us all. He is a very hard-working coach. And my parents, too, they’re always big supporters. They come to every one of my meets,” he said.

Kerr is excited to head to state, his last as this is his senior year. “I put in a lot of hard work this summer, put in hard work every season, and I’m hoping for the absolute best.”

The Lady Panthers placed fifth overall with 138 points. They were shut out of a fourth place finish by two points. A dominant Saugatuck team took first place with 17 points.

Junior Taylor Shafer finished in 24th place with a time of 23:36.9. Jade Miller finished her senior season with a 30th place finish and time of 23:57.1.

Bailey Evans, also a senior, took 41st place (24:35.9) and Alyssa Hobson took 52nd place. The junior ended her day with a time of 25:14.4.

With their medals in hand, Kerr and Pazera will compete on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn in the state finals.

Hartford’s men’s team finished 14th overall with 364 points. The Indians were led by sophomore Francisco Loera. He took 56th place with a time of 20:29.0. Blair McMeeken, one of three freshmen on the squad, finished in 59th place (20:36.8). Tristan Hanners, a senior, took 77th place (21:22.4).

Sophomore James Lucero ended the day in 101st place (24:27.1). A pair of freshmen closed out Hartford’s effort; Francisco Medrano set a new personal record with his 104th place finish (33:16.3) and Zak Romhilt took 105th (38:41.5).

The girls’ team finished in 11th place with 271 points, just missing a 10th place finish by three points.

Angela Saldana led Hartford with a 44th place finish. The junior had a time of 24:47.7. Sophomore Marisol Robles took 51st place (25:13.0), while freshman Isabell Heminger had a time of 25:43.7, good for 56th place.

Freshman Maria Gutierrez and sophomore Mariela Gutierrez finished 76th and 83rd, respectively, with times of 27:36.2 and 28:32.7. Evelin Ugalde, a junior, took 87th place (29:07.9). Junior Jessica Cortes finished 97th (33:35.0).

Coloma also sent a boys’ and girls’ squad to the regional meet. Greg Olsen was the first Comet finisher; the senior completed the course in 20:54.7 and took 66th place. Josh Young, a junior, ran to a 70th place finish (20:59.4). Sophomore Adiel Granados took 97th place (23:10.2). Bryton Fitzgerald, also a sophomore, finished in the 99th spot with a time of 23:56.0.

For the Lady Comets, freshman Marissa Sherburn led her teammates to the finish line. She claimed 60th place with a time of 25:51.2.  Vanessa Crisenbery, also a freshman, finished just under three seconds behind Sherburn in 61st place (25:54.1).  Junior Julia Sternaman took 81st place (28:07.9), and sophomore Gabrielle Ezell earned an 86th place finish (29:05.8).

Panthers close out season with 55-28 loss to Jackson Lumen Christi

TOUCHDOWN TYLER… Watervliet’s Tyler Brant scored two touchdowns Friday in the Panthers playoff game against Jackson Lumen Christi. Brant had 12 receptions for 205 yards. Here, Brant evades a Titan tackle. The Panthers suffered a 55-28 loss and ended their sea-son 9-1. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

TOUCHDOWN TYLER… Watervliet’s Tyler Brant scored two touchdowns Friday in the Panthers playoff game against Jackson Lumen Christi. Brant had 12 receptions for 205 yards. Here, Brant evades a Titan tackle. The Panthers suffered a 55-28 loss and ended their sea-son 9-1. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


The Watervliet Panthers traveled to Jackson to face Lumen Christi Catholic on Friday, October 28 in their first playoff game of the 2016 season. The Division 6 matchup was announced on Sunday, October 23 and set up a game between two 7-2 teams.

Watervliet fell behind early and never recovered. Jackson scored 14 points in the first period and held Watervliet scoreless. Jackson’s second score of the quarter came just after an impressive Watervliet defensive stand. The Panthers held Jackson at bay and it appeared that Lumen Christi would turn the ball over on downs with four yards to go. Unfortunately for the Panthers, Jackson aired out a pass into the end zone with 2:37 left on the clock for their second TD of the night.

On Watervliet’s next possession, the Panthers attempted to work up the field. Zack Pickens picked up a lot of yard, but Watervliet turned the ball over to Jackson on downs at midfield. As the quarter closed out, Jackson led 14-0.

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