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Cross-country harriers run in conference championship

The Coloma cross-country teams competed in the SAC Championship on Oct. 14, 2021. Coloma’s men competed very well, coming in third place overall as a team with 82 points. Kalamazoo Christian came in second place with 71 points and Saugatuck was the best team of the night, coming in first place with 61 points overall.

RIVALRY ON THE PITCH… Seth McQuillan looks to get around Watervliet defender #13 Drew Van Lente during their First Round Playoff Game on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Coloma took the lose 0-1, to the neighboring rival Panthers. (TCR photo by Clayton Stakley)

The top finisher for the Comets was Boden Genovese with a time of 17:25.33 that was good enough to get him 6th place overall. The next runner to finish for the Comets was Ethan Vandermolen, who came in 14th place overall with a time of 18:09.99. Eddy Granados would finish the race in 16th place with a time of 18:16.32, and Jake Ickes would finish right after him in 17th place with a time of 18:18.77. Finishing out for the men was Aiden Cripe (19:12.80) 30th, Skyler Wolfe (19:19.07) 31st, and Garrett Wolfe (20:37.39) in 57th place.

For the women’s team, they finished 6th overall as a team with 120 points. Kalamazoo Christian came in 1st with 25 points.

The top finisher for the Comets was Ava Genovese in 2nd place overall with a time of 19:40.13. The next runner to finish for the Comets was Camryn Brown, who got 17th place overall with a time of 21:51.26. Chloe Williams finished in 22nd place with a time of 22:20.80. McKinleigh Kraemer finished in 41st place with a time of 23:57.89, followed by KaiHsuan Tsao who came in 61st place with a time of 26:38.89.

Congratulations to all of the runners with their impressive times! Coloma does not have any upcoming cross-country events for this upcoming week, as they plan for Districts that will take place on Saturday, Oct. 30.

Football lacks players to finish season

Coloma football had to forfeit their game against Watervliet this past week on Oct. 15, 2021, due to a lack of players available to play in the game. Coloma looks like they may be done for the season as they have a “Senior Celebration” planned on the schedule to take place on Oct. 22, during what would have been their game against Constantine. It definitely has been a tough season for the Comets; however there is optimism to look forward to next season and a fresh start for the team. Good job on the season Comets!

Volleyball in the back stretch

Coloma varsity volleyball will play this week on Thursday, Oct. 21 at Watervliet, along with Cassopolis. The start time will be at 5:00 p.m. Come on out and support your Lady Comets as they look to continue to play strong towards the back stretch of the season!

Soccer season comes to an end

Coloma boys soccer team saw their season come to an end in a thriller of a game that was played on Oct. 15 in place of the football game for Watervliet’s Homecoming.

The game started off with a possession being mostly contained within the midfield. The teams would trade opportunities back and forth through most of the first half, with no true chances to score coming for either team. Coloma would see opportunities in the first half to score with the Watervliet keeper having the ball slide out of his hands multiple times. Unfortunately for the Comets, they did not follow up on any of these opportunities and the score going into halftime would be 0-0.

Coloma came out in the second half, applying good pressure but they were unable to get past the defensive wall of Watervliet. The Comets often times would get the ball into the penalty box, but they were unable to have success.

Coloma kept up the pressure in the second half and kept consistent possession of the ball, but it would be Watervliet who would find the back of the net on a great solo effort making it 1-0. Coloma still had plenty of time to get a goal of their own, with 20 minutes remaining in the game. However with a combination of Coloma not being able to get any real scoring opportunities and Watervliet looking to drain the clock, Coloma would see the time run out on their season. Coloma would fall to Watervliet 1-0 and suffer a first round loss in the playoffs.

Coloma had a great season with a lot to be proud of, but unfortunately they faced a strong Watervliet team who was able to convert on one more opportunity than Coloma. The Coloma Soccer program will be a bright spot to look forward to for next year’s Fall sports!


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