In the final invitational of the season for the Wawasee cross country teams, the boys placed fourth at the small team standings.
Wawasee scored 165 points to take fourth out of 40 teams, short of champion Illiana Christian’s 64, West Lafayette’s 103 and Brebeuf Jesuit’s 144.
The Warriors were led by Reid Stichter’s 16:36, placing 13th overall. Adam Doll had the other time under 17 minutes, running a 16:56 for 22nd place.
Bre Robinson and Courtney Linnemeier both ran 20:06 for the Lady Warriors, and Jen Slabaugh ran 20:43 to pace the squad. Wawasee’s girls team finished 10th out of 40 teams.
“The guys had a decent race today,” stated Wawasee coach Jerid Stoffel. “Most of their times were consistent. We are getting faster at the right time of the season.
“Today was a learning experience for our girls,” continued Stoffel. “We had four girls run personal records today. Megan Rhodes (23:05) and Morgan Eryman (23:09) both had personal records in the varsity race. Our girls need to get focused on the postseason and finish the season well.”
Wawasee will take to Plymouth on Tuesday for the final head-to-head of the season with the Pilgrims and Elkhart Memorial before turning its attention to Ox Bow Park and the Northern Lakes Conference championship next Saturday.
The Elkhart Central Sectional is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 9.
Unfamiliar Foes At Crown Point
Participating in the Crown Point Volleyball Tournament for the first time, Wawasee found the going tough. Facing four teams not on any schedule Wawasee has put together a schedule this millennium, the Lady Warriors finished 1-3 overall.
Wawasee lost to Michigan City 25-21, 25-16 in game one and 25-20, 25-23 to Hamilton Southeastern in game two. In match three, Wawasee earned its only win, 24-26, 25-23, 15-9, over Portage. In the final match play for Wawasee, Merrillville escaped with a 28-26, 25-22 win.
Alli Ousley concluded the tournament leading Wawasee with 46 assists and five aces. Aly Anderson dug 60 attempts, Anne Beer had 55 digs and 22 kills and Kaitlin Goines had 18 kills and 2.5 blocks. Hunter Gaerte added 54 digs and Taylor Spangle 15 kills.
“A new tournament for us. Some tough tests, but an opportunity to get better,” stated Wawasee head coach Jeff Phillips, whose team moved to 16-11 on the season but eclipsed its win total from a season ago.
Wawasee will travel to Whitko on Tuesday.
Plymouth JV Too Tough
Wawasee hosted Plymouth Saturday morning in JV football, but the Rockies left town with a 28-20 decision.
David Rocha threw two touchdown passes to Brett Carson and Hunter Jones while Mylon Betts added a rushing touchdown for the 1-5 Warriors.
The Warriors will strap up the helmets in Warsaw next Saturday morning.