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Coldwater boys and girls fall to Harper Creek in hoops, Coldwater gymnasts earn All Conference honors

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, it was a busy night of make-up basketball games, including Coldwater vs. Harper Creek, which was snowed out on Monday. Harper Creek won both the boys and girls varsity contests last night and in the boys action in Coldwater that we had on the radio, the Beavers beat the Cardinals 72-49. Harper Creek outscored Coldwater in every quarter and they were ahead 42-25 by halftime. Logan Targgart and Nate Waterbury had 9 points apiece for the Cardinals while our McDonald’s Player of the Game for Coldwater was Scout Case, who provided some spark off the bench while hitting a 3-pointer and finishing with 7 points. The loss dropped Coldwater’s record to 1-11 in the SMAC East and 4-13 overall while the Beavers improved to 9-3 in the division and 12-5 overall. There was a split in the reserve games. The J-V Beavers downed Coldwater 57-48 with 15 points for Austin Krzminski and 13 for Collin Warner. The Cardinals took the freshman game 37-33 with 9 points for Jake Beckhusen.

In the girls varsity matchup at Harper Creek, the Beavers defeated Coldwater 45-27 and with the loss, they slipped to 8-11 overall and 3-10 in conference play. Harper Creek made it a sweep by taking both of the reserve games. The Beavers won the j-v contest 37-31 with 9 points for Megan Hoath. And Coldwater lost the freshman game 45-43 despite a game-high 31 points from Megan Lippert.

Elsewhere last night, in boy’s only action, Quincy was a winner at home over Athens    53-33 with a double-double for Michael Tesch with 19 points and 14 rebounds while Jake Rider added 16 points. The victory moved the Orioles to 9-1 in the Big Eight and 14-3 overall. Union City fell to visiting Concord 60-54. Darren Austin had 18 points and Lucas Vaccaro 12 for the Chargers, who slide to 3-8 in the Big 8 and 6-11 overall. And Bronson still has just one win on the season as the Vikings went down to defeat at Niles Brandywine 60-40. In a girls only game last night, Bronson lost at Sturgis 42-37 with 11 points for Skyler Sobeski. The defeat left the Lady Vikings record at 10-7.

In gymnastics, Coldwater earned a number of All-Conference athletic and academic honors as part last Saturday’s South Central Gymnastics League Championship meet in Coldwater. The host Lady Cardinals finished third out of 4 teams with undefeated Saline capturing the conference title. The top ten gymnasts are honored as all-conference in each event and the all-around, and also for the top 10 GPA scores.  Kala Sperbeck placed 2nd in all-conference for academics.  Jenny Daoud finished third right beside her teammate.  There were three other Lady Cardinals who joined them in the top ten including Ellie Ohm, Madison Hedstrom, and Jana Rummer. Conference honors on the vault went to Jenny Daoud, Britney Peet and Ellie Ohm. On the uneven bars, Daoud, Ohm, and Becca Harmon were All-Conference, led by Daoud’s Bronze medal finish. Harmon, Daoud, Ohm, and Kala Sperbeck made All-League on the balance beam. And finally on the floor exercise, Ellie Ohm earned All-Conference honors. All League all around recognition went to Daoud, Harmon, and Ohm for their respective sixth, seventh, and eighth place performances.

Tonight in high school sports, in varsity girls basketball regular season ending contests, Quincy is at Homer and Union City plays at Jonesville. In reserve hoops, it’s Coldwater against Battle Creek Central with the girls games in Coldwater while the boys play in Battle Creek. The freshmen tip off at 4:15 with the j-v to follow at around 5:45. And in gymnastics, Coldwater hosts Jackson High and Sturgis in the old gym for their final home meet. It’s senior and parents night and the competition begins at six o’clock.

Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Union City boys basketball coach Ben Chard.