By TRIBUNE SPORTS STAFF
---- — Kokomo’s boys tennis team evened its season record at 3-3 after a 4-1 victory over county-rival Northwestern on Tuesday afternoon at the KHS courts.
Craig Simon picked up a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 1 singles to get the Wildkats off on the right foot.
Bryce York added a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles for Kokomo, while Grant Patterson defeated Kyle Douglass 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 3 post to finish off a singles sweep for the Kats.
Blake Brookshire and Jake Farkas added a 6-1, 6-3 win for Kokomo at No. 2 doubles.
Northwestern’s No. 1 doubles team of Will DeVaul and Joel Austin outlasted Erik Bowen and Brad Dockemeyer 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (9-7) to prevent a shutout loss for the Purple Tigers.
“I was really pleased with the way we competed,” Kokomo coach Shawn Flanary said. “We came out strong at No. 1 singles, No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles and picked up decisive wins. We dropped our first sets in the other spots but still fought hard. Patterson was impressive. We took things away from the match that will help us in the future. Our No. 1 doubles match was very entertaining. There were lots of lead changes and match points on both sides. It was fun to watch.”
Western 4, Tipton 1
No. 1 singles player Judson Quinn improved to 4-0 on the season as the Panthers evened their record at 2-2 with the home win over the Blue Devils.
Quinn took a 6-0, 6-0 decision at No. 1. He has yet to drop a set this season.
Brody Worl battled back to take a three-set win, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, at No. 2 singles. The No. 1 doubles tandem of Justin Groothuis and Vito Pulverenti were 7-6 (7-0), 6-2 winners, while the Panthers’ No. 2 duo of Luke Florek and Kaleb Howard took a 6-4, 6-4 win.
“I thought we fought hard,” Western coach Andrew Miller said. “Brody has fought hard this year at No. 2 singles but hasn’t gotten a win until [Tuesday] night. I’m extremely thrilled for him, especially in winning a three-setter. Our doubles I thought really stepped up. [Tipton] has some experienced doubles teams, but we were able to get to the net, be aggressive and get the wins.
“Even in a loss, John Sullivan went three sets. He’s still searching for a win as a freshman, even though he fought hard in a loss. It’s nice when you play a sectional opponent and get a win. It adds confidence going into the latter part of the season.”
Taylor 4, Madison-Grant 1
The Titans swept singles play in the home victory, improving to 2-1 on the young season.
Jack Lipchik was a 6-3, 6-2 winner at No. 1 singles. Camden Kimbler posted a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 2 singles, and Casey Glick helped complete the sweep with a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 3.
Cole Schroeder and Conner Leicht also looked strong, taking a 7-5, 6-1 win at No. 1 doubles.
“Our singles guys did a good job. They played well,” Taylor coach Dave Wise said. “We were short a person. One of our normal No. 1 doubles players was out sick, and it was really nice to get a win at No. 1 doubles with Connor coming up and filling in.”
Alexandria 5, Eastern 0
Ryan Manfred dropped a three-set match at No. 2 singles for the Comets (1-1), 7-6, 3-6, 2-6.
“We were real close there in three matches — both doubles teams and at No. 2 singles, but it didn’t fall our way,” Eastern coach Nick Sale said. “We start conference play [tonight] against Maconaquah, so we can’t be too down about it. We have to get our concentration back and start conference play off on the right foot.”
Eastern 15, Madison-Grant 41
The Comets swept the top five spots for a perfect score of 15 against the visiting Argylls. Avery Ewing was first in 21:09 and was followed by Jessie Sprinkles (22:18), Kaylie Forgrave (23:02), Carly Jones (23:09) and Elyssa DeAngulo (24:05).
“Our main goal was just to get a good, solid effort in,” Eastern coach Brandon Mink said, noting the Comets have three meets this week. “We got done what we wanted to get done. It was a good, hard effort leading into the rest of the week.
“Avery ran really hard the second half of the race. I was proud of how she ran there.”
Madison-Grant 30, Eastern INC
Eastern senior Lewis Duke covered his home course in 17:10 to take first. The 2012 Mid-Indiana Conference and Logansport Sectional champion bolted from the starting line and ran by himself the entire race.
