11-12-2020 Tri-City Area Sports

GOING FOR THE BLOCK… Panthers Myah Hobson and Natalie Hart go up to block a shot by Brandywine’s Kristen Alvord in the District 78 volleyball finals at Watervliet last week. The Bobcats won the match 3-1 to take the district crown. (TCR photo by John Oliphant)

Watervliet Press Box by John Oliphant

Panther volleyball bows out in District Finals

The Panther girls varsity volleyball team hosted the 2020 District 78 tournament last week where they opened the tournament with a convincing 3-1 win over Bridgman on Tuesday, Nov. 2. The Bees were ahead 22-17 in the first game, and just as it looked out of reach the Lady Panthers roared back, scoring in a flurry at the end to win 25-23.

The teams went back and forth early in the second game until another Panther run put the game out of reach, with the Panthers eventually winning 26-16.

The third game was another close one from beginning to end, but the Bees were able to pull ahead at the end and win 25-22. In the final game the Panthers were in control and closing in on the win, only to see the Bees capitalize on some mistakes to pull within one point. But then the Panther offense put the game away with several solid offensive plays to grab a 25-19 win.

3RD TIME STATE QUALIFIER… Panther senior runner Ezra Troyer finished his high school cross country career at Michigan International Speedway last Saturday in the Division 3 State Finals. Here he nears the midpoint of the Pre-Regional race on top of the notorious Panther Stadium hill. (TCR photo by John Oliphant)

The Panthers served well all night with six different players deliver