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Coldwater and Quincy advance to soccer district finals with wins, Cardinal volleyball team rallies for win over Sturgis

COLDWTER, MI (WTVB) - in boys high school soccer state tournament district semifinal action Wednesday, Coldwater and Quincy both won to advance to this weekend’s district finals. Last night in Division Two, Coldwater eliminated Vicksburg 4-1 at the Gull Lake District. The Cardinals will play in the district final for the second straight year when they face Battle Creek Central after the Bearcats beat host Gull Lake 1-0 in a double overtime shootout. Coldwater led Vicksburg 2-0 at the half after Nooh Aljabaly scored twice with the first goal assisted by Derek Carr and the second by Blaze Watson. Vicksburg got a quick goal 48 seconds into the second half. Saleh Mousa scored Coldwater's third goal on a direct kick after a Vicksburg foul. Mohamed Aljabaly closed out the scoring with just under 7 minutes to play, assisted by Jesse Martinez. The Cardinals improved to 16-4 with the victory, tying the school record for wins, set just last year. Ian Wright made 5 saves in goal, as Coldwater outshot Vicksburg 22-6. The district final will be Saturday morning at 11 am at Gull Lake.

In Division Four at the Quincy District yesterday afternoon, the host Orioles beat Calhoun Christian 3-1, setting up a title showdown between Quincy and the Hillsdale Academy Colts, who shutout Jackson Christian 3-0 in the other semifinal match. Quincy took a 1-0 first half lead over Calhoun Christian at the 33:37 mark as Andrew Karney scored off a corner kick by Andy Parrish.  The visiting Cougars came back at 25:02 to tie it up 1-1 and that was the score at the break. The second half saw Quincy come out with two quick goals by Evan Albright who connected off a throw-in from Jake Rider and then found the net again with an assist from Nick Haberl. The rest of the second half was scoreless for a 3-to-1 final. Quincy took 17 shots on goal to Calhoun Christian's 10. Daniel Ojeda had 6 saves in goal for the Orioles, who improved their record to 16-3-1. Saturday’s District Championship match begins at 10 am. Quincy and Hillsdale Academy split during the regular season with Quincy winning the first game 5-3 and the Colts taking the second game 3-2.

Last night in volleyball, Coldwater rallied to win a 5 game match at home over SMAC East rival Sturgis. The visiting Trojans took the first game 25-18 before Coldwater won the second game by the same score. Sturgis pulled out a 29-27 decision in game 3 before the Lady Cardinals came back to capture the match 25-23, 15-10. Kenzie Galloway led the way in kills with 16 while Meghan Schorfhaar had 24 assists and 12 digs. At the service line, Schorfhaar and Michaela Gillette each had 3 aces. Coldwater improved to 4-and-2 in the division and 16-13-8 overall.

There was a split in the reserve action. Sturgis won the j-v match 2-0. Sammie Pool had 10 digs for Coldwater and Katelyn Stanton had 5 kills. The Lady Cardinals’ freshman team beat the Trojans 2-0. Megan Gallup had 6 kills while Brooke Lafferty and Carly Howell each had 4 aces and Howell added 3 assists.

Also in volleyball, at Bronson, it was breast cancer awareness Dig Pink night and the host Lady Vikings swept past White Pigeon 3-0 and also raised nearly $4,000 for cancer research. Skyler Sobeski had 13 kills, Kassidy Bystry had 15 digs, Alexa Ratkowski had 29 assists, and Jill Pyles had 3 blocks. Bronson is ranked sixth in this week’s Class-C coach’s poll. Their win last night improved their St. Joe Valley Conference record to 4-and-1 and their overall mark to  33-11-and-3.

There’s only one event on today’s varsity high school schedule with Quincy volleyball as the Lady Orioles have a non-conference match at Centreville. Tonight, there’s reserve football action including Coldwater’s junior varsity and freshman teams playing at Gull Lake. Also on the j-v schedule, Quincy hosts Homer, Bronson hosts Stockbridge and Union City is at Reading.

Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Union City football coach Chris Davis.