It was a banner day in several ways for the Wawasee cross country programs Saturday at the Marion Invitational.
Wawasee’s first entry into the invite produced a double team championship as well as an individual title. The Warrior boys rolled to a team title with 29 points and the girls claimed the mantle piece with 84 points while Adam Doll won medalist honors in the boys race with an overall time of 16:03.
Doll’s pace helped Wawasee place all five scoring runners in the top 10 overall, with Zach Cockrill running a career-best time of 16:52 and a third-place spot in the team standings. Jaxon Bame was sixth overall at 17:11, Austin Yoder ninth overall at 17:18 and Austin Krizman right behind Yoder in tenth at 17:22.
Wawasee’s effort held off three top tens from Fairfield, the runners-up at the invite with 72 points. Alex Oberlin had the best Falcon time at 16:38, good for second overall in the team standings. Delta (149) and Leo (152) made up the top four teams, with Whitko 12th with 309 points in the 16-team field. Derek Miller posted an 18:11 and 30th place overall to lead the way for the Wildcats.
“Today was a good day for us,” stated Wawasee head coach Doug Slabaugh. “We have been running on some tough, hilly courses. We had a good day and our guys competed. Adam had a nice race while being in control. It was a fun day and awesome to come out with a team win.”
The Lady Warriors didn’t have the smooth sail the boys had, but still put together a championship day with its full varsity compliment in action. Scoring its five varsity times all in the top 25, Wawasee edged Eastern (Greentown) by seven points and West Noble by 11 points for the trophy. Fairfield (138) would finish fifth and Whitko was 14th with 370 points.
Bre Robinson paced Wawasee with a sixth-best 19:59 and the duo of Courtney Linnemeier (16th, 20:41) and Bridgette Yoder (17th, 20:44) right behind. Molly Swartz (20th, 20:59) and Delanie Bame (25th, 21:36) rounded out Wawasee’s championship effort.
“It was a good day with many season bests and a handful of personal bests,” Slabaugh said. I am very happy with our performances. It was awesome to reward the girls by all their hard work to pay off getting the team victory.”
Fairfield’s best time came from Brooke Mast at 21:30, good for 23rd place and Whitko was led by the run of Bridgit Nemitz, timing 20:26 for 13th place overall. Northwestern’s Taryn Thor won medalist in the girls race with a time of 18:32.
Wawasee will next run at Bonneyville Mill when Northridge hosts the Northern Lakes Conference triangular with Concord also on board. Racing begins at 5:30 p.m.
Goshen Goes Gonzo
A five-goal outburst in the final 20 minutes of the first half sent Goshen to an easy 7-0 win Saturday morning in girls soccer action at Wawasee. Diana Zermeno had three of the five in the first half, scoring at the 20, 25 and 30 minute marks. Joleen Miller found net in the 36th minute and Xenia Isaula potted one in the 39th minute. Alyssa Trosper netted a pair of goals in the first four minutes of the second half. Jelitza Palomino had five assists in the game.
Goshen moves to 8-1-1 this season with the win, while Wawasee falls to 0-7 (0-2 NLC) and have now gone 11 halves without a goal.
Goshen’s JV also found themselves on the plus side of a shutout, taking Wawasee 2-0.
“We started well and we played hard at the end of the game,” said Wawasee head coach Doug Heinisch. “During the middle third of the game we suffered a lapse of poor play and Goshen made us pay for it. We cannot wait to put this behind us and get back out there on Wednesday.”
That opportunity will come Wednesday when Wawasee hosts Whitko, a 5 p.m. varsity kick.
Warriors Take Two Of Three At Duals
The reversal of fortune may be starting with the Wawasee program, grabbing two of three team wins at the Wawasee Boys Tennis Duals Saturday in Syracuse.
In an annual event Wawasee has struggled in for a better part of the last decade, the Warriors beat both Columbia City and Jimtown by 3-2 scores while remaining competitive with Fairfield in a 4-1 loss. Fairfield won all three of its matches, beating Columbia City, 4-1, and Jimtown, 5-0, while the Jimmies claimed its lone team win against City, 4-1.
Cal Heinisch at three singles was the man of the hour for Wawasee, winning all three of his matchups on the day, beating Isaac Miller of Fairfield 6-2, 7-5, Brock Johnson of Jimtown 7-5, 6-1, and Dillon Reed of Columbia City 6-1, 6-3. Heinisch was the only undefeated Warrior on the day, accounting for Wawasee’s lone win against the Falcons.
The one doubles team of Dylan Houser and Chase Myers had two wins and Kyler Love picked up a win at one singles along with the two doubles team of Luke Smith and Jake Hutchinson.
Wawasee moves to 6-4 on the season and will hit the road for a Tuesday meeting at Goshen, 4:30 p.m. the designated start time.
Northridge Holds Wawasee
Northridge kept its Friday night momentum going Saturday morning in a 19-6 JV football win at Wawasee. Mylon Betts had the lone highlight for the Warriors with a touchdown run to go with his 90 yards rushing.
Wawasee (1-2) will head to Concord next Saturday morning.