Posts tagged athletics
Comet Golfers Take Second Place in Best Meet of the Season

When John Vall approached his shot on hole one after swinging through holes 16, 17, and 18, there were voices echoing in the trees. His drive landed him 15 feet ahead of his golfing party, and his second stroke was smooth and confident as his party tried to engage him in conversation while he lined up his shot. His second shot landed his ball 20 feet from the pin, and as he walked up the slight incline for his third stroke on the par four, John conservatively played for an eight foot put that tapped in the cup while his party marked down another par for the meets top scorer.

Read More
Comet Golfers Set Personal Bests as Vall Places First

Mikey played a tough front 9 on Tuesday at Tipsinah Moungs in Elbow Lake, MN. His golf partner, Noah Chase, was leading the pace through the first four holes. After a tough par four, where Chase shot two over and Mikey stroke for par, Mikey settled in and finished the front nine with steady pace, shooting par or one over to finish the front nine four over par, tied with perennial state golfer Noah Chase.

Read More
Lady Comets Soar in Senior Night

Seniors Paige Schultz and Anna Murray embraced at center court as head coach Hannah Clark talked about their leadership and the attitude they bring to work hard and unite their team in daily practices. The girls' smiles beamed, with Paige's parents by her side, a clear testimony to the girls' enjoyment in the game of Basketball. The warm engagement at center court was recreated after the final buzzer as the two led their team to a strong victory on Senior Night.

Read More
Comets Honor Senior Scholars at Basketball Senior Night

Before the starting lineups were announced Coach Gregg Preston called his seniors to mid-court to address them. With the stands sitting on every word being spoken about the Comet leaders,  the character of the class of 2018 was on display. It was a short treatise to reveal why so many Comet players focus on the game of life after the final buzzer of their last night in a Comet uniform sounds.

Read More
Comets Put Together Second Half Run to Leap Out of Slump

The quick sprint for the Comets into their locker room was done underneath a scoreboard that showed a 22-20 halftime lead for the Comets. Tough defense earned Hillcrest the lead, but the Rothsay Tigers showed the Comets they were there to play, sticking out their own defensive stands to hold the Comets to 22 points behind an athletic effort that locked down the Comet post game with a solid zone defense. 

Read More
Preston Seals Game After Team Makes Decision From Bench

Gregg Preston looked to his team and asked them how they'd like to finish the game. A call from one player to take the one shot with the remaining minute on the clock was agreed upon by the team. Then, another team member said, "let's go after it". The Comets looked at each other and agreed. Gabe Preston looked down the bench to see Freshman Micah Foss who was entering the game. Reaching down the line of players, Preston said, "Don't be afraid to shoot."

Read More
Comets Closeout Chargers with Old School Defense

Former Comets are liking the throwback look of the games Hillcrest is battling out on the court lately. In their home opener, the Comets smothered Brandon-Evansville, going on a 19-5 run to open the game as the athletic Chargers went to the bench in timeout after timeout to figure out how to break the Comets' defense. The second half held a different story for the Chargers.

Read More
New Look Comets Carry the Banner in 54-46 Bookended Win

With a new five standing around the circle at tip-off, some have positioned Hillcrest in a rebuilding year. Center Sander Frustol spent a majority of last season on the bench injured. Zak Zwiers and Eric Konynenbelt didn't see a lot of varsity minutes with the Comets stellar senior class last season. However, Hillcrest showed commitment to Preston's defense-first scheme, and it opened the game up for them early.

Read More
Lady Comets Control Boards in Season Opener

With the momentum from the defensive side, Hillcrest smoothly transitioned their upbeat energy to their offense, where Hillcrest provides a tough high-low look with Olivia Foss and Anna Murray. Throughout the night, Foss would take the ball at the elbow and dart to the basket. Murray would trail, ready to pick up what Foss wasn't able to put away. The two combined for 24 of Hillcrest's 38 points. 

Read More
Ihrke Carries Home 5 TDs as Comets leap to 41-8 Win

With 2:07 left in the first, after a 5 yard 4th down conversion by Thomas Zwiers, Hillcrest set in for a 1st down play on their own 44 yard line. When the ball passed from Zak Zwiers to Thomas Zwiers the offensive line met Laporte with a different sense of urgency. As Thomas faked a run, turning to Sam Ihrke for a smooth handoff, a hole opened on the left side. Ihrke sprinted toward the hole. A quick step toward the middle set the Laporte defenders back a step as Ihrke continued to bounce to the outside. He sprinted 44 yards for Hillcrest's first score of the year. 

Read More
Comets Unleash 46 Shots in 7-0 Shutout in Walker

It was a busy day in the net for Walker-Hakensack-Akeley (Walker) when the Comets came to town Thursday Afternoon. The Comets boarded the bus for the two hour trip shortly after lunch for their 3:30pm tip-off. Where some teams might have tight muscles and have a hard time getting going, Coach Rod Jensen had his team running from the bus to launch 46 shots on the Walker goal before the Comets boarded again with their eighth victory this season, the fifth shutout for first-time keeper Bill Bui.

Read More
Lady Comets Score 3 in Shutout to Reach .500

There were near tears shed at the 10 minute mark when Maria Jennings found a crease in Crookston's defense, slipping through with a few taps of the ball, dribbling to meet the Crookston goalie. Her shot in the lower righthand corner of the net sent a swell of cheers and screams from the Comet box. Jennings ran, hands covering her mouth, to midfield as she worked to compose herself and reset for the ensuing possession. The special moment was captured with hugs at midfield as Jennings found the strike from the defensive position, scoring a rare goal from the back line that kept Senior Paige Schultz safe from Crookston defenders for most of the day.

Read More
Castro Scores 5 Goals in Lady Comets 7-2 Elevation over Johnnies

Jenna Castro's return to the Comet field was met with hugs and high-fives as she joined new teammates, a former coach, and a nearly 100 year legacy of female sports smiles at Hillcrest Academy. Joining Underwood sophomore captain Kindra Peterson, the Castro-Peterson tandem is likely to be an X-factor to push the Comets into a longer post-season this year.

Read More