By TRIBUNE SPORTS STAFF
---- — With the Mid-Indiana Conference boys golf tournament looming on Saturday, favorites Peru and Western matched up on Thursday as part of a three-team gathering at Chippendale G.C.
Peru fired a 156 to edge Western by five shots. Logansport came in third with a 178.
“It was huge,” Peru coach Doug Muzzillo said of beating the Panthers. “Obviously they had beaten us in our Peru Invitational [on April 26]. It’s been back and forth between our teams all year. It’s fun playing them. Our kids are competitive in a positive way. I’m looking forward to conference on Saturday. It should be nip and tuck.”
Medalist Isaac Badry fired a 2-under 34 to lead the Bengal Tigers (7-0). Cameron Smith followed with a 38, Austin Finicle had a 39 and Kyle Emelio rounded out the team score with a 45.
“I’m happy about the way things are headed. This is the time of year when you want to start playing well and that’s where we are,” Muzzillo said.
“Badry struggled a little bit early [in the season] with his swing, but he’s got that worked out. He went back to his old putter here a couple days ago and obviously it made a difference. He made a lot of putts [Thursday].”
Tyler White led Western with a 36. Austin Smith had a 41 and Ryan Rossi and Brennan Raines had 42s.
The MIC tournament is set for Peru’s Rock Hollow G.C.
Yorktown 152, H. Heights 176, Tipton 180, Eastern 198
Yorktown ran away from the pack in the four-team gathering on the front side at Bear Slide G.C. in Cicero. Yorktown teammates Caleb Morey and Blake Vise shared medalist honors with 37s.
Conner Zirkle led Eastern with a 44 and Matt Wylie followed with a 46.
“Conner is a freshman and is a pretty good little golfer. For playing this course and never seeing it, I was really pleased with him,” Eastern coach Mike Hamilton said. “Matt Wylie, our No. 1, had a 46 — [ran into] a little bit of trouble out there, but he’ll be solid come conference on Saturday.”
Isaac Hanny and Spencer Day rounded out Eastern’s team score with 54s.
Rossville 167, Tri-Central 246
Rossville’s Austin Miller fired a 38 to win honors in the dual match at Tipton Municipal.
Jacob Bennett led TC with a 50 and was followed by Nolan Kimbrough (59), Jackson Reeves (65) and Garrett Wyant (72).
Kokomo 80, Logansport 52
Quadruple winner Jordan Nix led the way as Kokomo closed its regular season with a victory on Logansport’s track.
Individually, Nix won the 110-meter high hurdles (:16.3), 300 intermediate hurdles (:44.0) and long jump (19-4). He also ran on the winning 4x100 relay team.
Also winning individual events for the Kats were: Hanif Burnett (100 dash, :11.5); Jeremy Breedlove (800 run, 2:04.3); Tymon Hall (high jump, 5-8); and Avery Barrett (pole vault, 13-3).
The Kats also won a pair of relays. Colton Pearce, Jordan Fivecoate, Ethan Sharp and Breedlove won the 4x800 in 8:45.2. Burnett, Nix, Jordan Rawlins and Hall won the 4x100.
Rolando Tyler had runner-up finishes in the high hurdles, 200 dash and pole vault and Jordan Rawlins had runner-up showings in the 100 and 400 dashes. Six other Kat athleties also had second-place finishes.
Western 4, Carroll 1
The Panthers improved to 2-1 this week and 4-8 on the season with the road win.
The Panthers swept the singles matches. Brooke Jansen was a 6-4, 6-1 winner at No. 1, Allie Ault was a 6-2, 6-1 winner at No. 2 and Baylee Harbaugh pitched a 6-0, 6-0 shutout at No. 3.
Western’s other point came at No. 2 doubles where Macey Bickford and Tara Hellriegel were 6-4, 6-2 winners.
“They’ve been playing awesome this week,” Western coach Amy Messer said of her players. “I’m very proud of Brooke Jansen winning against Eastern [Wednesday] and then winning again [Thursday]. She is really coming into her own even as a freshman. She has learned a lot this year and has grown a lot.
“Allie and Baylee have been consistent and it was a really good win for the No. 2 doubles. It was good all around.”
