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Boys’ Basketball has 3-game week

The Coloma varsity boys basketball team would get last week’s games started off on Tuesday, Jan. 24 against the Berrien Springs Shamrocks. Berrien Springs would come into the game with a 4-5 record as they looked to bounce back from their 35-74 loss to Benton Harbor in their previous game. Berrien Springs’ season to date would show them to have an identity as a defensive team. While their defense has risen up to the occasion, their offense has not been able to keep up which has resulted in a lot of close loses for the Shamrocks that were low scoring games overall.

Coloma would come into the game with hopes of getting back into the win column after having lost their last game to Watervliet. The Comets would need to have their offense take a big stride against the Shamrocks in hopes of upsetting a team that is one of the best defensive team they had faced all season.

Right from the start of the game, Coloma would feel the pressure of the Berrien Springs defense as they would play close space quick on the ball and force Coloma to take tough contested shots or make tough passes that would translate to turnovers. The Comets would play well defensively throughout the first half as they were able to keep the game close with good rotations and they would protect the paint well despite being undersized. The Shamrocks would take a 32-17 lead into the half against the Comets.

Coloma would come into the second half looking to attack on the offensive end and try to break through the clinches of the Shamrock defense, but unfortunately for the Comets, the Berrien Springs defense was just too strong. The Comets would give it their all to keep up with the Shamrocks, but their offense was just not able to produce what they would need as they would lose the game by a final score of 28-50.

Coloma boys would be back in action on Friday, Jan. 27 as they would take on the Bridgman Bees. Bridgman would come into the game with a strong record of 7-4 and they would come into the game after their best game of the season as they defeated New Buffalo by a score of 81-38. Bridgman is a team that is similar to Berrien Springs in terms of their defense is their strong point that can keep a team from scoring and their offense is not elite but it has been good enough to win games. This would be the second matchup of the season between the Comets and Bees as Bridgman would get the first win between the two teams by a score of 59-31 all the way back on Dec. 13.

This would be a game that Coloma would look to take advantage of having already faced off against Bridgman and would be able to make adjustments from their first game. The Comets would show some signs of life on offense throughout the first half, but the Bridgman offense would also find success as they were able to exploit the Comet defense in close layups as well as from the midrange. Coloma would be outscored by ten points in the first quarter but they would find their rhythm in the second quarter when they would outscore the Bees 17-14 as Bridgman would take a 30-23 lead into halftime.

As the second half would go on Bridgman would pull away from the Comets, with the Comets being outscored 6-13 in the third quarter and 13-2 in the fourth quarter. The two teams would nearly replicate the score from their first meeting as Coloma would lose the game by a score of 31-56. Tyrell Taylor would finish with 15 points, Carter Crist would finish with three points, Ryan Schroeder would finish with 10 points, and Boden Genovese would finish with two points.

Coloma would play their third match of the week on Saturday, Jan. 28 against Niles Brandywine. Niles would come into the game with a record of 10-1 with their only loss on the season coming to Benton Harbor. Niles is a team that is elite on defense with only four teams scoring over 40 points against them on the season. In this game, Niles would find their offensive rhythm quickly and the Comets would struggle to keep up early as the Comets would be outscored 20-7 in the first quarter. Niles would take a 31-13 point lead into the half.

The Comets would have their best quarter of the game in the fourth quarter where they would outscore Niles 12-6. But the deficit would be too much for Coloma to bounce back from as they would lose the game 33-63. Tyrell Taylor would finish the game with 26 points, Omari Jones would score two points in the game, Treyton Myers would finish with three points, and Ryan Schroeder would finish with two points on the night. Coloma would fall to 1-11 on the season after Saturday’s game.

Girls’ Basketball drops two

The Coloma girls basketball team would start their week off on Tuesday, Jan. 24 against the Berrien Springs Shamrocks. Coloma would be looking to get their first win of the season against the Shamrocks who would sit at 4-8 entering the game. Both teams would get off to a slow start offensively. Coloma would lead Berrien Springs 5-4 after the first quarter. The Shamrocks would find offense in the second quarter as the Comets would struggle to keep up and Berrien Springs would outscore them 18-8 and take a 22-13 lead into halftime.

In the second half there was not much offense for either side but the Comets would struggle still to keep up with the Shamrocks. Berrien Springs would outscore the Comets 10-5 in the third quarter, and they would then outscore the Comets 6-5 in the fourth quarter. The Lady Comets would lose the game by a score of 38-23 and their record would fall to 0-5 on the season.

The girls would play again on Saturday, Jan. 28 against the Bridgman Bees. Bridgman would come into the game with a great record of 10-1. This would be the second meeting between the two schools as Bridgman would win the first meeting by a score of 28-22 in what was the best game Coloma had played on the season so far.

Coloma would struggle to find offense early in the game while Bridgman was able to score with some consistency in the first half. The Comets would look to gain some offensive momentum in the second half but it unfortunately was just not going to happen as they could not get anything to fall. Bridgman would keep pressure on the Comets and ultimately Coloma would lose the game by a score of 10-33. The Comets would fall to 0-6 on the season.

Wrestling

The Comet wrestling team would compete on Wednesday, Jan. 25 against both Allegan and Schoolcraft. Coloma would first go against Allegan where they would find some bright spots. Matt Martel would get a void in his match. Jay Christie would win his match by way of pin at 1:03 into the match over Dawn DeGood. Cody Hess would lose his match by way of pin, 1:28 into the match with Treydon Vandekooi. The Comets would lose the dual to Allegan by a score of 12-54.

