Monthly Archives: September, 2017

RECAP: #11 Grand Haven Defeats #2 Portage Central 2-0

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Conner Lund (#14) scored both Grand Haven goals

The 11th-ranked Grand Haven Buccaneers became the first team to score multiple goals this season against 2nd-ranked Portage Central Saturday.   Grand Haven made the trip to Portage and came away with a 2-0 victory.

Both goals came in the second half from senior forward Conner Lund, giving him 15 on the season.  The first came in the 51st minute with the second in the 64th minute.   Jake Thayer and Filiberto Juarez combined for the shutout in goal, matching their performance from last season’s 3-0 Buc win.

Grand Haven improves to 9-3-2 overall and Portage Central falls to 11-2-3.  The Mustangs host Battle Creek Central Tuesday in their final match before the SMAC tournament.   The Buccaneers travel to West Ottawa, who they played to a 1-1 draw in early September.

Listen back to Saturday’s game below:

 

RECAP: Vicksburg Claims 5th Win, 21-12 Against Paw Paw

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The Vicksburg Bulldogs used four takeaways to earn a 21-12 homecoming win Friday over Paw Paw.   The win pushes them to 5-1, one away from clinching a playoff spot for the fourth consecutive year.   Meanwhile, Paw Paw falls to 3-3 and must run the table to snap their three-year postseason drought.

The scoreless first quarter lasted all of 20 minutes, with both teams punting twice and having a turnover on downs.  Vicksburg’s lone giveaway came on a Nick Schley interception in the red zone at the start of the second quarter.   The Bulldogs forced a quick punt, then capped off a 49-yard drive with a 10-yard Garrett Ketelaar touchdown run with 6:55 remaining.

On the following drive, Paw Paw quarterback Jimmy Wressel had a pass tipped at the line, intercepted by a diving Ryan Morgan.  Two plays later, Ketelaar was in the end zone again, this time on a nine-yard run.    Wressel was picked off again near midfield, this time by Adam Henderson.   Two plays later, Caleb Welch rushed for a 53-yard score, giving Vicksburg all 21 of their points within a four minute stretch.    The Bulldogs held Paw Paw to only two first downs for the entire half and carried a 21-0 advantage into the break.

Paw Paw started strong in the third, taking the opening drive 63 yards on six plays with a 29-yard rushing score from Schley.   A missed extra-point, hurt by a high snap, kept them behind 21-6.   Paw Paw forced a punt, but surrendered their third interception shortly thereafter to Austin Bresnahan.   Both teams would trade punts into the midway point of the fourth quarter.

Paw Paw pushed from their own 19 to the Vicksburg 19 with about seven minutes remaining.   Tyler Pursley rushed ahead and got to the two-yard line before fumbling the ball, recovered by Vicksburg’s Henderson in the end zone for a touchback.

Paw Paw got it back after forcing a punt with five minutes to go and put together a 12-play, 54-yard scoring drive.   Wressel sealed it with a QB sneak touchdown with 1:42 remaining, but couldn’t get to the pylon on the two-point conversion rush, keeping the game at two-possessions and ultimately out of reach for Paw Paw.

Unofficially, Ketelaar was 10-20 passing for 82 yards, along with 47 rushing yards and two scores.  Welch led Vicksburg with 80 rushing yards, followed by 67 from Henderson.   For Paw Paw, Wressel was 5-16 for 32 passing yards.   Three players topped 100 rushing yards, Pursley (114), David Marshall (107), and Schley (104).

Vicksburg can clinch a playoff berth with a win next week against South Haven (0-6).   Paw Paw hosts Allegan (1-5) for week seven.   Listen back to week six’s game below:

PREVIEW: #2 Portage Central Hosts #11 Grand Haven

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Listen live online Saturday at 1 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network as the Portage Central Mustangs host the Grand Haven Buccaneers in boys soccer.  The game should serve as another strong test for two teams entering a very tough Region #1 in under three weeks.

The Mustangs set a new high with a #2 ranking in this week’s Division 1 coaches association poll.    On the season, Portage Central is 11-1-3, earning a 6-0 win against Lakeview and a 1-1 draw with Gull Lake this week.   No team has scored multiple goals in a contest against the Mustangs thus far.    Grand Haven is 11th in the latest poll, although they’ve been as high as #8 this season.  The Bucs are 8-3-2 on the year with their lone game this week a 4-0 loss Tuesday at #12 East Kentwood.

