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Coldwater volleyball loses to top-ranked Gull Lake, Bronson moves on to regionals


COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, in state tournament volleyball action, Coldwater’s season came to an end last night with a loss to the top-ranked Class-A team in Michigan but Bronson was a winner and will play on next week in the Class-C Regionals.

The Coldwater match, which you heard here on the radio, came in semi-finals of the Gull Lake District against the host Blue Devils and Gull Lake swept to victory over the Lady Cardinals in 3 sets, 25-16, 25-13, 25-17. BreeAnn Spangler was our Player of the Match for Coldwater with 6 kills and 2 blocks. Fellow senior Lauren Outwater had 5 kills and another senior, Janie Marso, led the way in assists with 20. And junior Meghan Schorfhaar had a team-high 15 digs. Gull Lake moves on to play in tomorrow’s district championship match against Mason.

In Class-C, Bronson earned a district title last night at Union City with the Lady Vikings taking out the Reading Rangers 3-to-0. Bronson struggled a bit in the opening game, winning 26-24 before pulling away in the next two 25-11, 25-9. Skyler Sobeski had a team-high 12 kills. Kylei Ratkowski led the way in digs with 10 and in aces with 4. Emily Mays had 3 blocks. And Alexa Ratkowski had 30 assists. Bronson, which entered post season play as the eighth-ranked team in the state in Class-C, advances to next Tuesday’s regional semi-finals at Jonesville and will play either third-ranked Concord or Homer who face off tonight for the title of the district hosted by Concord.

The second weekend of the MSHAA football playoffs kicks off tonight with district titles on the line. Both Bronson and Union City, the two Branch County teams that qualified for post season play, were eliminated in the opening round pre-district contests. Some of the matchups tonight involving area schools include Portage Central at Mattawan in Division Two; Plainwell at Harper Creek in Division Three; Three Rivers at Williamston in Division Four; Olivet at Portland in Division Five; Constantine at Schoolcraft and Blissfield at Hillsdale in Division Six; Decatur at Lawton in Division Seven; and in a Saturday afternoon game, in Division Eight, it’s Climax-Scotts at Mendon. In 8-man football, Regional titles will be decided this weekend, including Battle Creek St. Philip at Portland St. Patrick tomorrow night.