NW 4, Maconaquah 1
With the win, Northwestern improved to 9-6 overall and closed Mid-Indiana Conference play 4-3.
The Tigers picked up a pair of points in singles matches. Emily Harshman was a 6-3, 6-1 winner at No. 1 and Alexis Hungate was a 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 winner at No. 2.
The Tigers swept the doubles matches. Madison Wells and Megan Floyd took a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 1 and Erica Plutat and Lauren Miller were 6-4, 6-2 winners at No. 2.
Maconaquah’s point came at No. 3 singles where Brandi Jones won 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.
“This was a really good match for both teams,” Northwestern coach Kathie Layden said. “Emily is simply playing great tennis right now at 1 singles with a 12-3 record to this point. Alexis Hungate and Kady Whitehead had tough matches at 2 and 3 singles. Alexis played well and pulled out the win, while Kady fought hard, down 1-4 in the third to lose 5-7.
“Both doubles teams looked strong,” she added.
Eastern 5, Taylor 0
The Comets swept the Titans in the Howard County Indoor Tennis Center, dropping just one game. Only four matches were contested as Taylor was shorthanded because some of its players had another school commitment.
For Eastern, Courtney Clark won the No. 1 singles match 6-0, 6-0, Riley Kanable won the No. 2 singles match 6-0, 6-0, and Rachel Manfred won the No. 3 singles match 6-0, 6-1. The team of Claire Holkenbrink and Marie Holkenbrink won the No. 1 doubles match 6-0, 6-0, and the No. 2 team of Laura White and Marissa Evenson won by forfeit.
“Rachel Manfred playing that 3 singles spot, she’s never played a varsity singles match and it was nice to see her get out there and get a win,” Eastern coach Pat Rice said. He explained that Manfred tore an ACL during the fall soccer season and is now getting back to full strength.
Eastern improved to 11-3 overall, 5-1 in the MIC with only Hamilton Heights left to play in the league.
Kokomo 16, Marion 2, 5 innings
Kami Sharp led the way as the Wildkats blasted the Giants in North Central Conference action at Marion.
Sharp pitched a three-hitter, allowing no earned runs. She struck out eight and walked none. She helped her own cause with a 2-for-2 day at the plate. She drove in a run.
Also for Kokomo (8-9, 3-1 NCC), Sarah Haughn was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI, Schuyla Sharp was 2 for 3 with a triple and Emily Fisher drove in a run.
“I thought we kind of overwhelmed them early and just kind of took off from there,” Kokomo coach Mike Susong said. “We put up five runs in the top of the first and that kind of set the tone for the game. Kami was very sharp.”
Northwestern 9, Taylor 3
Northwestern pitchers Logan Macaluso, Ryan Cavazos and Austin Bowley combined on a six-hitter to key the Tigers’ road win.
Macaluso started and worked three strong innings, Cavazos worked the next three and Bowley closed with an inning of work.
Evan Matlock went 4 for 4 to lead the Tigers’ 11-hit attack. He scored three runs. Bowley hit a two-run homer.
“We started off hot, put up nine runs in the first two innings, and then we kind of got in a coasting mode mentally and had some poor at-bats late in the game. Luckily, on the mound we did a great job of throwing strikes, working ahead of hitters, and had only two walks and defensively we played well,” Northwestern coach Kyle Beachy said.
Northwestern improved to 4-1 in the Mid-Indiana Conference and 11-7 overall. Taylor dropped to 1-4 and 9-12.
Taylor coach Brent Owens pointed to relief pitcher Brandon Bassett as a bright spot for his team. Making his varsity debut, Bassett pitched 42/3 scoreless innings.
Owens also noted Logan Williams and Cole Braun had their first varsity hits. Williams finished 2 for 2 and Braun drove in a run. Tyler Gatlin also drove in a run.
Cl. Central 5, Sheridan 4
Coastal Carolina recruit Jeff Scott pitched a four-hitter to help the Bulldogs wrap up the Hoosier Heartland Conference title with the road win.
Scott allowed four runs (two earned), struck out 10 and walked two.
Jake Burton and Brandon Eimen sparked Central’s attack. Burton was 2 for 4 with a triple, an RBI and a run. Eimen was 1 for 2 with a double and two runs.
The Bulldogs are 15-5 overall and 8-1 in the HHC.