12-14-2017 Tri-City Area Sports

AQB WRAP-UP

Lynch unscathed after Week 16 Picks rough up TCR ‘Backs

By Kristy Noack

Ouch. It was a rough week for some of the Tri-City Record Armchair Quarterbacks. Leader Rodney Lynch was the only AQB to post a winning record, after NFL games posed a picking problem.

Each week six local football fans match wits as they are tasked with predicting the winner of eight football games. We’ve whittled the seasons down and are now college football bowl game bound, so the schedule is comprised of college and professional games.

BIG SHOT… Watervliet’s Ariana Rowe puts up a shot Tuesday, Dec. 5 over Michigan Lutheran players, as teammate Taylor Shafer (5) follows the ball in the background. Shafer scored a team-high 16 points in the Panthers’ 46-40 win. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


Of the eight contests, one is selected as the tie-breaker game. Our super six must determine how many total points will be scored in that contest. In the event of a tie between two or more players, their spot in the ranking is determined by their point total prediction.

The week in NFL football spelled doom for some of our AQBs, but not for Lynch. He was 6-2 for the week and holds the number one position.

Three players – RoxAnn Rodney-Isbrecht, Greg Krell, and Chris Leach – posted .500 records after they went 4-4. Their spot in the weekly ranking came down to the tie-breaker game between Army and Navy.

In the only college football game on our docket for the week, Army posted the 14-13 victory over the Midshipmen.

Leach earned the second spot in the standings, as she guessed 46 points would be scored. That prediction proved to be closest to the 27-point actual.

With her 48-point guess in hand, Rodney-Isbrecht finished third for the week, which allowed Krell to take fourth place; he predicted 51 points would be scored.

Bryan Conrad finished fifth with his 3-5 record, and Tim Hildebrand took sixth after he picked his way to a 2-6 record.

Overall, Lynch widened his margin in the top spot. Last week, he was three games ahead of second-place; this week, he added some breathing room and sits five games ahead of his fellow competitors.  Lynch holds a 96-32 overall record.

Rodney-Isbrecht maintained her hold on second place with her 91-37 overall record. She trails Lynch by five games and is three games in front of Hildebrand.

Hildebrand is in third place overall with an 88-40 record. He is eight games out of first place.

In fourth place overall is Krell with an 82-46 record. He lags behind Hildebrand by six games and has Chris Leach nipping at his heels.

Leach’s 81-47 record puts her in fifth place overall, breaking the tie she had with Conrad last week. She trails Krell by one game.

Sixth place is now in the sole possession of Conrad, who has an 80-48 record. He is one game out of fifth place and two games out of fourth place.

College bowl games begin this week, and two make the cut for our picks. Additionally, Chicago visits Detroit. That game is our tie-breaker of the week. Here are all eight contests:

Boise State vs. Oregon

Marshall vs. Colorado State

Chicago @ Detroit

LA Chargers @ Kansas City

Miami @ Buffalo

Arizona @ Washington

LA Rams @ Seattle

New England @ Pittsburgh

In addition to the Las Vegas Bowl and New Mexico Bowl and Chicago/Detroit, another game to watch this week will be the Patriots at the Steelers. I’m betting on a Pittsburgh win. How about you?

Panther grapplers place first at Grandville tourney

 Wrestling season opened with a win for the Watervliet Panthers Saturday, Dec. 9. The team traveled to Grandville Calvin Christian High School for tournament action.

The squad topped Unity Christian 39-31 and eked out a one-point win in an edge-of-your-bleacher-seat action against Plainwell; the Panthers picked up the 34-33 win.

Watervliet faced Grandville Christian in their third match and earned a decisive 50-9 victory. The team then took on Wyoming and notched a 66-12 win.

In their last match of the day, the Panthers tied Grand Rapids Catholic Central 42-42 but earned the win on the second final tie-breaker. The championship title went to Watervliet!

Three Panther wrestlers were undefeated on the day.  Wrestling at 103 lbs., Trevor Pelton was 5-0. He was joined by Klayton Marshall in the 135 lb. weight class and Matt Melcher at 215 lbs.

