Archive for September 27, 2016

WESTERN GIRLS GOLF TEAM QUALIFIES FOR STATES FINALS, LADY WILDKAT FRESHMAN KIAH PARROTT ADVANCES AS AN INDIVIDUAL

IHSAA

BY DEAN HOCKNEY 

LAFAYETTE, Ind. - For the second consecutive season, the Western Lady Panthers are headed to the IHSAA Girls Golf State Finals as a team. One year after finishing as runners-up, the Lady Panthers finished third to secure the final automatic berth in the state finals. Playing at the IHSAA Lafayette Jefferson Girls Golf Regional at Battle Ground Golf Course, No. 12 Lake Central shot a 317 to capture team honors, followed by No. 11 Chesterton (323) and No. 13 Western (326). The Lady Panthers shaved seven strokes off its 2015 regional score on the same course.

Tipton’s Emma Kelly punched her individual ticket to the state finals by storming the field with a round of 34-37 for a low medalist score of 71. She earned one of the five individual state finals berths out of the Lafayette Regional. Kokomo freshman Kiah Parrott will join Kelly after her round of 78.

The top five scores from the regional included Kelly, Elyse Stasil of Chesterton (73), Alexis Miestowski of Lake Central (73), Minka Gill of Western (76) and Andrea Hanas of Chesterton (77). Other individuals earning state finals berths were Katrin Schmuch of Lafayette Jeff (78), Ally Ross of Harrison (78) and Nicole Howard of Munster (78).

Following Western’s third place finish in the field of 18 teams was No. 14 Lafayette Jefferson (335), No. 17 Valparaiso (337), Munster (344), Crown Point (349), Twin Lakes (352), Harrison (357) and Northwestern (365). Kokomo finished 13th with a score of 378.

Western – along with Parrott and Kelly – will play in the IHSAA Girls Golf State Finals at Prairie View Golf Course in Carmel on Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Western tees off from hole No. 10 beginning at 8:48 a.m. with Andrea Peterson. Kelly starts her state finals on hole No. 1 at 8:48 a.m. and Parrott starts on No. 10 at 10:36 a.m. The state finals is a 36-hole event.

Western: Gill (76), Victoria Gingerich (83), Trina Gill (83), Lauren Tuchscherer (84) and Peterson (98).

Northwestern: Amanda Wilson (89), Emily Martin (89), Lauren Miller (93), Allison Miller (94) and Taylor Hunt (94).

Kokomo: Parrott (78), Lucy Mavrick (84), Sydney Murphy (98), Mackenzie Smith (118) and Abigail Van Horn (128).

BRITTANY SLOAN BECOMES FIRST IU KOKOMO HARRIER TO WIN, COUGAR WOMEN FINISH SECOND IN WEST VIRGINIA

IU Kokomo cross country runner Brittany Sloan won the WKU Tech Golden Bear Classic, a first for the Cougars. (SJ Photo/TriStateRacer.com)

IU Kokomo cross country runner Brittany Sloan won the WKU Tech Golden Bear Classic, a first for the Cougars. (SJ Photo/TriStateRacer.com)

BY DEAN HOCKNEY

KOKOMO, Ind. - The Indiana University Kokomo athletic program had another first when women’s cross country runner Brittany Sloan scored the team’s first-ever victory. Running at the WVU Tech Golden Bear Classic in Beckley, West Virginia, the Cougar women finished second overall on a sunny Sept. 24 morning.

Sloan, a sophomore from Wabash, led the pack of 45 female runners with a time of 20:59.2 to win by nearly one minute. Second place was captured by Asbury University’s McKenna Phipps with a time of 21:58.2.

"I was not expecting to win, so it was a great feeling,” said Sloan after the race. “The team ran hard. It was definitely a challenging race. We are doing well, but we have six weeks to get to where we need.”

Sloan earned River States Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week honors for her efforts.

Asbury finished first as a team with 54 points, followed by Kokomo (56), Indiana University East (65), West Virginia University Tech (76), Bluefield State College (115), University of Virginia Wise (133) and Salem International University (192).

