Pioneer’s girls golf team has advanced to regional play for the first time since 2002.
The Panthers grabbed the third and final spot in the regional with a 375 at the Twin Lakes Sectional at Tippecanoe Country Club.
Mati DeWitt led the Panthers with an 11-over par 83. The senior finished third among all individuals.
Also for the Panthers, April Wheeldon shot a 94, Nicole Schroder had a 100, Emilie Powell had a 101 and Mikayla Greiner had a 113.
Pioneer coach Dale Samuels said just about everything came together perfectly for his team on Friday.
“The course was just awesome for us. The greens weren’t as fast as normal. They had watered the greens a lot during the week plus the rain. The weather was perfect, there was no wind to deal with whatsoever. They shortened the tees on a lot of the holes and took some of the danger out, especially on the front nine,” he said. “I saw more concentration out of the girls. It was one of those days where everything seemed to go right.”
DeWitt realized the potential she had shown throughout her career.
“When we’re playing for something she really gets down to it,” Samuels said. “She putted really well. She hit some long putts.”
Twin Lakes’ Taylor Hornung shot a 76 to earn medalist honors. Rensselaer’s Courtney Feagans was second with an 80.
Twin Lakes won the team title with a 348, and Kankakee Valley was second with a 355.
Samuels said the Panthers didn’t know they were going to advance until DeWitt came in with her score. They defeated fourth-place Lowell by eight strokes.
“Lowell was right there with us. Their No. 1 shot a 90 so it came down to her and Mati’s score to determine who would go,” he said.
Wheeldon, a junior, shot a 94 at the sectional in her first year of ever playing golf.
“She’s been amazing,” Samuels said. “She’s got an unorthodox swing, but she’s really smart at making the adjustments she needs to and she’s very intense, real competitive. She’s fallen in love with the game.”
Winamac placed seventh out of 10 teams with a 441. Cierra Schmicker led the Warriors with a 107, followed by Gabby Behny (108), Lorrin Alexander (111), Stephanie Crist (115) and Camryn Kopka (119).
The Panthers will compete at the Lafayette Jeff Sectional next Saturday at Battle Ground Golf Club.
Logansport shot a 385 to finish in fifth place at the event held at Chippendale Golf Course’s championship course in Kokomo.
Haley Lopez led the Berries with an 87 to advance to next Saturday’s Lafayette Jeff Regional at Battle Ground G.C.
“She has come a long way since last year,” LHS coach Bob Bannon said. “I’m so happy for her.”
Tina Kniesly followed with a 90 for the Berries. Alli Biggs shot a 96, Bree Bair had a 112 and Megan Farris had a 116.
“We shot 385 which is our game,” Bannon said. “We had three competitive scores but like I said there needs to be at least four. But the team improved a lot over the course of the season and with just one senior [Biggs] in the lineup I expect us to be better next year.”
Northwestern won with a 343, followed by a top four of Western (364), Peru (371) and Kokomo (381).
Peru advanced to the regional for the third consecutive year with the third-place finish. Mallory Zorn and Emma Long led the way for the Tigers each shooting an 88. Madison Denniston shot a 93. Mallory Struble shot a 102 and Olivia Sharp came in with a 110.
Cass placed 10th out of 10 teams with a 505. Meghan Hall led the Kings with a 118, followed by Maddy Karmel (128), Megan Mannering (131), Kassi Hardy (135) and Jael Forker (137).
“Overall at sectional I was pleased with our performance,” Cass coach Charlie Jones said. “We shot seven shots better than we did at our place [Logan Golf Club] last week in the MIC at a very tough Chippendale Golf Course. There were rainy conditions not very good for golf. I thought we did a nice job. I’m looking forward to see how we improve for next year.”
Logansport 5, Anderson 0
With the win at Anderson the Berries still have a chance at winning a share of the North Central Conference title when they host league unbeaten Marion on Thursday.
Logan improved to 12-2 and 4-1 in the NCC with the win over the Indians.
Bryan Zehner won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, Nathaniel King won 6-0, 6-4 at No. 2 singles and Lucas Eastburn won 6-0, 7-5 at No. 3 singles.
Dustin Clements and Kaleb Overway won 6-3, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles and Matt Jennings and Jared Cole won 6-0, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles.
“We played well, maybe the best we have across the board this season,” LHS coach Mike Montgomery said.
Logan travels to Rochester on Monday.
Logan 3, Anderson 0
Muncie C. 3, Logan 0
The Berries opened the day at home with a 25-10, 25-6, 25-10 win over Anderson.
Syd Bullard had 11 kills and Nakeya Penny added eight. Hannah Jones collected 24 assists and eight aces. Lindsey Cheney had eight digs, and Paulie Frye added four digs and three blocks.
The Berries were then handed a loss in three games by Muncie Central, 26-24, 25-11, 25-16.
Bullard had 10 kills and nine digs for the contest. Karlee Vernon added four kills.
Cheney had a team-high 12 digs and added an ace. Katie Easter also had an ace and added eight assists. Jones dished 13 assists. Frye added two blocks.
The Berries are now 7-8 and 1-1 in the North Central Conference.
“I thought we played well against Anderson this morning,” LHS coach Jon Vernon said. “We did a lot of good things. We played hard and aggressive and didn’t play at a lower level.
“Against Muncie Central we were ahead 5 points late in the first game and didn’t close it out. Our serve receive mistakes in games 2 and 3 cost us. ... The first game against Muncie Central we played well and did what we needed to do to have a chance to win.”
The Berries have a busy week this week, as they travel to Lafayette Jeff on Monday before hosting Maconaquah Wednesday and Marion Thursday before competing in the Clinton Central Round Robin on Saturday.
“Hopefully we string some wins together and start a push towards sectional play. In conference play we have a shot at beating a lot of teams and being one of the top teams in the conference,” Jon Vernon said.
Class A No. 7 Pioneer placed third at the event in the Fort Wayne area.
The Panthers opened the day with wins over Central Noble (25-11, 25-21) and Lakewood Park Christian (25-15, 25-19). They advanced to the gold medal round, where the lost to DeKalb (25-20, 26-24) and Leo (25-16, 24-26, 15-7).
Leo defeated DeKalb for the championship.
For the Panthers (12-6), Riley Morris had 55 assists and 15 digs on the day. Kayte Miller posted eight kills, nine aces and 30 digs.
Megan Smith collected 48 digs. Sarah Dorris had 29 kills, five aces, 32 digs and five blocks. Hannah Tevis had 26 kills, 12 digs and seven blocks. Shelby Roller collected 32 assists and 14 digs. Jessica Lawrence added four kills, four digs and two blocks. Lyndsey Steward floored 15 kills and three blocks. Madison Kiser added six kills and five blocks.
“All in all I was really pretty pleased,” Pioneer coach Rod Nies said. “We went 2-2, but the level of play we saw even with Central Noble and Lakewood Park Christian were really good, solid teams. LPC is a possible tournament opponent if we make it to semistate. They’ve got a real solid team and we played really well against them. DeKalb is a good-sized 4A school and we had a chance to beat them. We couldn’t find a way to put them away at the end of the two sets. We had a 4 or 5 point lead in the first set and then a 7 or 8 point lead in the second set and we lost that one as well. We need to work on finishing games. Against Leo, they just have a really nice program there. They’re a very good 3A team.”
Carroll defeated Frankfort and lost to Benton Central and Madison-Grant on the day. Bailey Worl had 24 kills for the Cougars. Lauren Worl had 10 kills and 7 aces, Elizabeth Eurit had 28 assists and Libby Eller had 18 digs.
McCutcheon 4, Logan 0
The Berries had a good showing in a loss at Class 2A No. 19 McCutcheon.
Earlier in the week the Mavericks played No. 4 Noblesville to a 1-1 tie.
“The girls played fairly well,” LHS coach Todd Reiff said. “Whitney [Jennings] did have a breakaway opportunity in the second half that she just missed.
