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Monday HS scoreboard

Volleyball

Peru defeated Caston 16-25, 25-19, 25-19, 18-25, 15-12

Maddison Smith 20 kills.  Isabel Scales 15 kills

 

Rochester defeated Triton, 25-17, 25-14, 25-12

 

Tippecanoe Valley def Goshen 25-19, 25-14, 25-19
Kills: Mallory Durkes 9, 4.5 blocks.  Colette Blackburn 5 kills, 12 digs.  Brayden Blaney 6 aces, 14 digs

 

Golf

Rochester dominated Monday's matchup with Manchester, North Miami and Southwood played at Sycamore Golf Club.

 

Rochester won the event with a 191 led by Ava Thomas who scored a 39.  Teammates Payton Moore and Kat Rensberger were both in the 40's, 46 and 48, respectively.

 

Manchester's team score of 246 edged out North Miami's 248 for second place.

Southwood only fielded two golfers and compiled an incomplete teacm score.

 

 

Girls soccer

Rochester's scheduled Tuesday home game with North Miami has been postponed

 

Saturday's matchup with Oregon - Davis has been cancelled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rochester opens the 2021 football season with a tough conference challenge at #6 (1A) Southwood.

 

The Zebras are trying to bounce back from a winless 2020.  New head coach Ron Shaffer says he's been pleased with the fundamentals as his team learns a new system including the Wing-T offense.

 

 

Shaffer says the defense will need to pay attention to specific details.

 

 

GIANT fm Sports coverage is at 6:30 pm tonight.

 

Other Week 1 matchups include:

 

West Central at Caston

Caston's three wins in 2020 under head coach Will Porter equaled the total of the Comets previous four seasons.

 

Tippecanoe Valley at Wawasee

Vikings have gone 7-4 each of the last two seasons.  First back-to-back above - .500 campaigns since 2-12-13.


 


Thursday HS sports scoreboard

Girls golf

Rochester 194, Winamac 196

Rochester's Ava Thomas was the medalist with a 40

 

Peru 219, North Miami 254

Warsaw 186, Tippy Valley 187, Wabash 205

 

Boys soccer

Rochester 4, Caston 1

NorthWood over Tippecanoe Valley 5-3

 

Girls soccer

Rochester 14, Tippecanoe Valley 1

7 girls scored first varsity goal for Rochester

 

Plymouth and Argos played to a 3-3 tie

 

Volleyball

Caston def Culver 25-20, 25-23, 25-17

Tippecanoe Valley def West Noble 25-14, 25-19, 25-23

 

Tennis

Rochester 4, Triton 1

1 singles:  Rochester's Brayden Zink lost a hard-fought match 3-6, 7-5, 7-3 tiebreaker in lieu of 3rd set. 

2 singles:  Brock Bowers won 6-2, 6-1. 

3 singles:  Drew Strasser won 7-5, 6-3. 

1 doubles:  Tanner Reinartz / Cody Smith won by default. 

2 doubles:  Robert Bozzo / Jake Freeman won by default. 

 

 

North Judson 3, Tippecanoe Valley 2

 

 

 

 


Wednesday HS sports scoreboard; Caston vball falls in 5 games

Volleyball

Plymouth def Tippecanoe Valley 25-10' 25-11, 25-21

Carroll def Caston, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18, 20-25, 15-5

 

Girls golf

Wabash 207, Rochester 208

Wabash's Annie Cole and Rochester's Ava Thomas were co-medalists with a 45

 

 

 

 


Rochester volleyball falls to 1A state champ Pioneer

Defending 1A state champion Pioneer posted a win over Rochester in varsity volleyball action Tuesday,  25-15, 21-25, 25-8, 25-15.

 

Also in area volleyball, Wawasee defeated Tippecanoe Valley, 25-17, 25-15, 25-20

 

Boys soccer

Warsaw 4, Argos 0

 

Co-ed varsity soccer

Caston 4, Tippecanoe Valley 2                       Rowan Jellison 3 goals for the Comets

 

Golf

Western 184, Rochester 214

Elizabeth Mercer led Western with a medalist winning 38.

Payton Moore topped the Rochester board with a 46

 

 


Rochester’s golf team finished 10th in a 15-team field at the Chippendale Invitational Saturday.

 

The event was hosted by Western High School at the Chippendale Golf Club in Kokomo.

 

Rochester finished with a team score of 404.  Payton Moore led the way with a 90 with teammate Ava Thomas recording a 91.

 

Westfield won the invitational with a 301.Penn was second, 42 strokes behind.  Western finished third.

