FROM STAFF REPORTS
— Logansport’s boys tennis team was defeated by West Lafayette 4-1 Wednesday in a Kokomo Regional semifinal match.
Logan junior Bryan Zehner won his No. 1 singles match against Lucas Owen 6-0, 6-3 for the Berries’ lone point. Zehner (23-2) remained alive in state singles tournament play and will compete at 10 a.m. Saturday in Kokomo. His opponent has yet to be determined.
Also for the Berries (18-5), Cory Rozzi was defeated 6-0, 7-5 at No. 2 singles, and Owen Swartzell lost 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3 singles. Dustin Clements and Luke Vernon lost 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 at No. 1 doubles, and Lucas Eastburn and Nathaniel King lost 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles.
“We played a better match than the first time we played them,” Logan coach Mike Montgomery said. “For some reason we got off to a bad start in four spots other than Bryan. We were down 3-0 at the drop of a hat. It seemed like we were timid and it took awhile to get going.”
Montgomery said Rozzi nearly won his second set to force a third, which could have affected the No. 1 doubles match that was going into a third set. Rozzi was up 5-4 in the second but couldn’t hold on.
“I thought Cory might have a chance but he got off to a bad start. He played the way he’s capable in the second set and kind of let that one get away,” Montgomery said. “No. 1 doubles played as well as they have all year. I thought if Cory could get that split set, the pressure would have swung to West Lafayette. They handled us the first meeting. He didn’t get it done. I think the West Side kids were able to relax a little bit.
“West Side is talented across the board. They’re probably a little more consistent of players.”
Benton Central Sectional
Carroll (12-6) had to take West Lafayette into a shootout before coming away victorious in a 2-1 decision in the first semifinal match of the Class A Benton Central Sectional.
The Cougars won the shootout 5-4 in order to advance to the championship match on Saturday against Faith Christian, which shut out Delphi 6-0 in the other semifinal match.
West Lafayette led at halftime 1-0, and Carroll’s Bradley Leonard scored a goal, assisted by Justin Willoughby to tie it at 1-1.
Carroll’s goalie Seth Eldridge had three saves.
Winamac was defeated 5-0 by Bremen to finish 1-15-1. The Lions improved to 15-0-2.
“We played very well at times,” Winamac coach Mark Eber said. “It was two or three physical/mental mistakes that did us in, but we got some very fortunate bounces. ... It would have been too easy to hang our heads and give up with the odds we faced, but these kids have had every imaginable bad or unfortunate thing happen to them this year and they stepped up to the plate like true Warriors.”
Girls cross country
Cass finished third with 94 points behind No. 6-ranked Eastern (15) and Northwestern (72) Tuesday in Russiaville. Western was fourth with 99 points.
Gabi Carney paced the Kings with an eighth-place finish in 21:07, followed by Jenna Yeakley (10th, 21:24), Haley Johnson (12th, 21:52), Breanne Robertson (23rd, 23:14) and Emma Bengstton (42nd, 26:58).
Eastern senior Bethany Neeley won in 18:43, and her twin sister Brittany Neeley was second in 19:49.
Boys cross country
Cass finished seventh with 159 points. Western won with 43.
Levi Grimm paced the Kings with a 29th-place finish (20:27), followed by Jarrett Carden (30th, 20:44), Austin Hanlon (31st, 20:46), Zach Layer (33rd, 21:02) and Lucas Bowman (36th, 21:19).
Eastern junior Lewis Duke won in 16:27.