Tri-City Area Sports

Watervliet Boys  finish fourth at SAC League Championship

Watervliet earned 71.5 points on Tuesday, May 24 in the SAC League Championship to finish fourth.  Lamarrius Smith led the Watervliet charge with a First Team All-Conference performance in the long jump and three Honorable Mentions.  Smith’s first place in the long jump was earned after he leapt 20’ 7.25”. Smith, a sophomore, also turned in third place finishes in the 100 meters (11.65 seconds), 200 meters (23.65 seconds) and high jump (5’ 10”).  Bradley Alden, Brenden Daly, Riley Engel, and Jobe Kerr earned First Team All-Conference awards in the 4×400 meter relay. Their first place time was 3:32.02.  Jobe Kerr earned Second Team All-Conference honors with his second place time of 2:03.51 in the 800 meters.  Daly earned Honorable Mention honors in the 1600 meters with his third place time of 4:37.52 and his third place finish in the 800 meters (2:04.12)  Alden finished fourth in the 400 meters (51.67 seconds).  Alden, Engel, Tyler Loomis, and Austin Roberts ran the 4×200 relay; they finished seventh (1:36.69).  Loomis also turned in a seventh place finish in the long jump (19’ 0.5”).  Jakub Gitersonke’s 41’ 10.5” toss in the shot put placed him in seventh in that event. Watervliet girls earn sixth place at SAC Conference meet; Swanson first team All-Conference  The Lady Panthers earned 38 points during the SAC Conference Championship Tuesday, May 24 at Gobles to finish in sixth place overall.  Watervliet’s Melissa Swanson earned First Team All-Conference honors with a first place in the 400 meters (1:01.58). She also turned in a Second Team All-Conference worthy performance in the 200 meters (27.64 seconds).  Brittney Johnson’s second place finish in the 3200 meters (13:12.65) earned her Second Team All-Conference honors.  Vickie Smith garnered an All-Conference Honorable Mention award with her third place finish in the 100 meter hurdles. She turned in a time of 18.47 seconds.  In other top ten finishes, Swanson finished fifth in the 100 meters (13.80 seconds).  Freshman Allie Pazera took 10th in the 800 meters (2:42.10) and sixth in the 1600 meters (5:54.73). She also finished ninth in the high jump (4’ 8”).  Smith took fourth in the 100 meter hurdles (17.78 seconds).  The 4×100 meter relay team of Jade Miller, Alexis Burrows, Smith, and Swanson finished 10th (56.37 seconds).

SAC DIVISION CHAMPIONS… The Coloma Varsity Baseball won the Southwestern Athletic Confe-rence – Lakeshore Division crown after remaining unde-feated for the 2016 season. The squad takes part in district ac-tion this weekend.


Coloma’s McDaniel continues first place finishes at SAC Conference Championship

Coloma’s Boys’ Varsity Track and Field team finished fifth at the SAC League Championship on Tuesday, May 24. They were just three and one half points behind Watervliet on the leaderboard.  Caleb McDaniel, a junior, earned one First Team All-Conference nod as well as three Second Team All-Conference awards. McDaniel finished first in the 400 meters with a time of 50.68 seconds. He took second place in the 200 meters (23.45 seconds) and long jump (19’ 11”).  McDaniel teamed up with Brandon Bower, Caleb Ellis, and Josh Young to finish second in the 4×400 meter relay. The foursome finished with a time of 3:34.38 and Second Team All-Conference awards.  Skyler Brown earned All-Conference Honorable Mention nods in both the shot put and discus events. Brown threw 43’ feet in the shot put for third place. He also earned a third place finish in the discus with a throw of 129’ 4”.  Phillip Bryant took third place and earned All-Conference Honorable Mention in the pole vault. He cleared 12’.  Other top ten finishers for Coloma include Kobe Hunter in the 300 meter hurdles (44.64 seconds). He took eighth place.  Chris Finch, Zane Lute, Derek Plitt, and Sincere Taylor joined together to finish fifth in the 4×200 relay (1:35.68).  Greg Olsen, Ellis, Hunter, and Young’s time of 8:52.28 in the 4×800 meter relay was good for fifth place.  Finch, Plitt, Taylor and Karl Ruel took sixth in the 4×100 meter relay (46.41 seconds).

