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Men’s and Women’s basketball schedules

Men’s and Women’s basketball schedules

Men’s home games:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 7 @7:30 p.m. against Concordia University JV
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13 @ 7:30 p.m. against Lambton College
  • Friday, Dec. 7 @ 7:30 p.m. against Lakeland Community College
  • Saturday, Dec. 15 @ 3 p.m. against Rochester College
  • Saturday, Jan. 5@ 3 p.m. against Kirtland Community College
  • Monday, Jan. 7 @ 7:30 p.m. against Alpena Community College
  • Wednesday, Jan. 16 @ 7:30 p.m. against Mott Community College
  • Saturday, Jan. 26 @ 3 p.m. against Henry Ford Community College
  • Wednesday, Jan. 30 @ 7:30 p.m. against Macomb Community College
  • Wednesday, Feb. 6 @ 7:30 p.m. against Wayne County Community College District
  • Saturday, Feb. 9 @ 3 p.m. against Oakland Community College
  • Saturday, Feb. 16 @ 3 p.m. against Delta College
  • Wednesday, Feb. 20 @ 7:30 p.m. against Schoolcraft College

 

Women’s Home Games:

  • Thursday, Nov. 8 @ 7 p.m. against Rochester College Junior Varsity
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13 @ 5:30 p.m. against Lambton College
  • Tuesday, Nov. 20 @ 7 p.m. against Lansing Community College
  • Friday, Dec. 7 @ 5:30 p.m. against Lakeland Community College
  • Saturday, Dec. 15 @ 1 p.m. against Kellogg Community College
  • Saturday, Jan. 5 @ 1 p.m. against Kirtland Community College
  • Monday, Jan. 7 @ 5:30 p.m. against Alpena Community College
  • Wednesday, Jan. 16 @ 5:30 p.m. against Mott Community College
  • Saturday, Jan. 26 @ 1 p.m. against Henry Ford Community College
  • Wednesday, Jan. 30 @ 5:30 p.m. against Macomb Community College
  • Wednesday, Feb. 6 @ 5:30 p.m. against Wayne County Community College District
  • Saturday, Feb. 9 @ 1 p.m. against Oakland Community College
  • Saturday, Feb. 16 @ 1 p.m. against Delta College
  • Wednesday, Feb. 20 @ 5:30 p.m. against Schoolcraft College

Athletic Department raises money with golf outing

Athletic Department raises money with golf outing

DJ Palm

Sports Editor

The Skippers Athletic Department held a golf outing at Willow Ridge Golf Club to raise money. Participants included members of the softball, men’s and women’s basketball, and the golf team.

The Athletic Department was able to raise about $800, which was divided between the groupings of the sports teams that participated.

Entry into the outing was $40, that included nine holes of golf with a riding cart and a free luncheon courtesy of the restaurant affiliated with the golf course, Bogey’s Bar and Grill.

Prizes were also given out during the golf outing. Among them were two 12-packs of Titleist Pro V 1 golf balls. Also thrown in were SC4 tumbler mugs with the skippers’ athletics logo on them.

Everyone who participated received a complimentary keychain and t-shirt with the Skippers’ Athletics logo on them.

SC4’s Golf Coach Dale Vos was the one responsible for setting up and organizing the event.

“I called 18-hole courses to hold the event and there were opportunities to hold it at one of them, but I have known the owners of Willow Ridge for years, and nine holes was much less time consuming than 18. And we all got done in time to go home and watch some football,” Vos Said

Lady Skips lose to Oakland CC in four sets

Lady Skips lose to Oakland CC in four sets

DJ Palm

Sports Editor

The Lady Skips showed early signs of an upset, but OCC proved to be too much as the Skips lost in four sets, (25-18) (25-7) (25-22) (25-17).

In the first set the Lady Skips showed much better communication skills on the court as they were showing signs of being the superior team despite the Raiders(OCC) obvious height advantage.

