12-24-2020 Sports

Press Box Player of the Week!

By Jerrod Birmele

Jacob Morales, a senior at Hartford High School and a member of the Indian cross country team this fall, is the Tri-City Record Press Box Player of the Week for Dec. 24, 2020.

During his final year on the cross country trails, Jacob served as an important leader for his team throughout their pandemic shortened season. Fans watching the runners wearing green and white this year knew that he would be near the front of the pack and racing amongst the top runners in not just the Southwest 10 Conference, but throughout the area.

During his senior season, Jacob picked up two overall victories – at the first Southwest 10 Conference jamboree of the year at Centreville on Sept. 23 (with a time of 19:53) and at the third conference jamboree of the season in Marcellus on Oct. 7 (with a time of 19:05). He also placed in the top five overall in the other two conference events, placing third at Mendon (with a season best time of 18:54), and finishing fifth at Bloomingdale. On the back of these four performances, he was awarded first team all-conference.

In non-conference runs Jacob placed seventh in the season-opening triangular meet at Bridgman, which also featured Stevensville Lakeshore, and qualified for the regional meet with a 14th place finish in the pre-regional held at Watervliet.

After completing high school, Jacob plans to continue his education by attending college and studying biology to become a Radiation Oncologist.

Congratulations on this great honor, Jacob! We wish you good luck in your academic future, and offer a big “well done” on your accomplishments on the trails this season!

Coloma Press Box By Dave Vollrath

Fall sports receives green light to resume and conclude season; winter sports still on hold

There was some good news finally coming out of Lansing on Friday, Dec.18, when the announcement was made that the state would allow the Jr. High and High Schools to reopen on Dec. 21. It was announced shortly after from the Michigan High School Athletic Association that the teams still in the state tournaments, which have been on hold, may also resume practicing on the 21st. The three remaining state championships that have yet to be decided are football, volleyball, and girls swimming and diving.

The games which will be played without fans in the stands are set to resume after the first of the year, on Jan. 2. The football and swimming and diving championships are then scheduled for the 15th and 16th of January, and the volleyball semifinals and finals will be contested on January 7 – 9. The volleyball finals will take place in Battle Creek at the Kellogg Center. Locations for football and swimming finals will be announced as soon as the arrangements are finalized. Al