Schoolcraft claimed both parts of a varsity doubleheader at home Friday, defeating Delton Kellogg 71-33 in boys action and 58-40 in girls play. The Eagles took their first SAC Valley division contests with big scoring efforts from Lydia Goble and Trenton Lomason, getting 28 and 23 points, respectively.
The boys game was never in doubt, with a 26-6 score by the end of the first quarter and a 51-16 mark at halftime. Lomason, a transfer over the summer from Vicksburg, hit seven three-pointers. Kobe Clark and Riley Piper both scored 12 points. Delton Kellogg’s best was 11 by Josh Lyons. It was Schoolcraft’s first game of the season, meanwhile DK drops to 0-2.
The Panthers opened the girls game with a three-pointer, then surrendered a 10-0 run to Schoolcraft. Delton Kellogg got back within four by the end of the first quarter and briefly reclaimed the lead in the second, but the Eagles carried a 27-15 advantage into halftime. The Panthers narrowly won the third quarter 19-16, but Schoolcraft put the contest out of reach in the fourth.
Goble’s 28 point effort featured six three-pointers. Kennedy Leighton added 12 in the victory. Lillian Howard topped Delton Kellogg with 13 points. Schoolcraft’s girls improve to 4-0 with Delton Kellogg dropping to 2-1.
Both the Delton Kellogg boys and girls return to action at Hackett Catholic next Friday. The Schoolcraft girls hope to avenge their volleyball regional final defeat Tuesday at Bronson. The Eagle boys and girls both host Lawton Friday.
Listen back to Friday’s games below:
SCHOOLCRAFT GIRLS SCORING: Lydia Goble 28, Kennedy Leighton 12, Gabi Saxman 9, Anna Schuppel 4, Adrienne Rosey 3, Olivia Ingle 2
DELTON KELLOGG GIRLS SCORING: Lillian Howard 13, Caylin Lopez 7, Abby Howard 6, Erin Kapteyn 5, Sam Mohn 3, Emily Shepard 2, Victoria Green 2, Lexi Parsons 2
SCHOOLCRAFT BOYS SCORING: Trenton Lomason 23, Kobe Clark 12, Riley Piper 12, Jakob Huysken 9, Bryce VanderWiere 6, Austin Webb 4, Brice Walther 3, Brady Flynn 2
DELTON KELLOGG BOYS SCORING: Josh Lyons 11, Shane Reinhart 8, Cole Pape 7, Brock Pape 2, Alex Diggs 2, Joel Lopez 2, Cameron Rasler 1
Listen live Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network as the Hackett Catholic Irish meet the Buckley Bears in boys basketball from Kalamazoo College. These programs combined for 45 victories last season and this game should serve as a playoff-level test to start the season. Located about two-and-a-half hours apart, these schools first became acquainted back on November 1st with Hackett defeating Buckley 3-1 in the Division 4 soccer state semifinal.
Hackett was a Class C quarterfinalist two seasons ago in boys basketball. The Irish went 19-2 last season, eliminated by conference rival Kalamazoo Christian in the district tournament. Hackett returns 10 players from last year’s varsity team, including two guys who averaged double-digit points per game in Cooper Smith and Heath Baldwin. Saturday will be Hackett’s second game of the season, as they open at conference foe Lawton Friday.
Buckley finished last season 26-1, only losing in the Class D state championship game 78-69 to Powers North Central. The Bears return all six players who scored in their first state final appearance. Averaging double-digit points per game last season were Denver Cade, Austin Harris, and Joe Weber. Saturday’s game will be Buckley’s 2017-18 opener.
Listen live to Saturday’s game online on the Slocum Sports Network with tip-off scheduled for 1 p.m. from the Anderson Athletic Center at Kalamazoo College.
Listen live online Friday on the Slocum Sports Network to boys and girls varsity basketball as the Schoolcraft Eagles host the Delton Kellogg Panthers. On both sides, it is the first test of the season within the always strong Southwestern Athletic Conference (SAC) Valley division. The girls varsity is scheduled for a tip-off around 6 p.m. with the boys to follow around 7:30 p.m.
