Prep roundup for Monday, Jan. 22

Jan. 22—Western's boys swimming and diving team received contributions throughout its lineup in winning the Hoosier Conference meet on Saturday at West Lafayette High School.

In repeating as champs, the Panthers posted a score of 471 points to beat runner-up Hamilton Heights by 113 points.

"So many great things," Western coach Brad Bennett said. "I think every swim but one scored and I don't think there was any event that we had any less than two guys on the podium. We had 29 season-best swims. Just top to bottom, great day.

"I say it a lot, people who are casual observers to swimming think it's an individual sport. But when you have a strong team and everything is hitting on all cylinders like it was [Saturday], it's obviously a team sport," Bennett added. "These guys approached it with that mindset and as a team, accomplished all of our goals [Saturday]."

The rest of the nine-team meet included West Lafayette (348), Northwestern (317), Rensselaer (191), Twin Lakes (152), Lafayette Central Catholic (137), Benton Central (76) and Tipton (25).

Western came into the day with a lead after a strong showing in the diving program last week. The Panthers quickly added to their lead as they won two individual events and swept the relays.

Individually, Avery Berryman won the 100-yard freestyle (:50.37) and Noah Broyles won the 100 backstroke (:57.18). Broyles, Charlie Brewer, Kole Shock and Gavin Bourff teamed to win the 200 medley relay (1:41.91). Berryman, Broyles, Bourff and Ashton Tso won the 200 free relay (1:32.50). And Shock, Berryman, Tso and Brewer won the 400 free relay (3:26.41).

The Panthers complemented their winning swims with solid swims up and down their lineup. That included Shock's runner-up finishes in the 50 free (:22.79) and 100 butterfly (:54.97), Brewer's runner-up finishes in the 200 individual medley (2:02.66) and 100 breaststroke (1:03.27), and third-place finishes from Wyatt Edwards in the 200 free (1:56.54), Berryman in the 50 free (:22.90), Ethan Moore in the 500 free (5:15.19) and Tso in the 100 breaststroke (1:26.50).

Also for the Panthers, Moore and Ty Frazier went 5-7 in the 200 free, Tso was fifth in the 200 IM, Bourff was seventh in the 50 free, Coley Bevington was eighth in the 100 fly, Jonah Raab was seventh in the 100 free, Frazier was eighth in the 500 free, Edwards took fourth in the backstroke and Tso was third in the breaststroke.

Northwestern had top-five swims in six events, highlighted by Sam Martin's victory in the 50 free. He clocked in at :22.77, out-touching the Panthers' Shock by the narrowest of margins.

"It was a really good race," Bennett said. "Sam Martin went 22:78, Kole went 22.79 and those two guys tied last year in the 50."

Martin was also third in the 100 butterfly (:55.64) and teamed with Preston DeWitt, Parks Ortman and Bryan Burkhalter to take fourth in the 200 medley relay. Ortman was fourth in the 200 IM and fifth in the 100 breaststroke. and the 400 free relay team of Martin, Kai Shoaff, DeWitt and Ortman were fourth in the 400 free relay.

"From start to finish we only had two boys that didn't have their absolute best time ever, and they were darn close," NW coach Donita Walters said. "Sam Martin's 50 free, that was like a hold-your-breath race. I'm guessing there were several coaches that didn't breathe during that race because the boys were so close.

"Just was super proud of the boys. I could not have left that place a happier coach. They've worked hard and they were rewarded with pretty special times."



Clinton Central won the four-team Hoosier Heartland Conference meet, scoring 139. Eastern was second at 89, Carroll third with 55 and Delphi fourth with one point.

Eastern's Grant Kerns was a double winner, taking first in the 50 free and 100 free.

"The guys did an awesome job," Eastern coach Erin Stiner said. "Most of the guys were hitting season-best times and placing well in their events. The team was definitely led by Grant Kerns, who won both of his individual events as a freshman. Caden Kerns also had an excellent showing with placing second in both his individual events. He was followed closely by Obadiah Greene, who placed second in one of his individual events."


Maconaquah cruised to its ninth straight conference title, winning the six-team Three Rivers Conference meet with a score of 378 points. Rochester was second with 243, Cass third at 211, Wabash fourth at 204, Manchester fifth at 136, and Northfield sixth with 12.

Garrett McManus was a quadruple winner for Maconaquah, winning the 200 free and 500 free individually. He teamed with Cole Nye, P.J. Higgins and Isaac Lorenz to win the 200 free relay, and teamed with Ryley Rodkey, Aiden Ousley and Lorenz to win the 400 free relay.

Also for Mac, Lorenz won the 50 free and Nye won the 100 breaststroke.

Brady Dausch was second in diving and Ousley was second in the 100 backstroke.



Clinton Central scored 128 points to win the four-team meet. Eastern was second with 80, Delphi third with 53 and Carroll fourth with 32.

Ava Kantz was a double winner for Eastern, taking the 200 free (2:03.67) and the 500 free (5:34.96). Makenna Brooks won the diving competition with a score of 332.15.

