COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports last night, a full menu of volleyball in Coldwater and you heard it live here on radio as the Lady Cardinals hosted Bronson and Three Rivers for a tri-meet and the Fifth Annual Dig Pink Night benefitting cancer research. Coldwater opened the meet with a 3-to-0 win over Three Rivers. Then it was Bronson outlasting Three Rivers 3-to-2, including a fourth game 32-to-30 win. And to close out the evening, the Lady Cardinals beat Bronson 3-to-0. Our McDonald’s Player of the Match honors on the night for Coldwater was Junior Morgan Klein, who finished with 12 kills, 7 blocks, and 22 digs. BreeAnn Spangler had a team-high 22 kills and Janie Marso added 41 assists. The pair of victories improved Coldwater’s record to 36-6-and-2. For Bronson, Kylei Ratkowski had a team-high 26 kills, Grace Pyles had 34 digs, and Alexa Ratkowski had 50 assists and 8 aces. Bronson’s overall record is now 28-13-and-6. Funding for cancer research was the ultimate overall winner yesterday with the students at CHS led by the volleyball and football team players raising more than $2,400 with their various Dig Pink events and activities this month. In last night’s reserve matches in Coldwater, the Lady Cardinal’s J-V Team earned two wins, beating Three Rivers 2-to-0 before defeating Bronson 2-to-1. Michaela Gillette had a team-high 21 digs. Kelsey Parrish had 6 aces. Carlee Smoker had 12 assists. And Naomi Blansit and Mina Wellet led the way in kills with 8 apiece. The Coldwater J-V record is now 29-9-and-1. And in freshman action, it was Coldwater over Three Rivers 3-to-0. Katelyn Stanton had 8 kills. Stacy Guzy had 7 aces and 5 digs. And Kendall Galloway had 10 assists. The freshman record is 19-7-and-4.
Also last night in volleyball, in Big Eight Conference action, Union City was a winner at home over Jonesville 3-to-1.Jasmine McIntosh had 29 assists, Brooke Johnson had 18 kills, and Marissa Mead had 34 digs. Union City improved to 5-and-1 in league play and 19-13-and-3 overall. Union City also won the J-V match 2-to-0. Katie Wood had 7 kills and Ciera Davis had 4 aces.
Yesterday in cross country, Quincy and Union City were at Reading for the final Big Eight Jamboree of the season. Quincy’s boy’s and girl’s teams finished second yesterday and second overall in the conference standings while the Union City boys were fourth yesterday and fourth overall and the girl’s took sixth place yesterday and ended up sixth overall. Individually, for the Quincy boys, Zach Slack finished sixth yesterday with Riley Horn seventh while Jesse Anderson led Union City with a fifth place showing. All three made the All-Conference team. For the girls, Quincy’s Kelsey Bean finished in eighth place while Katie Birch took 12th place and they both earned All-Conference honors And Bronson yesterday hosted the St. Joe Valley Championship cross country meet with both the boy’s and girl’s teams taking second place. Leading the boys were Matt Cosby in second place, Hunter Machus third and Dale Disbro eighth. Corissa Ross won the girl’s race with Tana Shimp finishing third and Mariah Roberts seventh.
On today’s high school schedule, in state tournament boy’s soccer, in the Division Two district semi-finals at Coldwater, the host Cardinals take on Sturgis in the second match of the night at seven o’clock after the first game at 5 p.m. between Marshal and Vicksburg. And in Division Four, Quincy has a 4:30 district semi-final match at Lansing Christian. And in volleyball, it’s Coldwater at Sturgis. Today on the Coach’s Corner, it’s Bronson football coach Jeff Gallup.
In middle school sports, in cross country, Coldwater finished its season last weekend with a meet at Sturgis and all of the 30-plus Cardinal runners had personal best times. In the seventh and eighth grade boys competition, Zach Murphy finished first while Jacob Fair with seventh and Ben Fagen ninth. For the girls, Josilyn Quimby led the way with a 25th place finish. For the sixth grade boys, Ryan Murphy medaled with a 9th place finish and for the girls, who finished in third place overall, receiving medals were Mallory Rzepka in second place, Claire Sheppard sixth, and Erica Rogers eighth.