Category Archives: Boys Basketball

PREVIEW: 2-0 Schoolcraft Hosts 3-0 Kalamazoo Christian in Regional Rematch

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Listen live online Tuesday evening around 7 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to boys basketball with the Schoolcraft Eagles against the Kalamazoo Christian Comets.   It will be their first meeting on the hardwood since last season’s regional semifinal, won 53-47 in overtime by the Comets.   Schoolcraft won both of the regular season contests over K-Christian last season, 72-46 and 58-56.

The SAC Valley rivals are both unbeaten thus far, joining 4-0 Hackett Catholic at the top of the loaded division.    Kalamazoo Christian is 3-0 with wins over Bloomingdale (53-41), Saugatuck (61-48), and Constantine (57-24).   Schoolcraft is 2-0 with victories against Delton Kellogg (71-33) and Lawton (72-24).

Listen live to Tuesday’s game online on the Slocum Sports Network with tip-off around 7 p.m., pending the JV result.

RECAP: Watervliet Grabs Sweep Over District Rival Hartford

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.

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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.

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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:

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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,

RECAP: Parchment Sweeps Berrien Springs on “Compete For a Cure” Night

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.

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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.

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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:

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BOYS

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

PREVIEW: Watervliet Faces Hartford in Saturday Showdown

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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.

PREVIEW: Parchment Hosts Berrien Springs in BCS-Red Doubleheader

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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.

RECAP: Schoolcraft Boys Win Opener, Girls to 4-0 with Sweep of Delton Kellogg

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Schoolcraft’s Trenton Lomason (#12) scored 23 points in their victory

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:

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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

PREVIEW: Hackett Catholic Battles Buckley at K-College in Marquee Boys Contest

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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.

PREVIEW: Schoolcraft and Delton Kellogg Start SAC Valley Play

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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.

Listen live to Friday’s games online on the Slocum Sports Network. The girls varsity is set for 6 p.m. with the boys to follow around 7:30.

RECAP: Katje’s 24 Points Lifts Kalamazoo Christian Over Bloomingdale in Boys Opener

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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

PREVIEW: Kalamazoo Christian Boys Open Against District Foe Bloomingdale

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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.