From Staff Reports
---- — Logansport’s volleyball team went 2-2 for a fourth-place finish at its annual Logan Classic on Saturday.
The Berries are now 4-4 on the season.
The Berries opened with a three-game win over Knox, 27-25, 22-25, 15-10.
Syd Bullard had 10 kills in the win. Hannah Jones had 20 assists, four aces and six digs. Lindsey Cheney collected six digs, and Monika Ness added three kills and two blocks.
“We played better in spurts,” LHS coach Jon Vernon said. “Against Knox, Pioneer just beat them in five and we played pretty well against them this morning. We did a very good job against them.”
The Berries were handed a 25-15, 25-13 loss by Crown Point in their second match.
Bullard had six kills, Jones dished 15 assists and Cheney and Kailey Vernon each had four digs. Ness floored four kills and Paulie Frye had a block and an ace.
“Crown Point was very athletic,” Jon Vernon said. “They’re a very strong northern Indiana team. They were just better than us. For the most part we did all right.”
The Berries turned around and swept South Bend Washington 25-22, 25-15.
Bullard had 10 kills and Karlee Vernon added seven. Katie Easter collected 11 digs and an ace, and Cheney had five digs and an ace. Jones dished 29 assists to go with an ace.
“Against South Bend Washington the first game we didn’t play very well, our serve receive wasn’t very good. The second game we played very well and did some good things,” Jon Vernon said.
The Berries closed out the day with a loss to Huntington North, 14-25, 25-12, 15-9.
Bullard had eight kills and Frye and Nakeya Penny added three apiece. Easter collected 11 digs. Bullard added two aces and a block. Ness had a block. Karlee Vernon and Jones each added an ace. Jones also dished 18 assists.
“In the last match against Huntington North in the first game we played our best game of the year,” Jon Vernon said. “The kids really played hard and things were clicking and flowing like they did this summer. We just weren’t very consistent in the second and third games with our serve receive. We’ve got to keep working at that and get better. When we don’t play well that’s usually the starting point. Our serve receive started falling apart and we’ve got to get it back together.”
Westfield defeated Crown Point 2-0 in the title match. Huntington placed third, Knox was fifth, Portage was sixth, Washington was seventh and Manchester was eighth.
The Berries host Harrison on Tuesday.
Winamac went 2-2 on the day at Kankakee Valley.
The Warriors defeated North Judson (25-13, 25-16) and Hebron (8-25, 25-15, 20-18) and lost to Griffith (25-17, 25-21) and Merrillville (25-18, 25-16).
Winamac libero Bethany Brogdon and setter Taylor Jones were named to the all-tournament team.
“The tournament director paid the girls a very nice compliment saying they were the best setter and best libero in the tournament today,” Winamac coach Cathy DeFries said. “I was proud of our girls’ attitude and effort in such a long day of volleyball.”
Logansport took second place at the 25-team Caston Invitational.
South Bend Adams ran away with the championship with 54 points with No. 1 runner Jacob Timmons winning the race in an invitational record time of 15:45.
Logansport was second with 112, Lakeland was third with 128 and Winamac finished in fourth also with 128.
“I thought we ran sluggish and our times weren’t where I thought they would be, but from a competitive point we picked up some key spots over the last 400 meters,” said Berries coach Chuck LaDow. “I was sure we were third, as Winamac ran a strong race, but then their No. 2 runner, Zen Zupin, was disqualified for cutting a corner. I didn’t know about it until they started handing out awards and I noticed all of my guys were one place higher than I had them scored. Zen was ahead of Jake Graf, and I had them beating us by 20 on paper.
“We are running on a fast course and some strong competition next Saturday at the Oak Hill Open at Indiana Wesleyan in Marion, so I am hoping we have some big time drops next weekend.”
Jacob Graf led the Berries with an eighth-place finish in 17:53, followed by Alex Calisto (14th, 18:09), Kyle Jordan (22nd, 18:29), Orlando Toloza (29th, 18:46), Jacob Hoover (42nd, 19:17), Kenny Echols (52nd, 19:46) and Ryan Julian (74th, 20:38).
Kyle Collins led the Warriors with a fourth-place finish in 16:56, followed by Derek Dotlich (16th, 18:11), Brayden Tankersley (30th, 18:46), Alex Williamson (36th, 18:52), Joe VonToble (46th, 19:23) and Michael Beckner (92nd, 21:34).
