COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, a record breaking season came to an end for the Coldwater girls soccer team last night with a 4-to-1 loss to Charlotte in the semifinals of the Division 2 district at Gull Lake. Charlotte held a 2-0 halftime lead on two Coldwater defensive mistakes. Miranda Catlin cut the lead to one, scoring 10 minutes into the second half, assisted by Morgan Klein. Despite outshooting Charlotte 17-9 on the night, the Lady Cardinals were not able to score again. Charlotte added two insurance goals, one with 19 minutes left and the other with 7 minutes left, both on Coldwater defensive miscues. Shelby Bowers made 2 saves in goal, while Mina Wellet came on late in the game and made one save. Coldwater finishes its season with a 10-8-3 record, a 6 win turnaround from last season and the best girls soccer record in school history. The team has also been named Academic All State, with a team grade point average of 3.31. Charlotte will now face Gull Lake tomorrow morning in the district final, after the Blue Devils recorded an 8-0 mercy rule victory over Vicksburg in the other semifinal.
There’s a break in the schedule today for county teams in advance of tomorrow’s post season events which include Division Two baseball and softball district tournament play in Coldwater. In Division Three, county rivals Bronson and Quincy square off in in baseball and softball in the semi-finals of the Constantine District where Union City’s season ended on Monday with first round losses to Centreville. Also tomorrow, it’s the state finals in track-&-field. A total of 19 athletes from Branch County will be competing in the individual events while girl’s relay teams from Bronson, Quincy, and Union City will also be in the running for state honors.
In boy’s golf, from Wednesday, Bronson seniors Robert O’Rourke and Jonah Houtz advanced to next week’s Division Three individual state regionals. O’Rourke shot an 89 and Houtz a 93 in the district tournament at Island Hills. Bronson’s team score of 394 was good for seventh place while Union City took 12th place.
Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Coldwater softball coach Tina Scheidler.