Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

February 11, 2014

Sports briefs, Feb. 11

Kokomo Tribune

---- — It’s sectional time for girls basketball

The 39th annual IHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament begins tonight with opening-round sectional games across the state.

Eastern (5-15) and No. 5-ranked Tipton (13-4) meet at 7 p.m. in the Class 2A Elwood Sectional opener. Eastern is the defending sectional champion while Tipton is hungry to regain the hardware after winning the sectional in 2011 and ‘12. The winner advances to Friday’s semifinal round.

Three other area teams also are in action tonight. In the Class A Rossville Sectional, Tri-Central (9-9) plays Rossville (1-17) in the 6 p.m. opener with Carroll (12-5) taking on Frontier (5-13) in the second game. And in the Class 2A Southmont Sectional, Clinton Central (3-16) plays South Vermillion (3-14) at approximately 7:45.

Maconaquah has new boys basketball date

BUNKER HILL — Maconaquah High School on Monday announced a new date for its boys basketball game against Pioneer, which was scheduled for Saturday.

The teams now will meet Feb. 27 at Pioneer with the JV game starting at 6 p.m.

Red-hot Lewis Cass cracks Class 2A Top 10

The Associated Press’ boys basketball state rankings on Monday showed Lewis Cass moving into the Class 2A Top 10 for the first time this season. The Kings are No. 10.

The Kings (11-2) are riding a nine-game winning streak. They visit Northwestern tonight for a Mid-Indiana Conference game.

The No. 1 teams this week are Carmel (4A), Greensburg (3A), Clarksville (2A) and Barr-Reeve (1A). Clarksville replaced Park Tudor atop the 2A Top 10 this week.

• In the final girls basketball rankings before the state tournament, Tipton is No. 5 in Class 2A and Western is No. 6 in Class 3A.

NW boys swim team wins season finale

Northwestern’s boys swimming and diving team capped its regular season with a 133-49 victory over visiting Carroll on Monday.

Gray Longshore won a pair of individual events to lead the Tigers. He was tops in the 200 freestyle (1:56.94) and 100 free (:52.37).

Also winning individual events for the Tigers were: Drew Harris (200 IM, 2:30.40); Griffin Longshore (100 butterfly, :58.60); Kyle Miller (500 free, 5:39.53); Anthony Catt (100 backstroke, 1:05.30); Darren Curry (100 breaststroke, 1:14.89); and Christian O’Donnell (diving, 146.95).

The Tigers swept the three relay events. Catt, Miller, Griffin Longshore and Will Harris won the 200 medley in 1:54.47. Joel Austin, Will Harris, Gray Longshore and Drew Harris on the 200 free in 1:39.28. And the Harris brothers and Longshore brothers teamed to win the 400 free in 3:46.

“It was a little bit more relaxed atmosphere,” Northwestern coach Cindy Britten said. “We got to change some things around, which was really nice. The boys swam well, had some really good times. We’re anxious to see how they do with some more training and get them ready for sectional.”

Northwestern swims in the Noblesville Sectional on Feb. 20.

NW youth baseball schedules meeting

The Northwestern youth baseball league will hold a board meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Northwestern Elementary art room. This meeting is to plan tryouts and to discuss opening day, uniforms and registration.