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Rochester, Tippecanoe Valley open tennis postseason play, HS scoreboard

It's a 5:30 pm start for the Culver Acadamies boys tennis sectional Wednesday.  The four-team field features semifinal play as Rochester plays North Judson and Culver Academies plays Knox.

The championship is scheduled for Friday.


Tippecanoe Valley opens quarterfinal play Wednesday afternoon at the Warsaw sectional.  The Vikings play Whitko with the winner to meet Warsaw in a Friday semifinal.


Boys soccer

Rochester 2, Culver Community 1

Mitchell Shafer and Carlos Plascencia scored goals for the Zebras.  RJ Keranko with two assists.


Parker Wallace had three saves on four shots on goal.



Caston 4, LaVille 1

Rowan Jellison 2, Jonathan Pacheco 1, Jan Aguilar Mendez 1 with goals for Caston.

Brock Hook had five saves in goal.



Girls soccer

Northwestern 8, Rochester 0


Culver 11, Peru 2

Giselle Villegas scored three goals and added four assists in the Culver win.  Kaylee Hamilton also scored three times with an assist.

Maconaquah 4, Tippecanoe Valley 3




Caston def North Judson, 25-17, 25-21, 18-25, 25-15


Wabash def Rochester, 25-16, 22-25, 25-22, 25-15


Tippecanoe Valley def. Marion, 25-19, 25-22, 25-12


Elkhart Christian def. Culver, 25-21, 25-12, 24-26, 25-11

Sectional tennis brackets set at Culver Acadamies and Warsaw

Boys tennis teams around the state learned their postseason route Monday night during the IHSAA Boys Tennis State Tournament Pairings Show.


Rochester will battle three other programs this week for the Sectional 50 championship hosted by Culver Academies.


In the semifinals, Rochester will play North Judson with Culver Academies matching up with Knox.


Tippecanoe Valley will travel to Warsaw for Sectional 52 which features five programs.  The Vikings will open with Whitko.  The winner gets Warsaw in one semifinal.


Th other semifinal will pit Columbia City against Wawasee.


The sectional champions will advance to regional competition beginning Oct. 4.

The top three teams and top two individual players not on an advancing team are allowed to make the girls state golf finals from the regional weekend. 


Rochester missed it by just four strokes.


The Rochester golf team finished fourth at the Lake Central regional held at Sandy Pines Gold Club in DeMotte.  The Zebras’ 370 was four strokes behind third place Valparaiso who finished with a 366.


Penn claimed the regional title with a 340.  Host school Lake Central was second with 349.


Crown Point’s Kenzie Wilson shot a 79.  She’ll advance as an individual to the state finals with Brynlee DeBoard of Kankakee Valley who shot an 81.


Rochester’s Ava Thomas and Olivia Bradley were just two strokes off the pace.  Both shot an 83.  Teammate Payton Moore finished with a 91.


At the regional at Noble Hawk GC, hosted by East Noble, Culver Academy claimed the top spot with a 302 and will advance to the state finals with second place Homestead (315) and third place Carroll (318).


Tippecanoe Valley finished seventh as a team led by Madelyn Weaver’s 89 and Kaydence Mellott with a 91.

Soccer pairings set for upcoming IHSAA state tournament

A record number of boys and girls soccer teams will compete in the 29th Annual IHSAA Boys and Girls Soccer State Tournaments.


A total of 305 boys teams and 273 girls teams learned their opening-round sectional opponents Sunday night during the IHSAA’s state tournament draw. The previous record for participants was 301 for the boys in 2017 and 2019, and 272 girls teams in 2019.


Both tournaments mirror each other beginning with 16 sectionals in each of three classes running Oct. 3-8.


Regional semifinals will be played Oct. 12-13 with regional championships on Oct. 15.


Semistate champions will be determined on Oct. 22 at four sites with the winners advancing to the state championship matches Oct. 28-29 at Michael Carroll Stadium at IUPUI in Indianapolis.


This is the second year that a mid-week regional semifinal match will be played on the home field of one of the sectional winners. This year, the winners of the even-numbered sectionals will host a regional semifinal match on Wednesday (boys) and Thursday (girls) with all championship matches played at a pre-determined site on Saturday.


Boys Tournament

Wabash Sectional

Tippecanoe Valley will face the host, Wabash, in the opening round of Class 2A, Sectional 22. The winner will get Manchester in the semifinal round.

Rochester takes on No. 9 Culver Academies in its postseason opener. The winner will face the survivor of a battle between a pair of the top-15 ranked teams in the state -- No. 10 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger and No. 13 Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran.

The Wabash Sectional champion will host the Maconaquah Sectional champion in the regional semifinal round.

Norwell is the host site for the regional championship match.


Argos Sectional

Argos is the host site for Class A, Sectional 37 featuring six teams.

In the postseason opener, Culver Community takes on Caston. The winner will face the winner of the quarterfinal match between No. 16 North White and North Miami.

In the other sectional semifinal round match, Argos battles Winamac for a spot in the championship match.

The Argos Sectional champion will travel to the winner of the Carroll (Flora) Sectional for a regional semifinal round match.

Taylor is the host site for the regional championship match.


Girls Tournament

Culver Academies Sectional

Tippecanoe Valley was the last team set into the six-team field in Class 2A, Sectional 22 and will face Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran in a semifinal match.

The sectional opens with Culver Academies hosting No. 5 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger. The other quarterfinal match pits Garrett against No. 8 Leo.

