COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports last night, in boys soccer, Coldwater rallied for a 2-to-1 conference win at home over Battle Creek Central. The victory allowed the undefeated Cardinals to keep their grip on first place in the SMAC East as they improved to 5-and-0 overall and 4-and-0 in league play. Coldwater remains the only unbeaten and untied team in either the SMAC East or West. Central opened the scoring last night with an early goal just 5 minutes into the match and it stayed 1-to-0 for the rest of the half. Coldwater tied the score 3 minutes into the second half on a Wageeh Saeed goal, assisted by Mohamed Aljabaly. The Cardinals got the game winner on a 50 yard direct kick from Blaze Watson with 19:54 to play in the game. Battle Creek Central outshot Coldwater 11-9 on the night, with Ian Wright making 10 saves in goal. The Cardinals' next action is tomorrow night with a varsity only game at Harper Creek at six p.m.
In last night’s j-v match, Coldwater captured an 8-to-0 mercy rule win over Central with the game called with 14:30 left in the second half. The Cardinals led 6-to-0 at the break as they were well on their way to improving their record to 6-and-0. Coldwater dominated the action with 24 shots on goal while not allowing any shots by the Bearcats. Kaid Saleh had two goals for the Cardinals with one goal each for Essa Mohsin, Haroon Aljabaly, Abdul Saied, Waheeb Ahmed, Juan Hernandez, and Azam Ahmed.
Yesterday in cross country, Quincy ran along with five other schools at the Leslie Invitational with the boys team taking third place while the girls finished fourth. Leading the way for the Orioles was Riley Horn, who won the boy’s race while in the girl’s race, Haley Bean finished in second place. On today’s high school schedule, in volleyball, it’s Coldwater at Battle Creek Lakeview while Bronson hosts Centreville. In boys soccer, Quincy has a match at home against Blissfield at 5:30 p.m. And in boys tennis, it’s Coldwater at home against Battle Creek Central. Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Bronson football coach Dan Burzynski.
In middle school sports, in volleyball, Bronson played their season openers last night and swept to victory at home over Sturgis. In the eighth grade action, the Lady Vikings beat the Trojans “A” team 2-to-1 and defeated the “B” team 3-to-0. Kiana Mayer had 10 kills and Payton Robinson had 18 aces. Bronson took the seventh grade match 2-to-0. Jolie Smoker had 23 aces, Ashton Wronikowski had 3 kills and Kiera Lasky had 5 assists.
Elsewhere on the local sports scene, the Coldwater Volleyball Club has a trio of its former players playing at the college level this fall with all three 2013 graduates. BreeAnn Spangler and Lauren Outwater from Coldwater High School and Alexis Michael from Hillsdale High School have in the past played on the club’s Green Machine teams, which are the club’s top competitive teams. BreeAnn Spangler is currently starting as a right side hitter for the Indian State Sycamores, an NCAA Division I school. Spangler has played in every match and ranks second on the team in kills. Lauren Outwater is a starting outside attacker for Albion College. The Britons are an NCAA Division III school and Lauren has played in every set so far this season and ranks 3rd on her team in kills. Alexis Michael is a defensive specialist for Purdue University Calumet, an NAIA team and Lexi has played in every set so far and ranks 2nd on the team in digs. For additional information on these players and to follow them throughout the season you can log onto the Coldwater Volleyball Club website (www.coldwatervolleyball.com) and find links to each schools volleyball program.