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Coldwater opens gymnastics season by sweeping Adrian

ADRIAN, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, it was a light schedule on Wednesday with just one event as the Coldwater gymnastics team won its season opener with a dual meet victory last night at Adrian. The Lady Cardinals swept all of the events in defeating the Maples 110.375 to 90.575. The competition opened on the uneven bars, an event in which Coldwater is in a rebuilding year following the graduation last spring of national champion Kylie Dudek. Last night, the Lady Cardinals were led by a second and third place finish by sisters Amanda and Jenny Daoud with Amanda posting a solid 6.075 and Jenny scoring just behind at 5.975. On the vault, Coldwater posted their highest event team total for the night at 31.2, sweeping the top three places paced by Jenny Daoud with an 8.1. Amanda Daoud was next at 8.0 followed by Darien Dyer at 7.6.

In order to compete as an individual in the post season, a gymnast has to score a minimum value at least four times during the season. Both Daoud girls earned their first qualifying score, and hope to collect three more over the next few weeks.  The team then used scaled back versions of their routines on the floor exercise to adjust for the absence of a spring floor at the meet and were led by Amanda Daoud who claimed second place with her routine at 7.0 and Becca Harmon was close behind with 6.95. The finale for the evening was the balance beam and ended up being the second highest scoring event for the Lady Cards with a total of 29.15 with stuck routine performances by Jenny Daoud, Becca Harmon, Kala Sperbeck, Darien Dyer and Katie Watz.  Claiming the top 3 places were Jenny Daoud, Harmon and Dyer. Both Harmon and Daoud collected their first qualifiers of the season. For the all-around competition, Amanda Daoud placed 2nd, Jenny Daoud was third and Harmon was fourth. 

Coldwater travels to Jackson Lumen Christi on Monday for their next dual and hosts Saline next Wednesday for their home opener and the annual Jillian Crist memorial meet when the team will be accepting food pantry donations in honor of their former teammate. There are no activities scheduled for today in Branch County high school sports.

Coming up on the Coaches Corner today, we’ll preview Union City boys basketball with coach Ben Chard.

In middle school sports, in boys basketball yesterday, Coldwater split its four games with Sturgis. In the eighth grade action in Coldwater, the Cardinals won the “A” game 48-25 with 17 points for Joe Severn along with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Brady Beckhusen. Sturgis won the “B” game 27-19. Ethan Wiley and Vito Barone had 4 points apiece for Coldwater with 4 rebounds for Adam Bailey and 4 steals for Noah Murphy. The Cardinals 7th grade “A” team lost 26-21 at Sturgis with 12 points for Gage McGuire and 8 rebounds for Ryan Murphy. Coldwater took the “B” game 22-2 with 11 points and 9 steals for Mohammed Salem while Tyler Scherer had a team-high 12 rebounds.