From Staff Reports
---- — Caston senior Tierney Rentschler shot a 92 Friday at Pond View Golf Course to earn medalist honors at the Midwest Conference girls golf meet.
Rentschler led the Comets to a third-place finish at the event.
Pioneer won the team title. Senior Mati DeWitt led the Panthers with a 99 to finish second among all individuals.
Also for the Panthers, Nicole Schroder shot a 102, April Wheeldon had a 103, Emily Powell had a 112 and Mikayla Greiner had a 118.
Winamac placed second as a team. Cierra Schmicker led the Warriors with a 107. She was followed by Stephanie Crist (114), Gabby Behny (114), Lorrin Alexander (121) and Hannah DeGroot (125).
Caston shot a 475 for third place. Following Rentschler’s 92, Berklee Blackman had a 119, Madeline Moeller had a 125, Emily Strain had a 139 and Kylie Pugh had a 140.
West Central was fourth with a 554 and South Newton was fifth with a 605.
Logansport shot a 407 to place fifth at the event held Saturday at Edgewood Golf Course in Anderson.
Haley Lopez shot a 91 to lead the Berries. She was followed by Kristina Kniesly (96), Megan Farris (104), Alli Biggs (116) and Grace Boyd (123).
“Haley missed all-conference by one stroke,” LHS coach Bob Bannon said. “She and Megan played their season average, but others were off their games. It seems to happen more often when the pressure is the greatest. We need to finish the season strong.”
Marion won with a 358, followed by Kokomo (385), Richmond (387), Anderson (396), Logan (407), Muncie Central (426) and Huntington North (450).
Anderson’s Morgan Nadaline shot a 2-over 74 to earn medalist honors.
Cass finished with a score of 512 at Logansport Golf Club. Northwestern won the meet (341), followed by Peru (354) and Hamilton Heights (370).
Kassi Hardy led Cass with a 123, next was Megan Mannering (125), Maddie Karmel (131) and Jael Forker (133).
“I know our scores don’t reflect how well we did,” Cass coach Charlie Jones said. “I am excited to see how much further we come with new players on the team that haven’t played competitive golf before. We have girls with great attitudes, and we are working hard to become better golfers.”
Mallory Zorn shot an 86 to lead Peru and earn All-MIC honors.
The highlight of the day was one of the highlights of the program’s history for Pioneer volleyball.
The Panthers defeated Class 4A powerhouse Harrison 14-25, 25-16, 21-19 in the semifinal.
“We were on cloud nine,” Pioneer coach Rod Nies said. “The Harrison match was probably one of the biggest wins in Pioneer history. Our fans were going nuts. We were too.”
The Panthers opened the day with wins over Clinton Central (25-22, 25-18) and Lowell (25-22, 22-25, 15-13).
Nies said the Panthers had to wait about three hours to play the title match against Andrean. He added a slow start hurt them in a 25-16, 25-19 loss.
Sarah Dorris had 35 kills, 28 digs and six aces on the day for the Panthers (9-4). Hannah Tevis added 20 kills and 12 blocks.
Riley Morris dished 38 assists to go with four aces, and Shelby Roller had 33 assists.
Megan Smith collected 23 digs. Kayte Miller had 11 digs, seven kills and two aces. Lyndsey Stewart had eight kills, Madison Kiser had eight kills and four blocks and Kelsey Hill added three aces.
“Dorris played like a beast. Tevis played well; she’s nursing a sore knee,” Nies said. “Our setters made better decisions delivering the ball. Even when we were out of system they would come around and set up our hitters for good swings on the ball. ... Megan Smith is playing like a brick wall back there. Kayte Miller is playing better too.
“All of the girls played very well. I think I’ve found the rotation I want to stick with if possible.”
Logansport went 1-2 on the day.
The Berries had losses to Zionsville (25-16, 25-13) and West Lafayette (24-26, 25-18, 15-11) surrounding a win over Cardinal Ritter (25-23, 25-20).
Syd Bullard had 31 kills on the day for the Berries (5-7). Nakeya Penny added 15 kills. Hannah Jones dished 43 assists.
Cass went 2-2 on the day. In pool play the Kings lost to Rossville (25-19, 25-19) and Maconaquah (25-12, 25-18) and beat Seeger (25-7, 25-17). The Kings defeated Faith Christian (25-13, 25-20) for fifth place.
Gabi Hartley dished 18 assists on the day, and Claire Crum had 13 kills, 17 digs and seven aces for the Kings (6-9).
Tori Powell had 19 kills, 10 digs and five aces, and Aubrey Young had seven kills, 12 digs and three aces. Kassi Zeck collected 33 digs and four aces, and Bailey Gremelspacher dished 19 assists. Karley Arion added 14 digs.
“A good day in general for the girls. We came out ready to play,” Cass coach Gretchen Crum said. “We used a lot of emotion for the first match so we came in a little slow against Mac. They basically returned the ball to us and waited for us to make the error. Trish and Claire were hitting well, but we needed more offense from others. We will play them better when we see them in a couple of weeks.
“Seeger and Faith Christian were both unable to keep up with the speed of our game and struggled with our serving to them. It was a great chance to let a freshman setter come in and work with us.”
Culver Ac. 3, Winamac 0
The Warriors lost on the road, 25-22, 25-18, 25-17.
Ashley Eichelberger had eight kills and eight digs for Winamac. Bethany Brogdon collected nine digs. Taylor Jones dished 19 assists.
