By TRIBUNE SPORTS STAFF
---- — Alexis Hungate shot a six-over-par 40, taking medalist honors to help Northwestern’s girls golf team top Twin Lakes and Logansport Thursday at Dykeman Park G.C.
The Purple Tigers carded a 177 to take the win and improve to 8-0 in dual matches this season, while Twin Lakes followed with a 186. Logansport carded a 190.
Ashton Martin added a 42 in the win for Northwestern. Olivia McClure’s 47 and Carly Shaw’s 48 rounded out the scorecard for the Tigers.
“Dykeman always plays tough with fast greens, but were able to put together consistent rounds,” Northwestern coach Randy Lindgren said. “Alexis Hungate had an excellent round.”
WESTERN 181, TIPTON 210
Western’s Natalie Newlin was the medalist with a three-over 39 on the front side of Chippendale’s Championship Course. Minka Gill added a 42, Shelby Schave shot 46 and Sophi Frazier shot 54.
“Played pretty well; Natalie, that’s a good score for Natalie, just three over par and she bogeyed the last two holes coming in,” Western coach Steve Hoppes said. “She’s playing really well. Shelby Schave’s been struggling, and she came in and played a good round.”
Lela Crawford shot 40 to lead Tipton, Josie Wood shot 51, Emily Mahaney shot 54, and Cassie Vansandt shot 65.
MARION 187, TAYLOR 224
Daysi Jarvis led the Titans with a 51, followed by Ashley Fritsch (53) and Taylor Mosier and Brie Boehler (both 60) on the Meshingomesia course.
“The greens were very slick and it was probably one of the hilliest courses the girls will see this season, and the heat didn’t help either,” Taylor coach Justin Palmer said. “I thought the girls did a nice job maneuvering around the course and I think it prepared them for any course they will face the rest of the year.”
CASS 3, WESTERN 2
The Kings edged the Panthers in Western’s conference opener.
The Kings (4-2, 1-0 MIC) picked up solid wins with No. 2 singles player Brady Truman winning 6-2, 6-1, and the No. 3 singles player Brad Berlet took his match 6-0, 6-4. Cass’ No. 1 doubles team of Nolan Lowe and Manny Prado also won in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
“Truman bounced back from a rough night Wednesday,” Cass coach Brian Thomas said. “He played solid tennis. Berlet is now 2-0 at the No. 3 singles with another solid performance. Lowe moving down to team up with Prado at No. 1 doubles picked up their second win in as many nights. Going into the season, the guys were worried that we only had nine boys on the team, which is a drop from 20 from last year. They were wondering if the could match the record from last year, and I think we can. We have smaller numbers, but we have boys that can strike the ball.”
No. 1 singles player Judson Quinn scored a 6-0, 6-0 win for Western (1-2). The No. 2 doubles tandem of Luke Florek and Kaleb Howard added a 6-0, 6-0 victory for the Panthers.
“The difference I thought was overall consistency,” Western coach Andrew Miller said. “They got off to a quick start and we dug ourselves early holes in the first set. We fought back, but gave ourselves too big of a hole, and they were more consistent in those spots.”
PERU 4, TAYLOR 1
Taylor fell to 1-1 on the year in its MIC opener at Taylor
Jack Lipchik was a 6-1, 6-3 winner at No. 1 singles for the Titans.
“Jack played really well,” Taylor coach Dave Wise said. “He’s really hitting the ball well, and played a good match. We lost a three-set match at No. 3 singles, and had a couple 6-4, 6-3 losses in sets. They were just a little better than we were [Thursday] night.”
EASTERN 11, PERU 0
The Comets (4-0 overall) opened MIC play with a thrashing of the Bengal Tigers, led by four goals from Savannah Rees.
Elena White and Sam Ward both added two goals to the victory cause. Marissa Evenson and Mikaela Malott both added a goal and two assists, while Rebecca Mundell added a goal and an assist.
“We started out extremely slow; I don’t know if it was the heat or what,” Eastern coach Chris Rees said. “We played at their level in the first half and were only up 3-0 at halftime. I wasn’t pleased with our first half performance. The second half was much better. We scored eight goals and played more of the way we’re capable of.”
MACONAQUAH 2, TAYLOR 1, 2 OT
Line Hanson scored both goals in the victory for the Braves, scoring on assists from Kate White and Jaleigha Stull. Erin Orttel had 20 saves in goal for Maconaquah.
Savannah Delgado scored Taylor’s goal on an assist from Lauren Shively. Lydia Owens had eight saves in goal for the Titans.