Lady Comets Finish 15th at SAC Conference Championship

The Lady Comets of Coloma finished 15th overall at the SAC Conference Championship at Gobles on Tuesday, May 24.   Sophomore Kelly Walter earned All-Conference Honorable Mention with her third place finish in the high jump. She cleared 5’. Teammate Samantha Scott took seventh place (4’ 8”).  Divine Parker’s time of 28.98 seconds in the 200 meters gave her a sixth place finish. Parker also finished 10th in the long jump with a leap of just over 14’.  The 4×200 relay team of Amber Street, Tiana Garcia, Destiny Motton, and Divine Parker finished 10th (2:01.33).  Bethia Sypian and Tessa Hebner finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the pole vault.  They both cleared 7’ 6”. Hartford’s Martin Earns Conference Championship in Discus  Amber Martin, a junior at Hartford High School, took the conference championship in the discus at the SAC Conference meet on Tuesday, May 24 at Gobles. She earned First Team All-Conference honors with her throw of 103-09.  The Hartford Girls’ Track and fFeld team finished 10th with 26 points.  Brynn Duffy took sixth place in the 100 meter hurdles (18.56 seconds) and seventh place in the 300 meter hurdles (55.60 seconds).  Hartford’s 4×200 relay team, comprised of Angel Bess, AJ Jackson, Martin, and Brittney Smith, finished in eighth place (2:01.04).  The 4×400 meter relay team of Marisol Robles, Duffy, Smith, and VanLandingham took 10th place (4:44.72).  In shot put, Martin lodged a 30-02.50 toss for sixth place. Jackson followed in eighth place (30-00.00).   Jackson took fifth place in the discus with a throw of  95-08.  Martin’s 4-10.00 in the high jump gave her fifth place. Hartford Boys Finish 15th in SAC League Championship  The Hartford Boys’ Varsity Track and field team finished 15th overall at the SAC League Championship at Gobles on Tuesday, May 24 with 10.5 points.  Freshman Riley Traver finished sixth in the 100 meters (12.07 seconds). Traver earned All-Conference Honorable Mention in the high jump. He finished in third place after clearing 5’ 10”.  Miguel Flores took ninth in the 3200 meters with a time of 11:02.68.  Sam Shank, Miguel Fernandez, Flores, and Herik Garcia raced to a seventh place finish in the 4×800 meter relay (8:57.91).

SAFE!… Grace Christian’s Ry-lie Hess slides into home during the team’s second game against Lake Michigan Catholic on Fri-day. Grace won both contests, 11-1 and 15-0, amid news that longtime Patriots head coach John Jewell is stepping down after the season ends. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


