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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 gets by Tippecanoe Valley in 9 inn; Caston advances easily in softball sectional quarterfinals

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.

New IHSAA sectional assigments announced

Rochester’s girls basketball program move to 3A could mean a postseason matchup with Tippecanoe Valley when the next sectional brackets are drawn.


The IHSAA unveiled new sectional assignments today.  Rochester will be in a girls basketball six-team field in Sectional 18 with Tippecanoe Valley, Bremen, Culver Academies, Glenn and Knox.


Rochester boys basketball will play in 2A Sectional 36.  Other teams in the field include Lewis Cass, North Miami, Pioneer, Wabash and Winamac.


A major change in the postseason sectional field for Rochester football.  With the Zebras in 2A Sectional 34 are Benton Central, Lafayette Central Catholic, Delphi, Lewis Cass, Pioneer, Winamac and Seeger.  Seeger and Rochester are two hours apart.


Caston girls basketball will be in 1A Sectional 52 with Frontier, North White, South Newton, Tri-County and West Central.  The Caston boys basketball sectional will feature the same field of teams.


In football, Caston will play in 1A Sectional 43 with Carroll (Flora), Frontier, North White. Taylor, Tri-Central and West Central.


Tippecanoe Valley boys basketball will play in a five-team field in 3A Sectional 18 with Bremen, Culver Academies, Glenn and Knox.  The Viking girls are in 3A Sectional 18 (as shown above).


Tippecanoe Valley football will be in 3A Sectional 28 with Guerin Catholic, Hamilton Heights, traditional power - Bishop Chatard, Maconaquah, Northwestern, Oak Hill and Peru.


Further sectional assigments for IHSAA sports can be found by pasting the following link from the IHSAA into your browser.

Boys volleyball, girls wrestling approved as IHSAA Emerging Sports

During its annual review of the by-laws on Monday afternoon, the Board of Directors of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. voted unanimously to add girls wrestling and boys volleyball to its new Emerging Sport Process.


The Board of Directors, led by this year’s President Jeff Doyle of Barr-Reeve High School and Vice President Jim Brown of Fishers High School, approved 38 items during the meeting in Indianapolis.


All proposals are considered in the order that the rule appears within the current by-laws. The Board of Directors has four options on each proposal: affirm, deny, table or amend a rule. A simple majority is necessary to act on any measure and all approved measures become effective immediately unless otherwise noted.


The Emerging Sport Process, known as Rule 1-4 and approved a year ago by the IHSAA Board of Directors, helps pave a way for those sports and participation to continue to grow with an eye toward eventually becoming a recognized sport and sponsorship of an official state tournament. The two sports become the first to earn the designation.


By earning the designation as an emerging sport, the IHSAA will now provide rule books, conduct coaches rules meetings, and provide coverage in the IHSAA’s Catastrophic Medical program. Both sports will now be subject to all IHSAA rules and policies, including the General Eligibility Rules.


For a sport to become officially recognized and an IHSAA state tournament be sponsored, 50 percent of the membership must be participating in the sport. The IHSAA currently has 407 member schools around the state.


The Indiana Boys Volleyball Coaches Association has been administering its state tournament since 1994 while the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association has been conducting a girls wrestling state tournament since 2017.


Representatives of both coaches associations submitted requested information in recent weeks including data on participants in Indiana as well as other states, suggested playing rules and potential practice seasons as well as letters of commitment from member schools that either currently sponsor or intend to sponsor a program.


According to the data submitted from those coaches associations, there are 42 schools fielding boys volleyball teams around the state while 350 girls representing 113 schools in this year’s girls wrestling state tournament.


Other items:

• The Board approved 17-2 of reducing the waiting period to become a full member school and participate in IHSAA state tournaments from four years to three years.

• Clarified that any student-athlete ejected from a contest due to NFHS playing rules but not deemed unsporting

such as a handball in the box during a soccer match or use of an illegal bat in softball, will not be suspended for the next contest. Also, any student-athlete ejected for a second time during a season will be suspended for the next two contests.

• A coach, contest administrator, school administrator or fan ejected from a contest will be suspended for the next two contests. A second ejection will be a four-game suspension (approved 19-0).

• An amendment to Rule 9-13 proposed by Carmel High School Principal Tom Harmas that would allow the commissioner to reschedule a state tournament contest to Sunday if weather or other emergency situations arise failed 0-19.

• An amendment to Rule 10-1 by Evansville North Principal John Skinner and the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference failed (2-17) to gain enough support in his current form. The proposal would have eliminated the restrictions on Indiana schools from hosting schools from farther than 300 miles away or being able to compete against a school from beyond the travel limit at an out-of-state event. The Board, however, requested that the Executive Staff review and draft another proposal for team and individual sports for its consideration at the next meeting.

• An amendment to Rule 19-5.1 failed 8-11. Peru Principal Paul Frye proposed that when a student’s parents/guardians make a change of residence to a new school district, the student may transfer and attempt to obtain full eligibility in any school located within a 20 mile radius of the new residence when a move of more than 75 miles is made. This same proposal ended in a tie among Board members a year ago and was brought back to the agenda this year.

• With regard to Rule 19-6.2, when a student transfers to a new school without a change of residence, they would have limited eligibility in all sports. An exception to that rule was approved unanimously allowing full eligibility in sports the student hasn’t previously participated in in the last 365 days.

• Munster Principal Mike Wells proposed an addition to Rule 20-2 (Past Link) that says, “if no direct contact can be proven between the two parties, the discipline/ineligibility of the student-athlete is not applicable (there is no cause/effect). The onus of the contact needs to be proven by the sending School that is blocking the transfer with regards to full eligibility.” The proposed addition failed to receive any support.

• The elections for next year’s leadership of the Board and Executive Committee also were held. Chris Conley of Delta High School was voted president of the 2022-23 Board of Directors and Kye Denney of Wes-Del High School was elected vice president. Jeff Doyle of Barr-Reeve High School was named chairman of the 2022-23 Executive Committee and Jim Brown of Fishers High School was confirmed as vice chairman.


Rochester, Tippecanoe Valley, Caston post Monday baseball wins



Rochester 4, Northfield 3

Zebras move to 11-1, 4-0 TRC. 

Tanner Reinartz 2-3, 2 RBI, run scored.  He also got the win with an inning of relief in the 6th when the Zebras took back the lead with a run in the bottom of the inning that matched Northfield’s in the top half.


Brayden Zink threw five innings of two-run, 8 strikeout ball in the start for Rochester.



Caston 6, Pioneer 3.

Pete DuVall with the win on the hill and a home run.  Joey Spin recorded the save as Caston held on for the win after a 4-0 lead.



Tippecanoe Valley 1, North Miami 0

North Miami suffers first conference loss as Vikings win on walk-off sacrifice fly






Rochester 11, Northfield 2


North Miami 10, Tippy Valley 1






Tippecanoe Valley 5, Rochester 0


#1 singles, Lydia Miller defeated Kylie Houston 6-0, 6-3. 

#2 singles, Talia Holder defeated Ella McCarter 6-1, 6-4.

#3 singles, Madelyn Weaver defeated Rylee Clevenger 6-2, 6-1. 

#1 doubles, Andie Schwenger & Lily Ault defeated Riley Holloway & Emily Hughes 6-4, 6-4. 

#2 doubles, Ella Sandbakken & Nataly Rodriguez defeated Makenna Beall & Kaedra Shook 6-2, 6-0