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Coldwater tennis and golf teams both qualify for state finals

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Coldwater’s boys tennis and girls golf teams are headed to next week’s state finals after placing third yesterday in their Division Three Regional tournaments. In tennis, the Cardinals earned 20 points at the Sturgis regional, one point behind the host Trojans and 13 points clear of fourth place Stevensville-Lakeshore. St. Joseph, the second-ranked Division 3 team in the state, won the regional with 30 points. Coldwater is ranked tenth in the latest coaches poll with Sturgis eighth. Leading the way for the Cardinals yesterday were Austin Hodson and Kameron Miller who teamed up to finish first at fourth doubles. Also Derek Sammons took runner-up honors at first singles while the team of Nolan Duda and Kaegen Dwyer placed second at third doubles. The Division 3 finals are next weekend at Kalamazoo College.

In girls golf, Coldwater posted a team score of 390 at the regional hosted by Plainwell at the Lake Doster Golf Course. Marshall, ranked fourth in the state in Division 3, took second place at 380 while finishing first with a 371 score was Jackson Northwest. Leading the way for Coldwater was Anna Wendorf with a 94, Emma Dwyer shot a 97, Cecelia Ward had a 99, Jami Maxson carded a 100 and Kait Vella rounded out the scoring with a 109. Next weekend’s finals are at the Meadows Golf Course at Grand Valley State University. 

Yesterday in boys soccer, Coldwater lost 3-0 at home to Saline as the host Cardinals finished regular season play with a 14-and-4 record. The Cardinals were outshot 15-4 by Saline, which improved to 14-1-and-3.  Ian Wright made 7 saves in goal in the first half and Alex Schein made 5 saves in the second half for Coldwater, which was ranked tenth in this week’s Division Two coaches poll. The Cardinals will host their first district game Monday at 6 pm against Marshall. The winner advances to the district semi-finals at Gull Lake and a Wednesday match against Vicksburg. 

In yesterday’s j-v match, Saline beat Coldwater 7-0. Luis Rodriguez and Waheep Ahmed each had 5 saves in goal for the Cardinals, who finished their season with a 12-3-and-1 record.

Also last night in soccer, at Quincy, the Orioles and Blissfield battled to a 2-2 tie in an ISL conference west-east crossover match. Blissfield scored the first two goals before Quincy answered on a Nick Haberl penalty kick at the 12:02 mark of the first half which ended with the Orioles trailing 2-1. Quincy made it a 2-2 game as Haberl tied it up on another penalty kick at the 36:34 mark . The Orioles, who played a man down for 30 minutes of the second half, outshot Blissfield 12-4. Quincy finished the regular season 14-3-and-1 including 8-2-and-1 in conference play. The Orioles will host a Division Four District next week with Quincy taking on Bellevue at 4:30 pm Monday.

Thursday in volleyball, Bronson was a 3-1 winner at Centreville. Skyler Sobeski had 15 kills, Kassidy Bystry had 28 digs, Alexa Ratkowski had 41 assists, and Jill Pyles had 5 aces. Bronson is ranked sixth in this week’s Class-C poll. Last night’s win improved their record to 4-and-0 in the St. Joe Valley and 32-11-and-3 overall.

Also in volleyball, Quincy had an 0-and-3 record in a quad meet at Adrian with losses to Adrian, Ann Arbor Skyline and Blissfield. Mackenzie Moore had 8 kills, 5 aces and 2 solo blocks while Ali Silva had 12 digs and 13 assists.

Week 7 of the high school football season started last night with junior varsity and freshman action including Coldwater dropping a pair of games at home against Battle Creek Lakeview. The Spartans rallied to beat the Cardinals in the j-v game 22-to-20 after Coldwater had a 20-6 halftime lead. Sam DeMeester rushed for 122 yards and caught 5 passes for 106 yards. Connor Covert had 74 yards on the ground while Brandon Lewis threw for one touchdown with 126 yards passing. On defense, Chase Kreucher had 8 tackles with a forced fumble.

The freshman Cardinals lost 36-6 to Lakeview. Collin Torrey had 137 yards rushing. Eric Bach had 71 yards passing including a touchdown toss to Jake Beckhusen, who had 2 receptions for 64 yards. On defense, Bach and Beckhusen had 11 tackles apiece while Brad Steel had a forced fumble along with his 5 tackles.  

Tonight’s varsity football schedule includes Coldwater on the road against undefeated Battle Creek Lakeview. The 6-and-0 Spartans are honorable mention in this week’s Associated Press Division Two poll while the Cardinals have won 2 straight with their record at 3-and-3. We’ll have the game on the radio with our live coverage on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 beginning at 6:30 with the kickoff at 7 o’clock. Elsewhere, it’s homecoming for Bronson as the Vikings host Centreville. Also, it’s Quincy at Reading and Union City is at Jonesville. And in eight man football, Tekonsha is at Burr Oak.

Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Coldwater football coach Jeff Schorfhaar.

In middle school sports, in volleyball, Coldwater swept its four matches at home against Battle Creek Lakeview. In the 8th grade action, in the “A” match, Coldwater won 2-0. Jamie Wellet led the team in serving with 13 points and 3 aces. Jasmine Wellet had 8 kills and 4 digs. And Isabella Foley also had 4 digs with 10 assists. In the “B” match, it was a 2-1 victory. Nicole Adams led the way in serves with 13 while Addison Harvey had 4 assists and 2 kills. Coldwater took the 7th grade “A” match 2-1. Tyler Scheid had 9 serves with 8 aces. Samantha Rodesiler had 13 assists while Malorie Rzepka had 7 kills.  Coldwater won the “B” match 3-0 with 15 points and 13 aces for Morgan Beckhusen. Also yesterday, Bronson took a pair of 5-0 matches at home against Mendon.  In the eighth grade action, Payton Robinson had 18 aces while Adyson Lasky had 14 kills while in the seventh grade match, Kiera Lasky had 17 aces while Jolie Smoker had 8 kills and 7 assists.