Despite not defending team titles at the boys and girls Marion Cross Country Invitational, Wawasee still placed both its boys and girls teams in the top five and had a champion runner Saturday morning in the races held at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Wawasee won both team titles in 2013.
Zach Cockrill led the boys team, which finished third out of 25 teams, with a time of 16:28 to claim the individual boys title. Troy Carolus (17:22), Jaxon Bame (17:48), Brady Robinson (17:53) and Sam Griner (18:03) rounded out Wawasee’s top five runners.
Courtney Linnemeier paced the girls team, which were fourth of the 25 participating teams, with a time of 20:06. Sarah Harden (21:06), Yanelly Pizana (21:08), Aubrey Kuhn (21:21) and Molly Swartz (21:45) comprised Wawasee’s top five.
“Today was a good meet for us,” said Wawasee head coach Doug Slabaugh. “It was a fun day with lots of great performances. Zach ran a great run and outraced a guy for the win. Very proud of both teams. Now we need to get ready for Tuesday and the Northern Lakes Conference season.
Wawasee will enter NLC competition Tuesday with a meet at Memorial.
Goshen Controls Pace In Big WIn
The Lady Redskins of Goshen scored in spurts to tame the Lady Warriors of Wawasee, 7-0, in varsity NLC girls soccer action Saturday in Goshen.
Goshen scored three goals in a ten-minute stretch to close out the first half, the scored three more in an eight-minute bunch to open the second half.
Goal scorers for Goshen were not reported.
“While it was not the result we wanted, a much better effort for Wawasee today,” offered Wawasee head coach Doug Heinisch. “We competed well, contained much better than previous games and had some nice offensive pieces. Unfortunately, we checked out mentally the first 10 minutes of the second half. Otherwise, much better overall performance.”
Wawasee (1-6, 0-2 NLC) will return to action Wednesday at Whitko.
Ladies Off The Pace At CMA
Wawasee found a little girls golf magic Wednesday in a dual at Mystic Hills against Culver Academy, but were not able to keep up with either the Academy or champion Lake Central at the Culver Academy Invite Saturday morning at Mystic Hills.
Lake Central led the 10-team field with a 345, with the Academy second at 361 and Wawasee third at 368. NorthWood were fifth (383), Fairfield seventh (463) and Tippecanoe Valley tenth at 560. Culver’s Lauren Read was the individual medalist with a sparkling round of 76.
The Lady Warriors were led by Elizabeth Jackson’s 84, which was tied for third-best in the field, and Mikala Mawhorter one back at 84.
Aubrey Schmeltz turned in a 97, Kylee Rostochak a 102 and Kamryn Foy a 108.
“I don’t think we played our best today,” began Wawasee head coach Steve Coverstone. “The course played longer than it did a couple of nights ago. We need to continue to work on reducing the big holes.”
Wawasee, which is 14-0 overall in dual matches this season, will host Elkhart Central and Fairfield Tuesday before traveling to Middlebury Wednesday for the huge NLC match with Northridge and NorthWood. Wawasee and NorthWood are both 5-0 in the NLC round robin, the winner will take the regular season crown.
Warriors Swept At Varsity Duals
As hosts of its own Wawasee Varsity Duals, the Warriors were not treated kindly by any of the three teams playing opposite them.
Fairfield, Westview and Jimtown all picked up 5-0 wins on Wawasee, which hosted a round robin format for all four teams. Westview was added to the Duals this year in Columbia City’s stead as the Eagles have just two players on its current roster.
Highlighting action for Wawasee was Nathan Perek in the two singles match against Westview’s Trey Zabana, which went to Zabana 6-4, 6-4. The one doubles team of Jake Hutchinson and Todd Hauser had perhaps the longest match of any for Wawasee, but fell to Jimtown’s duo of Brock Johnson and Ben Janowski 2-6, 7-5, 6-10. Fairfield made no bones of any of its duals with Wawasee, giving up just six games between its five courts.
Wawasee (3-7, 0-2 NLC) will return to work Tuesday against Goshen.
Wawasee-Northridge Football Note
Due to the inclement weather Friday night, Wawasee’s junior varsity football game against Northridge was bumped to Monday, a 5:30 p.m. start at Northridge, to accommodate the varsity make-up date played earlier today.