 

 

Volleyball

Plymouth def. Rochester, 20-25, 25-7, 25-12, 25-18

 

Tippecanoe Valley swept Argos, 25-15, 25-7, 25-7

For the Vikings, Mallory Durkes 9 kills, 2 blocks


Sign up for additional reserved hunt opportunities

Hunters can apply for additional reserved hunt opportunities at on.IN.gov/reservedhunt. The online method is the only way to apply for the hunts listed below. No late entries will be accepted. Applicants must possess a hunting license that is valid for the hunt for which they apply.

Many of these additional hunting opportunities are available through Fish & Wildlife managed Game Bird Habitat Areas (GBA) and through the Indiana Private Lands Access program (IPLA). Learn more about IPLA at bit.ly/3fTWbu8.

For the below opportunities, hunters will be selected through a random computerized drawing. Applicants can view draw results online within two weeks after the application period has closed. An email will be sent to all applicants when draws have been completed.

All applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on the listed closing date.

New this year, GBA pheasant hunts have been broken into two separate online draws. The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife did this to allow people to apply closer to the actual hunt dates. The purpose of the change is to reduce the number of people who apply for a hunt and get drawn but do not show up for their GBA pheasant hunt.  

— IPLA Deer Hunts, Scott County, open Aug. 16 - Aug. 30
— November GBA Pheasant, open Aug. 16 - Sept. 30
— IPLA Game Bird, open Aug. 16 - Sept. 30
— December GBA Pheasant, open Sept. 27 - Oct. 31

Put-and-take pheasant hunt spots will be available for purchase starting Sept. 3 at 7 a.m. ET and remain open until filled. Participating Fish & Wildlife areas (FWAs) include Atterbury, Glendale, J.E. Roush Lake, Pigeon River, Tri-County, Willow Slough, and Winamac. A per-person fee of $30 for each slot is required.

Please note that only one application per hunt is allowed. No changes can be made once an application is submitted.

The application process is consolidated into the license system website along with CheckIN Game and HIP registration. An online account is not required to apply, but a Customer ID number is needed.

In this system, hunts without a registration fee follow the same process as those with a fee. To register for hunts with no fee required, applicants will still be asked to “Add to Cart,” “Proceed to Checkout,” and “Place Order.” If the transaction total is $0, the applicant will not be asked to enter credit card information. Applicants must place an order to submit their application.

To view draw results, applicants can log into their license system account or click “View Hunt Draw Results” at on.IN.gov/reservedhunt. From there, applicants should select “Click Here” under Reserved Hunts to see the status of registered hunts. The link will only show upcoming hunts that an individual has registered for. Logging into an account online is required to see the full history of past hunt registrations.

For more information on the hunts, including how many partners you can bring per hunt as well as hunt dates, see on.IN.gov/reservedhunt.


Tippecanoe Valley golf set a new school record on the way to victories over Peru and Northwestern

 

The Vikings shot a 171 to beat the previous record of 175 set in 2004.

 

Madelyn Weaver led the Vikings with a 39, followed by Kaydence Mellott - 42, Lily Ault - 44, Molly Moriarty - 46.  Cheney Canada shot a new personal record of 49.

 

Northwestern finished second with a 179.  Peru compiled a team score of 207.

 

 

At Pond View, Rochester shot a team score of 192 against an incomplete Pioneer squad.

 

Payton Moore led the Zebras with a 45 followed by Ava Thomas, 47.

 

 


Valpo announces new nickname

Valparaiso University announced today that it has adopted Beacons as its new nickname.

 

“Our new nickname directly connects to the University’s motto, ‘In Thy Light We See Light,’ and represents the Valparaiso University community in many ways,” said José D. Padilla, J.D., University president. “We are beacons of light and hope in our communities. We are beacons of change on campus, in our region and in our country. We are beacons of knowledge for our students’ academic, social and spiritual growth. Above all, we are beacons of God’s light around the world. We light the way for our students, so that once they graduate, they shine their light for others. We are all Beacons at Valparaiso University.”

 

Valparaiso University will drop the name Crusaders since the term has been co-opted by hate groups, including the Ku Klux Klan.

 

Beacons was chosen after a months-long process that included nearly 1,000 suggestions and input from dozens of students, student-athletes, faculty, staff and alumni of the University. During this process, two themes emerged that were most important to Valpo constituents: Honoring the University’s history and character and emphasizing the light Valpo graduates shine wherever they land after graduation.

 

“Beacon” has a strong historical tie to Valpo. It has been the title of the University’s yearbook for the last 80 years, and it is also the name of its newest residence hall. Beacons is a nickname that honors our past, present and future.

