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Volleyball districts begins tonight after weekend conference tournament, Derek Sammons named All State in tennis

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - It was a busy Saturday in high school volleyball with conference tournaments ending the regular season in preparation for the MSHSAA districts which tip off this week around the state including tonight at Coldwater and tomorrow night at Bronson. In the Coldwater Class-B District, in the only opening round action, Coldwater faces off tonight against Sturgis at six o’clock and we’ll have the match on the radio with our live coverage on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 beginning at 5:45 and we’ll also stream the audio on-line at wtvbam.com.  The winner advances to Wednesday’s semi-finals to take on Vicksburg while in the other semi-final bracket it’s Edwardsburg vs. Three Rivers.  The title match is on Saturday.

Coldwater finished in seventh place in the SMAC League tournament at Portage Central with a 2-and-2 record. They opened with a win over Portage Northern and then lost to Mattawan and Sturgis before ending with a victory over Niles. On the day, Shelby Bowers had a team-high 14 kills. Michaela Gillette led the way in digs with 22 and Ashley Chase added 20 assists. Coldwater’s record entering the second season is 23-16-8.

In the Bronson Class-C District, the action begins Tuesday with Bronson taking on Hillsdale at 5 o’clock followed by Mendon against Reading at seven pm. Awaiting the winners on Thursday are Quincy and Union City.

In the Big Eight tournament at Quincy, Union City finished in fourth place. On the day, Rachel Wing had 31 kills and 6 blocks. Marissa Mead had 62 digs and Bailee White had 11 assists. Concord beat Athens in the finals.

In the St. Joe Valley Conference tournament at Mendon, the host Hornets finished first with a 3-and-0 record while Bronson went 2-and-1 with wins over Centreville and White Pigeon while losing 3-0 to Mendon. Individual leaders for the Lady Vikings were Skyler Sobeski with 28 kills, Kassidy Bystry with 38 digs, and Alexa Ratkowski with 68 assists and 9 blocks. Bronson’s season record is 40-16-7.

The MHSAA cross country finals were on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway with Branch County represented in Division 3 by the Quincy girls team and by 3 runners from the boys team. The girls finished 18th out of 27 teams led by Haley Bean who took 41st place while Katie Spalding was 65th. In the boys race, Riley Horn finished 34th, just missing All-State honors by 4 places. Zack Slack ended up 47th while Logan Kestner was 87th.   

And finally, in boy’s tennis, congratulations to Coldwater junior Derek Sammons, named to the Division Three All-State singles team by the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches.

Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Coldwater volleyball coach Larry Knauss.