Raymond Monroe, Brandon Curry and Chris Hendricks were each triple winners in leading Northwestern’s boys track team to a comfortable 83-40 victory at Peru Thursday.
Monroe won the shot put (43-2 1/2) and the discus (138-3). Adam Leach won the high jump (5-8). Curry won the 110 hurdles (17.3) and 300 hurdles (47.4). Keegan Fessenden won the 100 (11.9). James Schulte won the 400 (53.1). And Hendricks won the 800 (2:09.3)
Northwestern’s relay team of Austin Hartman, Charlie Neher, Bradley Jakes and Hendricks won the 3,200 relay in 8:56.4. Curry, Nick Perry, Tyler Martin and Monroe won the 400 relay (47.0). And Fessenden, Hendricks, Alec Gale and Schulte won the 1,600 (3:44.7) as the Purple Tigers improved to 5-1 in duals.
“We had a lot of depth again, several good first-place finishes, but a lot of strong performances for our second- and third-place guys. Throwers took 17 points in the throws and that was very good. I thought the guys ran sharp.
“We practiced kind of hard [Wednesday] and I thought they came through [Thursday] and ran very well. I think they’re just going to continue to get better and better.”
• In the girls meet, the Purple Tigers improved to 4-0-1 in dual meets with a 71-52 victory on the Bengal track. For Northwestern, Hannah Treadway won the shot put (31-10), Kylie Ballard won the high jump (5-2), Amber Miller won the long jump (16-0), Tianna Oden won the 100 (13.2) and the 200 (27.9) and Taryn Thor won the 3.200 (13:04).
The Tiger 3,200 relay team of Megan Bunch, Jaelynn Maple, Rachel Johns and Christine Dewhurst won in 12:06. Mollie Daily, Britanny Jocius, Faith LaDue and Andrea Myers won the 1,600 in 4:43.
Elwood 64, Taylor 58
The Titans just missed out on picking up the win as the meet came down to the final event.
Jay’shon Jones swept the hurdles events, taking the 110 in :15.1 and the 300 in :44.2. Jones then joined with Lowen Killibrew, Stephen Sholty and Austin Smith to win the 4x100 relay in :48.1.
Julian Nieto shined in the distance events, winning the 1,600 in 5:33 and the 3,200 in 12:17. Nieto was also part of the winning 4x800 team (10:26) with Tyler Padgett, Isaac Foust and Shawn Tokarcik.
Kalob Bitner won both the shot put (43-2.5) and discus (123-1).
“Our guys did a great job,” Taylor coach Matt Carlile said. “We were missing our seniors [Thursday] night but guys filled in and did a great job. I was really happy with the times we put up.”
Elwood 71, Taylor 51
Kim Seal was a quadruple winner for the Titans in Elwood, taking top honors in the long jump (13-11), the 100 hurdles (:19.2) and the 300 hurdles (:55.2), before teaming with Sydney Smiley, Andria Eddington and Jania Eddington to win the 4x100 relay in :57.8.
Andria Eddington added wins in the 100 dash (:13.5) and the 200 dash (:29.4), while Smiley and Jania Eddington teamed with Destiny Kidwell and Brielle Griffith to win the 4x400 relay.
Western 5, Delphi 0
The Panthers met little resistance on their way to a shutout win over the Oracles, improving to 2-2 on the season.
Senior Nicole Rogers ran her season record to 4-0 with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles. Natalie Warrum was a 6-1, 6-1 winner at No. 2 singles, and Nitasha Sharma pulled out a three-setter, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), at the No. 3 post to complete the singles sweep.
At No. 1 doubles, the tandem of Mary James and Alexa Coy posted a 6-3, 6-2 victory, while the No. 2 duo of Bailey Bellus and Rachel Coombs was a 7-5, 6-4 winner.
“The girls are in completely different positions than in previous years, and they are starting to come into their own and develop an identity,” Western coach Brandon Shawhan said. “After the loss to Kokomo on Tuesday, we had to make some changes in the lineup and I was pleased with some of the girls for the way they adjusted. We’re looking to peak at the right time and are working to get better one match at a time. We won’t be satisfied until we are playing our best in the postseason.”
Northwestern 4, Hamilton Heights 1
Four of the Tigers’ matches went three sets as Northwestern improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in Mid-Indiana Conference play while also avenging last years’ 5-0 loss to Heights.
“This is honestly one of the only matches I’ve seen with this many tie-breakers,” second-year Northwestern coach Kristine Miller said. “We basically played until it was dark. It was just such a fun match for the girls.”
No. 1 singles player Gabby Snyder earned a 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 win. Emily Harshman overcame last year’s loss to Caeli Dislich with a 6-4, 7-5 win at No. 2 singles, while Jill Hungate took a 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 win at the No. 3 spot.
The team of Kadie Miller and Bailey Martin accounted for the Tigers’ other point with a 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 6-3 win at No. 1 doubles.