 

Valpo’s prior nickname, Crusaders, was permanently retired in February 2021, following input from a variety of Valpo students, faculty and alumni. The new nickname, Beacons, reinforces the University’s commitment to ensuring that all feel welcome and represented at Valparaiso University.

 

Many of Valpo’s marks and logos, including its colors and the “Shield of Character,” will remain part of the University’s brand. The new nickname, new mascot and related imagery will be phased in during the 2021–2022 academic year. Valpo intercollegiate athletic teams will immediately be known as the Beacons.

 


Rochester golf in middle of the pack at Twin Lakes

Rochester golf finished eighth in the 18-team field at the Twin Lakes Invitational.

 

Lebanon won the event with a team score of 347.  Plymouth was second with a 369.

 

Rochester shot a 402 led by Payton Moore's 92.  Teammate Ava Moore shot a 94 followed by Kat Rensberger with a 95.
 


Provide input on fish and wildlife regulations

The Indiana DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife wants to hear your ideas on fishing, hunting, trapping, and other fish and wildlife-related regulations in Indiana, including special permits regarding those topics.

Through Sept. 15, you can use a convenient online form to contribute ideas and provide input on issues the DNR has identified for consideration.

The form is at: on.IN.gov/gotinput

The form – ‘Got INput?” – not only allows you to comment on ideas from the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife, but also allows you to propose your own ideas on any fish and wildlife regulation topic.

Got INput users must register with a username and a password.

Input and ideas can also be mailed to:

Indiana DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife
Attn: Got INput
402 W. Washington St., Room W273
Indianapolis, IN 46204

After Sept. 16, DNR staff will evaluate all comments and determine which ideas to forward for consideration by the Natural Resources Commission.


Striped bass and hybrid striped bass stocked in Nyona Lake

DNR recently completed its annual stocking of striped bass and hybrid striped bass across several lakes in Indiana.

DNR staff stocked more than 125,000 2-inch striped bass fingerlings in four southern Indiana public lakes and more than 134,000 2-inch hybrid striped bass fingerlings in nine lakes throughout the state. The stockings met or exceeded DNR’s 2021 stocking goals for the two species. 

Striped and hybrid striped bass were stocked in a number of lakes including Nyona Lake (Fulton County) – 1,040 hybrids

Indiana does not have the native sources to spawn striped and hybrid striped bass. DNR relies on commercial sources and state partners to supply fry for its hatchery system.

The fish stocked in 2021 should reach a fishable size of 14 inches in 2023 and begin to exceed 20 inches in 2024.

 


Rochester HS in midst of new AD search

Rochester athletic director Ryan Johnson has stepped down from his position.

Johnson accepted a teaching and coaching position at Ben Davis in Indianapolis.

Superintendent Jana Vance told GIANT fm Sports that the position has been posted and they are now accepting applications.   Vance says they are looking at approximately a 15-20 day timeline.   

Former athletic director Greg Martz is filling in for the moment and will help launch fall sports while they conduct a search for the new AD. 

Vance says Johnson left the department in a good spot with everything ready to run this fall.  She says they have a great administrative team which understands the importance of athletics for the students.


Rochester AD resigns to accept position at Ben Davis

Rochester Athletic Director Ryan Johnson has resigned.

Johnson wrote of his decision in a thank you message sent to Rochester coahes and staff.  He informed GIANT fm Sports that he will be moving to a teaching and coaching position at Ben Davis in Indianapolis.

The 2005 Rochester graduate has been athletic director since August 2019.


High school baseball pitchers who do not receive signals from the catcher must now simulate taking a sign with one foot on the pitcher’s plate before proceeding with a pitch.

This addendum to Rule 6-1-1 was the lone rule change forwarded by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Baseball Rules Committee and was subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. The baseball committee’s annual rules meeting was held June 6-8 in a virtual format.

A pitcher leaning forward to receive a sign from the catcher is fundamental to the pre-pitch phase of the game as it indicates to both the batter and the players in the field that the ball is about to be put in play and is the typical signal for any runners on base to begin taking their leadoffs.

Further, most high school baseball coaches deliver their defensive play calls – including pitch selections – from the dugout, which allows a pitcher to throw toward the plate abruptly (“quick pitch”) and catch opposing batters by surprise. This new mandate within Rule 6-1-1 forces the pitcher to pause, providing ample time for all participants to prepare for the pitch.

