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 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.
The Comstock Colts started the 2017 fall campaign with a win on their home pitch Friday, defeating the Bloomingdale Cardinals 4-1. Comstock started the scoring 42 seconds into the contest on an Evan Veenhuis goal. Just over five minutes later, senior midfielder Seth Ansel struck gold for a 2-0 Colt lead.
Bloomingdale’s lone score came 15 minutes into the first half from junior midfielder Kalub Harris. The Colts matched it just before the midway point of the first with Veenhuis scoring on a penalty kick. The score remained at 3-1 into halftime with only one score in the second, coming on an impressive shot from junior David Thomas in the 48th minute.
Unofficially, Comstock freshman goalkeeper Logan Hicks made five saves. Bloomingdale’s Gabriel Perez faced a barrage all game, as the sophomore needed 16 saves just to keep the Colts at four goals.
Comstock’s second match of the year is at home Tuesday against Bangor. Bloomingdale travels to Fennville Monday, then opens Southwest 10 Conference play at Cassopolis Wednesday.
Listen back to Friday’s match below:
Listen live on the Slocum Sports Network Friday at 6 p.m. as the Michigan high school soccer season begins with the Comstock Colts hosting the Bloomingdale Cardinals.
Comstock is coming off an impressive 19-3 season, earning their first district title since 1998. The Colts also earned their first ever Berrien-Cass-St. Joseph (BCS) Conference crown and their first conference title since winning the Wolverine Conference in 1994.
For the 2017 campaign, they’ll have to replace third-team All-State midfielder Mubark Hasan, who led the team with 59 goals last year. Also graduated is honorable mention All-State goalkeeper Mason House, although they do return another honorable mention selection, forward Evan Veenhuis, for his junior season.
Bloomingdale finished 4-13 last season and enters the newly formed Southwest 10 Conference (which has six varsity soccer programs) for the 2017 campaign. The Cardinals had 12 underclassmen last season, including eight freshmen.
Comstock dominated last season’s contest, winning on the road 10-2. Two seasons ago, the Colts won at home, 5-2. They also had early season meetings in 2014 and 2013, won by Comstock 2-1 and 6-3, respectively.
The district 79 boys basketball semifinals, scheduled for Wednesday 3/8 have been postponed due to Bloomingdale High School being without power, along with many others around the state.
Per Bloomingdale HS’s Facebook, the games have been moved to Thursday 3/9 with the same start times, Kalamazoo Christian vs Hackett Catholic at 5:30 p.m., Gobles vs Bloomingdale at 7:30 p.m.
Unfortunately, I will not be able to broadcast the semifinals for Michigan Sports Radio Thursday due to it now conflicting with the girls regional 9 final broadcast between Marshall and Otsego. However, the district 79 final for Friday will still be covered as planned, pending any other changes.
The District 79 boys basketball semifinals are set for Wednesday live on Michigan Sports Radio following Monday’s first round games at Bloomingdale. Kalamazoo Christian defeated Hartford 58-48, setting up their third meeting of the year with Hackett Catholic, and Gobles earned a third meeting with Bloomingdale by defeating Bangor 68-47.
In the first game, Hartford used three-pointers for an early 9-3 lead, but the Comets finished the first quarter on a 12-2 run for a 20-11 lead after one. Kalamazoo Christian made it 33-21 by halftime and they stayed ahead in a fairly even second half. The Comets were led by Trey DeJong with 17 points. Jordan Katje added 15 and Alex Visser scored 11, pushing the Comets to 14-7 overall. The Indians were led by Will Martinez with 18 points and end their season at 9-12.
In the second game, winless Bangor started hot and led for almost the entire first quarter. They were up by nine initially, but a three at the buzzer by Chase Miles tied the game up 16-16 after one. The second quarter saw three lead changes with the Tigers holding a 33-29 advantage at halftime. Gobles assumed control with an 18-7 third quarter and took care of business from there, led by 25 points from Tyler Hunt. Adam Fifer added 17, pushing Gobles to 15-6 on the season. Bangor finishes 0-21, led by 15 points from senior Gage Gardner and 12 from sophomore Thomas Bowen.
The semifinals are now set and can be heard live on Michigan Sports Radio Wednesday. The Comets get another crack at 19-1 Hackett, who won their regular season meetings 53-50 and 52-46 (OT). That game is set for a 5:30 p.m. start. Bloomingdale (14-6) then hosts Gobles at 7:30 p.m. The Cardinals lost to the Tigers 59-54 and 66-53 in their regular season meetings.
Listen back to Monday’s games below:
KALAMAZOO CHRISTIAN VS HARTFORD
GOBLES VS BANGOR
Listen live to all five games from District 79 of the MHSAA Class C boys basketball state tournament this week on Michigan Sports Radio. The action begins at Bloomingdale High School on Monday with the Kalamazoo Christian Comets (13-7) facing the Hartford Indians (9-11) at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Gobles Tigers (14-6) against the Bangor Vikings (0-20) at 7:30 p.m. The winner of the first game plays the Hackett Catholic Irish (19-1) Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. with the winner of the second game meeting the hosting Bloomingdale Cardinals (14-6) Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Hackett is the defending district champion and has advanced out the district round three consecutive years. The Irish made it to the quarterfinals last season and sit ranked tied for fourth in all of Class C in the final Associated Press poll. Their only loss came to Schoolcraft, although their potential semifinal opponent Kalamazoo Christian took them to the brink twice, falling 53-50 and 52-46 (OT) in their regular season meetings. The Comets haven’t made it out of the district round since their state championship 2008 season and first have to get through Hartford, who beat Kalamazoo Christian 46-45 in districts last year. Hartford last made it to regionals in 2004.
On the other side, the host Bloomingdale is significantly improved. After getting five total wins over the previous three seasons combined, the Cardinals sit at 14-6 and look to get to regionals for the first time since 2013. They’ll likely meet Gobles Wednesday as the Tigers are a heavy favorite against winless Bangor. The Tigers topped the Vikings 76-54 and 74-46 in the regular season and also hold 59-54 and 66-53 victories over Bloomingdale Gobles hasn’t gotten out of districts since 2006.
Listen to all five games from District 79 at Bloomingdale on Michigan Sports Radio. Monday, Kalamazoo Christian plays Hartford at 5:30, followed by Gobles and Bangor at 7:30. Wednesday, the Comet/Indian winner meets Hackett at 5:30, followed by Bloomingdale against the Tiger/Viking winner at 7:30. The district final is set for Friday at 7:30 p.m.