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AUDIO: Cardinal football team celebrates winning season at awards banquet Sunday night

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Coldwater’s turnaround football season which featured the Cardinals first winning year since 1989 and their first ever appearance in the MHSAA football playoffs was remembered and celebrated at last night’s annual football awards banquet. Chosen Most Valuable Player as voted on by team members was Cooper Murphy, who also was named most valuable offensive back. Other most valuable honors by position went to Joel Jepson, offensive lineman; Logan Targgart and Mike Covey, defensive lineman; Luke Stempien, defensive back; Zach DeMeester, linebacker; and Sawyer Murphy, most improved player. Awarded SMAC East First Team honors were Chris VandenHout, Zach DeMeester, Cooper Murphy, Darrien Bradley, and Joel Jepson. Named to the Second Team were Blaze Watson, Austin Siegel, Luke Stempien, Steven Suelzer, Mike Covey, Logan Targgart, and Cody Truex. And selected for honorable mention were Tylar Rankin, Bryant Garrett, and Sawyer Murphy.  

The Cardinals finished the regular season with a 5-4 record and then took Division Two semi-finalist Stevensville Lakeshore to the wire before losing 28-21 to the Lancers in the opening round of the playoffs. Selected team captains for next year were Logan Targgart, Zach DeMeester, Sawyer Murphy, and Luke Beckhusen.

The matchups are set for this coming weekend’s state football finals at Ford Field in Detroit following Saturday’s semi-finals which saw all three area teams still alive in the playoffs eliminated from post season play. In Division Seven, Big Eight Conference champion Homer lost 52-7 to Detroit Loyola. In Division 3, Stevensville Lakeshore fell 42-7 to Zeeland West. And in Division Two, SMAC West champion Portage Central lost 41-35 to Muskegon.

The high school volleyball season came to a close with Saturday’s four title matches at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, where the Battle Creek St. Philip Tigers won their eighth straight championship with a 3-0 victory over Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes in the Class D final. The only other area school to make the final four, Mendon, bowed out Friday in the Class-C semi-finals in four games to Grand Rapids Covenant Christian, which went on to win the title.

Today on the Coaches Corner, we’ll visit with Coldwater High School Athletic Director Diane VandenHout.