Northwestern's girls track team nearly doubled its nearest competition and racked up 12 event victories in winning the Howard County meet at Western Wednesday night in the return of the county meet.
On the boys side, Eastern won a tight meet to take the title. The county meet was contested again for the first time since 2015.
Northwestern posted a score of 113 in victory, Western was second at 57, Eastern third at 38 and Taylor fourth at 36.
Makala Pfefferkorn led the Purple Tigers to victory as a quadruple winner. She won the 100 hurdles, the 300 hurdles, the long jump and ran a leg on the winning 4x400 relay with Rachel Mast, JoHannah Hetzner and Sasha Jocius. Winning times and distances were not yet available Wednesday evening.
Hetzner was a triple winner. She won the 200, and teamed with Mast, Joan Easter and Carmela Kurtz to win the 4x100. Easter also won the 100. Additionally, Casey Lechner (1,600), Lauren Longshore (3,200), Catie Smith (pole vault), Jaimy Lalonde (shot put) and Kaylee Riese (discus) each took wins for the Tigers.
"The girls are coming in in two spots, that's what's helping the team more than anything this year," NW coach Mary Clem said of getting points from multiple Tigers in several events.
"We've scored 100 points in every meet so far this year. They're staying right there and they're hitting personal records every time. They're pushing for it. They've got big goals coming up with sectionals Tuesday. They've got to bring it that day. They all want it, they're all hungry for it."
Eastern won five events and scored 95 points to come out on top. Northwestern was second with 77, Western third at 59 and Taylor fourth with 11. All the official times and distances were not yet available Wednesday.
Dakota Spencer won the 110 hurdles and the 300 for the Comets. Dontae Nolder won high jump, and Asher Walden won discus. Eastern won two relays. The team of Jared Smith, Drew Monize, Gavin Vandeventer and Jack Johnson won the 4x800, and Smith, Johnson, Greg Black and Evan Monize won the 4x400.
"It was a pleasure to be a part of bringing the Howard County meet back and winning it," Eastern coach Kyle Hannah said. "I thought Dakota ran really well and smart. He was able to bounce back in the high hurdles from a week ago and was back on top. Dontae Nolder was also able to win the high jump again and our 4x800 ran a smart race by taking a good lead and maintaining to become county champs.
"Our 4x400 were able to run a strong race. It was also nice to see our disc crew come through again. Asher Walden took first and Nate Lam was able to take second with A.J. Wiles taking fourth."
Eastern's depth made a difference.
"Overall I was pleased with so many guys being able to score in every event and again, it is nice to see us get those second- and third-place points which adds depth."
Northwestern's Tayson Parker was a quadruple winner, taking the 100, 200, long jump and running the anchor leg on the winning 4x100 relay team with Eli Collins, Ethan Kinney and Austin O'Neal. Wednesday's times were being reviewed, but if the times hold, Parker's 200 time of :22.0 and the NW relay time of :44.0 would be school records.
Also for the Tigers, Gus Boruff won the 400 and Evan Gaylor won shot put.
"An outstanding team day again for us," NW coach Dave Stevens said. "I forecasted 74 and we scored 77 so the boys came through. Tayson went out and did his job and he won his events. We got second place in the pole vault. We got three guys to score in the high jump. Everybody went out and did their job.
"I knew we were going to have trouble catching [Eastern] with their depth."
Taylor took fourth with 11 points. The Titans' best finish was Clay Murray's second-place effort in the long jump. He was also third in the 100.
Maconaquah scored 101.5 points to take second at the Three Rivers Conference track meet Tuesday at Indiana Wesleyan. Manchester won the 10-team event with a score of 134.7.
The Braves won three events. The 4x400 relay team of Bailey Hays, Ashley Jess, Janet Johnson and Jolee Holland won in 4:22. Sarah Montgomery won pole vault, clearing 9 feet, 6 inches. And Emily Bowyer won high jump, clearing 4-11.
"The girls have improved so much, the coaches are so proud of them," Mac coach Brent Wagoner said.
Peru finished 10th with a score of 11. Carlee Marburger had Peru's best result, taking fifth in the long jump.
