COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In high school volleyball, Coldwater scored a 5-game state tournament victory over Vicksburg in the semi-finals of the MHSAA Class-B District being hosted this week by Coldwater. The Lady Cardinals win sends them on to Saturday’s 5 pm district title match against Three Rivers, which eliminated Edwardsburg 3-1 last night. It was hard work for Coldwater to take out Vicksburg as they beat the Bulldogs in games one and three 29-27 and 28-26 while both of Vicksburg’s wins came by a 25-17 margin. In the decisive fifth game, the Lady Cardinals pulled ahead early 7-1 before closing out the set by a five point spread at 15-10.
Our McDonald’s Player of the Match for Coldwater was senior Kenzie Galloway, who had 5 kills and 6 blocks, many of them coming at crucial points in the match. Shelby Bowers and Haley Reincke each had a team-high 8 kills while Meghan Schorfhaar led the way in digs with 14 and in assists with 15. Ashley Chase added 13 digs along with 7 assists and was 19-for-19 serving with 3 aces. Carlee Smoker served 16-for-16 with 2 aces. Coldwater will take a 25-16-8 record into their showdown against Three Rivers and we’ll have the title match on the radio with our live coverage on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 starting at 4:45 Saturday afternoon and we’ll also stream the audio on-line at wtvbam.com.
The other state volleyball tournament this week in Branch County resumes play tonight with the Bronson Class C District semifinals. In the first match at 5 pm, it’s sixth-ranked Bronson against Quincy followed at seven o’clock by top-ranked Mendon taking on Union City. Bronson and Mendon each won 3-0 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday while Quincy and Union City both drew first round byes. The Bronson District title match is at 1 pm Saturday. Coming up today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Union City volleyball coach Nicky Hammond.
In boys soccer, the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association Wednesday announced Coldwater senior Mohammed Aljabaly and junior Nooh Aljabaly as Division Two All-State Honorable Mention. Mo made second team All-State last year when Nooh was honorable mention. And in Division Four, for this season, Quincy’s Nick Haberl and Jake Rider were both honorable mention All-State.
In middle school sports, in boys basketball yesterday, Coldwater won three of its four games against Battle Creek Lakeview. The Cardinals split the 8th grade contests at home. They won the “A” game 35-20 with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Brady Beckhusen while Joe Severn had 10 points and Logan Fee added 3 steals. Lakeview took the “B” game 39-12. Adam Bailey had 4 points and 4 steals and Ethan Wiley had 4 rebounds. In the seventh grade “A” game at Lakeview, Coldwater beat the Spartans 25-22 with 13 points and 6 rebounds for Gage McGuire. The Cardinals won the “B” game 17-14 with 8 points for Michael Kubel while Mohammed Salem had 5 rebounds and 5 steals. Also yesterday, Bronson dropped a pair of games at Homer. The Vikings lost the eighth grade game 39-26 with 13 points for Ethan Cossairt. And the Trojans beat Bronson in the seventh grade game 42-17 with six points for Brett Sikorski and 4 rebounds for Brenden Withington.