COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - The basketball courts came alive throughout the region with high school holiday tournament action.
Starting off with the 5th Annual Cardinal Holiday Hoops Tournament, on the boys side, Coldwater picked up its first win of the season, defeating Eaton Rapids 70-62 in a game we had for you on the radio. The Greyhounds enjoyed a 12-10 edge in the first quarter, but the Cardinals came alive with a 16-6 second to take a 26-18 halftime lead. Coldwater outscored Eaton Rapids in the third 23-15, with the Greyhounds winning the fourth quarter 29-21 as their comeback attempt fell short despite 6 triples made by Jared McDaniel, who led all scorers with 34. Logan Targgart led the Cardinals with a career-high 26 points, while Ryan Mock, our McDonald's Player of the Game, had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Coldwater improves to 1-3 on the season. The Cardinals will take on Dexter tonight for the boys varsity championship; the Dreadnaughts beat Fremont 63-44. Tip-off is at 6:45; our live coverage will begin tonight at 6:30.
Before the Eaton Rapids-Coldwater game, the newest members of the CHS Athletic Hall of Fame were inducted in ceremonies we broadcast on WTVB. Congratulations once again go out to longtime Coldwater wrestling coach Tom Sweitzer, three-sport standout Aaron Tagert, and as honorary members, the Coldwater Township Sunrise Rotary club.
On the girls side, in a game we also broadcast, Niles scored the first 8 points against Coldwater, and the Vikings never looked back in a 61-46 triumph over the Cardinals. Elyse Zimmerman scored those first 8; she led all scorers with 22 for Niles. Carlee Smoker, our McDonald's Player of the Game, led Coldwater with 11 points, while Kenzie Galloway added 10. The Lady Cards, who fall to 1-5, will take on Carleton Airport in the girls varsity consolation game; the Jets fell to Fremont 65-21. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:30; we'll have that game on the radio beginning at 1:15 this afternoon.
On the JV side of the tournament, Coldwater's boys beat Eaton Rapids 70-63 to remain perfect on the season at 4-0. Nate Waterbury poured in 33, while Collin Warner added 15. The JV Cards will take on Fremont tonight at 6:45 for the JV boys championship; that's because the Eagles edged Dexter 55-52. The Coldwater JV girls beat Niles 33-19 behind 13 points from Stacy Guzy. The JV Lady Cards will face Fremont tonight at 5 for the JV girls championship, as the Lady Eagles prevailed over Carleton Airport 32-27.
Over at Bronson in games played in the A&K Enterprises Holiday Tournament, the host Vikings were swept by Portage Northern. The Huskies won the boys game 69-38; Jordan Alger had a team-high 16 points. The Vikings, who drop to 0-3, will take on Kalamazoo Christian today at Sturgis in the boys consolation game; Sturgis defeated K-Christian 54-43. Meanwhile, the Bronson girls fell to 3-2 as Portage Northern prevailed 55-33. Skyler Sobeski led the Lady Vikes with 14 points. They will play at Sturgis this afternoon in the girls consolation game; Sturgis lost at Kalamazoo Christian 42-37.
The Coldwater freshman girls basketball team opened up play in the Comstock Invitational with a 36-21 loss to Loy Norrix. Megan Lippert led the freshman ladies with 8 points.
On today's schedule, in addition to all the basketball tournament action, in wrestling, Coldwater travels to the Mike McCloughan Invitational at Portage Central, and Bronson is at the Goodrich Tournament of Champions.