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Coldwater Gymnasts Have Their Most Successful Ever Stick It For The Cure


COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, in gymnastics, Coldwater on Saturday hosted its third annual “Stick It for a Cure” Invitational and cancer awareness fundraiser. Coldwater closed out its home schedule with a season-high score of 128.925 and took fifth place out of the 9 teams in the tournament. The event also raised more than $3,500 for the Community Health Center of Branch County Foundation and the CHC Cancer Center. It was the largest gymnastics meet in Coldwater in more than 20 years with 87 competitors taking part and Rockford finishing in first place.

The Lady Cardinals opened their day on the uneven bars and were led by Senior Kylie Dudek with a second place finish at 9.375. Coldwater then scored their highest balance beam event total of the season with Dudek taking second place while setting a new school record with a flawless routine of 9.6, breaking her previous record of 9.5.  Her mark was just one of nine personal bests on the event.  Senior Brianne Hodge came through at her final home performance with a personal best and regional qualifier. Jenny Daoud and Sierra Crist also earned qualifiers. Coldwater posted a season high event total on the floor as well as Dudek finished second with her score of 9.45 with four more of her teammates posting individual qualifying scores with the performances by Amanda Daoud, Jenny Daoud Becca Harmon and Brianne Hodge.

The vault wrapped up the day and Dudek posted the highest score of the event as the final competitor at 9.5 while nine Lady Cardinals earned qualifying scores including a three-way tie for 23rd from Jenny and Amanda Daoud, and Sierra Crist at 8.2 in addition to qualifiers from Becca Harmon, Makayla Woodman, Darien Dyer and Britney Peet. In the all-around competition, Kylie Dudek finished a close second and set a new all-around school record at 37.925. Coldwater’s next action is Saturday at Adrian for the Conference Championship meet.

Also on Saturday, 20 wrestlers from the county, led by nine from Bronson, qualified for the state tournament regionals by placing in the top four at the individual districts. Coldwater’s three qualifiers were paced by a runner-up showing from Kegan Brown. Austin Siegel placed third and Mohamed Aljabaly fourth in the Division Two District at Stevensville-Lakeshore. At the Constantine Division Four District, Bronson had four champions in Jake Littlefield, Brandon Losinski, Leo Mora and Brett Burtrum. Placing second were Hunter Machus, Jukoda Sexton, and Dan Erwin while finishing third was Joe Albarran. And earning a fourth place medal was Kahle Scheenks. Union City had 3 regional qualifiers led by Jared Shepard who placed second while Taylor Howard finished third and Tyler Howard fourth.

And at the Quincy Division Four district, the Quincy qualifiers were led by Nate Smith with a runner-up finish. Placing third were Tyler Massey, Nick Wiser and Tyler Smith while Jacob Massey had a fourth place finish

On tonight’s high school schedule, there’s girls basketball with Quincy at home against Mendon while Tekonsha is at Battle Creek St. Philip.

Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Coldwater girls basketball coach Ken Smoker. And in middle school sports, the Bronson junior high wrestling team competed Saturday at the Portage Central Invitational. The Vikings had 37 wins and 26 losses and recorded 25 pins on the day. David Erwin earned a first place finish.  Joshua Laser and Dawson Littlefield both placed second. Jordan Withington finished fourth.  Also earning medals were Ruger Rainey, Cole Houtz, and Blake Bucklin