SC4 Volleyball Girls

OCC came into the game being the fourth ranked team in the nation and the Lady Skips were able to get the first set 25-18.

Second set was all OCC as they opened up a 7-3 lead in the first 10 points of the set. Katie Bearse, tried to rally the Lady Skips back into the game with consecutive “love taps” that fell for points.

Momentum was quickly taken back by the Raiders as they would take seven of the next 10 points, making the score 14-6.

The Raider’s height advantage forced the Lady Skips to spike the ball farther away from the net, which led to a lot of balls landing out of bounds. OCC would get 11 straight and close out the second set 25-7.

Third set was much more competitive, as there were four lead changes in the first 10 points of the match.

The Lady Skips were able to get the lead in the third set on the 25th point, thanks to Jordan Peltier’s “love tap,” which gave them a short lived one point lead, making it13-12.

The Raiders stormed right back, taking back the lead with seven of the next nine points, making the score 18-14.

Bearse was able to finally get to the front of the net with a spike that landed just inside the line, starting a rally being down 24-19, bringing the score 24-22, but it was too little too late. OCC got the winning point, 25-22.

Fourth set, the first ten points would be split evenly and neither side would have a lead bigger than four points.

The Raiders quickly kicked it up a notch and broke out to a 13-7 lead, and eventually doubling up the Lady Skips, 18-6.

The Lady Skips were showing signs of resilience, but would eventually lose, putting the Raiders up 24-11.

Lady Skips didn’t go quietly and put together an almost impossible comeback, but OCC’s Chelsea Stockmeyer would put the game to bed, slamming a spike down that landed for the game point and the match.

Skippers lose to Mott CC in straight sets

Skippers lose to Mott CC in straight sets

DJ Palm

Sports Editor

 

The Lady Skippers had their hands full at home, losing to Mott CC in straight sets 25-18, 26-24, and 25-16 last Tuesday, Sept 18.

Head Coach Chuck Wiesner said that Mott CC’s game plan is to attack the net from the side, and that’s exactly what they did.

In the first set, it was spikes on both sides of the net that had the Lady Skips trailing early 18-12. Then Kala Wagner was able to get her arms up over the net and block a booming spike for a point from Mott that made it 18-13.

But, as the Lady Skips looked like they were gaining momentum, Mott took it right back and eventually won the first set 25-18.

Second set, Mott CC opened up the scoring quickly in the second set 15-8. Then a spark was provided for the Lady Skips, thanks to Katie Bearse.

Bearse had three key blocked spikes for points that pulled the team within four 21-17. As points went back and forth, it looked like as Mott CC was starting to show signs of fatigue as Heather Griffis had two greatly timed soft tappers over the net to pull the Skips within three, and an absolute bomb that rocketed off her fist to put them within 1.

Then, Bearse had two out of the next three points with a soft tapper over the net and a spike that tied the game at 24. But in extra points, Mott CC went back to their original side attack game plan which won them the second set, 26-24.

Third set started off with the Lady Skips edging out their first lead since the beginning of the first set, 6-5. As the Skippers looked like they were going to get a substantial lead with 9-7, Mott CC roared back with three straight points.

The middle of the third set was like a see-saw as there were four lead changes. Mott CC, with the good side attack, eventually pulled away. The Skippers tried to hang in, but the ball was finding the inside of the line more for Mott CC then it was for the Lady Skips.

Mott would receive 8 of the last 11 points, taking the third set and the win, 25-16.

Wiesner said after the game it was “too many freshman mistakes” that cost the game.

“We were playing not to lose instead of playing to win. Just not enough experience yet, but I liked that they were still communicating and playing together as a team,” said Wiesner.

 

 

Skippers getting roughed up! 1-7 in conference

Michael Scott

Staff Writer

 

Eventually all good things come to an end. To the Skippers, that means their mid-to-late March surge is over.