“While this rule change might appear to be a small change, the significance of what it represents is huge!” said Elliott Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services and liaison to the NFHS Baseball Rules Committee. “We have been extremely fortunate that our Baseball Rules Committee recognizes that the high school game is in wonderful shape and that is because our coaches and umpires around the country teach the necessary skills and arbitrate the appropriate rules to make the game fun, exciting and educational.”

The NFHS Baseball Rules Committee also spent part of its rules meeting compiling its Points of Emphasis (POEs) for next season. The five POEs, which prioritized healthy and safety and sportsmanship during the 2022 season, are as follows:

  • Monitoring Excessive Celebration
  • Wearing Equipment as Intended by Manufacturers
  • Safety of Coaches Sitting on Buckets Outside Bench/Dugout Area
  • Umpiring Procedure for Lodged Ball
  • Sportsmanship

“Points of Emphasis are used in an educational setting and fashion,” Hopkins said. “The rules committee is telling the baseball community that these topics – elaborately choreographed celebrations, wearing of equipment inappropriately, sitting on buckets, understanding the lodged ball and a call for increased positive sportsmanship – are paramount in education-based athletics. This is a wonderful game that allows an abundant number of participants to find a role on the team, and we want students to want to play for their school and be a part of something bigger than themselves.”

A complete listing of the baseball rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page and select “Baseball.”

According to the most recent NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, baseball is the fourth-most popular sport for boys with 482,740 student-athletes in 16,170 high schools nationwide. The survey also indicated that 1,284 girls across the country play high school baseball.


Two rules revisions involving the competitor’s uniform, along with procedural changes in several field events designed to reduce the risk of injury, highlight rules changes in high school track and field and cross country for the 2022 season.

These changes were among the rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Committees and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Similar to a number of other NFHS rules committees, the Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Committee altered its rules regarding head coverings worn for religious reasons.

Rule 4-3-1b(8) now states that “head coverings worn for religious reasons are not considered hair devices; must not be made of abrasive, hard or unyielding materials; and must be secured to the body and/or uniform.”

The change clarifies that there is no need for prior authorization from the state association for religious headwear.

The Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Committee is the eighth NFHS sports rules committee that has modified rules this year related to religious and cultural backgrounds. In addition to track and field, participants in volleyball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, spirit and softball will be permitted to wear religious headwear without prior approval from their respective state association. In swimming and diving, for religious reasons, competitors will be able to wear suits that provide full body coverage without obtaining prior state association authorization.

The other change in the track and field uniform concerns the uniform bottoms. Beginning next year, the manufacturer’s logo/trademark/reference on the uniform bottom may be larger than 2.25 square inches around the waistband.

“In track and field, uniform bottoms are increasingly being purchased by the athlete and not school-issued,” said Julie Cochran, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Committee. “It is becoming more difficult to purchase some garments without the logo completely around the waistband. Since allowing larger logos around the waistband has no bearing or impact on the race or event, the committee determined the change would minimize issues related to logo/trademark/reference on uniform bottoms.”

Rule 6 concerning rules for field events has been completely re-organized to assist coaches, officials and participants in following the rules.

As part of these revisions, the rules clarify that running in the direction other than how the event is conducted in prohibited during warmups, with the exception of high jump. The articles more clearly organize warmups, competitions and conclusion of all field events with a focus on risk minimization.

“The NFHS Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Committee accomplished two years of work in one via Zoom this year,” said Cody Inglis, chair of the NFHS Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Committee and assistant director of the Michigan High School Athletic Association. “The committee was focused on enhancing the two great sports of track and field and cross country with the unique experiences that education-based athletics provides more than a million student-athletes around the country each year. This year, the focus of the committee was on building upon the foundation set by previous rules committees in continuing to enhance fair, safe competition that can be easily officiated. We are pleased that with the rewrite of Rule 6 that it will allow a rules book that can be more easily used by coaches, officials and others to make these great sports even better.”

One change was approved in Rule 8 related to cross country and another in Rule 9 regarding records. A note was added to Rule 8-1-1a stating that “a single wide line, if used on turns, should utilize other methods of markings (natural or artificial boundary markers, or signposts with large directional arrows) to assist the runner in identifying the course route.

“Since a single wide line may not be the shortest route, this change clarifies that other methods of marking a course should be used with a single wide line to help identify the turns and route of the course,” Cochran said.

A change in Rule 9-3-2 and other related rules clarifies when measurements for record attempts in the vertical jumps should be taken.

The final revision was approved in Rule 5-10-6 NOTE, which clarifies when each exchange zone is to be used.

A complete listing of the track and field and cross country rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page and select “Track & Field/Cross Country.”

According to the most recent NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, outdoor track and field is the second-most popular sport for boys and the No. 1 sport for girls with 605,354 and 488,267 participants, respectively.