The Culver Academies Sectional champion will host the Mississinewa Sectional champion in the regional semifinal round.

Norwell will host the regional championship match.


Argos Sectional

Argos, ranked No. 12 in the state coaches poll, will open Class A, Sectional 35 with a quarterfinal round match against No. 14 Trinity Greenlawn.

Culver Community will take on Bremen in the other quarterfinal round match with the winners meeting in the semifinal round.

The other semifinal round match features Rochester against LaVille.

The Argos Sectional champion will travel to the Westview Sectional champion for the regional semifinal.

Westview also is the regional championship match site.

Zebras - Vikings highlight Week 5 high school football slate

Rochester vs Tippecanoe Valley.  The rivalry would be enough.  Throw in the fact that both are undefeated entering Week 5 and you have a terrific battle atop the Three Rivers Conference standings.


Johnny McCrory previews tonight's area football games.



Ruiz leads Tippecanoe Valley to soccer win over Rochester

With the countdown on to Friday's football battle between Rochester and Tippecanoe Valley, other athletic squads at the schools are matching up.


Boys soccer

Tippecanoe Valley 8, Rochester 2


Jonathan Ruiz scored three times to lead the Viking to the victory.  Christian Ramirez added two goals.

Andreas Rosas scored a goal and added four assists.


For Rochester, Mitchell Shafer scored on a PK in the 1st half.  Teammate RJ Kerankohad a second half goal


The Zebras' Parker Wallace had 16 saves on 24 shots on goal.



Boys tennis

Rochester 4, Whitko 1


Rochester and Tippecanoe Valley are scheduled to square off at 5pm Thursday


Rochester head football coach Ron Shaffer has been named one of the honorable mention regional coaches for the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week for Region 4.


Casey kolkman of Heritage High School was named the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week


The announcement by the Indianapolis Colts, presented by Center Point Energy, recognizes coaches in ten regions around the state.


Rochester (4-0, 3-0 TRC) plays at rival Tippecanoe Valley (4-0, 3-0 TRC) Friday in a key Three Rivers Conference showdown.  Coverage at 6:40 pm on 92.1, and the GIANT fm app.


Maconaquah is also undefeated in conference play (3-1, 3-0 TRC). The Braves play at Peru (2-2, 2-1 TRC) on Friday.



Maconaquah claimed the girls TRC golf title Saturday.


It’s the second straight title for Maconaquah who narrowly got by both Rochester and Tippecanoe Valley by just two strokes.


Maconaquah posted a team low 344 led by sophomore medalist Daisy Williams with a 74.  She also won for the second straight year.


Rochester and Tippecanoe Valley finished with 346.


The Zebras placed three players in the top 10 who made all-conference.  Olivia Bailey shot a 77 for third place overall.  Teammate Ava Thomas was fifth with an 80.  Payton Moore was seventh with an 84.


Tippecanoe Valley also placed three players on the all-conference squad.  Madelyn Weaver shot a 79 for third place.  Molly Moriarity was eighth with an 87.  Kaydence Mellott shot an 88 for tenth place.


Rounding out the team scores,  Wabash Valley was fourth with 412, Northfield 420, Whitko 431, North Miami 451, Peru 459, Southwood 467, Manchester Inc.

Entering Week 4 of the high school football season there are three teams tied atop the Three Rivers Conference with unbeaten conference records.


Rochester, Tippecanoe Valley and Maconaquah are all 2-0 in conference play.  The Zebras (3-0, 2-0 TRC) are on the road tonight at Wabash (1-2, 1-2).


Last week’s win came easy for Rochester, on the field, with a 70-0 victory over Whitko.  It was getting to the field that proved to be the bigger challenge after storms earlier in the week knocked over the scoreboard at Barnhart Field. Hosting Homecoming and the 1987 state championship team meant it couldn’t be as simple as flipping home games with Whitko.


Head coach Ron Shaffer says he’s appreciative of everything that was done to make the home game happen.



For the game itself, it took limited plays for Rochester to overwhelm Whitko.



Shaffer expects a tougher challenge this week at Wabash.



GIANT fm Sports coverage begins at 6:40 pm on 92.1, and the GIANT fm app.



Hoosier North schools Caston (0-3, 0-2 HN) and #15 (1A) Pioneer (1-2, 1-1 HN) play tonight at The Pit at Pioneer.

Caston has been outscored 124-22 through three games.



Culver (1-2) looks to bounce back from a loss to a strong, talented Knox team with a matchup against undefeated West Central (3-0).

Cavaliers coach Mike Zehner looks back at the loss to Knox.



Tonight, West Central may not be as physical as Knox but they bring speed on the outside.



West Central is trying for the program’s first winning season since 2014.



Winamac (1-2, 0-2 Hoosier North) won for the first time last week as the Warriors rushed for 378 yards and 10 yards per carry.

Winamac head coach Josh Burgess.



Tonight, a LaVille (3-0, 2-0 HN)team that has moved up to #7 in the 2A coaches poll.



