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Rochester rolls Northfield, Week 7 scoreboard

Rochester got on the board just over five minutes into Friday's TRC football game with Northfield.

And they kept scoring.

Rochester bounced back from last week's first conference loss at Peru with a 62-0 domination of the Norsemen at Barnhart Field.

Brant Beck provided the early score on a 49-yard run. Parker Wallace added the extra point to stake the Zebras to an early 7-0 lead.

Rochester (5-2, 5-1 TRC) would score twice more in the first quarter. Both scores were on plays of 49 yards or more.

Sophomore quarterback Carson Paulik hooked up with Wesley Meadows for a 51-yard scoring play while Alex Demming matched the 49-yard rushing touchdown by Beck with one of his own and Rochester jumped out 21-0 by the end of the first quarter.

Rochester reached the endzone four more times in the second quarter.  Colton Fervada provided three of the scores with two on 4-yard runs and a 32-yard pass play from Paulik.

Beck added a 19-yard run in the second quarter for his second rushing touchdown of the night.

Rochester's 48-0 lead established a running clock for the second half.

In the third quarter, Demming added his second and third touchdowns of the night on runs of 7 and 11 yards.

Beck needed just seven carries to rush for 181 yards and two scores. Demming rushed for 137 yards on just seven carries to go with his three touchdowns.

Fervada also carried the ball seven times for a total of 66 yards on the ground.

Northfield (2-5, 2-4 TRC) saw a two-game win streak come to a close.

It's Rochester's second straight win in the series after dropping the previous three meetings.


Other football action Friday

Peru 61, Southwood 7

Tigers stay only unbeaten in TRC


Maconaquah 43, Lewis Cass 26

Braves stay tied with Rochester for second place in TRC with idential 5-1 records


Manchester 21, Whitko 0

Wildcats remain winless in TRC and have been outscored 224-57 on the season


Wabash 20, North Miami 18

Apaches secure first win of the season


#12 (3A) Tippecanoe Valley 35, #3 (3A) West Lafayette 13

Impressive road win for the Vikings to stay undefeated.


Caston 49, Culver 14

Comets (1-6) get first win as Culver stays winless on the season


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Rochester, Tippecanoe Valley slotted into tennis sectional brackets to open postseason

The sectional pairings for the 57th Annual IHSAA Boys Tennis State Tournament have been unveiled.

A total of 294 schools were drawn and placed into brackets for the team tournament which begins Tuesday and runs through Saturday.

Host sites will announce dates and times for each match.

The 64 team sectional winners will advance to regional play Oct. 3 and 4 at 16 sites.

The regional champions will advance to semistate play Oct. 7 at Center Grove, Culver Academies, Homestead, and Jasper.

The eight-team state finals are scheduled for Oct. 13 and 14 with state quarterfinal matches played at Carmel and Center Grove, and the semifinals and state championship match at North Central of Indianapolis.

Rochester has received a bye and will play the winner of the opening match between Maconaquah and Manchester.

The other semifinal will feature Peru vs Wabash.

Meanwhile, Tippecanoe Valley will play Whitko in a semifinal of the five-team sectional field at Warsaw with the winner earning a berth in the championship.

The first round matchup between Warsaw and Wawasee will send a winner to a semifinal against Columbia Center.






Rochester - Tippecanoe Valley to meet in qtrfinal as IHSAA sets soccer sectional brackets

The pairings for the 30th Annual IHSAA Boys and Girls Soccer State Tournaments were drawn with 305 boys teams and 274 girls teams, both record numbers, set for competition next week.

The 274 girls teams top the previous high of 272 set last year and in 2019. The 305 boys teams equal last year’s record number.

Both tournaments mirror each other beginning with 16 sectionals in each of three classes running Oct. 2-7. Regional semifinals will be played Oct. 11-12 with regional championships on Oct. 14. Semi-States are Saturday, Oct. 21 at four sites with the winners advancing to the state championship matches on Oct. 27-28 at Michael Carroll Stadium at IUPUI in Indianapolis. Assignments will be made following the semi-state matches.

