COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, the Coldwater boy’s soccer season came to an end Saturday afternoon with the Cardinals losing to Marshall 4-3 in a double overtime shootout in a Division Two district title game at Cardinal Field. Coldwater's Nooh Aljabaly scored just over 6 minutes into the match, assisted by his brother Yousif, to put the Cardinals on top. 15 minutes later,Marshallcame back to knot the score at 1-1. With 9 minutes left in the half, a Coldwater player was ejected, requiring the team to play a man down the rest of the game. Marshall scored on an "own goal" off a Coldwater player just 10 seconds after the ejection. The Redhawks benefited from another Coldwater "own goal" just before the half. The Cardinals tied the game in the second half with two unassisted goals from Mohamed Aljabaly, but were unable to score in the two 10 minute overtime periods.Marshallthen made 4 of their shots compared to 3 for the Cardinals in the shootout to win the district title.Marshall's record is now 4-15-1 and they'll play Dexter in the regional semi-final at Vicksburg High tomorrow afternoon. Coldwater completed its winningest season ever, finishing 16-and-5. It was the Cardinals first trip ever to the district title game.
In volleyball, Coldwater captured the title of its own Cardinal Invitational on Saturday with a 6-and-0 record for the tournament. They beat Bronson 2-to-0 in the quarterfinals, followed by a 2-to-0 victory over Tecumseh in the semi-finals and defeated Concord in the championship match 25-14, 25-19. BreeAnn Spangler led the way in kills with 41 and in digs with 35. Lauren Outwater had a team-high 14 blocks and Janie Marso had 106 assists. Coldwater improved its overall record to 39-6-and-2. Bronson finished with a 1-and-3 record on the day. Kylei Ratkowski had 32 kills, Grace Pyles had 32 digs, Skyler Sobeski and Emily Mayes had 5 blocks apiece and Alexa Ratkowski had 70 assists. Union City had a 3-1-and-1 record at the Jonesville Invitational, losing to the host Comets in the semi-finals. Brooke Johnson had 38 kills and 10 blocks. Jasmine McIntosh had 46 assists. Marissa Mead had 45 digs. And Haley Harty had 8 aces. Union City’s overall record is 22-14-4. And the Coldwater junior varsity team had a 3-and-1 record in the SMAC j-v tournament, losing in the semi-finals 2-to-1 to Gull Lake. Mina Wellett had a team-high 18 kills, Michaela Gillette led the way in digs with 29. And Carlee Smoker added 32 assists and 6 blocks.The Coldwater j-v record is now 32-11-and-1.
In girl’s golf, Coldwater junior Anna Wendorf shot a 96 on Saturday in the Division Three State Finals at the Bedford Valley Golf Club. Wendorf, who played as an individual qualifier, had a two day total of 195 which was good for 47th place out of the 90 girls in the field.
It was a busy Saturday in cross country. Coldwater senior Becca Schott won the SMAC girl’s title with her first place finish in the league meet at Sturgis. Because of some injuries, the Lady Cardinals did not enter a full team in the meet.The boy’s also had some injury issues but had enough runners for a team and finished 13th led by Cameron Leist in 47th place. Bronson competed at the Brandywine Invitational with 7 other schools and the boy’s and girl’s teams each finished fourth. Leading the boys were Hunter Machus in fifth place and Wesley Disbro seventh while for the girls, Corissa Ross was fifth and Tana Shimp ninth. Quincy ran at the Gobles Invitational with the girls taking first place out of 17 teams with the boys finishing fifth. Nickole Loomis took fifth place for the girls with Kelsey Bean eighth and Alyssa Bracy tenth. Zach Slack led the boys with a fifth place finish. The Union City boy’s team finished fifth out of 8 schools at the Kalamazoo Christian Invitational while the girl’s took eighth place out of 9 teams. Jesse Anderson led the boys with a sixth place showing while Katie Birch took third place in the girl’s race.
In boy’s tennis, Bronson made its first ever appearance as a team at the boy’s Division 4 state finals. However, the Vikings returned home from the competition at Kalamazoo College without a win in any of the eight flights.
In football, the regular season ended with Saturday’s games and the pairings were announced last night for the MHSAA playoffs and the first round district games coming up this weekend with two Branch County schools, Bronson and Union City, qualifying for the state playoffs. In Division Six, Bronson plays at Hillsdale while in Division Seven, it’s Union City at Pewamo Westphalia. The dates and times for the games will be released today.
On the Coach’s Corner today, it’s Quincy volleyball coach Sandy Turner.