FROM STAFF REPORTS

After somewhat of an easy day Friday for the Pioneer wrestling team at the Caston Invitaitonal, the team knows the real challenge comes today.

Pioneer finished day one of the 10-team invitational at 4-0 and will wrestle five teams today with the hopes of going 9-0.

“Our goal is to go out and wrestle good, hard matches,” Pioneer coach Tim Spray said. “If we can come out of here 7-2, 8-1 or 9-0, I’d feel pretty happy with that.

“I don’t want to sound arrogant, but we’re 13-2 as a team and I don’t think we’re as good as we can get. We really have a lot of work to do.”

Six Panthers went undefeated on the day as Pioneer defeated it’s four opponents — North Judson, West Central, Fountain Central and Clinton Prairie — by an average score of 60-19.

Travis Hardy (119), Austin Goltry (140), Nolan Brock (145), Justin Crane (152), J.D. Bridge (171) and Nate Denton (189) all went 4-0 on the day. Blake Wireman (103), Kenny Smith (125) and Austin Beach (HWT) all finished 3-1 on the day. The loss was Beach’s first of the season, dropping his record to 14-1.

“That loss is probably going to do more for him than a win,” Spray said.

The perfect days for Hardy and Goltry improved their records to 14-1 and Brock upped his mark to 10-1. His coach said he could be 20-1 but he’s had to miss some matches because of other committments — some that will force him to miss action today.

Caston did not call in its results from the first day of the tournament.

Carroll 69, Rossville 12

With Rossville having only five wrestlers, it was an easy victory for Carroll on Wednesday. Sam Scharer (125) and Seth Pencek (135) won by pin and Andy Fritz (130) won by decision.

The Cougars improved to 12-5 on the season and will travel to the West Lafayette Invitational on Saturday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Rossville 67, Carroll 42

ROSSVILLE — Rossville’s depth and scoring balance led to a win over visiting Carroll in a Hoosier Heartland Conference matchup Friday.

The Hornets (2-3, 2-0) rotated in five players at a time for most of the game and had seven players score at least six points. Two other players scored four points for the Hornets.

Carroll (3-2, 0-1) had just three players score more than four points.

“Everything they threw at us tonight worked,” Carroll coach Jeff Hodson said. “They hit some shots and then momentum changed.

“Their crowd got into it. I think we got caught up and took some really quick shots. Then (later in the game) our legs are gone. Their strategy worked tonight.”

Rossville shot 52 percent (24-of-46) from the field, while Carroll could muster just a 35 percent (15-of-43) shooting clip.

The Cougars’ best shooting quarter was its nearly 40-percent output in the first eight minutes. After that point, though, their shooting percentage slowly continued downward.

“I’ve been preaching since I’ve been here that by using a lot of guys and playing hard — we’ll wear them down,” Rossville coach Michael Gick said. “I think Carroll shot the ball very well early, but we kept coming at them and coming at them.”

As in previous games, one of Rossville’s five-man rotations played a 3-2 zone, and the other rotation played mostly man-to-man defense.

“I think their defense frustrated us all night — whether it was their 3-2 zone or man-to-man,” Hodson said. “We talked all week about how bad of a passing team we are and that really showed tonight.”

Senior Will Abdon led Carroll with 16 points, 11 of which came in the first half. Joe Smith added eight for the Cougars, while Jacob Kingery scored seven.

The Carroll JV was victorious, however, defeating Rossville 47-46 in overtime. Adam Tussinger led the way with a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 15 rebounds — both career highs.

West Central 61, Frontier 51

Ryan Howat scored 15 points and Corey Howat added 10 as West Central got better as the game went on. But, it was his team’s bench play that made Bryan Heimlich happy.

“Really, we had good balance tonight,” he said. “We scored 22 points from our bench and really our defense played probably the best we’ve played all year.”

Nuest led the team with nine points and six boards off the bench and Greg Davis added 10 points for the Trojans (3-3).

Pioneer 61, North Judson 74

Nine three-point buckets were not enough to get the Class A Pioneer Panthers (1-5) boys basketball team a win at North Judson on Friday. The 2A Bluejays (4-1) capitalized on their height advantage to outscore the Panthers 35-21 in the first half, a deficit that proved insurmountable for them in the second half, despite six three-point baskets and an improved defensive effort, including a tighter full court press.

“Their ability to score inside with their big guys was probably their key to winning, but overall I thought we played a good game,” said Pioneer coach David McWherter.

Forward Matt Gates led in scoring for the Panthers with 19 points for the night, including two three-point baskets. Guard Taylor Farrer led in treys with three from deep en route to his total 13 points. Also, forward Brandon Gerlach hit five from the field, including two three-pointers of his own for 12 points. Pioneer will host 2A Northwestern tonight at 7:30 p.m.

In a close JV game, Pioneer succumbed to North Judson, 38-31.

Lewis Cass 61, Delphi 27 (8th)

Brody Edgerly scored 16 points and Andrew Troutman added 13 to pace Lewis Cass to an easy victory Thursday night. Evan DePew was the other scorer in double figures with 10 points while Cody Larimore and Damon Foreman each added seven.

Northwestern (A) 41, Lincoln Black 33 (6th)

Nathan Peters scored 16 points to lead Lincoln and Brock Armstrong added nine.

Northwestern (B) 42, Lincoln Gold 40 (6th)

Austin Johanning scored 21 points while Robert Jones added six and Ethan Brown scored five to pace Lincoln.

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