By TRIBUNE SPORTS STAFF
---- — Kokomo’s girls golf team topped Maconaquah 196-210 Tuesday at Kokomo Country Club to close the regular season on a winning note.
Seniors Jenny Oldaker (45) and AnneMarie Balsbaugh (46) led the Wildkats in their final home match and Kayla Stiner (52) and Lucy Mavrick (53) were third and fourth low. Seniors Merry Hoover (57) and Katy Volikas (58) also played for the Kats.
“We were celebrating our seniors and I know this is not how they wanted to go out with their scores. But Jenny had a pretty good round. This is one of her lower nine-hole rounds this season,” Kokomo coach Andy Carpenter said. “We talked after the match about how a lot of our girls are better 18-hole players than nine-hole players, where they can recover if they have a bad nine. But it’s been a great season. Confidence is up as they get ready to go into the sectional.”
Maconaquah’s Brandi Jones was medalist with a 42. Katelyn Turcheck (55), Courtney Turcheck (55) and Paxton Hunt (58) had the Braves’ other counting scores.
Both squads will play in the Western Sectional on Friday at Chippendale G.C.
TAYLOR 190, H. HEIGHTS 199
Daysi Jarvis and Taylor Mosier led the way as the Titans posted their best nine-hole score of the season in beating the Huskies at Chippendale G.C. Jarvis and Mosier fired 45s with Ashley Fritsch (49) and Bree Wright (51) following for the Center crew.
Taylor coach Justin Palmer noted Mosier and Wright are his seniors.
“It was very bittersweet watching these two girls play their last home match, having coached them for the last three years. They have both grown leaps and bounds as young ladies and as golfers. I am very proud of both of them and it will be sad to see them go,” he said.
Jarvis and Mosier shared medalist honors with a Heights player.
Taylor visits Delphi today, then plays in the Western Sectional on Friday.
EASTERN 194, ALEXANDRIA 210
Medalist Savannah Palumbo (45) led the Comets to the the win in their regular-season finale against Alexandria. The squads played the back nine at the American Legion G.C.
Sarah Sharp (48), Maddie Williams (50) and Mallory Moreno (51) followed for Eastern.
“We’ve been waiting a long time for the girls to break through that 200 barrier. They would get close, then fade back up a little higher,” Eastern coach Mike Hamilton said. “It was pretty exciting to watch them play [Tuesday]. They were really focused. I couldn’t be any more proud of this group of kids.”
Williams is the Comets’ lone senior.
“She has played good golf for us lately,” Hamilton said.
Next up for the Comets is Friday’s sectional at Chippendale G.C.
ROCHESTER 178, PERU 181, NORTHFIELD 238
Olivia Sharp fired a 42 to lead Peru in its regular-season finale. Mallory Zorn (44), Madison Deniston (45) and Emma Long (50) followed for the Tigers.
Peru (15-5) plays in the Western Sectional on Friday.
KOKOMO 3, LAFayette JEFF 2
The team match came down to the outcome of the No. 2 doubles match, where Kokomo’s Joey Hurlocker and Blake Brookshire won 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-4 to seal the victory for the road Kats (5-8).
Earlier, Kokomo No. 1 singles player Craig Simon won 6-1, 6-3 and No. 2 player Bryce York won 6-4, 6-4.
“It was an exciting night,” Kokomo coach Shawn Flanary said. “Craig Simon kind of took care of business and was quick, and Bryce had a really tight one there. In fact his opponent, in both sets, came back from 5-2 down to make things tight and Bryce was able to hold his composure and close that out. The [Jeff] kid fought off several match points.
“It ended up being 2-2 and came down to 2 doubles. We won the first set in a tiebreaker,” Flanary said. He noted that when Jeff won the second set 6-2 “you thought it might favor the other team. Our guys really settled down and adjusted and used their heads and had some great strategical changes in the third set to close it out.”
EASTERN 3, CASS 2
The Comets won a tight match on the road. Eastern’s Logan Colwell won the No. 2 singles point 6-0, 6-2, Robbie Walling won the No. 3 match 6-0, 6-1, and the No. 2 doubles team of Daniel Pugh and Matt Wylie won 6-3, 6-1. Eastern improved to 4-6 overall and 1-3 in the MIC.
“We came off a tournament this weekend at Madison-Grant where we played pretty well so it was nice to come out in an MIC match and play well and win a close one,” Eastern coach Nick Sale said, adding that his team has lost several close matches this season. “With the season closing out in the next couple of weeks, it’s nice to be playing our best tennis.”
Cass’ Brady Truman won the No. 1 singles match 6-0, 6-1, and the No. 2 doubles team of Brennen Garland and Nolan Lowe won 6-2, 6-2.
NW 4, MACONAQUAH 1
Blaine Brutus, Garrett Hite, Parker Fessenden and Robert Olsen scored a goal apiece, helping Northwestern remain unbeaten in Mid-Indiana Conference play. Olsen, Brutus and Jesse Murdock each had an assist and Evan LaDow made two saves.
“We did a really nice job controlling the ball,” NW coach Jim Wagner said. “We had most of the possessions, ended up with 35 shots. I think we limited them to one shot in the second half so it was a pretty dominating performance.
“Parker Fessenden has had several strong games here and played really well for us [Tuesday],” Wagner added.
Northwestern (8-3) improved to 5-0 in league play with one match remaining — Thursday at Hamilton Heights.
HUNTINGTON North 4, KOKOMO 3
Kokomo fell by a goal at Huntington. Jordan Eley, Philip Heilman and Tom Nghiem each scored. Keagan James and Arland McIlrath each dished out assists. Caleb Cook had 13 saves for the Kats (4-8, 0-2 NCC).
KOKOMO 4, HUNTINGTON North 1
Cheyenne Eltingham scored a brace and Taylor Coram and Michaela Wade scored one each to help the Kats improve to 6-5 overall and 1-1 in the NCC. Allison Psychogios assisted the final goal by Coram, after a good pass from Aubrey Whiteman to start the play. Catherine Skaggs had five saves.
Wildkat coach Kevin Duggins said he’s trying to get the Kats to possess the ball better and was glad to see improvement on that front throughout the game. In addition, he said Taylor Sparling sparked the offense.
“We’ve been pushing on Taylor,” he said. “She’s played such a good defensive center mid position. But she hasn’t really gone aggressively when she’s upfield, attacking the goal, and she did [Tuesday]. We’re pushing our girls to beat a player, beat a player. Taylor had an awesome game setting up drives to keep it up field. When she did that you see the difference in our offense.”
EASTERN 5, OAK HILL 0
Savannah Rees and Elena White each had two goals and Sam Ward added a netter as the Comets won on the field of their Grant County rival. Rees dished out two assists and Ward and Mikaela Malott each had one. Brooke Stout had five saves for Eastern, which improved to 8-1.
“On defense, Ciara Harden and Brittany Miller both played well,” Eastern coach Chris Rees said. “We’ve been working on the girls to play more of a posession-type ball. We didn’t do that well in the first half, but Elena White scored twice in the second half and both came off crosses. I was pleased that our offense in the second half really started clicking well with that.”
EASTBROOK 4, TAYLOR 0
Lydia Owens had 20 saves for the Titans who fell on the road.
“They’re typically a really good passing team and pretty well coached, just a good team all around,” Taylor coach John Piotrowicz said of Eastbrook. “We actually were beat 7-1 last year against them so we improved, but a little bit of a disappointing night because we really didn’t play to our potential.”
TIPTON 15, TAYLOR 49
Tipton’s Nate Gonzalez was the top overall finisher in 16:36 on the Taylor course.
Kaleil Rucker led Taylor in seventh (20:32), followed by Stephen Sholty in ninth (21:34), Nick Denman in 11th (22:21), Alex Guy in 12th (23:04) and Victor Skaggs in 13th (27:17).
“The score wasn’t close but we did have three season-best times so the guys are working in the right direction, getting ready for the end-of-season peak,” Taylor coach Matt Carlile said.
TIPTON 25, TAYLOR 30
Taylor’s Cami Hansen was the first finisher in 20:17 as the host Titans ran with a full squad for the first time this season. Also for Taylor, Paige Welsh was fifth (24:11), Ashley Nguyen in seventh (26:49), Kiley Williams in eight (30:37) and Aly Davis in ninth (30:49).
“This was our first team score. We’ve had some injury and illness and had a nice close meet for the first time we had all five girls running, and a couple personal bests,” Taylor coach Carlile said.
Katie Myers led Tipton in second place in a time of 22:58.
GUERIN CATHOLIC DEF. TAYLOR 25-13, 25-10, 25-17
Taylor coach Denise Leicht noted her squad had a good effort against the visiting Golden Eagles.
“I was very pleased with the way the team came out and played [Tuesday]. We played as team and made a lot of plays we hadn’t been making. It was nice to see them have fun and be excited with their play. This is what we have been looking for, now we just have to make it consistent,” she said.
Leicht noted “Ashleigh Till played her best match of the season, leading the team in serve reception chances. She also added four kills and four blocks to go with eight service points.”
Valary Farmer had a team-high 10 points.