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Coldwater boys and girls lose to Battle Creek Central, Union City boys win again


COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports last night, in boys and girls basketball, it was Coldwater vs. Battle Creek Central with visiting Central sweeping 3 games in the boys play in Coldwater while in the girl’s action, Central won the varsity contest in Battle Creek with the Lady Cardinals taking the reserve games on the road.

In the boys varsity contest we had on the radio, a very slow start with the visiting Bearcats leading 4-to-2 at the end of the first quarter but then Central sprinted away in the second quarter and Coldwater trailed 25-to-7 at halftime and never recovered with the Cardinals going down to defeat 52-to-27. Coldwater’s leading scorer was Jordan Eddy with 8 points while our McDonald’s Player of the Game honors for the Cardinals went to the frontline trio of Ryan Hadley, Logan Targgart, and Ryan Mock for their hard work last night and this season in patrolling the paint and their effort on defense. The defeat drops Coldwater’s record to 6-and-8 overall and 2-and-7 in the SMAC East. Coming up Friday for the Cardinals it’s Hall of Fame night at home against Kalamazoo Loy Norrix. Central won last night’s j-v game 65-to-57. Michael Magocs had 17 points for Coldwater with 16 for Luke Beckhusen and 10 for Blaze Watson. And the Cardinals fell in the freshman contest 52-to-34 with 15 points for Brendan Spangler.

In last night’s varsity girls action in Battle Creek, Central held on to beat Coldwater 42-to-35. Kenzie Galloway led the Lady Cardinals with 11 points while Jordan Shiery added 10 points and 6 rebounds. Coldwater slips to 4-and-10 overall and 2-and-7 in conference play. It was a sweep in the reserve games for Coldwater. They won the j-v contest 41-to-40 with 13 points for Kendall Galloway while Morgan Howard added 9 points and 14 rebounds. And Coldwater took the freshman game 26-to-7 with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Megan Hoath while Maggie Pool added 8 steals and 6 rebounds.

Also in j-v girls action last night, Bronson beat Battle Creek St. Philip 32-to-15 with 6 points apiece for Alexa Ratkowski and Kirin Cekander while Jackie Rangel added 11 rebounds.

Turning to Big Eight Conference boys varsity play last night, Quincy fell at Jonesville 53-to-41 with 10 points for Ashton Diotte. The Oriole’s record dips to 6-and-7 overall and 3-and-4 in the league. And Union City was a winner at home over Springport 44-to-31 with 23 points for Brady Johnson. The Chargers improve to 6-and-1 in the conference and 9-and-3 overall. Also, Tekonsha lost at home to undefeated Climax-Scotts 56-to-17.

On tonight’s high school schedule, there’s wrestling with Bronson at home against Mendon, Quincy hosts Homer, and Union City is at Reading.

Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Bronson girls basketball coach Andy Hatt.

In middle school sports, the Bronson junior high wrestling team has opened their 2013 season and they brought home 12 medals from Saturday’s Athens Invitational. Winning championships were Jordan Withington, Dawson Littlefield, Cole Houtz and Chase Gibson.  The Vikings had 48 wins and 22 losses on the day. Bronson started their schedule last week in a tri-meet at Marshall with the host Redhawks and Coldwater. The Vikings finished with 21 wins and 16 losses, recording 19 pins.  Going undefeated were Jordan Withington, Eion Depaz, Victor Carter, Landon Gould and Ruger Rainey.