“He wasn’t content with just getting the win, he really challenged himself. I was proud of the way he took it upon himself to lay it all out there,” Eastern skipper Mink said.
Also for the Comets, Brenton Cherry was third in 20:52, Trevor Buchanan was fourth in 21:41 and Matt Kerner was seventh in 22:47.
“The boys gave a good effort. We’re very young [other than Duke]. At this juncture, we’re just trying to get some experience,” Mink said.
Eastern 5, Peru 0
Darren Bellow scored two goals and dished an assist to help the Comets win their Mid-Indiana Conference opener.
Also for the Comets (5-1 overall), Jordan VanMatre and Dalton Ryan each had a goal and an assist, Cole Walker had a goal and Dillon Ryan had two assists. Goalkeeper Delon Tuggle had three saves.
“Peru is always pretty tough and it was 1-0 at the half. I just put the challenge to [the Eastern players], ‘Three goals and don’t let them get one in,’ and they gave me four goals and didn’t let one in. They met the challenge,” Eastern coach John VanMatre said.
“Our defense has been playing really well as of late,” he said. “It’s anchored by Josh Sommers, who is one of my seniors. We’ve gone a total of seven halves now without giving up a goal.”
Northwestern 7, Taylor 1
The Purple Tigers (4-1) picked up a victory on the road in their conference opener, taking a 3-1 lead at the half before scoring four unanswered goals in the second half.
Blaine Brutus, Robert Olsen and Jacob Wagner each scored two goals in the win, while Evan Ladow added a goal. Brutus also dished out a pair of assists, with Jesse Murdock, Garrett Hite, Cole Clark and Cameron Cothern each adding an assist.
Goalie Grant Condon finished with three saves in the win.
“I think we’re playing really well right now,” Northwestern coach Jim Wagner said. “We’re generating a lot of offense. We’re way ahead of where we were last year as far as goals per game. We’re looking to continue that. Our defense is improving every game, so I think we’re in a pretty good spot right now.”
Hamilton Heights 9, Maconaquah 1
Chase Wilson scored the Braves’ lone goal in the Mid-Indiana Conference loss.
Kokomo 2, Lafayette Jeff 1
Kokomo (3-2) trailed 1-0 at the half, but scored two goals in the final 10 minutes of regulation to pick up the road win.
Jania Eddington scored off of a corner kick on an assist from Taylor Coram, and Coram put the Kats ahead with six minutes to play on an assist from Cheyenne Eltringham.
Goalie Catherine Skaggs posted four saves in the win.
“We weren’t really feeling too threatened by Jeff. They play well and to the ball,” Kokomo coach Kevin Duggins said. “Their goal came from a very nicely placed free kick to a spot we couldn’t get to. They didn’t beat us down to our goal with pressure like we were. We got too anxious and excited with possessions and weren’t capitalizing on our opportunities until the final minutes. You could see the mindset change, knowing we were down. Our goals came from possessions and manipulating the ball instead of just kicking it around. I’m really pleased with the way we focused on our attack.”
Eastern 4, Northwestern 0
Eastern packaged a pair of goals in each half with rock-solid defense throughout to beat Northwestern 4-0 in Mid-Indiana Conference play on the Purple Tigers’ turf.
Savannah Rees had two goals and an assist and Elena White and Sam Ward each had a goal and an assist. Also for the Comets (5-1, 1-1 MIC), Chloe Unrein had an assist and ‘keeper Brooke Stout posted 10 saves in recording the shutout.
“The senior leadership on this team has been incredible. All the seniors have contributed,” Eastern coach Chris Rees said. “My defense is entirely seniors, including Brooke Stout and all four starters. Our defense was outstanding [Tuesday]. Becca Mundell and Mikaela Malott both had strong games. And then offense, our main goal-scorers all year have been [seniors] Elena White and Savannah Rees along with [freshman] Sam Ward.”
Hamilton Heights 5, Taylor 0
Taylor went on the road and showed good fight against perennial Mid-Indiana Conference power Hamilton Heights, trailing the Huskies just 1-0 at halftime. Heights pulled away in the second half for the 5-0 win.
