* 2012 SEASON WRAP UP *
Congratulations to the following players!
All Division First Team
All Division Second Team
Honorable Mention All Division
Second Team All State
Honorable Mention All State
And on a completely different note... I should know better by
now yet I'm still floored by all the kind words of
encouragement extended throughout the volleyball season. I would
also like to thank everyone for the very generous BOLD Restaurant
gift certificate presented to me at the banquet. It's
an honor to be a part of the PCVB family. -Bill Rauch 11/20/2012
Once again the Lady Mustangs took care of business getting even for the
football's team's loss the night before in District Final action.
Riding a 9-out-of-10 match win streak and peaking at just the right time
of the year, PCVB dropped the highly-ranked Wildcats in their own
brimstone house Saturday morning in 4 sets for the hat-trick vs.
Mattawan this season. The announcer did a
great job of unbiased commentary in the "neutral site", as did the
announcer at the football game the night before. Kudos to Mattawan
for the correction.
Last Friday night cross-town rival Portage Northern finally won a
football game with PC, snapping a 7-game slide vs. the Mustangs.
Based upon Tweets, the PC volleyball team was looking to get even and they did.
All three teams won at the igloo.
#9-ranked Portage Central varsity volleyball team defeated conference
foe and #1-ranked Mattawan Wildcats in a 5-set barnburner comeback
thriller, winning 3 straight sets after dropping the first two. Both
teams were coming off disappointing performances a few days earlier to
set up the showdown but it was the lady Mustangs who delivered a balanced attack and good ball control
for the winning combination. Also winning were
the Mustang JV and Freshman teams to complete the sweep of the Wildcats.
The PCVB family celebrated Parents Night and Seniors Night after the
Hey PC fans if you haven't watched the Freshman play then you're
missing out. They're tearing it up, winning 4 out of 6 tournaments and
finishing close in the other two. Under the watch of energetic coach
Hanna Bock and 14 players deep, these girls are our competitors worst
nightmare. They've got a large and loyal fan base too, with Hanna's mom
Dawn being one of the regulars. PCVB has a bright future, come early and
check out the Frosh!
What a great team effort Saturday both on and off the court at the Portage Central
Tournament. "It takes a village" to run a
first-class tournament of this size and thanks to an army of PCVB
volunteers, it was a HUGE success. Congrats to our players for a hard
fought runner-up finish in a no cupcakes 16-team field. Coaches
noticed because the Mustangs moved up to a #5 state class A ranking
on Monday morning. As Mustang baseball coach and WMU Hall of Famer Paul
Schneider used to say, "To be the best you have to play the best".
The 9th-ranked Mustangs started out conference play at home with a
competitive 3-1 win over a tough Niles team. Last year, PC had an
easy 3-0 match at Niles but this year the Vikings came to play.
The scrappy Niles volleyballers shocked the Mustangs in the opening set,
then rode several momentum shifts on the evening. PCVB answered
with 3 straight sets, and match. The PC JV and Freshman teams both
Portage Central made it to the Gold championship game but was tripped
up by Forest Hills Northern. PC had defeated FHN earlier in
07/15/2012 HERE WE GO!
It's that time of the year again and we're already into the 2012
season with conditioning and practices. The big question of course
on everybody's mind is how will the Mustangs team look after losing
several key players from the 2011 roster? For an insight into the
2012 Mustangs volleyball team, we turn to the first big event of the
year, the Western Michigan University Team Spike Off.
The July 14/15 tournament featured approximately 30 schools from
Michigan, Indiana and Illinois, fielding 40 teams.
Bump-Set-Dominate! In classic Mustang style, our ladies served up
court summons for each team in the field, tearing through without losing
a single game. In the Gold Championship match, the
Mustangs shackled the Chesterton Trojans (Indiana) in 2 quick games for
the crown. It's looking like another exciting season for the Blue
and Gold girls. Photos can be viewed on
SmugMug. GO MUSTANGS!
12/04/2011 SEASON WRAP UP
Congratulations and kudos are in order for the following players: Erika Nord, Sarah Heckman, Elle Humphries and
Madison Jaqua were selected to the first team All-Conference and the
All-Region team. Both Hecky and Noody also made 3rd team All-State.
Sarah Heckman was picked for the 2011 Gazette All-Area Volleyball Team
(middle hitter) and Erika Nord received Honorable Mention (setter).
Erika Nord also received individual Academic All-State honors.