Peru's squad finished third in the Three Rivers Conference meet Tuesday at Indiana Wesleyan.
Torion'Ja Forrest was a double winner for the Bengals. He took first in the 300 hurdles, and teamed with Dakota Scarlet, Ryan Smith and Greysen Spohn to win the 4x100 relay. Forrest was also second in the 100.
Spohn was second in the 110 hurdles, D.J. Fuller was third in long jump, Jack Buckley was third in discus, Adam Garner was third in the 800 and fourth in the 1,600. Spohn was fourth in high jump.
"I am truly proud of how these young men competed and pushed all the other teams last night," Peru coach Adam Zwiebel said.
KOKOMO 2, CATHEDRAL 1
The visiting Kats scored a run in the first and a run in the seventh to beat Class 4A No. 9 Indianapolis Cathedral 2-1. Lauryn Hicks pitched the Kats to victory, throwing all seven innings with four hits, one walk and one earned run against nine strikeouts. The Irish didn't touch her for a run until a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh.
At the plate, Taylor Simmons was 2 for 4 with a triple for the Kats, Jannessa Reece was 2 for 4, and Sarah Stonebraker doubled. The Kats (12-5) have won eight straight.
"It's always good to get a quality win against a quality opponent," Kokomo coach Mike Susong said. "They're ranked No. 9 in the state for a reason. I think they went to semistate last year in the south. They're a very good team. For us to be able to come out of here with a win is very important. It keeps our momentum going heading into the conference tournament [Saturday].
"[I'm] encouraged that we were able to get a win, but we didn't execute like we should have. We left 12 runners on base. Against quality teams like that, we've got to take advantage of those opportunities in the future."
MAC 7, MANCHESTER 6
Maconaquah scored five runs in the top of the fifth to break a 2-all tie. From there, the Braves held off the Squires' comeback bid to improve to 11-5 overall and 5-2 in the Three Rivers Conference.
Josie Pyke finished 2 for 3 with a two-run homer to lead the Braves. Kaelynn Meyer was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run and Carra Wolf and Lilly Maple added an RBI apiece.
Wolf pitched a complete game. She allowed eight hits and five earned runs with seven strikeouts and three walks.
NW 5, WESTERN 0
Northwestern moved closer to another unbeaten regular season with the victory over visiting Western.
In the singles points, Madison Layden dropped just one game at No. 1, Allison Miller was a 6-1, 6-4 winner at No. 2 and Klair Merrell was a 6-1, 6-1 winner at No. 3. In the doubles points, Kendall Bostic and Jessie Jones took a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 1 and Katie Neher and Olivia Hodson took a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 2.
"The wind was definitely a factor in the match, but the girls adjusted well," Northwestern coach Kathie Layden said. "Western is a really solid team from top to bottom so this was a good win. One doubles was able to get us a pretty quick first point and played well.
"With Western being a sectional opponent we know there’s a pretty good chance we could see them again next week."
Northwestern (8-0) visits Frankfort on Friday and hosts Southwood on Saturday to close the regular season. The Tigers are chasing their fourth straight unbeaten finish.
EASTERN 5, LOGAN 0
The Comets won all five matches in straight sets to improve to 14-1.
Casey Clark won the No. 1 singles match 6-0, 6-0. Callie Sargent won the No. 2 match 6-0, 6-1. Ella Flanary won the No. 3 match 6-1, 6-2. The team of Morgan White and Kaylee Weeks won the No. 1 match 6-1, 6-2. And Kristina Standish and Addison Ream won the No. 2 doubles point 6-1, 6-3.
"I think we played a really good match," Eastern coach Pat Rice said. "I think we raised our level. Even when some of the games were close, we were able to close those games out.
"Casey absolutely played like a No. 1 singles player, had a great match for her."
M-G 4, KOKOMO 1
No. 1 singles player Abigail Bowen picked up Kokomo's point, winning 6-3, 6-2.
"This is the third match of the week for the ladies," Kokomo coach Sarah Hemmerich said. The Kats have no rest days this week. "We are home with Marion [today], away at Logansport Friday and play in a tournament on Saturday at Culver Academies. There is a lot of tennis still to be played."
