Northwestern won its second consecutive volleyball sectional title and seventh overall. (Photo provided)

KOKOMO, Ind. – For the second consecutive year, the Northwestern Lady Tigers hoisted a sectional championship trophy in volleyball – a first for the program. In a thrilling four-set match at the IHSAA Class 3A Western Volleyball Sectional, the Tigers defeated Maconaquah 3-1 (25-13, 27-25, 24-26, 25-21). Maconaquah finished the season 24-13. The win was the seventh sectional volleyball title for Northwestern (1990, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2017).

Earlier in the day, Northwestern defeated cross-county rival Western in three sets (25-17, 25-14, 25-16) to end the Lady Panthers season with a 25-5 record. Northwestern advanced to the semifinals after a 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-12) victory over Frankfort.

The sectional title for Northwestern (27-6) sends the Tigers to the Kankakee Valley Regional to battle Griffith (14-10) at 10 a.m. this Saturday morning. The second semifinal features New Prairie (24-11) and Wheeler (18-11) at noon with the winners meeting the championship match at 7:30 p.m.

Class 4A Harrison Sectional: Kokomo defeated Logansport 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-18) in the quarterfinals before falling to Harrison 3-1 (25-19, 16-25, 16-25, 23-25) in the semifinals. The Lady Wildkats finished the season 18-14. Zionsville defeated Harrison 3-0 (25-12, 25-8, 25-22) in the finals.

Class 2A Taylor Sectional: Both Eastern and Taylor lost its opening matches in sectional competition. The Lady Comets fell to Tipton 3-0 (8-25, 16-25, 18-25) in the quarterfinals to finish the season 16-17. Taylor drew a bye and lost to Oak Hill 3-0 (12-25, 17-25, 9-25) in the semifinals to finish 3-25.

Tipton earned a sectional championship with a four-set win over Oak Hill (24-26, 25-16, 28-26, 25-19). The Lady Blue Devils (24-12) advance to the Taylor Regional to battle Clinton Prairie (21-15) at 10 a.m. this Saturday. The second semifinal is set for noon between Wabash (31-3) and Frankton (23-8), with the winners meeting in the 7:30 p.m. championship match.

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Northwestern won the Howard County Pigskin Football League fourth-grade championship. (Photo provided)


KOKOMO, Ind. – On a chilly, rainy night at Northwestern High School, a young Tigers squad laid claim to the Howard County Pigskin Football League 4th grade championship in a thrilling 18-16 win over Eastern.

Eastern (4-2) held the lead for most of the contest. Bentley Hullinger gave the Comets an 8-0 first quarter lead after a 15-yard touchdown run followed by Abe Edwards running in the two-point conversion. The Comets led 16-6 when quarterback Gibson Eagle found Hullinger wide open on a 46-yard scoring pass; again, Edwards added the two-point conversion.

But Eastern’s defense was no match for Northwestern star running back A.J. Jackson. Late in the second stanza, he broke free on a 41-yard touchdown run for the Tigers first score. Down in the fourth, Jackson again cleared the line of scrimmage and raced 70 yards to trim the lead to 16-12 with 6:46 remaining.

The Tigers, coached by Jason Braden, regained possession, but found itself facing a fourth-and-39 with 2:50 left in the contest. But running back Nolan Tarrh was determined to keep Northwestern in the game as he broke three tackles and gained 45 yards for an improbable first down at the Comets 11 yard line. Two plays later, Jackson scored from 12-yards out for his third touchdown of the evening. The Tigers defense then held Eastern to secure the win and a perfect 7-0 season.

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American Michael Goulian won the Indianapolis leg of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. (SJ photo/Douglas Hockney)

INDIANAPOLIS – More than 40,000 spectators witnessed racing history as pilot Michael Goulian became the first American to win the Indianapolis stop of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, currently in its third year at the iconic Motor Speedway. Intense racing action was paired with a beautiful summer-like day, as pilots raced the most technical course of the season, reaching speeds of 230mph while enduring forces of up to 10G as they navigated a low-level slalom track marked by 80-foot-high, air-filled pylons.

Master Class pilot Michael Goulian was fighting back tears after a hard-fought victory, especially when he barely made it out of Sunday’s opening round as the fastest loser. Meanwhile, his two remaining rivals for the World Championship, Czech pilot Martin Šonka and Australia’s Matt Hall, stumbled, as American Kirby Chambliss outflew Šonka in the Round of 14, and Hall hit a pylon in the Round of 8. In the Final 4, Goulian was rock solid, delivering a time of 1:06.208 and solidifying the victory.

“It’s a big day. Right now, the season doesn’t even mean anything, because to win at Indy is amazing,” said Goulian, his emotion evident as he realized that he would be able to kiss the famous Indy bricks like the Indianapolis 500 heroes of his childhood. “Sometimes the day just works out for you, and today it did. It feels great to win here.”

Goulian’s Indianapolis result propelled him back to the top of the standings at 70 points, while Šonka is now second at 65 and Hall holds 63. With only seven total points separating the trio, only one thing is sure – the season finale in Fort Worth, Texas this November will crown a first-time Red Bull Air Race World Champion.

In the Challenger Class, American pilot Kevin Coleman was looking for his first win in home skies as he appeared unbeatable, blazing to a Challenger Class track record of 1:09.660. Bergér, who has won the past two overall Challenger Cup titles, knew he had to perform if he was going to have any chance for an overall hat-trick, and perform he did, clocking 1:09.397 to deny Coleman’s dream.

Master Class results: 1. Michael Goulian (USA), 2. Pete McLeod (CAN), 3. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA), 4. Ben Murphy (GBR), 5. Cristian Bolton (CHI), 6. Matt Hall (AUS), 7. Juan Velarde (ESP), 8. Kirby Chambliss (USA), 9. Mika Brageot (FRA), 10. Martin Šonka (CZE), 11. Matthias Dolderer (GER), 12. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN), 13. Petr Kopfstein (CZE), 14. François Le Vot (FRA).

World Championship standings after seven races: 1. Michael Goulian (USA) 70 points, 2. Martin Šonka (CZE) 65, 3. Matt Hall (AUS) 63, 4. Mika Brageot (FRA) 36, 5. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN) 34, 6. Pete McLeod (CAN) 27, 7. Kirby Chambliss (USA) 25, 8. Ben Murphy (GBR) 22, 9. François Le Vot (FRA) 21, 10. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA) 20, 11. Juan Velarde (ESP) 20, 12. Matthias Dolderer (GER) 17, 13. Petr Kopfstein (CZE) 16, 14. Cristian Bolton (CHI) 12.

Courtesy of the Red Bull Air Race


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