COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, it was a busy weekend in volleyball with league meets in advance of the state tournament, which begins this week with district play and there was also regional cross country action with the top runners moving on to the finals coming up Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.
In the SMAC League volleyball tournament at Battle Creek Central, Coldwater had a fifth place finish with a 3-and-1 record on the day, losing only to Niles, which made it to the title match against eventual champion Gull Lake.
Coldwater had wins over Portage Northern, Sturgis and Battle Creek Lakeview. BreeAnn Spangler had 34 kills and 8 blocks. Morgan Klein also had 8 blocks. Darby Kahler had 43 digs and Janie Marso had 77 assists. The Lady Cardinal’s season record is now 41-7-and-2.
Coldwater will play in the Gull Lake Class-A district with their opening round match at home tomorrow night against Holt at six p.m. We’ll have all the action on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 with our live coverage beginning at 5:45. The winner will advance to Thursday’s semi-finals and play either Gull Lake or Battle Creek Lakeview. In the Big Eight Conference, Jonesville hosted the league meet on Saturday and Union City finished fourth after wins over Quincy and Springport and a loss to Jonesville.
The tournament champion was Concord. Brooke Johnson had a team-high 38 kills for Union City and also led the way in blocks with 24. Marissa Mead had 29 digs and 6 aces while Haley Harty also had 29 digs. And Jasmine McIntosh had 45 assists.
Union City is hosting a Class-C district this week and it begins tonight with one match at 6 p.m. between Bronson and Hillsdale with the survivor playing Union City in Wednesday’s semi-finals. Bronson finished second in their St. Joe Valley League meet at Centreville, losing 3-to-1 in the finals to Mendon. Bronson’s final regular season record was 32-18-and-6.
In j-v volleyball, Union City had a 3-and-1 mark in a season-ending tournament at Battle Creek St. Philip. Katie Wood had 29 kills. Alyssa Collyer had 7 aces. And Bailee White had 29 assists.
In cross country, in the regionals, all of the county schools ran at Sharp Park, where the top three teams and top 15 individuals qualify for the finals.
In Division Two, Coldwater’s season came to an end except for Becca Schott. The senior captain will run in the finals at M-I-S after her seventh place finish. As a team, the Lady Cardinals finished 14th while the boys took 12th place.
In Division Three, Quincy’s boy’s and girl’s teams each finished fifth while Union City’s boy’s team was 11th. Union City didn’t field a full team for the girl’s race. And Bronson’s boy’s team took seventh place while the girls finished ninth. Qualifying for the boy’s finals from Quincy was Zach Slack in sixth place and Riley Horn in 13th place as well as Matt Cosby of Bronson in 12th place.
Today on the Coach’s Corner, we’ll have a final look at boy’s soccer.