COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, last night in boy’s soccer, Coldwater suffered its first loss of the season, falling at home on Parents Night to Sturgis 2-1. The game was marred by 5 yellow card cautions for each team, and one red card ejection for each squad. Sturgis scored first about 4 minutes into the game on a hard driven shot from about 20 yards out. Coldwater evened the score with 4:34 to play in the first half on a Mohamed Aljabaly penalty kick, after his brother Nooh was taken down in the penalty box. Sturgis scored the winning goal on a penalty kick with 8:10 to play in the game, after the Cardinals committed a similar foul in the box. Coldwater outshot Sturgis on the night 11-7, with Ian Wright making 6 saves in goal. The Cardinals are now 5-1 in the SMAC East and 6-1 overall. Sturgis and Battle Creek Lakeview are at 4-2 in the SMAC, after Lakeview lost to Gull Lake 2-0 last night. Coldwater can still wrap up the SMAC East title with a win at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix tomorrow night.
In last night’s j-v match in Coldwater, the Cardinals and Trojans played to a one-one tie. Kaid Saleh scored for Coldwater, which was outshot by Sturgis 5-to-3. Waheeb Ahmed had 4 saves in goal for the Cardinals. The j-v record on the season is 6-0-and-1.
Last night in volleyball, Quincy lost at home to Concord 3-to-1. Gaby Masson had 10 kills, Mackenzie Moore had 11 digs, and Ali Silva had 9 assists, 10 digs, and 4 aces. And Union City was a winner at Homer 3-to-1. Marissa Mead had 26 digs, Lauren Dibert had 7 blocks and Bailee White had 8 assists. The Big Eight Conference opening victory improved Union City’s record to 12-7-and-2. Homer won the j-v match in two games.
Tuesday in cross country, Coldwater ran at Marshall in the first SMAC East Jamboree of the season with the boys finishing in fifth place while the girls placed seventh. Spencer Leist led the boys effort which included nine season-best times. Natalee Dally paced the Lady Cardinals, who turned in five season best times.
Yesterday in girl’s j-v golf, Coldwater hosted a jamboree scramble at the Golf Club of Coldwater. The Coldwater team of Haley Linton and Natalie Borden took first place honors with a round of 43 while in the individual action, Madison Zinn led the Lady Cardinals with a 43.
On today’s high school schedule, there’s volleyball, including a match we’ll have on the radio as Coldwater plays at home against Gull Lake. Our live coverage on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 gets underway at 6:45. Also tonight in volleyball, it’s Bronson at White Pigeon. In boy’s tennis, it’s a big test at home tonight for Coldwater as the undefeated Cardinals host ninth-ranked Sturgis. Also, Bronson plays at home against Brooklyn Columbia Central. And in cross country, it’s Union City at Colon. Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Bronson football coach Dan Burzynski.
In middle school sports, in volleyball, Coldwater swept four matches at home against Sturgis. In the 8th grade “A” action, Coldwater downed the Trojans in two games. Isabella Foley had 10 points with 5 aces, 5 digs and 7 assists while Kaci White added nine points with 6 aces and 3 kills. Coldwater won the “B” match 2-to-1. Abby Licht had 11 serves in while Addison Harvey had 7 and the leading passer was Madison Fougerousse. Coldwater took the seventh grade “A” match 2-to-1. Malorie Rzepka had 5 kills and 10 digs, Jordan Clemens had 5 aces and Samantha Rodesiler had 6 assists. The Lady Cards won the “B” match 3-0.Hailey Steel led the way in serving with 18 points, including 8 aces. And Bronson last night took a pair of matches at home against Homer. In the 8th grade action, Bronson won 5 out of 6 games. Adyson Lasky had 26 aces while Kiana Mayer had 12 kills and 3 blocks. And the Lady Vikings won the 7th grade match 6-to-0. Kiera Lasky had 19 aces with 18 aces for Paris Outwater. And Jolie Smoker had 6 kills.