COLDWATER (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports last night, in boys soccer, Coldwater had to settle for a 6th place finish in the SMAC Gold Division tournament with a 2-to-0 loss at home to Battle Creek Lakeview. Despite outshooting Lakeview 15-to-5, the Cardinals were unable to find the back of the net. The Spartans got their first goal 5 minutes into the game, then sealed the victory with the final goal with 8 minutes left in the match. Ian Wright made 3 saves in goal for Coldwater. The Cardinals are now 13-and-4 on the season and finish 7-and-3 in the conference. They'll close out the regular season with a non-conference game tomorrow night at home against Three Rivers. The Coldwater jv team last night lost to Lakeview 1-to-0. Nick Galliers made 3 saves in goal. The jv record is now 10-6-and-2. Also in boy’s soccer, it was a Parent’s Night victory for Quincy as the Orioles notched their 14th win of the season by shutting out Leslie 5-to-0. Quincy controlled the game throughout as all their players saw action in the match. Jake Rider started the scoring at the 19:08 mark as he connected on a cross from Ashton Diotte. The Orioles next goal came on a penalty kick made by Nick Haberl at the 2:05 mark as Evan Albright was tripped in the box. The half ended with Quincy leading 2-to-0. Quincy came out strong in the second half as Diotte scored on a cross from Igor Batista at the 33:32 mark. Diotte followed with a goal on a header off a long cross from Trevor Hammill at 30:13. And then Diotte closed out the scoring with his third goal of the night at the 27:44 mark off a throw-in from Rider. Quincy outshot Leslie 18-to-6 on the night. The non-conference win improved the Oriole’s record on the season to 14-3-and-2. Next up for Quincy is a cross-over ISL divisional game at Lenawee Christian tomorrow starting at 4:30 p.m.
Turning to volleyball, in a Big Eight Branch County matchup, Union City beat visiting Quincy 3-to-0. Leading the Lady Chargers to the win were Brooke Johnson with 14 kills, Martha Merchant had 9 blocks, Marissa Mead had 21 digs, and Jasmine McIntosh had 18 assists. Union City is now 4-and-1 in the conference with their overall record at 18-3-and-3. Union City also won the j-v match 2-to-0. Katie Wood had 8 kills and 6 aces while Bailee White had 6 assists. And Bronson had a 3-and-1 record yesterday at the Gull Lake Invitational. The Lady Vikings beat Kalamazoo Hackett 2-to-0 and then fell to Gull Lake in two games. Bronson then defeated Otsego 2-to-0 and finished with a 2-to-1 victory over Stevensville Lakeshore. Kylei Ratkowski had a team high 25 kills. Kassidy Bystry led the way in digs with 40 while Alexa Ratkowski had 77 assists. Alexa and Kylei Ratkowski each had 5 aces. Bronson’s overall record is 24-10-and-5 with their next match tomorrow night at home against Mendon.
Yesterday in cross country, Union City hosted a Big Eight jamboree run on the Turtle Creek Golf Course. In the boy’s competition, Quincy took third place with Union City fourth while for the girls, Quincy again was third and Union City sixth. In the boy’s race, Riley Horn led Quincy by placing fifth while Union City’s Jesse Anderson with eighth. In the girl’s race, Quincy was paced by Sasha Burnett who finished in 12th place while for Union City, Katie Birch had an eighth place finish. Also in cross country, Bronson ran in a St. Joe Valley jamboree at Centreville. The Viking’s boy’s team took second place while the girls finished third. Hunter Machus won the boys race while Matt Cosby was third and Dale Disbro eighth. Corissa Ross won the girl’s race with Tana Shimp fifth and Mariah Roberts seventh.
On today’s high school schedule, in state tournament girl’s golf, Coldwater competes in a Division Three Regional on the Angels Crossing Golf Course at Vicksburg. And in volleyball, Coldwater has a SMAC East match at home against Harper Creek. Today on the Coach’s Corner, it’s Bronson football coach Jeff Gallup.
In middle school sports yesterday, in volleyball, in seventh grade action, Coldwater hosted Marshall. The Coldwater “A” team stayed undefeated on the season with a 3-to-0 win over the Redhawks. Avery Milnes led in serving with 6 aces while Isabella Foley had 4 kills. Coldwater won the “B” match 2-games-to-1. Shelby Fronko had a team-high 6 serving points, Addison Harvey and Nicole Adams had four kills apiece, Carlie Wilson had 3 assists and Emily Foulk and Cara Goodman led the team in digs with 3 apiece. The Coldwater 8th grade A team lost to Marshall 13-25 and 9-25. Carly Howell 8 points and 3 assist. Megan Gallup 4 points, 5 digs and 5 kills. Hannah Parrish 3 points, 2 digs and 3 kills. Lydia AcMoody added 5 assist. Brooke Lafferty with 2 digs. The team will host Lakeview on Thursday at 4:30 pm in the high school gym.
And in a St. Joe Valley quad match at Bronson, the Lady Vikings had a 3-and-0 mark with wins over Centreville, Mendon, and White Pigeon. Allie Sikorski had 31 aces and 22 assists, Grace Morgan and Jill Pyles each had 9 kills and 3 digs and Tori Bassage had 2 blocks.