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Coldwater wrestling team takes two last night, gymnastics team falls to Saline in memorial meet

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In high school sports last night, in gymnastics, Coldwater hosted Saline for their home opener in the 3rd annual Jillian Crist Memorial Meet and the visiting Hornets defeated Coldwater 128-119. The Lady Cardinals record slipped to 1-and-2 but their team point total last night was their highest of the season and 9 points better than in their opening win at Adrian. In order to compete in the MHSAA Regionals, the team must score a minimum 120 points in four different competitions during the season. 

Coldwater started out the competition last night on the vault and the Daoud sisters earned 2nd and 3rd place honors with their back to back vaults at 8.55 for Jenny and 8.50 for Amanda. Each has picked up 3 of their individual qualifying scores and only need one more to secure a post season berth. Britney Peet tied for 9th place at 7.95, earning her second qualifier on the season. Becca Harmon posted a solid 7.9 for her second qualifying score as well. The Lady Cardinals then posted a season-high 25.525 on the uneven bars, improving by more than 3 points on the event. Once again, Jenny and Amanda Daoud went 2nd and 3rd at 7.025 and 6.95 respectively and both earned their first Regional scores for the bars with their performances. Next on the balance beam, four from Coldwater stuck their routines and three earned Regional qualifying scores with Amanda Daoud placing 5th, Jenny Daoud finished 6th and Harmon collected her third straight qualifier placing eighth. The final event of the evening was the floor exercise where the Lady Cardinals earned their highest event score of the season at 30.975. Britney Peet was the top scorer for Coldwater, earning a personal best and her first ever qualifier at 7.85 for 3rd place. Amanda Daoud was close behind in 4th at 7.8, also a qualifier. Coldwater had the top honors in the All-Around competition with Amanda and Jenny Daoud earning first and second place, each posting season best scores. 

Donations to the Branch Area Food Pantry were collected last night and various items were sold for the Jillian Crist scholarship fund.  A special Miss Congeniality award was given out to both Kala Sperbeck and Shelby Kahler for demonstrating the most team spirit and sportsmanship.

Last night in wrestling, Coldwater scored a pair of wins in a quad meet at Mendon with the Cardinals beating Constantine 45-19 and Mendon 54-28. Going 2-and-0 for Coldwater were Louden Tucker, Faheem Abdullah, Mohamed Aljabaly, Randall Linton, Noah Aljabaly, and Juan Hernandez. Coming up Saturday, it’s the Coldwater Classic Invitational.

Also in wrestling last night, Bronson hosted a quad meet to open their season and it included the host Vikings defeating Jonesville 48-27.

Last night in girls basketball, Union City was a winner at home over Tekonsha 49-8 with Rachel Wing leading the way with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Union City improved their record to 2-and-2 with their Big Eight opener tomorrow night at home against Springport. And in boys basketball, the Coldwater freshmen opened their season last night with a 43-40 loss at home to Fremont. Austin Butler led Coldwater with ten points.

Tonight in reserve hoops action, the Coldwater boys teams are at home against Battle Creek Lakeview beginning with the freshman contest at 4:15 and the J-V game scheduled for 5:45. The Coldwater girls reserve teams play at Lakeview. The varsity matchups for the boys and girls teams are Friday night at Lakeview and we’ll have both games on the radio with our live coverage starting at 5:30.

Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Union City girls basketball coach Jenn Harty.

And finally, the MHSAA announced yesterday that the baseball and softball state tournament semifinals and finals are being moved to Michigan State University in East Lansing from Battle Creek, where those games had been played since 1990. The switch in location takes effect next spring in 2014. Another change will see the championship weekend for baseball and softball include semifinal games being played on Thursday and Friday and all four title games in each sport on Saturday. Previously, semifinals for both were played on Friday and multiple games in each sport played simultaneously.