By Beau Wicker Pharos-Tribune
---- — Logansport and Lewis Cass will once again meet for the boys tennis sectional championship.
The Berries advanced with a 5-0 win over Twin Lakes on Thursday, and the Kings recorded a 4-1 win over Delphi in their semifinal match.
The final is set for 4:45 p.m. today.
The Berries (16-3) are seeking their eighth straight sectional title.
Against Twin Lakes they allowed just three games total in the singles matches while the doubles matches were more closely played.
Bryan Zehner defeated Spencer Andrews 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, Nathaniel King defeated Justin Crabb 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 and Lucas Eastburn defeated Alex Halsen 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3.
Dustin Clements and Kaleb Overway defeated Evan Luzadder and Connor Gutwein 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles, and Matt Jennings and Jared Cole defeated Blake Harker and Tucker Reyes 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2.
“Our three singles players played really well. Nathaniel King was as solid as he’s played all year,” LHS coach Mike Montgomery said. “We struggled at the doubles spots. Neither one played real well. Sometimes it depends on who we’re playing and we don’t play real aggressively.”
For the Kings against Delphi, Brady Truman defeated Elliott Atkinson 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, Brad Berlet defeated Jack Gillam 7-5, 6-3 at No. 2 and Tyler Cottingham defeated Caleb Myers 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 at No. 3.
Nolan Lowe and Brennen Garland defeated Braden Abbott and Joshua Gillam 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles, and Diego Manzano and Manny Prado lost to Colin Edging and Marcus Austin 6-2, 7-5 at No. 2 doubles.
The Kings have given the Berries several very close matches over the recent streak. The Berries won 4-1 early in the season although the Kings have a different lineup for the sectional.
“Cass has always made their doubles fairly strong. Garland and Lowe are going to be solid,” Montgomery said. “I think we should be stronger at the other four spots.
“You can’t sell the Cass kids short. They’ve got two or three kids who played last year. They know what it’s about. We have to play the way we can play.”
Pioneer 3, Frontier 0
The Class A No. 7 Panthers secured at least a share of the Midwest Conference title with a 25-16, 25-21, 27-25 win over the visiting Falcons, the defending MWC champs.
Riley morris dished 20 assists to go with 11 digs for the Panthers (17-6, 6-0 MWC). Megan Smith had 20 digs and Kayte Morris added six.
Sarah Dorris posted 14 kills and 15 digs, and Hannah Tevis added four kills and four blocks. Shelby Roller had 10 assists and five digs. Lyndsey Stewart and Bailey Storey each floored five kills. Kelsey Hill added 12 digs and two aces.
“The first set we were fairly focused and did a nice job putting them away. As the night went on we struggled with our focus and our serve receive left us at times,” PHS coach Rod Nies said.
Pioneer competes at the Dunes Tournament this weekend and could play teams such as Rensselaer, Michigan City, Andrean and New Prairie.
Cass 3, Taylor 0
The Kings (7-14, 1-3 Mid-Indiana Conference) cruised to a 25-18, 25-13, 25-10 win at Taylor.
Tori Powell was 15 of 24 hitting with just two errors on the night for the Kings. She added four aces.
Claire Crum had seven kills, Kassi Zeck collected 11 digs and Trish Hartley added four kills and 3.5 blocks.
“Brooke Langley and Aubrey Young both played well and played with confidence. It helps when your young girls play with confidence as well as your seniors,” LC coach Gretchen Crum said.
Carroll 3, Tri-Central 1
Carroll upped its record to 9-10 with a 25-19, 27-29, 25-16, 25-16 win at Memorial Gym.
Freshman Lauren Worl had an impressive night with 19 kills, seven aces, and passed 2.75. Sophomore Libby Eller hustled to lead the Cougars with 24 digs. Elizabeth Eurit had eight aces along with 36 assists.
Kokomo 3, Logan 1
The Berries dropped to 13-10 and 2-2 in the North Central Conference with the loss on the road.
Syd Bullard had 18 kills and three aces for the Berries. Karlee Vernon added seven kills and two aces.
Lindsey Cheney led the way with 24 digs, followed by Hannah Jones (10) and Kailey Vernon (8). Paulie Frye and Monika Ness had three blocks apiece. Jones dished 23 assists and Katie Easter added 16.
Glenn 3, Winamac 0
The Warriors dropped a 25-15, 25-12, 25-21 match at John Glenn.
Savanna Button had seven kills to lead Winamac. Bethany Brogdon had 15 digs. Taylor Jones set 14 assists.
“Plagued with errors again got us,” WHS coach Cathy DeFries said. “We can’t win games with more errors than kills. We continue putting ourselves in negative percentages which doesn’t help us out.”
Logan 3, Northwestern 3
Logan recorded a tie at Class A No. 13 Northwestern.
Orlando Casimiro recorded a hat trick to lead the Berries (2-9-1), all coming in the second half. Pedro Hernandez, Ram Bo and Jesus Aguilar each had an assist.
The Berries stormed back from a 3-0 deficit to record the tie.
“We started the game as flat and disconnected as we could have been,” LHS coach Mike Turner said. “Bad pressure, no balance, Jesus Martin just misplayed all three goals.
“The second half was a different story. We were a completely different team. Pressure, balance, possession and finally some goals. It was an awesome effort in the second half. It’s something to build on for sectionals.”
The Berries, who would have went 6-5-1 and 4-2 in the NCC this year if not for the use of an ineligible player that caused four forfeited wins, are hosting a Class 2A sectional this year.
They face the Kokomo/Western winner at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Marion and Mississinewa are in the other bracket. The final is at 1 p.m. a week from Saturday.
Carroll 5, Winamac 0
The Cougars (8-7-1) recorded the shutout win over visiting Winamac (2-11-3).
Elliot Packard had a hat trick to lead the Cougars. Justin Willoughby had a goal to go with three assists. Sybyl Pencek added a goal.