BRONSON, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, the girls basketball season for county teams came to an end last night in a contest we had on the radio as Bronson lost 45-to-34 to Reading in the state tournament Centreville Class-C District championship game. Cold shooting caught up with the Vikings in the second half when they went just 4-for-24 from the field and were outscored by the Rangers after the break 24-to-14. Reading also camped out at the charity stripe last night with the Rangers making 23 of their 43 chances at the free throw line. By comparison, Bronson was 7-for-11 from the line. Skyler Sobeski had a team-high 8 points for Bronson while Mallorie Bassage led the way on the glass with 10 rebounds. Our McDonald’s Player of the Game for Bronson was senior Amberly Bercaw, a four-year varsity player for the Vikings who had 4 points and 9 rebounds last night. Bronson closed out with a 13-and-9 record while Reading advances to next week’s Bronson Class-C Regional at 14-and-9.
Also last night, in the title game of the Jackson Christian Class-D District, Tekonsha lost to Bellevue 42-to-23.
The boy’s basketball regular season finishes up this week with their second season starting up on Monday. There was a makeup game last night for Union City for their contest at Mendon postponed by snow on Tuesday and the visiting Chargers lost in overtime last night with Mendon winning 59-to-55. The host Hornets outscored Union City 8-to-4 in the o-t. Emmett Fraley had a game-high 36 points for Union City while Brady Johnson added 10 points as the Chargers record dropped to 12-and-8. Union City will compete next week along with Bronson at the Quincy Class-C District tournament. Bronson has a makeup game to close out its regular season this afternoon playing at home against Colon. March Magic for Coldwater, which wrapped up its schedule a week ago yesterday, begins Monday in the Battle Creek Lakeview Class-A District with the Cardinals taking on the Bearcats of Battle Creek Central with Central hosting the contest in their new gym. It tips off at 7 o’clock with our live coverage on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 starting at 6:30.
There were two games last night in the 40th annual Coldwater Noon Exchange Club freshman boys basketball tournament at Legg Middle School with Jackson Lumen Christi nipping Jackson High 66-to-65 in the championship bracket while Sturgis beat Pennfield 49-to-27 in a consolation bracket game. The tournament wraps up today with 4 games beginning at two o’clock. The host Coldwater Cardinals play Jackson High for third place at 5:30 with the title game set for 7:15 between Lumen Christi and Kalamazoo Loy Norrix.
Also in high school sports, the third and final day of the MSHAA individual wresting finals is happening today at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Five of the 12 Branch County wrestlers who made it to the Palace for the double elimination event were able to survive and advance out of yesterday’s action and will be on the mats again today.
The five from Bronson still competing are Hunter Machus, Dan Erwin, Leo Mora, Kahle Scheenks and Brett Burtrum. Elimination came yesterday for Bronson’s Jake Littlefield and Brandon Losinski along with Mohammed Aljabaly of Coldwater and from Quincy, Jacob Massey, Nate Smith, Luke Wiser, and Tyler Smith.
Finally, the state bowling tournament individual finals are today with two boys and two girls from Coldwater in the Division Two action at Waterford. Competing for Coldwater are Bianca Porter, Dana Bailey, Austin Reichart and Justin Wells.