Grand Haven hosted Portage Central almost exactly one year ago and earned a 3-0 win over the Mustangs.   Two seasons ago in Portage, they played to a scoreless draw.

Listen live to Saturday’s match online on the Slocum Sports Network with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. from Portage Central.

RECAP: Comstock Gets 15th Win of Season in 3-2 Victory Against Cassopolis

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Evan Veenhuis handles the ball in pre-game warmups

The Comstock Colts survived a late charge from the Cassopolis Rangers Thursday afternoon, holding on for a 3-2 home victory.   Initially, it appeared the Colts could rout the Rangers, as junior forward Evan Veenhuis scored three goals within the first 14 minutes.   Goals in the 6th, 10th, and 14th minutes put Veenhuis to 44 goals on the season.

Cassopolis added one goal in the 26th minute from Kiambu Gary, taking a 3-1 score into the halftime break.  Less than four minutes into the second half, the Rangers drew a penalty kick, which TJ Gless, Jr. capitalized on for a 3-2 score.   Cassopolis had a number of good opportunities the rest of the way, but the Colts held firm with freshman goalkeeper Logan Hicks.   A number of key saves, including back-to-back saves on a Gary breakaway, allowed Comstock to get the win.

Comstock improves to 15-2 overall with the victory and Cassopolis drops to 12-5.   The Colts travel to Maple Valley Monday for their next match, while the Rangers venture to Niles against Brandywine Monday.   Listen back to Thursday’s game below:

RECAP: Trine Sweeps Kalamazoo

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The Trine Thunder swept the Kalamazoo Hornets Wednesday, 25-20, 25-23, 25-12.   Trine led the entire first set and nearly the entire third set.   Kalamazoo was ahead for much of the second and Trine didn’t get a two-point lead until the very end.

Shannon Scott and Emma Gaff led the Thunder with 11 kills each.  Kalamazoo’s Madi Goodman also tallied 11, six of which came in the second set.   The win moves Trine to 8-6 overall and 4-3 in MIAA play, while Kalamazoo falls to 0-7 in the MIAA and 2-12 overall.   Trine returns to action at home against league-leader Calvin Tuesday, while Kalamazoo travels to Grace Bible College Saturday.

You can watch Wednesday’s match in full here.  LIVESTREAM

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PREVIEW: 10+ Win Teams Meet as Comstock Hosts Cassopolis

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Listen online live Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network as the Comstock Colts host the Cassopolis Rangers in boys soccer.   Both teams have hit the 10-win mark in 2017 and look to build momentum with the postseason less than three weeks away.

Prior to Wednesday’s game with Berrien Springs, Comstock sits at 13-2-0 overall.  Ahead of their rematch Wednesday with Hartford, Cassopolis is 10-3-0*, much improved from their 8-11-1 mark in 2016.   Comstock is the defending BCS Conference champion, while Cassopolis is part of the inaugural Southwest 10 Conference season after departing the BCS.    The Colts crushed the Rangers 8-0 last season, with a 6-4 Comstock win in 2015.

Listen live online to Thursday’s game on the Slocum Sports Network with kickoff scheduled for 4 p.m. from Comstock High School.

*The overall record has not been confirmed, it is listed based on their Maxpreps page.

RECAP: Glen Oaks Completes Season Sweep of Kalamazoo Valley

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The Glen Oaks Vikings earned a road sweep of the Kalamazoo Valley Cougars Tuesday, 25-19, 25-16, 25-12, matching the August sweep the Vikings earned on their home floor.   They assumed control midway through the first set on a big run off the service of Carly Kyle, putting them ahead by ten at one point.

The second set stayed close early again, but Glen Oaks built their biggest run and lead in the final stretch.   In the third set, there was no doubt for the Vikings.   Unofficially, Calsey Gruzdov led the team with 13 kills, followed by nine from Paige Engdahl.   Carlie VandenBerg’s five topped the Cougars.