A sincere thank you to the entire PCHS family for your kind words of
support throughout the volleyball season and thank you so much for the
generous gift presented to me at the banquet. I am honored and humbled
to be part of such a classy group of parents, players, coaches, and
fans. -Bill Rauch
The volleyball banquet this year will be located same as last year,
at the Cityscape Event Center in downtown Kalamazoo. It's a fantastic
venue that's perfect for the occasion. We park in the ramp (entrance on
Portage Road). Once parked, walk through the covered walkway
West to the Event Center. When you enter the hallway, our room is on the
right. The food is good, and we'll have printed color programs and a
250-photo slideshow to keep you busy in between speakers. Please get
your attendance forms to Marshon Humphries by November 10.
here for the form.
The PC volleyball family invented the 6:30 a.m. tailgate party but
we're not necessarily proud of it. A huddle of blanket-wrapped athletes
and coaches, Amy's breakfast burritos, Jayne's PCHS balls (Philadelphia cream cheese and sausage puff pastries), and
4 varsity players with a dead car battery is
an interesting way to start a Saturday. Party goers parted ways with half of the tailgaters
headed North to Holland and the other half went South to Sturgis for a
full day of tournament volleyball. The rising sun on foggy fields made
for a beautiful drive. Photographers call that time of day "the magic
~ Mustangs SWEEP HUSKIES ~
There are reasons Portage Central has won the past seven football
games with cross-town rival Portage Northern. One is nerves.
PC football coaching great Brett Foerster understood this. Each
week his squad would prepare for the upcoming game using themes. The
theme for the week of the big Portage Northern game? CHILL.
Stay cool, control your emotions, and you'll avoid mistakes while everything
falls into place. That cool, level-headed MUSTANG
swagger was openly displayed in the gym tonight,
especially at the older levels.
The Freshman teams each scored with little regard to which
side of the scoreboard it posted to. The first set was all Mustangs.
Second set was all Huskies. In the third and final set with the score
teetering at 15-14, all of the JV and Varsity players from both schools
stood cheering near their respective Freshman team's benches. Tension
was elevated even more when nerves took over and the teams traded mis-serves. But our Mustangs
prevailed, 17-15 to take the match 2-1.
The JV Northern team that showed up didn't. It just wasn't the
same tough, scrappy Huskies team that fought so hard for a 2-1 loss to
the Mustangs just two short weeks earlier. Tonight, the Mustang
JV's sent the Dawgs through the spanking machine. Twice. But there was
more to the 25-15 and 25-14 story than just cool heads and calm nerves.
The JV Mustangs played nearly mistake-free.
The Varsity match was
ELECTRIFYING!! The atmosphere in the gym is always taken to new highs
when we encounter our cross-town rival; add in our first meeting in our
sparkling new gym, and this regular season-ending match was especially
exciting! The Varsity's perfect league record and first place in the
division were on the line, not to mention bragging rights for all three
Mustang squads. Plus, we had to see if Alison Nord's prediction was
going to hold true!
Game One started out slow. Both
squads were geeked and nerves showed thru. After a see-saw contest
(featuring numerous service errors by PN), senior Sarah Heckman put away
a decisive kill for the 25-20 win.
Game Two started out close. Standing at 6-5 in PC's
favor, the Mustangs scored 8 unanswered points. That pretty much put a
fork in the Huskies...they were done for the night. 25-13 PC!
continued on a roll in the third. Since it was Senior Night, and we had
a big lead, Noody had some fun trying to return a serve with her back. Not to be outdone, Hecky brought out her “Home Run Jump Serve” which
nearly put a dent in the back wall of the brand new Mustang gym. The
students sealed another Mustang victory over the PN rivals with their
“Just like Last Week” chant, much to the enjoyment of the Mustang
Nation, completing the 3-0 sweep 25-13.
It was great to honor all three of our graduating seniors
after the completed Mustang sweep. Congratulations and best wishes for
continued success go to our Seniors: Lexi Calloway, Sarah Heckman, and
Special thanks to Jim & Cindy VanZoeren for guest authoring!
Somehow, 6:40 a.m. at the Park&Ride is getting easier. The JV Lady MUSTANGS
made it all worthwhile and put on a memorable show for loyal fans who
made the trip. Our Ladies were perfect in pool play, making quick work
of Coldwater, Harper Creek, and Hackett in two games each. Next up was
Holt in the Gold bracket and another 2-0 performance from top seed
Portage Central. The semi-final match paired PC with cross-town rival
Portage Northern. The gym turned into Celebration Central when the
Mustangs went hog wild, putting out the last spark of Husky fire in the 3rd
game. Host team Battle Creek Lakeview waited with a boisterous fan base
in tow for the championship match. Once again it was our very own Mustangs,
sporting fresh clean home jerseys, screaming the
wind out of Spartan sails and blew them off their own court for the win
in the third and deciding game. Be sure to check out the pics near the
end of the photo album for some serious Mustang exuberance.
