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Wrestling season comes to an end

The Comet wrestling team would compete at the team district event on Thursday, Feb. 9 against Hartford. Jay Christie of Coloma would be pinned by Armando Garcia of Hartford 2:58 into the match. Cody Hess of Coloma would win by way of pin over Angel Rocha of Hartford, 1:13 into the

CODY HESS of Coloma pins Angel Rocha of Hartford at the team district match on Thursday, Feb. 9 at Watervliet High School. (Photo courtesy of Comet Crew via Twitter)

match. Ava Leaman of Coloma would be pinned by Braeden Birkhead of Hartford 0:20 into the match. Isaac Rodriguez of Coloma would be pinned by Brian Sewell Jr. of Hartford 0:21 into the match. Cecilia Williams of Coloma would get pinned by Shane Phillips of Hartford 0:41 into the

MATTHEW MARTEL of Coloma pins Rodrigo Morales of Hartford at the team district match on Thursday, Feb. 9 at Watervliet High School. (Photo courtesy of Comet Crew via Twitter)

match. Matthew Martel of Coloma would pin Rodrigo Morales of Hartford 1:13 into the match. Coloma would lose to Hartford by a score of 12-72 in the team district match.

Four Comet wrestlers would compete at the Individual Districts on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Constantine. Matt Martel would compete in the 106-weight class. Jay Christie would compete in the 132-weight class. Cody Hess competed in the 138-weight class and Isaac Rodriguez competed in the 157-weight class. While the Comets would show strength and grit, unfortunately none of the wrestlers were able to qualify for regionals. Congratulations to all of the Comet wrestlers on a great season as there was so much to be proud of with how the season went and the strong finish to the season!

Boys basketball

The Coloma boys varsity basketball team would take on Holland Black River on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Holland would come into the game with a record of 6-10 where they had found more success in the second half of the season, as they were riding a one game win streak into the match against Coloma. Coloma would come into the game looking to break their losing streak of six games and they would have a real shot of beating Holland. The Comets had been playing better recently offensively and would look to attack Holland who had one of the worse statistical defenses that Coloma had played all season.

Coloma would start the game off on a good foot offensively, one of their best starts in recent games, but Holland would have a great start to the game as Black River would outscore Coloma 21-12 in the first quarter. Coloma’s defense would see themselves have a better second quarter as they would hold Black River to ten points but the Comets would not find as much offensive production themselves as they would only be able to score six points in the second quarter. The Comets would face an 18-31 deficit going into the half.

Coloma would come out of the second half looking to mount a comeback after being down 13 points at half, and they would cut into the deficit in a major way in the third quarter of the game. They were able to outscore Black River 18-7 and would be down just two points going into the fourth and final quarter.

Coloma would have another good offensive quarter but their defense would not be able to keep Holland from scoring. Black River would outscore Coloma 14-11 in the final quarter and they would defeat the Comets by a final score of 52-47. PJ Parker scored a game-high 15 points and Tyrell Taylor would score 13. Zacorious Tanner would end the game with two points, Carter Crist (6 points), Darion Lee (5), De’anthonie Cornelius (6) and Ryan Schroeder scored one point. Coloma would fall to 1-14 on the season following the loss.

Coloma would play again on Friday, Feb. 10 against the South Haven Rams. The Rams would come into the game with a strong record of 11-4 on the season. South Haven is a team that has an offense that can score enough points to win games but their defense has been lights out and can smother teams to give the Rams large margins in their victories.

Coloma would start the game off with an average performance on the offensive end in the first quarter, however their defense would play great and would help guide the Comets to a 8-7 lead after the first quarter. The Comets would find even more success in the second quarter as they were able to put up sixteen points on the elite Rams defense. Coloma would outscore the Rams by a score of 16-12 in the second quarter. The Comets would be in the driver’s seat heading into halftime as they would lead the Rams by a score of 24-19.

Both teams would come out of the break with a focus on defense but the Comets would see themselves start the second half with a bit more foul trouble. Coloma would commit seven fouls in the third quarter which would help South Haven outscore them, 11-10 in the quarter, but the Comets would still take a four point lead into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter the offense for the Rams would come to life as they would start to get opportunities in close and in the midrange that they would start to fall for them. Coloma would see themselves struggle with fouls in the fourth quarter again, although some of the fouls would be at the end of the game to attempt to keep the game alive. But these fouls would help push the Rams offense as they would score some free throws and gain extra possessions that they were able to convert on.

The Comets would play a stellar game throughout the entirety of the match, but their defensive miscues would come back to hurt them in the final quarter as South Haven would outscore the Comets 20-10 in the final quarter, and they would defeat the Comets by a final score of 50-44. Tyrell Taylor would score 19 points on the night and De’anthonie Cornelius scored 12. Other scorers included PJ Parker and Adarius Jenkins (4), Ryan Schroeder (3) and Zacorious Tanner (2). Coloma would drop to 1-15 on the season following the loss.

Girls basketball

The Coloma girls basketball team would take on Gobles on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The Comets would struggle to score against the Gobles defense as the high pressure defense would force the Comets to take tough shots as well as turn the ball over which would lead to quick points for Gobles. The Comet defense would struggle to slow down the Gobles’ offense as the Comets would give up a season high forty-four points. The Comets would fall to 0-8 on the season following the loss to Gobles.

Girls bowling

The girls bowling team would compete on Monday, Feb. 6 against Martin. The Comets would start off splitting the bakers’ matches as they would win the first one by a score of 158-87, but they would drop the second baker’s match by a score of 121-134.