Other area games tonight

#16 (3A) Tippecanoe Valley (3-0, 2-0 TRC) at Manchester (0-3, 0-2 TRC)

Southwood (1-2, 1-1 TRC) at Northfield (1-2, 0-2 TRC)

Peru (1-2, 1-1 TRC) at North Miami (2-1, 1-1 TRC)

Maconaquah (2-1, 2-0 TRC) at Whitko (0-3, 0-2 TRC)

Knox (2-1, 2-0 HN) at #5 (1A) North Judson (3-0, 2-0 HN)

#15 (2A) Lewis Cass (3-0) at Tipton (2-1)

#12 (6A) Warsaw (3-0) at Concord (1-2)

Rochester tennis gets second TRC win, 6-1 overall; HS scoreboard

Boys tennis

Rochester 4, Wabash 1

Rochester is 6-1, 2-1 TRC

Rochester with wins at #1 singles, Brock Bowers; #2 singles with Tanner Reinartz; and #3 singles with Luke Hunting.  #1 doubles also a win with Robert Bozzo and Brayden Zink.



Girls golf

Plymouth 178, Rochester 187, Bremen 256

For Rochester: Ava Thomas 44, Olivia Bailey 45, Payton Moore 45

Plymouth's Elaina McDonald was the medalist with a 43.



Girls soccer

Culver 5, Kouts 0


Culver's Kaylee Hamilton scored twice while teammate Giselle Villegas scored and assisted on an Olivia Compton goal.

Maddie Hamilton also recorded a goal for Culver in the win.




Boys soccer

Plymouth 7, Argos 1



Tippecanoe Valley def North Miami 25-23, 26-28, 28-26, 25-21

For Tippecanoe Valley:  Wagoner: 7 kills, 1 ace, 42 assists. Costello: 6 kills, 1 block, 1 ace.  Smith: 10 kills


Caston def. Lewis Cass 25-13, 25-13, 25-17

For Caston:  Isabel Scales had 10 kills, and Alexa Finke added 8 kills 


West Central def Winamac 25-10, 25-11, 25-15



Girls soccer

Rochester 1, Oak Hill 1

Tied at 1 at halftime

Rochester’s original game for Thursday with North White was canceled.  Will now play Marion.



Boys soccer

Manchester 9, Rochester 0


Tippecanoe Valley 6, North Miami 0


Caston 8, North White 4

Caston:  Rowan Jellison scored 5 goals



Girls golf

Rochester 188, Logansport 196

Rochester’s Olivia Bailey was medalist with a 39

Zebras now 14-1



Northridge 190, Tippecanoe Valley 194, John Glenn 252


Winamac 207, LaVille 265, Culver 270



Boys tennis

Rochester 5, Manchester 0

#1 singles, Brock Bowers; #2 singles, Tanner Reinartz; #3 singles, Luke Hunting; #1 doubles,  Robert Bozzo-Brayden Zink; and #2 doubles, Harrison Dunwoody-Jake Freeman were all winners for Rochester





Saturday HS scoreboard

Boys soccer

Rochester 3, Winamac 1


Mitchell Shafer hadtwo goals for the Zebras. Junior Criollo scored his first  goal of the year at the eight minute mark of the second half.


Rochester's Tyler Reese had five saves on six shots on goal.



FW Concordia 2, Argos 1



Boys cross country

Rochester competed at the Manchester Invitational and finished sixth in the 20 team field



Caston CC Invitational

South Bend Adams topped the 15-team boys field with a low score of 34. Bol Agwick of SB Adams won the event.


Cass was a distant second with 100.


Lakeland came in third followed by Pioneer, Winamac, West Central and Caston in the top seven.


Kolby Wegner from Winamac was third.  Austin Dague of Caston finished 11th.


Girls cross country

Winamac won the girls Caston Cross County Invitational by a narrow five poiints.  Winamac scored 50 as a team to get by South Bend Adams who finished with 55.


Carroll (Flora), Cass, North Judson, Triton and Caston were in the top seven teams of the 14-team field.  Culver Community was 12th.


Lexi Lawwill of SB Adams won event.  Margaret Smith of Winamac 5th

Mackenzi Roudebush was Caston's top finisher in 35th.




Rochester's Zoe Seward claimed a fourth place finish at the Manchester Invitational.  It was a personal best run of 19:39 for Seward.

Overall, Rochester had an incomplete score.

Tippecanoe Valley finished tenth overall in the 16-team field.






A look at the Thursday high school scoreboard followed by a preview of Week 3 football action.  


Coverage of tonight's Whitko - Rochester game starts at 5:40 pm on 92.1, and the GIANT fm app.



Two players reached par with another just a stroke behind as Rochester won a golf match in a four-team field Thursday.


Rochester’s Ava Thomas and Tippecanoe Valley’s Madelyn Weaver both shot par at Round Barn as the Zebras edged out the Vikings by four strokes in a four-way with Maconaquah and Southwood.


Thomas and Weaver tied for medalist honors with 36 to lead Rochester and Tippecanoe Valley, respectively.  The separation in team score came with the second highest individual score.  Rochester’s Olivia Bradley was just two strokes back with a 38 compared to the Vikings Kaydence Mellott who finished with a 45.


Rochester won the event with a team score of 170.  Tippecanoe Valley finished with a 174. 


Maconaquah was third, just a stroke back at 175, led by Daisy Williams with a 37.


Southwood finished fourth with 245.  Rowan Goodpasture topped the Southwood effort with a 52.



Rochester def. Peru, 22-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-19

Zebras win TRC opener


Triton def Culver in three games

Culver outside hitter Avery Garland five kills, two blocks


Maconaquah def Tippecanoe Valley in five games



Boys soccer

Northwood 9, Rochester 0

For Rochester:  Parker Wallace had  6 saves on 10 shots on goal.  Tyler Reese had 6 saves on 11 shots on goal.


