by Beau Wicker
— Logansport’s boys and girls cross country teams once again finished in the upper echelon of the North Central Conference.
The Logan boys finished second and the girls finished third at the NCC meet Tuesday at the Indiana Wesleyan University course in Marion.
Like last week’s Logansport Invitational, the LHS boys finished a distant second to Huntington North. The Vikings finished with 30 points, followed by the Berries (72), New Castle (88), Muncie Central (97), Kokomo (104), Richmond (144), Anderson (192) and Marion (211).
“We ran all right,” Logan coach Chuck LaDow said. “It was a slow course and the conditions were not ideal. It’s usually a fast course, but it was damp and windy which kept the times up.”
Junior Kyle Jordan led the Berries with an eighth place finish in 17:32 to earn all-NCC honors.
Jordan was followed by Jacob Graf (12th, 17:48), Travis Palmer (15th, 17:56), Zeke Alvarez (18th, 18:12), Alex Calisto (19th, 18:13), Audie Kaufman (21st, 18:15) and John Shafer (30th, 18:53).
“Graf getting 12th in the conference as a freshman is pretty good. [Former standout] Kyle [Overway] was 10th or 11th as a freshman,” LaDow said. “We have a bright future with him. He’s going to do some good things for us as long as he stays healthy.”
Palmer’s top-15 finish was especially noteworthy since he was in an intensive care unit just over two months ago following a car crash.
“Travis finished in the top 15 and finally broke into the 17s. That’s amazing that he’s competing at that level so quickly,” LaDow said.
The Logan coach said his team did a good job of following the game plan.
“We knew after running against Huntington at our invite that we were playing catch-up. Our strategy was to go hard to get in a position to win at the mile. We were,” he said. “Our top five was all in the top 15. … We went for it. Huntington’s depth and superior fitness beat us in the second half of the race. I’m not disappointed in what we accomplished at all. Second is not bad.
“It gives us a nice springboard into the sectional. Hopefully we make a run and defend our title.”
Huntington North had five runners finish in the top 11 and four in the top seven. HN senior Cordell Lewis won in 16:47.
LaDow said if it wasn’t for injuries to Palmer and Tate Gellinger and having Dom Patacsil move to West Lafayette, his squad could have possibly won the league title.
“Tate is my manager and he pointed out that his time last year would have won,” LaDow said. “In a perfect scenario if they were all on form any one of those three guys could have all been top five material. That goes with the territory. There’s nothing we can do about it.”
Logan’s girls team finished third at the NCC meet for the second year in a row, matching the best finish in school history.
“I’m real happy with that,” coach Brian Morrill said. “We have a young team and our top five times were all personal bests. … Out of those girls, two are sophomores, two are freshmen.”
Huntington North won with a perfect 15 points, followed by Marion (65), Logan (91), New Castle (99), Muncie Central (129), Kokomo (179) and Richmond (188).
Maddi Zartman paced Logan with a 15th-place finish (22:26), followed by Megan Martin (16th, 22:27), Ashlyn Lythgoe (19th, 22:40), Alanna Echols (20th, 22:57), Jennifer Kreighbaum (26th, 23:29), Emily Pomasl (27th, 23:34) and Lexi Musselman (29th, 23:40).
Morrill added Carli Deardorff ran in the reserve race but finished with a top five time on the squad and that she’s in contention to run in next week’s Logansport Sectional.
Huntington North senior Kayla Patrick won in 19:51.
Cass 3, Western 1
Cass celebrated senior night with a 25-18, 26-28, 25-17, 25-17 win over Western.
Emily Robertson had 20 digs and four aces for the Kings (7-17, 3-2 Mid-Indiana Conference). Gabi Hartley collected 34 assists and 17 digs, and Kassi Zeck had 17 digs. Claire Crum posted six aces and nine digs. Katie Leach and Trisha Hartley each had 11 kills.
“We ran through the middle and Katie Leach and Trisha Hartley did a really nice job,” Cass coach Gretchen Crum said. “Trisha is our 6-foot freshman and she was really aggressive and hit it hard and put it past people. She did a real nice job. … Emily and Claire served very aggressively. We did a really nice job on serves. We had 15 aces in the match.”
Gretchen Crum added senior kills leader Maddie Eurit, who’s been out with an injury, was back on the bench for senior night after suffering a recent fall.
Winamac 3, Tri-County 0
The Warriors won at Tri-County 25-23, 25-13, 25-23 to improve to 14-14 and 1-4 in the Midwest Conference.
“We had to change things up a little bit since we lost Jaclyn Jacobs to a knee injury,” coach Cathy DeFries said. “I thought the girls adapted well and took care of things in three games which we needed to do in a conference game situation.”
Heidi Hendryx had 13 kills and 10 digs for Winamac, Taelor McClure had 10 kills, 11 digs and five blocks, Taylor Jones had 13 kills and Savanna Button added eight kills. Whitney Hook dished 30 assists. Bethany Brogdon collected 13 digs. Breanna Taylor added four blocks.
Carroll 3, Taylor 0
The Cougars recorded their second win in a row and third of the season with a 25-17, 25-16, 25-22 win over visiting Taylor.
Bailey Worl had 14 kills for Carroll, and Cassidy Carman posted 24 digs, seven kills and four aces. Kaitlin Ragan dished 27 assists. Macey Ropes was 6-for-6 in hitting.
Logansport’s semifinal match against West Lafayette was rained out and rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. today. The final is set for Thursday.