Coloma would then go on to compete against Schoolcraft. Matt Martel would lose his match by way of pin by Nyko Winbaugh, 5:07 into the match. Jay Christie would lose his match by way of pin by Brayden Boyde, 53 seconds into the match and Cody Hess would lose his match by way of pin by Buck Cramer, 1:11 into the match.


Coloma Bowling continues their great seasons

The Coloma boys bowling team would compete against Saugatuck on Monday, Jan. 23. Coloma would come out strong in the baker’s matches, winning the first by a score of 195-145. The boys would go on to win the second baker’s match in close fashion with a score of 139-136.

Neal Wilson was leadoff for the Comets in the first regular match scoring a 177. Conner Kiser at second would score a 136 in his first match. Garrett Wolfe and Trevor Massey would split the third spot and would score a combined 84 points. James Anthony was in at the fourth spot and would score a 154 in his only full game. Brodie McQuillan would post the best score of the night in his first appearance, scoring a 198. The Comets would go on to win the first regular series match by a score of 749-657.

Wilson would leadoff for the Comets again in the second regular match, scoring a 127 and he would finish with a combined total of 304 on the night. Kiser would score a 115 in his second match and finish with a combined score of 251. Massey would bowl in the third spot for the Comets and he would score a 128 in his only complete game. Anthony and Wolfe would split the fourth spot and they would combine for a score of 124. McQuillan at anchor would score a 170 in his second match and would finish with a score of 368. Coloma would lose the second regular match by a score of 664-780 and they would be outscored in the two regular matches by a combined total of 1,413-1,437. Even with their regular match struggles, Coloma would still go on to win the meet by a final score of 18-12.

The boys bowling team would compete again on Wednesday, Jan. 25 against Gobles. Coloma would come out with a loss in the first baker’s match but would bounce back in the second baker’s match, defeating Gobles by a score of 160-88.

Neal Wilson would leadoff in the first regular match and score 162. Garrett Wolfe would bowl a 157 in his first match. Conner Kiser would bowl in the third spot and he would score a 124 in his only appearance. James Anthony in the fourth spot would bowl the second best score of the night in his first appearance with a 225. Brodie McQuillan would continue with another strong performance, scoring a 207 in his first appearance. Coloma would win the first regular series match by a score of 875-672.

Wilson would again leadoff and he would score a 178 in his second appearance and would finish with a combined score of 274.Trevor Massey was in the second spot for the Comets and he would bowl a 139 in his only appearance of the night. Wolfe in the third spot would bowl a 117 and finish with a combined total of 274. Anthony would bowl the best score of the night in his second appearance with a score of 247 and would finish with a combined score of 472! McQuillan in the fifth spot again would bowl a 147 and finish with a combined score of 354. The Comets would win the second regular series match by a score of 828-666 and they would outscore Gobles in the regular series matches by a combined overall score of 1,703-1,338. Coloma would win the meet by a final score of 25.5-4.5

The Coloma girls’ bowling team would compete against Saugatuck on Monday, Jan. 23. They would come out strong in the baker’s matches, winning the first by a score of 137-82 and the second by a score of 126-107.

Alyse Grenon would leadoff for the girls in the first regular match and would post a score of 114. Amber Cheek was in the second spot and score 55 in her only appearance of the night. Heavyn Swetay was the third bowler for Coloma. She would post the best score of the night in her first appearance with a 175. Mackenzie Hosbein in fourth would score a 144. Savannah Hamilton at anchor would score a 141 to end the first regular series match. Coloma would win the first regular series match by a score of 629-527.

Molley Haase was the leadoff bowler for the Comets in the second regular series match and she would score a 91 in her only appearance. Grenon bowled second and would score a 152, finishing with a combined score of 266. Swetay was the third bowler for the Comets and she would score a 129 in her second match and finish with a combined score of 304. Hosbein in the fourth spot would score a 167 and finish with a combined score of 311. Hamilton was again in the anchor spot and she would finish with a 163 in her second match and end the night with a combined score of 304. The Comets would win the second regular series match by a score of 702-663 and they would outscore Saugatuck in the regular series matches by a combined total of 1,331-1,160. Coloma would win the meet by a final score of 28-2.

The Lady Comet bowling team would compete again on Wednesday, Jan. 25 against Gobles. They would tie the first baker’s match with a score of 140-140 and go on to win the second baker’s match by a score of 123-117.

Savannah Hamilton would lead the Comets off in the first regular series match against Gobles where she would post a score of 124. Amber Cheek would score a 68 in her only appearance of the night. Alyse Grenon in the third spot would score a 129 in her first match. Heavyn Swetay was in the fourth spot for the Comets and would score a 161. Mackenzie Hosbein in the anchor spot would score a 126. The Comets would lose the first regular series match by a score of 608-622.

Hamilton would again leadoff for the Comets in the second regular series match and she would score a 161 and would finish with a combined total of 285. Molley Haase would be in the second spot for the Comets and she would score an 89 in her only appearance of the night. Grenon would score a 159 and finish with a combined score of 288. Hosbein bowled a 148 in her second match and finished with a combined score of 274. Swetay at anchor for the second regular series match would score a team-high 165 and finish with a combined score of 326. The Comets would go on to win the second regular series match by a score of 722-654 and they would outscore Gobles in the regular series matches by a combined score of 1,330-1,276. Coloma would win the match by a final score of 20-10.

A Look into the Week

Coloma Varsity Competitive Cheer will compete on Thursday, Feb. 2 at Gobles with a start time of 6 p.m.

Girls Basketball will compete in a varsity level competition on Friday, Feb. 3 against Fennville with a start time of 6 p.m.

Boys Basketball will compete on Friday, Feb. 3 against Fennville with a start time of 7:30 p.m.

Wrestling will compete on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Lawton with a start time of 10 a.m.

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