by TRIBUNE SPORTS STAFF
---- — Taylor’s girls cross country team edged Tippecanoe Valley 27-28 to win a three-team meet Tuesday on the Titans’ course. North Miami had an incomplete team.
Taylor sophomore Cami Hansen won the race in a personal-best time of 19:44.
The Titans’ other top runners were: Paige Welsh (fifth place, 24:02); Ashley Nguyen (ninth, 27:17); Aly Davis (10th, 29:19) and Kiley Williams (12th, 30:27).
“It was a nice night. The weather was really nice and the girls ran well,” Taylor coach Matt Carlile said. “Good runs for everyone.”
Hansen, a first-year runner, ran away from the field. Runner-up Brooklyn Conley of Tippecanoe Valley was more than three minutes back, finishing in 23:11.
“[Hansen’s] first mile was a little slower than I had expected. I was surprised when she ended up having a season best after the first mile time, but she looked good,” Carlile said.
Tippecanoe Valley 21, North Miami 36, Taylor 83
Valley put its top five runners in the top seven for a strong score of 21 in the three-team meet at Taylor. Brandon Maull won the race in 17:31.
Taylor’s top five runners were: Kaliel Rucker (13th place, 20:57); Stephen Sholty (16th, 21:25); Nick Denman (17th, 21:28); Alex Guy (18th, 21:31) and Victor Skaggs (21st, 28:40).
“It was nice to see the guys running together, pushing each other. They’re running their fastest times of the year right now. It’s great to see the teamwork.
Northwestern 5, Oak Hill 2
Jacob Wagner and Blaine Brutus led the way in the Purple Tigers’ road win. Wagner scored three goals and also had an assist and Brutus scored a brace.
Also for Northwestern (9-3), Garrett Hite had two assists, Spencer Lubben had an assist and ‘keeper Evan LaDow had two saves.
“We got off to a little bit of a slow start. We was tied 2-2 at half, then in the second half, we really dominated play,” NW coach Jim Wagner said, noting the Tigers controlled the ball in the second half. “I thought Blaine Brutus had a really good game — a lot of hustle for us, kind of got us going.”
Eastern 4, Hamilton Heights 1
The Comets made the most of their eight shots on goal, building a 2-0 lead by intermission before adding a pair of insurance goals in the second half.
Dillon Ryan led Eastern (8-3, 4-1 MIC) in the road victory with three goals and Ben Cole added a goal, while Dalton Ryan and Darren Bellow added assists. Delon Tuggle had 10 saves in goal for the Comets.
“Hamilton Heights is a very tough opponent and one of those teams we have marked on the schedule, being an MIC opponent,” Eastern coach John VanMatre said. “They like to play physical and fast, and it was a track meet. We got some nice ball through to score some goals. We only had eight shots on goal so it was nice to make the most of our opportunities. It was nice to come over here and got a win finally.”
John VanMatre also lauded the defensive efforts of Joshua Sommers and Lucas VanMatre, adding Lucas VanMatre made a defensive save that kept Heights from adding a goal.
TRI-CENTRAL 2, TAYLOR 0
Jake Kimbrough and Dalton Davis scored the goals in the Trojans’ 2-0 victory with Garret Dick and Dylan Stevens providing the assists.
TC ‘keeper Jordan Thurston had three saves.
Northwestern 2, Twin Lakes 1
Kaitlyn Daanen and Korey Price fired in a goal apiece to lead the Purple Tigers past the visiting Indians.
Northwestern coach Samantha Elkins pointed to her squad’s possession as a key to the win.
“They’re really learning how to possess in the attack and that’s really going to help them, I think, as we go along,” she said.
DELPHI 1, TAYLOR 0
The Titans fell at home on a goal midway through the second half. Lydia Owens had five saves for the Titans (2-10-1), who dropped a 1-0 decision for the second straight day.
“Kind of a frustrating game for us,” Taylor coach John Piotrowicz said. He noted the Titans “pretty much controlled most of the first half and didn’t play too badly in the second. They scored on a set piece on a [free] kick direct. The girls played hard but we couldn’t put together another enough passes in the attacking third ... to put any goals in the net.”
MARION 5, KOKOMO 1
Cheyenne Eltringham scored off a Taylor Coram assist as the Kats fell at home to rival Marion. Catherine Skaggs had two saves for Kokomo, which dropped to 6-6 overall and 1-2 in the North Central Conference.
“The second half, you’re happier to see after a 4-0 [first] half to see the game go to a 1-1 [in the second half], but we left a lot wanting in the first half,” Kokomo coach Kevin Duggins said. “We didn’t come in ready to play physical and aggressive. Marion came out, they really wanted us to play physical and with the ball as well as well. Hopefully we get a chance to show them who we really are in sectionals.”
Kokomo def. Lafayette Jeff 25-20, 25-20, 27-25
The VolleyKats displayed a diverse offense in a straight-set win over the visiting Bronchos, improving to 6-11 on the season.
Tori Lauderbaugh led Kokomo with 13 kills and eight digs. Kirsten Frey added 12 kills, while Alanis Jones added 10 kills and Brooke Smith six kills. Miranda Ogle dished out 34 assists, and Amanda Tran led the defense with 27 digs and 24 service receptions.
