Category Archives: Kalamazoo Valley Cougars

PREVIEW: MCCAA Western Conference Positioning At Stake As Kalamazoo Valley Faces Kellogg

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Listen live Friday and Saturday on the Slocum Sports Network to college baseball between the Kalamazoo Valley Cougars and the Kellogg Bruins.  Friday’s doubleheader is set for a 1:30 p.m. start at C.O. Brown Stadium in Battle Creek.  Saturday’s doubleheader is at Kalamazoo Valley starting at 1 p.m.

Both squads are fighting for the MCCAA Western Conference championship and positioning for the Region XII tournament.  Kellogg leads the West at 16-0, followed by Grand Rapids (13-3) and Kalamazoo Valley (12-4).   Each team has eight conference games remaining, with Kellogg and Grand Rapids still to meet next week in four games.     All three teams still could take the top spot and this series, along with Grand Rapids facing fourth-place Muskegon (11-9) could shake up the standings.    A best-case scenario for the Bruins locks up the title this weekend, with a best-case for the Cougars
tying Kellogg for the lead entering the final week.

Additionally, the top three teams in the conference move to the Region XII tournament and are seeded based on their finishing position.  Kellogg is already on to the tournament, as they can’t finish worse than third, but Kalamazoo Valley still has to contend with Grand Rapids and Muskegon.

Overall, the Bruins sit at 27-11-2, while the Cougars are 17-14.  Recent history has favored Kellogg with 12 consecutive Bruin wins over the Cougars, including a four-game sweep last year.   Their most recent meeting went 12 innings, ending in a 6-5 Bruin victory.   The last Kalamazoo Valley win over Kellogg came on April 9, 2011.

Listen live to all four games this weekend on the Slocum Sports Network
.  Friday’s doubleheader starts at 1:30 p.m. from Battle Creek, with action Saturday from Kalamazoo beginning at 1 p.m.


RECAP: Kalamazoo Valley Takes Two Against Lansing

0425171606The Kalamazoo Valley Cougars earned two big baseball wins Tuesday at home, defeating the Lansing Stars 9-8 and 5-3 in a MCCAA Western vs Eastern Conference doubleheader.   The wins give the Cougars a five-game winning streak over Lansing, adding to the three victories over the Stars last season, and gives them a three-game overall win streak entering a big weekend showdown with Kellogg.

The Cougars had to dig out of a six-run hole in the first game.  The Stars started hot with a four-run first inning.  The Cougars scored twice in the third, but Lansing plated one in the third, two in the fourth, and another one in the fifth for an 8-2 advantage.  In the bottom of the fifth, Kalamazoo Valley strung together six hits and drew three walks, giving them seven runs and a 9-8 lead.  Relievers Justyn Schoening and Joey Knapp retired the final six batters in order to secure the victory.

The offense was a balanced effort, with their ten hits spread between eight hitters and the runs between eight as well.  Jake Ellis and Brennan Vaughn each had two hits, Jimmy Cook had two runs, and Jarrett Esman, Colton White, and Austin Pratt picked up two RBI each.  Six pitchers took to the mound for the Cougars, while only two saw action for the Stars.  Starter Duncan Gillett allowed all nine runs through four-and-a-third.   Drew Cantrell picked up three RBI and a run with two hits and Ethan Vosburg had a solo home run and RBI double.

Kalamazoo Valley started ahead in game two with Dugan Dieselberg bringing home Alec Washegesic after a lead-off hit.  Lansing tied the game with a run in the second and had bases loaded with only one out, but Tyler Appelgren entered in relief and kept the game even.  A solo run in the third put the Cougars back ahead, but the Stars took control off a two-run bomb by Jake Crum in the fifth.  A lead-off error and small-ball allowed the Cougars to tie it at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth.   Two walks and a hit batsmen in the bottom of the sixth set up Ryan Anderson for what would be the game-winning two RBI single.

The wins move Kalamazoo Valley to 17-14 overall with four games ahead for the weekend against Kellogg.  The Cougars are third in the Western Conference at 12-4 with Kellogg in the top spot at 16-0.   You can listen to all four games of the series live on the Slocum Sports Network with a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. Friday from Battle Creek, then a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Saturday in Kalamazoo.

Lansing drops to 27-11 overall.   The Stars are 15-5 for second in the Eastern Conference and meet conference leader Jackson (16-4) for four this weekend.  Friday’s doubleheader is at 2 p.m. in Lansing, followed by Saturday’s games in Jackson starting at 1 p.m.

