Vicksburg lacrosse drops early game to Lowell

By Travis Smola

The Vicksburg varsity boys’ lacrosse team put in a valiant effort, but ultimately fell to the Lowell Red Arrows 17-9 in one of its first matchups of the season.

The Bulldogs scored first thanks to a nice goal from Thomas Murphy. He was Vicksburg’s leading scorer, putting up five total in the contest. Through the first period and much of the second it was either team’s ballgame as the two teams traded goals back and forth. After going down 1-2 to Lowell, Chase Willcutt tied things up again 2-2. Shortly after that, Ashton DeVries made a nice cut past a defender and cut in front of the net to help the Bulldogs take a 3-2 lead.

Lowell answered that score before Murphy put Vicksburg back in the lead with a goal after an assist from Thomas Harsha. After the Red Arrows tied it up again, Harsha drove home a goal of his own to make it 5-4.

After that goal, Murphy got the hattrick with his third goal of the day to make it 6-4 on an assist from Harrison Barton. After that score, Lowell kept up what seemed like a constant stream of pressure. Goalie Jacob Wood made several great saves. However, the onslaught by Lowell was relentless and the team scored four straight goals to put the visitors up 8-6 at the half. In the third period, Lowell scored three more times to go up 11-6 over the Bulldogs.

Murphy scored shortly into the fourth to halt the bleeding momentarily. However, Lowell scored three more goals to widen the lead to 14-7. DeVries and Murphy both scored late, but it wasn’t enough to mount a comeback as Lowell easily ran out the clock for a 17-9 win over the Bulldogs.

Vicksburg soccer loses close one to Dowagiac

Payton Hoopingarner pursues the ball.

By Travis Smola

The Vicksburg girls’ varsity soccer team came up just short of picking up its first win of the season in a 2-1 loss to Dowagiac.

The Bulldogs, (0-5-2), were up 1-0 in the first half of the game before Dowagiac managed to tie it up. Vicksburg was still in the game until the final three minutes, when Dowagiac got a lucky bounce that allowed a goal with 2:43 left. The girls made a good push in the last minutes to try and tie it up again but ran out of time. Vicksburg’s lone goal came from Kendra Cooley after an excellent pass from Mackenzie Pryor.

“It was a beautiful goal, we were up 1-0 in the first half,” new Head Coach Lahou Boulner said. “We missed probably six or seven goals. In the second half we just couldn’t execute.

“Credit to Dowagiac for coming back in the second half and putting it to us,” he said.

Boulner has coached the boys’ team the last few seasons and last year saw that team finally make its first postseason appearance in years. Boulner is hopeful he can do the same with the girls. This year’s roster has an advantage of youth that should prove advantageous in the long run. There are only two seniors and two juniors. He said there’s a lot of work to do, but he’s hopeful for the rest of the year.

“We have the opportunity to grow as a team and we’re going to have a good season,” Boulner said.

Vicksburg tennis starts season strong

By Travis Smola

The Vicksburg varsity girls’ tennis team has had a solid start to the season with wins over Dowagiac, Eaton Rapids and Leslie.

The team has been forced to deal with less-than desirable weather conditions that have canceled multiple meets already this spring. However, Head Coach Warner Offord is excited by the potential of this year’s squad.

“This will be a fun season this year for us; I think we’re going to surprise a lot of teams,” Offord said.

The girls started the year strong with an 8-0 sweep of Dowagiac. In doubles action, Sydney Glerum and Sadie Grossman took the number ones, 6-0, 6-0. The team of seniors Alyssa Kaye and Clare Wilson won 6-2, 6-0 in the number two doubles. Number three doubles saw sophomores Clara and Savina Centofanti win 6-0, 6-0. In the number four doubles, Natalie Balkema and Avery Sands won soundly 6-0, 6-0.

In singles action, all the players took their respective matches 6-0, 6-0. Gracie Breitenbach won the number one singles. Scarlett Hosner took the number two singles as she attempts to carry on the Hosner family tradition in tennis. Karsen Brown took the number three singles and Anna Meschke took the number four singles.

The team beat Eaton Rapids 7-1 and Leslie 8-0 during a tri-meet. The team then lost a closer match to Hackett 3-5. They also lost 8-0 to perennial tennis powerhouse Allegan. Offord isn’t surprised Allegan is strong again this year. He said he also expects Sturgis and Edwardsburg to be tough teams in the Wolverine Conference. Still, he’s hopeful about his team’s chances.

“I think we should be in the middle of the pack,” Offord said. “If the girls come out and play, I think we should do good.”