Rabour Tindi has the Zebras only shot on goal.


Wabash 7, Caston 0

Maconaquah 3, Tippecanoe Valley 2



Girls soccer

Culver 4, Rochester 2


Jimtown 10, Tippecanoe Valley 1

Jessica Brito with Vikings only goal



Tippecanoe Valley 5, Knox 0

Singles 1: Dylan Neese defeated AJ Turner, 6-0, 6-0

Singles 2: Cameron Manuel defeated Rocco Venice, 6-1, 6-0

Singles 3: Wyatt Reiter defeated Coy Taulbee, 6-1, 6-3

Doubles 1: Cody Smith/Annikan Pettit defeated Brayden Branham/Drew Simpson, 6-0, 6-0

Doubles 2: Cooper Walls/Tristyn Ragon defeated Nick Dillner/Wyatt Libey, 6-1, 6-0


Week 3 football schedule


Rochester and Knox have played three times in the last four seasons.  Rochester has won two of those three and each game has been decided by a touchdown or less.

Something similar may be brewing tonight as a couple of 1-0 football teams collide in Knox on GIANT fm Sports.

Rochester (1-0) appeared to be the stronger team as Week One went later stages at Southwood.  The Zebras turned a seven point  halftime deficit into a 35-21 win by outscoring Southwood 28-7 in the second half.

Head coach Ron Shaffer says depth and conditioning were huge.



Shaffer was also excited about his defensive line play in the win at Southwood.



Knox finished 5-7 last season.  That ended a streak of six straight seasons above .500 for the Redskins program.  However, including Rochester’s 12-7 win last season, Knox lost three games by seven points or less.


Knox (1-0) dominated Winamac last week, 54-19. 


Russ Radtke is in his third season as the Redskins head coach and 46th overall after many successful seasons at New Prairie and Griffith, including the 1997 state title at Griffith.  Radtke’s 380 wins ranks him second only to Sheridan’s Larry Wright who has 436 over 57 seasons.


Pregame at 7:10 pm, kickoff at 7:30 pm on GIANT fm Sports on 92.1, and the GIANT fm app.



Caston was only able to generate 16 rushing yards in a season opening loss to West Central, 26-8.

It doesn’t get easier for the Comets in Week 2 as #5 (1A) North Judson comes to Fulton.

Comets head coach Chris Ulerick says he’s looking for more effort from his team.



North Judson, with a 9-4 record last season, appeared in the semistate and lost to Adams Central. 

The Bluejays beat Culver last week, 45-12.

The Comet Pride Club is hosting a Kickoff Carnival at the home opener.  Cotton candy, sno-cones, games, dunk tank are available with proceeds going directly to Caston athletic programs.



Culver will host South Central (Union Mills) as both look for that first win.

The two teams didn’t play last year as Culver missed scheduled games in Week 2 and 3.  They did, however, meet in the sectional semifinal.  Culver upended the Satellites 18-0 to advance to the sectional championship game.

Head coach Mike Zehner says both teams look different this season.



Also tonight

#13 (3A) Tippecanoe Valley (1-0, 0-0 TRC) at Northfield (1-0, 0-0 TRC)


Taylor (0-1) at North Miami (1-0)

Warriors snapped 18 game losing streak with win last week


Peru (0-1, 0-0) TRC at Whitko (0-1, 0-0)


Oak Hill (1-0) at Southwood (0-1)


Bluffton (0-1) at Manchester (0-1)


Maconaquah (1-0) at Cass (1-0)


Wabash (0-1) at Alexandria (0-1)


Winamac (0-1, 0-1 HN) at Pioneer (0-1, 0-0 HN)


#12 (2A) LaVille (1-0, 0-0 HN) at #12 (1A) Triton (1-0, 0-0 HN)

Joe Grant of North Miami High School has been named the Colts / NFL Coach of the Week, presented by CenterPoint Energy, the Indianapolis Colts announced.


Grant was nominated and selected for the award after his Warriors ended an 18-game losing streak with a 14-12 road win at Class 2A Manchester.


North Miami's last win was in Week 2 of 2019 over Taylor, 40-30.  North Miami lost the final eight games of 2019 before going 0-10 last season.


The following coaches were recognized as honorable mentions for Week 1:

Region 1: Mark Peterson, Chesterton

Region 2: Cory Yeoman, Penn

Region 3: Andy Thomas, Angola

Region 4: Andy Standifer, Benton Central

Region 6: Mark Raetz, Northview

Region 7: Rob Doyle, Bishop Chatard

Region 8: Kyle Ralph, New Palestine




South Central def Culver Community 25-12, 25-18, 25-15

Setter Brynn Berndt led Culver with five kills and 17 assists



Caston def Peru, 25-17, 25-15, 25-21

Caston:  Annie Harsh - 8 assists; Isabel Scales - 8 kills; Alexa Finke 7 kills 



Triton def. Rochester, 25-20, 10-25, 17-25, 25-20, 15-11



Girls golf

Rochester 179, Southwood, 235, North Miami 243, Manchester INC

Rochester led by Olivia Bailey with a 39.  Ava Thomas posted a 41.



Girls soccer

Bremen 3, Culver 1






2021 was a huge step forward for Rochester football under first year head coach Ron Shaffer. 


From an 0-8 season in 2020, the Zebras improved to 5-3 last season (4-2 TRC) and rushed for over 300 yards per game led by all-TRC Alex Deming's 1773 yards.