The Rochester girls will play in the 1A six-team sectional field at Argos. The Zebras (0-12) go into the final week of the regular season still looking for the team’s first win and will have to turn around a regular season loss to advance. Rochester will play Trinity Greenlawn (13-1) who defeated Rochester August 26, 9-0.

The Rochester – Trinity winner will play the winner of the Argos – Culver winner in one semifinal. The other semifinal is already set with Bremen playing LaVille.

The Tippecanoe Vaslley girla will play in the five-team sectional field at Leo. The Vikings (2-6) drew Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger (6-3-2). The winner gets slotted into the championship match.

On the other side of the bracket, FW Concordia Lutheran will play Culver Academies with the winner taking on Leo in the semifinal.

On the boys side, Rochester and Tippecanoe Valley are separated by about 14 miles. They’ll  travel more miles than that for their next meeting in the postseason as they are both in the 2A Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran sectional . The Zebras (3-8) will try to avenge a 2-0 regular season loss to the Vikings (9-4-1) on September 13.

The Rochester – Tippecanoe  Valley winner will play the winner of the FW Concordia Lutheran – Wabash quarterfinal. On the other side of the bracket, Manchester will play Culver Academies  with the winner playing Dwenger in the other semifinal.

In the 1A sectional at Argos, Caston (3-7) opens with Winamac (4-7). The Comets and Warriors will provide a preview when they play on Thursday in the Comets regular season finale.

The winner will meet the winner of the North Miami – North White quarterfinal.

Argos and Culver Community are bracketed into the other semifinal.


So close, Rochester girls golf misses sending team to state by one stroke

Rochester girls golf is celebrating two of its members advancing from Saturday's regional. The celebration nearly included the entire team.

Rochester finished fourth at the Sandy Pines GC by a single stroke. The top three teams advanced to the state finals.

Photo: X account of Rochester Zebra AD

Representing Rochester at the state finals will be the regional's medalist winner, Olivia Bailey. Bailey won the event with a 72 and will be joined in the finals by teammate Ava Thomas who shot as 76.

Caston battles #10 (1A) North White in Week 6 football

Caston battled a top10 1A team in search of the team's first win but came up short in a Friday loss to North White, 14-6.

The Comets (0-6) lone score came in the third quarter when it was rushed in by Grant Yadon who added 58 yards on 13 carries. He was also 6-of 12 passing for 36 yards and an interception.

Jabez Yarber had eight tackles to lead Caston.

North White (6-0) was ranked tenth in the most recent Indiana Football Coaches Association poll.

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Zebras drop TRC game at Peru as Tigers take outright conference lead

Brant Beck rushed for 157 yards on 14 carries and Alex Deming added 92 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns but it wasn't enough as Rochester lost its first Three Rivers game at Peru, 34-23.

Colton Ferveda added a touchdown and 44 rushing yards for Rochester (4-2, 4-1 TRC).

Rochester rushed for a total of 280 yards.

Brady Beck topped the Zebras tackle chart with 11. Brant Beck recorded 10.

Peru (6-0, 5-0 TRC) is the last unbeaten conference member and stands alone atop conference the standings.

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Pairings announced for Unified Flag Football Tournament, Tippecanoe Valley at Warsaw site

The Indiana High School Athletic Association announced the pairings for the Sixth Annual Unified Flag Football State Tournament Series via livestream at

Unified Sports enables persons with and without intellectual disabilities to participate on the same team for sports training and competition as part of the “Champions Together” partnership between the IHSAA and Special Olympics Indiana. Unified Flag Football, which began in 2018, is one of 22 sports sponsored by the IHSAA and one of two co-ed sports along with Unified Track & Field which debuted in 2014.

Forty-four teams have entered this year’s state tournament and are spread across eight sectionals to be played on Saturday, Sept. 30. The eight teams that emerge as sectional champions will move on to one of two regionals on Saturday, Oct. 7 with the two remaining teams advancing to the state championship game on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Grand Park Sports Event Center in Westfield.

Last year’s state champion, the Brownsburg Bulldogs, will host Zionsville in the opening game of Sectional 6 while 2022 state runnerup, the DeKalb Barons will face NorthWood in its first round game in Sectional 2 played at Central Noble.

Tippecanoe Valley will play in the Warsaw Sectional.

3. Warsaw 

G1: Warsaw vs. New Haven

G2: Homestead vs. Manchester

G3: Carroll (Fort Wayne) vs. Fort Wayne North Side

G4: Tippecanoe Valley vs. G1 winner

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner

Tippecanoe Valley reached the state championship in the 201-19 season in a loss to Bedford North Lawrence.

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TRC lead on the line tonight in Week 6 HS football

The 2022 Three Rivers Conference football season ended with a three-way tie for first place with Rochester, Tippecanoe Valley and Southwood all at 7-1 in conference play.

But for Rochester to get that share of the conference crown Southwood had to upset Tippecanoe Valley in the conference finale in Week 8.

Zebras head coach Ron Shaffer would like for his team to take care of it themselves in 2023.

Rochester (4-1, 4-0 TRC) can take a step toward an outright TRC title with tonight's road trip to Peru (5-0, 4-0 TRC). It's a meeting of the final two unbeaten teams in conference play and will give the winner the inside track to this season's regular season TRC title.

Peru almost stumbled last week before a second half rally pushed the Tigers past Maconaquah, 27-26. The Braves loss dropped them into a second place tie with Southwood with a 3-1 conference record.

Shaffer knows the Zebras will have a challenge dealing with two of the better players in the TRC.

In-season defensive adjustments by Rochester have proven successful.

GIANT fm Sports WROI coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday.






Prep report: Caston with a shutout soccer win, Rochester and Comets volleyball wins

Four different players scored for Caston in a boys soccer win over Oregon-Davis.

Caston posted a 5-0 win with goals from Alex Craig,  Jan Cruz Aguilar Mendez, Brock Hook and Andrew McGrew (2).

Caston assists were turned in by Aguilar Mendez (2), Hook and McGrew.


Also in boys soccer

Bremen 8, Argos 0

LaVille 1, Culver 0


Girls soccer

Goshen 9, Argos 0

Tippecanoe Valley 2, North White 0



Rochester def. Maconaquah, 26-24, 25-23, 25-22

Zebras are 2-4 in TRC play


Caston def LaVille, 25-14, 25-21, 25-15

Caston 17-5, 3-1 conference play


Triton def. Winamac, 25-8, 25-13, 25-10


Culver Academy def. Tippecanoe Valley, 25-19, 25-18, 25-18


Rochester advances to Saturday's golf regional at Sandy Pines

A memorable Rochester girls golf season just added another moment for the srapbook with advancement to the regional.

Rochester's 350 at the Tippecanoe Country Club on Monday was good enough for second place in the sectional.  The Zebras will join Kankakee Valley (333) and Logansport (374) among the top three teams that advance to the regional at Sandy Pines Golf Club.

Olivia Bailey topped the Rochester scorecard with a 79 and tied two others, Bianca Huizar of Winamac and Kankakee Valley's Brynlee DeBoard at the top of the leaderboard. Huizar won a playoff to claim medalist honors and also advance as an individual player.

For Rochester, Ava Thomas shot an 84 followed by Payton Moore (89), Alexis Haughs (98), and Ella McCarter (108).

Caston had three players compete in the sectional led by a 129 from Jullina Sherrick.


In other Monday sports action:

Boys tennis

Logansport 4, Rochester 1

Tanner Reinartz and Robert Bozzo teamed up at #1 doubles for a 7-5, 6-3 win


Girls soccer

Culver 2, New Parairie 2

Kassidy Banks and Giselle Villegas scored in the first half for Culver but New Prairie rallied with a pair of second half goals.


Bremen 9, Rochester 0


Boys soccer

Caston 1, Culver 0

Alex Craig with the goal for the Comets


Maconaquah 1, Rochester 0

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Villegas nets 100th goal in Culver soccer win

Culver's Giselle Villegas scored six times and reached a career milestone in the process Wednesday.

Culver recorded a 15-0 girls soccer victory over Oregon-Davis. In the process, Villegas scored her 100th career goal.

Eliana Andrzejewski, Kassidy Banks and Bre Hamilton also scored twice each for Culver.

Other area scores include:


Boys soccer

Tippy Valley 2, Rochester 0


Girls soccer

Tippecanoe Valley 4. Rochester 2


Boys tennis

Rochester 5, Whitko 0

Tanner Reinartz, Robert Bozzo and Ashton Musselman swept the singles mathcups for the Zebras.

Wade Bowers-Harrison Dunwoody recorded the win at #1 doubles. Rochester was granted the win at #2 doubles by forefeit.

It was Rochester's first TRC win. Zebras are 7-4, 1-4 in conference play.

Rochester girls golf claims TRC title

For the first time since 2014 Rochester girls golf is the TRC champions.

Led by three All-Conference players, Rochester compiled a team score of 351 to finish six strokes ahead of second-place Maconaquah.

Olivia Bailey was Rochester's top performer with a 76 to finish third overall. Teammate Ava Wilson was next in fourth place with a 79. Payton Moore cared an 88 for sixth place.

Northfield finished a distant third with a 417 team score. Southwood, Peru and Wabash (tied for 5th), Whitko, Lewis Cass, North Miami and Manchester rounded out the field at the TRC Saturday.


Indiana Football Coaches Association Poll

North Judson and Pioneer in 1A, LaVille in 2A and Peru and Tippecanoe Valley receiving votes are among area teams getting recognition in this week's Indiana Football Coaches Association Poll.



Caston spaghetti and Rochester pork chops add dinner to football Friday night

Rochester and Caston host football action in Week 4. And dinner is awaiting fans who come early.

The Caston football team hosts Pioneer in a 7 p.m. kickoff.


Rochester hosts Manchester in a 7 p.m. kickoff.  GIANT fm Sports WROI coverage begins at 6:40 p.m.







Plymouth edges Rochester at Round Barn, Villegas four goals to lead Culver soccer

Plymouth edged Rochester in a 3-team girls golf event at Round Barn Wednesday.

Plymouth posted a team score of 178 to just get by Rochester's 181. Bremen finished third with a 216.

Olivia Bailey was Rochester's top player and earned medalist honors with a 38 followed by teammate Ava Thomas with 40.

Three Plymouth players finished with a 43, Hanna Lafree, Noelle Hutchings and Taylor Hauptmann.

Bremen's top player was Sam Ton with a 48.

Rochester is 12-2 on the season.



Girls soccer

Culver 5, Kouts 1

Giselle Villegas four goals for Culver. Katie Schouton 7 saves in goal.


Boys tennis

Wabash 3, Rochester 2

Robert Bozzo won at #2 singles for Rochester. Wade Bowers-Carter Merideth posted Rochester's other win at #2 doubles


Girls golf

Lewis Cass 206, Caston 243

Ava Sylvain led Caston with a 57.



NorthWood def Tippecanoe Valley, 25-10, 25-11, 25-12


Boys soccer

Plymouth 4, Argos 3

Plymouth scored the game-winner off a corner kick with just over three minutes remaining.  Diego Zelaya scored three goals for the Rockies.

Bob Knight special edition bobbleheads unveiled

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled two limited-edition bobbleheads of legendary college basketball coach Bob Knight.

The first bobblehead features Knight wearing his signature red sweater, while the second bobblehead commemorates Knight’s iconic chair-throwing incident. The special edition bobbleheads are being produced by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in conjunction with Knight Legacy. Founded by Coach Knight’s son, Pat Knight, Knight Legacy’s mission is to honor, promote, and preserve the Coach Knight Legacy and the footprint that Hall of Fame Coach Bob Knight has made in the history of basketball.