The SC4 men’s baseball team (8-20) has been getting roughed up since beginning MCCAA conference play on March 24.

Losers in seven of their last eight contests, the Skippers have been outscored by opponents by a combined score of 19-30.

Their lone conference victory came Saturday, March 31, in a 4-3 nail-biter at the courtesy of Ancilla College.

Head Coach Mike Greene has been very critical as of late.

“Each loss is worse than the other,” he said. “I haven’t seen something like this in my 25 years in this sport.”

The once hot Skipper’s bats have gone cold in recent weeks. Their season has taken a painful downturn ever since closing non-league play on an incredible run last month.

Player #13, Pat Russell, slides into third base at their home game, at Sanborn Park in Port Huron on March 31, 2012. Photo by Liz Whittemore
Player #13, Pat Russell, slides into third base at their home game, at Sanborn Park in Port Huron on March 31, 2012. Photo by Liz Whittemore

“We haven’t figured out how to get outs or base hits when we need them,” Greene said. “This is the most frustrated I’ve been as a coach.”

Centerfielder Charles Melvin and Catcher Kyle Holtman have been the offensive standouts for the Skippers. Melvin has set the table walking 17 times. The offensive catalyst is hitting .329 with an OBP of .468. Furthermore, he currently sits at eighth place in the NJCAA with 24 stolen bases.

Holtman (.361/.384) is no slouch at the dish either. He currently leads the young squad with three homeruns and 20 RBI’s.

Second baseman Tyler Castro has also infused himself into the offense. Since joining the starting lineup in early March, he is 14/39, with an average of .359 and OPB of .509.

Other notable contributors on offense are Blake Harrell (.316/.337), Kellan Holliday (.281/.351/17 RBI’s) and first baseman Donavon Rigel (.281/.323/1 HR/11 RBI’s).

Despite the recent lack of offense, the SC4 pitching has been solid.

Lefty ace Tim O’Callaghan (1-4), has pitched well despite owning a losing record. His 2.97 earned run average leads the staff. He has also struck out 25 batters in 36.1 innings of work.

Mickal Helton (3-2) and Layton White (3-4) are tied for the team lead in games won.

Helton possesses a 3.65 ERA and 25 strikeouts through 32 innings pitched. White’s stat line has been similar. Through 45 innings, he has managed a 3.60 ERA and struck out 29 opposing batters.

Greene has expressed the importance of a turnaround for the remainder of the season if the team wants to make the Region XII playoffs in Battle Creek.

“We need to go on a real big run here to do something special,” he said.

Skippers hit the fairways

Christian McGeachy

Sports Editor

 

Finally, the season has finally come to go out and break out the three wood.

The Skippers of St. Clair County Community College feel the need for spring as the 2012 Golf season starts up once again.

Coming into the new season, the Skippers have added five new freshman players to the golf roster.

In fact, most of the new comers came from local schools around the St. Clair County area. From St. Clair to Port Huron, these boys are ready to hit their balls in the right direction.

Mitchell Fernandez from Port Huron, Garrick Hunger from Smiths Creek, Andrew Beckwith from North Branch and Timothy Liniarski from St. Clair.

Also in the mix of all these new faces is a face from outside the state. Austin Kleynenberg from Chapin, South Carolina, has come to join the Skippers squad.

But these freshmen are not the whole team without included the two returning sophomores. The two sophomores of SC4’s golf team include Joe Matthews of Fort Gratiot and Tim Child from Port Huron.

On April 2, these boys would come to their first event of the golf season at the Henry Ford CC Invitational in Dearborn, Michigan. SC4 would go against Henry Ford Community College, Schoolcraft College, Kritland Community College and Delta College.

But that did not stop the Skippers from a great start to the season.

Kleynenberg, showed off his skills by posting the best score out of the twenty seven total players at even par.

Adding to that, the Skippers would go on to win their first invitational of the year with a team score of 38 over par. With the Skippers score, they would beat any other team in the Henry Ford Invitational by at least seven strokes. Giving the Skippers a good start to the season.

