By TRIBUNE SPORTS STAFF
---- — Northwestern placed 11th with a score of 375 in the Lafayette Jeff Regional at Battle Ground Golf Course Saturday to close the season.
Peru came in 14th (382) and Western was 15th (394). Valparaiso (328), Chesterton (330) and Lake Central (334) advance to next week’s state finals at The Legends of Indiana G.C. after claiming the top three team spots.
The Purple Tigers didn’t perform nearly as well as coach Randy Lindgren had hoped.
“Northwestern played as poorly as we could play,” Lindgren said. “It was sad to see seniors play in their last match. On the good side, I do have four juniors that will try to recapture a state spot next year.”
Ashton Martin led Northwestern with a 84, followed by Karlie Shaw (96), Olivia McClure (97) and Ava McClure (98).
Peru was led by Madison Deniston with a 90, followed Mallory Zorn (96), Emma Long (97) and Olivia Sharp (99).
Natalie Newlin and Minka Gill each shot 90 to lead Western. Sophie Frazier added a 101 and Shelby Schave shot a 113.
Kokomo’s AnneMarie Balsbaugh carded an 83, missing the state cut by two strokes.
Maconaquah’s Courtney Turcheck also missed the state cut by firing a 104.
Turcheck fired a 55 on the back nine, before moving over to the front for a score of 49.
“She played really well, but got into trouble on two holes when she landed in the fairway sand bunkers,” Maconaquah coach Chris Percival said. “On the front nine, the rough was definitely a lot more troublesome for her as it was higher than she is used to seeing.
“Overall, it was a difficult course, but at the regional level we were expecting that. I am very pleased with her play, and I feel she has gained a lot of confidence and experience by making it to this level as a freshman.”
Kokomo 9, Anderson 0
The Wildkats roared to victory on senior day. Cheyenne Eltringham, one of nine seniors on the squad, scored a goal and dished four assists to fuel the offensive explosion.
Also for the Red and Blue, Taylor Coram scored three goals, Sarah Haughn scored two goals and Jania Eddington, Anh Pham and Holly Stewart had a goal apiece. Also, Stewart, Katherine Harbaugh and Taylor Sparling each had an assist.
“We’ve praised our defense a lot through this year about how well they’ve been playing and keeping us in games. ... It was great to get a game where we could apply some offensive pressure,” Kokomo coach Kevin Duggins said, adding he hopes the Kats can put it all together against rival Logansport on Tuesday as sectional play looms.
Kokomo improved to 7-7 overall and 2-2 in the North Central Conference with Saturday’s win.
Northwestern 5, Taylor 0
The Purple Tigers scored a 5-0 victory on their senior day.
“It was a solid game,” Northwestern coach Samantha Elkins said. “These young ladies showed composure and some fun creativity. Kaitlyn Daanen sent a beautiful corner to Kennedy Priday, who headed it in for our first goal. From there, we had a variety of goals from a different player every time. I think that shows this team has a true team concept that made for a great senior day.”
The Tigers also received goals from Daanen, Christine Dewhust, Michaela Bennett and Korey Price, and assists from Korey Price, Brandi Harmon and, Abby Heredos.
Taylor ‘keeper Lydia Owens had 20 saves.
Kokomo 3, Anderson 2
Philip Heilman scored two goals and dished an assist to lead the Wildkats to their first North Central Conference win.
Also for Kokomo (5-9, 1-3 NCC), Keagan James had a goal and an assist and ‘keeper Caleb Cook had 11 saves.
“We should have won this game easily,” Kokomo coach Kismet Morrison said, noting the Kats took awhile to settle into a groove on senior day. “We were the better team on the day. We had great work from Philip Heilman and S.A. Dunn.”
Western 3, McCutcheon 0
The Panthers broke away from a scoreless tie at halftime to beat the visiting Mavericks. Mason May scored two goals, Chris Root had a goal and an assist and Chris Carter had an assist. Goalkeeper Edgar Sanchez had five saves and also had a long feed that set up the Panthers’ final goal.
“It was a great team defensive effort, which pretty much led to the 3-0 second half,” Western coach Mike Roe said. “The first half, we came out of the gate a little slow. In the second half, we were able to come out and win the 50-50 balls and put a little more pressure on them, string together some passes and that led to Western being able to break down their defense.”
Western (10-2-1) plays Eastern on Monday.
Taylor went 2-1 and finished as runner-up in the four-team gathering. Bethany Christian beat Taylor 3-2 and went on to win the invitational. The Titans bounced back to beat Eastern and Wabash, both by 3-2 scores.
No. 1 singles player Jack Lipchik and the No. 1 doubles team of Austin Douglas and Cole Schroeder led Taylor with 3-0 showings. No. 2 singles player Camden Kimbler had a 2-1 record with his loss coming in the opening match.
“This is really a nice thing for us to get ready for the sectional, for us to go out and have to play against three teams in one day,” Taylor coach Dave Wise said. “Overall, it was a pretty good day for us.”
Wise noted Lipchik had an outstanding day.
“It’s hard to explain how well he is playing,” Wise said. “That first match of the day [against Bethany Christian] was an excellent match and it was 6-1, 6-0. The Wabash coach couldn’t believe it.”
Taylor closes the regular season with a 12-3 overall record and a share of the Mid-Indiana Conference title. The Kokomo Sectional draw is Monday and play begins Wednesday.
