COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - It was a was a busy weekend in Branch County high school sports, with Coldwater wrapping up state finals competition Saturday in boys tennis and girls golf as well as boys soccer district finals for Coldwater and Quincy and also regular season volleyball tournaments and cross country events. In boys tennis, Coldwater finished its first finals appearance since 1996 with a tie for seventh place in the Division 3 finals that started Friday at Kalamazoo College’s Stowe Stadium and then moved indoors Saturday to the Markin Racquet Center because of rain. The Cardinals earned 11 points as did SMAC East rival Sturgis. Coldwater had four flights reach the quarterfinal round with Derek Sammons and Dylan Linklater at first and third singles along with Ben Hicks and Chris Chartrand at first doubles and Keagen Dwyer and Nolan Duda at third doubles. Top ranked Detroit Country Day repeated as state champions.
In the Division Three girls golf, Coldwater ended its season with a tenth place finish in the finals at the Meadows Golf Course at Grand Valley State University. The Lady Cardinals shot a final round of 409 to end with a two day total of 813. Coldwater was led Saturday by Anna Wendorf with a 95, Cecelia Ward shot a 100, Emma Dwyer carded a 106, and Jami Maxson and Kaitlyn Vella rounded out the scoring shooting 108’s. Detroit County Day won the title.
In boys soccer, Coldwater came up short at the Division Two Gull Lake District final as the Cardinals fell to Battle Creek Central 2-1. The Bearcats led 2-0 at halftime. The first goal came on a shot from about 20 yards out. The second score came 4 minutes later on a shot that scooted on the wet turf past the Coldwater keeper. The Cardinal’s lone goal came from Wageeh Saeed off a Sean Delaney corner kick with 23 minutes to play. Coldwater outshot the Bearcats 9-6 for the game with Ian Wright making 3 saves in goal. The Cardinals finished the season with a 16-5 record, tying the record for most wins in school history set just last year. Coldwater was honorable mention in the final Coaches Association poll, placing as high as 8th in an earlier poll.
In Division Four, at the Quincy District final, the host Quincy Orioles outlasted Hillsdale Academy 4-3 in a double overtime shootout to capture the district championship. The match ended in a 2-2 tie and then was 3-3 after two overtimes. In regulation play, Quincy scored on a goal by Tanner Parshall on a rebound off a corner kick and then Jack Rider found the net on a header off an assist from Parshall. The first overtime period saw the Orioles score 25 seconds in on an Evan Albright goal with an assist from Nick Haberl. Hillsdale Academy then scored with one second to go in the overtime off a free kick to knot the score at 3-3. The final ten minute period ended with the teams still tied at 3, setting up the shootout. Nick Haberl, Daniel Ojeda and Zach Bowerman scored for the Orioles in the shootout for the victory. Quincy outshot Hillsdale Academy on the day 10-8 with eight saves for Ojeda and a big stop in the shootout. It’s the Orioles second district title as they advance with a 17-3-and-1 record. Quincy will play number-one ranked Grand Rapids Convenant Christian Wednesday at 5 pm at Marcellus in the regional semifinals.
In volleyball Saturday, Bronson had a 2-1-and-3 record at the Thornapple Kellogg Invitational. The Lady Vikings defeated Hopkins and Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian, split with Holland, Kenowa Hills, and Northview, and lost to Thornapple Kellogg. Skyler Sobeski had 41 kills, Alexa Ratkowski had 93 assists and 9 aces, Haley Russell had 6 blocks and Kassidy Bystry had 68 digs. Bronson’s overall record is 35-13-and-6. And Union City had a 2-1-and-1 record at the Jonesville Dig Pink tournament. Haley McIntosh had 21 kills, Marissa Mead had 31 digs, Bailee White had 23 assists, and Haley Harty had 14 aces.
In cross country Saturday, Coldwater competed in the SMAC Championship meet at Battle Creek Lakeview with the boys team placing tenth while the girls were 14th. And Coldwater’s Josh Evers finished first among the j-v runners while teammate Matt Sowles took 13th place. Quincy ran with 15 other schools at the Gobles Invitational with the girls team taking first place while the boys finished second. Leading the girls were Haley Bean in third place and Katie Spalding in seventh place while pacing the boys were Zack Slack in second place and Riley Horn in third place. And at the Kalamazoo Christian Invitational, Union City’s girls team placed fifth while the boys team took eighth place. Katie Birch finished seventh in the girls race while the boys were led by Grant Gay in 32nd place.
On today’s high school schedule, there’s only one event and we’ll have it for you on the radio as the Coldwater Lady Cardinals host the Tecumseh Indians in the annual “Block Out Cancer” volleyball match benefitting the CHC Cancer Center. Our live coverage on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 begins at 6:45.
Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Coldwater volleyball coach Larry Knauss.
In middle school sports, in volleyball, at the season-ending Coldwater Invitational, the Coldwater seventh grade “B” team was led in serves by Hailey Steel with 28 points, Morgan Beckhusen had 16 points and Whitney Ohm 14 points. The team finished with a 15-5 record.