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HS Sports: Big football wins for Coldwater and Tekonsha; MHSAA Finals continue

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The captains for the 2013 Coldwater Cardinal varsity football team, L-R: Cooper Murphy, Joel Jepson, Chris VandenHout. Photo courtesy Geskus Photography.
The captains for the 2013 Coldwater Cardinal varsity football team, L-R: Cooper Murphy, Joel Jepson, Chris VandenHout. Photo courtesy Geskus Photography.

HS FOOTBALL

The tone for Coldwater’s home finale against Gull Lake was established right at the outset. Cooper Murphy returned the opening kickoff of the game 97 yards for the game’s first score, and the Cardinals never looked back as they defeated the Blue Devils 30-20 at Cardinal Field. Murphy also had 29 carries for 202 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns and completed Coldwater’s only pass of the game, a 31-yard strike to his brother Sawyer, en route to being named our McDonald’s Player of the Game. Blaze Watson added a 35-yard field goal to end the scoring in the 1st half. Defensively, Chris VandenHout and Tylar Rankin had 6 tackles as Coldwater improves to 4-4 overall, 4-2 and tied with Sturgis for 3rd place in the SMAC East. The Cardinals will have a chance to finish the regular season with a winning record for the first time since 1989 next Friday when they play at Marshall.

Bronson lost at Stockbridge 56-20 to drop to 2-6 on the season. Kyle Roberts had 29 carries for 158 yards and a touchdown to lead the offense, while Scott Wyant had 4 carries for 27 yards and a score.

Quincy lost at undefeated Homer 60-24 as the Trojans wrapped up the Big 8 title. Jimmy King had 22 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown, while Jimmy Strock had 14 carries for 103 yards and 2 scores. Tristan Haylett had 12 tackles as the Orioles drop to 4-4 overall while clinching 5th place in the Big 8 at 3-4.

Reading posted a 14-0 shutout over Union City at Alumni Field. Kenyon Stuchell paced the Charger offense with 15 carries for 121 yards. Jason Means had 17 carries for 53 yards while leading the defense with 14 tackles. Union City drops to 2-6 overall; they finish Big 8 play in 6th place at 2-5.

Tekonsha picked up their second win of the season with a 54-41 triumph against St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran. Jeremy Scherer had 17 carries for 285 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Isaac Mead scored touchdowns on a 90-yard kickoff return, a 57-yard interception return, and 27-yard run. Justin Evans had 11 tackles as the Indians improve to 2-6 overall, 1-5 in the Southern Michigan 8-Man Football League.

OTHER SCORES

SMAC EAST

  • Lakeview 33, Harper Creek 14
  • Marshall 37, Battle Creek Central 20
  • Sturgis 40, Loy Norrix 27

SMAC WEST      

Portage Central 49, St. Joseph 28

  • Portage Northern 46, Benton Harbor 8
  • Lakeshore 38, Niles 0
  • Mattawan 45, Kalamazoo Central 7

ST. JOE VALLEY

  • Mendon 47, Buchanan 0
  • Lawton 43, White Pigeon 20
  • Lake Michigan Catholic 24, Centreville 13

BIG 8

  • Jonesville 53, Athens 8
  • Springport 28, Concord 22

HS BOYS TENNIS

Coldwater finished the first day of the MHSAA Division 3 Lower Peninsula Boys Tennis Finals in Kalamazoo with 11 points, tied with Sturgis for 7th place. Detroit Country Day led with 24 points, while East Grand Rapids and SMAC West champion St. Joseph were tied for second at 23 points apiece and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood was in 4th place with 21 points. Four of Coldwater’s flights made it as far as their quarterfinal matches before bowing out: Derek Sammons at 1st singles, Dylan Linklater at 3rd singles, Ben Hicks and Chris Chartrand at 1st doubles, and Keegan Dwyer and Nolan Duda at 3rd doubles. The other 4 flights fell in their second round matches.

HS GIRLS GOLF

After the first day of the MHSAA Division 3 Lower Peninsula Girls Golf Finals at the Meadows at Grand Valley State University, Coldwater was in 9th place out of the 15 teams that are competing. Coldwater shot a team score of 404.  Detroit Country Day was in first place shooting a 347. Coldwater was led by Anna Wendorf with a 98, while Jami Maxson shot a 99, Emma Dwyer carded a 100, Cecelia Ward had a 107, and Madison Zinn rounded out the scoring with a 118. Action continues today, weather permitting.

On today’s schedule, in volleyball, Bronson is at the Thornapple Kellogg Invitational, while Quincy and Union City are at the Jonesville Dig Pink Invitational. In cross country, Coldwater runs in the SMAC Meet at Lakeview, Quincy is at the Gobles Invitational, and Union City is at the Kalamazoo Christian Invitational. And in boys soccer district final action, Coldwater takes on Battle Creek Central in the Division 2 Gull Lake District final, while Quincy hosts Hillsdale Academy in a Division 4 District final.

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