COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports last night, the Coldwater varsity girls soccer team set a new school record for wins and also captured 3rd place in the SMAC Silver Division tournament with a 3-0 victory at home over Sturgis. The game was shortened by 20 minutes after a lengthy delay because of thunder and lightning. Kaitlyn Vella got her 15th goal of the season just 4 1/2 minutes into the game, assisted by Becca Harmon. Paige Holicki scored unassisted 1 1/2 minutes later, putting back a shot that had originally been blocked by the Sturgis keeper. Meghan Schorfhaar finished off the scoring with 21:24 left in the second half with a goal off a corner kick from Vella. The match was stopped by the inclement weather about 2 minutes later and never resumed. With the victory, the Lady Cardinals improved to 9-7-3 and guaranteed the team their first winning season ever. They finish with a 4-5-1 record in the conference. Coldwater will play at Sturgis in the first round of the Division Two districts Tuesday at 6 pm. Because of the weather, last night’s junior varsity game against Sturgis was cancelled. The JV squad finishes its season at 12-2.
Also in girl’s soccer, Quincy lost 5-to-2 at Manchester in a crossover matchup of ISL Division Champions. The host Flying Dutchmen took a 2-to-0 lead before Quincy scored on a goal by Kenzie Moore at the 9:23 mark on a pass from Liz Counterman and the first half ended with Manchester leading 2-to-1. Quincy fell behind 4-1 but was able to cut into the deficit at the 26:47 mark as Counterman scored her 21st goal of the year on an assist from Cailyn Hines to make it 4-2. Manchester’s final goal came at 3:43 to make it a 5-2 final score. Quincy is now 11-6 overall on the season and won the West Division Conference Title with a 9-1 league record. Quincy will host Springport in the first round of the Division Four Districts Tuesday night at 5:30.
In track yesterday, Union City’s boy’s and girl’s teams swept to victory in the Big Eight Conference Championship meet hosted by Springport while Quincy’s boy’s team tied for third place and the girl’s team finished fourth. Leading the way for Union City in the boy’s meet with four gold medals was Josh Holton, winning the long jump along with the 100 and 200 meter dashes and the 400 meter run. And Jesse Anderson was a double winner in the two hurdles races. Also in track, Bronson’s boy’s team won the St. Joe Valley League meet at White Pigeon while the girl’s team took second place. Hunter Machus was a double winner in the 16-hundred and 32-hundred meter runs while in the girl’s meet, Mariah Roberts finished first in the 100 meter dash and 300 meter low hurdles while Samantha Reed was a double winner in the shot put and discus.
Wednesday in boy’s golf, Coldwater traveled to Jackson for the Urshalitz Invitational hosted by Jackson Lumen Christi and came in 9th place firing a team score of 365 while Battle Creek Lakeview won the tournament with a team score of 296. Leading the way for Coldwater was Stephan Boston who shot a round of 83, Dreke Lutterbeck fired a 90, Nick Waterbury had a 93, Scout Case shot a 99 and Nathan Waterbury rounded out the scoring with a 101. Coldwater will travel to Binder Park next Wednesday for a Division Two District meet hosted by Harper Creek.
The Coldwater baseball doubleheader at Edwardsburg was rained out Wednesday.
On Thursday's high school schedule, in softball, it’s Coldwater at Parma Western while in baseball and softball, it’s Quincy at Michigan Center. And in boy’s golf, Bronson hosts Jonesville in a match at the Bella Vista Golf Club. Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Union City baseball coach John Bain.