“Any of these matches could have gone one way or another, and we came out on top,” Miller said. “We had some really strong, tough upperclassmen performances. Gabby had a peace about her throughout against a really tough opponent. Hungate had about the most hustle I’ve ever seen from her on the court, and Miller and Martin had really nice ball control and anticipated the net much better.”
Cass 3, Peru 2
The Kings swept both doubles matches, but it was the No. 1 singles match that was the key to the win.
Cass’ No. 1 singles player Jaclyn Hyman won in straight sets (6-3, 6-4), and the No. 1 doubles team of Casey Robertson and Katie Leach were straight-set winners (7-5, 6-1), and the No. 2 doubles team of Megan McCall and Kirsten Dollar also won in straight sets (6-3, 6-3).
“This match at Peru was a huge win, conference wise for the team,” Cass coach Stu Engle said. “Both doubles teams were able to improve as the matches continued. With the team win on the line, Hyman won a tough two-set match that took over two hours. The team is improving and will need to continue getting better with some tough matches coming up in the next couple of weeks.”
Mississinewa 5, Taylor 0
A shorthanded Titans’ squad fell to 1-3 on the season.
“We were just a little overmatched experience-wise,” Taylor coach Dave Wise said. “We have one of our girls on the senior trip so we were minus a singles player, and we just couldn’t match up with their experience.”
Logansport 4, Kokomo 1
The Wildkats (2-2, 0-1) fell to the Berries on the road to open North Central Conference play.
Kokomo’s victory came at No. 1 doubles, where the tandem of Madison Waltemath and Kasie Hellmann pulled out a three-setter, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-3.
“Logansport is a very tough team and will be one of the leaders in the NCC this year,” Kokomo coach Tim Maiben said. “I thought we played them pretty tough in spots. We were able to pull it out at No. 1 doubles after losing a tiebreaker in the first set. I was proud of the way we stayed with it and pulled out the victory. No. 2 doubles was tight all the way through, losing 6-4, 6-4, and at No. 3 singles we lost a lot of deuces in a 6-3, 6-4 match. If we were going to win, we were going to have to pull it out in those three positions. But, give Logansport credit, they are a good team.”
Taylor 6, Tipton 5
For the second straight night, the Titans allowed the tying run to reach base before pulling out the victory.
Trailing 6-3 in the bottom of the seventh, Tipton loaded the bases with no outs, scoring two runs and putting the tying run on third before Taylor got three straight outs to end the game. Cameron Clark fanned the final Blue Devil batter of the night to earn the save.
“These last two wins were really good wins because we were able to close out games in two really close situations,” Taylor coach Brent Owens said.
After three straight losses to open the season, the Titans improved to 5-3 with their fifth straight win in seven days.
“This has been a very good seven days,” Owens said. “We were dealing with some injuries early on, and now we are finally staring to get healthy and have players available.”
Taylor went up 2-0 in the top of the first on Tyler Gatlin’s two-run homer. Tipton scored a run in the bottom of the fourth and plated two more in the bottom of the fifth to take a 3-2 lead.
The Titans scored three runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead for good. Drew Hansen’s RBI single tied the game, and Logan Jarrett added a big two-RBI single for Taylor’s final two runs.
Logan Barnes was 3 of 3 with a double and two triples for Taylor. Hansen batted 2 of 4 while Trevor Marler was 2 of 3.
Nick Hoover pitched five innings for the Titans, giving up three earned runs on five hits while walking one and striking out two.
Allen Stout pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning to earn the win.
Delphi 9, Northwestern 7
The Tigers (6-3) had a 4-1 lead in the third inning on the road against the Class 2A No. 1-ranked Oracles, but for the second night were not able to slam the door shut.
Delphi (9-3) scored four in the fourth to surge ahead 6-4, but Northwestern answered with a run in the fifth to pull within 6-5. An error aided the Oracles’ three-run sixth, and Northwestern’s two-run rally in the seventh wasn’t enough to overcome seven strikeouts and eight runners left on base.
Cullen Graber suffered the loss on the bump. He allowed six runs in five innings of work despite striking out 12 and walking none. Delphi managed seven hits on Graber’s watch.
Trevor Richmond put forth an outstanding performance at the plate, swatting a pair of home runs to go with a single and four RBIs. Graber added a double, while Tanner Martin finished with a two singles, a double and an RBI.
“Graber battled out there. He was a bulldog. And, Richmond was a monster at the plate, but we had some physical and mental breakdowns, a repeat of [Wednesday’s loss to Kokomo],” NW coach Mike Brazel said. “We scored enough to win and are hitting the ball better, but we’re not getting the pitching we were before and are making mistakes. We have to put it all together. If we get it all figured out we’ll be dangerous. We’re still young and have to grow into this.”
