Pharos-Tribune

October 28, 2013

Pioneer volley gears for regional match


Pharos-Tribune

---- — Pioneer volley gears for regional match

Pioneer’s volleyball team has a regional match at Washington Township at 7 p.m. tonight in Valparaiso.The Class A No. 7 Panthers (27-9) are facing the Senators (26-8) in regional play for the fifth year in a row. The Panthers are 3-1 in those matches, and they are seeking their third regional title in the last four years. The one loss was two years ago on the road.The Panthers defeated the Senators in three games last year in Royal Center.“They have pretty much their whole team back from last year,” PHS coach Rod Nies said. “We’ve got game film on them and they’re fairly similar to us. They’re heavy on left-side hitters and their two middles are pretty active as well. As far as height they are about the same as we are. They are maybe shorter on the outside but their middles are pretty active and pretty good and are 5-9, 5-10. They’re just a good, solid team.”Like the Panthers, the Senators swept through their sectional field without dropping a single set. Washington Township defeated Michigan City Marquette in route to winning its title.“They beat them quite easily. I told the girls don’t overlook them because they’re a very good team, especially with disposing of Marquette as easily as they did,” Nies said. “We played them in the summer time but they were missing two of their best players.”Winamac vs. Whiting to have 8 p.m. startWinamac’s sectional semifinal football game against Whiting will have an 8 p.m. EST start Friday night at Roudebush Stadium.Both teams are highly ranked in Class A. The Warriors (10-0) are ranked No. 1 in the coaches’ poll and No. 3 in the AP poll. The Oilers are ranked No. 8 in the coaches’ poll and No. 7 in the AP poll.Here is the schedule for Friday’s P-T area sectional games.7 p.m. — Pioneer at Carroll7 p.m. — Frontier at Caston8 p.m. — Whiting at WinamacPreston ranked 8th in D-III wrestling pollTrine University junior Brandon Preston, a Logansport grad, is ranked No. 8 in the 133-pound weight class in the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s Division-III poll this week.Purdue suspends C A.J. HammonsWEST LAFAYETTE (AP) — Purdue center A.J. Hammons was suspended Monday for three games for violating team rules.Hammons will miss two exhibition games and Purdue’s regular-season opener Nov. 8 against Northern Kentucky. Coach Matt Painter declined to elaborate on what rules were broken, other than the suspension for the 7-foot, 251-pound Hammons was related to “conduct” and not academics, legal trouble or NCAA rule violations.“I think one of these situations is that you learn a lot about the individual because when something like this happens, you let your teammates down but you’ve also let yourself down,” Painter said. “If you have some pride, you know you’re not going to let it happen again.”Hammons is expected to be a centerpiece in this season’s restoration project at Purdue.A year ago, Painter’s team finished 16-17 and missed the NCAA tournament for the first time in seven years despite getting a strong freshman seasons from Hammons and point guard Ronnie Johnson. Hammons averaged 10.6 points and 6.0 rebounds, and then showed up in better shape this season.With Hammons out, Painter will give 6-10 redshirt freshman Jay Simpson and 6-9 senior Travis Carroll more playing time. If they take advantage, it could earn them more minutes as the season goes along and create more depth along Purdue’s front line.When asked about the adversity of losing Hammons, Painter said “This right here, I think if it happened right in the middle of Big Ten play, I think it would fit that category. But since it’s at the beginning of the season, I think we can use it as a positive.”