November 24, 2013

Logan wrestlers off to good start at Early Bird

Cass girls top Eastern to win MIC opener.

From Staff Reports

---- — Logansport’s wrestling team is looking to have a bounce-back season.

The Berries got off to a good start on Saturday, going 4-0 at their annual Early Bird Tournament.

The Berries’ B team even had a good showing, going 2-2 against varsity competition.

“We think we’re better than we were last year,” Logan coach Frank Patacsil said. “We’re just trying to work right now and get ourselves in the position to compete throughout the season.”

The LHS varsity scored wins over Northwestern (60-9), Crawfordsville (45-30), Maconaquah (48-27) and Crispus Attucks (72-4).

Justin Porter (113 pound weight class), Jesse Dominguez (120), Ryan Schrock (138), Gerald Silva (145) and James Aho (171) each went 4-0 on the day for Logansport. Josh Brandt (126) and Sheldon Corcoran (126) each went 2-0.

Brandt was a semistate qualifier a year ago and Corcoran was a state finalist two years ago as a sophomore but missed last season. Patacsil expects Corcoran to wrestle at 120 this year.

Also for the Berries, Anthony Torres (106), John Ward (182) and Braxton Young (285) each went 3-1. Kane Henn (132) went 2-1. Kevin Gonzalez (152), Sandis Carter (160) and Mike Alvarez (195) went 2-2. Daniel Dominguez went 1-1.

For the B team, Paxton Thomas (138) went 3-0 and Donovan Johnson (113) and Jose Salas (132) went 2-0.

“We’ve got a good nucleus of kids back,” Patacsil said. “We’ve got a lot of returning varsity wrestlers because we were so thin last year, everyone seemed to have a shot.

“It is still our team goal to win our conference, win the sectional. We’ve got a ton of work, whether our kids are willing to work hard enough, that is yet to be seen. But that’s our mindset. I know Twin Lakes has pretty much everyone back. Lewis Cass has a really good team. They’ve worked hard to get there, and we just need to close the gap and you never know what happens. Once we get to that end of the season if we hit it just right, I’ve still got to believe we’ve got a shot.”

Logan travels to Huntington North on Dec. 5.

Girls basketball

Cass 59, Eastern 41

Cass (2-2, 1-0 MIC) had three players in double figures, leading the Kings to its opening win in Mid-Indiana Conference play.

Savannah Thompson led Cass with 15 points, followed by Ashton McClain (11) and Olivia Collins (10).

Eastern (0-2, 0-1 MIC) was led by Ally Oyler with 16 points, and Jessie Sprinkles added 13.

The Kings jumped out to a 18-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. Cass followed it up with a 35-16 halftime lead. Eastern came back in the second half outscoring Cass 25-24 for the 59-41 final.

Cass hosts Rochester on Tuesday.

Winamac 50, Manchester 34

Stephanie Shorter had 22 points and Bethany Brogdon added 13 in the Warriors’ win on the road.

The Warriors ended the game on a 14-0 run after Manchester had cut the lead to 36-34 with the first basket of the fourth quarter.

Shorter added seven rebounds and four blocks, and Brogdon had five assists and three steals.

Michaela Ingram had six points, Taylor Brandt added five and Ali Larkin chipped in four.

Sydney Stepp led the Squires (0-3) with nine points, followed by eight each by Tabby DeWitt and Cierra Carter.

Winamac (4-1) committed just 10 turnovers in the contest.

“We were able to take care of the ball, which has been a problem for us as of late, but that put us in a position to win,” Winamac coach Jeff Wagner said.

Winamac travels to Rochester next Saturday.

Delphi 26, Carroll 25

Macy Willoughby led the Cougars (3-1) with 11 points in a loss at Delphi. Carly Kingery added seen and Makayla Jackson chipped in five.

Caston 45, Mac 22

After suffering its first loss of the season on Tuesday, Caston (3-1) bounced back with a 23-point victory Friday.

The Comets came out with an 11-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. Caston then went on a 13-0 run in the second for a 24-4 lead at halftime. The Comets led 37-8 at the end of three with the final being 45-22.

“Our defense really set the tone,” Caston coach Carl Davis said. “We did an excellent job of boxing out, limiting second chance points by Maconaquah. Our offense was slow in the beginning, but picked up. Our guards did a good job of getting the ball in the post to Mickayla Rans and Anna Brown.”

Rans nearly outscored Maconaquah (0-3) with a game-high 21 points and seven rebounds. Brown and Jaycee Denton each had six points, and Marli Leazenby contributed with five points.

Caston next faces Pioneer on Dec. 4 at the Cass County Tourney in Logansport.