The home opener is tonight for the Zebras who immediately begin conference play with visiting Southwood (5-6 last season).  Coach Shaffer knows his defense led by another all-TRC selection, Eli Swango (57 tackles), has to be up to the challenge.



Shaffer says Southwood features explosiveness on offense led by a dynamic quarterback.



The all-conference performer Lloyd passed for over 1300 yards last season and led the Knights in rushing with 793.


Pregame tonight at 6:40 pm with kickoff at 7:00 pm on GIANT fm Sports.





Caston def Culver Community 25-21, 25-22. 25-13

For Caston:  Addison Zimpleman - 14 service points with 3 aces; Isabel Scales - 9 kills; Macee Hinderlider - 7 kills;  Delany Lowry - 10 assists 


Boys soccer

Caston 4, Rochester 2


Halftime score was tied 1-1.


Girls soccer

Rochester road win at Maconaquah

Wabash 2, Tippecanoe Valley 1


Girls golf

Tippecanoe Valley 170, Warsaw 184, Wabash 217




Rochester 5, Triton 0





Tuesday HS scoreboard

Boys soccer

Tippecanoe Valley 6, Caston 0

TV up 2-0 at half, four second half goals to put it away



North White 5, Rochester 2

North White up 1-0 at halftime

For Rochester, RJ Keranko and Mitchell Shafer scored goals in the second half.  Parker Wallace had 10 saves and 1 assist.




Girls golf

Southwood 242, Caston 276

Shaylee Strasser and Jullina Sherick each with a 67 for the Comets


Rochester 176, Western 196

Western's Elizabeth Mercer was the medalist with a 39

Rochester: Payton Moore 40, Olivia Bailey and Ava Thomas 41




Pioneer def Rochester, 25-17, 25-18, 25-14

Wawasee def Tippecanoe Valley 25-15, 26-24, 25-19

Culver Community def Oregon Davis in 3 games

Caston def Carroll (Flora) 25-12, 25-22, 25-23



Boys tennis

Wawasee 3, Tippecanoe Valley 2

HS scoreboard

Girls golf

Rochester topped Winamac and Knox in girls golf on Monday.

Olivia Bailey was medalist wth a 40 to lea Rochester to a team low 177. Winamac finished with 201 and Knox had 214.



Tippecanoe Valley remained unbeaten in match play Monday.  Madelyn Weaver secured medalist with a 39 to pace the Vikings to a team score of 182.


Plymouth was second with 188, followed by Bremen (250) and LaVille (254).



Boys soccer

Maconaquah 8, Caston 0


WROI will be having our 2022 Football Coaches Preview Show on Sunday from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.  The show will air live from Moose Lodge #1107 in Rochester.

Six area coaches are scheduled to visit with Randy Wynn on Sunday's preview.


Rochester, Ron Shaffer (2nd season)

Shaffer led the Zebras to a 5-3 season (4-2 TRC) after a winless 0-8 record the season before.  Rochester rushed for over 300 yards per game.


Tippecanoe Valley, Steve Moriarity (6th season)

The Tippy alum Moriarity coached the Vikings 10-1 record (7-0, TRC champs) last season.  It was the program's best since a 10-3 mark in 1983.


Caston, Chris Ulerick (14th season)

The Caston alum Ulerick returns to the Comets head coaching role with the departure of Will Porter.  Ulerick was at the helm for Caston's last winning season in 2012 (8-3).  Caston has five wins over the last two seasons after two straight winless seasons and a 29-game losing streak.


Culver Community, Mike Zehner (7th season)

Culver picked up half of its four wins (4-6) last season in the sectional before losing to eventual semistate participant North Judson in the sectional final.  The Cavaliers rushed for 255 yards per game.


North Miami, Joe Grant (6th season)

The Warriors (0-10 last season) return 18 starters who will try to snap a current 18-game losing streak


Winamac, Josh Burgess (1st season)

The 1997 Winamac grad takes over for the recently retired IFCA Hall of Fame coach John Hendryx.  The Warriors must replace 18 starters while making the move up to 2A.



Rochester, Tippecanoe Valley with girls golf wins

Rochester's top three girls golf players were within two strokes of each other to lead the Zebras to a win over Pioneer, 187-240.


At Round Barn Golf Club, Payton Moore earned medalist honors with a 44 followed by teammates Olivia Bailey, 45, and Ava Thomas with a 46.  Delaney Barkman recorded a 52 and Savannah Eccles, 62.


Tippecanoe Valley continued a strong start to the girls golf season by defeating Northwestern and Peru.  The Vikings team score of 192 was 29 strokes better that second place Northwestern, 221.  Peru was third with a 272.


Kaydence Mellott topped the Tippecanoe Valley effort with a 46. Madelyn Weaver carded a 48.  Teammates Molly Moriarty and Lily Ault tied with a 49.






Tippecanoe Valley posts golf wins over Caston, Pioneer

Tippecanoe Valley posted a pair of girls golf wins in match play with Caston and Pioneer.


At the Round Barn Golf Course, Tippecanoe Valley posted a team score of 183.  Molly Moriarty topped the Vikings effort with a 44 followed closely by teammates Madelyn Weaver and Kaydence Mellott with a 45 and 46, respectively.


Pioneer was a distant second with 243.  Caston had an incomplete team score.

The Rochester girls golf team was led by a strong performance from a freshman in invitational play over the weekend.