Eastern went 1-2 on the day, beating Wabash 3-2 to start the day before falling to Taylor, and Bethany Christian 4-1.
The Comets’ No. 2 doubles team of Riley Haupert and Daniel Pugh went 3-0 on the day to lead the squad. Austin Chase and Zach Walker went 1-2 at No. 1 doubles, and Logan Colwell went 1-2 at No. 2 singles, as did Robbie Walling at No. 3 singles
Eastern moves to 8-11 on the season. The Comets wrap up the regular season against Tipton Monday in Greentown.
“Riley Haupert and Daniel Pugh played awesome,” Eastern coach Nick Sale said. “That gives us a lot to think about going into the tournament, because that was a pretty consistent point for us all day. Falling to Taylor 3-2 after losing to them 4-1 in the regular season shows me we’re improving as the season goes along. I feel like we can match up with anyone in the sectional. We’ve been playing pretty well here lately. Hopefully we’re playing this well going into next next week to give us a chance to win in the sectional.”
Richmond def. Kokomo 18-25, 25-27, 25-13, 25-16, 15-13
Kokomo (6-12, 0-2 NCC) seemed well on its way to a win on the road, taking the first two sets and holding a 15-9 lead in the fourth set before the Red Devils stormed back to survive in five sets.
Kirsten Frey finished with 15 kills and four blocks to lead the Wildkats. Alanis Jones added 13 kills, while Tori Lauderbaugh added nine kills and 11 digs. Miranda Ogle distributed 33 assists and added 10 digs. Amanda Tran led the defense with 28 digs and 37 service receptions. And Schuyla Sharp added 11 digs.
“It’s a really tough loss, especially to know we were in control,” Kokomo coach Jason Watson said. “We fought back in the second set and fended off a few set points. We had the momentum and then fell flat. Richmond came out aggressive and we became timid. When the time came, they made a few more plays than we did. We saw some good things, especially early in the match. It was definitely a tough loss, but I think the girls will be able to bounce back and pull through in our next match. It’ll be interesting to see how we respond.”
Eastern placed sixth in the open division of the invitational with a score of 200 points. Western was 14th (358) and Kokomo was 21st (696). Warsaw was the overall winner with 69 points.
Jessie Sprinkles led Eastern with a third place finish (20:04), followed by Avery Ewing (ninth, 20:43), Carly Jones (16th, 20:40), Kaylie Forgrave (41st, 21:34) and Elyssa DeAngula (142nd, 24:10).
“We had a good effort from Sprinkles by moving up several places in the last 800 meters,” Eastern coach Brandon Mink said.
Nicole Hampshire led Western with a 25th place finish (21:01). Next was Sam Luginbuhl (36th, 21:22), followed by Emma Nixon (91st, 22:43), Jama Claxton (99th, 22:55) and Cora Johnson (124th, 23:32).
Kokomo was led by Cinnamon Andrews with a 52nd place (21:53), followed by Mary Lucas (168th, 27:01), Amalie Christoffersen (170th, 30:42), Whitnie Ward (172nd, 32:21) and Madeline Ryals (173rd, 32:21).
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Northwestern’s Taryn Thor was the overall winner in a time of 18:53. Thor was followed by Karly Sprouse (20th, 22:04), Jensen Freeman (32nd, 23:01), Nicole Crocker (34th, 23:05) and Kindra Gingerich (38th, 23:10).
“Thor ran an outstanding race,” Northwestern coach Dave Stevens said. “She took over early, and ran away from everyone in our class. We had several course best, so I am pleased with the overall performance by the team.”
As a team, Northwestern finished in fourth place with 96 points. Oak Hill was the winner in Class A with 49 points.
Kokomo finished in 12th place with 303 points. Western came in 14th (330) and Eastern was 21st (646). Brebeuf Jesuit was the overall winner with 122 points in the open division.
Jeremy Breedlove led Kokomo with a 10th place finish (16:53). Jordan Fivecoate was next in 18th place (17:13), followed by Ethan Sharp (20th, 17:14), Max McHaney (120th, 18:54) and Colten Pearce (137th, 19:12).
Western was led by Riley Carter with a 42nd place finish (17:44), followed by Caleb Maddox (43rd, 17:45), Auston Davenport (60th, 18:04), Austin Elliott (85th, 18:17) and Mark Boss (100th, 18:31).
Lewis Duke led Eastern with a second place finish (16:25), followed by Kevin Zheng (139th, 19:13), Brenton Cherry (140th, 19:14), Matt Kerner (172nd, 20:09) and Trevor Buchanan (199th, 22:54).
“Duke came on strong at the end,” Minks commented. “He closed it very well. Duke would have won it with another 10 meters. That is his fourth second-place finish at an invitational.”
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Northwestern placed fifth with 181 points in Class A, and Oak Hill was the winner with 70 points.
Zach Duranto was tops for Northwestern with a 13th place finish (17:46). Shad Jakes was next in 15th (17:52), followed by Charlie Neher (39th, 18:38), Taylor McLain (51st, 19:13) and Josh Perry (76th, 20:01).
“I thought the boys ran hard,” Stevens added. “The course wasn’t as fast as in the past, but we had eight guys have course best [times]. Overall, I was pleased with what the boys did.”