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Coldwater Soccer Beats Tecumseh, Volleyball 3rd At Harper Creek Invitational


COLDWATER (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, in boy’s soccer, Coldwater pulled out a 4-to-2 non-conference win Saturday afternoon at Tecumseh. The visiting Cardinals, who improved to 11-and-2, got on the scoreboard first just 2 1/2 minutes into the game on the first of 4 goals on the day from Mohamed Aljabaly, assisted by Scout Case. Tecumseh scored two unanswered goals in the next 3 minutes on Coldwater defensive mistakes, but the Cardinals tied the game at 2 on a penalty shot from Aljabaly, after a Coldwater player was taken down in the penalty box. That also resulted in the ejection of the Tecumseh goalkeeper, so the Indians had to play a man short the rest of the game. Aljabaly gave the Cardinals the lead with about 8 minutes left in the first half, assisted by Esmail Algersh.  Aljabaly wrapped up the scoring with 14 minutes left in the game, again assisted by Algersh. For the afternoon Coldwater outshot Tecumseh 23-to-3, with Ian Wright making one save in goal. The Cardinals are Honorable Mention in this week's Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association Division Two poll, the first time they've ever been listed. Coldwater will host Portage Central tomorrow in the first round of the SMAC Gold Division League Tournament, with the jv action at 5 pm and the varsity at 6:45.

The Coldwater jv team beat Tecumseh Saturday 3-to-1.  Waleed Zamzami had all three goals for the Cardinals with assists from Jesse Martinez, Derek Carr and Fadel Said. The Cardinals outshot the Indians 16-to-2 with one save for goalkeeper Nick Galliers.

In volleyball, Coldwater had a third place finish Saturday at the Harper Creek Invitational with a 4-and-2 record on the day. The Lady Cardinals opened with wins over Battle Creek Central and Mendon in pool play. Then in the power pool action, they beat Harper Creek before falling to eventual champion Battle Creek St. Philip 25-27, 16-25. In the quarterfinals, Coldwater beat Delton 2-to-0 before falling in the semi-finals to Mendon 25-20, 30-32,10-15. BreeAnn Spangler had 47 kills, 14 blocks and 66 digs. Morgan Klein added 65 digs while Megan Schorfhaar had 58 digs. And Janie Marso had 90 assists. Coldwater’s record is now 19-5-and-1. Also in volleyball, it was the Bronson Polish Classic and the host Lady Vikings made it to the semi-finals before losing in two games to Concord, which went on to beat Onsted in the title match. Bronson had a 3-and-2 record on the day. Emily Mayes and Kylei Ratkowski led the way in the kills with 29 apiece. Mayes and Alexa Ratkowski each had 6 blocks, while Ratkowski had a team-high 93 assists. Grace Pyles had 8 aces and Skyler Sobeski had a team-high 44 digs. Bronson’s record is 20-9-and-5.

In j-v volleyball, Coldwater hosted a tournament and lost in the semi-finals in two games to Concord. In pool play, the Lady Cardinals had a 2-and-1 record and then defeated Bronson in three games in the quarterfinals. Haley Reincke had 30 kills, Michaela Gillette had 33 digs, and Carlee Smoker had 46 assists and 5 aces. The Coldwater j-v record is 20-7-and-1.

And in cross country, Coldwater’s Becca Schott on Saturday set a new girl’s school record for the program with a time of 18:46 which was good for an eighth place medal finish at the Otsego Invitational. On the boy’s side, Josh Evers, Josh Norton and Adam Clemens each had season-best times to led Coldwater to a tenth place finish in the meet.

On today’s high school schedule, in boy’s soccer, it’sQuincyat Jackson Christian while in girl’s golf, Coldwater plays in the Jackson Lumen Christi Titan Invitational at the Golf Club of Jackson. Today on the Coach’s Corner, it’sQuincysoccer coach Tim Hart.

In middle school sports, in volleyball, the Bronson seventh grade team had a 3-1-and-2 record on Saturday while making it to the semi-finals of a tournament at Edwardsburg. Adyson Lasky had 29 aces with 27 aces for Kiana Mayer while Lasky and Mayer each had 8 kills and 8 assists