Cross country ranks No. 6 for boys and girls with 269,295 and 219,345 participants, respectively.

In addition, there are an additional 150,253 combined participants in indoor track and field.


Apply for reserved hunts starting July 6

Beginning July 6, hunters can apply for a variety of reserved hunts online by visiting on.IN.gov/reservedhunt.

The online method is the only way to apply for the hunts listed below. No late entries will be accepted. Applicants must possess a hunting license that is valid for the hunt for which they are applying.

Hunters will be selected through a random computerized drawing. Applicants will be able to view draw results online within two weeks after the application period has closed. An email will be sent to all applicants when draws have been completed.

Applications for the following hunting opportunities open July 6. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 9:

 

  • Dove Hunts: Applicants may select the desired date and property. Due to inclement spring weather, other crops may have been planted in place of or along with sunflowers. Participating properties include Atterbury, Goose Pond, Jasper-Pulaski, Kankakee, Kingsbury, Pigeon River, Glendale, J.E. Roush Lake, Willow Slough, Blue Grass, and Winamac Fish & Wildlife areas (FWAs).
  • FWA Waterfowl Hunts: Participating FWAs include Goose Pond, Hovey Lake, Kankakee, Kingsbury, LaSalle, and Willow Slough. Province Pond Wetland Conservation Area, managed by J.E. Roush Lake FWA, will also participate.
  • FWA Deer Hunts: Participating FWAs include Deer Creek and Fairbanks Landing. 
  • State Park Deer Hunts: State Parks participating include Chain O’Lakes, Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, Versailles, and Whitewater Memorial. Trine State Recreation Area and Cave River Valley Natural Area will also participate.  
  • Military and National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Deer Hunts: Properties participating include Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Big Oaks NWR, and Muscatatuck NWR. Muscatatuck NWR will host one reserved firearms deer hunt for youth.
  • Indiana Private Lands Access (IPLA) Hunts: IPLA will offer deer, waterfowl, and game bird hunts. Applications for the deer and waterfowl hunts will be accepted July 6 through Aug. 9. Applications for the game bird hunts will be accepted Aug. 16 through Sept. 30.  Applicants may select the date(s) and location when applying. 
  • Pheasant Hunts: The application period for pheasant hunts will open Aug. 16 and close Sept. 30. Additional information about these hunts will become available at a later date.

Please note that only one application per hunt is allowed. No changes can be made once an application is submitted.

The application process is now consolidated into the license system website along with CheckIN Game and HIP registration. An online account is not required to apply, but a Customer ID number is needed.

In this system, hunts without a registration fee will follow the same process as those with a fee. To register for hunts with no fee required, applicants will be asked to “Add to Cart,” “Proceed to Checkout,” and “Place Order.” If the transaction total is $0, the applicant will not be asked to enter credit card information. Applicants must “Place Order” to finish their application.

To view draw results, applicants can log in to their license system account or click “View hunt draw results” at on.IN.gov/reservedhunt. From there, applicants should select “Click here” under Reserved Hunts to see the status of registered hunts. The link will show only upcoming hunts that an individual has registered for. Logging into their online account is required to see the full history of past hunt registrations.

More information is available at on.IN.gov/reservedhunt.


The Indiana Pacers announced Thursday they have reached an agreement with Rick Carlisle to become head coach. Per team policy, the terms of the agreement were not disclosed. 

 

Rick is a proven winner with a championship and will be a Hall of Fame coach,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard. “He has demonstrated throughout his career an ability to build something with sustainable success. He has great respect for our franchise and our fans from his previous times here. We are very happy to welcome him back to Indiana.”
 
Carlisle will begin his second head coaching stint with Indiana after he guided the Pacers to a 181-147 (.552) record during four seasons from 2003-07. In his first season as Pacers head coach in 2003-04, Carlisle led Indiana to a franchise-record 61 wins, posted the best record in the Eastern Conference and reached the Eastern Conference Finals. His 181 wins stands as the fourth-most by a head coach in NBA franchise history. Carlisle was also an assistant coach for the Pacers under Larry Bird from 1997-2000.
 
“My sincere thanks to Herb Simon, Kevin Pritchard and the entire Pacers organization for the opportunity to come back to basketball's heartland,” said Carlisle. “My wife, Donna, daughter, Abby, and I are truly grateful.” 
 
Carlisle has completed 19 NBA seasons as head coach of the Detroit Pistons (2001-03), Pacers and Dallas Mavericks (2008-21). He has compiled an 836-689 (.548) record and will enter the 2021-22 season ranked 15th in NBA history in coaching victories. Carlisle was named NBA Coach of the Year after his first season in Detroit in 2001-02 and led the Mavericks to their first NBA championship in 2010-11. 