Olivia Bailey fired an 86 to lead the Lady Zebras.  That score left her just outside the top five individuals at the Twin Lakes Invitational at Tippecanoe Country Club in Monticello on Saturday. 


Audrey Patterson of Lebanon topped the individual leaderboard with an 81.  Warsaw's Olivia Robertson - Gay and Abbey Petersen each carded an 84.  Logansport's Myleigh Moon took the tie-breaker from Plymouth's Elaina McDonald to finish fourth.  They both shot 85.


As a team, Rochester finished third with a 363.  Logansport was 12 strokes better with a 351 to win the event.  Plymouth was second with a 357.


Warsaw, fourth, and Rensselaer rounded out the top five.

Tippecanoe Valley girls golf wins at Eagle Glen

Tippecanoe Valley placed first in a girls golf match with host Columbia City and Wawasee at Eagle Glen at Columbia City.


The Vikings posted a team score of 189.  Columbia City was six strokes back with a 195.  Wawasee finished with a 210.


Madelyn Weaver led the way with a 40.


The win follows up a second place finish in the 13-team Plymouth Invitational field.

The Indiana fair circuit moves north this weekend as the "Quest for the Governor's Cup" enters round 10.


The Elkhart County 4-H Fair in Goshen, will host a trio of programs beginning with a 13-race card Saturday, July 23. Action continues Monday, July 25 with a seven-race program, and eight contests are slated for Tuesday, July 26. Racing kicks off at 11 a.m. each day.


The Classic Pace for three year olds headlines Saturday’s program. A group of seven sophomore fillies will go postward in the 11th race, competing for a $12,100 purse. Pure Silky, a 1:51.4 winner this season, starts from post five for trainer and driver Doug Rideout. To her inside is Odds On Number One, trained by Melanie Wrenn. The Odds On Equuleus filly has a 1:52.2 victory to her credit this season, and will be guided by Peter Wrenn. The field also includes JK Endofanera sophomores Lady Angel, JK Lady Star and Latest Kiss, all winners this season at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. 


Two colt divisions have been drawn, offered as races 12 and 13 on the program. The $6,350 first division features Lucks On Time starting from the outside post in the field of five. The son of Luck Be Withyou, trained by Missy Essig, finished third in Indiana Sires Stakes competition earlier this season. The Joe Putnam-trained Everything Z Tam has also drawn into the first division. The two-time winner lines up in post four for driver Joey Putnam. Odds On Alpha Male and Frequent Image will square off in the $6,450 second division. Both pacers have 1:50.4 victories to their credit. Odds On Alpha Male starts from post two for Peter Wrenn while trainer Robert Taylor will steer Frequent Image from post five.


Tuesday’s program features the Maple City Trot, with a pair of divisions for both sophomore fillies and colts. Five-time winner Walk With Me leads a field of five in the first filly split, carded as race five. Rideout will pilot his charge from post three in the $6,400 contest. Divisional points leader Crescent Beauty lines up along the rail in the other $6,500 contest for fillies. To her outside is three-time winner Fashion’s Way (post two), 1:56.1 winner Jesses Doll (post four) and My Sweet Mi Mi, a 1:56.4 winner (post five).


The $6,200 first split for trotting colts has attracted a top group, all with victories in 2022. Starlit Dandy, the fastest in the field with a 1:55 mark, starts from the rail, joined by Piningforgold (1:56.1), Summit City Sonny (1:58) and divisional points leader Lonestar Fashion, who starts from the outside post. Five-time winner Hand Dover Dan leads a field of six in the second split, which carries a $6,300 purse. The group also includes winners Spent, Muscle Dan and Jesmach Onyx.


Doug Rideout maintains a 42-31 advantage over Jordan Ross in the driver’s standings. Ross picked up two winners last week while Rideout did not reach the winner’s circle. Jay Cross collected three wins at Shelbyville to move past Michael Detweiler for third in the standings with 15 winners. Neither Rideout nor Mervin Schmucker sent out winners at Shelbyville, so they remain atop the standings with 47 and 19 victories, respectively. Alvin Miller conditioned two winners at Shelbyville to draw even with Leander Schwartz for third in the standings, each with 12 scores. 


Listed below are the top eight point earners in each division, including ties, through nine rounds of the Quest. Points are tabulated by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. Horses earn a point for each start made on the fair circuit, with race winners awarded 50 points. A second-place finish merits 25 points, a third-place effort yields 12 points, eight points are awarded for fourth place and five points for fifth place. The top eight point earners in each division that have also made the prerequisite seven fair starts will compete in the $25,000 Governor's Cup Championships to be held August 11 at the Indiana State Fair. All horses that have made seven or more starts are designated below with an asterisk.