Maconaquah scored 20 minutes into the first period and took a 1-0 lead into intermission. Taylor tied it in the second half, before the Braves scored the winning goal with two minutes left in the second overtime period.
“We did a good job of staying in our lines and keeping shape,” Taylor coach John Piotrowicz said. “We controlled the ball the majority of the time but struggled putting the ball in the goal. We had 16 shots on goal compared to their five. I’m proud of the kids’ effort for the way they worked hard and hustled. We improved 100 percent from our last match against Rossville on Tuesday. As a coach, that was great to see.”
NORTHWESTERN 5, KOKOMO 1
Robert Olsen had a hat trick and an assist and Jacob Wagner netted two goals and an assist as the Purple Tigers won at home to improve to 3-1 on the season. Grant Condon had five saves.
“I thought we did a really good job possessing the ball,” Jim Wagner said. “We worked the ball around a lot on the offensive end. The defense pulled up well, keeping the ball on the attack, cutting off [Kokomo’s] outlet passes. I was very impressed with the entire team effort on controlling the ball.”
Arland McIlrath scored Kokomo’s goal off a Philip Heilman assist.
“Despite the score I’m very pleased with the way we played,” Kokomo coach Kismet Morrison said. The Kats fell to 2-3
“Defense was outstanding,” Morrison said. “We’ve got a bunch of new guys who’ve just come in and they’re way ahead of the curve at this point of the season. I’m looking forward to when we get to the second half of the season. These guys are maturing so fast and so rapidly I cannot wait to see how they develop in the next year or two.”
EASTERN 6, EASTBROOK 0
After suffering a one-goal loss to Oak Hill on Monday, Eastern bounced back, scoring the shutout against Eastbrook.
Jordan VanMatre scored three goals, and Cole Walker added a goal and an assist. Darren Bellow and Dillon Ryan each contributed with a goal, and Ben Cole and Lucas VanMatre each assisted. Comets’ goalie Delon Tuggle had five saves.
“We had a tough loss against Oak Hill on Monday, and the last two days we have been working on efficiency on getting shots on goal,” Eastern coach John VanMatre said. “Eastbrook is a really good team. We played really sharp in the first half with the score 6-0. Our goal in the second half was not to let them score. It was nice to get the shutout.”
In that 4-3 loss to Oak Hill, Eastern (3-1) had three goals on 39 shots on goal. The Comets also now held their opponents to one goal in the last 150 minutes over those two games.
WESTERN 2, TIPTON 0
Western (3-0) was strong on both offense and defense in shutting out Tipton.
“We played a good game,” Western coach Mike Roe said. “We knew going in that we were stronger than Tipton, and we wanted to maintain possession through shot opportunities. [Both] goals were scored in the first half. Tipton’s keeper did a really nice job. Our whole team played well, and it was a good defensive effort.”
Jordan Roe scored both goals for the Panthers. Chris Root assisted on both goals and Panther netminder Edgar Sanchez didn’t have to make a save in the first half, but in the second half Bryce Campbell had three saves.
CARROLL 8, TRI-CENTRAL 5
The Cougars won a high-scoring game against a Hoosier Heartland Conference rival in Flora. Justin Willoughby scored four goals for the victors, Elliot Packard had a hat trick and Collin Hudson scored once. Derik Caldwell had two assists and Willoughby, Packard, Alex Hickner and Haley Hamilton each had one assist.
TC goalie Ben Puckett had eight saves while Carroll’s Seth Eldridge had two and Truman Plank one.
WINAMAC 2, MACONAQUAH 1
Senior Chase Wilson scored the Braves’ lone goal.
OAK HILL 2, TAYLOR 0
The Titans fell to 0-4 on the season, and were limited to nine shots. Hunter Stevens had 15 saves in goal for Taylor.
“I’m actually pretty happy,” Taylor coach Mike Shane said. “This was a 5-0 game last year [in favor of Oak Hill]. We have nothing by freshmen and sophomores starting for us. To only go down 2-0 against a tough team – I can’t complain much. We’re getting better game by game, and the kids are learning quick and coming around.”
EASTBROOK DEF. TAYLOR 25-18, 25-15, 25-15
Katelyn Duncan led the Titans with 11 service points as the Titans got off to a good start before the Panthers were able to turn the first set their way.
Wednesday, Taylor fell to Madison-Grant 25-5, 25-8, 25-17. Katelyn Duncan led the Titans with seven service points and a pair of kills. Kim Seal added six points.
CLINTON C. DEF. WESTERN 25-14, 25-23, 25-8
Sydney Unger led the Bulldogs to victory with 14 kills. Keily Campbell added 22 assists while Gracie Stewart had 16. Bailey Barrentine had 11 digs.