“We were playing them pretty well,” Taylor coach John Piotrowicz said. “I think [the Huskies] came out a little sluggish, but our girls were doing really well. I think the bottom line was they just wore us down and spread our defense out a little bit in the second half. We’re still playing with about 13 girls [total], two subs. I think they were able to get the best of us with that. But I’m pleased with the way our girls are coming together.
“I think our defense, back line especially, is coming together really well. Hopefully that will pay dividends in the future.”
Taylor ‘keeper Lydia Owens had 23 saves.
Tipton 3, Western 2
The Blue Devils stole a road win, dropping Western to 2-3 on the season.
Tipton held a 2-1 halftime lead and was able to fend the Panthers off in the second half.
“Coming off a three-day weekend, it felt like we were still on vacation a little bit and not prepared to play,” Western coach Nicole Jackson said. “We just weren’t there mentally. I think we tried our best, but as a team we weren’t there.”
Tifanee Achor scored both of Western’s goals, one in each half. Her first goal was assisted by Emma Harbaugh, and the second by Jenna Seaman.
Goalie Cybill Johnson had 16 saves for the Panthers.
“Cybill played an outstanding game,” Jackson said. “She made saves she’s been working on in practice, getting up into the corner. She’s a shorter goalie, so higher balls are harder for her to reach. But, she’s worked so hard in practice, and you’re starting to see everything she does in practice is starting to click. She’s saving shots that were her weaknesses. She had a lot of great saves [Tuesday] night.”
Clinton Central def. NW 25-19, 25-23, 25-18
Hannah Ballard floored seven kills to lead Northwestern. Kelsey Richards served eight points and Kristin Ireland and Emily Harshman served six points apiece.
“Emily Harshman and Kelsey Richards played great defense,” NW coach Trina Yager said.
Mac def. N. Miami 25-17, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22
The Braves shook off a second-set loss to down the Warriors in Denver and up their season record to 6-1.
Michaela Walters finished with 18 points and 17 kills to lead Maconaquah. Allie Exmeyer added 16 kills and four blocks. Madison Turner added eight points and four kills. Jalyn Windsor finished with three kills and four blocks. And Lynnsie Arion dished out 35 assists in the victory.
“I think the momentum changer came after the second set,” Maconaquah coach Jessica Metcalf said. “The last few points of the third set were the most intense points we’ve played. They went all out. We let them back in it and are continuing to make some of the same mistakes, but thankfully in the end we were able to finish them off. Between the JV and varsity, we only committed two service errors, so it was an impressive serving night for our kids.”
Elwood def. Kokomo 25-16, 25-23, 25-19
The Wildkats fell to 2-6 on the season after the road loss.
Kirsen Frey led the front row with seven kills and five blocks. Brooke Smith added six kills and served up four aces. Tori Lauderbaugh added four kills, two blocks and six digs. Amanda Tran led the back row with 15 digs, and Allison Bowlin rounded out Kokomo’s leaders with nine assists.
“We were flat from the first serve all the way through,” Kokomo coach Jason Watson said. “We were not picking up tips and easy balls. Just the basic keeping the ball in play was a real problem for us [Tuesday]. We have a week to get our ship straight, when we play at home against Northwestern next Tuesday.”
Oak Hill def. Taylor 25-18, 25-12, 25-14
Visiting Oak Hill swept Taylor, dropping the Titans to 1-8.
“Rachel Hafley played a good floor game with her setting and decision making,” Taylor coach Denise Leicht said.
Katelyn Duncan and Kim Seal had three kills apiece for Taylor.
Rochester 188, Mac 227, Tipp. Valley 241
Brandi Jones shot a 52 to lead Maconaquah in the three-team match at Round Barn G.C. Courtney Turcheck (56), Katelyn Turcheck (58) and Hayley Williamson (61) rounded out the Braves’ top four scores.
“We had a difficult time with the water holes at Round Barn, and did not play our best fresh off the holiday weekend,” Mac coach Chris Percival said.