Coloma would have Heavyn Swetay start off in the leadoff spot for the Comets in the first regular match and she would bowl a 129. Molley Haase was the second bowler for the Comets and she would score 92. Alyse Grenon was in the third spot for the Comets, and she scored a 131 in her first match. Mackenzie Hosbein was the fourth bowler for the Comets, and she scored a 148 in her first match. Savannah Hamilton at anchor would bowl a 141. The Comets would win the first regular match by a score of 641-516.

In the second regular match, Swetay would leadoff and score a 157 and finish with a combined score of 286 on the night. Haase would score an 87 and finish with a combined score of 179. Grenon would post the best score of the night with a 190 in her second match and finish with a combined score of 321. Hosbein bowled a 141 in her second match and would finish with a combined score of 289. Hamilton was again in the anchor spot for the Comets and she would score a 137 in her second match and finish with a combined score of 278. The Comets would win the second regular match by a score of 712-586 and would outscore Martin by a combined score of 1,353-1,102. The Comets would win the match, 24-6.

The girls team would compete again on Thursday, Feb. 9 against South Haven. Coloma would start off rough losing both bakers’ matches. Amber Cheek would leadoff for the Comets in the first regular match and she would score a 99. Molley Haase would score an 88 in her first match. Alyse Grenon scored a 122 in her first match. Mackenzie Hosbein was the fourth bowler for the Comets, and she would post a great score of 211 in her first match. Savannah Hamilton scored a 168 at anchor. The Comets would just barely outscore the Rams in the first regular match by a score of 688-686.

Cheek was the leadoff bowler again for the Comets in the second regular match and she would score an 86 and finish with a combined score of 185. Haase bowled a 101 and would finish with a combined score of 189. Grenon would bowl third and have a strong improvement from the first match, scoring a 174 in her second match and finishing with a combined score of 296. Hosbein would best her great first game and post the best score of the night with a 223 game and finish with a 434 combined score. Hamilton was back in the anchor spot and she scored a 169 and would finish with a combined score of 337. The Comets would outscore South Haven 753-744 in the second match and would outscore the Rams in the regular match series by a combined total of 1,441-1,430.

Boys bowling

The Coloma boys bowling team would also compete on Monday, Feb. 6 against Martin. They would start off strong winning both of the bakers’ matches.

Neal Wilson would leadoff for the Comets in the first regular match and he would score a 171. Scores for the other bowlers in this game in the order of play were Garrett Wolfe (159), James Anthony (205), Conner Kiser (176) and Brodie McQuillan (154). The Comets would win the first regular match by a score of 865-666.

Wilson would leadoff again for the Comets in the second regular match and scored a 172, finishing with a combined total of 343. Wolfe was the second bowler and he scored a 119 and finished with a combined total of 278. The third bowler for the Comets was Anthony and he would tie the best score of the night with a 215, but would finish with the best combined score of 420. Kiser was fourth and he scored a 110, finishing with a combined total of 286. McQuillan was in the anchor spot again. He tied the best score of the night in his second match with a 215 and finished with a combined total of 369. The Comets would win the second regular match by a score of 831-657 and would outscore Martin in the regular match series by a combined score of 1,696-1,323. The Comets would win the match by a final score of 29-1.

The boys competed on Thursday, Feb. 9 also against South Haven. They would start off with two strong bakers’ matches, winning the first by a score of 183-116 and the second by a score of 182-137.

Neal Wilson would leadoff and bowl a 156 in his only appearance of the night. Garrett Wolfe was the second bowler for the Comets, and he would score a 151 in his only solo appearance of the night. James Anthony at third scored a 158. Conner Kiser was in the fourth spot, and he scored a 168. Brodie McQuillan was in the fifth spot and he posted the best score of the night in his first match with a score of 203. The Comets would win the first regular match by a score of 835-659.

Trevor Massey would leadoff for Coloma in the second regular match and he would score a 173 in his only appearance of the night. Gavin Morlock and Wolfe would split the second spot and they would combine for a score of 140. Anthony bowled a 174 game and finished with a combined score of 332. Kiser scored a 168 and finished with a combined score of 336. McQuillan was back in the anchor spot and he bowled a 182 in his second appearance and finished with a combined score of 385. The Comets would win the second regular match by a score of 837-747 and would outscore the Rams in the regular match series by a combined score of 1,672-1,406. They would win the match by a final score of 29-1.

A Look into the Week

Girls Basketball will compete on Friday, Feb. 17 at Allegan with a start time of 4:15 p.m. and the boys follow with a start time of 7:30 p.m.

Boys and girls bowling will compete on Friday, Feb. 17 at Airway Lanes for the Conference Tournament with a start time of 10 a.m.

Competitive Cheer will compete on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Bronson for Districts with a start time of 10 a.m.

League of Miracles bowling fundraiser, March 18

This week’s Press Box Player of the Week, James Anthony told that this past year his family lost a loved one, Cathy Bogen. Cathy had Down syndrome and loved to bowl. She was a participant of the Special Olympics Bowling League for many years. James would like to honor her memory by trying to get sponsorships from businesses for the League of Miracles which is holding a bowling fundraiser event at Coloma Lanes on Saturday, March 18 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

James is hoping to get some donations that he can raffle off during the event to help with the fundraising efforts as well. Anyone is invited to attend the event and there will be bake sale items, raffles, and face painting. For more information, contact Sandy Burtchett or Cheleste Lemmons. The fee to bowl covers two games and shoe rental.

Should someone want to make direct donations to the League of Miracles, they can visit their website at leagueofmiracles.org.

Coloma Lanes is located at 6025 Mountain Road in Coloma.

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