COLDWATER (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports last night, in boy’s soccer, Coldwater scored a 4-to-1 victory at home over Sturgis. The win advanced the Cardinals to next week’s title game of the consolation bracket in the SMAC Gold Division league tournament. Yousif Aljabaly had 2 goals and one assist on the night, with brother Nooh Aljabaly getting one goal and one assist, other brother Mohamed Aljabaly picking up an assist, and Saleh Mousa scoring one goal. Coldwater held a 3-to-0 lead at the half. The lone Sturgis goal came from a penalty kick after the Cardinals were called for a hand ball in the box. The win improves Coldwater's record to 12-and-3 overall and 7-and-2 in conference play. They will host Battle Creek Lakeview in the final round of the conference tournament Tuesday, after the Spartans beat Kalamazoo Central 4-to-2. Back to the regular season schedule for the Cardinals, they play tomorrow at Kalamazoo Central with the j-v match at 10 a.m. and the varsity action set for Noon.
Last night, the Coldwater j-v squad beat Sturgis 2-to-0. Talal Alslehay opened the scoring, assisted by Waleed Zamzami. Then Fadel Said added a goal on a penalty kick after a Sturgis foul.
Also last night in boy’s soccer, Quincy’s rally at home fell short as the Orioles lost their conference match to Hillsdale Academy 3-to-2. The visiting Colts led 3-to-0 at halftime. The second half saw the Orioles pick up the pace with more shots on goal and Quincy finally broke through at the 14:43 mark as Nick Haberl found the top left corner on a 25 yard free kick. The Oriole’s final goal came on an Ashton Diotte penalty kick at the 11:53 mark, as he was tripped in the box.Quincywas outshot 21-to-14 while Dakota Finley made 14 saves.Hillsdale Academy is undefeated this season during Independent Soccer League play while the Oriole’s only two conference losses have come against the Colts. Quincy is now 12-3-and-2 overall with their second place league record at 5-2-and-2. The Orioles return to action Monday with a 5 p.m. match at Jonesville.
Last night in volleyball, Union City picked up a pair of victories in a tri-meet at Colon with the Lady Chargers beating the host Magi and Climax Scotts, winning each match 2-to-0. Leaders for Union City were Brooke Johnson with 20 kills and 13 blocks, Marissa Mead with 26 digs and Jasmine McIntosh with 31 assists. Union City improved its record to 16-11-and-2. In the junior varsity play, it was a split for Union City, losing 2-to-1 to Climax-Scotts along with a 2-to-0 win over Colon. Katie Wood had 8 aces, 7 kills and 6 blocks while Bailee White added eight assists. There were reserve football games last night, including Coldwater at home against Battle Creek Central. The Cardinals beat Central in the junior varsity contest 18-to-14 in a game called after three quarters because of lightening spotted in the area. Preston Sours had a touchdown run for Coldwater and was also their leading rusher with 56 yards. Sours and Kollin Wark had touchdown passes while Sawyer Murphy had 3 receptions for 42 yards. On defense, Brendan Spangler had 4 tackles and 2 fumble recoveries while Spencer Burns added 3 tackles. The Cardinals dropped the freshman game, losing 32-to-30 to the Bearcats. Zach Siegel ran for 3 touchdowns for Coldwater with one touchdown on the ground for Brandon Lewis.
The Quincy jv football team lost to Reading 35-20. Chase Cook had a touchdown pass to Logan Easterday, Quinn Iford and Austin Bond ran for touchdowns, and Brody Bassage ran for a two point conversion after touchdown. Chris Connor lead the way with 8 tackes, while Kalin Stahl and Chase Cook had 7 tackes each. The jv record is now 3-4.
In varsity football, it’s week 7 of the season and tonight’s schedule includes Coldwater at Battle Creek Central, where either the Cardinals or host Bearcats will celebrate their first win of the year. We’ll have the game on the radio and also streaming on-line at wtvbam.com with our live coverage beginning at 6:30 with the kickoff at seven o’clock. Also,Quincy plays at home against Reading, it’s Bronson at Centreville, and Union City hosts Jonesville for the Charger’s Parent’s-Senior night game. In eight-man football, Tekonsha plays tomorrow at Portland St. Patrick. Today on the Coach’s Corner, it’s Coldwater football coach Jeff Schorfhaar.
In middle school sports, in volleyball, Coldwater played at Sturgis. In the seventh grade “A” match, Coldwater won 3-to-0. Isabella Foley had 11 aces with 5 serving points while Jamie Wellet had 9 aces with 6 serving points. And Kaci White led the team in kills with 6. Sturgis won the “B” match 3-to-0. Cara Goodman had 11 serving points, Addison Harvey had 4 kills, and Carlie Wilson had 3 assists. The Coldwater 8th grade A team lost to Sturgis 7-25 and 20-25. Veronica Crandall 7 points with 2 aces and 3 digs. Carly Howell 7 points, 2 digs, one kill and one assist. Jordyn Fox 4 points, 3 digs and 4 kills. Megan Gallup 2 points, 7 digs, 2 kills and one block. Hannah Parrish 3 digs and 4 kills. Lydia AcMoody 3 digs and 2 assist. The team will host Marshall on Tuesday at the high school at 4:30 pm.
And Bronson’s seventh and eighth grade teams each won at Mendon by scores of 3-to-1. In the eighth grade match, Jill Pyles had 16 aces and 3 digs, Grace Morgan had 8 kills, and Allie Sikorski had 8 assists. In the seventh grade match, Kiana Mayer had 11 aces and Adyson Lasky had 4 kills.