“We just didn’t come ready to play today,” Warrior coach Cathy DeFries said. “We really struggled to play with intensity. Every time we would make a great play we would turn around and make an error. Our hitting percentage just isn’t where we need it to be right now to be effective in games like this one.”
S. Newton 3, Caston 0
The Rebels won at Caston, 25-22, 25-22, 25-11.
Logan 6, Muncie C. 2
The Berries improved to 2-0 in NCC play with the win over the visiting Bearcats.
Orlando Casimiro got the Berries (4-3 overall) on the board quickly with a goal just over a minute in. Hector Enriquez had the assist.
Rigo Avila then scored on an assist by Casimiro.
The Berries then had a couple defensive breakdowns, allowing a goal on a penalty kick and an own goal, and the score was tied 2-2 at halftime.
Eh Pa Doh found the back of the next 11 minutes into the second half on an assist by Pedro Hernandez to give the Berries the lead for good. Freshman Edgar Rodriguez then scored the first varsity goal of his career on an assist by Avila.
Hernandez and Ram Bo followed with goals to cap off the scoring.
Logan coach Mike Turner said he wasn’t pleased with the effort in the first half and added his team can’t afford a similar letdown in concentration on Tuesday when Marion comes to town.
Also during the game, starting center back Cooper Kinnaman left the game with a broken collarbone and is out for the season.
“He anchors our defense and keeps guys organized,” Turner said. “The last couple games he had played really well. It’s tough going into Tuesday playing Marion. We have to make a couple adjustments.”
The NCC could come down to Logan and Marion.
“Marion will be a good one,” Turner said. “The guys have to be really focused and play as a unit the full game. If we want to win conference we have to play a complete game. Marion will test us.”
Muncie C. 4, Logan 2
Whitney Jennings had two goals against the visiting Bearcats in the second game of a boys-girls doubleheader, but that was the only offense the Berries (4-4, 1-1 NCC) could muster up. Bailey Graham had an assist.
It was a record setting day for the Lady Berries cross country team on Saturday at the Wildcat Classic on the Indiana Wesleyan campus in Marion.
Three Berry runners broke the old school record of 21:43 that was set in 2007 by Kelsey Danhauser. The new school record holder is Jen Crafford who smashed the old record by 48 seconds with a 20:55. Kourtney True and Maddi Zartman also broke the old record by 8 seconds and 2 seconds, respectively.
Gracie Musselman came across the finish line in 22:12 for her personal best as did Ashlyn Lythgoe with a 22:26. Abbi Zartman completed her first varsity race in 22:46 and Madi Brown finished in 23:59.
The Berries finished sixth as a team in a very strong field. Hamilton Southeastern won the competition and was followed by Oak Hill, Southwood, Angola, South Adams, Logansport, New Haven, Southern Wells, Alexandria and Indianapolis Arsenal Tech.
“There was only a 46-point spread between the second place team and the eighth place team on Saturday, which shows the strength and depth of the field. It was a great meet and just what we needed at this stage of the season,” said Logansport coach Brian Morrill. “For whatever reason we didn’t run well last week at Caston and I think the girls came in today wanting to show that they are a really good team and getting better. We haven’t been at full strength yet this season but today was an indicator of how much potential these girls have. Jen, Kourtney and Maddi ran outstanding races and it is nice to see their hard work rewarded. The key for us will be to use this to build on and not to be satisfied.”
The junior varsity Berries were paced by Jennifer Kreighbaum who ran an excellent time of 23:12 and finished 12th and Carlie Deardorff was 15th in 23:22.
“Both Jennifer and Carlie ran extremely well on Saturday and are both challenging for varsity spots. They are back to where they left off at the end of last season and I hope they can continue to improve between now and the end of the season,” said Morrill.
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Caston placed 10th (242) and Cass was 12th (289). Rochester won the event with 57 points.
Caston’s Adrianna Dague placed 13th in 20:15 to break her own school record. She was followed by Jenna Showley (22:34), Hannah Cousins (27:16), Marli Leazenby (27:27), Krysta Schanlaub (29:02) and Hope Weaver (30:08).
Haley Johnson placed 14th in 20:53 to lead the Kings. She was followed by Megan Greer (26:26), Sydney Sofronici (28:52), Katie Lane (29:20) and Ivette Prado (29:24).
Logansport placed sixth at the event held at Indiana Wesleyan.
Jacob Graf paced the Berries with a 16th place finish overall with a personal best time of 17:04. Alex Calisto was 22nd overall in 17:30 and Orlando Toloza was 29th in 18:16. Zac Hoover finished 33rd in 18:31 and Kenny Echols was 39th in 19:06. Ryan Julian came in at 45th with a 19:23 and Trevor Benn was 50th in 19:38. The Berries were without senior Kyle Jordan on Saturday due to illness this past week.
Kennedy Achey led the junior varsity Berries with a top 25 finish in 18:45.
The meet was won by Hamilton Southeastern with 24 points. They were followed by South Adams, New Haven, Oak Hill, Angola, Logansport, Southwood, Indianapolis Arsenal Tech and Southern Wells.
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Caston placed ninth (254) and Cass placed 13th (335). West Noble won with 47 points.
Seth Cousins placed ninth in 16:24 to lead the Comets. He was followed by Darin Chew (18:47), Dalton Daily (19:07), Andrew Smith (19:20), Brant Buczkowski (21:09), and Dawson Oliver (21:41).
Cail Brown placed 50th in 18:13 to lead the Kings. He was followed by Lucas Bowman (19:52), Brady Bryan (20:02), Austin Hoch (21:27) and Nolan Sharpless (22:16).