COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports last night, in boys soccer, Coldwater held on for a 2-1 win at home over Battle Creek Lakeview in second round action of the SMAC Gold Division conference tournament. All the scoring in the game came in the first half, as the Cardinals got on the board first on a Nooh Aljabaly goal, assisted by Wageeh Saeed, just 5 minutes into the game. Lakeview tied the score with 18 minutes to play in the half, but Nooh Aljabaly came back with an unassisted goal 3 minutes later to give the Cardinals the lead for good. Lakeview outshot Coldwater on the night 13-9, with Ian Wright making 12 saves in goal. With the win Coldwater improves to 12-3 overall and 7-2 in the SMAC. The Cardinals, who are ranked eighth in the state in this week’s Division Two coaches poll, play at Jackson High tomorrow morning and then host Portage Central in the final round of the conference tournament Tuesday, after Central beat Gull Lake last night 4-1.
In yesterday’s Coldwater-Lakeview j-v game, the Cardinals beat Lakeview1-0. The lone goal of the game was scored by Mana Ahmed with 1:20 left in the first half. Each team had 6 shots with 6 saves in goal for Coldwater’s Waheeb Ahmed. The Cardinals’ j-v record is now 11-1-and-1.
Also in soccer last night, Quincy was a 7-1 winner at Jonesville in an ISL conference match. The visiting Orioles fell behind 1-0 when Jonesville scored first at the 24:28 mark. Quincy tied the game just under seven minutes later when Jake Rider scored the first of his three goals on a chip shot over the keeper's head on an assist from Evan Albright. Rider scored his second goal at 8:03 on an assist from Zack Bowerman to give the Orioles a 2-1 halftime lead. The second half saw Quincy quickly take charge as Evan Albright scored on a 30 yard shot at the 37:53 mark off a pass from Andrew Karney. Then Nick Haberl scored on a penalty kick after he was taken down in the box on a breakaway at 24:18. Rider added his third goal at 22:44 off an assist from Albright. The Orioles made it 6-1 when Albright scored at the 8:45 mark on an assist from Haberl. Quincy's final goal came with 1:44 to play as Jared Hammill scored off a cross from Haberl. The Orioles outshot Jonesville 20-7. Quincy improved to 6-2 in the ISL and 13-3 overall. The Orioles next game is another league match-up at Hillsdale Monday night.
Last night in volleyball, Quincy split a pair of matches at Hanover-Horton, losing in two games to the host Comets after scoring a 2-0 win over Leslie. Leading Quincy were Gaby Masson with 10 kills and 13 digs, Bailey Knaack with 13 assists, and Ali Silva with 7 aces.
There was reserve football Thursday night, including Coldwater with a sweep at home over Kalamazoo Loy Norrix. The host Cardinals won the junior varsity game 56-36. Brandon Lewis had 217 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns. Sam DeMeester added 106 yards on the ground and two touchdowns while Connor Covert also had a touchdown run. On defense, Spencer Dudek had 12 tackles while Chase Kreucher had 8 tackles and a fumble recovery as the j-v team improved its record to 2-and-4.
In the freshman action, Coldwater nailed down its first win of the season, defeating Loy Norrix 36-14. Collin Torrey had 191 yards rushing on 24 carries with two touchdowns. Eric Bach also had two touchdowns with 60 yards on the ground and Jordan Weaver had a touchdown with 63 yards rushing. On defense, Jacob Beckhusen had 12 tackles, Nick Aker had 7 tackles and Collin Torrey added 6 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery with the freshman record now at 1-4-and-1.
The Week Six schedule for the varsity football season includes Coldwater on the road tonight against Kalamazoo Loy Norrix. We’ll have all the action on the radio with the kickoff at seven o’clock and our live coverage on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 beginning with the pre-game show at 6:30. Also, there’s a Branch County matchup in the Big 8 as Quincy hosts Union City. And Bronson plays its final home game as the Vikings take on White Pigeon. In 8-man football, it’s Tekonsha at Waldron.
In middle school sports yesterday, in volleyball, Coldwater won all four of its matches at Sturgis by 3-0 scores. In the eighth grade “A” match, Isabella Foley led the way with 12 points with 10 digs and 9 assists. Jasmine Wellet had a team-high 7 kills while Foley and Darlene Horn each had 3 aces. In the “B” match, Addison Harvey had 12 serves, 6 assists and 7 kills. In the seventh grade “A” match, Jordan Clemens had 7 aces, Malorie Rzepka had 10 kills and Samantha Rodesiler had 7 assists. In the “B” match, Whitney Ohm had 15 points with 9 aces.