QUINCY, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, the competition finally won out over the cancellations yesterday as the games resumed after three days of no play because of this week’s big blast of winter weather. Last night in varsity boys basketball, Quincy pulled away in the second half at home to beat Jonesville 56-31. Michael Tesch had 12 points and 9 rebounds in the win for the Orioles while Nick Haberl and Jake Rider added 10 points apiece. Quincy improved to 4-and-1 overall and 3-and-0 in the Big Eight.
Tekonsha fell at home to Litchfield 66-54 with 17 points for Travis Hurley and 12 for Jeremy Scherer.
Last night in reserve boys and girls basketball, it was a 4-game sweep for Coldwater over Sturgis. In the boys action at Sturgis, the Cardinals won the j-v contest 43-22 with 12 points and 8 rebounds for Nate Waterbury. Coldwater took the freshman game 38-31 with 8 points apiece for Zack Murphy, Eric Bach and Austin Butler. The Coldwater j-v girls beat the visiting Trojans 36-28 with 7 points each for Payton Watson and Stacy Guzy. In the freshman game, it was Coldwater over Sturgis 27-26 with 9 points for Megan LIppert while Maddison Marsh led the way on the boards with 8 rebounds along with 6 points.
Tonight’s varsity boys and girls basketball schedule includes Coldwater at home against Sturgis and we’ll have both games on the radio with our live coverage starting at 5:30 beginning with the girls action and then it’s the boys matchup which is set to tip-off at 7:15. We’ll also be streaming the audio of the broadcast on-line at wtvbam.com. Elsewhere in boys and girls hoops tonight, Bronson hosts Centreville on Hall of Fame night for the Vikings. The inductees for this year’s Hall of Fame class to be honored between the games are Bill Fifer, Elmer and Doris Houghton, Phil Wotta, Carroll Moon, and Melvin Larimer. The boys and girls action tonight also has Union City at Athens while in girls play only, Quincy hosts Jonesville and Tekonsha hosts Colon.
There was wrestling last night with Coldwater picking up a pair of wins in a SMAC East quad meet at Sturgis. The Cardinals defeated Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 58-18 and earned a 40-39 victory over Gull Lake in a match decided on tiebreaker criteria. Going 2-0 for Coldwater were Mohamed Aljabaly, Josh Powers, Randall Linton, Nooh Aljabaly, Sam DeMeester, Austin Siegel, and Cooper Murphy.
Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Coldwater boys basketball Brien Kelly.