COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, the Coldwater boys soccer team improved their record to 13-3 on the season Saturday afternoon with a 4-0 win at Jackson High. The Cardinals, ranked 10th statewide in this week's Coaches Association Division Two Poll, got two goals from Mohamed Aljabaly, with single goals from Nooh Aljabaly and Talel Alslehay. Derek Carr and Sean Delaney each had 2 assists. Alex Schein had 7 saves in goal, as Coldwater picked up their 7th shutout of the year. The Cardinals will host Portage Central tomorrow in their final game of the SMAC Gold Division league tournament. The Mustangs are Honorable Mention in this week's Coaches Association Division One Poll. Coldwater will finish the regular season at home against Saline Thursday. The Coldwater junior varsity soccer team team improved to 12-1-1 on the season with a 2-0 win Saturday over Jackson.
In volleyball, Coldwater had a 2-2-and-1 record Saturday at the Harper Creek Invitational, losing to eventual tournament champion Battle Creek St. Philip in the semifinals. Kenzie Galloway had a team-high 37 kills for Coldwater while Meghan Schorfhaar led the way in assists with 56. In the back row, Michaela Gillette was the digs leader with 47. The Lady Cardinals’ record on the season is now 12-9-and-8.
Also in volleyball, Bronson hosted the Polish Classic and they took third place, losing to Mason 2-1 in the gold bracket semifinals. The Lady Vikings were 3-0 in pool play with wins over Edwardsburg, Hillsdale and Marshall. Team leaders for Bronson were Kassidy Bystry with 52 digs, Skyler Sobeski with 36 kills, Alexa Ratkowski with 92 assists, Grace Pyles with 8 aces, and Allison Sikorski with 5 blocks. Bronson’s record is 31-8-and-1.
Union City had a 1-2-and-1 record at the Concord Invitational, losing to Concord 26-28, 22-25 in a gold bracket elimination match. Marissa Mead had 69 digs, Haley McIntosh had 18 kills and Haley Harty had 5 aces. Union City’s season record is 14-11-and-3. The Union City j-v team had a 1-2-and-1 record at the Coldwater Invitational. Alexa Goss had 13 blocks, Brenna Johnson had 6 kills, and Cassie Thorpe had 7 aces and 7 assists.
In cross country, Coldwater ran at the Portage Invitational with the boys placing 30th out of 41 teams while the Lady Cardinals took 39th place. And Ethan Aerts earned a medal for Coldwater, placing 13th in a field of 374 j-v runners. And Quincy, Bronson, and Union City were at the Hudson Invitational and in their middle division group, in the boy’s competition with 13 teams, Quincy finished third, Bronson ninth, and Union City 11th while for the girls, Quincy was second, Union City ninth, and Bronson 11th. In the individual results, which included 20 schools from the combined large and middle division teams, for the boys, Riley Horn paced Quincy with an 11th place finish. Wes Disbro was 51st for Bronson, and Skyler Flanders was 57th for Union City. For the girls, Haley Bean was 17th for Quincy, Katie Birch was 32nd for Union City, and Corissa Ross was 78th for Bronson.
On today’s high school schedule, weather permitting, in boy’s tennis, Coldwater competes at Portage in the SMAC Gold Division tournament, which was postponed by rain on Saturday. It’s also a tennis makeup date from Saturday for Bronson in the KVA tournament at Kalamazoo Christian. In girl’s golf, it’s Coldwater at the Jackson Lumen Christi Invitational at the Country Club of Jackson. In volleyball, Coldwater plays at home against Three Rivers. And in boys soccer, Quincy has a 5 p.m. match at Hillsdale.
Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Coldwater volleyball coach Larry Knauss.