College bowl games bang up TCR ‘backs; Hildebrand wins week
By Kristy Noack
The six football fanatics that make up the Tri-City Record Armchair Quarterback roster suffered a difficult week as none of them correctly predicted all three college bowl games on the docket. However, Tim Hildebrand claimed the number one spot on the roster for the week after posting a 5-3 record.
Hildebrand, who suffered two back-to-back weeks of 3-5 predictions, gained one game on leader Rodney Lynch and is officially back in the swing of things.
Each week the six football superfans are tasked with predicting the winners of eight games. The college season is in the thick of bowl games and professional football wild card games are being firmed up.
With the Idaho Potato, Birmingham, and Hawaii bowls on tap last week, the action on the football field was plentiful.
Trailing Hildebrand for the week was Lynch. He predicted a 4-4 record for the week and took second place.
Greg Krell, RoxAnn Rodney-Isbrecht, and Bryan Conrad posted 3-5 records, so their place in the standings came down to the tie-breaker game.
One game is specially selected each week as the tie-breaker game. The AQBs must determine how many points will be scored in that contest. Whoever has the closest guess to the actual total wins the higher ranking in the standings.
The mighty Chippewas of Central Michigan faced Wyoming. Although CMU lost, they did score 14 points in the 37-14 loss. Krell predicted 47 points would be scored, closest to the 51 point total. That meant Krell took third place.
Fourth place went to Rodney-Isbrecht with her 45-point guess. Conrad finished fifth with his 70-point prediction.
Chris Leach landed in sixth place for the week with a 2-6 record.
Overall, Lynch still leads the contingent with a 104-40 record; and, he gained one game over Rodney-Isbrecht, who maintains her hold on second place with a 100-44 record.
Hildebrand gained a game and sits in third place with a 96-48 overall record.
Krell is in fourth place overall with a 90-54 record. He gained a little breathing room over Leach, who trails in fifth place and is now tied with Conrad. Both Leach and Conrad hold 87-57overall records.
This week bowl games make up the majority of the games our ‘backs are predicting. Here is what our swami six are reviewing:
Washington State vs. Michigan State
USC vs. Ohio State
Michigan vs. South Carolina
Notre Dame vs. LSU
Georgia vs. Oklahoma
Alabama vs. Clemson
Minnesota vs. Chicago
Green Bay vs. Detroit
The tie-breaker game this week is the Fighting Irish taking on the Tigers. Can Notre Dame top talented LSU?
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Father bests son as Coloma beats Grant
With Fred Paulsen coaching the Coloma squad and his son Paige leading the varsity team from Grant; all eyes were on the father/son matchup Thursday, Dec. 21.
The nod and victory would go to the Comet squad as they topped visiting Grant 37-30 in the non-conference game.
The game was a lot closer than the score would indicate. Coloma trailed 9-8 after the first period as cold shooting and defensive pressure caused the Comets to struggle.
Grant moved the ball well enough in the second period to outscore Coloma 9-6 and took an 18-14 lead at the half.
Coloma head coach Fred Paulsen’s half-time chat fired up the Comets and the squad went to work. They outscored Grant 23-12 in the second half of the ball game to grab the 37-30 win.
Coloma’s Morgan Wagner, Megan Neubecker, and Kayla Yore played well in the second half. Wagner had a nice steal and easy layup. Neubecker put up quite a few shots from inside the paint, and Yore played the corners well. Mika Anderson had a nice blocked shot.
Wagner led Coloma with 15 points and the team’s only 3-pointer. Yore scored 11 points.
Neubecker dropped in five points, while Anderson tallied four. Kelsey Ellis scored two points.
Coloma was eight of 15 (53%) from the free throw line, while Grant was one of four (25%).
Grant was dangerous from beyond the arc; the squad hit five 3-pointers compared to Coloma’s lone hit.
On Tuesday, Dec. 19, the Comets also defeated Lawrence 49-44.
Jackson sets new scoring record at Hartford with 36-point effort against White Pigeon
AJ Jackson continues to amaze foes and fans on the basketball court. The senior center scored 36 points Thursday, Dec. 21 in a 60-52 Hartford win over host White Pigeon.
Jackson’s effort set a new single game scoring record for the school. She also recorded a double double in the game after collecting 13 rebounds.
The schools battled back and forth through the entire four periods of play.
White Pigeon trailed 10-7 at the close of the first period, but they evened the game up in the second period to tie the game at 23-23 at intermission.
Third period action found Hartford down by one, 22-21, before rallying for 16 points and the lead in the fourth period.
Jackson also recorded four blocks during the game. Jessica Cortes scored 11 points and had seven assists. Cora Wesaw tallied nine points.
MEGAN’S MOJO… Coloma’s Megan Neubecker goes up for a two-point shot Thursday, Dec. 21 in a game against Grant. Neubecker recorded five points in Coloma’s 37-30 victory. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)
Comets remain undefeated as Goodline scores 25
The Coloma Comets boys’ varsity basketball team continues to chug through the season racking up wins and big numbers for junior guard Zach Goodline.
On Tuesday, Dec. 19, the squad hosted a visiting Lawrence team for a non-conference game.
The game was evenly matched through the first quarter before Coloma broke loose at the basket.
After eight minutes of play, Coloma led 15-12.
In the second quarter, Coloma hoisted 18 points on the scoreboard and virtually eliminated any scoring opportunity by Lawrence. The Tigers were limited to four points in eight minutes, giving the Comets a 33-16 lead at intermission.
Coloma’s ball – and clock – control continued in the third quarter. The Comets scored 21 points and held Lawrence to nine. Coloma’s lead increased to 54-25 as time expired in the third period.
The Comets scored 16 points in the fourth period to win the contest 72-32.
Goodline led Coloma with 25 points; he also had six assists and five steals. Chris Brown scored 10 points. Levi Wilkens, Tevon Blazier, and Robbie Schroeder scored six points apiece.
Phillip Caldwell drained five points, while Willie Donald scored four.
Kenny Crowder, Mike Dancer, Brendan Lute, Adam Hearn, and D’Avion Carter scored one point apiece in the team effort.
Coloma was seven of 12 at the free throw line (58%). The team’s three 3-pointers came courtesy of Goodline’s hands.
Although Coloma head coach Paul Marfia’s squad got the win, he was hesitant to brag on his team. “We did not execute versus their 3-2 zone to begin with and it slowed the game down in their favor. We made some adjustment[s] at half-[time] and I feel our depth and conditioning played a factor in the third quarter. I was happy with the balance in our scoring and the ball pressure we were able to give in the second half.”
Coloma (4-0 overall) will face South Haven on December 29 at home. Shake those winter break blues and come out to support the Comets!
Watervliet wins 58-54 nail biter over Saugatuck
It took a dramatic fourth quarter rally but the Watervliet Lady Panthers secured a 58-54 victory over visiting Saugatuck Tuesday, Dec. 19.
Talk about a doozy of a game! Saugatuck jumped out to an 18-13 lead after the first quarter. The squad suffered some shooting miscues, stolen balls, and a pesky Saugatuck defense.
The Panthers decreased Saugatuck’s lead by one point in the second period as they scored 10 points. Saugatuck only scored nine. At the half it was Saugatuck leading 27-23.