BobKats are at home for games this week
The Kokomo BobKats will host the Owensboro Thoroughbreds at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Gym to close the preseason. Tickets, priced at $5, will be available at the door.
From there, the BobKats will turn their attention their attention to the regular season. Kokomo hosts the Flint United at 7:05 p.m. Friday and hosts the Detroit Hustle at 3:05 p.m. Sunday. Both games are at Memorial Gym. Tickets, priced at $20 (lower bowl) and $10 (upper bowl), will be available at the door.
The BobKats are first-year members of The Basketball League.
• BobKats player Eugene German is coming off a big weekend that saw him power his B1GMACtion team to the 3x3U national title. German was named the tournament’s MVP.
IUK golf teams play in tournaments
The IUK men’s golf team put together rounds of 301 and 318 for a two-day total of 619, finishing in a tie for third place at the 16-team Deere Run Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Silvis, Illinois.
The Cougars held the lead by two strokes after the opening round, just ahead of eventual winner Faulkner University. Faulkner finished with a 607, Missouri Valley was second at 609, IUK and Northwestern College of Iowa were third at 619.
Sam Seagrave paced the Cougars with a 9-over 151 to tie for 10th. Harley Pugh shot 11-over 153 to tie for 13th. Jack Barnes shot 158 to finished tied for 35th, Nate Slack shot 162 to tie for 49th, and Alec Weddell shot 164 to tie for 56th. There were 90 golfers in the field.
• The IUK women’s golf team took fifth in Taylor University’s nine-team Purgatory Intercollegiate tournament Friday and Saturday at Purgatory G.C. in Noblesville.
IUK shot rounds of 337 and 350 for a two-day total of 687. Taylor U. won the invite by 18 strokes with a 628, followed by Wayland Baptist (646), Mount Vernon (663) and Olivet Nazarene (666).
Brandi Jones led the IUK squad with a 159, tied for sixth overall. Mackenzi Crosley shot 169 and tied for 15th. Sarah Williams shot 174 and tied for 27th. Mattie Tom shot 189 and tied for 42nd. And Brianna Smitley shot 196 and was 48th.
3 teams repeat as boys champs
Carmel, Silver Creek, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian and Barr-Reeve won titles Saturday at the IHSAA Boys Basketball State finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. For Carmel, Silver Creek and Blackhawk Christian, it was repeat titles after winning in 2019. The 2020 tourney was canceled after sectionals.
• Carmel edged Lawrence North 51-46 in overtime in a clash of Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference rivals to capture the Class 4A crown. The game was tied 38-all after regulation. Carmel got a 3-pointer from Connor Gioia to start the bonus session, then got 10 points from the free throw line. It was Carmel’s fourth Class 4A title since 2012.
Brian Waddell led Carmel (26-2) with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Waddell’s father, Matt, is a former Tipton and Purdue standout.
Indiana commit C.J. Gunn led LN (28-3) with 18 points.
• In the first nail-biter of the day, Silver Creek beat Leo 50-49 for the Class 3A championship. The Dragons (25-4) led by 10 points at 46-36 but Leo rallied to pull within a point at 48-47 with :40 left.
Kooper Jacobi led Silver Creek with a huge 18-point, 18-rebound performance.
• Blackhawk Christian surged to the finish of the Class 2A final with a 20-9 run to beat Parke Heritage 55-40. Blackhawk won its second straight title after taking the Class A crown in 2019.
Purdue-bound senior post Caleb Furst led Blackhawk (27-3) with 20 points.
Park Heritage, a third-year consolidation of Rockville and Turkey Run, finished 27-4.
• In the Class A game, top-ranked Barr-Reeve took control quickly and left no doubt in a 64-48 victory over Kouts that included two record-setting efforts.
Curt Hopf led Barr-Reeve (29-2) with 23 points and had a monster morning on the glass with 19 rebounds. That set a record for most boards in a Class A state final. Brycen Graber dished 13 assists, establishing not only a Class A record, but tying an all-time record regardless of class set by Bryce Drew in the 1994 semifinals.
Peru rips Covington in baseball twinbill
PERU — Peru’s baseball team opened its season Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of Covington.
In game one, the Bengal Tigers rocked the Trojans 25-2 in five innings. In game two, the Tigers smacked the Trojans 14-1 in five innings. Peru totaled 26 hits over the two games.
In the opener, Jacob Loftus highlighted Peru’s attack with two home runs, one of which was a grand slam. He drove in six runs. Andrew Beebout was 2 for 2 with three RBI and three runs, Kade Townsend was 2 for 3 with three RBI and three runs and Logan Gatliff drove in two runs.
Townsend was the winning pitcher. He allowed two runs and one hit, struck out 11 and walked three.
In the second game, Beebout led the way, going 4 for 4 with a triple and two runs. Gatliff and Matthew Roettger had 2-for-3 games, Ian Potts and Jackson Rogers drove in two runs apiece and Townsend scored three runs.
Beebout was the winning pitcher. He allowed one run and six hits, struck out eight and walked one.
Midway sweeps IUK baseball
MIDWAY, Ky. — Midway University beat IU Kokomo by scores of 3-2 and 10-9 in a River States Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday.
Masen Melton led IUK’s offense. He went 2 for 3 with a solo homer in the first game, and 4 for 4 with a three-run homer and two runs scored in the second game.