Here we go at Mattawan... the recent MIVCA Coaches Poll Top-10 Honorable Mention
Mattawan. The short road trip to the noisy, dimly lit Wildcat gym ended in
a resounding sweep by all three Mustang teams and plenty of happy
Portage Central faces. While the Freshmen and JV matches both went down
to the wire, not so with the varsity. The Lady Mustangs started slow out
of the gate, then poured it on to defeat the Wildcats on Senior Night in
their own house. It took our Girls only 3 games to take care of
business, quieting the entertaining Wildcat announcer in the process.
The win grabbed the 26-14 Mustangs sole possession of first
place in the SMAC conference (5-0) with B.C. Lakeview and Portage
Up again at 5:30 a.m. for the trip to Rockford JV Volley-Rama which
could've been called Volly-Marathon. The JV Mustangs played six
straight matches without a break to finish the day with 2 wins and 4
A HUGE THANK YOU to Liz Borre for reporting the varsity
scores. The website appreciates the scores, and the JV parents and
players appreciated the updates!
HELP! Attention closet journalists.
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game articles. Be brave! Be creative! Have some fun! Enjoy fame and fortune! OK no fortune. Parents,
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your draft copy by noon of the day after the event. Here are
the dates we need articles for:
9/24 Mustang Invite
Mon 9/26 PC Mini Tournament
Wed 9/28 Benton Harbor HS
Sat 10/1 GK Tournament
Wed 10/5 @ Mattawan
Sat 10/8 EK Invitational
Wed 10/12 Lakeshore HS (Parents Night)
Wed 10/19 Portage Northern HS (Senior Night)
Sat 10/22 W. Ottawa Invitational
Sat 10/29 Big 16 Tournament
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What a beautiful fall day for a Big Lake road trip to pay a visit to
St. Joseph High School and watch our favorite MUSTANG
teams. The Bears can make some noise and it really rattles around in the
Bear cave. St. Joe has a great scoreboard that tracks kills and aces for
both team's players that are on the court at any given time.
Both the Freshmen and the Junior Varsity Mustang teams put the Bears
away early to set up the varsity match with 40 minutes of warmup time.
The Show began with the national anthem sung by a talented quintet of
St. Joe JV Volleyball athletes. The varsity match went much the same as
the evening's previous contests, as the Mustangs had their way with the
Bears, putting them out in 3 straight. The win put the lady
Mustangs at 3-0 and on top of the SMAC standings.
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Up at 4:50 a.m. Saturday morning is how the MUSTANG volleyball girls roll. The
Mustangs started the Caledonia Elite Classic Invitational volleyball tournament
with an easy win over DeWitt, then it was not so easy over Hudsonville in
3. The Lady Mustangs then dropped their next two matches before a long downtime
period. Back in action they worked their way to the Gold championship
game by winning a repeat match vs. Hudsonville and sending previously undefeated GR Christian (5-1) packing for home.
Luck ran out though in the rubber game of the championship match
The Mustangs took along a pair of extra players, freshman libero Olivia
Ryan and sophomore setter Julia Rauch. Olivia played well in her varsity
debut, notching several starts and experiencing plenty of play time bolstering
the PC defense. Julia played RS bench for several matches, then found herself
starting out serving for the 3rd game of the championship match. Rauch
literally served the team well and had a few key digs too. Again she found herself
in the hot seat, serving
game and match point. It was baptism by fire as the saying goes, but she
did fine while claiming it was all a blur. The Mustangs finished 4-3 for the
The MUSTANGS obviously enjoy playing in their new gymnasium, handily defeating Kalamazoo Central
on all three levels - Freshmen, JV, and Varsity. Coincidently, all three PCVB teams held comfortable leads until the last game of each set, where
the KC Maroon Giants were just getting warmed up. It was too little too
late though, as all three Mustang teams went on to seal the deal.
Oh by the way, we now know why the new PC gym is so well lit. It has
648 fluorescent tubes. That's about 25,000 watts of light! Fans, bring your
cameras. You don't need expensive lenses to shoot action in our gym!
This new website was born today. Please be patient while we
get things sorted out. PLEASE EMAIL ERRORS, OMISSIONS, AND ADDITIONS
So here we go
The rosters are set and practices have begun in advance of the 2011 high
school volleyball season at Portage Central.
The MUSTANGS open their home season September
14 vs. Kalamazoo Central High School. If you haven't yet seen the new PCHS
gymnasium, prepare to be amazed. From a photographer's point of view,
it's the best lighting we've EVER seen in a gym, including colleges.