 


Bjorkgren out as Pacers begin search for new head coach

The Indiana Pacers announced Wednesday that Nate Bjorkgren will not be retained as the team’s head coach.

“The 2020-21 season was not what any of us hoped or anticipated it would be, and our results on the court certainly did not meet the standards for what our organization and our fans have come to expect,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard. “We have determined this is the right time to move in a different direction, and on behalf of the Simon Family and the entire Pacers organization, I want to express my gratitude to Nate for his efforts leading our team. While we do not have a definite timetable for our search, we will move quickly to identify candidates who will make our team and our organization stronger.”
            
Bjorkgren was hired prior to the 2020-21 season and led the Pacers to a 34-38 record. He previously served as an assistant coach in Toronto and Phoenix.

 

 


Rochester golf second at Logansport, advances to regional

Rochester golf will be in the field at Lake Central Regional Thursday.

 

The Zebras’ second place finish at the Logansport Sectional at Dykeman Golf Course kept the team’s season alive.  Twin Lakes won the sectional with a team score of 310, nine strokes better than Rochester’s 319.

 

Logansport was the third team to advance with a 332, one stroke better than fourth-place Rensselaer Central.

 

Rochester’s Reece Renie was the top individual with a 73.  Teammate Wade Shafer finished tied for third with a 75.

 

Thursday’s regional will be held at Sandy Pines Golf Club featuring advancing teams and players from the Logansport, Valparaiso, Westfield, Lake Central and Harrison (W. Lafayette) sectionals.

 

 


The Rochester Zebras took advantage of a porous Whitko defense and won the 2A Wabash Sectional Championship Monday, 13-3.

 

The Zebras scored six times in the 6th inning to finish off the title by 10-run rule and advance to the Lafayette Central Catholic Regional on Saturday.

 

The win avenged a regular season loss to Whitko.  In that game, Whitko committed eight errors and still managed to get the win, 10-7.  Not the case this time.  Seven Whitko errors led to seven unearned Rochester runs.

 

Tarick McGlothin was 4-for-5, with two RBI and two runs scored.  Freshman Gavin Young drove in a pair of runs and scored twice with two hits on the day. 

 

Brock Beehler also drove in two with a 2-for-3 day at the plate.  He recorded the complete game win on the mound.

 

Rochester has won seven straight and nine of the last ten.

 

Saturday's Class 2A Lafayette Central Catholic baseball regional matchups:

 

#2 Wapahani (28-1) vs. Madison-Grant (21-7)

#6 Delphi (23-6) vs. Rochester (19-11)

 


Rochester's Madilyn Calloway has advanced to state in cross country twice.  She has now added track and field to her resume.

 

Calloway finished third Tuesday night at the Goshen Regional to advance from that competition.  The Rochester junior finished in a time of 11:33.47 behind second place Julynne Spidell from Kokomo (11:24.96) and 3200 meter champ Lexi Allen of Culver Academies (10:55.99).

 

Calloway's teammate, sophomore Zoe Seward, finished 6th.

 

Rochester's 4 x 800 meter relay team, Elena Bode, Araceli Ochoa, Seward and Calloway, finished 12th.

 

Kenzie Bradley ran the 100 meter dash in 13.13.  She finished 6th.  Teammate Kami Burkett finished 15th.

 

Macie Nelson of Rochester was 16th in the 100 meter hurdles in 18.46. 

 

Rochester sophomore Kennedy Jackson was 10th in the shot put.

 

Tennis regionals

At Plymouth

Peru 3, Culver Academies 2                                                      

Bremen 5, Warsaw 0

 

 

Softball sectionals

2A        At Wabash

Tippecanoe Valley 4, Rochester 1

 

TVHS beat Rochester for the second time this season.

Corinna Stiles pitched a three-hitter.

Vikings play Whitko in 7:00 pm championship Thursday.  Whitko shut out Lewis Cass, 6-0.

 

2A        at Winamac

#7 Winamac 18, North Judson 1 (5 inn)

 

Ella Gearhart 12th HR

Winamac will play winner of tonight’s semifinal between #1 Pioneer and Boone Grove

 

 

1A        at South Central (Union Mills)

Culver 21, Triton 11

 

Culver to play top-ranked South Central in Wednesday night semifinal

 

 

3A        at Bremen

Bremen 8, Knox 7

 

 


RHS senior Kyle Reinartz signs to play baseball at Grace College

RHS Senior Kyle Reinartz signed with Grace College Monday at Rochester High School.

 

Reinartz plans on majoring in business and continuing his baseball team by pitching for the Grace College Lancers. 

 

 

He says there is a lot about RHS he is going to miss. 

 

 

Reinartz credits his family and friends for their support in encouraging him to be where he's at today. 

 


Beginning with the 2022-23 season, a 35-second shot clock will be permitted in high school basketball games by state association adoption. The sentiment among many coaches and athletic directors is now not a matter of if, but when, a shot clock will become a reality.

 

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee voted against a proposal for a national rule mandating a shot clock at its annual meeting.

 

Head coach of the Rochester girls basketball program Brian Jennings leans toward favoring the implementation of the shot clock but he understands the debate.

 

 

Coach Jennings says the pressure now falls on schools and officials to prepare for the anticipated shot clock.

 

 

Rule 2-14 states that each state association may adopt a shot clock beginning in the 2022-23 season -- according to guidelines outlined in the Basketball Rules Book -- to encourage standardization among states. Guidelines include displaying two timepieces that are connected to a horn that is distinctive from the game-clock horn, and using an alternative timing device, such as a stopwatch at the scorer’s table, for a shot clock malfunction. The guidelines also allow for corrections to the shot clock only during the shot-clock period in which an error occurred and the officials have definite information relative to the mistake or malfunction.

 

The Zebras head coach says he doesn’t think you’ll see the shot clock as early as 2022-2023. 

 

 

He noted changes at the AAU level may come before Indiana high schools.

 

 


Rochester scores three in the 7th to beat Manchester

Rochester rallied with three runs in the top of the 7th to get by Manchester in TRC baseball Wednesday.

 

Brock Beehler's 2-run double capped an inning where the Zebras (9-10, 3-3 TRC) did all their damage after two were out.

 

Beehler also earned the win with four innings of relief work after replacing starter Kyle Reinartz.  

 

Tarick McGlothin picked up the save by striking out the side in a perfect bottom of the 7th.

 

 


Ranked teams battling for the conference lead provided some hype for area softball fans of Winamac and Caston.  The game didn't disappoint.

 

#13 (2A) Winamac's Ella Gearhart smacked a walk-off 8th inning home run in a 3-2 win over the top-ranked (1A) Caston Comets Tuesday.

 

Isabel Scales drove in both Comet runs with a single and a home run.  

 

Caston (20-2) and Winamac (17-6) are now both 4-1 in the Hoosier North, trailing #2 (2A) Pioneer (4-0 HNAC).  Pioneer has a win, 7-2, over Winamac on April 19.  Caston will host Pioneer next Tuesday, May 18.

 

The loss snapped Caston's 14-game win streak.

 

 


NFHS to permit states to adopt 35-second shot clock

Beginning with the 2022-23 season, a 35-second shot clock will be permitted in high school basketball games by state association adoption. A proposal for a national rule mandating a shot clock was not approved.

 

A shot clock was among the topics discussed by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee at its annual meeting April 20-22 held virtually this year. All recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

 

Rule 2-14 states that each state association may adopt a shot clock beginning in the 2022-23 season -- according to guidelines outlined in the Basketball Rules Book -- to encourage standardization among states. Guidelines include displaying two timepieces that are connected to a horn that is distinctive from the game-clock horn, and using an alternative timing device, such as a stopwatch at the scorer’s table, for a shot clock malfunction. The guidelines also allow for corrections to the shot clock only during the shot-clock period in which an error occurred and the officials have definite information relative to the mistake or malfunction.

 

“We provided the committee with a lot of information regarding the shot clock, including responses to a 46-question survey sent to states currently using a shot clock,” said Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials and liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee.

 

Rule 3-5-4e was added to allow players to wear head coverings for religious reasons without obtaining state association approval. The head covering shall not be made of abrasive or hard materials and must be attached so that it is highly unlikely to come off during play. Basketball is the sixth sport in which a rule related to the wearing of head coverings or other equipment for religious reasons has been adopted, following volleyball, field hockey, soccer, spirit and swimming.

 

The official signals were also modified to use the same hand signal for a player control foul and a team control foul. Officials should use Signal 36, which is a hand placed at the back of the head, for both types of fouls. Previously, a team control foul was communicated with a punch of the hand.

 

“It is redundant to have different signals to communicate that a foul will be charged to a member of the team in control of the ball,” Wynns said. “Officials don’t understand the need to differentiate between a player control foul and a team control foul, and many game participants, table personnel and fans don’t know the difference.”

