The seventh-ranked Coldwater Cardinals and Lakeshore Lancers won their Regional semifinal soccer matches Thursday at Marshall High School, propelling them to Saturday’s Regional Final at 6 p.m., which can be heard live via the Slocum Sports Network. Coldwater upset top-ranked and previous unbeaten Dexter 2-0, while Lakeshore won 2-1 in overtime against ninth-ranked Plainwell.
Coldwater and Dexter played fairly even in a scoreless first half. 59 seconds into the second half, a Coldwater corner kick found Mohamed Nagi for only the third goal surrendered all season by Dexter. The Cardinals limited Dexter’s chances the rest of the way and sealed the victory with 6:44 remaining as the other Nagi brother, Nasser, found the back of the net. Cardinal goalkeeper Balal Nasser unofficially made five saves.
Coldwater is into the Regional final for the first time in program history, improving to 21-3-1 on the season. Dexter ends the year at 21-1-0 and their loss means that none of the teams ranked #1 between the four MHSAA divisions will make it to the final eight. Of the six teams left in Division 2 following Thursday’s games, Coldwater holds the highest Coaches Association ranking at #7.
In the other semifinal, Lakeshore took the lead on a Riley Aukerman goal with 25:41 to go in the first half. Lakeshore controlled the rest of the first half, although Plainwell came out firing in the second half. A stellar diving save from Lancer sophomore goalkeeper Oli Carmody denied a Luke Morrell penalty kick midway through the second.
Eventually, the Trojan pressure was too much and they got the equalizer with 16:46 remaining when a long boot from Zakary Termeer found Morrell in the box for Luke’s 40th goal of the season. Lakeshore used a corner kick in the first two minutes of overtime to reclaim the lead, put in by freshman forward Mikey Tibbitts. The Lancers held on for the final 18 minutes to book their first final eight appearance since 1995. Lakeshore moves to 15-9-1 on the season while Plainwell ends 18-4-3.
Coldwater and Lakeshore face off Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Regional final at Marshall High School and you can listen live on the Slocum Sports Network. The winner advances to the semifinal Wednesday at Portage Northern against #8 Holland. Listen back to Thursday’s games below:
COLDWATER VS DEXTER
LAKESHORE VS PLAINWELL
Listen live online Thursday on the Slocum Sports Network to the boys soccer Regional #5 semifinals from Marshall High School. The first contest at 5 p.m. features the ninth-ranked Plainwell Trojans against the Lakeshore Lancers. The second match at 7 p.m. has the top-ranked Dexter Dreadnaughts facing the seventh-ranked Coldwater Cardinals.
#9 Plainwell is in the Regional round for the fourth consecutive season and are hoping to get beyond the Regional final for the first time in that stretch. At 18-3-3, the Wolverine Conference champions defeated Hastings (3-1), Otsego (3-2), and #20 Gull Lake (2-1) in the District round. Plainwell’s deepest run was a Division 3 state championship for coach Garry Snyder back in 2000. Their last Regional championship was in 2009.
Lakeshore is in the Regional round for the first time since 2008. The Lancers are 14-9-1 with District victories against Vicksburg (8-0), St. Joseph (2-1), and Edwardsburg (4-2). Lakeshore’s deepest run was in 1990 when they were Class B co-state champions with Mason. They also were runner-up in 1991 and 1989.
#7 Coldwater is in the Regional round for the first time in program history. They’ve also set a school record for wins this season, entering the Regional at 20-3-3. They downed Jackson Northwest (7-0), Mason (2-0), and #6 Marshall (3-2 in OT) to claim their District title. The victory over Marshall avenged two earlier regular season losses against the Redhawks.
Dexter is in the Regional round for the second consecutive year and enter as the #1 ranked team in the final Division 2 Coaches Association poll. The ranking is well-earned, as the Dreadnaughts are unbeaten at 21-0-0. The closest anyone has come to beating them was Ypsilanti, who tied them 3-3 in a game which Ypsilanti later had to forfeit. In the rest of their games, Dexter has allowed only two goals. They defeated Adrian (3-0) and #13 Tecumseh (3-0) in their District matches. They were D2 state champs in 2006 under coach Scott Forrester and were runner-up in 2007 and 2008.
