BRONSON, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports last night, there was a cross-county matchup in boy’s basketball and in the game we had on the radio from Bronson, the host Vikings took control in the fourth quarter to beat the Union City Chargers 46-to-40.
Bronson had a 17-to-14 lead at halftime and then Union City pulled even at 28-all heading into the final period. That’s when the outcome was decided with the Vikings outscoring the Chargers 18-to-12 to nail down the 6-point victory. Solid defense along with 8 points earned Eric Toledo our McDonald’s Player of the Game honors for Bronson while Emmett Fraley was our selection for Union City after leading the Chargers with 10 points. Daniel McMichael and Mark Robinson had 11points apiece for the Vikings with 9 rebounds for Robinson and 8 for Toledo. Both teams are now 1-and-1 on the season. Bronson’s next game is Friday at home against Mendon while Union City plays its Big Eight Conference and home opener Thursday against Concord.
In last night’s junior varsity contest, Bronson got by Union City 54-to-52.
Elsewhere last night, in gymnastics, Coldwater opened its season with a home meet against Jackson Lumen Christi and the visiting Titans came out on top, defeating Coldwater 123.075 to 120.3. However, the Lady Cardinals performed well enough in defeat to earn their first team Regional qualifying score and it’s the first time in over 10 years that’s happened in their season opener. The team will only need to post a 120 or higher three more times to secure their chance to perform at Regionals. The Lady Cardinals best event was the vault, where they just edged the Titans and in the process collected six individual qualifying scores, led by Kylie Dudek, who took first place with a 9.15. Amanda Daoud earned an impressive 4th place in her freshman debut. Just behind her was Darby Kahler, followed by Jenny Daoud and Sierra Crist. In JV competition, Darien Dyer made her freshmen debut and collected her first ever qualifier. On the uneven bars, Coldwater struggled with their lowest scoring event of the night while Dudek was the sole qualifier, placing first with a 9.225. Dudek’s high score of the night came on the balance beam with a winning mark of 9.35. Claiming her first qualifier of the year and a 4th place spot was sophomore Jenny Daoud. On the floor exercise, Coldwater was led by Dudek in second place and Kahler in fourth place, each earning individual qualifying scores. In the all around, Dudek claimed the first place title while Amanda Daoud earned fourth place honors. Tomorrow night, Coldwater hosts Tecumseh for their conference opener. The Lady Cardinals will honor former teammate Jillian Crist in the 2nd annual Memorial meet. The team will be collecting non-perishable food items in her name to donate to the Branch Area Food Pantry. The competition begins at 6 PM.
On tonight’s high school schedule, it’s another Branch County boy’s basketball matchup with Coldwater at Quincy. We’ll have the game on the radio with our live coverage on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 getting underway at seven o’clock. And in girl’s basketball, cross county rivals Coldwater and Bronson will face off in Bronson. Also in girl’s hoops, in Big Eight Conference action, it’s Quincy at Concord while Union City plays at home against Reading.
Today on the Coach’s Corner, it’s Quincy boy’s basketball coach Scott Rodesiler.
In middle school sports yesterday, in boy’s basketball, Coldwater finished regular season play, winning 3 out of 4 games from Gull Lake. In the eighth grade action at Gull Lake, it was a sweep for the Cardinals. Coldwater won the “A” game 35-to-23 to stay undefeated with a 9-and-0 record. Collin Warner had 14 points, Eric Bach had 6 steals and Nick Aker had 8 rebounds. The Cardinals won the “B” game 29-to-15 with 10 points for Austin Butler.
In the seventh grade contests in Coldwater, the Cardinals won the “A” game with 14 points for Brady Beckhusen . Gull Lake took the “B” contest 30-to-22. Austin Spray, Ethan Hurst, and Brandon Rifenburgh had 4 points each for Coldwater.