Glen Oaks moves to 16-8 overall and 6-3 in the MCCAA Western Conference.  They return to action at conference-leader #4 Grand Rapids next Tuesday.   Kalamazoo Valley falls to 5-10 overall and 3-6 in the West.   The Cougars head to Grand Rapids Thursday, then compete at GRCC in a tournament Saturday and Sunday.

Listen back to Tuesday’s match below:

RECAP: Kalamazoo Christian Smacks Schoolcraft 8-0

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The Kalamazoo Christian Comets crushed the Schoolcraft Eagles at home Monday with an 8-0 victory, which concluded after about 68 minutes of play.  The Comets built up a 6-0 lead by halftime with the scoring started by Dawit Scheffers after four and seven minutes of play.

Garrett Buckhout scored in the 13th minute, followed by goals in the 18th and 19th minute by Andy VanDongen, the first of which came via penalty kick.  Kyle Nash struck in the 31st to give the Comets the 6-0 halftime edge.  The game stayed at 6-0 until Buckhout’s second goal in the 64th minute.  Four minutes later, Scheffers earned a hat-trick to seal the victory.

Kalamazoo Christian improves to 6-5-1 overall and 4-1-0 in SAC play.  Schoolcraft falls to 2-5-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the SAC.  The Comets head to Fennville Wednesday, then host Heritage Christian Thursday.  The Eagles travel to Lawton Wednesday and host Brandywine Thursday.

Listen back to Monday’s game below:

PREVIEW: Vicksburg, Paw Paw Fight for Wolverine Positioning

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Listen live online Friday night on the Slocum Sports Network as Vicksburg hosts their homecoming against Paw Paw for week six of the high school football season.  Both teams sit in the top-half of the 10-team Wolverine Conference midway through the season and remain in contention for a playoff berth.   Edwardsburg is the league’s lone unbeaten at 5-0.   Vicksburg is in a three-way tie for second place at 4-1 with Three Rivers and Plainwell.   At 3-2, Paw Paw sits alone in fifth.

Vicksburg erased a double-digit fourth quarter deficit in their opening 38-27 win over Dowagiac.   They rolled Allegan 42-8 in week two, then suffered their lone loss at Plainwell, 22-19.   Since then, the Bulldogs defeated Sturgis (35-17) and mauled Otsego (70-13).   Vicksburg’s offense is averaging just under 41 points per game, getting five or more touchdowns in all but the Plainwell loss.

Paw Paw opened with victories over Otsego (47-0) and Sturgis (28-14).   Edwardsburg crushed Paw Paw 52-0 in week three, followed by Paw Paw blanking South Haven 49-0.  Last week, Three Rivers spoiled Paw Paw’s homecoming with a 14-0 shutout by the Wildcats.   Paw Paw has held opponents to two touchdowns or fewer in all but the Edwardsburg loss.

Vicksburg has taken the last three meetings on the field over Paw Paw, with final scores of 28-7, 57-16, and 25-20.    Prior to this stretch, Paw Paw had an 11-year winning streak against the Bulldogs.   According to Michigan-Football.com, this week’s game will be their 47th football contest and Vicksburg leads the series with a 30-16 record.   Vicksburg has made the postseason three consecutive years, while Paw Paw is hoping for their first winning season and playoff berth since 2014.

Listen live to Friday’s game online on the Slocum Sports Network with kickoff set for 7 p.m. from Vicksburg.

PREVIEW: Kalamazoo Hosts Trine in Volleyball

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Listen live online Wednesday at 7 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network as the Kalamazoo College Hornets host the Trine Thunder in volleyball.   It’s the seventh MIAA match of the season for both squads and their first volleyball meeting of 2017.   They split their 2016 meetings, with both home teams earning a win.

Kalamazoo is still searching for its first league win, sitting at 0-6 in the MIAA.  The Hornets are 2-11 overall, getting both wins in their Hornet Invitational tournament two weekends ago.  Trine is currently tied for fourth in the MIAA at 3-3 and sits at 7-6 overall.

Listen to Wednesday’s match on the Slocum Sports Network with first serve scheduled for 7 p.m. from the Anderson Athletic Center in Kalamazoo.   The game can also be seen via Kalamazoo College’s Livestream.