From Staff Reports
---- — Logansport senior Brooke Bullard won a sectional title in diving to lead the area representatives Saturday at the Warsaw girls swimming and diving sectional.
Bullard, who won with a score of 343.5, will compete at the Penn Regional on Tuesday, as will Lewis Cass junior Bailey Johnson, who grabbed the fourth and final spot in the regional with a score of 280.35. Cass sophomore Gracie Conwell just missed with a fifth-place finish of 273.4.
No competitors in the swimming events advanced from area schools. A first-place finish or a state standard time was needed.
Warsaw won the sectional title with 352 points, followed by Culver Academies with 345. Cass was third with 256, Logan was fourth with 232 and Pioneer was ninth with 119 in the 13-team field.
Logan’s 200-yard medley relay team of Isabelle Kraud, Jennifer Crafford, Emily Clark and Rebecca Yeoman placed second with a time of 1:56.81, just 0.66 seconds behind the winning team from Warsaw.
Yeoman, a state qualifier a year ago as a sophomore, was second in the 50 freestyle (:25.72) and third in the 100 free (:55.56) on Saturday. Warsaw freshman Brenna Morgan won both events with times of :24.24 and :52.91, respectively.
Crafford, also a junior, was second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:09.89, finishing behind Warsaw senior Ashley Van Wormer (1:07.86).
Cass’ 400 free relay team of Kirsten Carbaugh, Patrisha Hartley, Megan Mannering and Claire Crum placed second in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:58.12, more than three seconds behind the winning team from Culver Academies. Logan’s Katie Easter, Clark, Crafford and Yeoman placed fourth in the event.
Crum was fourth in the 200 free (2:06) and fifth in the 100 free (:58.34). Hartley was fourth in the 50 free (:27.29) and seventh in the 100 free (1:00.99). Carbaugh was fourth in the 500 free (5:52.12) and seventh in the 200 IM (2:33.62).
Clark, who was also a state qualifier for the Berries a year ago as a junior, placed fourth in the 100 butterfly Saturday with a time of 1:05.99. Cass’ Maddie Karmel was fifth in the 100 fly in 1:08.97 and eighth in the 100 backstroke in 1:10.59.
Pioneer’s Kaity Cover was fourth in the 100 free (:58.13) and sixth in the 200 IM (2:29.77).
Logan’s Kraud was seventh in the 500 free (6:01.55). Paulie Frye was seventh in the 100 breast (1:20.23).
“This was an exciting meet and a great finish to the year for these girls,” LHS coach Heidi Hendricks-Knight said. “They had a huge improvement from Thursday. Our 200 medley team just got touched out for first place.
“It was really fun to watch. Yeoman PR’d in both her races. They all swam their best swims this year. I’m really proud of them.”
Logansport resident Eberle Miller, a senior at Culver Academies, won the 200 free (1:58.97) and 100 back (1:00.24) and swam the anchor on the Eagles’ winning 400 free relay team (3:54.32) and was part of their third-place medley relay team.
Carroll 59, Pioneer 49
Pioneer fell into an early 10-point hole and never quite recovered in a home loss to Carroll.
The Panthers trailed 18-10 after one quarter. They went on to tie Carroll 9-9, 13-13 and 19-19 over the final three quarters.
“We got it down to four with four minutes left. They were the better team tonight,” Pioneer coach Austin Cowley said. “The effort is there. The execution is coming along better and better. We’re not having as big of lapses. We forced more turnovers than we committed tonight. I’m happy overall. We lost to a better team which doesn’t make the loss any easier.”
Caleb Kindley led the Panthers (1-13) with 16 points. He was followed by Zach Mason (8), Keith Nies (7), Sam Kiser (6), Chad Clifford (5), J.P. Smith (4) and Brad Biggs (3).
Brad Dillon had 19 points and Seth Eldridge scored 14 to lead the Cougars (6-8). Jarin Bush and Derick Caldwell each had seven, and Jared Miller added six.
“They were just able to take care of their advantage in the post,” Cowley said. “They made 5 of 8 3-pointers in the first half and finished with six. We were banking on them not shooting well and packed it in. Eldrige was the difference in the game with 14 points.”
Pioneer hosts Maconaquah next Saturday afternoon.
Winamac 62, Caston 41
Bethany Brogdon had 20 points, Ali Larkin scored 16 and Stephanie Shorter scored 15 to lead Winamac to the win at Caston.
The Warriors (12-6, 6-1 Midwest Conference) secured a second place finish in the MWC standings while ending the Comets’ (12-6, 5-2) five-game win streak.
Winamac led just 26-24 at halftime before outscoring Caston 38-15 in the second half.
“We played the second half in this game as well as any game this year,” Winamac coach Jeff Wagner said. “That came at the right time as we prepare for the sectional week.
“We were getting beat inside in the first half and made some adjustments at halftime and the girls did a great job carrying through those adjustments. ... We shared the ball very well in the second half, but I thought our second half defense was really what won this game, as we caused turnovers and disrupted Caston and kept them out of sink through the end of the game.”
Mickayla Rans had 12 points to lead the Comets. Sarah Holt and Jaycee Denton scored 10 each, and Anna Brown added eight.
Winamac drew a bye at its Class 2A Winamac Sectional and will face the winner of Rensselaer and Delphi on Friday.
Caston will face Pioneer Tuesday at the Class A West Central Sectional.