Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 5, 2013

Local sports briefs: March 5, 2013

Regional tickets go on sale today at KHS

Kokomo High School’s athletic department will have Class 4A Marion Regional basketball tickets on sale 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and continuing through Friday. The all-session tickets, good for all three games, are $10.

The regional is Saturday. The following is the schedule.

10 a.m. — F.W. Northrop (19-7) vs. New Haven (17-5)

Noon — Kokomo (22-2) vs. Carmel (21-2)

8 p.m. — Championship


3 baseball players finalize college plans

Three Howard County baseball players, including two members of Western’s 2012 Class 3A state championship team, finalized their college decisions last week ahead of their senior seasons.

Western standout Marcus Pingleton signed with Heartland Community College in Normal, Ill. Teammate Nathan Kirk inked with Indiana Tech. And, Kokomo’s Jacob McMain signed with Franklin.

Pingleton earned Class 3A first-team all-state honors last year. He manned center field, batted leadoff and played in all 34 games for the 25-9 Panthers.

The Panther sparkplug finished as the Howard County leader in home runs (10), runs scored (42) and stolen bases (14) and the co-leader in triples (four). In addition, he had a team-high .375 batting average, 22 RBI and a .450 on-base percentage.

Pingleton smacked a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning in the Panthers’ regional final victory over Griffith.

Kirk played in 17 games for the Panthers and finished with a .267 batting average. In addition, he had a 2-0 record and 1.61 ERA in five pitching appearances totaling 8 2/3 innings.

McMain had a nice junior season for the Wildkats.

He finished with a .429 batting average, which topped his squad and ranked second in the county. He drove in 15 runs and had a .455 on-base percentage.

On the mound, McMain had a 1-4 record, two saves and a 4.26 ERA in 12 appearances totaling 23 innings.


Area officials receive regional assignments

Five Kokomo-area boys basketball officials will work regional tournaments Saturday following the IHSAA’s selection process.

In Class 4A, Chad Myers (Camden) is part of the crew for the Michigan City Regional.

In Class 3A, Jeffrey Heard (Tipton) will work at Blackford.

In Class 2A, Tim Knowland (Galveston) will go to North Judson.

And in Class A, Gary Chambers (Flora) and Dean Martin (Tipton) are both part of the crew for the Triton Regional.


Western softball sets Hit for Hunger event

RUSSIAVILLE — Western’s softball team in conjunction with the Russiaville Girls Softball League will conduct a Hit for Hunger session from 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, in Western’s south gym.

Any RGSL player may come and take batting practice with the Panthers for a canned good donation. Western’s softball team also will take canned good donations from the public between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. during its Hit-a-Thon fundraiser.

All canned goods collected will be donated to a local food pantry.

Youth league players also may bring a camera to have pictures taken with the Panthers or a ball to be signed.

Questions should be directed to Western coach Jim Clouse at



Cass boys basketball schedules banquet

WALTON — Lewis Cass’ boys basketball program will hold its postseason banquet for freshman, JV and varsity players and cheerleaders at 6 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria. Those attending are asked to bring a dessert.


NYO monthly meeting set for Monday

The Northwestern Youth Organization will have its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the high school library.