"The girls were absolutely on fire," Eastern coach Sarah Nibert said. "They were excited to be swimming conference in our home pool and they turned on the heat. There were several phenomenal swims.

"Ava Kantz was one second off the conference record in the 200 free, and two seconds off our own school record in the 500 free. Grace VanBibber also had two amazing swims, in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly. The 400 free relay team of Haven Gunderson, Grace VanBibber, Addie Conner and Ava Kantz had such a great race and were just out-touched by Clinton Central at the end. The divers looked very solid. Even though we finished second, the girls swam so well. I'm so very proud of them."


Maconaquah won its eighth straight conference crown, putting up a score of 366 to win the five-team meet. Cass was second with 310, Manchester third with 250, Wabash fourth with 117.5, and Rochester fifth with 108.5.

Quadruple winner Chloe Jordan won the 200 free and the 500 free. Aubrey McClain was first in diving and teamed with Kathryn Rodkey to go 1-2 in the event. The team of Zoie Laber, Laci Winegardner, Abby Jordan and Chloe Jordan won the 200 free relay. And Luch Loshnowsky, Shay Schoettmer, Winegardner and Chloe Jordan won the 400 free relay.

Winegardner was second in the 200 IM. Laber was second in the 100 free.



Three of the four Hoosier Conference place games were played Saturday with four teams ranked in the Class 3A top 10 taking part.

In the third-place game, No. 6 Benton Central (21-3) edged No. 10 Western 50-46 in a tight game at Western. The Panthers (15-4) led 24-18 at halftime and BC outscored Western 15-5 in the third quarter to take a 33-29 lead into the final quarter.

In the fifth-place game, Lafayette Central Catholic beat Northwestern 59-38. Northwestern fell to 5-15. LCC improved to 10-11.

And in the first-place showdown between No. 1 Rensselaer and No. 2 Hamilton Heights, host Heights blasted previously unbeaten Rensselaer 54-32 to drop the Bombers to 19-1 on the season. With the win, Heights took the league title and improved to 19-2.

CASS 42, S'WOOD 29

The Class 2A No. 9 Kings took over during the middle quarters to beat visiting Southwood in Three Rivers Conference action. The game was tied 11-all after a quarter but the Kings outscored the Knights 11-6 in the second quarter and 13-6 in the third quarter to take a 35-23 lead heading into the final frame.

Aftin Griffin led Cass with a game-high 14 points and added four steals. Anna Hedrick scored nine points and took five rebounds. Kinsey Mennen scored eight and led the Kings on the glass with seven rebounds. Heta Kosunen scored five.

The Kings (18-2) are 7-0 in the only squad unbeaten in TRC play and are half a game ahead of second-placed Whitko, which is 7-1. Southwood fell to 6-12 overall, 1-6 in the TRC.

TV 41, KOKOMO 32

Visiting Tippecanoe Valley led at every stop to down the Wildkats. Valley led 9-5 after a quarter, 18-15 at halftime, and 33-24 after three quarters.

Aijia Elliott put up a double-double for the Kats (12-9) with team-highs of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Ma'Kaela Drake added 10 points and Regan McClain scored six points and took five boards.

Ave Egolf led Valley (16-3) with 14 points.


Madison Wagner had a double-double and the Class 2A No. 6 Cougars blew past Tri-Central to complete a perfect run through the HHC for the league championship. The Cougars led 20-6 after a quarter and 38-9 at halftime.

Wagner scored a game-high 22 points and took 10 rebounds to go with four assists and six steals. Alli Harness added 20 points, nine assists and five steals. Jillian Salts added eight points and 10 rebounds and Emily Justice scored six.

TC fell to 3-4 in the HHC and 8-11 overall.



Northwestern participated in the Marion Invitational dual tournament, falling to Pike 48-30, to Marion 72-6, to Blackford 42-36, to Muncie Central 54-24, and to Tippecanoe Valley 66-18.

Noah Parker and Alec Fourez led the Tigers, each going 4-1 on the day. Jacob Bumgardner went 3-2.



Northwestern placed second at Harrison with two gymnasts scoring top-five all-around finishes. Host Harrison won the eight-team meet with a score of 104.9. Northwestern was second with 103.05, Lafayette Jeff third (95.25), Logansport fourth (94.1) and Western fifth (92.95).

Northwestern's Taylor Schmitt was second in the all-around and Samara Sims fifth. Sims was second on vault, Schmitt fifth and Emma Baker eighth. Schmitt was fourth on bars, Barker sixth and Karsyn Schoolman 10th. Schmitt was third on beam and Sims eighth. And Schmitt was second on floor, Schoolman third and Sims fifth.


Kokomo's Megan Leavitt took second place in the all-around competition in a meet that included teams from Roncalli, Bloomington North and Columbus East. She had an all-around score of 35.3.

Leavitt was seventh on vault (8.6), second on bars (8.85), third on beam (9.2) and fifth on floor