From Staff Reports
---- — Logansport’s gymnastics team easily defended its sectional title Saturday at Lafayette Jeff.
The No. 5-ranked Berries won with a 106.5. Noblesville (103.4) and Harrison (97.125) also advanced to next Friday’s Valparaiso Regional.
It was the Berries’ second sectional title in a row, third in the last four years and 11th overall.
Logan sophomores Kelley Platt and Emily Pomasl placed 1-2 in the all-around. Platt won with a 37.875 and Pomasl was second with a 35.5.
Platt won all four events. On floor she had a 9.65, on beam she had a 9.5, on vault she had a 9.425 and on bars she had a 9.3.
Pomasl was second on floor (9.45) and third on vault (9.275) and bars (8.825).
Hannah Brandt was fifth on vault (9.15) and Maddy Rosenberger was sixth (8.925).
Logan coach Dannan Mordenti said the Berries started strong their first event of the day, bars, and continued from there.
“We came out pretty strong. We got the scores exactly where we wanted them on the first event,” she said. “After that we did really well. We had girls that stepped up and did what we needed to do to get the win.”
The Berries were particularly impressive on vault, where they recorded four of the top six scores on the day.
“That really bumped up our score to get over a 27 helps on the overall score,” Mordenti said.
The Valparaiso Regional is at 7 p.m. EST next Friday and will feature four of the top five ranked teams in state including the Berries.
Hoosier State Relays
Pioneer competed in the West Lafayette Hoosier State Relay individuals qualifier at Purdue University on Friday night.
In the girls event, Maddie Kiser won the 400 dash (1:01.6) and placed third in the 800 (2:26.4). Sarah Dorris placed fifth in the long jump (14-9) and Kari Parmeter placed sixth (14-6).
For the boys, Blake Johnson placed third in both the high jump and long jump (5-10, 18-11.5). Jake Morris placed fourth in high jump (5-10). Dylan Bice placed fourth in the 800 (2:11).
Cass 69, Manchester 57
The Class 2A, No. 7-Kings were too much for the host Squires Friday, powering their way to a 69-57 win and into the sectional final.
Senior guard Austin Keisling had 24 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals to lead the Kings to the win. He was 5 of 8 from the field and 14 of 19 from the foul line.
The Kings got the Squires (16-6) in foul trouble in the first half in building up a 30-24 lead at the half. Four Manchester starters had two fouls on them by halftime.
That continued into the second half as Cass outscored Manchester 26-13 from the line for the game. To go with all the free throws, the Kings shot 20 of 30 from the field and forced 19 Manchester turnovers.
Blake Hadley had 14 points and three assists for Cass. Owen Ohman had 12 points on 5 of 6 shooting and added four rebounds and three steals. Evan Ohman scored nine points off the bench. Ryan Bixler added four points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals.
Winamac 47, Rensselaer 40
Whether it was standing at the free-throw line, the perimeter or in the paint, Rensselaer Central struggled to hit shots in its sectional semifinal matchup with Winamac Friday night at Joe Burvan Gymnasium.
The total number of misfires — 13 of 45 from the floor, including 1 of 16 from 3-point range, and 13 of 26 from the foul line — was the Bombers’ undoing in a loss to the Warriors.
The Bombers bow out at 13-10.
Rensselaer missed its first 14 3-point baskets before Austin Fleming hit his team’s first shot from deep with 22 seconds left. That tightened the score at 46-40, but by then the Warriors were winning the game at the foul line.
Winamac was 12 of 19 on its free throws in the fourth period and finished 17 of 24 in the game. The Warriors needed every free shot they could get in the fourth; they missed all seven of their shots in the period.
A 7-0 run to start the game put Winamac ahead to stay, though the Bombers whittled the lead down to four points in the third period. Fleming, who had 10 points, helped bring the Bombers back with six points and Isaiah Valencia added five points, including two baskets off rebounds.
But Winamac withstood every surge by the Bombers and even extended the lead to double figures late in the fourth quarter. With Winamac holding a 35-31 lead in the third period, the Bombers turned the ball over on five straight possessions to deny them a chance at cutting further into the lead.
Parker Fox led Winamac with 10 points, including 6 of 8 free throws. Colin McGee added nine points, all coming in the first half.
Derek Dotlich had eight rebounds and Fox had three steals.