BY DEAN HOCKNEY
KOKOMO, Ind. - Kokomo High School has a long history of winning tournament games in IHSAA competition. For example, the boys basketball team holds the state record with 74 sectional championships, and the Wildkat program has more than 300 sectional titles overall. And while the boys soccer program is a recent addition – the first IHSAA state champion was not crowned until 1994 – only once has a Wildkat team hoisted a sectional championship trophy, and that was in 2005. But last Saturday evening at the IHSAA Class 2A Kokomo Boys Soccer Sectional championship game, the Wildkats doubled that number after a thrilling 3-1 title game win over Logansport.
Keagan James, who had five goals in the sectional opening win over Western, scored all three against Logansport to finish with nine in three games. Against the Berries, the sophomore scored early in the first half, then found the net in the 61st and 78th minutes to seal the title for the Kats.
Kokomo (13-6) advances to play Jay County (7-8-1) in the Kokomo Regional on Thursday at 5 p.m. No. 10 Fishers (10-2-4) and No. 20 Harrison (17-1-2) square-off in the second game with the championship on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Class 1A Oak Hill Boys Soccer Sectional
While Kokomo won its second title, the Eastern Comets celebrated the school’s first boys soccer sectional championship with a 1-0 win over the three-time defending champion Golden Eagles of Oak Hill. Ben Cole hit the back of the net midway through the first half and the defense did the rest to preserve the victory. Aaron Wyant posted the shutout in goal.
Eastern (14-2-2) advances to play Delphi (7-9-1) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Peru Regional. Argos (15-3-1) and Peru (12-5-1) meet in the 5:30 p.m. opener with the championship game scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m.
Class 1A Northwestern Boys Soccer Sectional
Four-peat! The No. 6-ranked Northwestern Tigers took care of business and defeated Rossville 7-0 to claim its fourth consecutive sectional championship and eighth overall. Blaine Brutus led the Tigers attack with three goals and an assist, Jacob Wagner had two goals, Collen Hodson had a goal and an assist, Jesse Murdock had a goal and Austin Nolder added an assist.
Northwestern outscored the competition 17-0 in sectional action. Evan LaDow posted the shutout in the championship game with one save.
Northwestern (16-3-1) advances to play Crawfordsville (7-9-1) at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Tipton Regional. Defending state champion and top-ranked Guerin Catholic (17-2) and No. 19 Hamilton Heights (13-5) play the 5 p.m. game with the championship slated for Saturday at 6 p.m.