The Loy Norrix Knights ended their regular season Thursday with a 5-3 victory over the Kalamazoo Christian Comets. Originally scheduled as senior night for the Knights, the game was moved from Loy Norrix to K-Christian due to flooding on the Norrix field, then played on the Comet practice field due to JV football already having booked the main field.
The Comets started strong, scoring their first two goals within the first four minutes. Kyle Nash had the first score on an assist by Dawit Scheffers, followed by a Scheffers goal 20 seconds later. The Knights got on the board on the first of four goals by Naashar Leake midway through the half. Nathan Goodwin-Kelly evened the contest in the final minute of the first.
Leake gave Loy Norrix the lead in the 54th minute, then added his third goal in the 61st minute. Kalamazoo Christian got back within one on Scheffers’ second goal in the 66th minute. However, Leake delivered the final blow with four minutes to go for his fourth goal of the game.
Loy Norrix finishes the regular season at 8-11-1 overall and hosts Kalamazoo Central in their first round district game Tuesday at 6 p.m. Kalamazoo Christian finishes 9-6-2 and has the bye into the semifinal of their district at Bellevue. They’ll meet either Bellevue or Calhoun Christian Wednesday around 7 p.m.
Listen back to Thursday’s game below:
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 Portage Central Mustangs earned a 2-1 road victory at Loy Norrix Saturday afternoon, matching the score from last year’s home win over the Knights.
The Mustangs got both goals from junior Michael Ketteman, the first of which came with 12:08 remaining in the first half. 38 seconds later, Ketteman struck again, giving him 9 goals on the season. Loy Norrix added their lone goal before halftime with 5:25 left from Jorge Rojo. The Mustangs clamped down and limited the Knight opportunities in the second half. Portage Central keeps their streak alive, allowing no more than one goal in each of their 2017 contests.
The win moves Portage Central to 6-1-2 overall and 2-1-1 in SMAC play, while Loy Norrix falls to 5-5-1 overall and 2-3-0 in the SMAC. The Mustangs meet defending state champion East Kentwood at home Monday, then travel to St. Joseph Tuesday. The Knights head to Three Rivers Monday, followed by a trip to Lakeview Tuesday.
Listen back to Saturday’s match below:
Listen live online Saturday around 3:45 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to high school soccer with the Loy Norrix Knights hosting the Portage Central Mustangs. Both teams have a winning record thus far with the Knights at 5-4-1 and Portage Central at 6-1-2.
The Mustangs are 1-1-1 in SMAC play, defeating Niles (5-0), tying Mattawan (0-0), and falling to Kalamazoo Central (1-0). Thus far, Portage Central has not allowed more than a single goal in any of their games. Loy Norrix sits at 2-2-0 in conference action, with wins over Battle Creek Central (3-0) and Niles (2-0), along with losses to Mattawan (4-0) and Portage Northern (3-1). In their 2016 encounter, Portage Central edged Loy Norrix 2-1.
Listen to Saturday’s contest online on the Slocum Sports Network with kickoff scheduled for around 3:45 p.m., pending the JV contest.
Portage Northern earned a road sweep over Loy Norrix Wednesday, defeating the Knights 25-19, 25-19, 25-17. The Huskies led the entire way in the first set. Loy Norrix had a brief lead at the start of the second and kept it tight, but the Huskies pulled away late. Early in the third, multiple aces from libero Ellie Antor built up an insurmountable lead.
Unofficially, Makyala Smith led Portage Northern with nine kills. Emily Lewis had eight, including the match-clinching strike. Leah Dunham had five kills for Loy Norrix.
The Huskies move to 2-4 on the season and return to action at Kalamazoo Central next Wednesday. The Knights drop to 1-4 and host the Loy Norrix Invite on Saturday. Listen back to Wednesday’s match below:
Listen live Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to high school volleyball from the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference. The Loy Norrix Knights host the Portage Northern Huskies in a SMAC East vs West match. In their meeting last August, Portage Northern won in four sets. Both squads are hoping to get off to a strong start after struggling in recent seasons.
Portage Northern was 11-34 last season, but that was a significant improvement from the one victory tallied the year before. Six players from last season return for their senior season in the second year under head coach Heather Magelssen. Magelssen was a state champion setter for Portage Northern in the early 90s for her father, 10-time state champion coach Jack Magelssen.
Meanwhile, Loy Norrix has a new head coach in Victoria Najacht. She joined the Knights softball coaching staff for 2017 after playing softball from 2012-16 for Kalamazoo College. She played volleyball and softball at Hartford High School.
Loy Norrix had one All-SMAC second-team player and two honorable mentions last season; with all three graduating over the summer. Meanwhile, Portage Northern had two honorable mention selections that are returning for their senior campaigns in Emily Lewis and Hannah Biddlecome.
The Mattawan Wildcats earned a 9-1 baseball win at Loy Norrix High School, then played the Knights to a 2-2 draw in a darkness-shortened second game. Mattawan moves to 11-7-1 overall following the doubleheader, with Loy Norrix moving to 9-9-1 on the year.
The first game stayed tight early, with the only run of the first five innings coming in the top of the first from Mattawan. The Wildcats came alive offensively with three runs in the sixth and five in the seventh, with the lone Knight run in the sixth. Jake Carroll went six innings on the mound for Mattawan, allowing two hits, one run, and seven walks with four strikeouts. Offensively, Carroll had three hits, one RBI, and got two runs scored by his courtesy runner Joe McNulty. James Rinehart started for Loy Norrix, giving up three runs, five hits, and five walks over five innings.
The second game only went five innings due to darkness. Mattawan again scored a single run in the first inning, followed by both teams getting a run in the second. Loy Norrix scored to tie the game in the fourth. Noel Cavey pitched all five innings for the Knights, going up two runs earned over three hits, four walks, and six strikeouts. Ryan Koning pitched four of five innings for Mattawan, giving up two runs earned and three hits with three walks and five strikeouts.
Mattawan returns to action hosting Division 1 6th-ranked Battle Creek Lakeview Thursday. Loy Norrix travels Friday to Berrien Springs.
Listen back to Tuesday’s games below: