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Weekend Branch County High School Sports Wrap-up


COLDWATER (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, in boy’s soccer, Coldwater overcame a slow start Saturday and bounced back from a 1-to-0 halftime deficit for a 3-to-1 victory at Kalamazoo Central. Mohamed Aljabaly had two goals and one assist while Yousif Aljabaly had one goal and one assist.  Ian Wright made 13 saves in goal as Kalamazoo Central outshot the Cardinals 15-10. Coldwater improved to 13-and-3 on the season and the Cardinals are also Honorable Mention again this week in the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association Division Two poll. Coldwater will host Battle Creek Lakeview tomorrow in the 5th place game in the Gold Division of the SMAC League Tournament, then close out the regular season Thursday at home against Three Rivers. They'll then host the district tournament beginning a week from today. The Coldwater junior varsity soccer team tied Kalamazoo Central Saturday 1-to-1. Ali Nagi scored the lone Cardinal goal, assisted by Waleed Zamzami. The jv record is now 10-5-2.

In volleyball, Coldwater was the winner of Saturday’s St. John’s Invitational with a 5-0-and-1 record on the day, including a 2-to-0 victory overGreenvillein the title match. BreeAnn Spangler led the way in kills with 46 and in blocks with 19. Darby Kahler had a team-high 65 digs while Janie Marso had 110 assists. Coldwater’s record is now 25-5-and-2. Also in volleyball, at the Concord Invitational, Bronson finished in third place while Union City was eliminated in the quarterfinals. Bronson had a 3-1-and-1 record on the day, losing to eventual champion Concord in the semi-finals. Kylei Ratkowski and Emily Mayes had 23 kills apiece while Ratkowski had team-highs in digs with 46 and in aces with 13. Mayes and Mallorie Bassage had 4 blocks apiece and Alexa Ratkowski had 80 assists.Union City had a 1-2-and-1 record, falling to Concord in the quarterfinals. Brooke Johnson had 16 kills and 12 blocks. Marissa Mead had 49 digs. Haley Harty had 7 aces and Jasmine McIntosh had 20 assists.Union City’s overall record is 17-13-and-3.

In j-v volleyball, Coldwater had a runner-up finish in the Spartan Classic at Battle Creek Lakeview, falling to Portage Central 24-26,24-26 in the finals. Mina Wellet, Naomi Blansit and Haley Reincke led the way in kills with 23 apiece. Michaela Gillette had a team-high 40 digs. Kelsey Parrish had 9 aces and Carlee Smoker added 40 assists. The Coldwater j-v record stands at 25-9-and-1. Also in j-v volleyball,Union Cityhad a 2-and-2 record in a tournament at Parma Western. Katie Wood had 20 kills, Bailee White had 12 aces and 13 assits and Heidi Gartley had 5 blocks.

In cross country, Coldwater competed at the Portage Invitational which featured the state’s fastest runners and best teams. The boy’s team finished 34th out of 36 teams while for the girl’s, Coldwater wasn’t able to field a full team with Natalee Dally leading the way, being clocked in a career-best time to place 98th in a race with 230 runners. Also in cross country, Quincy, Bronson, and Union City were at the Hudson Invitational, competing in the Division Three and Four race along with 14 other schools. In the boy’s event, Quincy was second, Bronson third and Union City 13th, while in the girl’s race, only Quincy fielded a full team and they finished first out of 13 schools. In the boy’s race, with 138 runners, Bronson’s Hunter Machus and Matt Cosby finished second and third while Quincy’s Riley Horn finished fourth. Also earning medals by placing in the top 30 from Quincy were Zach Slack, eighth, Tyler Smith, fifteenth, and Logan Kestner 22nd. And Jesse Anderson of Union City finished in tenth place. Also, Wesley Disbro of Bronson was 26th. In the girl’s race with 112 runners, medaling for Quincy were Nickole Loomis, 17th, Kelsey Bean, 20th, and Sasha Burnett, 22nd. Katie Birch led Union City by placing 19th while Corissa Ross of Bronson took 28th place.

And in boy’s tennis, Bronson finished third out of 6 schools in the KVA Tournament. Leading the way for the Vikings in singles was Robert O’Rourke, taking third place at second singles while the team of Ryan Hagen and Hobie Ramsey finished in first place at first doubles while Philip Mandoka and Kyler Scheenks took first place at fourth doubles. Senior Robert O’Rourke was named to the All-KVA first team for the second straight year while honorable mention recognition went to Jonah Houtz, Hobie Ramsey, Ryan Hagen, Ryan O’Rourke, and Sawyer Maddox.    

On today’s high school schedule, in volleyball, Coldwater is at Kalamazoo Central. In boy’s soccer, it’s Quincy at Jonesville. And in tennis, Coldwater plays in the SMAC League tournament, which was postponed on Saturday. Today on the Coach’s Corner, it’s Coldwater volleyball coach Gene Pensari.

In middle school sports, the Coldwater 7th and 8th grade boy’s team finished in first place out of 22 teams at the Hudson Invitational, which was held last Thursday. Zack Murphy led the way by placing second. In the sixth grade competition, Ryan Murphy led Coldwater by taking tenth place.