Listen live online Thursday evening at 5 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to boys soccer with the Loy Norrix Knights facing the Kalamazoo Christian Comets. Both teams will be concluding their regular season in Thursday’s game. Originally set to be played at Loy Norrix, the game has been moved to Kalamazoo Christian and moved to 5 p.m. due to field conditions at Norrix.
Loy Norrix holds a 7-11-1 overall record and finished eighth at 3-7-0 in the very tough Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference (SMAC). The Knights hope to snap a five-game losing streak ahead of a very strong Division 1, District #3 field next week.
Meanwhile, Kalamazoo Christian sits at 9-5-2 overall, placing second in the Southwestern Athletic Conference at 6-1-1. Ranked 15th in the latest Division 4 Coaches Association poll, the Comets have picked up steam recently, going 5-1-1 over their last seven matches.
The Kalamazoo Christian Comets crushed the Schoolcraft Eagles at home Monday with an 8-0 victory, which concluded after about 68 minutes of play. The Comets built up a 6-0 lead by halftime with the scoring started by Dawit Scheffers after four and seven minutes of play.
Garrett Buckhout scored in the 13th minute, followed by goals in the 18th and 19th minute by Andy VanDongen, the first of which came via penalty kick. Kyle Nash struck in the 31st to give the Comets the 6-0 halftime edge. The game stayed at 6-0 until Buckhout’s second goal in the 64th minute. Four minutes later, Scheffers earned a hat-trick to seal the victory.
Kalamazoo Christian improves to 6-5-1 overall and 4-1-0 in SAC play. Schoolcraft falls to 2-5-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the SAC. The Comets head to Fennville Wednesday, then host Heritage Christian Thursday. The Eagles travel to Lawton Wednesday and host Brandywine Thursday.
Listen back to Monday’s game below:
Listen live online Monday around 5 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network as the Kalamazoo Christian Comets host the Schoolcraft Eagles in boys soccer. It is the midway point in Southwestern Athletic Conference play, with the Comets at 3-1-0 in the SAC and Schoolcraft at 1-1-1.
Overall, the Comets are 5-5-1 and were ranked 19th in last week’s Division 4 Coaches Association poll. They went 1-2-0 last week, flattening Coloma, but falling to #4 Hackett Catholic and #11 Hartford. Schoolcraft is 2-4-1 and also went 1-2-0 last week, defeating Saugatuck, but losing to Comstock and Fennville. K-Christian won both meetings over Schoolcraft in 2016, 4-1 in the regular season and 3-0 in the district tournament.
The Hackett Catholic Irish remain unbeaten with a 6-0 home victory over Kalamazoo Christian Monday. Despite the lopsided final score, most of the first half was very even. Hackett took a 1-0 lead into the break with Max Keenan scoring in the 33rd minute.
The Irish dominated the second half and scored five goals, the first coming from Daniel Amat in the 47th minute. Three minutes later, Keenan struck again for his team-leading 12th of the season. Aidan Gillig, Brennan Creek, and Tobias Kuhn each found the back of the net later later on. The shutout was a combined effort in goal as Breyton Franklin started the first half, followed by Joe Carr in the second half.
The win moves Hackett to 6-0-2 overall and 2-0 in SAC play. The Comets drop to 4-5-1 and 2-1 in the SAC. The Irish return to action at Gobles Wednesday, while Kalamazoo Christian hosts Coloma Wednesday in a Comet clash. Listen back to Monday’s game below:
Listen live online Friday night on the Slocum Sports Network as the Watervliet Panthers host the Kalamazoo United Titans for week five of the high school football season. Both teams are 4-0 and have been racking up points so far. The Panthers have tallied 50 or more each week, while the Titans have averaged around 40-points per game. Watervliet quarterback Zackery Pickens has thrown 14 touchdowns and rushed for 11. On the other end, United QB Eric Wenzel has 18 TDs through the air.
The game also serves as the first contest of SAC Valley Division play and if the first four weeks are any indication, wins will be hard to come by in the Valley. Along with the perfect starts for the Panthers and Titans, three teams (Schoolcraft, Coloma, & Constantine) sit at 3-1 overall with Delton Kellogg at 2-2.
The Titans have matched their longest win streak since forming the co-op and starting 4-0 in 2014. Only in the inaugural season (6-4) have the Titans won more than four games in a year. United opened with three wins over 2016 playoff teams, defeating Saugatuck (34-21), Gobles (49-14), and Lawton (45-21). Last week, Fennville took them to the brink, but the Titans survived the road trip with a 34-26 win.
Like United, Watervliet downed Lawton (50-7 in week one) and Gobles (54-6 last week). Two weeks ago, they topped Division 6 state runner-up Glen Lake 52-26. They also outraced Buchanan 72-36. While no strangers to high scoring throughout their current six-year playoff qualifying run, Watervliet’s 228 points is the highest the school has ever tallied through its first four games of a season.
These teams have met the last two seasons with both games won by Watervliet, 34-19 last season and 61-21 in 2015.
Listen live online Monday evening at 6:45 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to high school boys soccer with the Hackett Catholic Irish hosting the Kalamazoo Christian Comets. It is their first meeting of the fall, renewing a rivalry which has produced numerous tight matches in both boys and girls soccer in recent years.
Hackett remains unbeaten at 5-0-2 on the season. Their last match was a 3-3 draw Thursday against 2016 SAC champion Hartford. The other draw came in their opener 0-0 against defending Division 2 state champion Mattawan. The Irish beat Division 3 state champ Grand Rapids Central Catholic 2-1 in August and started SAC play with a 9-1 whooping of Lawton last week.
Kalamazoo Christian is 4-4-1 on the season, falling 4-2 to Paw Paw in their most recent match. They’re 2-0 in SAC play on 6-1 victories over Lawton and Saugatuck. They also won a non-league contest 2-1 over Fennville in August, topping a team that beat them and finished a spot of ahead of them in 2016.
Hackett have won their listed meetings with Kalamazoo Christian back through 2013, although many have been tight. The Irish won at K-Christian 4-3 in their 2016 regular season meeting, then downed the Comets 4-0 in their district final duel.
The Schoolcraft Eagles defended their home court Tuesday with a four-set win over Kalamazoo Christian, 21-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-21. Sophomore outside hitter Andelyn Simkins led the way for Schoolcraft, unofficially racking up 21 kills.
The Comets took the first set 25-21, at one point leading by eight. Schoolcraft battled back, going from down 17-9 to down 21-20, but Kalamazoo Christian held firm. The Eagles found their rhythm midway through the second, ending on a 9-3 run for a 25-15 final.
Schoolcraft controlled the third throughout, 25-18. Kalamazoo Christian jumped out to an 11-7 initial lead in the fourth, then Schoolcraft evened the score at 17-17 and finished the fourth set 8-4 to claim the overall win.
In addition to Simkins’ 21 kills, Paige Gebben added nine for Schoolcraft. Brooke Crissman scored six aces. Kalamazoo Christian’s Carley Broekhuizen nabbed seven kills, followed by six from Sarah Wenke.
Schoolcraft avenges the five-set loss to K-Christian from last season, which ultimately gave the Comets the SAC Valley division crown. The sixth-ranked Eagles start Valley play at 1-0 and move to 11-4-2 overall, while the Comets start Valley play at 0-1 with an overall mark of 9-6-1.
Kalamazoo Christian returns to league play next Tuesday at home against Constantine. Schoolcraft plays in the Portage Central Invite Saturday, then travels to Hackett Catholic Tuesday in a match that can be heard on the Slocum Sports Network. Listen back to Tuesday’s match below:
Listen live online Tuesday evening on the Slocum Sports Network as the Schoolcraft Eagles host the Kalamazoo Christian Comets in the first SAC Valley Division contest of 2017 for both teams. Last season’s five-set winner for the Comets ultimately sealed the Valley title for Kalamazoo Christian, who went 6-0 to Schoolcraft’s 5-1 within the division.
Kalamazoo Christian enters this contest at 9-5-1 overall, staying solid despite having to replace three All-State selections from last year. They do bring back honorable mention SAC Valley pick Carley Broekhuizen. The Comets were ranked 17th in Class C by Michigan High School Volleyball Insider last week.
Schoolcraft was placed 11th in the same poll and 8th in the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association poll. The Eagles sit at 10-4-2 overall*, going 3-3 over the weekend in a tough Lakeview Invitational against many larger schools. Schoolcraft returns second-team All-State selection Andelyn Simkins, who earned that honor as a freshman last season.
Listen live to Tuesday’s match online on the Slocum Sports Network with a scheduled first serve at 7 p.m. from Schoolcraft. The start time may vary due to the prior JV contest.
