In Branch County high school sports last night, in boy’s soccer, it was a shutout victory for Coldwater at Pennfield with the Cardinals winning 2-to-0. The match was tied at zero-zero until 19 minutes left in the 2nd half when Mohamed Aljabaly scored, assisted by his brother Nooh Aljabaly. Nooh connected on the final goal with 4 minutes left, assisted by Esmail Algersh. The Cardinals outshot the host Panthers 15-to-1 on the night while improving their record to 10-and-2 with their 6th shutout of the season. Coldwater has another non-conference game Saturday afternoon at Tecumseh before playing a first round Gold Division SMAC conference tournament game at home against Portage Central next Tuesday.
In volleyball last night in the Big Eight Conference, Quincy lost 3-to-1 at Jonesville. Baily Knaack had a team-high 8 kills for Quincy while Ashton King and Bree Spalding each had 17 digs. And it went down to the wire at Union City, where the host Lady Chargers outlasted Athens in five sets.Union City took the first two games 25-23, 25-20 before Athens rebounded to win 25-20, 25-19, and then in the deciding game, the Lady Chargers prevailed 15-13. Brooke Johnson led Union City with 17 kills and 12 blocks. Marissa Mead had 26 digs and Jasmine McIntosh added 25 assists. Union City improved to 2-and-1 in the conference and 13-11-and-2 overall.
In boy’s tennis, Bronson scored a 5-to-3 victory at Brooklyn Columbia Central. The visiting Vikings swept the doubles matches and took the fifth point with a forfeit win at fourth singles. Bronson’s third doubles team of Sawyer Maddox and Ryan O’Rourke yesterday moved their undefeated season record to 12-and-0 while the overall team improved its mark to 7-3-and-2.
And in cross country, in a St. Joe Valley Jamboree at Mendon, it was a runner-up finish for the Bronson boy’s team while the girl’s took third place. Bronson runners finished first in both races with gold medals for Hunter Machus and Corissa Ross. In the boy’s competition, Wesley Disbro also had a top ten showing for the Vikings, finishing ninth while on the girl’s side, Mariah Roberts was fifth and Tana Shimp sixth.
On today’s high schedule, in volleyball, Bronson has a home match against Centreville. In girl’s golf, Coldwater plays in the second and final round of the SMAC League meet at Angel Crossing and in boy’s tennis, Coldwater is on the road for a SMAC West crossover match. Today on the Coach’s Corner, it’s Bronson football Jeff Gallup.
In middle school sports yesterday, in volleyball, it was Coldwater at Battle Creek Lakeview. The Lady Cardinals swept the seventh grade matches. In the “A” match, Coldwater beat the Spartans 3-to-0. Jasmine Wellet had 7 serving points, Kaci White had 7 aces and Isabella Foley had 4 kills, 3 digs and 3 assists. Coldwater won the “B” match 2-games-to-1. Carlie Wilson led the team in serving points with 7 while Racheal Hoath had a team-high 3 kills.