Coloma Softball serves up successful week wins SAC Division Title

Coloma Softball covered their bases all week long and emerged as the Southwestern Athletic Conference – Lakeshore Division champions.  On Monday, May 23, the squad took two games from Fennville.  Coloma opened game one with 10 runs and proceeded to limit Fennville to three runs in the second inning.  The game remained 10-3 until the sixth inning when Coloma added one more run.  Coloma’s 11 runs came on 13 hits.  Skylar Crisenbery pitched for the Comets. She allowed three runs on three hits. Crisenbery struck out eight.  At the plate, Coloma was led by Nicolle Larson who belted two singles and a double.  Crisenbery stroked a triple and hit a single. Alyssa Dillenbeck hit a double.  Morgan Wagner, Jenna Walter, and Mika Anderson hit two singles apiece.  In the second game, Coloma won 4-0 as Crisenbery pitched the shutout.  She allowed five hits.  Coloma opened the game with a three-run first inning and tacked on one more run in the third.  Dillenbeck blasted a homerun, while Wagner hit a double and Larson chipped in two singles.  On Wednesday, Coloma outpaced Paw Paw in both games of the twin bill.  Coloma won game one 7-5. The game see-sawed between both squads until the seventh inning.  Coloma scored two runs in the second inning to take the lead. Paw Paw responded with two runs of their own in the third inning to tie the game. Coloma added two more runs in the fourth inning, but Paw Paw countered with two runs in the fifth.  With the game tied 4-4 through six innings, it was anyone’s ball game.  Coloma chalked up three runs in the seventh and was able to limit Paw Paw’s offense to just one run as the Comets took game one.  Crisenbery got the win for Coloma. She allowed five runs on five hits. Wagner hit three singles and two doubles for Coloma.  Walter hit a single and double.  In the late contest, Coloma won 4-2.  Paw Paw led early, scoring one run in the third inning.  Coloma got on the scoreboard with a four-run fifth inning. Paw Paw scored one in their half of the inning to trail 4-2. That’s all Coloma would need for the win.  Walter took the mound for Coloma and notched the win.  She allowed two runs on six hits.  Crisenbery led Coloma at the plate with two singles and an RBI. Casey Feller hit a double, and Mya Potter added an RBI single.  The Lady Comets added two more wins on Thursday, May 26 in two blowouts of Bangor.  In game one, Coloma shutout Bangor 15-0 in a mercy ruled, game shortened, three-inning contest. Coloma scored three runs to open the game, added 11 in the second inning, and one in the third inning for the victory.  Coloma’s 15 runs came off 12 hits.  Crisenbery pitched the winning effort for Coloma. She allowed just two hits. She also led the team offensively with a home run and two RBIs. Wagner hit two singles and two runs batted in.  Jenna Walter hit a triple and single and scored three runs.  Mya Potter hit three singles.  In the second game, Coloma won 17-1.  The Lady Comets scored one run in the first inning. Bangor tied up the game at one apiece in the second inning.  Both teams remained scoreless in the third inning. Coloma scored three runs in the fourth inning to pull ahead 4-1.  The Lady Comets added another five runs in the sixth inning and tallied eight runs in the seventh for the win.  Crisenbery allowed one run on six hits.  Coloma’s 17 runs came on 18 hits.  Crisenbery stroked four singles and scored four runs.  Wagner hit a homerun and single and accounted for three runs batted in.  Larson hit two singles and scored four runs. Walter smacked two singles and double. Anderson scored three runs and hit two doubles, while Yore hit a single and double.  With the victories, Coloma’s overall record heading into districts was 28-10. They rolled to an 11-1 record in the Southwestern Athletic Conference and was named Lakeshore Division champions. Coloma is the host of the Division Three district tournament this year. They drew a bye in the pre-districts and will face Watervliet on Saturday, June 4 at Coloma.

Watervliet Baseball splits four games

The Watervliet Panther baseball team faced Galesburg-Augusta on the road Monday, May 23.  The Panthers topped Galesburg-August 9-3 in game one and recorded a 15-0 shutout in game two.  In the opening game, Watervliet trailed 3-1 after the first inning but continued to chip away at the deficit all game long.  The Panthers added a second run in the second inning and two runs in the third to take a 4-3 lead. Stingy defense on the part of the Panthers held Galesburg-Augusta scoreless during the rest of the game.  Watervliet added one run in the fifth inning and four in the sixth for the 9-3 victory.  Cam Rendo and Ryan Chisek shared pitching duties for Watervliet. The duo allowed three runs on four hits.  Tyler Brant led Watervliet at the plate. He hit four singles.  Nick Brant added two singles.  In the second game, Watervliet posted a 15-0 shutout of Galesburg-Augusta at the hands of Jakob Aldrich. He allowed just two hits.  Watervliet had 14 hits.  Rendo smoked a triple and two singles.  Bryant Kieft hit a triple and single, while Alex Lefor and Nick Brant each hit two singles.  Wednesday, May 25 found a different set of circumstances for Watervliet. They dropped two games to Grant High School.  Watervliet and Grant were tied 1-1 after the first inning of the first game.  Grant took a 3-1 lead after the third inning. Watervliet scored one run in the fourth but Grant added two more.  Another two runs by Watervliet in the fifth gave them four runs, but Grant scored three more runs to draw their total to eight and they held onto the lead.  Grant added four more runs in the sixth inning gave them 12 runs. A three-run seventh inning by Watervliet fell short, and the Panthers lost 12-7.  Watervliet’s seven runs came off eight hits.  Zack Pickens hit a triple and two singles.  Garrett Matthews, Chisek, and Rendo all pitched in at the rubber.  The combined effort allowed 12 runs on 11 hits.  In game two, Grant continued their hitting streak, pounding the Panthers for 12 runs on nine hits.  Grant led 5-1 after three innings. Watervliet scored one run in the fifth, but Grant responded with six runs of their own.   The Panthers scored two runs in the sixth but Grant continued their dominance at the plate with one run in their half of the sixth inning.  Grant topped Watervliet 12-4.  Brandin Legon and Blake Kiekenapp threw from the mound for Watervliet. They allowed 12 runs on nine hits.  Alex Lefor hit two singles for Watervliet.   Watervliet faced Hartford on Tuesday, May 31 in Division Three pre-district action at Coloma. Results from that contest will be available next week.

Coloma Baseball undefeated Champions of SAC – Lakeshore Division

It was icing on the cake for the Coloma Baseball Team last week. The squad earned four more wins giving them a 22-8 overall record, and they remained undefeated in the Southwestern Athletic Conference – Lakeshore division at 12-0. Their record gives them the division crown as the team prepares to head into districts. On Monday, May 23 the Comets welcome Fennville for doubleheader action. In game one Coloma shutout Fennville 15-0.  Justin Pullins pitched the three-inning no-hitter for Coloma. He struck out eight and walked two batters. Pullins is 8-1 this season. Coloma scored 14 runs in the second inning and topped off their effort with one more run in the third. Danny Najacht hit a double and scored two runs for Coloma. Anthony Abbott’s two singles scored two runs. Mathew Kelley stroked a double. In game two, Coloma won 7-2. Kelley took the mound for Coloma and pitched a complete game. He allowed two runs on six hits. Kelley struck out nine batters and walked one. His record stands at 7-1 this year.  Coloma led 2-0 after the first inning and 4-0 after three.  Fennville scored two runs in the fourth inning but Coloma responded with one run of their own to maintain a 5-2 lead.  Two more runs would score in the sixth inning for Coloma.  Chase Potter hit two doubles and single for Coloma. Pullins hit a double and single, and Abbott and Alex Lohraff each hit two singles.  Coloma headed to Bangor on Thursday, May 26 for two games. In the early contest, Coloma shutout Bangor 7-0.  Calvin Starnes went the distance for Coloma. He sprinkled three hits over seven innings, struck out one and walked one.  Coloma started their scoring blitz in the third inning with one run. They added another run in the fourth inning. A four-run fifth inning gave the Comets a 6-0 edge. Coloma finished the game off with one run in the seventh inning.  Potter, Najacht, Abbott, and Kelley all hit two singles for the Comets.   Game two found the Comets in control once again. They topped Bangor 14-1.  Dylan LeClear pitched the six-inning contest for Coloma. He allowed one run on one hit, struck out six batters and walked one.  Coloma kicked off the game with a three-run first inning. They added one run in the third inning, two in the fourth, and four in the fifth before Bangor was able to score. Coloma capped off the game with a four-run sixth inning for the win.  Najacht led Coloma at the plate with three singles. He scored two runs. Elliot Danneffel scored two runs on two singles. Levi Wilkens hit two singles, while Lohraff banged out a triple and double.  The undefeated Coloma squad sits atop the Southwestern Athletic Conference – Lakeshore Division and headed into district tournament action on Tuesday, May 31.  Coloma hosts the tournament and drew a bye for the pre-district game. They will square off in the semi-finals on Saturday, June 4 against the winner of the Watervliet/Hartford game that took place on Tuesday.

MEDIATE WINS AT HARBOR SHORES… Rocco Mediate won the 77th Senior PGA Championship Presented by KitchenAid at Harbor Shores Golf this past weekend. Here, Rocco sends his second shot from the 18th fairway to the green during Round Three on Saturday. Mediate would clinch the championship Sunday with a 19-under 265. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


Mediate wins Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores

The Senior PGA Championship was last won by a U.S. citizen in 2011 when Tom Watson clinched the title. Rocco Mediate reclaimed the title for the U.S. after winning the 77th Senior PGA Championship Presented by KitchenAid.  Held at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, the four-round event featured a little bit of everything: picture perfect weather, a hole in one by Mike Reid on hole #2, shots chipped into the hole from sand traps, and long putts that skirted the rim and plopped into the cup.  Mediate set a new 72-hole record by shooting a 19-under par 265. The victory is his third on the PGA Tour Champions.   Mediate shot a 62 in round one, 66 in round two, 71 in round three, and finished with a 66 in round four.  He held off Colin Montgomerie, who finished with a 268.

COLOMA AWARDS TOP ATHLETE HONORS… Coloma’s Male and Female Athletes of the Year were awarded on May 17. Skylar Brown was named Top Male Athlete of the Year and was also awarded the Neil Peters CHS Athletics and Academics award. Paige Derrick was named Top Female Athlete of the Year.


Coloma doles out Top Male and Female Athlete Awards

Coloma handed out the Male and Female Athlete of the Year Awards as well as the Neil Peters CHS “AA” Award on Tuesday, May 17 during Senior Awards night. The Male and Female Athlete of the Year honor is awarded to an individual who has secured a varsity letter in two or more sports, has faithful attendance for practice, displays attention to coaching and clean living, and never gives up.  This award is voted on by varsity coaches, Wendy Goodline, the Coloma High School Athletic Director, high school and junior high school principals and assistant principals.  Paige Derrick, daughter of Terry and Kim Derrick, was named the 2016 Female Athlete of the Year. Skyler Brown, son of Toya Brown and Stephen Schultz, was honored as the 2016 Male Athlete of the Year.  Ms. Goodline also presented the Neil Peters CHS Athletics and Academic (“AA”) Award.  The winner of this prestigious honor obtains a varsity letter in three or more sports, is a member of the senior graduating class, attended Coloma High School for at least two years, and has a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. This award is voted on by Dave Ehlers, the high school principal, Ms. Goodline, as the high school AD, two to four coaches, and a Board of Education member.  The Neil Peters CHS AA Award was given to Skyler Brown.

HICKS HITS IT… Coloma’s Tristin Hicks heads toward the goal during Wednesday’s game against Schoolcraft. Hicks would line up the ball, take the shot, and score! Hicks would rack up two goals and two as-sists during the 6-1 victory. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


 Coloma Soccer gets two wins in final two regular season games

Coloma will take a three-game win streak into district competition after getting wins last week over Bangor and Schoolcraft.  The Lady Comets faced conference foe Bangor on Monday, May 23 and battled to a 2-1 win in a shootout.  Ashley Sipla came up big for Coloma by scoring one goal during regulation.  Bangor tied the game up in the first period. After the game ended in a 1 -1 tie in regulation, the teams tried for a win during two overtime periods without either squad giving up a goal.  In the shootout, Paige Derrick, Tristen Howard, and Tristin Hicks all scored for Coloma. Having outshot Bangor, Coloma won 2-1.  Howard, in goal for Coloma, was credited with five saves in regulation and two in the shootout.  On Wednesday, May 25, Coloma faced Schoolcraft in their final conference game of the regular season. Coloma topped Schoolcraft 6-1.  Tristin Hicks led Coloma with two goals and two assists. Paige Derrick contributed one goal and two assists. Sipla, Emma Tavolacci, and Alyssa Bahr each kicked one goal.  Abby Blevins tallied one assist.  With their 10-6-1 overall record, Coloma headed into pre-districts. On Tuesday, May 31, the Comets faced off against Buchanan. Having the home field advantage would give Coloma a small boost playing in front of the hometown crowd.  Be sure to get next week’s Tri-City Record for full district soccer coverage.

Hartford Soccer blanks New Buffalo; Mireles makes three goals

Hartford’s Girls’ Varsity Soccer game against New Buffalo was certainly the boost the Indians needed as they headed off to district competition this past Tuesday.  Hartford blanked New Buffalo 6-0 Monday, May 23, scoring four times in the first half of the game.  Maya Mireles led Hartford; she scored three goals.  Marissa Beraza contributed to the team effort by adding two goals and one assist. Monica Perez kicked in one goal.  Araceli Alvarez had one save as goalkeeper in the contest.  Hartford faced Kalamazoo Christian in quarterfinal district action on Tuesday, May 31. The Indians were determined to avenge an earlier 8-2 loss to Kalamazoo. See how the game played out in next week’s edition of the Tri-City Record.

Watervliet Soccer drops two before districts

Watervliet Girls’ Varsity Soccer squad was feeling the heat last week as they dropped two games.  Against Buchanan on Monday, May 23, the Lady Panthers lost 5-1.  Emma Krakau put the first point on the board, as the Watervliet striker scored with an assist from Hannah Armstrong.  Just before the first half was over, Buchanan scored one goal of their own.   The game didn’t stay tied at one apiece for very long. The Bucks dropped two goals in the net within the first minute of second-half play.  Buchanan would score two more times in the second half for the win.  Lawton visited Watervliet on Wednesday, May 25 for the hottest game of the year. According to Watervliet coach Chad Scheel, the temperature at kick off was 90 degrees.  Watervliet trailed 1-0 at the half.  Lawton added another goal with 25 minutes of play remaining.  Lawton then added three more goals within the final ten minutes of the match.  With 17 seconds left on the clock, keeper Victoria Smith scored on a free kick that resulted from a foul to Armstrong. Smith scored the lone Panther goal.   Watervliet faced Lake Michigan Catholic on Tuesday, May 31 in district action. Results of that contest will be available in next week’s TCR.

5th Annual Trent McKinney/Watervliet Wrestling Golf Outing set for July 30

The fifth annual Trent McKinney Memorial/Watervliet Wrestling golf outing has been set for Saturday, July 30. Grab your clubs, form your four-person team, get registered and head over to Pipestone Creek Golf Course.  Pre-register by contacting Nicole McKinney at (269) 308-1176 or niki.mckinney@gmail.com or Travis McKinney at (269) 308-1177 or travisc.mckinney@gmail.com. The cost for your team is $65 per person and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, and steak dinner. Get your team registered by July 23.  Trent McKinney was a former wrestler at Watervliet High School. All proceeds from the event will be used to benefit the Watervliet wrestling program.

Coloma AYSO Soccer

By Mike Isbrecht

Monday, April 18

U14

Mayham played St. Joe 2 winning 2-0, scoring goals was Alex Isbrecht and Gus Hinch

Tuesday, April 19

U10

Zebras played St. Joe 2, but came up short 1-6, scoring the goal was Mikaela Cowgill

U12

Hunters played St. Joe 1 winning 3-0, scoring goals were Tyler Moore, German Casiano and Ernesto Rodarte Gladiators played St. Joe 2 losing a close one 4-6, scoring goals were Alex and Oscar with two goals each.

Wednesday, April 20 U10

Pink Ninjas played St. Joe 3 losing a close game 2-6, scoring goals were Mikaela Cowgill and McKinleigh Kramemer

Thursday, April 21 U10

Thunder played St. Joe 7 winning 6-2, scoring goals were Anthony M. with three, Jesus J. with two and Daitin B. with one.

U14

Mayham played Mattawan in a close game tying 3-3, scoring goals were Alex Isbrecht with two and Gus Hinch with one.

Saturday, April 23 U6

Team Stockton faced off against Weedon with Serena Arnold, Kendra Goss, Brayden Harasewicz, Daniel Maack and Ethan Shaffer. Playing for Team Weedon was Gianna Berry, Samuel Casiano, Claire Fletcher, Kaley Hollis, Connor VanLente and Benson Weedon.  Team Nord faced-off against Team Winnell with Aiden Case, Bryanna Medrano, Zachary Nord, Gilberto Villegas and Anna Wenburg. Playing for Team Winnell was Izabella Alvrez, Braydon Fritzche, Coraline Murphy, Logan Wilkins, Aubrey Winnell and Brody Winnell.  Team Glover faced-off against Team Westfall with Haedin Bryant, Makenzie Driver, Emma Glover, Isaac Morales and Adam Willaman. Playing for Team Westfall was Ernesto Almora, Myah Dyson, Charles Gagliardo, Angely Garcia and Ethan Westfall.  Team Schlipp faced-off against Team Allard with Aaron Barboza, Bellah Gray, Christian Hicks, Brooklyn Schlipp and Addison Tomsic. Playing for Team Allard was Zoelle Allard, Marley Alsup, Katelyn Brown, Greyson Danneffel, Brayden Henley and Dagoberto Perez.

