Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


December 29, 2013

Prep roundup, Dec. 29

Western girls finish third at Twin Lakes basketball tournament.



Kokomo went 5-4 at the Lafayette Jeff tournament. Kokomo beat Frankfort (44-24), North Knox (40-33), Cascade (52-27), Seeger (36-33) and Rensselaer (63-18), and the Kats fell to Lafayette Jeff (56-16), New Prairie (63-14), Kankakee Valley (51-19), and New Castle (51-25).

Fletcher Miller led the Kats with an unbeaten record at 220 pounds. A.J. Nelson (120) and Chad Gaddis (152) were each 8-1. Scotty Barbary (126) was 7-2. Szhantrayle Roberson (132) was 6-3. DaShaun Barbary (145) was 5-4.

“We have about five guys out of our lineup right now. Team-wise, it’s hard to compete with those top-level teams with so many guys out of our lineup,” Kokomo coach Ryan Wells said. “We had some young guys in there who stepped in and took some tough losses, but they were better at the end of the day [Saturday] than they were at the beginning of the day [Friday]. And some of the veteran leaders got a lot of wins for us. We’ve just got to get our guys back in the lineup and healthy.”


Western filled only 10 of the 14 weight classes but still scored a seventh-place finish in the 32-team Spartan Classic, held Friday and Saturday at Connersville. Cathedral won the team title.

“We ended up only taking 10 guys down there and seventh place is the highest we’ve finished since I’ve been at Western. We wrestled extremely well all weekend,” coach Chad Shepherd said. “It was by far the best meet we’ve had this year.”

The Panthers had six grapplers score podium finishes. Caleb Maddox went 4-1 and was runner-up at 126 pounds, Dustin Hinkle went 7-1 and was third at 145, Dustin Hinkle went 5-1 and was third at 182, Dante Graham had a 4-2 record in taking fifth at 220, Russell McDorman went 5-2 and finished seventh at 195 and Payton Lechner had a 4-3 record in taking eighth at 106.

“Dustin Hinkle beat at least one if not two ranked guys. Corey Hinkle was wrestling the No. 1 kid in the state and we had him beat with 55 seconds left and a couple things happened where it just didn’t go our way,” Shepherd said. “Caleb Maddox wrestled outstanding all weekend. Russell McDorman got in the losers’ bracket and wrestled back to seventh. I think the last match of the day was probably his best match of the tournament.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • NCAA Concussion Lawsuit-9 [Duplicate] NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules CHICAGO (AP) — The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, socce

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Downey, Keagan mug Sixers begin state tourney play today The Kokomo Post 6 baseball squad heads to the American Legion state tournament at Plymouth today brimming with confidence. That’s good and bad.“I believe every time we step on the field our kids believe they are the team to beat,” said Kokomo skipper

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports briefs for Tuesday, July 29 Northwestern sets 1st practice timesNorthwestern has announced its first practice times and dates for high school and middle school sports. All athletes must have a valid 2014-15 physical on file in the athletic office to participate. The times and d

    July 29, 2014

  • SPT - KT072914 Colts-pic QB Luck making progress ANDERSON — Wind chill estimates put the temperature at 59 degrees Monday morning at Anderson University.During one stretch of his fifth training camp practice of the year, however, it likely felt much colder to Andrew Luck.The Indianapolis Colts quar

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Colts part ways with Rainey after violation ANDERSON — Just two days after earning praise for his playmaking ability from head coach Chuck Pagano, running back Chris Rainey was waived by the Indianapolis Colts on Monday morning.The news was broken in a press release around 8:30 a.m. and later

    July 29, 2014

  • SPL - KT071514 - B1 briefs - mug Athlete of the Week: Tionna Brown ATHLETE OF THE WEEK• NAME: Tionna Brown• SPORT: Track and field• ACCOMPLISHMENTS: The Kokomo seventh grader won three events at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic national meet in Humble, Texas, in her first appearance at a national meet. Brown w

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brown wins 3rd title at nationals HUMBLE, Texas — Kokomo middle schooler Tionna Brown surged to first in the 100 meter dash at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic national meet Sunday, capping the weekend with her third championship.Competing in the girls 11-12-year-old division,

    July 28, 2014

  • SPL - KT072614 - Dana Neer column - column sig NEER: Starting and sustaining your workouts Here we go again, hoping to start your workout plan again on Monday. This time your plan is to make it stick, keep with it, follow through. Hopefully it will work.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • NASCAR Brickyard 400 Auto Racing-3 [Duplicate] It's 'Jeff Gordon Day' at IMS for record 5th time INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With a fifth Brickyard 400 victory on the line Sunday, Jeff Gordon looked like the driver he was 20 years ago. Gordon nailed the final restart of the race — no given because restarts have been Gordon's Achilles heel — to pass Hen

    July 27, 2014 3 Photos

  • fishing clinic 02 (secondary pic) Kids fishing clinic is a blast for all The seasons come and go, but the excitement, challenge, allure and joy remain the same — off the chart. There are memorable moments, then there are occasions and special events that become tattoos for life.Still, joy is where you find it, and Saturda

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos