11-08-2018 Tri-City Area Sports

View From the Press Box

Watervliet Press Box by John Oliphant

Troyer and Hinch run well at Division 3 State Finals

Panther cross country runners Ezra Troyer and Gus Hinch ran at the 2018 Cross Country State Finals on Saturday. Sophomore Troyer finished 119th in a field of 246 Division 3 boys, running the wet and muddy Michigan International Speedway track posting one of his best times at 17:58. Junior Gus Hinch, battling a lingering illness in his second appearance at the finals, finished just behind in 127th at 18:03.

Coach Aaron Weber was pleased with their performance, noting Ezra’s poise in his first exposure to a state final. Gus, despite the illness, finished 18 places better than last year’s finals. Weber said, “The illness and injury bug got us at the worst possible time this season. We only have one senior this season so things look good for next year with so many runners returning.”

Watervliet Football honors 2018 award winners

On Monday October 29, the Watervliet football team held their season-end awards banquet. This is the earliest this event has been held in several years, making its tone a little different than the recent past. At the same time, the student-athletes and parents were all in a good mood.

In his closing remarks coach Jeremy Andrews noted that this season obviously didn’t have the Friday night success they had become accustomed to, and they would have to work hard to get the program back to where it has been recently. He mentioned re-examining everything from off-season workouts to possibly even the offensive and defensive philosophies.

The highlight of the evening is a big potluck dinner, featuring chicken and drinks provided by Watervliet’s busy athletic boosters.

Several awards were earned, starting with The Panther Pride Award which is given to those players who participated in football for six years. Those earning the award were Johnny Benivedez, Jakob Aldrich, Derrick Burkhart, Allen Chapin, Eric Kehrer, and Garrett Matthews.

The quantity of district honors was down a bit from previous years, and the 2018 recipients deserved every award. Earning SAC Conference Honorable Mention were senior lineman Eric Kehrer, senior quarterback and defensive back Garrett Matthews, and sophomore lineman Dylan Lawson.

EYEING THE SITUATION… Koa Marshall keeps her eye on her volley shot last Monday night as the Watervliet Panthers matched wits against host Bran