QUINCY, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, the boys basketball regular season for county teams came to a close last night with a trio of games. Quincy finished up with a Big Eight Conference overtime win at home, beating Jonesville 55-to-53. The Orioles outscored the Comets in the extra period 6-to-4. Michael Tesch led Quincy with 16 points while Logan Miller had 15 and Ashton Diotte 11. The Orioles improved to 9-and-11 overall and 6-and-8 in the conference. Quincy will be hosting a Class-C District tournament next week including Union City and Bronson when the second season for the boys tips off on Monday. Also last night in the Big Eight, Union City lost at Springport 71-to-57 with 13 points apiece for Brady Johnson, Emmett Fraley and Nick Austin. The defeat dropped the Chargers to 9-and-5 in league play and 12-and-7 overall. Bronson was beat last night 58-to-34 in a non-conference contest at Sturgis. Mason Friedel had 10 points in the loss for the Vikings. Also, Tekonsha fell at Pittsford 71-to-28.
The 40th annual Coldwater Noon Exchange Club freshman boys basketball tournament got back on track last night after Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s games were postponed by the heavy snow. The host Coldwater Cardinals dropped their second round winner’s bracket game at Legg Middle School last night, losing 55-to-21 to Kalamazoo Loy Norrix. Brendan Spangler had ten points for Coldwater. The Cardinals will now play for third place at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow. In last night’s other action at the middle school, Angola beat Prairie Heights 29-27 while at Coldwater High School, Jackson Lumen Christi defeated Sturgis 50-to-32 while Jackson High was a winner over Pennfield 77-to-23. All of the rest of the tournament will be played at Legg Middle School, including tonight’s two games.
Also in high school sports yesterday, it was the opening round of MHSAA Individual Wrestling Finals, which continue through tomorrow at the Palace of Auburn Hills. A dozen wrestlers from Branch County qualified for the double elimination event. Winning their opening matches Thursday were Leo Mora, Hunter Machus, Dan Erwin, and Brandon Losinski, all from Bronson. Suffering losses yesterday for Bronson were Brett Burtum, Kahle Scheenks, and Jake Littlefield, as well as Mohamed Aljabaly of Coldwater and from Quincy, Nate Smith, Luke Wiser, Tyler Smith and Jacob Massey.
On tonight’s high school schedule, in girls state tournament basketball, it’s the title game of Centreville Class-C district with a matchup between Bronson and Reading. We’ll have the 7 o’clock contest on the radio and stream the audio on-line at wtvbam.com. Our live coverage on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 starts with our pre-game show at 6:30. Tonight’s winner moves on to the Class-C Regional being hosted by Bronson beginning next Tuesday.
Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Coldwater boys basketball coach Brien Kelly. Coldwater wrapped up its regular season schedule last Friday. The Cardinals begin March Magic play on Monday with a Class A district quarterfinal game at Battle Creek Central against the host Bearcats.
In middle school sports last night, in girls basketball, the Coldwater seventh grade “A” team wrapped up its season with a third round game in the tournament at Harper Creek and the Lady Cardinals lost 34-to-27 to Marshall with 10 points for Carly Duke. The defeat put their final record at 9-and-3. And in wrestling, Bronson last night hosted four teams in their first home meet of the season. The Vikings posted 17 wins, 11 by pin. Going undefeated on the night for Bronson were Ruger Ranney, Nathan Caudill, David Erwin, Jake Nettleman and Cole Houtz.