COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, All-State honors in boy’s soccer for a trio of brothers from Coldwater as well as for a player from Quincy. Leading the way in the announcement made yesterday by the Michigan High School Soccer Coach’s Association was Coldwater junior Mohamed Aljabaly, named to the Division Two All-State second team. It’s the highest All-State honor ever in boy’s soccer for Coldwater. Previously, Cam Holicki in 2009 and Kaliel Alisaid in 2011 were third team All State. Named yesterday to the 2012 All-State third team from Coldwater was senior Yousif Aljabaly while sophomore Nooh Aljabaly was honorable mention. And Quincy senior Ashton Diotte was selected Division 4 All-State honorable mention
The third round of the MHSAA football playoffs kicks off tonight with more regional championship games on tap for tomorrow with the winners staying on the road to Ford Field and the eight state title games coming up Thanksgiving weekend.
Area teams playing tonight include in Division Two, Mattawan at home against Caledonia; In Division Three, Harper Creek hosts Tecumseh; In Division Four, Three Rivers is at Grand Rapids South Christian; And in Division Six, it’s Constantine at Hillsdale; And then on Saturday afternoon, in Division Seven, Decatur hosts Pewamo-Westphalia while in Division Eight, Mendon plays at home against Muskegon Catholic Central.
In volleyball, last night’s state tournament regional championship action included third-ranked Concord winning the Jonesville Class C regional. Concord, which eliminated Bronson in Tuesday’s semi-finals, advanced to next Tuesday’s quarterfinals by sweeping past Grass Lake last night 3-to-0.
And the top-two ranked teams in Class-D captured regional titles last night. Number-one Battle Creek St. Philip was the winner of the Climax-Scotts Regional while at the Mendon Regional, the host second-ranked Hornets celebrated a championship victory.
Today on the Coach’s Corner, it’s our final look at Coldwater cross country with Coach Jim Billsborrow.