Hopefully the Skippers will stay in the swing of things throughout the season.

SC4 dealt a pair of L’s

Jesse Schienke

Staff Writer

 

Starting fast and finishing strong is a formula for success in nearly every sport.

Racking up wins early in the year often allows a spacious margin for error in the middle of the season, when injuries and slumps tend to make unwelcomed appearances.

Unfortunately, the SC4 softball team isn’t off to the swiftest start.

The Skippers fell to 1-3 in conference play after losing a pair of games at Mott CC on Friday; 2-0 in the first game and 2-1 in the second.

“We’re not putting hits together,” said Head Coach Ron Matthews. “We’re getting them in different spots but not in a way that’s creating runs.”

An accurate illustration of Matthew’s point took place in the top of the third inning, when the Skippers stranded runners on first and second despite reaching the bags with no outs.

It simply seemed as if a timely hit couldn’t be bought.

Stacie Miller was a bright spot, however, recording two hits in the first game and adding another in the second.

Amanda Tackaberry produced a pair of singles on the day, one in each game, while Victoria Horn batted in the Skippers only run for the night in the second game.

Pitchers Jessica Beaubien and Jennifer McLelland each took a loss, allowing a total of nine hits and two earned runs in the contests.

Despite the early setback, the team is committed to remaining optimistic moving forward.

“We can’t let it get to us,” said freshman Kellie Diem. “We just have to put it behind us and go get the next one.”

The Skippers will look to redeem themselves when they host Macomb CC on Saturday, a double-header at Pine Grove Park.

Lady Skippers lose at national championship

Christian McGeachy

Sports Editor

In every sport, there is always the team that has nothing to lose, but everything to gain. They are called the underdogs, dark horses, long shots and the Cinderella story.

For St. Clair County Community College’s women’s basketball team, their clock had struck twelve.

The Lady Skippers basketball team made it to the NJCAA Division II National Championship in Illinois College Center in East Peoria, Illinois.

But, the Lady Skippers didn’t get their easily.

At the start of the season, SC4 hired their new women’s basketball coach, Lakita Gantz. Gantz replaced Carrie Lohr, who went to Wayne State to coach.

With a new coach and many new faces on the team, the season was unpredictable.

Teisha Knott (#4) goes to the free throw line as her teammates looks on. Photo by Christian McGeachy
Teisha Knott (#4) goes to the free throw line as her teammates looks on. Photo by Christian McGeachy

At the start of the season, the Lady Skippers went on a cold streak. SC4 would lose their first four conference games of the regular season. The first ten games of the season would not help the Lady Skips either, going 3-7 in conference play.

Then, the women would go on a hot streak and win four games in row putting the Lady Skippers at 7-7 for the season.

Then, all of a sudden, the unexpected happened. Lakita Gantz had resigned as head coach half way through the season, leaving the women’s basketball on the rise, but no head coach.

But that didn’t stop the Lady Skips.

Mike Groulx would take over as the women basketball head in January and the team would make the playoffs a reality. Finishing the season 16-15 overall.

Then, the Lady Skips would go through Oakland Community College, Macomb Community College and Mott Community College, winning the Region 12E Tournament and punching their ticket to the National Tournament.

But, like all sports lovers know, all good things must come to an end.

The Lady Skippers became the #11 seed in the tournament. They would lose to Kishwaukee College 47-37 and Southeast College Community College 62-53.

Even though, SC4 didn’t win the National Title in Division II, they still overcame coaching changes and cold streaks throughout the season and still came out one of the best of the year.

Win or lose, this Cinderella story ended happily ever after.

Skippers slug opponents! Win 6 of last 7

Michael Scott

Staff Writer

Someone call the Port Huron Fire Department!

The SC4 men’s baseball team (7-13) has been on a roll as of late. The Skippers bats have caught fire and there is no telling if, or when, the inferno will go out.

