FROM STAFF REPORTS
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The Berries only gave up one game in singles play and seven games in doubles play.
Logansport’s No. 1 singles player Bryan Zehner won 6-0, 6-1 over Cass’ Brady Truman. Nathaniel King was tops against Brad Berlet 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles, and Lucas Eastburn also won 6-0, 6-0 over Tyler Cottingham at No. 3 singles.
“It was a little unexpected [to win 5-0], but we played extremely well at every spot,” Logansport coach Mike Montgomery said. “King lost his first game in the opening match of the sectional, but won the next 36 in a row. We dominated singles play, and I was happy with everyone. Bryan Zehner has won 50 singles matches over two and a half seasons.”
The Berries’ No. 1 doubles team of Dustin Clements and Kaleb Overway came out on top 6-2, 6-1 over Nolan Lowe and Brennen Garland, and the No. 2 doubles team of Matt Jennings and Jared Cole won 6-1, 6-3 over Diego Manzo and Manny Prado.
“The No. 1 doubles team struggled against Twin Lakes, but they turned it around,” Montgomery added. “Cass was also trying to make a strong point at No. 1 doubles with Lowe.”
It was Montgomery’s fourth straight sectional title, and his seventh straight year with the current group of seniors after moving up with them from middle school coaching.
“I had Zehner, Clemens and King since they were sixth, seventh and eighth graders,” Montgomery explained. “It has been interesting to have them since they were sixth graders on up.”
Class A, No. 7-ranked Pioneer went 2-2 in the tournament. The Panthers defeated Rensselaer Central 25-15, 25-14 and Knox 25-23, 26-24, but lost to Andrean 25-16, 25-17 and Michigan City 25-16, 21-25, 15-13.
Shelby Roller led Pioneer with 46 assists, 23 service points and 21 digs. Sarah Dorris had 33 digs, 30 kills and 12 service points. Megan Smith came up with 20 service points and 15 digs. Jessica Lawrence dug up 23 digs. Hannah Tevis contributed with 19 kills. Riley Morris added 15 assists, and Kelsey Hill had 15 service points.
Winamac won its own invitational with 34 points, and Caston came in fourth (104). South Central was second (55). Tippecanoe Valley placed third (84) and North Miami was fifth (106).
The Warriors’ Zen Zupin was the overall winner in 17:09, followed by Derek Dotlich (3rd, 17:54), Joe Von Tobel (6th, 18:39), Braden Tankersley (7th, 18:47) and Josh Tankersley (20th, 19:54). Caston was led by Dalton Daily with an 11th-place finish (19:24), next was Darin Chew (15th, 19:46), Andrew Smith (18th, 19:53), Dawson Oliver (35th, 21:56) and Brant Buczkowski (36th, 22:02).
Winamac was tops with 23 points. Caston came in fifth (93). Tippecanoe Valley was second (76). North Miami was third (77) and North Judson was fourth (78).
Claire Collins was the top runner for Winamac with a second place finish (18:49), followed by Dagny Zupin (5th, 21:17), Kial Beach (6th, 21:41), Jadyn Scott (7th, 21:47) and Sara Bailey (8th, 21:51).
Adrianna Dague led Caston with a third-place finish (20:19), next was Jenna Showley (14th, 23:25), Hannah Cousins (27th, 26:09), Marli Leazenby (36th, 31:25) and Hope Weaver (37th, 31:31).