U8

Da Bears played the Blue Cheethas winning 1-0, scoring the goal was JT Isbrecht.  Orange Crush played against the Torpedo Rangers winning 6-0, scoring goals were Jaydon Lineberry with 4 goals and Alan Cano with 2.  Team Kuehnle played against the Camouflage Cheethas winning 6-1, scoring goals for Team Kuehnle was Kameron with 3, Jacob with 2 and Mason with 1. Scoring for the Camouflage Cheethas was Brian Cortes.  The Red Wolves played the Blue Ninjas winning 6-0, scoring goals were Nathan Harasewicz with 4 and Sullivan Summerhill and Evan Schadowsky with 1 goal each.

U10

Thunder played Dowagiac 3 falling short 3-7, scoring goals were Anthony with two and Alex with one.  Team Morales played the Fire winning 6-2, scoring for Team Morales was Melvin Parra with four and Erick Morales and Andres Cardoso with one goal each. Scoring for the Fire was Noel Saldana and Fletcher Todd with one goal each.  Pink Ninjas played St. Joe 1 losing 0-4.  Zebras played St. Joe 3 losing a tough on 5-9, scoring all five goals was Mikeala Cowgill.

U12

Hunters played South Haven 2 winning 8-4, scoring goals were Tyler Moore and German Casiano with three goals each and Devin Sawyer and Bryan Cardoso with one goal each.

U14

Mayham played Three Rivers 2 tying 1-1, scoring their goal was Gus Hinch

U16/19

Team Thompson played Paw Paw losing 1-4, scoring their goal was Avolan Cramer.

Sunday, April 24

Coloma EXTRA played Portage EXTRA winning 5-1, scoring goals were Mikaela with two and Melvin, Dylan and Alexis with one goal each.

Finally!

Martin Truex Jr. has been hanging around all year finishing in the top 15 of the previous 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup races this season. Before Sunday, he had one top five finish, but a bunch where he crossed the finish line in the top 15.

Finally, as the black-and-white checkered flag fell on the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Truex Jr. got what he earned: the win.

Truex Jr. started Sunday’s race from the pole position, not a bad location when you have the strongest car in the field. He led 392 of the race’s 400 laps. You read that right: Truex Jr. raced at the front of the pack for 588 of the race’s 600 miles. That set a new record for the number of miles in the lead.

The win gives Truex Jr. his first of the 2016 season and fourth of his career and came in spectacular fashion and a tried-and-true formula: he was simply fast. He had the strongest car. He flat out just outdrove his competitors.

Kevin Harvick finished in second place. Harvick notched his sixth top five finishes this season.

Jimmie Johnson took third place. He led five laps, the second-highest total of the day.  Johnson’s finish gives him his sixth top five finishes this season.

Denny Hamlin drove into fourth place and secured his fourth top five finishes.

Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five in fifth place.  He added to his top five finishes with number four.

All drivers who finished in the top five on Sunday have won at least one race this season. Johnson and Keselowski have won two.

The only other drivers to lead laps on Sunday were Paul Menard (two laps) and Joey Logan (one lap).

Fifteen drivers finished on the lead lap. The race featured nine lead changes and four caution periods.

Harvick retains the lead in the driver standings.  Kurt Busch is 36 points behind Harvick, and Johnson trails the leader by 48 points.

The drivers and teams pack up and head to Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania for the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400. The race will feature 160 laps on the 2.5 miles of paved track.

Kyle Larson set the track record in August 2014 with a 49.063 second spin. Larson, who has two top five finishes this season but finished 13th on Sunday, will definitely make a run for the finish line.

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