COLDWATER (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, in volleyball, Bronson finished second Saturday in the silver pool at the Portage Northern Invitational. The Lady Vikings had a 2-2-and-2 record on the day that included in the single elimination matches a 2-to-1 win over Harper Creek before losing 2-to-0 to Okemos. Kylei Ratkowski led the way in kills with 29 and in digs with 44. Emily Mayes had a team-high 11 blocks. Alexa Ratkowski had 76 assists and Grace Pyles had 6 aces. Bronson, which is ranked ninth in the state in Class-C, returns to action Wednesday with a St. Joe Valley Conference match at home against Centreville. Also in volleyball, Quincy was at the Stockbridge Invitational and advanced to the semi-finals where they lost in two games to New Lothrop. In the third place match, Quincy fell to Stockbridge in two games. In the quarterfinals, the Lady Orioles won in two games over Homer. Quincy has a Big Eight match tomorrow night at Jonesville. In j-v volleyball, Coldwater finished first at the Onsted Invitational with a 7-and-0 record while beating host Onsted in the finals.Haley Reincke had a team-high 28 kills while Carlee Smoker led the way in blocks with 9 and in assists with 47. Michaela Gillette had a team-high 44 digs while Mina Wellet and Meghan Eguia had ten aces apiece. And at the Bronson junior varsity invitational, Union City made it to the semi-finals before falling to Three Rivers. Katie Wood had 14 kills and 9 blocks, Emma Hoppe had 8 aces, and Bailee White had 8 assists.
In cross country, Coldwater ran at the Jackson High Invitational with medals for Becca Schott and Cameron Leist. Schott won the bronze medal in the girl’s competition while Leist placed 28th in the Division Two boy’s race. Coldwater did not have enough girls to field a full team while the boys had a tenth place finish. And Quincy and Union City were part of the 27 schools that competed at the Pittsford Invitational which featured races by class. In the overall team standings, the Quincy boy’s tied for second while the girl’s took third place. 6 boys medaled for Quincy while seven girls earned medals. In the boy’s race, for the freshmen, Quincy’s Jared Brown finished fifth. Riley Horn took fourth place in the junior race while in the senior’s race, Union City’s Jesse Anderson finished sixth and Quincy’s Tyler Smith was seventh. In the girl’s competition, Nickole Loomis of Quincy was sixth in the freshman race. Alyssa Bracy of Quincy took seventh place in the junior class race with Katie Birch of Union City placing tenth. And in the senior race, Stine Andreassen-Rud of Quincy placed seventh.
On today’s high school schedule, in boy’s soccer, Quincy has a match at home against Hillsdale starting at 5:30 while in boy’s tennis, it’s Coldwater at Sturgis. Today on the Coach’s Corner, it’s Coldwater girl’s golf coach John Petzko.
In middle school sports, in volleyball, the Coldwater seventh grade “A” team went undefeated to win a tournament Saturday at Union City. In the title match, Isabella Foley had 7 serving points. On the day, Jasmine Wellet had a team-high 25 serving points while Jasmine and Jamie Wellet each had 16 aces and 8 kills. The Coldwater seventh grade “B” team won the Lakeview Invitational. Cara Goodman led the team in serving points with 29 while Addison Harvey had a team-high 6 kills.