Watervliet picked up a 53-37 boys basketball win and a 66-35 girls victory Saturday against current district and former conference rival Hartford. The Panther girls improved to 4-1 off the win and put Hartford at 3-1. The Panther boys jumped to 2-1 with the victory and dropped Hartford to 0-2.
In the boys game, Watervliet scored within the first five seconds and never surrendered the lead. The Panthers carried a 16-10 lead into the first quarter break, a 29-19 advantage at halftime, and a 40-31 score after the third. Hartford made it back within six a few times in the second half, but could get no closer. Three Panthers scored nine points; Bryant Kieft, Sheldon Tobar, and Garrett Matthews. Hartford’s Trey Ackerman topped all players with 16.
The girls game had three lead changes in the first two minutes, but saw Watervliet assume control midway through the first quarter. They led 18-9 after the first quarter and didn’t trail again, extending the score to 31-17 by halftime and 47-29 by the end of the third. Ariana Rowe topped the Panthers with 18 points with double-digit scoring also by Jaelyn Pitre (14) and Kara Liles (10). AJ Jackson led Hartford with 10.
The Watervliet boys and girls host Saugatuck Tuesday in their final game before the holiday break. Hartford’s boys travel to Decatur Tuesday with the girls hosting the Raiders. Both travel to White Pigeon Thursday.
Listen back to Saturday’s games below:
WATERVLIET GIRLS SCORING: Ariana Rowe 18, Jaelyn Pitre 14, Kara Liles 10, Victoria Smith 4, Taylor Shafer 4, Celina Klimkiewicz 4, Zoe Smith 4, Mikalah Clay 3, Emma Yazel 3, Alison Pazera 2
HARTFORD GIRLS SCORING: AJ Jackson 10, Cora Wesaw 9, Jessica Cortes 6, Mikenzie Chambers 6, Megan Nelson 4
WATERVLIET BOYS SCORING: Bryant Kieft 9, Sheldon Tobar 9, Garrett Matthews 9, Ryan Chisek 7, Daniel Cluster 6, James Bell 3, Jakob Aldrich 3, Omar Cardoso 3, LA Smith 2, Austin Roberts 2.
HARTFORD BOYS SCORING: Trey Ackerman 16, Buddy Earls 6, Evan DeLaRosa 6, William Martinez 3, Caleb Weston 2, Brandon Galvan 2, Garrod Johnson 2,
For the first time since joining the BCS-Red Conference, the Parchment Panthers swept Berrien Springs in a varsity basketball doubleheader. The Panther boys defeated the Shamrocks 72-54 Friday and the girls won 48-34; both Parchment squads had dropped both meetings last season with the Shamrocks. The evening also saw a solid crowd and turnout for the fifth annual “Compete For a Cure,” raising money for the American Heart Association, the National Brain Tumor Society, and the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.
Berrien Springs began the boys game with a 5-0 lead, but Parchment roared ahead with a 12-0 response. The Panthers had a 15-7 lead after the first quarter and a 38-26 advantage by halftime. The Shamrocks made it back within single-digits early in the fourth quarter, but Parchment quickly put the game out of reach.
Contez Williams matched his season-high with 22 points for Parchment. Three other Panthers hit double-digits with 19 by Ontayveon Fry, 13 from Darrion Turner, and 10 from Jeremiah Donald (including eight in the first quarter). Sam Spaulding topped Berrien Srpings with 21, going 14-16 at the free throw line. He was followed by 12 from Peyton Dustin. After winning only four games last season, Parchment is off to a 3-1 start. Berrien Springs falls to 0-4.
Like the boys game, the Shamrock ladies began with the lead, but lost it due to a 12-0 Parchment run. However, Berrien Springs got back ahead midway through the second quarter on a 7-0 rush of their own. By halftime, Parchment led 25-21. The Panthers narrowly won the third quarter 9-6, then pulled away in the fourth.
Parchment sophomore Megan McDaid led the way with 19 points, going 9-13 at the free throw line. Kyrah Sanders was the top scorer for Berrien Springs with nine. The victory puts Parchment at 2-5 and drops Berrien Springs to 2-2.
Both Shamrock squads return to action Tuesday against Three Rivers with the girls hosting and the boys traveling. Both Parchment teams host Comstock next with the girls Thursday and the boys Friday.
Listen back to both of Friday’s games below:
PARCHMENT GIRLS SCORING: Megan McDaid 19, Trinity Stone 9, Alivya Wilson 8, Macy King 3, Alysa Buytendrop 3, Kyra Gerlofs 2, Alexis Lindstrom 2, Chloe Thomas 2
BERRIEN SPRINGS GIRLS SCORING: Kyrah Sanders 9, Hillary Dortch 8, Miracle Henry 6, Jeniah Palmer-Kirtdoll 4, Narpreet Singh 4, Diamond Tyson 3
PARCHMENT BOYS SCORING: Contez Williams 22, Ontayveon Fry 19, Darrion Turner 13, Jeremiah Donald 10, Garrett Stutz 3, Connor Stutz 2, Henry Knapp 2, Aram Winchester 1
BERRIEN SPRINGS BOYS SCORING: Sam Spaulding 21, Peyton Dustin 12, Garrett Jones 7, Marshall McFarland 4, Austin Johnson 3, Gavin Hubble 3, Thomas Adams 2
Listen live online Saturday on the Slocum Sports Network as the Watervliet Panthers host the Hartford Indians in boys and girls high school basketball. The girls varsity is scheduled for around 5 p.m. with the boys around 6:30 p.m. Although they are no longer conference rivals within the SAC, these schools are meeting twice again this season.
The Watervliet boys enter the weekend at 1-0, taking their opener 59-46 last weekend over Martin. Saturday’s game will be their third, as the Panthers face Fennville Friday. Hartford opens their season Friday against Marcellus, with their original opener Tuesday against Mendon postponed to January 4th due to snow. They met twice last season with the home team winning both times, 55-41 at Hartford and 54-35 at Watervliet.
The Watervliet girls come into the weekend at 2-1 and Hartford goes into the weekend at 2-0. The Panthers took both contests over the Indians last season, 67-51 and 48-44. The season before, Hartford won both meetings.
Listen to both games live online on the Slocum Sports Network with the girls varsity around 5 p.m. and the boys around 6:30 p.m. at Watervliet High School.
Listen live online Friday on the Slocum Sports Network to a varsity basketball doubleheader with the Parchment Panthers hosting the Berrien Springs Shamrocks. The girls varsity is up first around 6 p.m. with the boys to follow around 7:30 p.m. This is the third season that these schools are rivals within the BCS-Red Conference.
The Parchment boys return most of their lineup from last year and already look improved with a 2-1 start. The Panthers topped Allegan and Bridgman, then lost 62-52 at Olivet Tuesday. The Shamrocks dropped their first two games against Trinity School and Comstock. They will enter the Parchment game at either 1-2 or 0-3, depending on Thursday’s makeup game with New Buffalo.
Berrien Springs won both of last season’s meetings, 49-38 and 60-52. The Shamrocks also took both matchups two seasons ago, both by 50-29 finals. They weren’t regular opponents prior to that.
In the girls contest, Parchment enters at 1-4, although their last three losses were by 10 points or fewer. Berrien Springs will be either 2-1 or 1-2 by Friday, pending the result Thursday with New Buffalo. The Shamrocks won both meetings last season, 53-33 and 45-36. Two seasons ago, the Panthers earned two wins, 42-30 and 44-40.
The games will also be Parchment’s 5th “Compete for a Cure” series, with money raised for the American Heart Association, the National Brain Tumor Society, and the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.
Listen live to both games online on the Slocum Sports Network with the girls around 6 p.m. and the boys around 7:30 p.m. from Parchment High School.
The Southwest Michigan Blades defeated Kalamazoo United 4-1 and the Kalamazoo Eagles won 5-4 in overtime over Portage Central in Wednesday evening’s SWMHSHL action at Wings West. The win in the first game left the Blades as the only team unbeaten within league play, with the second game leaving the Mustangs as the lone team without a league win.
The Blades dominated the shots on goal column all game, but entered the first intermission behind 1-0. Jake Gerhard turned away 22 shots in the first for the Hams and Garrett Warner put United ahead with an unassisted goal with 1:54 left.
Midway through the second period, the Blades scored twice within in a minute. The first came from Parker Lawrence, who took advantage as a defender tripped over a fallen stick. The second one came via Jett Haifley for the 2-1 lead after two. The Blades took a 3-1 lead on an unassisted shorthanded goal from Chris Bigelow with 11:05 remaining, then added the final dagger on a 4-on-4 goal by Jaxon Dobrolowski with 4:09 to go.
Blades goalie Zac Hattan had 20 saves in the victory with United’s Gerhard stopping 48 shots. The Blades stand alone at the top of the SWMHSHL standings at 3-0-0 following to win, overall they’re 9-4-0. It was their first win over United since February 2015. United drops to 1-4-0 on the loss and 1-1-0 against league foes.
The Blades are back in action Sunday at the LSJ Warriors, then meet the Eagles next Wednesday at Wings West. United travels to Troy Saturday, then returns home next Wednesday against Portage Northern.
The Eagles never trailed in their game, getting the lead in the first three minutes on a Jimmy Wressel goal. Carter Maxey scored in the final two minutes to put the Eagles up 2-0 at the break. Portage Central grabbed the only goal of the second period with Canyon Morse’s 4-on-4 strike putting the Mustangs back within one entering the third.
With 11:33 left in regulation, Danny Keene pushed the Eagle lead back to two goals. Shortly after, Keene was ejected, along with PC starting forwards Erek Decker and Mitchell Ely for a fracas just before the 10 minute mark.
The score stayed at 3-1 until the Mustangs took advantage of a kneeing major against Wressel. Konnor McLeod’s powerplay goal put Portage Central down one with 3:23 remaining. Although still down a man, the Eagles seemingly had the final dagger on a Maxey empty net goal with 1:27 remaining. Only 13 seconds later, Morse matched it to put the Mustangs back within one. With 27 seconds left, McLeod was able to tie the game.
However, Portage Central couldn’t complete the comeback. 1:54 into overtime, Maxey earned the hat-trick and the victory.
Eagle goalie Drake Witt had 38 saves in the victory, PC’s Bryan Gracey stopped 26. The Eagles jump to 2-5-0 overall and 1-3-0 in SWMHSHL play. It was the first Eagle win over PC since February 2014. Portage Central falls to 1-5-0 overall and 0-3-0 in the league. The Mustangs travel to Grand Haven Saturday with the Eagles heading north to Cheboygan against Utica Friday and Lakeland Saturday.
Listen back to Wednesday’s games below:
BLADES VS UNITED – BOX SCORE.
EAGLES VS MUSTANGS – BOX SCORE.
Listen live online Wednesday on the Slocum Sports Network to a high school hockey doubleheader from Wings West. Up first at 5:30 p.m., the Blades of Southwest Michigan play Kalamazoo United. Around 7:45 p.m., the Portage Central Mustangs face the Kalamazoo Eagles.
The Blades and United are the only unbeaten teams remaining within SWMHSHL play. The Blades are 2-0-0 with a 3-1 win over Portage Central and a 4-3 victory over Mattawan. United’s lone league game was a 4-1 victory against the Eagles.
Overall, the Blades are 8-4-0 with a 1-3 mark over the weekend at the Cornfield Cup tournament in Culver, Indiana. United is 1-3-0 overall, falling 10-3 at Northview Saturday. United won both meetings against the Blades last season, 6-1 and 5-4. The last Blade win over United was in the SWMHSHL tournament in February 2015.
In the second game, both the Eagles and Mustangs are trying to get their first SWMHSHL win. The Eagles are 1-5-0 overall and 0-3-0 in league play, while Portage Central is 1-4-0 overall and 0-2-0 in the SWMHSHL. Both teams got their lone win to date over Kenowa Hills. Portage Central won both meetings over the Eagles last season, 6-4 and 4-1. The Mustangs have won their last seven games over the Eagles, with the last Eagle win coming in February 2014.
Portage Northern defeated Portage Central 4-1 Monday evening in the 14th annual Portage Rotary Hockey Classic at Wings Event Center, giving them the canoe trophy for only the third time in 14 tries. It is the first Husky win in the canoe series since 2013, giving the seven Portage Northern seniors their first canoe in their final try.
Despite the three-goal final difference, the Huskies didn’t hold the lead until a Will Todd snipe put them ahead 2-1 with 2:11 remaining. Listen to the goal below:
Portage Northern had 15 shots to Portage Central’s eight in the first period, but the Mustangs entered the first intermission ahead 1-0 on a goal by Erek Decker with 56 seconds left. The Huskies evened the game with 3:17 remaining in the second period with a Koty Meadmore goal.
The game stayed at 1-1 until Todd’s goal with 2:11 to go in the third period. Right off the next face off, the Mustangs committed a holding penalty, severely hampering any hope at a response. With 55 seconds left, Quentin Roseboom delivered the rare empty net powerplay goal for a 3-1 lead. To leave no doubt, the Huskies added one more 23 seconds later, courtesy of Connor Sorge.
Sophomore goalie Peter Todd had 23 saves for Portage Northern with his sophomore counterpart Bryan Gracey turning away 34 shots for the Mustangs. The Huskies improve to 3-6-0 overall and 2-1-0 in SWMHSHL play. They return to action at the Jenison Invite over the weekend, their first game is Friday at 6:30 p.m. against Bryon Center. Portage Central falls to 1-4-0 overall and 0-2-0 in league play. They meet the Kalamazoo Eagles at Wings West Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. in a game that can be heard on the Slocum Sports Network.
Listen back to Monday’s game below: Click here for the Box Score. Click here to see the Huskies celebrate with the canoe.
PROGRAMMING NOTE: This game has been moved to Wednesday due to snow. Unfortunately, we will not be able to broadcast it due to prior commitments.
Listen live online Tuesday around 7 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network as Kalamazoo Central hosts St. Joseph in girls basketball. These teams are district foes once again and have met in the district tournament three consecutive seasons. All three were won by Kalamazoo Central, including a 61-51 final last season at Portage Northern.
In their regular season meeting last December, St. Joseph was a 63-60 winner on their home court. The Bears also won the regular season meeting two years ago at K-Central 63-44.
So far this season, the Maroon Giants have played once, a 63-26 win over Loy Norrix Saturday. The Bears dropped their opener 40-38 at Harper Creek, but sit at 3-1 after wins against Portage Northern (45-13), Edwardsburg (40-37), and Lakeshore (53-29).
Listen live to Tuesday’s game online on the Slocum Sports Network with tip-off around 7 p.m., from Kalamazoo Central, pending the JV result.
Listen live online Monday at 6:30 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to the 14th annual Portage Rotary Hockey Classic from the Wings Event Center. The winner of this game gets to hold the canoe trophy, which defending champion Portage Central has done 11 times in 13 chances. Portage Northern’s only victories came in 2013 and 2010.
It is the first 2017-18 season meeting between Portage Central and Portage Northern, who met five times last season. On the ice, the Mustangs won all four regular season meetings, although one game was later ruled a forfeit in favor of the Huskies. Last season’s canoe game was a 6-4 Portage Central win, led by a Max Mones hat-trick and a five-point effort from Konnor McLeod. Portage Northern ended up with the last laugh, winning their Pre-Regional postseason meeting 5-2.
So far this season, Portage Northern is 2-6-0 overall and Portage Central is 1-3-0. The Huskies are 1-1-0 in SWMHSHL play, getting their first league win Wednesday 7-5 over the Kalamazoo Eagles. The Mustangs fell in their lone league meeting to date, a 3-1 loss to the Blades of Southwest Michigan on November 22.
Listen live to Monday’s game online on the Slocum Sports Network with puck drop at 6:30 p.m. from the main arena at Wings Event Center.
After 26 lead changes, the Hackett Catholic boys basketball team emerged victorious Saturday afternoon at Kalamazoo College, beating Class D finalist Buckley 63-59. It’s the second time this year the Irish have gotten the better of the Bears, as Hackett topped them 3-1 in the Division 4 soccer semifinal back in November.
Neither team led by more than four points. Hackett held the lead at the end of the first quarter, 15-14. At halftime, the game was tied at 28. The Bears claimed a 46-43 advantage into the third quarter Free throws and fouls ended up playing a big role down the stretch as the Bears lost one of their six-man rotation. The Irish were 22-29 at the line, compared to Buckley’s 11-17.
Cooper Smith led Hackett with 23 points, including 9-13 at the foul line. Heath Baldwin was next for the Irish at 14 points, nine of his points came in the third quarter. Casey Gallagher had 11. Austin Harris topped the Bears at 15 points. Next in line were Joey Weber with 13 and Brock Beeman with 11. Denver Cade, who led Buckley with around 21 per game last season, was held to nine.
The win puts Hackett at 2-0, joining their 62-22 win Friday over Lawton. They return to action Tuesday at home against Wyoming Potter’s House Christian. Buckley starts the season 0-1, their first regular season loss since March 1, 2016. They begin Northwest Conference play Tuesday at Onekama.
Listen back to Saturday’s game below:
HACKETT SCORING: Cooper Smith 23, Heath Baldwin 14, Casey Gallagher 11, Brennan Creek 8, Jacob Niesen 4, Aidan Gillig 3
BUCKLEY SCORING: Austin Harris 15, Joey Weber 13, Brock Beeman 11, Denver Cade 9, Ridge Beeman 6, Tyler Francisco 5