Among these four teams, only Coldwater and Plainwell have met this season. Coldwater won their season opening meeting 3-1 in Portage. One week later in East Lansing, the Trojans were 4-2 victors.
Listen live online to Thursday’s semifinals on the Slocum Sports Network from Marshall High School. Plainwell and Lakeshore meet at 5 p.m. with Dexter and Coldwater set for around 7 p.m. You can also listen to Saturday’s Regional championship from Marshall at 6 p.m.
The Plainwell Trojans and Gull Lake Blue Devils won their District 18 semifinal games Wednesday at Richland, pushing them into Saturday’s final. Ninth-ranked Plainwell survived a late rally for a 3-2 win over the Otsego Bulldogs. Gull Lake easily dispatched Harper Creek 5-1.
In the first game, Plainwell grabbed the lead in the fourth minute with Luke Morrell scoring off a Zakary Termeer throw in. Termeer would score himself midway through the first and the Trojans carried a 2-0 lead into halftime.
Plainwell dominated possession for the first 55 minutes, but Otsego goalkeeper Jayden Dentler made numerous great saves to keep Plainwell at two. He unofficially had 19 saves for the match. In the 59th minute, Josh Loll was able to tip the ball into the goal for Otsego and about five minutes later, Jace Engels did the same to tie the game at 2-2.
They traded chances the rest of the way. In the final minute, a wild sequence led to a controversial penalty kick call for Plainwell with 34 seconds remaining. Dentler had come out to make an initial save, but found himself out of the net trying to track the ball down. Plainwell’s rebound shot was blocked by a defender at the goal line, followed by a Trojan down with a brief injury. Following the injury stoppage, the penalty kick was awarded and Morrell put it by Dentler for the game winning goal. It’s unclear if the violation was a foul or handling to prompt the PK.
Listen back to the final moments of the game below:
Plainwell moves to 17-3-3 with Otsego finishing the season at 11-8-0. In the second game, Gull Lake dominated throughout, taking a 4-0 lead into halftime. Two goals came from Miles Renwick, one from Zach Reed, and another off a deflection by someone on a Jack Hirzel corner kick. JD Schroeder had Gull Lake’s second half goal with Harper Creek’s score coming on a Archie Hantz penalty kick.
Harper Creek finishes the season at 3-13-3 with Gull Lake improving to 10-8-1 overall and 8-2-1 on their home turf. The Blue Devils host Plainwell in the District 18 final Saturday at 5 p.m. Listen back to the full broadcasts from Wednesday below:
PLAINWELL VS OTSEGO
GULL LAKE VS HARPER CREEK
Listen live online Wednesday evening on the Slocum Sports Network to the District 18 boys soccer semifinals from Gull Lake High School. The first game, set for a 5:30 p.m. kickoff, features Wolverine Conference rivals Plainwell and Otsego. The second game to follow around 7:30ish has the host Gull Lake against Harper Creek.
The Plainwell Trojans are the district favorite by overall record (16-3-3) and are ranked ninth in the final Coaches Association Division 2 poll. The Trojans have claimed the district title in three consecutive seasons and defeated Otsego 3-0 in last year’s district final. The Trojans opened district play Monday with a 3-1 victory against Hastings.
The Otsego Bulldogs are 10-7-0 and defeated Battle Creek Central 2-0 in their first round match. Otsego is 6-2-0 in their last eight matches, including a tight 1-0 loss at Plainwell in their regular season finale Thursday. They will have to slay a nemesis, as this class of seniors at Otsego has never defeated Plainwell in soccer.
In the second match, the hosting Gull Lake Blue Devils are 9-8-1 overall and hold a 7-2-1 mark on their home turf. Gull Lake defeated Allegan 3-0 in their first round match and are on a three-game winning streak, including a victory over Division 4 #4 Hackett Catholic.
Harper Creek sits at 3-12-3 overall. The Beavers have already pulled off one upset, defeating Pennfield (who finished 10-8-1) Monday 3-2, despite having fallen to the Panthers twice in the regular season. Harper Creek and Gull Lake have not met this season.
Listen live to both semifinal matches online via the Slocum Sports Network Wednesday. Plainwell vs Otsego is set for 5:30 p.m. with Gull Lake and Harper Creek to follow from Richland.
