Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 5, 2014

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---- — Shurn nets 37 points in Cougars’ victory

GOSHEN — Kokomo High School product Skylarr Shurn put up a huge game for the NAIA Division II top-ranked Saint Francis women’s basketball team Saturday in her squad’s 104-84 victory over Goshen College.

Shurn scored 37 points on 13-of-18 shooting from the field and 11-of-13 shooting from the free-throw line. It was her third 30-point effort of the season. The USF senior also had four assists and four steals as the Cougars improved to 16-0 overall and 4-0 in the Crossroads League.

Arnett helps Georgia SW grab road victory

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — Kokomo High School product Alan Arnett led the way as Georgia Southwestern beat Young Harris College 76-75 in a Peach Belt Conference men’s basketball game Saturday.

Arnett scored a team-high 20 points and also had four rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. He knotted the score at 75-all with a layup at 1:43, part of the Hurricanes’ 7-0 run to end the game.

Georgia Southwestern, which is an NCAA D-II school, improved to 11-1 overall and 3-0 in league play. Young Harris dropped to 8-2 and 2-1.

Peru wrestlers win Northview tourney

BRAZIL — The Peru wrestling squad took first place in the eight-team Northview Tournament on Saturday. The Bengals posted a score of 199 to edge Terre Haute South (194.5). Terre Haute North was third at 159.5.

Three Bengal Tigers took championships at their respective weights as Kegan Kern (132 pounds), Evan Loe (145) and Nick Cress (195) were each 5-0. Also, Peyton Sturgill was second (138 pounds, 4-1), Shane Garretson was second (106, 3-2), Erik Hobbs was second (220, 3-2), Tristan Bragg was second (285, 3-2), Carter Kitner was third (113, 3-2), Conner Quin was third (120, 3-2), and Garrett Sparks was third (160, 3-2).

“It was a great trip,” Peru coach Andy Hobbs said. “[The tourney had] good, physical wrestling, had two or three state finalists in the tournament. It’s good to get in the south and see some of those kids. We had a rough week with the weather and not being able to practice very much but we were glad to get out and get some wrestling in.”

Western drops 3 at state wrestling duals

WESTFIELD — Western’s wrestling team dropped three matches Saturday at the Team Wrestling State Dual Meet, run by the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association.

Competing in the middle division, Class 2A, Western fell 61-12 to New Prairie in the opening round, lost 45-28 to Lebanon in the second round, and lost 41-38 to Danville in the final round.

Corey Hinkle (182 pounds) and Dante Graham (220) were each 3-0 for Western. Also, Caleb Maddox (120),Peyton Lechner (106) and Dustin Hinkle (145) were each 2-1.

“We’ve had a long sixteen days,” Western coach Chad Shepherd said. “We’ve wrestled a bunch, and we’ve wrestled some really stiff competition. We haven’t performed like I’d expected, but a lot of our underclassmen were awestruck at the whole situation.

“Hopefully, it was a good learning experience for us. Dante and Corey and some of the other guys had pretty decent days, but I think some of our younger guys were deer in the headlights.”

Indiana St. men top Balentine, Evansville

EVANSVILLE — Indiana State’s men’s basketball team defeated Evansville 81-62 Saturday night in a Missouri Valley Conference contest at the Ford Center.

Kokomo product D.J. Balentine led the Purple Aces (7-8, 0-2 MVC) with 23 points and five assists.

Khristian Smith paced the Sycamores (10-3, 2-0) with 27 points and six rebounds.