Listen back to Tuesday’s games below:



PREVIEW: Kalamazoo Valley Hosts Lansing in Baseball

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Listen live Tuesday afternoon on the Slocum Sports Network starting at 2 p.m. with the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Cougars hosting the Lansing Community College Stars in a baseball doubleheader.  The MCCAA Western vs Eastern Conference showdown could serve as a momentum builder as both squads vie for the top spots of their conference.

The Cougars are 15-14 overall and 12-4 in the MCCAA West, third behind Kellogg (16-0) and Grand Rapids (13-3), with a three game lead on Muskegon (11-9).    With Kellogg looming in four games this weekend (each to be broadcast on the Slocum Sports Network) the Cougars need to be on top form to keep their league title hopes alive and to stay within the top three to advance to the Region XII tournament next month.

Lansing is 27-9 overall and 15-5 in the MCCAA East, only a game behind Jackson (16-4) for the top spot.   Similar to the Cougars, the Stars have four-games ahead for the weekend with Jackson, which could put them in first, or allow Delta, Mott, and/or Macomb to make-up their four-game deficits in the standings.

Tuesday’s games are the first of the season between the Cougars and Stars, with a second double-header set for next Tuesday, May 2, in Lansing.  They faced off three times last May, most recently in the Region XII tournament with the Cougars eliminating the Stars 14-9.   Kalamazoo Valley hosted and won the regular season games 11-2 and 5-0.    Two seasons ago, Lansing hosted and won both games of a double-header (7-5, 8-4).

Listen live to both games Tuesday on the Slocum Sports Network with the action set to begin at 2 p.m.

RECAP/AUDIO: Kalamazoo Valley Takes Doubleheader Against Lake Michigan

For the fifth consecutive season, the Kalamazoo Valley softball team earned a four-game season sweep over Lake Michigan College.   The Cougars took the home half Tuesday with 8-0 and 2-1 victories over the Red Hawks, giving Kalamazoo Valley an eight-game win streak.

The first game was over quickly, lasting about a hour in total.  The Cougars plated four runs in the second inning, two in the third, and one in both the fourth and fifth.  Amber Foerster went 3-3 with two runs and two RBI, including a solo home run.  Ally Sinclair went 3-3 with two runs.   Kayli Bowen allowed three hits over the five-inning shutout.

In the second game, the Red Hawks used a two-out single by Angie White to get a run in the bottom of the first inning.  They held the lead until a lead-off Amber Mazahem single in the bottom of the fifth led to the game-tying run.  Sinclair got a lead-off walk in the sixth and used a wild pitch and error to score what would be the game winning run.   Maggie Mullen pitched the entire game, allowing five hits and one run with five strikeouts.  Ahna Riggenbach went six innings for Lake Michigan, allowing only the two runs (unearned), two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.

Lake Michigan drops to 9-13 in MCCAA play and 10-16 overall with a home doubleheader Friday against Grand Rapids.  Kalamazoo Valley is 23-6 overall and 17-3 in league play, they’re set to travel to Jackson Thursday.

Listen back to Tuesday’s games below:



Preview: Kalamazoo Valley vs Lake Michigan in Softball

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Listen live Tuesday at 3 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to college softball as the Kalamazoo Valley Cougars host the Lake Michigan College Red Hawks.  These teams met two weeks ago in Benton Harbor with the Cougars winning two tight contests, 5-3 and 4-0.  In the first game, Kayli Bowen led Kalamazoo Valley with a home run and double and four RBI.  In the second game, Maggie Mullen’s pitching kept Lake Michigan off the board.

The Cougars sit at 21-6 overall and are second in the MCCAA Western Conference at 15-3, only behind Lansing (19-1).  Kalamazoo Valley is on a six-game win streak with doubleheader sweeps of Jackson, Ancilla, and Grand Rapids.

The Red Hawks sit in sixth in the Western Conference at 9-11 with an overall mark at 10-14.  They’re on a two-game win streak, having beaten Kellogg in a doubleheader on Saturday.

Listen live to both games of Tuesday’s doubleheader on the Slocum Sports Network with the action starting at 3 p.m.

RECAP: Cougars Rally From 8, 6-Run Holes For Walk-off Wins

The Kalamazoo Valley Community College softball team dug out of big holes in both of their walk-off victories Tuesday over Muskegon Community College.   In their first home game of the spring, the Cougars erased a six-run hole in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 14-12 win.   In the second game, they narrowly avoided the mercy rule and overcame an eight-run deficit for a 10-9 win in eight innings.

In the first game, the Cougars didn’t lead until the game-winning home run by Amber Mazahem.   Muskegon scored once in the first and four times in the second inning for an early 5-0 lead.   KVCC didn’t get a hit until the fourth inning, where they added their first three runs of the game.   Both teams traded runs over the next few innings, with the Jayhawks holding a 12-6 lead into the bottom of the seventh.

