The Comstock Colts started the 2017-18 girls basketball season with a win on their home court Tuesday, defeating the Vicksburg Bulldogs 58-39. Vicksburg had the game’s first bucket, but Comstock responded with a three-pointer and held the lead for the rest of the contest.
The Colts started with a 14-4 run, although their lead shrank to 17-10 after the first quarter. Comstock led by as many as 11 in the second half, but numerous Colt fouls sent Vicksburg to the line, allowing them to get back within six by halftime, 26-20. Comstock cleaned up their defense in the second half, fouling only twice, allowing them to assume control the rest of the way.
Comstock’s top scorers were Daisy Ansel with 16 and Ahkyla Blakely with 15. Vicksburg’s Hannah Vallier led all players with 18 points, including a 6-6 mark at the foul line.
The Colts stay at home for their next contest on Friday against Niles Brandywine. The Bulldogs continue their opening road trip, heading to league-foe Three Rivers Friday. Listen back to Tuesday’s game below:
Listen live online Tuesday around 6:30 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network as the Comstock Colts host the Vicksburg Bulldogs to begin the 2017-18 girls basketball season. It is the third consecutive season-opening meeting between the former Wolverine Conference rivals.
Comstock finished last season at 18-4, earning their first conference championship since joining the Berrien-St. Joseph-Cass (BCS) conference and their first girls basketball title in any league since 1992. The Colts return their top-five scorers from last season, including fourth-team All-State selection Daisy Ansel and second-team Kalamazoo Gazette Ahkyla Blakely.
Vicksburg ended last season at 10-11, second in the Wolverine Conference South division at 5-3. After a 3-8 start, the Bulldogs hit their stride in the second half of the season, finishing 7-3 in their final 10 games. Vicksburg lost seven seniors and both of their All-Wolverine selections, 1st-Teamer Layna Steele and honorable mention Kennedy Nabozny.
Comstock won last season’s meeting on the road, 51-43. Two seasons ago at Comstock, the Colts were 57-38 winners. They didn’t meet three seasons ago. As conference and division rivals four seasons ago, they split their two contests with the home team winning both times. Vicksburg’s last win over Comstock was 44-39 on December 3, 2014. Their last win at Comstock came January 26, 2012.
Listen live to Tuesday’s opener online on the Slocum Sports Network with tip-off set for around 6:30 p.m. from Comstock High School.
After 100 minutes of play, neither the Comstock Colts or Fennville Blackhawks could score in their District 34 first round postseason soccer match Monday evening at Comstock High School. It was the Blackhawks getting the 7-5 edge in penalty kicks, advancing to the district semifinal Wednesday against Schoolcraft.
Unofficially, Comstock goalkeeper Logan Hicks made 15 saves, 12 of which came in the second half. Fennville keeper Andy Estrada made seven saves. For the shootout, Comstock put striker Evan Veenhuis in net.
|1||COM||Evan Veenhuis||Goal||1-0 C|
|3||COM||Seth Ansel||Goal||2-1 C,|
|4||COM||Kyle Moore||Goal||3-2 C,|
|6||FENN||Mauricio Bedolla||Goal||4-3 F,|
|7||FENN||Angel Villafuerte||Goal||5-4 F,|
|7||COM||Zach Taube||Miss||5-4 F,|
|8||FENN||Angel Perez||Miss||5-4 F,|
|8||COM||Eric Miller||Miss||5-4 F,|
|9||FENN||Eddie Mendoza||Goal||6-4 F,|
|9||COM||Branden Willis||Goal||6-5 F,|
|10||FENN||Armando Alvarez||Goal||7-5 F|
The game should have been ended after Fennville got ahead following the seventh round, however the officials incorrectly opted for a second full set of five rounds. Per MHSAA rules:
“If score remains tied after each team has had five kicks: a) Each coach will select five different players than the first five who already have kicked to take the kicks in a sudden-victory situation, wherein if one team scores and the other team does not score, the game is ended without more kicks being taken.”
In the end, Fennville won anyway, avoiding a possible controversy. Fennville improves to 10-5-4 and Comstock’s season ends at 19-3-0. The Blackhawks host Schoolcraft in the semifinals Wednesday, start time to be announced.
Listen back to Monday’s game below:
Listen live online Monday at 6 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network as the Comstock Colts host the Fennville Blackhawks in a District 34 first round boys soccer match. The winner advances to the semifinals Wednesday against Schoolcraft, the loser sees their season come to an end.
Comstock has the best record among the district teams at 19-2-0 and enters the postseason on an eight-game winning streak. The Colts were district 37 champions last season. Fennville enters at 9-5-4 and just cracked the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association Division 3 poll last week at #20.
It’s the first meeting between the two squads this season. Within District 34, both hold wins over second round foe Schoolcraft, 7-1 for Fennville and 2-1 for Comstock. Against Delton Kellogg, Comstock fell 3-1, while Fennville played them to a scoreless draw. The Colts also hold a win over Parchment, with neither team having met Paw Paw or Hopkins.
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:
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.
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 Kalamazoo Christian Comets baseball team edged the Comstock Colts 4-3 in a single-game Wednesday afternoon, pushing to Comets to 6-6 following a 1-4 start to the year. Comstock, ranked 13th in the latest Division 3 coaches poll, falls to 8-5.
The game featured two young starting pitchers who flashed potential. In the end, it was Comet sophomore lefty Michael Moralez getting the victory, allowing five hits, three runs, two earned, with four walks and six strikeouts over six innings. Colt freshman righty Jared Plane went five innings, allowing four runs, one earned, and four hits with three strikeouts.
Fielding errors hurt Comstock early, allowing Kalamazoo Christian to get two runs in the first and one in the second. Comstock scored once in the first and twice in the third to even the game at 3-3 following the third inning. The only other run came in the bottom of the fifth as an Elliot Lemmer sacrifice fly brought in Derek McClure, who was running for Mac Block following a lead-off single. The Colts last chance came in the seventh, drawing a lead-off walk against Moralez. Following that, senior Alex Visser relieved him and picked up the save. Kyle Moore had one inning of scoreless relief for Comstock.
Offensively, Travis Pease had two hits and a run for the Comets. Shane Easter had two runs, one hit and one RBI for the Colts. Dylan LaBrie had two hits and a RBI.
Kalamazoo Christian meets Covenant Christian for a doubleheader Friday starting at 5 p.m. from Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids. Comstock returns to action at home Saturday at 10 a.m. for two games against Hastings.
Listen back to Wednesday’s game below:
Listen live Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to high school baseball as the Kalamazoo Christian Comets host the Comstock Colts in a single game.
Comstock enters at 8-4, ranked 13th in the newest Division 3 poll from the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association. The Colts split their last three doubleheaders, most recently with Buchanan on Tuesday (3-2 win, 7-1 loss). Kalamazoo Christian is 5-6, having recovered nicely from a 1-4 start. Last week, they drew a split against then-Division 4 #1 Hackett Catholic. On Monday, they swept Pennfield (7-4, 13-3) in a home doubleheader.