COLDWATER (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports last night, in boy’s soccer, six different players scored for Coldwater as the Cardinals closed out the regular season with an 8-to-0 mercy rule victory at home over Three Rivers. Nooh Aljabaly had 3 goals, with one goal and one assist each for Mohamed Aljabaly and Tommy Nagle. Eric Catlin, Tobias Hermann, and Saleh Mousa had single goals. Yousif Aljabaly added 3 assists as Coldwater outshot Three Rivers 29-0. The game ended with 7:29 left in the second half as Nagle had his penalty kick blocked by the Wildcat’s keeper, but scored the goal on the rebound. With the victory, Coldwater tied the school record for wins while improving their record to 14-and-4. The Cardinals now move on to the state tournament and will host Three Rivers again Monday night in the first round of the Division 2 district. In last night’s j-v match, Coldwater blanked Three Rivers 7-to-0. Andrew Barnes had 3 goals with one goal each for Sean Delaney, Fadel Said, Azam Ahmed and Ali Nagi. Also, Spencer Leist had an assist while Nick Galliers made one save in goal as the Cardinals outshot the Wildcats 22-to-1. The j-v team finished its season with an 11-6-and-2 record.
Also last night in soccer, Quincy scored a 2-to-1 victory at Lenewee Christian in a cross over match between the 2nd place teams in the Independent Soccer League. It was even through most of the opening half until the visiting Orioles struck first as Ashton Diotte took a cross from Jake Rider at the 20:01 mark to put Quincy ahead 1-to-0. Lenewee Christian came back and scored at the 5:47 mark to tie the game at one. The second half saw Quincy regain the lead at the 28:32 mark as Diotte scored again on a chip shot pass from Edgar Castro. The Orioles turned up the pressure after the break, hitting the goal post and cross bar 4 times on breakaways. Quincy outshot Lenewee Christian 23-20 with Dakota Finley recording 15 saves. Quincy improved to 15-3-and-2 on the year and will take a 3-game winning streak into the second season, hosting Dansville Monday night in the opening round of Division Four District tournament play.
In girl’s golf, Coldwater junior Anna Wendorf has qualified to compete in next weekend’s Division Three State Finals. Yesterday, Wendorf matched up with a player from Vicksburg for a sudden death playoff after they had tied for third place in Wednesday’s Regional at Angel’s Crossing and she closed out her opponent on the first extra hole. The Coldwater girl’s team failed to advance to the finals as they missed moving on by one spot, finishing in fourth place.
Last night in volleyball, Bronson lost 3-games-to-1 at home to Mendon. Kylei Ratkowski had 9 kills, Kassidy Bystry led the way in digs with 23 and Alexa Ratkowski had 22 assists. Bronson slips to 5-and-1 in the St. Joe Valley with the overall record at 24-11-and-5.
In reserve football last night, Coldwater's junior varsity team lost at Harper Creek 40-6. The Coldwater freshmen also fell to the Beavers 26-20. Zach Siegel scored on a 50 yard punt return, while Brandon Lewis had a pair of long touchdown paases to Zack Vanderpuyl.
Turning to Friday night football, it’s the next to the last weekend of the regular season and tonight for Coldwater, it’s the final home game on the schedule with a Parent’s Night SMAC East contest against Harper Creek. The Cardinals are coming off their first win of the season last week at Battle Creek Central while the visiting Beavers are undefeated in the division and 5-and-2 overall. We’ll have live coverage of the game on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 WTVB beginning at 6:30 with the kickoff at 7 o’clock. You can also catch all the action streaming on-line at wtvbam.com. Elsewhere on tonight’s schedule, we have a pair of homecoming games in Branch County as Quincy hosts Homer and at Bronson, the Vikings take on Stockbridge. Meanwhile, Union City plays at Reading and in 8-man football, Tekonsha hosts Waldron. Finally, there’s state tournament boy’s tennis today with Coldwater competing in the Division Three Regional at Sturgis while Bronson plays in Division Four at Battle Creek.
In middle school sports yesterday, in volleyball, Coldwater hosted Battle Creek Lakeview. The visiting Spartans won the 8th grade “A” match 2-to-0. Megan Gallup led Coldwater with 8 points, 5 aces, 5 digs and 4 kills. Coldwater took the “B” match 3-to-0. Leading the way in serve points were Jennifer Valdivia with 10 and Kaitlyn Gallant with 8. And Madison Minton had 3 kills. In the seventh grade “A” match, the Lady Cardinals beat Lakeview 3-to-0. Jamie Wellet had 7 aces and 8 serving points. Lakeview won the “B” match 3-to-0. Addison Harvey had 3 kills for Coldwater.