The inning began and ended with Mazahem, as her lead-off single was followed by a double, triple, out, home run (Dylan King), double, out, and double.  Following the sixth hit of the inning, starting pitcher Morgan Engelsman was pulled for Kirsten Johnson, who gave up a walk, followed by the Mazahem three-run homer to end it.

Listen to the winning home run below:

Engelsman finished with 6.2 innings pitched, 12 hits allowed, 12 runs, two walks and five strikeouts.   Kalamazoo Valley pitcher Kayli Bowen allowed 14 hits, 10 runs, two walks with one strikeout.   Offensively for the Cougars, Mazahem had three hits, two runs and four RBI.  Emma Nuyen had two hits and two runs.  Amber Foerster scored thrice and Hunter Hart had four RBI off a double and home run.   For the Jayhawks, Yogi Hang had two hits and four RBI.   Briana Mairose had three hits, two runs and two RBI.  Alessa Buchner added three RBI and two runs on one hit.

The Cougars began game two ahead thanks to Nuyen scoring in the first shortly after getting a triple.   The Jayhawks evened the game in the third on a Mairose solo home run, then exploded for seven runs in the fourth.   Muskegon scored once more in the top of the fifth inning for an eight-run lead, but KVCC got one run in the bottom of the frame to avoid the eight-run mercy rule.  The Cougars then used five hits and three doubles to pick up five runs in the bottom of the sixth and got two more runs in the seventh to force extras at 9-9.   Foerster led off the bottom of the eighth with a single and was brought in after Maggie Mullen’s single to left was followed by an error.

Listen to the winning hit here:

Mullen started the game pitching and went 3.1 innings, allowing five hits, eight runs, and seven walks with three strikeouts.  Bowen relived her and held firm, allowing only three hits, one run, and two walks over 4.2 innings.  Offensively, Ally Sinclair went 4-4 with three runs and a RBI.   Nuyen picked up a double and triple with two runs and three RBI and Mullen finished offensively with three hits and two runs.   Muskegon starting pitching Kirsten Johnson pitched 5.1 innings with 10 hits, seven runs, and two walks allowed.  Yogi Hang went the final two innings, allowing four hits and four runs.

The Cougars remain unbeaten in MCCAA play, moving to 6-0 with an overall record of 12-3.  Muskegon drops to 6-4 in the MCCAA and 13-8 overall.  Both teams have busy weekends ahead.  Kalamazoo Valley hosts Jackson Thursday, hosts Lansing Friday, travels to Kellogg Saturday, and hosts Glen Oaks Sunday.  Muskegon goes to Lansing Thursday, to Grand Rapids Friday, then to Kankakee, Illinois Saturday and Sunday for a tournament.

Listen back to both of Tuesday’s games below:



PREVIEW: Kalamazoo Valley, Muskegon Meet in Key MCCAA West Softball Doubleheader

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Listen live Tuesday afternoon on the Slocum Sports Network as the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Cougars (10-3) host the Muskegon Community College Jayhawks (13-6) in softball.  Game one is scheduled for a 3 p.m. first pitch with game two to follow after.   Assuming the weather and field conditions permit it, it will be the home opener for KVCC.

Both teams are contenders for the top spot in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association’s (MCCAA) Western Conference.   The Cougars are 4-0 in MCCAA play, with sweeps at Grand Rapids and at Lake Michigan.   Kalamazoo Valley and Lansing both are at the top and unbeaten in MCCAA play with Lansing at 6-0.   Muskegon is 6-2 in conference play with split doubleheaders against Jackson and Kellogg, along with sweeps of Ancilla and Glen Oaks.  Both doubleheaders last season between the Cougars and Jayhawks were split.

Listen live to both games on the Slocum Sports Network Tuesday afternoon. Game one is set for 3 p.m.

RECAP: Cougar Women, Red Hawk Men Grab Wins

Kalamazoo Valley and Lake Michigan split a varsity basketball doubleheader Saturday, with the 6th-ranked KVCC Cougar women winning over the 20th-ranked Red Hawks 79-74, followed an 87-72 men’s win for Lake Michigan.

Despite the close final, the Cougars led the women’s contest the entire way, although it remained tight throughout.   It was 19-13 after the first quarter and 36-34 at halftime.   The Red Hawks scored first to tie the game at the start of the third, but Kalamazoo Valley got back ahead 58-53 by the end of the frame.   Their lead was as big as 13 points in the fourth quarter, although Lake Michigan did their best to stay in it.

KaLeah Ryan led the way with 25 points.  Sierra James added 19 with another 16 by Chloe Salman.  Topping Lake Michigan was Jade Mosier’s 22 off the bench.  Hailey Maas had 20.    The regular season series is a split, as the Red Hawks won at home back in January.  However, the win does put KVCC alone at the top of the MCCAA Western Conference at 9-1, LMC is 8-2.   The Cougars are now 17-3 overall with Lake Michigan at 16-5.

In the men’s contest, Kalamazoo Valley started ahead by as much as six points.   About halfway through the first half, they traded the lead three times.  The Red Hawks took it for good and had a 48-33 lead by halftime.   Their largest lead remained at 15 points until very late in the second half.   The Cougars got back within single-digits a few times, but couldn’t complete the rally.

Six players for Lake Michigan had double-digit points in the 87-72 victory, led by 18 from Brian Harris.  Gavis Rasler was next with 15.   For KVCC, Grant Mitchell scored 16, followed by 15 from Donny Lewis.   Both teams are now 8-13 overall, with Lake Michigan tied for sixth in the Western Conference at 5-5 and KVCC eighth at 2-8.   LMC won the January meeting as well, completing the season sweep.

The Kalamazoo Valley squads travel to Ancilla on Wednesday evening.   That same evening, Lake Michigan hosts Mid-Michigan.

Listen back to Saturday’s games below:



PREVIEW: Kalamazoo Valley Hosts Lake Michigan

bb-2-4Listen live Saturday afternoon on the Slocum Sports Network to men’s and women’s college basketball with Kalamazoo Valley hosting Lake Michigan.  The women’s contest is scheduled for a 1 p.m. tip off with the men at 3 p.m.

The women’s game features the two squads at the top of the MCCAA Western Conference standings, both at 8-1 in league play.   Lake Michigan, ranked 20th in NJCAA Division II, holds the tiebreaker over the 6th ranked Cougars thanks to an 89-64 Red Hawk victory over Kalamazoo Valley on January 4.  Lake Michigan has been a recent nemesis for the Cougars, as the Red Hawks knocked them out last season in the District G final, 68-65 in overtime.

So far this year, KVCC is 16-3 overall.  They’re riding an eight-game winning streak, last losing to Lake Michigan.  The Red Hawk women are 16-4 with a seven-game winning streak, last losing on January 7 at Mid Michigan.

The records are close to even on the men’s side as well, with KVCC at 8-12 overall and 2-7 in league play, while Lake Michigan is 7-13 and 4-5.   The Red Hawks won narrowly when they hosted the Cougars on January 4, 79-76.  Lake Michigan has won six consecutive men’s meetings against Kalamazoo Valley with the last Cougar victory on February 22, 2014.     Both teams got wins in their last contest on Wednesday, 78-64 over Glen Oaks for KVCC and 104-96 over Kellogg for Lake Michigan.

Listen to both of Saturday’s games live via the Slocum Sports Network.  The women are scheduled for 1 p.m. with the men at 3 p.m.

KVCC Women, Ancilla Men Earn Wins

Kalamazoo Valley Community College split Saturday’s home doubleheader against Ancilla College, with the Cougar women taking a 72-51 win, followed by an 88-49 Charger win in the men’s contest.

The women’s contest was led the entire way by Kalamazoo Valley.   While they only led by five after the first quarter, they extended it to 16 by halftime and to 21 for the final.  KaLeah Ryan led the way with 24 points with another 18 from teammate Chloe Salman, pushing KVCC to 9-3 overall and 1-1 in MCCAA play.    Shelly Daniels topped Ancilla with 18, as they fall to 7-5 and 1-1.

Meanwhile, the men’s contest was very tight initially, despite the lopsided win for Ancilla.   The Cougars held a six-point lead toward the start and kept the game close for much of the first half, with the score at 22-22 around the eight minute mark.    From there, the Chargers started draining three-pointers en route to an 18-2 run.  The Cougars made it back within 11 by halftime, 42-31, but the damage was already done.  Ancilla continued to pile on, making 16 three-pointers total, on their way to an 88-49 win.

Dylan Phair led the scoring with 23 points, including five makes from outside the mark.  Jair Rodgers had six three-pointers and 22 points total.   Leading KVCC was EJ Finch with 13.  The Cougars drop to 6-7 and 0-2 in MCCAA play, while Ancilla jumps to 12-1 and 2-0.

Both schools return to the floor Wednesday for doubleheaders at home.  Kalamazoo Valley welcomes Kellogg with Ancilla hosting Mid-Michigan.

Listen back to the broadcasts from the Slocum Sports Network below: