A tour-de-force at the Marion Invite Saturday had the Wawasee boys team take six of the top 15 spots to run away with the team title.
Adam Doll won the race with an overall time of 16:55, with teammate Reid Stichter runner-up at 17:07. Fellow Warriors Austin (9th, 17:38), Joey Bornman (11th, 17:42), Zach Cockrill (13th, 17:46) and Austin Krizman (15th, 18:11) helped Wawasee score just 39 points to easily outdistance runner-up Oak Hill’s 69 points.
The big day for Wawasee had Bornman, along with seven JV runners earn personal best times.
“The guys ran well today,” stated Wawasee head coach Jerid Stoffel. We got out to the front and moved up during the race. We had good finishers; today was a good day for us.”
The girls race had Jen Slabaugh finish fifth at 20:27 with teammate Courtney Linnemeier right behind at 20:30 for sixth place. The Lady Warriors would go on to take third place as a team with 119 points, behind winner Angola at 75 points and Leo at 83 points.
Madison Miller (16th, 21:15), Morgan Eryman (43rd, 23:28) and Megan Rhodes (57th, 24:05) all ran personal bests.
“Today was a great team performance,” Stoffel said of the ladies. “We had six personal records and three season-bests. Several girls had great finishes.”
Golfers Runners-up At Culver Academy Invite
It came down to a matter of strokes, and when the scorecards were all settled, Twin Lakes emerged three strokes less than Wawasee as winners of the Culver Academy Invite at Swan Lake in Plymouth.
Twin Lakes shot a team score of 382 to best Wawasee’s 385. Fairfield were a distant third at 402. Tippy Valley competed but did not card a team score.
Wawasee were led by an 88 from Elizabeth Jackson, who had the fourth-best score of day, which tied Twin Lakes’ Taylor Hauser. Mikala Mawhorter turned in a 98, Courtney McDaniel a 99 and Alex Goralczyk a 100 for the varsity keepers. Kylee Rostochak shot a 102.
Mary Shipley of Fairfield had medalist honors with a 79 and Taylor Russell led Twin Lakes with an 81.
“We played very well again, and again missed out winning by three strokes,” said Wawasee head coach Steve Coverstone. “Mikala came back from a bad start. She did a great job keeping her focus when things didn’t go well early. Courtney broke 100 for the first time in her career.”
Boys Soccer Runners-Up At Bremen Invite
Wawasee found itself playing for a championship Saturday afternoon at the Bremen Boys Soccer Invite. Down just a goal in the second half of the championship match against the host Lions, Wawasee conceded a crushing goal to fall 2-0.
Ricardo Reynoso scored on a Sam Bickel assist in the 27th minute to put the Lions (7-0-1) up. In the 78th minute, Don Browning put the game away with a goal from a feed by Roberto Gonzalez.
Wawasee reached the championship game by beat Trinity Christian, 7-1, in the morning matchup. Ricky Camargo and Fernando Camargo both scored a pair of goals while Luis Camargo, Alex Doll and Derek Stutzman all tucked home tallies to give the Warriors its first win of the season in six matches.
“I loved the way my boys looked,” said Wawasee head coach Tom Taylor. “We came to play with a positive attitude. I couldn’t be more proud.”
Wawasee Tennis Invite Slow By Isaac
Hurricane Isaac made its way through the midwest this weekend, and in its slowing fury, rained on the area which included washing out the final games of the Wawasee Tennis Invitational.
Fairfield and Jimtown had its fourth round matches washed out due to rain, and will likely be made up at some point next week. Wawasee had two courts washed out against Columbia City, but will not affect its overall record as City had already claimed three courts for the official win.
The Warriors did not fare well against Fairfield or Jimtown, either, losing 5-0 to both. Wawasee scored just 11 games in the loss to Fairfield and 14 games to Jimtown. Kyler Love had the best statistical showing in the two losses, losing to Austin Ward of Jimtown 6-4, 6-3 and Austin Christner of Fairfield 6-3, 6-1. Wawasee (1-9) had won just six games against City before the matches were called.