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October 21, 2012

Pioneer wins volley sectional

Class A No. 6-ranked Pioneer had little trouble defending its volleyball sectional title.

The Panthers defeated Tri-County 25-20, 25-11, 25-15 in Royal Center for their seventh straight sectional championship.

Pioneer coach Rod Nies is now 6-for-6 in delivering the Panthers sectional hardware.

“I was pretty pleased with how we played against Tri-County,” Nies said. “Tri-County came to play and in the first set they were right in it. We pulled away at the very end and took it and ran with it.”

Gabby Dunlap led the Panthers (24-9) with 16 kills, six digs and four blocks. Sarah Dorris had 11 kills and 10 digs. Lindsey Miller collected 31 assists, six aces and nine digs. Kayte Miller had 10 digs. Cassidy Corn added seven kills and three blocks.

“We lost eight of our 14 players from last year’s sectional team and a lot of teams thought we’d be down,” Nies said. “We proved to them that we’re just as good as we’ve been in years past. That goes to show the girls’ work ethic. They’re a great group.”

Pioneer has a rematch against Washington Township at 7 p.m. Tuesday for the regional title. This time the match will be played in Royal Center, and the Panthers will be looking for revenge.

“They’re pretty good again,” Nies said of the Senators. “We have a pretty good track to go. We host the regional. If we’re lucky enough and escape out of there, we get to go to Caston for the semistate. We’re looking forward to continuing to play.”

Pioneer defeated Caston 25-10, 25-23, 25-6 in a semifinal. Dunlap had 14 kills and nine digs, Dorris posted 11 kills and 19 digs and Hannah Tevis added five kills. Lindsey Miller had 31 assists and 10 digs. Kayte Miller collected 17 digs. Corn had four kills and five aces. Brooke Harmon added three aces.

Caston finished 8-21.

Girls XC

New Prairie Semistate

Lewis Cass junior Gabi Carney placed 116th with a time of 22:09.


Pioneer 55, Frontier 0

The Class A No. 4-ranked Panthers (9-1) again made quick work of Frontier, this time in a first-round sectional game Friday night.

When Joey Miller ran the ball into the end zone from 68 yards on the first play of the third quarter to make it a 36-0 game, many of the Panther starters were rested for next week’s semifinal contest at Carroll (6-4).

Miller finished with 180 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Justin Mersch also hit the century mark as the sophomore gained 128 yards on 13 totes.

Pioneer outgained Frontier 397-36 in total yardage for the game. The Panthers churned out 361 yards on the ground and held the Falcons to negative-16 yards rushing for the contest.

Frontier (0-10) gained just one first down in the contest on a 50-yard pass play against Pioneer’s first-team defense.

Freshman quarterback Sam Kiser opened the game with an 11-yard TD run. On the ensuing kickoff, Dre Timmons forced a fumble and Matt Dorris picked it up and ran 22 yards for a TD. Dorris would later add a 6-yard TD reception from Kiser, who also had a 5-yard TD pass to Kamrin Buell.

J.P. Smith had a 29-yard TD run, and Tucker Waddups capped off the scoring with a TD on a QB sneak.

It was the Falcons’ 28th loss in a row.

On the opposite side of the bracket is No. 1 Lafayette Central Catholic at Caston.

W. Central 26, Culver 7

The Class A No. 8 Trojans (9-1) regrouped from last week’s loss to Pioneer with a win over Culver (3-7) Friday night.

West Central travels to No. 3 Whiting on Friday. On the opposite side of the bracket is Hammond Noll at Winamac.

Michael Hamilton rushed for 258 yards and two TDs on 25 carries to lead the Trojans. Chantz Marlatt had 128 yards rushing and two TDs on 19 attempts.

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