Ashley Erba broke yet another one of her own records Saturday and the No. 10 Warsaw girls cross country team brought home a championship.
Senior star Erba ran a 17:43, breaking her own course record by 54 seconds, as the Tigers won the Fort Wayne Northrop Bruin Invitational. Erba, the defending state cross country champion, earned the Barrie Peterson Award as the most outstanding female runner in the meet.
The Tigers claimed the team championship in the meet for the first time after finishing as runner-up each of the last two seasons.
The unique format Saturday had the freshmen and sophomores of each team run the first race and then the juniors and senior run the last race. The top three runners from each class were then totaled for the class winners and then the fastest five runners combined times were used to determine the team champion.
Seniors Erba, Sarah Ray and Tayler Mylin and freshmen Hannah Dawson and Emma Hayward combined for a time of 1:40.44 to give coach Scott Erba’s squad the team championship.
Fort Wayne Concordia was second in the team standings with a combined time of 1:46.27, followed by East Noble (1:48.22), DeKalb (1:48.50), Fort Wayne North (1:57.03), Fort Wayne Northrop (1:57.41), Fort Wayne Blackhawk (2:05.18), Heritage (2:14.31) and Westview (2:15.23).
In the Seniors class, which Warsaw won, Erba was first in her record time of 17:43. Ray was second in 19:39), followed by Mylin in fifth place (21:48), Emily Stouder 7th (21:58), Cynthia Yoder 9th (22:18), Audra Harman 13th (23:48), Nicole Brackett 22nd (28:42) and McKenzie Haines 23rd (29:22).
The Tigers’ junior class captured third place. Madeline Hooks was 6th among juniors in a time of 21:51. Kara Millington was 9th in 22:23, followed by Jackie Ferguson 16th (24:05), Courtney Etchison 20th (24:54) and Cindi Trier 24th (27:09).
The Warsaw sophomores, led by Tennie Worrell, placed third also. Worrell was 3rd in her class in a time of 22:19. Hannah Thompson was fourth in 22:20, followed by Laine Hertel 13th (24:04), Alexis Winters 15th (24:05), Alexis Himes 16th (24:41) and Mariah Harter 19th (25:34).
The freshmen won as Dawson was first in 20:19 and Hayward was third in 21:13. Brooke Rhodes was fifth in 22:24, followed by Claire Kehler in 6th (22:55) and Emma Lehman 13th (28:38).
Warsaw will have its final home meet of the season and celebrate Senior Night Tuesday. The Tigers will entertain NLC foes Plymouth and Goshen at Miller Field in Winona Lake. The Senior Night ceremony begins at 5:10 p.m.
Tennis Team Fourth In Own Tourney
Will Petro and Connor Singrey led the way Saturday as the Warsaw boys tennis team captured fourth place in its own Tiger Invitational.
Petro and Singrey teamed for a second-place finish at No. 2 doubles to pace the Tigers. The pair lost 6-1, 6-0 to Jack McCarter and Alex Bertolini of Park Tudor in the championship match.
No. 4 Park Tudor from Indianapolis took the team title in the seven-team field with 28 points. Park Tudor captured individual championships at four of the five positions.
No. 3 Fort Wayne Canterbury was second in the final team standings with 18 points. South Bend Adams placed third with 14 points, followed by Warsaw (12), Fort Wayne Luers (nine), Merrillville (eight) and Huntington North (six).
Dan Rayle of Park Tudor defeated Philip Moss of Adams 6-0, 6-0 in the finals at No. 1 singles. Scott Thygesen of Park Tudor won the No. 2 singles title, besting Chris Yahanda of Canterbury 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) in the title match. The No. 3 singles title went to Tom Filus of Canterbury, who topped Pete Dakich of Park Tudor in the finale by a 6-3, 1-6, 1-0 (10-7) decision.
The No. 1 doubles team of Graham Reinbold and Levi Seigel of Park Tudor defeated Jacob Casper and Raymond Han of Adams 6-1, 6-0 in the title match.
Evan Miller of the host Tigers placed third at No. 2 singles. Alek Jansen was fifth at No. 3 singles and Kyle Wettschurack sixth at No. 1 singles for coach Rick Orban’s squad.
Warsaw’s No. 1 doubles team of AJ Herendeen and Sam Rice notched a fifth-place finish.
Warsaw, which is 6-2 overall and 4-0 in the Northern Lakes Conference, hosts Wawasee Tuesday in a league match. The Tigers then play at NLC foe NorthWood Thursday and complete regular-season versus Concord on Sept. 17.
Soccer Squad Loses For First Time
The Warsaw boys soccer team suffered its first loss of the 2012 campaign Saturday with a 1-0 setback to Fort Wayne Carroll at home.
Zach Tom scored in the 37th minute to lift the Chargers to the victory over the Class 2-A No. 2 Tigers. Lucas Capasito assisted on the goal for Carroll.
Warsaw, which had beaten Carroll 1-0 a week earlier in the championship game of the Carroll tournament, drops to 9-1-1 on the season. Carroll improves to 9-4 on the season.
The Tigers, who have outscored their opponents 27-4 this season, play at NLC foe NorthWood Tuesday. Warsaw then plays at Fort Wayne South Thursday and at Lakeland Christian Academy Saturday.