December 15, 2013

Lewis Cass grapplers remain unbeaten

Logan Super Six downsized to Super Three due to weather.

From Staff Reports

---- — While most area athletic events were snowed out, Lewis Cass and Logansport’s wrestling teams were in action Saturday.

The Kings went 5-0 at the Rensselaer Super Six to improve to 11-0 on the season. They defeated Hebron (69-3), South Newton (58-13), Rensselaer (60-18), West Lafayette (38-36) and West Central (39-37).

Jarrett Carden (126 pound weight class), Zach Layer (132/138), Gabe Welch (152), Brendan McGehee (160) and Blaine Elliott (220) went 5-0 on the day for Cass. Drake Hall (113) went 4-1. Nathan Young (132/138), Kolbie Cox (145), Hunter Clark (170), John Hartley (182), Levi Glassburn (195) and Brock Reish (285) went 3-2. Hunter Carden (120) went 1-4.

“I was happy with the effort I saw from the team today,” Cass coach Nate Burrous said. “West Lafayette and West Central are both good teams and the kids really stepped up the intensity when we wrestled them.

“Welch, McGehee and Elliott are all 11-0 now.”

The Kings next compete at the Twin Lakes Invitational next Saturday.

Logan Super Six

The annual Super Six was a Super Three due to Saturday’s heavy snowfall.

The host Berries went 0-2 on the day against varsity teams. They were defeated by Rochester 53-18 and were edged by Culver Academy 39-36. The Berries defeated a combined B team 66-6, while Logan’s combined B team went 0-3 on the day.

Ryan Schrock (138 pound weight class) went 3-0 for the Berries, while Donovan Johnson (113) and David Chavez (195) were also undefeated by going 2-0. Anthony Torres (106), Justin Porter (113/120), Gerald Silva (145) and John Ward (182/195) went 2-1. Jesse Dominguez (120) went 1-1.

The Berries host Kokomo Tuesday. The JV starts at 6 p.m. with the varsity to follow.

Boys basketball

Carroll 43, Caston 27

The Comets’ home game on Saturday night against Taylor was snowed out. On Friday night it was the Comets’ shooting that was cold in a loss at Carroll.

The Comets shot just 25 percent from the field in the loss and dropped to 2-2.

“We were just flat out cold,” Caston coach J.R. Howell said. “We got a lot of good looks and didn’t hit. We shot 4 of 23 from 3 which killed us. We shot just three free throws, Quentin [Douglass] went 1 of 3.”

Douglass scored 16 in the contest to lead the Comets. Alex Howdeshell had four, Brayton Jellison added three and Jake Kingery and Graham Rentschler chipped in two apiece.

Brandon Dillon led the Cougars (4-2) with 18 points. Jarin Bush scored 11, Justin Willoughby had seven and Seth Eldridge added five.

The Comets went scoreless in the second quarter and trailed 24-9 at the half. They outscored the Cougars 13-7 in the third quarter to cut the lead to 31-22 but were outscored 12-5 in the fourth.

“I thought defensively and really with the game plan in particular we did exactly what we wanted to do,” Howell said. “We made Bush and Dillon fight for every basket they made and attempted. We did a nice job of doubling them. We outscored them 13-7 in the third quarter and you could tell they started to get a little frustrated. We played the way we wanted to play and did a good job.

“It was just one of those games where I was pretty pleased with the shots we got, they just didn’t fall. That may have to do with our effort defensively. Defensively we did a good job and it got us tired legs. We got open looks and didn’t convert.”

The Comets next travel to Frontier next Saturday to open Midwest Conference play.

S. Newton 53, Pioneer 49

Pioneer, like Caston, was hoping to return to the hardwood as soon as possible after a tough loss the night before. But the Panthers’ home opener against North Miami was snowed out Saturday night.

On Friday the Panthers dropped their MWC opener at South Newton.

The Panthers (0-4 overall) led 23-21 at halftime, but Skylar Sanders scored 15 of his game-high 28 points in the third quarter to lead the Rebels (1-2) to the win on their home floor.

Jarrett Hammel added 16 points for the more veteran Rebels squad, which picked up its first win in MWC play in four seasons.

“We were trying to speed the game up, and [Sanders] got through us time after time and got to the basket,” Pioneer coach Austin Cowley lamented. “[Hammel] is really strong and outplayed us underneath, and Sanders, we couldn’t keep him from penetrating.”

Caleb Kindley led the Panthers with 17 points. Sam Kiser scored 15. Zach Mason had seven, J.P. Smith and Brad Biggs added four apiece and Chad Clifford chipped in two.

“We’re just learning our identity right now,” Cowley said. “We’re really struggling shooting the ball from the outside. We did get two 3s but they were at the very end of the fourth quarter.

“This was really a setback. This was one we wanted to get. We led 19-11 at one point in the second quarter and they turned the tide.”

Pioneer will take to the road next weekend, traveling to Whiting Friday and Argos Saturday.

Girls basketball

S. Newton 41, Pioneer 40

Kayte Miller scored a game-high 18 points for the Panthers but it wasn’t enough in a loss at South Newton in the first game of a girls-boys doubleheader.

Miller hit four 3-pointers in the contest. Brooklyn Mehrley added seven points for Pioneer (0-5, 0-1 MWC). Kennedy Nies had five points, Sadie Layman added four and Megan Smith and Abbie McKaig chipped in two apiece.

Courtney Deno had 14 points to lead the Rebels (5-3, 3-0).