Friday's match at Logan is the North Central Conference's seventh-place match. It begins at 5 p.m.
KOKOMO 169, NW 209
Kokomo's Brandon Hansen shot a 2-over 37 to take medalist honors at the Kokomo C.C. and lead the Kats to victory. Ty Lauderbaugh and Jon Callane each shot 42s and Caiden Kirby shot 48.
"We kind of played it unique. Northwestern had seven guys, so instead of playing six for four [counting the best four scores], we played seven for four and oddly enough my six and my seven scores both counted," Kokomo coach Jay Davis said.
"I believe Brandon has been medalist in every one of our matches at the Country Club. He continues to play well. That was a personal best for Jon Callane, the 42, and then Caiden Kirby really stepped up with his [season-best] 48. I'm happy with the 169, that's a good score for us."
For Northwestern, Bodey Henry shot 47, and Zach Foreman, Corey Smith and Ethan Standt each carded a 54.
CASS 177, EASTERN 208
Medalist Mason Hahn shot a plus-2 38 at Rock Hollow to lead the Kings to victory. Conrad Emmons added a 44, Andy Conwell a 46 and Ben Carpenter a 49.
"I've challenged [Hahn] mentally a lot this year to control his game and control his attitude on the golf course," Cass coach Nick Quick said. "He came back really well after a bad start. He holed out for eagle from 165 yards out on six and finished with a chip-in birdie and kept himself together really well."
Mason France led Eastern with a 46, Cody Shrader shot 49, Austin Day 56 and Isaac Maurer 57.
OLE MISS 183, TAYLOR 246
Chase Beck led Taylor with a 55 in the match at Marion Elks C.C. The teams played the par-36 back nine.
Owen Shimer (57), Cam Smallwood (67) and Tyler Rayls (67) rounded out Taylor's scoring.
"I saw several areas of improvement from our previous match," coach Justin Palmer said. "The course, just as many around the area have been, is battling wet conditions so the course played extremely tough and long this evening. I felt the guys did their absolute best and I feel that we are moving in the right direction."
Palmer noted No. 5 player Brody Ireland dropped four strokes from his previous two matches.
KOKOMO 8, MARION 2
The Wildkats scored six runs over the first two innings to take control of the road game.
Jaden Armfield finished 2 for 4 with a home run and a double to lead the Kats. Justin Hurlock was 2 for 3 and Cory Wells was 1 for 1 with an RBI and two runs. Payton McClain also scored two runs.
Kokomo used four different pitchers. Michael Ewing started and pitched one inning and Gavin Wallace, Julian Williams and Easton Dupay followed with two innings apiece. Williams earned the win.
MAC 8, MANCHESTER 5
Cody Koebler went 5 for 5 to lead Maconaquah's 13-hit attack in the Three Rivers Conference win.
Also for the Braves (3-3 TRC), Caleb Winegardner had a double and single and Zac Snyder had two singles.
Dalton Farnell pitched six solid innings for the win. He held the Squires to two runs on two hits.
PERU 7, T. VALLEY 5
Peru beat visiting Tippecanoe Valley for its third win of the week, all against Three Rivers Conference opponents.
Chance Ogle tossed a complete game for the Bengal Tigers. He allowed five hits and one earned run, struck out four and walked two.
Payton Honn had three of the Tigers' nine hits. Ogle helped his own cause when he dropped a squeeze bunt to score Honn.
"I was extremely proud of Chance Ogle and our kids [Wednesday]," coach Chuck Brimbury said. "We played a hard-nosed brand of Tiger baseball. Our program expects and demands it."
Peru (3-3 TRC) is scheduled to play today against another TRC opponent, North Miami.
EASTERN 7, SHERIDAN 6
Eastern scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 7-5 lead and went on to beat Sheridan 7-6 in a Hoosier Heartland Conference Tuesday night at CFD Investments Stadium in Highland Park.
Luke Monize drove in five runs to lead the Comets. He finished 2 for 2 and was also hit by a pitch. Cameron Arcari was 2 for 2 with a double and three runs scored and Ethan Jones was 1 for 1 with three walks. Jones drove in a run and scored a run.