Almont’s Maria Stanton (third from left) stands on the podium after claiming third place in the 97-pound weight class at the MWA High School Girls’ State Championship.


ALMONT — Almont freshman Maria Stanton turned in a placewinning performance last Sunday at the MWA High School Girls’ State Championship.

Adrian College is the action unfolded.

Competing in the 97-pound weight class, Stanton began her successful tournament run against Mancelona’s Kayden Coltson. The quarterfinal clash saw her prevail via a pin with 1:01 gone.

She then went up against Saline’s Emme Hicks next. That battled drew to a close with Hicks, the eventual champion, pulling out a 9-8 victory.

Stanton faced Mount Pleasant’s Makenzie Burger for third place honors next. Their clash ended with Stanton up by a 19-3 scoreboard count.

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.