SAC All-Conference Cross Country selections announced; Kerr and Pazera hit the course at state competition
Both athletes ran at Michigan International Speedway Saturday in state competition.
Kerr finished 38th overall in Division 3 with a time of 17:01.1. He ran his first mile 5:12 minutes and competed against 242 finishers.
Kerr won championships this year at Hartford’s Teske Invitational and the Southwestern Athletic Conference Lakeshore Division first jamboree. He finished in second place at four other meets this year.
KERR CAPTURES FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE AWARD… Watervliet cross country star Jobe Kerr was named to the First Team All-Conference list for the South-western Athletic Conference. On Saturday, Kerr finished 38th overall in state cross country competition at the Michigan International Speedway.
Pazera finished in 161st place overall at state with a time of 22:04.9. She competed against 237 runners. Pazera claimed the individual championship at the Bangor Invitational in September and finished in the top ten four times this year.
PAZERA NAMED TO FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE LIST… Allie Pazera, a Watervliet sophomore, was named to the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s First Team list. Pazera led the Lady Panthers this season and earned her first trip to cross country state competition. She finished 161st overall on Saturday with a time of 22:04.9.
Watervliet’s Dominick Tavolacci and Taylor Shafer and Coloma’s Greg Olsen received All-Conference Honorable Mention nods.
Tavolacci followed Kerr across the finish line much of the season. The junior just missed a First Team nomination by finishing 27th at regional competition on Saturday, October 29. His highest finish this year came at the Teske Invitational. Tavolacci recorded a time of 20:00.2. His best time was 18:10.0 at the Portage Invitational in October.
Shafer, a junior, ran her best race this year on October 22 at the Kalamazoo Christian Invitational with a time of 21:19.1. She earned three top 10 finishes this season.
Olsen, a senior at Coloma, ran his best race at the SAC Conference Championship October 11. He blazed through the course with a time of 18:38.8. He finished his senior cross country season with a 66th place finish at regionals on October 29.
Congrats to the First Team and Honorable Mention award winners!
Local Volleyball programs net lots of All-Conference awards
Coloma, Hartford, and Watervliet volleyball superstars claimed quite a few spots on the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s First Team and Honorable Mention lists.
Coloma, the SAC champion, had three First Team and one Honorable Mention winners. Named First Team All-Conference was Kelly Walter, Kayla Yore, and Morgan Wagner. The trio of juniors helped lead Coloma to the conference championship and into the district finals game against Buchanan.
MARTIN NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE… Amber Martin, a senior at Hartford High school, was named to the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s First Team. Martin was the lone Indian First Team award winner.
Mya Potter received the All-Conference Honorable Mention nod for the Comets. Potter is also a junior.
Hartford had two athletes selected for All-Conference honors. Amber Martin, a senior, was named First Team. Her teammate Olivia Kling, also a senior, received an Honorable Mention award.
Watervliet had four players garner awards. The lone appointee to First Team All-Conference was Kara Liles. Liles is a junior middle blocker.
NAMED TO FIRST TEAM ALL CONFERENCE…Lone appointee Kara Liles is a junior middle blocker
Mercede Daugherty, Grace Smith, and Zoe Smith earned All-Conference Honorable Mention awards. Daugherty, a senior, was a setter on the squad. Grace Smith, a sophomore was a defensive specialist, while junior Zoe Smith was an outside hitter.
Congratulations to each young lady on her very successful year on the court!
Coloma’s volleyball district title run ended by Buchanan
Coloma’s varsity volleyball squad certainly had high hopes last week as the 2016 Class B district tournament opened on Monday. The Lady Comets were primed for play having just won the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship.
In the opening round of districts, hosted by Lakeshore, Coloma was blessed with a bye. That set them up to play the winner of the Benton Harbor/South Haven matchup on Wednesday, November 2.
South Haven soundly defeated the Tigers in three games (25-4, 25-7, 25-6). On the other side of the bracket, Buchanan opened districts with a three game win over Berrien Springs (25-8, 25-15, 25-11).
COLOMA’S TRIPLE THREAT… Three Coloma varsity volleyball players received First Team All-Conference awards. Pictured are (from the left) Morgan Wagner, Kelly Walter, and Kayla Yore. The three juniors helped lead Coloma to a conference championship this year.
In the semi-finals, Buchanan faced Lakeshore, who received a Monday night bye. The Bucks topped the Lancers in three games to move into the championship game.
Coloma faced a feisty South Haven team, and early on spectators knew it was going to be a great game.
Coloma opened the scoring and was led by Kelly Walter. Of the Comets’ first nine points, Walter earned two of those by blistering aces across the net.
Coloma jumped out to an early lead, but the longer the game went, the closer the score became. The teams began to exchange the lead back and forth for the duration.
Coloma finally sealed up the first game with an epic 32-30 win. The drama did not end after game one.
The teams fought for position and points in game two, with Coloma taking a two game lead over the Rams, 25-22.
South Haven bounced back in game three, defeating Coloma 25-19 to get back into the game.
Coloma led two games to one at that point.
The Lady Comets overpowered South Haven in game four, 25-18 to win the semi-final matchup.
Walter led Coloma with 25 kills, four aces, 21 digs, and four blocks. Morgan Wagner chipped in 12 kills, three aces, 23 digs, and two blocks. Kayla Yore had eight kills, 25 assists, two aces, 25 digs, and four blocks.
Jenna Walter tallied three kills, 11 assists, one ace, 12 digs, and two blocks. Nicolle Larson hit two kills, one ace, and three digs. Mya Potter notched one ace and 22 digs, while Mika Anderson added two kills and three digs. Hannah Mathis contributed one dig.
Alyssa Dillenbeck was on the bench for Coloma and did not see any action. She injured her ankle in practice on Tuesday.