*Schoolcraft’s record has not been confirmed 100%, but I believe this is correct.
The Kalamazoo United Titans have started the 2017 football season with back-to-back wins over 2016 playoff teams, winning at Gobles 49-14 on Thursday evening. Like in their week one victory over Saugatuck, junior quarterback Eric Wenzel threw five touchdown passes, putting him already more than halfway to his 2016 total of 19.
United began with the ball and went 77 yards for an opening drive score, 68 yards of which came on passes from Wenzel to Christian Bartholomew. They scored off a 6-yard rushing touchdown from Lawrence Pelkey. The Gobles Tigers answered on their 59-yard opening drive, scoring on a 19-yard Hunter Underwood rush. This put the score at 6-6, as United missed their extra-point kick and Gobles was denied on a two-point conversion.
The Titans took their second drive to the end zone as well, capping off an eight-play, 52-yard drive with a 5-yard pass from Wenzel to Andrew Widger. The two-point conversion succeeded with a pass to Bartholomew, pushing the Titans to a 14-6 lead late in the first quarter. After forcing a three-and-out, the Titans made it 3-3 on scoring drives with a 30-yard TD pass to Heath Baldwin.
Gobles tried a fake punt on their next series and failed, but United couldn’t make use of the short field, missing a 40-yard field goal. The Tigers were denied again and the Titans started their next drive 40 yards from the goal line. Pelkey got 39 of those yards on the first play, although he was injured on the run and didn’t return. A 1-yard fade pass to Baldwin gave United a 28-7 advantage .
The Tigers would fight back before halftime, using the final four minutes for a nine-play, 69-yard scoring drive. An Andrew Kimble to Tyler Stedman 24-yard touchdown pass with 41 seconds remaining, plus a two-point conversion rush by Travis Chandler, put Gobles back within two scores, 28-14. Gobles began with the ball in the third as well, but the Tigers were held to one first down for the entire second half, seeing three punts and two drives ending in a turnover on downs.
United’s opening third quarter drive finished with a 15-yard TD pass to Widger. Gobles had one last hope late in the third with a Stedman interception (the game’s lone turnover) starting them off in the red zone, but a turnover on downs sealed their fate. The Titans scored twice more in the fourth quarter, on an 11-yard pass to Bartholomew and a 26-yard rush by Brenden Warner.
Unofficially, Eric Wenzel had 249 passing yards, going 20-35 with five touchdowns and one interception. In only two quarters of work, Pelkey gained 104 rushing yards on 12 attempts. Warner added 80 off another 12 attempts. Bartholomew led all receivers with 107 yards on six catches and one touchdown. Gobles’ Kimble was 3-6 passing for 46 yards and one score. Hunter Underwood was their top rusher at 56 yards, one ahead of Chandler’s 55.
Kalamazoo United improves to 2-0 and returns home Friday to face Lawton, another 2016 playoff qualifier. Gobles falls to 0-2 with a trip to Constantine in week three. Listen back to Thursday’s game below:
Listen live online Thursday around 7 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SAC) Valley versus Lakeshore division football contest. The Gobles Tigers will be hosting the Kalamazoo United Titans for week two, moving up what had been a week eight contest the past two seasons.
These squads had polar opposite starts to their season last Thursday. United, 4-5 last season, avenged a 44-point loss from 2016 by downing Saugatuck 34-21. Saugatuck stream-rolled their regular season foes last year, including a five-week shutout streak, en route to a 10-1 final record.
Gobles, 8-3 last season, opened Thursday at Coloma (3-6 last year) and lost 61-8 in a stark departure from the 23 and 35-point victories the Tigers earned over Coloma in 2016 and 2015. Last season, Gobles outraced United to a 56-35 victory in the second-ever meeting between the Tigers and the Hackett/Kalamazoo Christian co-op team. Their first meeting in 2015 went to the Titans 46-29. Historically, Gobles is 11-4 against Kalamazoo Christian and never played against Hackett alone.
The Tigers return first-team SAC Central selection Travis Chandler and honorable mentions Andrew Kimble and Ron DeVries. The Titans bring back first-team SAC Lakeshore Eric Wenzel along with honorable mention Brenden Warner.
Listen online live to Thursday’s game on the Slocum Sports Network with kickoff around 7 p.m.. Due to a JV contest prior to varsity, the game may begin later than 7.