For the Cougars individually, Caitlin Eltzroth finished ninth (23:31.0), Karly Sprouse was 14th (24:23.7), Katie Myers was 15th (24:31.3), Jensen Freeman was 17th (25:07.0), Brooke Runyon was 24th (26:22.5) and Hannah High was 32nd (30:15.6). Sprouse and Freeman are both Northwestern graduates, Myers is a Tri-Central grad and High is a Kokomo grad.

“Our women's team had a special day, beating several conference opponents and just missing first place on the day,” said IUK men’s and women’s head coach Jason VanAlstine. “Brittany's race was spectacular. That was our first ever first place finish for an individual at a meet.”

For the men, the Cougars did not field a complete team in the seven-team field. Asbury took first place with a perfect score of 15 – the squads top six runners finished 1-6. Bluefield State was second (54) and Salem International was third (70).

Ethan Sharp led IUK runners with a 13th place finish (31:39), followed by Ethan Dubbels in 15th (31:57.8), Shad Jakes in 24th (33:58.0) and Tyler Lucas in 30th (36:51.5). Sharp and Lucas are Kokomo graduates and Dubbels and Jakes hail from Northwestern.

“I was very pleased with how the teams ran today,” said VanAlstine. “Although the times don't necessarily show it, the teams took a step forward with their performance. As the weather cools and we get into some of our large meets we will see some pretty fast times later this year.”

Both IUK cross country teams will head to Kentucky to compete in the Greater Louisville Classic on Oct. 1, with the start time slated for 8 a.m.

IU Kokomo athletics contributed to this story

KOKOMO BOYS TENNIS ROLLING THROUGH SEASON, CLAIMS WILDKAT OPEN AND NCC CROWNS

Taiga Tamura plays No. 1 singles for the No. 18-ranked Kokomo Wildkats. (SJ Photo/Dean Hockney)

Taiga Tamura plays No. 1 singles for the No. 18-ranked Kokomo Wildkats. (SJ Photo/Dean Hockney)

BY DEAN HOCKNEY

KOKOMO, Ind. - The Kokomo Wildkats boys tennis team added to its trophy case on Sept. 24. One week after winning the North Central Conference for the second consecutive year, the Kats hosted and won the Wildkat Open. Kokomo defeated North Montgomery 4-1 in the opening round and then downed Marion 3-2 in the championship.

In the opening match win, all three of the Kats singles players claimed points – Taiga Tamura, Trevor Emerick and Cory Hanson. Grant Patterson and Tyler Hawk teamed for the fourth point in doubles.

“We were proud to see Cory get a win in his first varsity match ever,” said Kokomo head coach Shawn Flanary.

In the championship match, Kokomo and Marion faced off for the second time in seven days. The Kats defeated the Giants 4-1 in the semifinals of the NCC tournament. This time, the result was the same but the battle was not.

“Not one individual match would be a rematch from last week,” said Flanary. “Marion loaded its doubles in an effort to get No. 1 singles and sweep the doubles in the rematch.”

While Flanary said the rematch was closer, the Kats still came out on top. No. 2 singles Max Esponda and No. 3 singles Emerick grabbed two quick points, losing just three total games.

“We got strong starts at the other three spots, winning the first set in all three of them,” said Flanary. “Even though we had great starts, Marion would battle and force third sets at 1 singles and both doubles. I was really proud of how our boys battle at all three of those spots.”

The duo of Nate Hemmerich and Connor Sanburn at No. 2 doubles sealed the team win with a three-set victory.

“I am very proud of how our boys competed in these matches,” said Flanary. “Taiga, Grant and Tyler battled, but all came up a little shy in the third sets.”

Kokomo also won the junior varsity tournament.

No. 18 Kokomo (17-4) followed the Wildkat Open title with a 3-2 victory on the road at No. 17 West Lafayette on Sept. 26. The Kats will be favored to win its third consecutive and 26th overall sectional title when the IHSAA Kokomo Boys Tennis Sectional begins next month.