The Vicksburg Bulldogs grabbed a home sweep over the Plainwell Trojans Thursday evening, 25-21, 25-21, 25-22. Although Plainwell controlled the early part of the first set, Vicksburg got ahead by mid-set and stayed ahead throughout most of the second and third sets.
Unofficially, junior Kaytee Harvey topped the Bulldogs with 14 kills. Mackenzie Martin led the Trojans with six. Vicksburg moves to 2-0 in the Wolverine Conference and 5-3-3 overall, while Plainwell drops to 2-15 overall and 0-2 in the Wolverine. Both teams return to action Saturday in Battle Creek at the Lakeview Invite.
Listen back to Thursday’s broadcast below:
Listen live online Thursday around 6 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to high school volleyball from the Wolverine Conference. The Vicksburg Bulldogs host the Plainwell Trojans in their first volleyball encounter of 2017. Plainwell won both regular season contests against Vicksburg last year, along with the Wolverine Conference title. However, the Bulldogs had the last laugh with a Regional Semifinal victory over the Trojans.
Vicksburg’s first Wolverine match of 2017 was a three-set win at Allegan last Wednesday, while Plainwell was swept hosting South Haven. Plainwell enters the week at 1-13, although they’ve had a brutal tournament schedule including six matches against top ten ranked teams. Overall, the Bulldogs begin the week at 4-3-3.
The Vicksburg High School baseball team topped Otsego and Three Rivers Saturday to win District 47 at Three Rivers. Vicksburg had a 2-1 walk-off win over the Wildcats in the semifinal, then downed Otsego in the final, 8-0. Otsego made it through after a 7-1 victory over Plainwell earlier.
Strong pitching and defense was key in both wins for the 10th-ranked Bulldogs. Against Otsego, only the pitch count rule prevented Ryan Morgan from completing a shutout. He finished with five hits and two walks allowed over 6.2 innings with ten strikeouts. Vicksburg jumped ahead immediately with four hits and an error leading to four runs in the first inning.
“To have that time off (between games) and then come right back and out of the gate, put four up in the first inning, says a lot about our guys having that focus of getting that next win,” said Vicksburg coach Brian Deal.
They added three more in the fifth and one in the sixth, getting 11 hits total. Otsego starting pitcher Jayden Dentler lasted four innings, allowing six runs, three earned, and seven hits. Otsego ends the season at 20-16-1.
Vicksburg won the opening game in a 2-1 pitching duel over the host Three Rivers. Both teams scored their first run in the fifth inning. Three Rivers led off the seventh with a hit, but the runner was caught stealing. After a strikeout, the Wildcats doubled, but Brenden Lovell got a ground out to get out of the jam. In the bottom of the frame, Garrett Ketelaar drew a lead-off walk for Vicksburg. After an error, walk, and strikeout, Josh Povlock brought in Ketelaar for the winning run.
Povlock had both Vicksburg RBI. Lovell finished with a complete game win, allowing five hits, one earned run, and two walks with eight strikeouts. Alex Minger went 6.1 innings for Three Rivers, allowing three hits, two runs, one earned, with four walks and three strikeouts. The senior-heavy Wildcats finish at 18-14.
“It was a grind right from the start,” said Deal. “I can’t say enough about that Minger kid, he did a great job.”
Vicksburg advances to Regional 12 at Edwardsburg next Saturday and will meet seventh-ranked Stevensville Lakeshore at 10 a.m. At 12:30 p.m., Edwardsburg, who split the Wolverine Conference crown with Vicksburg, plays Harper Creek. The winners face off for a trip to the quarterfinals. Vicksburg now sits at 29-10 and will see the Lancers for the second time, having lost to Lakeshore 9-4 back in a tournament game on May 13.
“They’re very well coached,” said Deal. “They will push you; they bunt, they run, they play the game really well.”
“We saw a couple of their better pitchers, they didn’t see our better pitchers, so maybe that gives us a little bit of an advantage going in. Those two guys (Lovell and Morgan) are two of the best guys in the area as far as I’m concerned. We run those guys out there and we feel like we’ve got a chance against most teams. Starting pitching and quality defense certainly keeps you in games.”