“It was against the best team we’ve played. They beat West Lafayette 3-2, and we know what West Lafayette did to us. For us to put together a game like that, I was pleased with the effort defensively. We played much, much better but we still gave up a PK. We’ve still got things to work on but overall our defensive effort was much improved and I’m happy with that.”
The Berries (4-6) travel to Huntington North on Tuesday.
Carroll won the tournament by defeating Pioneer 7-3 and Caston 4-1.
Justin Willoughby scored three goals against Caston and Collin Hodson added a goal for the Cougars (6-5). Elliot Packard scored four goals against Pioneer and Hodson added three.
Willoughby was named the tournament MVP. He added four assists against Pioneer.
The host Warriors lost to LaVille 4-0 and Rochester 7-1.
Tyler Hintz scored the lone goal on the day for the Warriors (2-8-2).
New Prairie Invitational
Winamac won the Class A title with a score of 139. Carroll was ninth (310). Pioneer came in 14th (398), and Caston was 22nd (511). Logansport was 24th in the Class AAA with 579 points.
Kyle Collins led the Warriors with a second place finish (16:43.2). Zen Zupin placed 11th (17:20.3). Derek Dotlich was 47th (18:15). Braden Tankersley came in 86th (18:17.9), and Joe VonTobel was 139th (18:40.1).
The Cougars were led by Cameron Conn’s 22nd place (17:59.4). Patrick Lewis was next with a 55th place (18:13.9). Morgan Underwood came in 131st place (19:22.1). John Cooper came in 211st (19:30.8), and Ethan Reinke was 310th (19:50.9).
Dylan Brice was the top Panther with a 29th place (18:10.5). Jacob Van Horn was 100th (19:11). Jonathon Phillips came in 181st (19:31). Matt Williams was 277th (19:41), and Jared Spencer placed 398th (20:15.8).
Caston was led by Seth Cousins with a fifth place finish (16:55.9). Darin Chew was 105th (19:53.4). Dalton Daily came in 209th (19:59.7). Andrew Smith was 332nd (20:19.7), and Brant Buczkowski was 511th (22:07.7).
Jake Graf led the Berries with a 77th place (17:44.7). Kyle Jordan was next at 189th place (18:18.8). Alex Calisto came in 310 place (18:32.5). Orlando Toloza was 435th (18:41.9), and Kenny Echols came in 579th (19:03.2).
Valparaiso was the winner in Class AAA with 85 points.
New Prairie Invitational
Winamac was second in Class A with 116 points. The Warriors were 29 points away from Hebron who won the class with 87 points. Carroll was sixth (195). Caston came in 19th (463), and Pioneer only had four runners for an incomplete team score. Logansport finished in 22nd place with 623 points in the Class AAA. Penn was tops in the Class AAA with 93 points.
Jaydyn Scott led the Warriors with ninth place finish (21:13.9). Claire Collins was 23rd (21:31). Kial Beach came in 45th (22:00.4). Dagny Zupin placed 71st (22:15.8), and Lillian Linch was 116th (23:18.9).
The Cougars were led by Shari Bowers with a 16th place finish (21:43.1). Jordyn Romanski was 51st (22:53). Alivia Seward came in 90th (23:00.3). Madison Rinehart placed 138th (23:22.5), and Macy Wright was 195th (23:43.7).
Adrianna Dague led the Comets with a seventh place finish (21:09.6). Jenna Showley was 65th (23:47.9). Hannah Cousins placed 162nd (25:58). Marli Leazenby came in 312th (31:53.6), and Hope Weaver was 463rd (31:55).
Pioneer was led by Haley McWherter with a 35th place finish (22:45.6). Maddie Boucher was 107th (25:53.9). Kayla Miller came in 110th (26:04.2), and Brianna Rude was 166th (31:11.4).
The Berries were led by Maddi Zartman with a 106th place finish (22:09.2). Ashlyn Lythgoe was 222nd (22:20.1). Abbi Zartman came in 348th (22:43.4). Gracie Musselman was 477th (22:44.8), and Jennifer Kreighbaum came in 623rd (23:47.4).