Sheridan 14, Eastern 4, 5 innings
The Blackhawks broke open a close game with five runs in the fourth and six more in the fifth to send the Comets to 4-6 on the season.
T.J. DeHaan had a pair of singles for Eastern while Ryan Lindsay added a double. Connor Young took the loss on the hill, giving up seven runs in 41⁄3 innings of labor. He allowed nine hits and three walks, and struck out six.
“We just have to really focus in on games like this,” Eastern coach Nick Sale said. “These last few games have been so disappointing with all the hard work we put in in the offseason and the build up we had heading into the season when we beat Kokomo. Now it seems like we are going the other direction. We need to find nine guys who will go out there and work hard. This slide we’re on has been kind of rough.”
Cass 14, Southwood 2, 5 innings
The Kings pounded out 13 hits and exploded for six runs in the first inning and eight more in the third at possible sectional opponent Southwood.
Blake Cain hit a grand slam and added a double for Cass (6-3). Tyler Neher hit a two-run home run and added a single. Austin Foreman had three hits, and Zach McCoy and Austin Clem added two hits apiece.
Andrew Daggett (3-1) got the win, allowing three hits and no walks, striking out six.
“We’ve been working on having a more aggressive mentality at the plate, and we did a real good job of that,” Cass coach Greg Marschand said. “We’ve done a better job in practice and that has carried over to the game. I’m proud to see that aggressive mentality. Hopefully that’s the start of better things to come.”
Carroll 4, Taylor 0.
The Titans loaded the bases with one out in the second inning and again had runners on second and third with one out in the third, but couldn’t get any runs across the dish in the shutout loss at Carroll.
“I give all the credit in the world to the Carroll pitchers,” Taylor coach Shane Arnold said. “They kept our hitters off balance throughout the game.”
Kelsey Gordon took the loss for Taylor, surrendering one earned run on four hits, while striking out seven and walking none in five innings. Ashleigh Till pitched the sixth for the Titans.
“We made a huge error in the fourth inning that cost us three runs and that was the swing of the game,” Arnold said. “We’re not down, though. The girls are plugging away and doing absolutely everything I ask. Our errors are way down from the past few games. We’ve just got to get ahead of somebody and make them chase us for once.”
Logansport 4, Cass 1
Claire Pullen had an RBI single to plate Kassi Zeck for Cass (6-4) in a loss at Logansport. Megan Carden had a double.
Cass junior Morgan Lowe allowed four runs, but just two were earned as the Kings committed three errors in the contest. Lowe allowed four hits and walked two batters.
Tipton 164, Northwestern 165
The Tigers dropped to 1-2 on the season, falling by one stroke on the par-36 front nine at Green Acres.
“A shot here and a shot there would have made the difference,” Northwestern coach Randy Lindgren said. “Every one of the varsity players realize that, and everyone feels responsible, but they are resilient and won’t give up. When I left the golf course [Thursday] night, they were still out there working on putts and chips.”
Tipton’s Mike Crawford and Northwestern’s Zack Gabriel each shot a three-over 39 to share medalist honors.
Keagan Gray finished one stroke behind the leaders with a 40 for Tipton. Teammates Tanner Maxey (41) and Blake Hoover (44) followed.
For the Tigers, Nathan Edwards shot a 41, Jeff Blankenberger finished with a score of 42, and Kyle Condon followed with a 43.
“Two teams who are sectional opponents competing this close really shows the parity of the teams around the area,” Lindgren said. “Tipton is a fine team, but our guys know they’ll have many chances to redeem themselves.”
Northwestern and Tipton will see each other again Saturday at the Peru Invitational.
Kokomo 339, North Central 356
Kokomo’s Blake Brutus shot an 80 for medalist honors. Tanner Guyer followed with a 84. Prajin Srivastav shot an 86, and Jake Hopkins contributed with an 89.
“[Brutus] told me that this is the first time that we beat North Central in his career,” Kokomo first year coach Jay Davis said. “We played much better [Thursday] then we played in the first two matches. Brutus was the picture of consistency, shooting 40 on the front and back nine, and Guyer shot a 39 on the back nine with three birdies, so he is playing well. We have a bit of improvement to do, so we are making progress, and we continue to improve. The team has a lot of potential.”
Tri-Central 171, Carroll 191
Tri-Central’s (1-0) Clay Smith was medalist with a score of 40. Smith was followed by Brandon Whitehead and Jacob Bennett each with 42, and Nick Blades at 47.
“We played really well,” Tri-Central coach Kim Drake said. “We are a young team, and I don’t have any seniors.”
Cass 153, Eastern 177
Cass’ Jake Rush shot a 1-over 36 to earn medalist honors at Logansport Golf Club. He was followed by David Watterson (37), Jacob Martin (39), Brad Gray (41), Zach Watterson (41) and Kalen Linback (41).
Kane Rouch led Eastern with a 42. Andrew Kerner, Matt Wiley and Joel Coffman each shot 45.