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Coldwater soccer falls to Mattawan in league tournament, plus volleyball and cross country wrap-up

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) -In Branch County high school sports, last night in boys soccer, in a battle of Division Two state ranked teams in Coldwater, the host Cardinals came up short, losing to Mattawan 1-0 in the first round of the SMAC Gold Division conference tournament. The 9th ranked Wildcats scored the lone goal of the game with 25:48 to play in the first half. 8th-ranked Coldwater only got 5 shots on goal for the night, while holding Mattawan to 6. Ian Wright made 5 saves in goal for the Cardinals. The loss dropped Coldwater to 11-3 on the season. They'll host Battle Creek Lakeview in the next round of the tournament tomorrow night, after the Spartans lost to Kalamazoo Central last night in a penalty kick shootout.

In last night’s j-v match in Coldwater, the Cardinals suffered their first loss of the season, falling 5-to-0 to Mattawan. The Wildcats outshot Coldwater 14-3. Waheeb Ahmed had 9 saves in goal for the Cardinals with their record on the season now at 10-1-and-1.

In volleyball last night, Quincy lost 3-0 at Jonesville. Gaby Masson had 6 kills and 12 digs. Ashton King also had 12 digs while Alie Silva had 8 assists. Also in the Big 8, Union City fell 3-0 at Athens. Marissa Mead had 17 digs. Haley McIntosh had 11 kills with 10 kills for Rachel Wing. And Bailee White had 20 assists. Union City slips to 1-and-2 in the conference and 13-9-and-2 overall. Union City won the j-v match 2-0 with 7 aces for Kara Layne and 3 blocks for MaKena Bartlett.  

Yesterday in cross country, Coldwater had its second SMAC East Jamboree of the season with the meet at Sturgis with the boys team again finishing fifth while the girls stayed in seventh place. Spencer Leist improved his standing in the league with his 16th place finish as did Josh Evers in 22nd place and Shane Dunn in 30th place. In the girls competition, Natalee Dally moved up to 24th place and Madison Marsh improved to 41st place.

Also in cross country, Quincy and Union City ran in a Big Eight Jamboree at Concord. The boys and girls teams from Quincy each finished second while for Union City, the boys took sixth place while the girls placed fifth. In the boy’s race, Riley Horn finished second for Quincy while Skyler Flanders led Union City with a tenth place finish. In the girl’s race, Quincy’s Haley Bean finished third while Katie Birch paced Union City with her seventh place finish.

Bronson yesterday competed in a St. Joe Valley cross country quad meet at Mendon with the boys team taking third place while the girls finished second. The Bronson boys were led by Matt Cosby, who placed second while Corissa Ross had a fourth place finish in the girls race.

On today’s high school schedule, there’s just one event with volleyball as Coldwater plays at home against Battle Creek Central.  Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Bronson football coach Dan Burzynski.

In middle school sports yesterday, in volleyball, Coldwater swept 4 matches at home over Harper Creek. In the 8th grade action, the “A” team won 2-0 with 12 points for Isabella Foley including 5 aces and 3 digs. Jamie Wellet added 7 assists while Drue Mullin, Avery Milnes and Carly Duke had 3 kills apiece. The “B” team beat the Beavers 2-1. Nicole Adams led the way in serves with 16 while Abby Licht had 11 assists. Coldwater won both of the seventh grade matches 3-0. In the “A” match, Emilee Smoker had 11 serves and 4 aces while Sam Rodesiler also had 4 aces with 4 assists. Hailey Steel led the “B” team with 9 points including 5 aces.