COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, the last week of the regular season in boys varsity basketball for county teams tipped off last night including Coldwater’s final game on the schedule and in the action you heard on the radio, the Cardinals lost at home 49-45 to Kalamazoo Loy Norrix. It was a tight contest for most of the night with 9 lead changes and 4 ties before the visiting Knights opened up their largest lead of the game at 44-34 in the fourth quarter and then Coldwater’s rally came up a bit short. Luke Beckhusen was our McDonald’s Player of the Game for Coldwater with 11 points and 6 rebounds. Nate Waterbury had a team high 12 points for the Cardinals, who dropped to 4-15 and finished their final year in the SMAC with an East Division record of 1-13. Next season, Coldwater will compete in the newly formed Interstate Eight Conference. The Cardinals will open state tournament play on Monday at the Three Rivers Class B District with a first round game against Edwardsburg.
In last night’s j-v game in Coldwater, the Cardinals beat Loy Norrix 63-47 with 24 points for Collin Warner. The junior varsity’s final record was 14-5.
Elsewhere last night, in a Big 8 Branch County matchup at Quincy, the host Orioles defeated Union City 82-50. Quincy doubled up the Chargers in the first quarter 26-13 and then pulled out to a 47-20 halftime lead. Jake Rider had a game-high 21 points for the Orioles with 18 for Jimmy King and 14 for Michael Tesch, who added 10 rebounds to make it a double-double on the night. Darren Austin had 9 points for Union City, who slipped to 3-10 in the conference and 6-12 overall. Quincy is now 11-2 in league play with an overall mark of 15-4.
Bronson stays stuck on one win for the season as the Vikings fell last night at Colon 67-59. Eric Toledo had 13 points in the loss with 10 points apiece for Noah Roberts and Blake Fox. And Tekonsha was a winner at home with the Indians downing North Adams-Jerome 48-46 with 18 points for Riley Lloyd and 16 for Jeremy Scherer. Tekonsha improved to 4-15.
The 41st annual Coldwater Noon Exchange Club Freshman boys basketball tournament continued last night at Legg Middle School with two more first round games as Marshall downed Sturgis 56-29 while Pennfield got by Jackson Lumen Christi 54-52. The host Coldwater Cardinals have a second round winners bracket game tonight against Angola in the nightcap which is set to start at 7:15 following the 5:30 contest between Loy Norrix and Parma Western.
In girl’s basketball, the opening week of the MHSAA state tournament continues tonight with Coldwater taking on Three Rivers in the semi-finals of the Sturgis Class B District. It’s a 5:30 tip-off and we’ll have the game on the radio with our live coverage beginning at 5:20. Coldwater drew a first round bye while Three Rivers eliminated Edwardsburg in the first round Monday night. In the other semi-final bracket it’s Sturgis vs. Vicksburg. The winners advance to Friday’s 7 p.m. District final. In Class-C, at the Mendon district, there’s a Branch County semi-final matchup tonight at six o’clock with Bronson taking on Union City followed by Reading vs. Mendon.
Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Bronson girls basketball coach Andy Hatt.
In middle school sports yesterday, in girls basketball, in second round play in the season ending “B” team tournament in Coldwater, it was a split for the host Lady Cardinals against Marshall with a win for the seventh grade team while the 8th graders went down to defeat. Coldwater took the seventh grade contest 16-9 with 9 points in the win for Anna Tappenden. Marshall won the 8th grade game 23-20 with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Kaci White. And Bronson finished its season Tuesday with a pair of wins at home over Mendon. They took the 8th grade game over the Hornets 50-4 with 12 points apiece for Payton Robinson and Adyson Lasky. Bronson beat Mendon in the seventh grade game 37-15 with 11 points for Ashton Wronikowski.