Two-Year-Old Filly Pace

Kruisin Kristen* 332; Check In Process* 290; Here We Go BB 243; Go Go Jackie Jo* 208; Swartz Bros Elen* 202; Virgins Big Money* 192; Tell Me Lies* 186; Live Your Life 180


Two-Year-Old Colt Pace

M-M’s Tony* 294; Lil Joe Iv* 257; Isitlikeittell* 208; Master Splinter 179; Vel Big Bruiser* 168; Mercy Rock* 157; Starlit Rockstar 141; Vel Dwayne* 139


Two-Year-Old Filly Trot

If Not For You* 265; Tucky Girl 223; Cash In The Bank* 219; Sure Do 218; Unforgettable* 211; Swartz Bros Donna* 181; Edge Of Rejoicing* 167; Youknowyoudid 154


Two-Year-Old Colt Trot

Help Dust* 295; Mr Knowitall 255; Prince Henry 236; Starlit Swan Song 198; A Majorsmackin* 181; Reckless Reviver 179; Cantab Superstar* 173; Closed Deal 138


Three-Year-Old Filly Pace

Babe's Darla* 274; Al Perfection* 204; Mystical Image 189; Velstraightdreamer* 163; Vel Goodgollymolly* 157; Zig Zag Zoom* 156; Lady Angel 102; Swartz Bros Jane* 96


Three-Year-Old Colt Pace

Virgins Beach Boy* 269; Vel Bitter Chip* 209; Vel Larry* 198; Always-A-Laser 154; Vel Wemiss U Dean* 130; Riggins Revenge 129; One Lucky Dude 102; Luckychris 86


Three-Year-Old Filly Trot

Crescent Beauty* 383; Walk With Me* 307; Fashion's Way* 231; Double A Samantha 155; First N Line* 114; Tabsladyone 113; Swan’s Lady* 103; Dover Dance 84


Three-Year-Old Colt Trot

Lonestar Fashion* 295; Hand Dover Dan* 269; Vel Jail Bondsman* 186; Summit City Sonny 172; Molly’s Jail* 170;  Swartz Bros Sam* 143; Muscle Dan 103; V-Keys Striper 60


Racing fans are encouraged to follow along and participate this season using #Quest4GovCup on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Quest for the Governor’s Cup Locations and Dates

Complete - Round 1: Converse, Ind. - June 1 & 2

Complete - Round 2: Converse, Ind. - June 8 & 9

Complete - Round 3: Corydon, Ind. - June 16 & 17

Complete - Round 4: Converse, Ind. - June 21 & 22

Complete - Round 5: Frankfort, Ind. - June 27 & 28

Complete - Round 6: Frankfort, Ind. - July 4 & 5

Complete - Round 7: Kendallville, Ind. and Kentland, Ind. - July 9

Complete - Round 8: Portland, Ind. - July 13

Complete - Round 9: Shelbyville, Ind. - July 18 & 19

Round 10: Goshen, Ind. - July 23, 25 & 26

Round 11: Connersville, Ind. - August 1 & 2

Round 12: Portland, Ind. - August 6

Governor’s Cup Championships: Indianapolis, Ind. - August 11


Indiana fair races will be available via livestream this season through a partnership between the Indiana Standardbred Association and Indiana Standardbred Breed Development. Fans can watch fair racing by visiting the ISA website,, on race days. Races will be archived on the website.

Rule changes on DNR properties take effect

Several rule changes that affect DNR properties took effect Wednesday, with the Natural Resources Commission, Attorney General’s Office, and Governor’s Office having recently approved them.

Changes include the following:

  • Stands or blinds (including portable ground blinds) are allowed to be left overnight on DNR properties if the blind or stand is legibly marked with the name, address and phone number of the owner or the owner's customer identification number issued by the DNR.
  • Trail/game cameras can be placed on properties managed by the Division of Fish & Wildlife, as well as on state forests, and state recreation areas as long as the camera is legibly marked with the owner's name, address, phone number or customer identification number issued by DNR. Placement of the camera must not damage a tree.
  • The placing of bait for wildlife is prohibited on any DNR property. Exceptions are granted for bait or food placed for wildlife management as authorized by DNR, the result of authorized agricultural operations on the property (like tenant farming) or a bird feeder placed by a DNR employee. The definition of bait includes (1) a food that is transported to and placed for consumption, including but not limited to piles of corn and apples placed on the property; (2) prepared solids or liquids manufactured and intended for consumption by livestock, wild deer or birds, including, but not limited to, commercial baits and food supplements; (3) salt; and (4) mineral supplements. 
  • The collection of shed antlers without a permit is allowed, except on dedicated Nature Preserves.
  • Via a permit, magnet fishing is allowed on public waters on DNR properties as long as the magnet is able to be carried and retrieved by hand. Individuals will need to contact the respective property office to get a permit for magnet fishing on a DNR property.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois filed a federal civil lawsuit against the Chicago Cubs, alleging the team failed to ensure that recent additions and alterations at Wrigley Field were appropriately accessible to individuals with disabilities, including people who use wheelchairs, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.


The lawsuit alleges that the team’s renovation, rehabilitation, expansion, and reconstruction of Wrigley Field – a multi-year undertaking known as “the 1060 Project” – discriminated against individuals with disabilities.  To facilitate the changes made by the 1060 Project, the Cubs rebuilt a sizable portion of the preexisting Wrigley Field facility, including demolishing and reconstructing the bleachers and tearing down most of the lower grandstand and rebuilding it.  These extensive changes were subject to the ADA’s requirements for design, construction, and alterations, the lawsuit states.


The lawsuit alleges that throughout the 1060 Project, the Cubs failed to provide wheelchair users with adequate sightlines as compared to standing patrons or incorporate wheelchair seating into new premium clubs and group seating areas.  In the general admission areas, the Cubs designed and constructed the wheelchair seating so that it is largely clustered in the last row of seating sections – in violation of the requirements of the ADA Standards for Accessible Design – and failed to remove architectural barriers to access in unaltered portions of Wrigley Field where it was readily achievable to do so, the lawsuit states.