 

A complete listing of the basketball rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page and select “Basketball.”


The Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. is pleased to announce this year’s group of 13 senior student athletes who will be honored with the 2021 C. Eugene Cato Memorial Scholarships.

 

To reward the efforts of Indiana’s complete student-athletes, Methodist Sports Medicine, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Fever, Indiana Pacers, Sport Graphics, Inc., and Franciscan Health Systems have all partnered with the IHSAA and the IHSAA Foundation to sponsor the program. These well-rounded, positive role models have demonstrated excellence in academics, school and community involvement, character, sportsmanship, and citizenship.

 

Each individual will receive a $2,500 scholarship for their prep accomplishments and be recognized at this year’s Thomas A. Brady Sports Achievement Awards Dinner established by Methodist Sports Medicine on June 3, 2021.

 

2021 IHSAA / C. Eugene Cato Memorial Scholarship Award recipients

Tate Cowan, Wawasee

Abigail Fulton, Southwestern (Hanover)

Aubrey Gearhart, Winamac Community

Kennedy Hallam, North Posey

Drew Labhart, Perry Central

Jake Martin, Northwestern

Kennedy Peggs, Tri

Bennett Schmitt, Jasper

William Staggs, South Knox

Summer Stogsdill, Lebanon

Deven Suhka, Culver Academies

Megan Wagner, Carroll (Flora)

Noah Zahn, Huntington North 

 

 

Nine-time varsity letterman Aubrey Gearhart of Winamac Community High School ranks second in her class of 67 students with a 4.18 GPA. She lettered four times in basketball and softball and served as senior captain for both teams. Aubrey also earned a varsity letter in volleyball her senior season. She earned All-Conference recognition in softball.

 

Outside of her athletic achievements, she was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Athletic Leadership Council, the Conference Math Team, and the Sunshine Society.

 

Aubrey also made time to make a difference in her community serving through her local church by volunteering at vacation bible school and providing meals for families in need, offering lawn care service to elderly members in the area, collecting toys and gifts for youth in need around Christmas time, raising money for Riley Children’s Hospital, and giving back to youth sports in her community through mentoring and coaching.

 

Aubrey will be attending Indiana Wesleyan University. 

 

 

Deven Suhka is a two-sport varsity athlete, competing in and serving as senior captain in football and baseball. Deven has earned a 3.95 at Culver Military Academies.

 

Unlike the average high school student, Deven spends extra time completing the various duties that come along with attending a military school. Those range from cleaning and inspecting rooms to participating in parade and drill formation numerous times a month. There may also be other various meetings, training events, and tasks given to each Culver Cadet throughout their time at the academy.

 

Deven is currently serving as Infantry Battalion Operations Officer at Culver. Aside from what is expected at a military academy, Deven has taken time to participate in sports, Model UN, and Culver’s conservation and environmental program, Green Life. He also has a part time job at a local hotel.

 

Deven plans to attend Princeton University. 

 


If Monday’s drama is any indication then the sectional rematch between Tippecanoe Valley and Rochester should be a good one. 

 

Tippecanoe Valley rallied with three runs in the 7th to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 7-5 TRC softball win over Rochester (4-9, 0-4 TRC) Monday.

 

Valley’s Mercedes Snapp drove in two runs with a single and Macy Kirchenstien drove in Snapp in the top of the 7th for the win.

 

Rochester’s Sydney Haughs was 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBI.  Kallie Watson drove in Rochester’s other run.

 

Tippecanoe Valley (9-7, 2-2 TRC) picked up a pair of RBI from Snapp and Abby Bowers.  Corinna Stiles and Madi Smith also drove in runs.  Kayleena Agnew had three hits on the day.

 

Rochester and Tippecanoe Valley will meet in the bye-game semifinal of the 2A Wabash Sectional.

 


Rochester edges Tippecanoe Valley in TRC tennis

Rochester got by rival Tippecanoe Valley 3-2 in varsity tennis Monday.

 

1 singles:  Hannah Houston (Roch) defeated Hannah Parson won 6-0, 6-4. 

 

2 singles:  Gigi Engstrand (TV) defeated Kim Banic 6-3, 6-4 

 

3 singles:  Ryli Rouch (Roch) defeated Peyton Oldham won 6-4, 6-3. 

 

1 doubles:  Kaitlin Neese / Mackenzie Costello (TV) defeated Molly Conley / Kylie Houston lost 2-6, 1-6. 

 

2 doubles:  Lilli Eaton / Carli Richard (Roch) defeated Bri Feldman / Kaydence Shepherd 7-6 (9-7 tiebreaker), 6-2. 


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