Four Watervliet wrestlers achieved 4-1 records during the tournament.   Dillon Clemons, in the 112 lb. weight class, lost only one match.  Alex Isbrecht and Isaiah Yazel, in the 119 and 145 lb. weight classes, respectively, also went 4-1.  Dylan Lynch went 4-1 in the 152 lb. weight class.

Congratulations, wrestlers, on a great tournament!

Coloma cruises to 89-61 victory over Buchanan in home opener

 The Comets of Coloma opened their season at home on Tuesday, Dec. 5 by welcoming the Bucks of Buchanan.

HOT SHOT… Coloma’s Michael Dancer drives the lane Tuesday, Dec. 5 during the Comets’ home and season opener. Coloma topped Buchanan 89-61, with Dancer contributing seven points. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


The game featured a high-scoring and great team effort by Coloma.  The squad seamlessly moved the ball around the court and created plenty of scoring opportunities.

The Comets blitzed Buchanan 29-5 in the first period, making quite a statement for the hometown crowd. Coloma set a fast pace in the first period and completely overwhelmed Buchanan. It took the Bucks much of the contest to formulate a response.

In the second period, Coloma scored 28 points and, although Buchanan added 18 of their own, the Comets took a 57-23 lead at half-time. Folks in the crowd wondered if the Comets would break 100 points in the contest.

The third quarter saw Buchanan start to meld into a single scoring unit. They did a much better job moving the ball through Comet traffic. The Bucks scored 15 points in the third period, although Coloma did outscore them. The Comets added 17 points and led 74-38.

As Coloma rotated players in from the bench in the fourth quarter, Buchanan attempted to rally. For the first time all game, Buchanan scored more points (23) than the Comets (15) in a quarter.

However, it was Coloma tallying their first win of the season, 89-61.

Following the game, Coloma head coach Paul Marfia commented on his team’s win. “We have great kids here that have bought into being selfless and with that we will be successful.  We have made a conscious effort to have players ‘stay in their lane’ and score.

“We were still pushing the ball [in the second half].  There were lots of factors like Buchanan shot selection, we went deeper into our rotation and played all 15 kids, which will not happen unless we are in control of the game.”

Leading the Comets was Zach Goodline. Goodline scored 32 points including seven 3-pointers.  Phillip Caldwell chipped in 14 points, including four 3-pointers.

Chris Brown scored 10 points, while Brendan Lute contributed eight points.

Michael Dancer tallied seven points, while Adam Hearn and Robbie Schroeder accounted for six points apiece.

Tevon Blazier scored four points, and Willie Donald had two.

Three-pointers proved to be the difference in the game. Coloma sank 14 3-pointers compared to four by Buchanan.

The Comets struggled at the free throw line, hitting five of 12 attempts (42%) compared to the 68% landed by Buchanan (13 of 19).

Watervliet wins 59-46 over Martin; Kieft leads with 12 points

 The Watervliet boys’ varsity basketball teamed opened the 2017-18 basketball season on the road Friday, Dec. 8 in Martin. The Panther squad’s team effort resulted in a 59-46 win.

Watervliet opened the first quarter by scoring 18 points and limiting the Clippers to just nine.

But, it was a sterling second quarter that gave the Panthers plenty of breathing room. The boys combined to score 17 points and held Martin to six, as Watervliet increased their lead 35-15 at the half.

The double-digit scoring effort by Watervliet continued into the third quarter where they added 11 points. However, some successful shooting and Panther turnovers allowed the Clippers to creep back into the game. As the third period closed out, Martin added 17 points to the scoreboard and trailed 46-32.

Watervliet put up a strong defensive effort in the fourth period to stall the Clippers’ winds. Watervliet ran away with the 59-46 win.

Head coach Chris Prom’s squad is deep on talent this year as a number of players have returned from last year’s squad and made an immediate impact Friday night.

Senior Bryant Kieft, a returner, led the team with 12 points, five rebounds, and three steals.

Sheldon Tobar, also a senior, scored 11 points and tacked on eight rebounds and two assists.

Junior Jakob Aldrich tossed in 11 points and had five assists.  Six-foot, eight-inch senior Dan Cluster chipped in nine points, brought down a team-high 16 rebounds, blocked three shots, and had two steals.

