COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports over the weekend, in boy’s soccer, Quincy’s season came to an end on Saturday as the Orioles dropped a tough match in a 2-to-1 shootout loss to Jackson Lumen Christi in the title game of the Onsted Division Three District.
The score was tied 1-to-1 after regulation time and two ten minute overtime periods. Both of the goals in regulation time came in the first half. Quincy scored at the 30 minute mark on a Nekoda Cartwright goal with an assist from Jake Rider. Lumen Christi answered with 9:55 to go in the half when the Orioles were called for a trip in the box giving the Titans a penalty kick which they converted to tie the match.
Quincy then lost in the shootout on penalty kicks 2-to-1. Lumen Christi took 16 shots to Quincy's 11 while Dakota Finley recorded 16 saves for the Orioles. Quincy finished the season with a 17-5-and-1 record that included a co-championship in the ISL conference with a 6-0-1 league mark.
It was the second tournament shootout loss for a Branch County team as Coldwater fell to Sturgis 2-to-1 on Friday in a Division Two District semi-final match. Sturgis dropped the district title match to Tecumseh in a 1-to-0 overtime match on Saturday.
In volleyball, Bronson won the Hanover-Horton Invitational on Saturday with a 6-and-0 record on the day. Brooke Pyles had 59 kills and 59 digs. Emily Mayes had 7 blocks. Kylei Ratkowski and Skyler Sobeski had 10 aces apiece while Miranda O’Neill had 124 assists.
In j-v volleyball, Coldwater had a 3-and-1 record in the SMAC League tournament at Sturgis, losing to Battle Creek Lakeview in the semi-finals. Kenzie Galloway had 24 kills, 22 digs, and 7 aces while Ashley Chase added 23 kills, 12 digs and 3 blocks and Carlee Smoker had 29 assists, 13 digs and 6 aces. The j-v record is 22-14-and-1.
In cross country, the Coldwater boy’s team finished 13th while the girls took tenth place in the SMAC League meet at Milham Park in Kalamazoo. Leading the way for the boys were Angel Gamon in 27th place and Cameron Leist in 30th place. For the girls, Becca Schott had a second place finish while Katelyn Dunn finished 19th.
Also in cross country, Quincy ran at the Gobles Invitational with 16 schools competing with only 8 full teams. The Quincy boys took second place while the girls finished fourth. The boys were led by Brett Palmer in the third place, Riley Horn in fifth place and Zach Slack in 17th place. For the girls, Megan Karney took third place and Kelsey Bean was 17th.
And Bronson competed at the Niles Brandywine Invitational with the boy’s team taking first place over five other schools while the girl’s team finished second. Caleb McGuire won the boy’s race, Matt Cosby was second and Hunter Machus third. In the girl’s race, Corissa Ross finished first with Mariah Roberts second and Samantha Shimp 11th.
In football, the Michigan High School Athletic Association playoff pairings were released last night following the end of the regular season this past weekend and Branch County’s lone representative in the post season, the undefeated Union City Chargers, will host a first round Division Seven pre-district game against Sand Creek either Friday night or Saturday afternoon. The date and time for the contest will be announced later today. The Chargers are seeded second while in the other bracket are top-seedHudsonand fourth seedReading.
Today on the Coach’s Corner, our final look at Coldwater football with Coach Norm Moran.