The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, names as defendants the Cubs and other corporate owners and operators of the Wrigley Field facility – CHICAGO BASEBALL HOLDINGS LLC, WRIGLEY FIELD HOLDINGS LLC, and WF MASTER TENANT LLC.  The suit seeks declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief to remedy the alleged ADA violations.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Abraham J. Souza and Patrick W. Johnson represent the government.


“The Cubs rebuilt much of Wrigley Field and had ample opportunity – and a significant ADA obligation – to incorporate wheelchair seating and other accessible elements into the updated facility,” said John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.  “The U.S. Attorney’s Office remains committed to ensuring equal accessibility for individuals with disabilities.”

The Executive Committee of the Indiana High School Athletic Association voted to make a significant change to the format of the annual boys and girls basketball state tournaments.


In its final meeting of the 2021-22 school year, the group of school principals and athletic directors voted 15-2 to make the regional round a single game and the semi-state round a two-game format beginning with next winter’s tournaments. The previous format of a two-round regional and a single semi-state game had been in place since 2002.


This spring, Commissioner Paul Neidig conducted a survey of principals, athletic directors, boys and girls coaches and 73.4% of those 781 respondents voted in favor of the change with at least 70% in all four groups approving.


Regional pairings will be drawn and announced at the same time as the traditional sectional pairings with two regional championship games being played at the same site and potentially from different classes.


Another new wrinkle includes conducting an additional blind draw and announcing the semi-state pairings the day after the regional championship games on


“We really like the potential of a high-energy atmosphere at the semi-state level with a chance to advance to the state championship games the following week at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, the home of the Pacers and Fever,” Neidig said. “This new format will double the number of teams who play a week longer in the tournament and should create a lot of excitement in those communities and will be financially beneficial for those communities that serve as host sites.”


Tournament host sites will be approved by the Executive Committee later this fall.

Also from today’s meeting:


• The Executive Committee formally approved full membership for Dugger Union, Evansville Christian and Purdue Polytechnic. Those schools become officially eligible to compete in IHSAA state tournaments beginning this fall.

• The Committee approved modified restrictions on Indiana schools competing against schools from beyond the 300-mile travel limit. IHSAA schools will now be able to participate against out-of-state schools from beyond the 300-mile limit as long as they are in good standing with their state association, the venue is within the 300 mile limit, is and is sanctioned by the NFHS and IHSAA. Also, Indiana schools may now host out-of-state schools in Indiana from beyond the 300-mile limit as long as they are a member in good standing with their own state association and the event is sanctioned by the NFHS and IHSAA.

• A proposal to raise ticket prices in several sports including football and basketball sectional games from $6 to $7 was also approved as well as raising an officials stipend by $10 at all levels as well as bumping their mileage from 25 cents to 50 cents per mile.

Caston wins baseball sectional; headed to SB regional

Adam Rush doubled in two runs and Joey Spin made it stand up with a three-hitter to propel Caston to a 1A baseball sectional championship win over North Miami, 3-1.


The 9th-ranked Comets (19-6) advance to the South Bend Washington regional Saturday.  The opponent in the semifinal will be 4th-ranked South Central (Union Mills) (19-9).  The other half of the bracket features #10 Femont (23-8) vs Morgan Township (17-8).


The Caston - South Denctral semifinal is scheduled for 11am.  It will be followed by Fremont - Morgan Township.


The championship game will be at 8 pm.


Rochester and Tippecanoe Valley played extra innings with the softball season on the line in the opening game of Sectional 37 at Wabash on Monday.  With three runs in the top of the 9th, Rochester broke a 3-all tie and then held on for a 6-3 quarterfinal win and a berth in Tuesday’s semifinal.


Rochester avenged a regular season conference loss to Tippecanoe Valley. 


Rochester banged out 11 hits and was helped by the Vikings defense which committed six errors.


Emma Howdeshell, Kylie Coleman, Sydney Haughs and Mia Howdeshell each had two hits for Rochester.  Haughs accounted for two RBI while Mia Howdeshell drove in one.


Mia Howdeshell earned the pitching win with a nine inning performance.  She surrendered only three earned runs on nine hits and managed to work around seven walks.


Tippecanoe Valley (18-8) had only one player record multiple hits.  Madi Smith reached base four times on a walk and 3-for-4 at the plate.  Junior Corinna Stiles homered and drove in two.


Macy Kirchenstein went the distance and took the loss.  She gave up 11 hits and six runs, four of which were earned.


Rochester (9-10) plays Whitko (7-12) in a Tuesday semifinal.   In the bottom half of the bracket, Lewis Cass (10-12) will play Wabash (4-17) for a berth in Thursday’s sectional championship.


The quarterfinals went as could be expected at the 1A Sectional 52 site at North Miami.

#3 Caston (18-4) rolled to a 17-0 win over Southwood.  The Comets scored all of their runs in the first four innings and advanced to tonight’s semifinal against North White (11-12).


Caston used two pitchers.  Kinzie Mollenkopf pitched three innings and had seven strikeouts while walking none and giving up just one hit.  Addison Zimpleman pitched two innings in relief with three strikeouts.  She also gave up just one hit and walked no one.

Offensively for Caston, Annie Harsh was 3-for-4 with a double, two singles, and two RBI.  Mollenkopf turned in a 3-for-4 with a double, two singles, and an RBI.

Maddi Smith was 2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI.


In the other half of the North Miami bracket, West Central shut out Northfield, 13-0.  8th-ranked West Central will play North Miami (16-9) in the other Tuesday semifinal.