In Saturday’s second district game, Otsego beat Plainwell 7-1 on a strong outing from Derek Slocum, who gave up one earned run, three hits, and five walks over six innings. Will Eldred scored three runs. Plainwell’s Hunter Nielsen got all but one out, allowing seven runs, two earned, with six hits, two walks, and four strikeouts. Plainwell ends the year at 11-14.
Meanwhile, the fourth-ranked Vicksburg softball team topped the same two squads to claim their district, taking a 17-7 final over Otsego in the championship. They’ll also go to Edwardsburg for Regional play and also play Lakeshore, with their game set for Saturday at noon.
Listen back to Friday’s district baseball games below:
VICKSBURG VS OTSEGO
VICKSBURG VS THREE RIVERS
OTSEGO VS PLAINWELL
Listen live online Saturday via Michigan Sports Radio and the Slocum Sports Network to the MHSAA District 47 baseball tournament from Three Rivers High School. The district features four Wolverine Conference rivals with the winner advancing to next weekend’s Regional tournament at Edwardsburg. Saturday’s play begins at 10 a.m. with tenth-ranked Vicksburg against the hosting Three Rivers Wildcats. At noon, Otsego faces Plainwell and the winners play in the district final around 2 p.m.
The district started Tuesday with Three Rivers blanking Sturgis 2-0 on a complete game shutout from Alex Minger. Now at 18-13, the Wildcats will likely pitch Minger against 27-10 Vicksburg, who earned Wolverine Conference co-champion honors during the season. The Bulldogs hosted and swept Three Rivers back on April 13, 4-0 and 8-1. In those games, Brenden Lovell pitched a one-hitter, then Ryan Morgan held them to one run over six innings.
Game two sees 17-15-1 Otsego against 11-13 Plainwell. They split their regular season games at Otsego on April 25, with a 3-2 Trojan win and a 7-6 Bulldog win. Last year’s district title went to Sturgis, who was eliminated Tuesday.
Listen live online Saturday via Michigan Sports Radio and the Slocum Sports Network with coverage starting just before first pitch at 10 a.m.
The Vicksburg High School baseball team will be at worst co-champions in the Wolverine Conference following a road sweep at Plainwell Monday. The Bulldogs defeated the Trojans 6-3 and 7-1, pushing the 8th-ranked Bulldogs to a 16-2 final league record and 27-7 overall mark. Plainwell falls to 9-12 overall and 8-8 in the Wolverine Conference, tied for fifth.
In the first game, Vicksburg scored twice in the first inning, then scattered solo runs in the second, third, fifth, and sixth. Plainwell got one in the second and two in the seventh. Brenden Lovell had a complete game victory, allowing three hits and three earned runs with six strikeouts. Hunter Nielsen pitched six innings for the Trojans, allowing all six runs with five earned off nine hits, five walks, and four strikeouts.
In game two, Vicksburg plated four in the second and three in the fourth, with Lovell leading the offense with four hits, two RBI, and a run. The lone Trojan run came in the seventh. Ryan Morgan earned a complete game victory, scattering six hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Evan Salinas started for Plainwell, giving up all seven runs over five innings with seven hits, five earned runs, two walks, and two strikeouts.
With the victories, Vicksburg claims part of the Wolverine Conference title for the first time since 2009. Whether they win it outright or end up co-champions depends on Edwardsburg’s doubleheader at Otsego Friday. The Eddies must win both games to tie with Vicksburg, otherwise, the Bulldogs claim the crown outright.
Vicksburg and Plainwell could potentially meet again in the District 47 final on Saturday, June 3, with all district games broadcast through Michigan Sports Radio and the Slocum Sports Network. Before then, Vicksburg ends the regular season on Tuesday, May 30 against Niles at Notre Dame. Plainwell hosts Comstock Wednesday, then ends conference play at home against Dowagiac on 5/30. Depending on the results ahead, the Trojans could finish, at best, tied for third in the Wolverine Conference, or at worst, seventh.
Listen back to Monday’s games below.
Friday’s baseball doubleheader between Plainwell and Vicksburg has been postponed due to rain. The series has been moved to Monday at 4 p.m. from Plainwell High School. As a result, Plainwell’s scheduled games for Monday with Schoolcraft will be canceled.
The scheduled broadcast between Plainwell and Vicksburg will still happen on the Slocum Sports Network.