By TRIBUNE SPORTS STAFF
---- — All of the Comets’ scores made the American Legion G.C. clubhouse within a four-stroke margin, led by medalist Sarah Sharp’s 50, to help Eastern top Cass 206-240 in golf match Tuesday between the Mid-Indiana Conference rivals.
“She stayed really consistent from about the second hole on,” Eastern coach Mike Hamilton said of Sharp. “Her ball striking was in pretty good shape. She finished with 19 putts. She played bogey golf with just a few exceptions. She was probably playing close to breaking 50 is she could’ve closed it out a little stronger. Sarah is a hard worker.”
Savannah Palumbo and Maddie Williams both added 51s for Eastern, while Mallory Moreno added a 54.
“They seem to be settling in on 50,” Hamilton said. “They had a very good round at Tipton [earlier in the season], but they had the tees set up close to the green. We had a 181 there but haven’t been close to that since, but we’ve been consistently in that 202 to 206 range. So I will go back and work with them on a few drills and see if we can get down to 48 or 49. I’m sure we can find a few strokes here and there, and I’m sure the girls would agree on that.”
Meghan Hall led the Kings with a 58, followed by Jael Forker (60), Kassie Hardy (60) and Maddie Karmel (62).
Marion 176, Peru 185, Maconaquah 206
No. 12-ranked Marion won the three-team gathering with medalist Kayla Adamson’s 39 leading the way for the Giants.
Peru’s record moved to 7-2 following the split. Mallory Zorn and Mallory Struble each shot a 44 to lead the Bengals, Olivia Sharp followed with a 48 and Emma Long shot a 49.
Western 3, Ole Miss 2
Judson Quinn took a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles to seal the Panthers’ first win of the season.
Also for Western (1-1), Justin Groothuis and Vito Pulverenti were 6-3, 6-3 winners at No. 1 doubles and Luke Florek and Kaleb Howard were 6-1, 6-2 winners at No. 2 doubles.
“We have a very young varsity, so it was not just our first win of the season, it was the first varsity wins for the four doubles players. I was happy to see them win,” Western coach Andrew Miller said. “It was 2-2 and it came down to 1 singles. They were locked up 4-all in the second set and I was very proud of our only senior, Judson, for keeping it from going three sets. I thought he composed himself really well.”
Northwestern 3, Frankfort 2
No. 3 singles player Kyle Douglass dropped his first set 4-6, but battled back for wins in the next two sets (6-4, 6-0) to give Northwestern the victory. The Purple Tigers now stand at 2-0.
Clayton Douglass added a 7-6, 6-3 win at No. 2 doubles, while the No. 1 doubles tandem of Will DeVaul and Joel Austin picked up a 6-2, 6-3 victory for Northwestern.
“Kyle was the last guy on the court, so we were waiting him tied 2-2,” Northwestern coach Matt Woods said. “The whole team rallied around him. He told me earlier in the day that he was pretty tired, but he pulled out something extra there late in the match. This was important for our young guys. Both Douglass boys are freshmen, so for both of them to get big varsity wins is big for our program going forward. They tested us mentally [Tuesday] night, but I thought the way we pulled through was outstanding.”
Kokomo 4, Peru 2
The Wildkats overcame a 2-1 halftime deficit to beat the Bengal Tigers on the road and even their record at 2-2 on the season.
Jordan Eley scored two goals for Kokomo, one of which came on a penalty kick. Kegan James added a goal on an assist from Philip Heilman, and Heilman later found the net on an assist from Ben Huff.”
Kokomo goalie Caleb Cook finished with six saves.
“It was just an easy game for us,” Kokomo coach Kismet Morrison said. “We could’ve tied it in the first 20 minutes, but after our game against Western [Monday] we were taking things easy. It was a good win for us.”
Maconaquah 2, N. Miami 0
Maddie Guyer scored both goals for Maconaquah in its road victory. Jaleigha Stull and Haley Yeager recorded an assist each.
Rossville 7, Taylor 0
The Titans dropped their season opener at Rossville. Titan keeper Lydia Owens had 17 saves.
Tri-Central def. Frankton 25-17, 25-20, 25-22
Shelby Ramsey served 15 points including five aces and also recorded six kills, two blocks and 17 digs to lead the Trojans to a sweep of the Eagles.
Also for TC, libero Haley Farris had 21 digs, Tara Davis dished 15 assists and Amelia Moe, playing her first match following an injury, floored eight kills.
North Miami Invite
Rochester took top team honors in the seven-team meet. Taylor ran incomplete.
Maconaquah’s Quin Reinhardt won the race in 18:23.
Kaleil Rucker led Taylor in 34th place in 24:34. Nick Denman followed in 35th at 24:52, and Stephen Sholty added a 42nd-place showing in 26:42.
“For this being Rucker’s first-ever race as a senior, it was nice to see him leading the pack,” Taylor coach Matt Carlile said. “With the other guys being so close, I can see them pushing each other to good times for them this season.”
North Miami Invite
Rochester took top team honors, led by race winner Sarah Burch, who finished in 21:38.
Cami Hansen led an incomplete Taylor squad with a third-place showing in 22:06. Paige Welsh finished in 16th in 26:07, Ashley Nguyen finished in 27th in 31:32, and Kiley Williams added a 32nd-place finish in 33:58.
“It was nice to have two in the top 20,” Taylor skipper Carlile said. “Cami Hansen is going to definitely be one to watch. Paige Welsh, as well, is right behind Cami.”