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Big night in wrestling and gymnastics in Branch County high school sports


COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, it was a busy night of wrestling, including Coldwater picking up a pair of wins in a quad meet at Sturgis. The Cardinals defeated Marshall 51-to-24 and got by Harper Creek 42-to-39. Going 2-and-0 for Coldwater were Mohamed Aljabaly, Josh Powers, Kelly Anzaldua, Kegan Brown, and Randy Brown.

There was a quad meet at Bronson and the host Vikings earned two victories. They beat Sand Creek 45-to-22 and defeated Lawton 39-to-31. Double winners for Bronson included Humberto Martinez, Joe Albarran, Brandon Losinski, and Leo Mora.

 And in Big Eight Conference action, Quincy lost at home to Springport 51-to-12. The Orioles fall to 1-and-1 in the league and 4-and-4 overall. And Union City was a 57-to-0 winner at Concord. 11 of the 14 weight classes were decided by voids while posting victories for the Chargers were Aaron Watson, Spencer Connell, and Taylor Howard. Union City improves to 1-and-1 in the conference and 2-and-6 overall.

Turning to gymnastics, it was an emotional night for Coldwater as they hosted the Tecumseh Indians for their 2nd annual Jillian Crist Memorial Meet.  The family of Jillian Crist recognized three gymnasts with a Miss Congeniality award to highlight young ladies who show the best team sportsmanship and spirit after Jillian’s own bubbly personality.  Madison Hedstrom, Amanda Daoud, and Crystal Willms all received gift certificates for the award. Several pounds of canned food items were also collected at the door for the team to make a donation to the Branch Area Food Pantry in her name.

In the gymnastics competition, Coldwater came out on top defeating the Indians with a score of 122.3-to-120.85. There were five individual qualifiers on the vault for the Lady Cardinals. Sierra Crist claimed first place honors with a score of 8.25. Jenny Daoud was third followed by sibling Amanda in fourth while Darby Kahler and Alex Koch were also qualifiers. Senior Kylie Dudek collected an 8.7 for first place on the unevens bars.

The Daoud sisters were back to back with Amanda claiming 5th place and Jenny right behind her in sixth. On the balance beam Coldwater stuck six of their routines with only 1 fall counted for the entire Varsity squad and two young ladies earned individual qualifiers.  Picking up her second of the four scores needed to appear in the post season was Dudek in first place at 8.875 and collecting her first qualifier was freshman Amanda Doud in sixth place. The score was all tied up at 89 points going into the floor exercise and the Cardinals rose to the challenge collect the win and their second consecutive Regional Qualifier posting a 2 point improvement from Monday night’s season opener against Lumen Christi.

Dudek finished out her night with the highest score of the evening at 9.125 for the top honors. She joined teammate Darby Kahler in collecting their second consecutive regional qualifying scores. Jenny Daoud also saved her best for last with a nearly flawless routine to earn her first shot at the post season and placing sixth.   On tonight’s high school sports schedule, in Big Eight Conference boy’s basketball, it’s Quincy at Reading while Union City hosts Concord.

And there’s reserve hoops for Coldwater against Kalamazoo Loy Norrix with the Cardinals hosting Loy Norris for the boy’s freshman and junior varsity games beginning at 4:15 while the girl’s contests are in Kalamazoo.

Today on the Coach’s Corner, it’s Union City boy’s basketball coach Ben Chard.

Last night in middle school sports, in boy’s basketball, the Bronson eighth grade team was a winner at Constantine 41-to-35. Justin Robinson had 16 points and 18 rebounds while Luis DePaz added 14 points. And in another St. Joe County tournament game, the Bronson seventh grade team lost to Mendon 36-to-20 with 8 points for Ethan Cossairt.