Carroll placed ninth (242), Pioneer was 10th (252), Caston was 13th (321) and Cass was 15th (359).
Patrick Lewis led the Cougars with a 10th-place finish in 18:01, followed by Cameron Conn (23rd, 18:32), Ethan Reinke (64th, 20:18), John Cooper (79th, 20:45), Colten Veach (93rd, 21:35), Bradley Brummett (96th, 21:37) and Brice Brewington (122nd, 23:24).
Dylan Bice (20th, 18:20) paced the Panthers, followed by Jonathan Phillips (45th, 19:23), Jacob VanHorn (53rd, 19:47), Matt Williams (59th, 20:09), Jared Spencer (98th, 21:42), Tyler Carden (102nd, 22:08) and Cohen Nies (139th, 29:01).
Seth Cousins finished in fifth-place in 17:19 to lead the host Comets, followed by Andrew Smith (70th, 20:24), Dalton Daily (71st, 20:25), Brant Buczkowski (101st, 22:08), Dawson Oliver (116th, 22:44) and Marc Spitzer (129th, 24:24).
Cail Brown led the Kings with a 28th-place finish in 18:45, followed by Lucas Bowman (63rd, 20:16), Austin Hoch (91st, 21:33), Brady Bryan (106th, 22:25), Nolan Sharpless (121st, 23:12) and Nathaniel Abney (140th, 33:13).
Winamac finished second to South Bend Adams. Adams won with 55 points, followed by Winamac (82).
Claire Collins led the Warriors with an eight-place finish in 21:27, followed by Jaydyn Scott (11th, 21:46), Dagny Zupin (23rd, 22:19), Kial Beach (27th, 22:41), Sara Bailey (33rd, 23:01), Lilly Linch (58th, 24:41) and Missy Bailey (68th, 25:11).
West Central placed third (114), Logan was fourth (139) and Carroll was fifth (171).
Ashlyn Lythgoe led the Berries with a 29th-place finish in 22:51, followed by Gracie Musselman (30th, 22:52), Maddi Zartman (35th, 23:34), Jennifer Crafford (36th, 23:35), Kourtney True (37th, 23:38) and Jennifer Kreighbaum (56th, 24:37).
“We had some nice surprises in Gracie Musselman finishing second on the team and dropping her personal best by 38 seconds from last week,” Logan coach Brian Morrill said, “and Madi Brown filled in on varsity due to an injury and dropped her best time by two minutes. She is moving up in our pack very fast.
“We have some girls that are disappointed with their times right now, but it is still early and we are training very hard. We just have to be patient and trust our training at this point in the season.”
Shari Bowers (20th, 22:11) led the Cougars, followed by Jordyn Romanski (41st, 23:50), Macy Wright (50th, 24:08), Madison Rinehart (51st, 24:12), Alivia Seward (53rd, 24:18), Samantha Dreadfulwater (63rd, 24:58) and Molly McGill (71st, 25:30).
Cass was ninth (226), and Caston placed 11th (272).
Haley Johnson placed sixth in 21:11 to lead the Kings, followed by Gabi Carney (10th, 21:38), Sydney Combs (76th, 26:01), Megan Greer (87th, 27:29), Ivette Prado (98th, 29:50), Sydney Sofronici (99th, 30:01) and Lily Jay (107th, 33:22).
Adrianna Dague placed fourth in 20:58 to lead the host Comets, followed by Jenna Showley (39th, 23:47), Hannah Cousins (82nd, 26:53), Marli Leazenby (104th, 31:32) and Krysta Schanlaub (106th, 32:30).
Culver Academy Invite
Pioneer placed fifth in the invitational with a score of 424. Culver Academy won its own invitational by shooting 348, next was Northwood (368) and Wawasee was third (389).
April Wheeldon led the Panthers with a 92, followed by Mati DeWitt (109), Emily Powell (111) and Mikayla Greiner (112).
“Wheeldon had an outstanding day with a tied for fifth place [individually],” Pioneer coach Dale Samuels said. “It was a good job for her with a 48 and 44. I am not sure why my seniors didn’t show up [Saturday]. With the conference and sectional coming up, they are going have to be ready to play. I am very proud of Powell and Wheeldon.”
Triton 210, NM 229, Caston 245, Northfield 269
Caston’s Tierney Rentschler shot a 48 Thursday at Pond View to earn medalist honors. She was followed by Berklee Blackman (54), Madeline Moeller (64), Kylie Pugh (79) and Jenna Mangum (83).