“Amanda was on fire,” Kokomo coach Jason Watson said. “You don’t often talk about a libero being on fire much, but she was. It was good to get a win against a sectional opponent and beat a Lafayette team. I thought we played pretty strong. Our serving was up and down and pretty inconsistent, but we did a good job of keeping the ball in play and hit .255. We played well together and came away with a sweep. That bodes well as we enter conference play Thursday against Huntington.”
EASTERN DEF. H. HEIGHTS 28-26, 25-16, 24-26, 25-16
The Comets got key performances from Maddie Vint and Kinsey Duke to help make up for Hannah Broo, who was out with illness, as the Comets (13-7) rolled to their sixth straight victory. Eastern improved to 4-1 in the Mid-Indiana Conference. Duke had eight kills, seven service receptions, 15 digs and 10 service points. Vint had seven service receptions, seven digs and nine service points, and Duke had eight kills.
Also for the Comets, Lizzy Mavrick had 16 kills, 16 service receptions and 24 digs. Hannah Williams had nine kills and four blocks. And Quinlyn Hochstedler had 41 assists, 10 digs and 15 service points.
“We got down in our first [set]. I thought the girls, like they’ve done all year long, fought really hard to take that first set. That was huge,” Eastern coach Missy Mavrick said. She praised Vint and Duke for helping the squad make up for Broo’s absence and added that “I thought all around everybody did a great job of playing as a team. They’re doing a great job of playing pretty consistent and going out there and getting the job done.”
WESTERN DEF. TAYLOR 22-25, 25-22, 25-11, 18-25, 15-6
Western (1-2 MIC) dug deep for a five-set victory after losing setter Emily Jones in the fourth set after she hit her head on the floor. Jones had 25 assists before her injury.
Bretta Tate had 20 service points, including five aces, and 16 kills for the Panthers. Shelby Gilbert had seven digs and 29 service points, including 10 aces. Amanda Seaman had a dozen kills, then filled in for Jones at setter to finish the match.
“We got our momentum in the second game and started to play up to our level and then we had that big momentum switch. It was very emotional,” Western coach Nicky Rodman said. “I just want to say that I coached 12 of the most kind-hearted and compassionate girls, and they had nothing but 100 percent heart left out on that court to win it for Emily, and that’s exactly what they did. Amanda really stepped it up and they didn’t let much hit the floor. It was beautiful volleyball for these girls.”
Maconaquah def. Cass 25-12, 25-16, 25-22
The Braves moved to 11-3 on the season and remained unbeaten in Mid-Indiana Conference play at 4-0 after the sweep of the Kings in Bunker Hill.
Michaela Walters led Maconaquah with eight kills, eight service points, 12 digs and 13 service receptions. Emily Wilson added 28 digs and seven points. Ally Exmeyer added seven kills and four assisted blocks. Jalyn Windsor finished with eight kills, four solo blocks and five assisted blocks. Madi Turner added 12 points and 12 receptions. And Lynnsie Arion finished with 26 assists, 11 digs and eight points.
“I’m proud of the girls because we got an MIC win in three sets, but we definitely did not play our best game,” Maconaquah coach Jessica Metcalf said. “[Tuesday] night was our annual ‘Play for Pink’ game so we had a big crowd there. Normally, we feed off of the crowd, but that didn’t happen. It was a low-key game. We just kind of toyed with things early in the match.”
Tri-Central def. Carroll 25-14, 25-17, 25-11
Shelby Ramsey posted a double-double of 10 kills and 10 blocks to lead the Trojans past their Hoosier Heartland Conference rivals.
Also for TC, Tara Davis had 20 assists and 13 service points (three aces) and Haley Farris and Cecelia Rayl combined for 32 digs.
Tri-Central is 11-8 overall and has won six in a row.
TAYLOR 4, NORTHWESTERN 1
Jack Lipchik didn’t drop a game in a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 1 singles, wrapping his match up first on the day. Camden Kimbler won the No. 2 match 6-0, 6-1, and Casey Glick won the No. 3 match 6-3, 6-2. And the No. 1 doubles team of Austin Douglas and Cole Schroeder won 6-3, 6-0.
The Titans improved to 9-2 overall and 5-1 in the MIC, keeping pace at the top of the league standings. Kimbler is now 13-1 on the season and Lipchik, Schroeder and the No. 1 doubles team each improved to 12-2.
“Jack and Camden got us off to a real good start with a couple quick wins,” Taylor coach Dave Wise said. “Three singles and 1 doubles were closer than the score indicated. [Both were tied at 3-3 in the first set] then the guys stepped up. Then they played really well in the second sets to finish it off.”
Nathan Chou and Kohl McCully won the No. 2 doubles match 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 for Northwestern.
EASTERN 3, ROSSVILLE 2
Logan Calwell won the No. 2 singles point 6-2, 6-4 to clinch the match for visiting Eastern (6-8). Austin Chase won the No. 3 match 6-0, 6-2. And the No. 1 doubles team of Zach Walker and Daniel Pugh won 6-0, 6-3.
“[The] past couple weeks we have been playing really well,” Eastern coach Nick Sale said. “I really think Logan played exceptionally well at 2 singles. The [Rossville] kid fought back in the second set but Logan held strong. We’re playing really well in our last regular-season week. That bodes well heading into sectionals next week. We’re excited.”