Victorious in six of their last seven contests, these sultans of swat have managed to defeat opponents by a combined score of 82-22.

Their most recent victory came Tuesday, March 20, in a 28-4 thumping of Rochester College.

Head Coach Mike Greene was extremely proud of the victory, “Hitting seems to get contagious. Everything we hit last night was finding a hole.”

The Skippers offense exploded for 22 hits.

Leading the way at the plate was Kyle Holtman. The freshman catcher belted four hits and six RBI’s, including a two-run homerun. However, he was not the only player that brought his whooping stick with him. Corner infielders, Luke Jones and Donavon Rigel, also combined for five hits and eight RBI’s.

Mickal Helton (3-2) picked up the win, striking out five batters and allowing just four hits over four innings of work. Tim O’Callaghan came in to pitch an inning of relief, managing two strikeouts.

“The pitching has been really good. We don’t have a lot of relief right now, but we are going to scrimmage more and give some guys a chance to step up,” said Greene.

The pitchers have since improved the staff’s strikeout-to-walk ratio to 2.3 to 1.

The defense has also shored up, in part due to the transition of Luke Jones to shortstop. Since his move to the middle of the diamond, the team’s errors have dropped to one per game from four.

Centerfielder Charles Melvin and Holtman are the offensive standouts for the surging Skippers.

Melvin has set the table walking 18 times. The offensive catalyst is hitting .351 with an OBP of .507. Furthermore, he currently sits at seventh place in the NJCAA with 19 stolen bases. Holtman (.406/.442) is no slouch at the dish either. He currently leads the young squad with two homeruns and 18 RBI’s.

Rigel, a second-year first baseman said, “The team is starting to mesh together really well. We have been playing with a purpose and executing the little things. All of our hitters have been stringing hits together, and our pitching is dominant. It feels great to finally come together as a family and play baseball the way it should be played.”

Second baseman Tyler Castro has also infused himself into this high-octane offense. Since joining the starting lineup in early March, he is 14/33, with an average of .424 and OPB of .547.

“We are getting on base and knocking ‘em in,” says Greene, “We went back to situational hitting. You get a guy on and move him over. Then we’re hitting line drives.”

The skipper’s non- conference schedule is coming to a close, and they are set to begin league play on Saturday, against Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

Season ends in defeat

Christian McGeachy

Sports Editor

Hugging in the beginning, but defeat haunted at the end.

On Wednesday, Feb. 29, the St. Clair County Community College men’s basketball team celebrated Sophomore Night, but took another single digit loss to end the regular season.

Playing their final game of the regular season, the Skippers kept in the thick of things against Henry Ford Community College by finishing the first half with a score of 37-36.

Down by just one point, the Skippers tried to keep on battling the Hawks through the second half.

Photo by Christian McGeachy
Photo by Christian McGeachy

Even though SC4 played good and hard throughout the game, the end result was one they had seen over the course of the season. Even with a final second three pointer from Johnnie Mills, the result was defeat.

The final score was 84 to 82 Henry Ford Community College.

The skippers ended their season with a final record of fourteen wins and sixteen losses, putting them below the five hundred mark on their up and down season.

When asked what could have been done Coach Dale Vos said, “I don’t know. That’s what I’m so frustrated with. There’s a button somewhere that we’re not pushing. I don’t have an answer. I just don’t. It’s frustrating.”

Vos would go on to say, “It seems almost insanity to keep doing the same thing, but at the same time what we’re doing has us one possession from winning big games.”

In fact, out of the sixteen losses the SC4 men’s basketball team has had, nine of them have been by single digits.

Big scorer in the Skippers defeat was Johnnie Mills, going seven for nine from beyond the arc and total scoring 32 points.

Sure, the Skippers men’s basketball team can keep it close, but just can’t find ways to get the W.

Tournament play starts for Region 12B on March 6.