Both girls teams are unbeaten on the young season with Schoolcraft at 3-0 and Delton Kellogg at 2-0. For the Eagles, they’ve won their games by 18, 18, and 19, trying to build off the 20-6 state quarterfinal run of last season. Delton Kellogg took their opening games by 25 and 19. Although the Panther girls were 8-13 last season, each of their all-SAC selections from last season return.
On the boys side, Delton Kellogg is 0-1, dropping their opener 64-39 Tuesday against a very strong Wyoming Kelloggsville team. For Schoolcraft, Friday’s game will be their debut. Both teams will need to replace more than two-thirds of their scoring output from last season. The Panthers finished 14-8 in 2016-17, the Eagles went 22-2.
The Schoolcraft boys and girls both swept Delton Kellogg last season. The Eagle boys rolled the Panthers 88-48 the first time, followed by a 69-29 score in the rematch. The girls saw a 62-31 Schoolcraft win in game one and a 48-30 score in game two. Delton Kellogg last beat Schoolcraft in girls play on February 17, 2015. For the boys, Schoolcraft has won 19 consecutive meetings according to scores available back to the 2008-09 campaign.
The Western Michigan Stallions head north Thursday and Saturday for Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (GLCHL) action against Davenport University. Both games can be seen live via the Davenport Athletics Network with Thursday’s game around 9 p.m. and Saturday’s around 3:30 p.m. Both squads are around the .500 mark overall.
The Stallions enter the series with a 9-11-1 overall record, although in GLCHL games, they are 1-7-0-0, eighth out of nine teams with three points. They began December play last weekend at Kent State, falling 3-2 and 7-1 against the Golden Flashes. In the latest ACHA Division 1 computer rankings, the Stallions are 30th, needing wins to make up ground for one of the coveted top 20 spots needed for a national tournament berth.
Davenport is currently inside that top 20 narrowly, holding the 18th spot with an 8-8-0 record. Within GLCHL play, they are 3-2-0-0, placing them fourth with 11 points. The Panthers have only taken to the ice once post-Thanksgiving, a 7-1 win last Saturday over Eastern Michigan.
Davenport won both meetings over the Stallions last season, 10-2 and 5-1. Two seasons ago, the Panthers won thrice, 4-3, 4-3 (OT), and 6-2. The last Western Michigan victories against Davenport came in September 2014.
Both games can be seen live via the Davenport Athletics Network with Thursday’s game around 9 p.m. and Saturday’s around 3:30 p.m.
The Blades of Southwest Michigan defeated Mattawan 4-3 in the final minute of overtime and Portage Northern topped the Kalamazoo Eagles 7-5 in Wednesday’s SWMHSHL doubleheader at Wings West. The Blades’ victory snapped at least a 16-game, six-season losing streak to Mattawan, based on the SWMHSHL website’s scores dating back to the 2011-12 season. Team captain Alex Ploehn had the game winner on a five-on-three powerplay with 33 seconds remaining.
The Blades scored their first goal within the first two minutes from Parker Lawrence, but Mattawan would respond three minutes later with a Sam Puzevic goal. Midway through the period, the Blades earned two quick minor penalties, allowing for a Jason Moreau powerplay goal and a 2-1 Wildcat lead. The score stayed 2-1 through the second period, despite the Blades getting four chances at the powerplay.
With 10:41 remaining in the third period, Mattawan took a 3-1 lead on a Zach Wiggins score. Less than a minute later, Blaine Shafer matched it for the Blades. The Wildcats picked up another penalty shortly thereafter and on their fifth powerplay of the game, Ploehn scored with 7:23 to go.
The game went to overtime tied at 3-3. The penalty bug would bite Mattawan again, picking up a major and minor about a minute apart, giving the Blades a five-on-three for the final part of the extra period. Once again, the senior team captain from Lakeview Ploehn found the back of the net.
Ploehn finished with three points, also getting an assist. Mattawan’s Wiggins also had three points with his goal and two assists. Blade goalie Zac Hattan was credited with 26 saves, Mattawan’s Shaffer Moore had 27. The Blades improve to 7-1-0 overall and 2-0-0 within SWMHSHL play. Mattawan falls to 2-4-1 overall and 2-1-0 in the league.
In the other game, the Eagles struck first on a Jimmy Wressel goal only 76 seconds into the game. Portage Northern’s Will Todd responded just over a minute later to even things. Griffin McLeod and Quentin Roseboom both found the back of the net to put the Huskies up 3-1 at the first intermission.
Dylan Ruggles made it a three-goal game early in the second, followed by Roseboom’s second goal midway through the frame, this one on the powerplay, for a 5-1 Husky advantage. However, the Eagles scored thrice in the final 5:10 of the second on goals by Zachary Pernie, Wressel, and Colin Mehren, putting the score at 5-4.
Portage Northern added more cushion with quick third period goals from Grant Ernst and Connor Sorge. Wressel earned a hat-trick on a powerplay goal with 9:36 remaining, but the Eagles couldn’t get any closer than the 7-5 final. Connor Sorge had three points, adding two assists to his goal. Wressel added one assist to his hat-trick, Mehren also had four points with three assists. Portage Northern improves to 1-1-0 in SWMHSHL play and 2-5-0 overall, the Eagles fall to 0-3-0 in the league and 1-5-0 overall.
The Huskies play Saline Saturday at 2:25 p.m. from Lawson Ice Arena. The Eagles meet Portage Central next Wednesday at Wings West. The Blades head to Indiana over the weekend for the Cornfield Cup at the Culver Academies. Mattawan hosts Detroit Country Day at Wings West Friday.
Listen back to Wednesday’s games here:
The Kalamazoo Christian Comets opened the boys basketball season Tuesday with a 53-41 victory over district rival Bloomingdale. Senior Jordan Katje led the way offensively for the Comets, scoring 24 points, 22 of which came off field goals. He also nabbed 13 rebounds.
The Comets had the game’s opening basket, but trailed for much of the first quarter. Bloomingdale ended the first ahead 12-9, but were outscored 19-8 in the second for a 28-20 Comet advantage by halftime. The Cardinals were three-pointer heavy in the first half, draining five triples. However, they could only add two more in the second half. Kalamazoo Christian extended the lead to as many as 17 in the third quarter.
Kalamazoo Christian travels to Saugatuck for their second game of the season Friday. Bloomingdale returns to action at Eau Claire next Tuesday. Listen back to Tuesday’s game below:
KALAMAZOO CHRISTIAN SCORING: Jordan Katje 24, Sean Cummings 9, Noah De Jong 8, John Cramer 6, Colin Sikkenga 4, Ben Cramer 2
BLOOMINGDALE SCORING: Karl Butler 9, Tyler Starbuck 8, Eric Gumpert 6, Austin Cripps 6, JoJo Butler 5, Michael Ellis 3, Tim Douglas 3, Tyler Campbell 1
Listen live online Wednesday evening on the Slocum Sports Network to a high school hockey doubleheader at Wings West. Up first at 5:30 p.m. is Portage Northern against the Kalamazoo Eagles, followed by Mattawan and the Blades of Southwest Michigan around 7:45 p.m.
Both the Eagles (0-2-0) and Huskies (0-1-0) are looking for their first win in SWMHSHL play. The Eagles enter at 1-4-0 overall with Portage Northern at 1-5-0. They met three times last year with the Huskies winning the most recent game, 4-2 in the conference tournament. They split their regular season matches with a 5-4 Husky overtime win and a 5-2 Eagle win.
In game two, neither Mattawan (2-0-0) or the Blades (1-0-0) have been defeated by a league foe. The Wildcats are 2-3-1 overall with the Blades at 6-1-0 thus far. Mattawan won their tournament semifinal game last year over the Blades 5-0, plus got 6-4 and 6-1 regular season wins. Mattawan has won at least 16 consecutive meetings over the Blades, according to the SWMHSHL’s scores listed back to the 2011-12 season.
Listen live to both games Wednesday online on the Slocum Sports Network with Portage Northern/Eagles at 5:30 p.m. and Mattawan/Blades around 7:45 p.m.
Listen live online Tuesday evening around 7 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to high school boys basketball with the Kalamazoo Christian Comets hosting the Bloomingdale Cardinals. These teams are in the same district for the sixth consecutive season, although they’ve not faced each other during that stretch.
Kalamazoo Christian finished 18-8 last season and made it as far as the Class C state quarterfinal. The Comets graduated four seniors from last season’s team, including their leading scorer, Alex Visser. They bring back six seniors and one junior who saw significant varsity time, including first-team SAC Valley selection Jordan Katje.
Bloomingdale went 14-7 last season in a huge turnaround from the five combined wins they had over the previous three seasons. The Cardinals graduated top-scorer and rebounder Zaquarius Jeffries, who earned honorable mention All-State. Notably back are first-team SAC Central pick Karl Butler and SAC Central honorable mention Michael Ellis.
Listen live to Tuesday’s game online on the Slocum Sports Network with tip-off scheduled for around 7 p.m., pending the JV game.
Saturday afternoon had teams from the SWMHSHL facing the OK Conference at Wings West, with both leagues getting a win. Portage Central defeated Kenowa Hills 6-2 for their first win of the season. Grand Haven bested Kalamazoo United 4-1 to get above the .500 mark.
Portage Central scored the first two goals of their game midway through the first period, first from Jaden Sorenson, then shorthanded by Skyler Sorenson. Michal Boor put the Knights on the board before the end of the first. PC then won the second period 3-0 off goals by Skyler Sorenson (powerplay), Konnor McLeod (shorthanded), and Canyon Morse.
The Mustangs added one more from McLeod on a powerplay in the third with Kenowa Hills getting their second score from Brendan Deneen. Things got heated in the final two minutes with fighting breaking out, leading to three ejected players for both teams. Unofficially, Portage Central goalie Gannon Miller made 23 saves. Kenowa Hills’ Derek Smith had 29. The Mustangs improve to 1-2-0 and Kenowa Hills drops to 0-5-0.
The other game was scoreless after the first period, despite Grand Haven winning the shots on goal battle 16-4. Kalamazoo United drew multiple penalties in the second period and the Buccaneers made them pay, getting two powerplay goals by Branden Beeler and one from Jake Johnson. Beeler added an even-strength goal late in the second to put Grand Haven up 4-0. United’s Matthew Romano got his team’s lone goal in the third.
Unofficially, United goalkeeper Jake Gerhard had 46 saves in the loss. Grand Haven’s Finn Bylsma had 17. The Buccaneers improve to 3-2-1 overall and Kalamazoo United falls to 1-2-0.
United’s next game is Saturday at Northview. Grand Haven neets Hudsonville at home on Friday, December 15. Kenowa Hills hosts Jenison Wednesday. Portage Central battles Detroit Country Day Saturday at Lawson Arena.
Listen back to Saturday’s games below:
UNITED VS GRAND HAVEN
PORTAGE CENTRAL VS KENOWA HILLS
The Gobles girls basketball team spoiled Hackett Catholic’s home opener Friday, using a 12-1 fourth quarter to secure a 36-23 Tiger victory. Neither team led by more than one possession in the first half, with Gobles holding two point leads at the end of the first, second, and third quarters. The Tigers had a 14-12 advantage at halftime and a 24-22 lead entering the fourth quarter.
The Tigers built the lead to 28-22 midway through the fourth quarter. Gobles’ 2-3 zone defense was nearly impenetrable in the fourth, only allowing one point on a free throw in the final minute. Maddy Tiller topped Gobles with 16 points, all on two-point field goals. The Tigers limited Hackett’s Syndey Preston, who averaged around 16 per game last season, to a team-high of eight.
Gobles moves to 1-1 and has their home debut Tuesday against South Haven. Hackett begins 0-1 with a trip to Lawton ahead next Friday. Listen back to Friday’s game below:
Gobles scoring: Maddy Tiller 16, Kylee Mandigo 7, Libbee Nason 4, Emily Lopez 3, Tatum Miller 2, Zoey Allen 2, Kelsie Martin 2.
Hackett scoring: Sydney Preston 8, Annie Housler 6, Savannah Madden 4, Bianca Cronen 2, Emily Wheaton 2, Natalie Toweson 1.