Standing on a circular base bearing his name, the first Knight bobblehead is wearing a red sweater and dark pants. The top of the base features a facsimile of Coach Knight’s autograph. Standing on a replica hardwood floor base bearing his name, the second Coach Knight bobblehead is wearing a red and white striped short-sleeved shirt like the one worn during Indiana’s game vs. rival Purdue on February 23, 1985, when Knight threw a chair across the Assembly Hall court objecting to a call. The chair throwing incident which has come to be known as “The Chair Game” is still remembered and even celebrated today on its anniversary and when the Hoosiers face Purdue. Knight, who apologized for his actions the next day, joked about throwing the chair since the incident, saying that he saw an old lady standing on the opposite sideline and threw her the chair so she could sit down.

The standing bobblehead is individually numbered to 2,023 while the chair-throwing bobblehead is numbered to 19,850. The bobbleheads are currently available for pre-order exclusively through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store. The standing Knight bobbleheads are $30 each, while the chair-throwing bobbleheads are $40 each, plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order. A set of two is available for $65 and both bobbleheads are expected to ship in December.

In his coaching career, Knight finished with an overall record of 902-371. The 902 NCAA Division I victories was a record at the time of his retirement, and currently ranks fifth all-time. He is best known for winning three national championships as the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers in 1976, 1981 and 1987. In addition to coaching the Hoosiers from 1971 to 2000, he was also the head coach at Army from 1965 to 1971 and Texas Tech from 2001 to 2008.

Known as one of college basketball’s most successful and innovative coaches, having popularized the motion offense, Knight also won a National Invitation Tournament championship and 11 Big Ten Conference championships along with his three national titles. Knight received National Coach of the Year honors four times and Big Ten Coach of the Year honors eight times. In 1984, he coached the USA men’s Olympic team to a gold medal, becoming one of only three basketball coaches to win an NCAA title, NIT title and an Olympic gold medal. Knight was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991 and was a member of the founding class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. He was also inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Indiana Hoosiers Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.

Born in Massillon, Ohio, on October 25th, 1940, the only child of Pat and Hazel Knight grew up in nearby Orrville. His life in athletics began as a tall first baseman for the Mizer Tykes. He switched to basketball in the sixth grade and became a local star. An excellent student, Knight once won the Orrville Library’s competition for what child could read the most books between June and September. Knight went on to Ohio State where he played for Hall of Fame coach Fred Taylor. He was a reserve forward on the 1960 NCAA championship team that featured future Hall of Famers John Havlicek and Jerry Lucas. The Buckeyes lost in each of the next two NCAA championship games, of which the sharpshooting Knight also played a part of off the bench. One year after graduating from Ohio State with a degree in history and government in 1962, Knight enlisted in the United States Army and served two years of active duty. Knight, who was a private first class, also served nearly four years in the Army reserves. While in the service, Knight was an assistant coach for the Army Black Knights basketball team. As a 24-year-old in 1965, he was named Army’s head coach and compiled a record of 102-50 in six seasons there before going to Indiana.

When asked about the bobbleheads, Coach Knight’s son and Founder of Knight Legacy, Pat Knight said, “We’re thrilled to be honoring my father’s legacy with these limited edition bobbleheads in collaboration with the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. I think these bobbleheads are a great tribute to my dad’s legacy and the passion that he had for basketball and life.”

"We’re excited to team up with Knight Legacy to create these bobbleheads celebrating the legendary coach,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “One of the most successful coaches in the history of college basketball, and we think fans will love these new bobbleheads!”


Rochester goes to Whitko looking to bounce back, stay undefeated in TRC

An emotional loss in the Battle of the Bell with Tippecanoe Valley last week leaves Rochester in bounce back mode for tonight’s Week 3 football road trip to Whitko.

Zebras head coach Ron Shaffer says there may be some different personnel in different positions in tonight’s TRC game.

Shaffer talks about the Wildcats and their leader, a returning quarterback.

Shaffer says it’s a game where favored Rochester needs to start quickly and take confidence away from an opponent in Whitko who snapped a 15-game losing streak with a win in the season opener over Prairie Heights.

Pregame coverage on GIANT fm Sports on WROI is at 6:40 p.m.