COLDWATER (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports last night, in boy’s soccer, Coldwater dropped a 2-to-0 decision at home to Portage Central in a first round SMAC Gold Division league tournament match. The first Mustang goal came just 7 minutes into the game, with the second coming about one minute later on a penalty kick. After that, the Cardinals played even with Portage Central, but couldn't break through offensively. Ian Wright made 7 saves in goal as Central outshot the Cardinals 11-8 on the night. The loss snapped Coldwater's 7 game winning streak, with their record now 11-and-3 overall and 6-and-2 in the SMAC. They'll host Sturgis tomorrow night in the next round of the tournament, after the Trojans lost at Portage Northern 4-to-1 last night. The jv game is at 5 pm, followed by the varsity at 6:45. The junior varsity team lost at home to Portage Central last night 4-0-.
Last night in volleyball, in the Big Eight, Quincy lost 3-games-to-1 at Athens. Gaby Masson had 7 kills and 16 digs for Quincy while Bree Spalding added eight assists. And Union City pulled out a 5-set victory at Springport. The visiting Lady Chargers dropped the first two games but swept the next three, including the deciding fifth game 15-5. Brooke Johnson had 14 kills, Marissa Mead had 27 digs, and Jasmine McIntosh added 18 assists.Union City improved to 3-and-1 in the conference and 14-11-and-2 overall.
It was a busy day in cross country with all 4 county teams in action. Coldwater hosted a SMAC East jamboree at the Golf Club of Coldwater and Becca Schott used a come-from behind effort to win the girl’s race. Both the boy’s and girl’s teams from Coldwater finished in sixth place. Cameron Leist led the boys, finishing in 23rd place. In a Big Eight Jamboree at Springport yesterday, in the boy’s competition,Quincy took second place with Union City fourth while in the girl’s race,Quincy was third and Union City seventh. Leading the way for the Quincy boys was Riley Horn in fifth place while Zach Slack finished tenth while for the girls, Kelsey Bean ran a new personal best time to finish eighth while Alyssa Bracy placed ninth. For Union City, Jesse Anderson took eighth place in the boy’s race while Katie Birch placed tenth in the girl’s race. And Bronson ran in a St. Joe Valley Jamboree at White Pigeon with the boy’s team finishing second with the girl’s taking third place. Hunter Machus won the boy’s race with Matt Cosby third and Wesly Disbro sixth. And Bronson’s Corissa Ross won the girl’s race with Tana Shimp placing sixth and Mariah Roberts eighth.
Yesterday in boys tennis, the Bronson varsity scored a 7-to-1 victory on the road against the Edwardsburg j-v team. Winners for the Vikings were Robert O'Rourke, Jonah Houtz, and Patrick Brabon at second, third, and fourth singles along with Ryan Hagen and Hobie Ramsey at first doubles, Austin Pierson and Damion Smith at second doubles, Sawyer Maddox and Ryan O'Rourke at third doubles, and Kyler Scheenks and Philip Mandoka at fourth doubles. The Maddox-O'Rourke team completed the regular season undefeated at 14-and-0 while the overall Bronson record is 9-3-and-2.
On tonight’s high school schedule, in volleyball, it’s Coldwater at Battle Creek Central while Bronson is at White Pigeon. And today in boy’s tennis, Coldwater has a tri-meet at Pennfield. Today on the Coach’s Corner, it’s Bronson football coach Jeff Gallup.
In middle school sports yesterday, in volleyball, it was Coldwater at Harper Creek. In the eighth grade “A” match, Coldwater lost 2-to-0. Megan Gallup had 5 serving points with 4 aces. The Coldwater seventh grade “A” team stayed undefeated on the season with a 3-to-0 win over the Beavers. Kaci White had a team-high 6 aces, Carly Duke had 5 digs, Rene Aerts had 5 kills and Drue Mullin and Aerts each had 3 assists. Harper Creek won the seventh grade “B” match 3-to-0. Madison Fougerousse had seven serving points for Coldwater.
And in middle school cross country last weekend, Coldwater was at Otsego with the boy’s team winning the meet while the girls placed ninth. Zack Murphy won the boy’s race. In the sixth grade competition, Ryan Murphy led Coldwater, placing seventh.