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Busy weekend for Branch County teams in soccer, volleyball, tennis and cross country

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports from over the weekend, in boys soccer, Coldwater and Quincy competed at the Kalamazoo Central Invitational with Coldwater finishing with a 2-and-1 record while Quincy was 3-and-0 on the day. Coldwater opened the day with a 1-0 victory over Hartford, handing Hartford just their 2nd loss of the year. Nooh Aljabaly scored the lone goal for the Cardinals with 16:40 to play in the game off an assist from Azam Ahmed. Ian Wright had one save in goal. In their second game, Coldwater dominated Bangor 6-0, not allowing a single shot on goal. Nooh Aljabaly had 2 goals and one assist, while Mohamed Aljabaly had one goal and one assist, and Saleh Mousa, Fadel Said, and Ian Wright each had one goal. Talel Alslehay, Derek Carr, Saleh Mousa, and Andrew Barnes also had assists. Alex Schein was in goal for the second game. In the last contest of the day, the Cardinals fell 2-to-0 to Kalamazoo Central. The host Maroon Giants got their first goal with 25 minutes left in the first half on a Cardinal defensive breakdown, and then scored on a penalty kick with just under 4 minutes to play. The Cardinals outshot Kalamazoo Central 7-4, with Ian Wright making 3 saves in goal. Coldwater's record is now 9-2 overall, and they'll play at Pennfield Thursday before hosting Tecumseh Saturday afternoon. The junior varsity team will host Charlotte tomorrow at 4 pm.

Quincy’s day at the tournament started with a 2-0 win over Bangor with the Orioles’ goals scored by Nick Haberl on a penalty kick  and by Jake Rider on an over the top pass from Evan Albright. Quincy outshot Bangor 8-4 while Daniel Ojeda had 3 saves in goal. In the second game for Quincy, the Orioles got by Hartford 1-0. Nick Haberl scored on a penalty kick with 19 minutes to go in the first half for the victory while Quincy outshot Hartford 8-4. The Orioles finished the day by beating Kalamazoo Home School Association 2-1. Nick Haberl scored on his third penalty kick of the day at the 21 minute mark of the first half. Evan Albright then found the net at the 9 minute mark on a slide through pass from Jake Rider. Kalamazoo scored with two minutes left in the game off a corner kick.  The shots were even at 7 apiece. The Orioles have now won 7 in a row and have a 9-2 record and are 4-1 and tied for first in the ISL Conference West Division.

In volleyball on Saturday, Coldwater and Bronson played at the Portage Northern Huskie Invitational. Coldwater went 0-2-and-3 on the day while Bronson was 2-and-3. Coldwater was led in kills by Ashley Chase with 22 and Kenzie Galloway with 21. Carlee Smoker had 40 assists and Meghan Schorfhaar had 38 assists. The Cardinal’s overall record is 8-7-and-7. Bronson lost in the Gold Division quarterfinals in two games to Flushing. Skyler Sobeski had 24 kills while Alexa Ratkowski had 11 aces and 70 assists. And Kassidy Bystry had 50 digs.

In boys tennis, Coldwater finished first over 7 other schools at the Allegan Invitational. The Cardinals swept the singles with flight victories Derek Sammons, Nate Waterbury, Dylan Linklater, and Kumaran Arivoli. Coldwater also took first place at fourth doubles with Austin Hodson and Kameron Miller.

In j-v tennis, Coldwater competed in a tournament at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix and Shane O’Grady finished first at first singles.

In cross country, Coldwater and Bronson ran at the Jackson Invitational. In Division Two, the Coldwater boys placed ninth out of 17 teams while the girls finished 17th. Spencer Leist and Adam Clemens paced the Cardinal boys while Natalee Dally and Josilyn Quimby led the Lady Cardinals. In the Division Three-Four race, out of 23 teams, the Bronson boys took 16th place while the girls finished ninth. Wes Disbro led the boys by taking 39th place while Corissa Ross finished 49th in the girls race. And Quincy and Union City competed at the Pittsford Invitational where the races between the 28 schools were divided by class grades. Overall, the Quincy boys finished fifth while the girls placed third. The best showings for the boys were Quincy’s Zack Slack second in the seniors race and for Union City, Skyler Flanders eighth in the junior’s race. For the girls, Quincy’s Haley Bean finished first in the freshman race while Union City’s Katie Birch was second in the senior’s race. 

In eight man football on Saturday, Tekonsha lost 48-6 at Portland St. Patrick.

On Monday’s high school schedule, in boy’s soccer, it’s Quincy with a 5:30 match at Hanover-Horton. And in girl’s golf, Coldwater has SMAC East jamboree at Cedar Creek hosted by Battle Creek Lakeview. Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Coldwater volleyball coach Larry Knauss.

In middle school sports, in volleyball, Coldwater’s 7th and 8th grade teams both went undefeated to finish first in an “A” team tournament at Union City. In the 8th grade action, Isabella Foley had 35 points with 14 aces, 8 digs, 12 assists and 6 kills while Samantha Rodesiler led the seventh grade team with 38 points on 16 aces, 9 assists, and 5 kills. The Coldwater eighth grade “B” team placed third in the gold bracket of a tournament at Harper Creek with a 4-and-2 record. Abby Licht led the way in serves with 16 while Addison Harvey had 32 assists and Licht and Nicole Adams had 4 kills apiece. And the seventh grade “B” team was undefeated in winning the gold division title in a tournament at Battle Creek Lakeview with Hailey Steel having 42 points with 15 aces.