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Watervliet vs. Coloma

  • North Berrien Historical Museum 300 Coloma Avenue Coloma, MI, 49038 United States (map)

Football. Coloma Comets vs. Watervliet Panthers. The annual clash. Small town pride on the line. Neighbor vs. neighbor. Seasons were deemed a success or failure based on this one game, regardless of records.

For over 100 years, Watervliet and Coloma have waged this gridiron war, ranking their annual battle as one of the oldest high school football rivalries in the State of Michigan. If you are a former player or coach for the Comets or Maroons/Panthers, or a lifelong devotee of either, please join us in reliving some memories on Tuesday, August 21 at 7 p.m. at the North Berrien Historical Museum.

Enjoy a 30-minute presentation on the rivalry along with highlights from over the years. Spend time viewing a table of related items before and after. Featured speakers will be Greg Krell and Kristy Noack. Greg was on the committee celebrating 100 years of local football in 2009 sponsored by the North Berrien Historical Museum where he is also a Board member. Kristy is the sports writer and photographer for the Tri-City Record and will be presenting a slideshow.

The presentation will be followed by a game of trivia. Test your knowledge of all things relating to over 100 years of football between the two towns. Prizes will be awarded including tickets for the Coloma/Watervliet game and a concession stand gift card compliments of the Coloma Athletic Department.

We encourage you to bring any relevant memorabilia you may have for a “show and tell” portion at the end. 

No RSVP is required for this free program. For questions call (269) 468-3330 or email 


Earlier Event: July 17
The Watervliet Paper Mill Program
Later Event: August 24
North Berrien Photography Contest