Junior Garrett Matthews scored seven points with two rebounds.

Tristin Schultz, a junior, scored four points with six rebounds, two assists, and one steal.

Senior Lamarrius Smith dropped in three points and had three rebounds, three steals, two blocks, and one assist.

Omar Cardoso scored two points for the Panthers.

Lady Panthers notch second win of season on the hardwood

 The Lady Panthers won their second game of the season Friday, Dec. 8 as they stole a 48-46 last minute victory from Martin on the road.

For the second time in three games, the Panthers began the game a bit hesitant and unsure of themselves. Shots bounced off the rim and the young ladies just couldn’t seem to settle into a rhythm.

Watervliet scored a lackluster six points in the first period and trailed 11-6 after eight minutes of play.

In the second period, Watervliet again put up only six points on the scoreboard, while Martin added 14 points. At intermission, Martin led 25-12.

Head coach Jason Forrester’s half-time pep talk must have been a doozy because the Panthers came out of the locker room a completely different team in the second half.

The Panthers posted 16 points in the third period and limited Martin to nine as they pressured the Clippers and finished their own shots.

At the end of third period, Watervliet had snuck back into the game and closed the gap 34-28.

The fourth quarter proved to be entertaining as the Lady Panthers battled for the lead. It was Jaelyn Pitre’s three-point shot that tied the game late in the fourth.

But, Martin fired back with two free throw shots, which landed, and Watervliet trailed with under a minute to play.

With less than half-a-minute to go, Zoe Smith hit a game-winning three-point shot and Watervliet won 48-46.

Ariana Rowe led Watervliet both offensively and defensively. She scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Smith scored 11 points and had seven rebounds.  Elaine Koshar tallied six points and had four boards.

Pitre tallied six points and grabbed four rebounds.  Kara Liles contributed five points and five rebounds.  Madalyn Hutchins scored four points and had three rebounds. Celina Klimkiewicz added one point and had two steals in the victory.

Watervliet is 2-1 overall this season and 1-0 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Hartford opens season with overwhelming win over Eau Claire

 Well, you hate to see any team lose like Eau Claire’s girls’ varsity basketball team did to Hartford on Tuesday, Dec. 5.  It’s tough on all involved. But, kudos to the Beaver team as they continued to work on their skills on the hardwood.

Hartford lead 23-0 after the first period, added 16 points in the second, and led 39-0 at the half.

In the third period, Hartford tallied eight more points to take a 47-0 lead.

The Indians added another 11 points in the fourth period, during which Eau Claire scored their lone basket of the game.

Mikenzie Chambers led Hartford with 18 points.  AJ Jackson added 13 points, and Cora Wesaw and Jessica Cortes scored six points apiece, as Hartford won their season opener 58-2 on the road.

Watervliet whips together a 46-40 as Rowe scores 16

The Watervliet girls’ varsity basketball team capitalized on a dominating first quarter performance to seal up a 46-40 win over visiting Michigan Lutheran Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The Panthers’ home opener saw the squad jump out to a huge 16-3 lead after the first period.

Jaelyn Pitre started the game off with a successful shot beyond the arc. Teammate Ariana Rowe followed that up with a two-point basket.

Rowe did it again for two points, and Watervliet led 7-0. After Pitre’s second three-point bucket of the game, the Panthers held a 10-point lead.

The Lady Panthers continued to pressure Michigan Lutheran and added 11 points in the second period while allowing only eight. At half-time Watervliet led 24-14.

In the second half, Watervliet continued to pad their lead. They scored 15 points to ML’s 11.  With eight minutes to play, Watervliet enjoyed a 39-25 lead.

Michigan Lutheran outscored Watervliet 15-7 in the fourth quarter but their rally fell short. Watervliet notched their first win of the season with the 46-40 victory.

Rowe finished the game with 16 points scored. She also had eight rebounds.  Pitre scored 14 points, including four 3-pointers.

Celina Klimkiewicz tossed in four points and nabbed two steals.  Vicky Smith scored four points and had four rebounds.

Madalyn Hutchins added two points and three rebounds, while Zoe Smith contributed two points, three assists, and six rebounds.

Elaine Koshar scored two points and had three rebounds.  Taylor Shafer tallied one point, four steals, five assists, and four rebounds.  Kara Liles had one point, six rebounds, and two steals.

Hartford beats Bangor 34-21 in girls’ basketball

 The Hartford Indians girls’ varsity basketball season is off to a great start after the squad earned their second victory of the season. On Friday, Dec. 8, the team topped Bangor 34-21.

The game was close during the first half. At the end of the first period, the Indians trailed 7-6.

The second period continued in much the same vein. Hartford was limited to five points, and Bangor scored seven to take a 14-11 lead at intermission.

In the second half, the Indians were strong on defense and potent on offense. The team scored 12 points in the third period and held Bangor to four. At the end of three playing periods, Hartford charged into the lead, 23-18.

The Indians continued to dominate in the fourth quarter. They allowed just three points to be scored by Bangor and tallied 11 points of their own.

Hartford added their second “W” of the season with the 34-21 win.

Senior AJ Jackson scored a team-high 15 points and nabbed 12 rebounds.

Jessica Cortes scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers; she continues to have the hot touch from beyond the arc. Mikenzie Chambers tossed in six points and had eight rebounds. Cora Wesaw hit one jumper for two points.

The squad shot 33% from the free throw line; they scored on five of fifteen attempts.

The Indians are 2-0 overall this season.

Coloma loses close game to Buchanan

 The Lady Comets suffered a 33-31 loss to the visiting Bucks of Buchanan Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Coloma opened with a sluggish first period; the Comets were only able to score three points and trailed 12-3.

LONG SHOT… Coloma’s Ma-rissa Sherburn stretches toward the basket Tuesday as the Com-ets welcomed Buchanan Dec. 5 for varsity basketball action. Sherburn had one point in the Comets’ 33-31 loss to the Bucks. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


After settling into the game, the Comets put eight second-period points up on the scoreboard but still trailed 18-11 at intermission.

Coloma head coach Fred Paulsen put some fire into his players, as they raced out for second-half action.

The Comets were more aggressive with the ball in the second half of the game and had far better coverage of Buchanan.

The minor adjustments led to a 10-point third period for the Comets. They held Buchanan to eight points as the Comets looked to rally. At the end of three periods of play, Buchanan led 26-21.

Coloma continued to improve in the fourth quarter. They added another 10 points to the scoreboard and limited Buchanan’s action to just seven points. It was a great game as Coloma came so close to capping the win. However, the Comets fell just short and lost 33-31.

Coloma was led by Kayla Yore, who scored 11 points including two of the team’s 3-pointers.

Morgan Wagner added in nine points for Coloma and was two of three from the free throw line.

Hannah Mathis chipped in six points, and Megan Neubecker had four. Marissa Sherburn added one point from the free throw line.

Coloma shot 40% from the charity stripe, landing four of 10 attempts.

Goodline scored 37 as Coloma flogs Fennville 71-64

 The Comets of Coloma traveled to Fennville Friday, Dec. 8 for a varsity basketball contest against the Blackhawks. Coloma continued to dominate on the court and won 71-64.

The Comets opened the game trailing 24-16 after the first period. However, the Comets settled in and added 19 points in the second period while holding the Blackhawks to just five points. With the strong defensive stand, Coloma took a 35-29 lead into half-time.

The third period found the Comets giving up some ground to Fennville. The Blackhawks adjusted their play and scored 20 points. Both teams struggled on defense, but Coloma maintained a 51-49 lead at the end of three.

Fourth quarter play continued with Fennville being limited to just 15 points and Coloma scoring 20. The Comets won the contest 71-64, their second straight victory.

Zach Goodline led Coloma with 37 points, including five 3-pointers. Goodline was 12 of 13 from the charity stripe.

Michael Dancer scored 10 points. Chris Brown had seven points and was two for two from the free throw line.  Tevon Blazier and Phillip Caldwell scored five points apiece.

Robbie Schroeder tacked on four points, and Brenden Lute added a shot from beyond the arc for three points.

Coloma shot 58% from the free throw line, hitting 22 of 39 attempts.

The Comet are 2-0 overall.

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