BRONSON, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports last night, in varsity boys basketball non-conference action, Bronson lost at home to Parchment 55-to-40. The host Vikings trailed only by two, 17-to-15, at the break, but Parchment then outscored Bronson 19-to-10 in the third quarter and the Panthers put another 19 points on the board in the final period and finished with a 15 point victory. Mark Robinson had 9 points for Bronson, which slips to 2-and-13.
In girls basketball last night, Tekonsha was a winner at home 54-to-18 over Will Carleton Academy.
Last night in gymnastics, it was parents’ and seniors’ night at Coldwater, where the Lady Cardinals were defeated by Sturgis 127.725-to-124.475. Competing in their final dual competition of their careers for Coldwater were Sierra Crist, Kylie Dudek, Marena Hickey, Brianne Hodge, Darby Kahler, Erica Kish, and Makayla Woodman.
Highlights for Coldwater included 5 stuck beam routines and a highest beam event total of the season. The meet opened on the vault and freshman Amanda Daoud led the Lady Cardinals with a tie for 2nd place with sister Jenny Daoud right behind her tying for 4th place. And Sierra Crist picked up a 6th place finish with her fourth and final qualifying individual score.
On the uneven bars, Coldwater’s Kylie Dudek scored the highest mark of the meet at 9.55, her second best of the season while Amanda Daoud tied her personal best and collected her final qualifier in the event. On the balance beam, Dudek led the way with a second place showing, scoring an 8.75. Coldwater closed the competition on the floor exercise, and Dudek again collected her second highest score of the season with a nearly flawless routine at 9.425. In the all-around competition, Amanda Daoud placed 4th and Jenny Daoud was fifth. Coldwater travels to Saline on Thursday and will host their third annual “Stick It For A Cure” event on Saturday.
Tonight’s high school schedule includes Coldwater boys basketball with a non-conference game at Jackson Northwest. We’ll have all the action on the radio and also stream the audio on-line at wtvbam.com. Our live coverage on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 begins at seven o’clock with the tip-off set for around 7:15 following the j-v contest. It all starts with the freshman matchup at 4:15.
Also tonight in boy’s hoops, Tekonsha plays at Will Carleton Academy while in girl’s basketball, Quincy hosts Athens, Union City is at Homer and Bronson hosts Sturgis. Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Quincy boys basketball coach Scott Rodesiler.
Congratulations to Kylei Ratkowski of Bronson and Jesse Anderson of Union City, two of the 11 student-athletes from Michigan High School Athletic Association Class C and D member schools selected to receive scholarships through the MHSAA’s prestigious Scholar Athlete Award program. The A-and-B Class honorees will be announced later this month. Hats off as well to Matthew Katz of Tekonsha, a Class D boys finalist for a scholar-athlete award. Farm Bureau Insurance, in its 24th year of sponsoring the award, will give a $1,000 college scholarship to 32 individuals who represent their member school in at least one sport in which the Association sponsors a postseason tournament. Ratkowski and Anderson and the other scholarship recipients will be honored at halftime ceremonies of the Class C Boys Basketball Final game March 23rd at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.
In middle school girls basketball Monday, the Coldwater eighth grade “B” team lost at Lakeview with 4 points for Veronica Crandall. The eighth grade "A" lost 24-14 at Lakeview. Megan Lippert had 10 points and 5 steals. Also, the seventh grade Coldwater “B” team lost at home to 18-to-9 with 4 points for Faith Scott. Also, Bronson swept a pair of games at home over White Pigeon. The eighth grade team beat the Chiefs 34-to-14 with 9 points for Karly Showalter, 7 rebounds for Cassidy Wolff and 6 steals for Allie Sikorski. Bronson won the seventh grade game 37-to-3 with 15 points for Adyson Lasky.