Gymnastics Team Places Third
The Wawasee gymnastics team had it first official competition of the season this past Saturday. The ladies competed at the annual Elkhart Central Blazer Holiday Invite and placed third behind Central (107.15) and East Noble (101.25) with a score of 100.35.
Sophomore Reagan Atwood highlighted the day for Wawasee by finishing third in the all-around. Atwood took third on the vault, fourth on bars and tied for first on the beam. Freshmen Alyssa Minnix and Jada Parzygnot also shined as they took fifth and ninth in the all-around, respectively.
“We were thrilled today,” said Wawasee head coach Nika Prather. “You never know what to expect in this first meet. Some kids rise to the occasion, some panic but, overall, I thought our girls did great. We did very well on the beam. We had just a few falls but not a bunch. Beam is always our biggest issue so I am very pleased with how that went today. If that’s any kind indicator for the rest of the season then I’ll be thrilled.
“Reagan Atwood is one of our strongest returners from last year. We thought she’d do well today and she did. She had a 9.1 on beam, she’ll need to push it to a higher level to make it regional and state caliber, but she was very steady today.
“Our newcomers also impressed today. There were some things the girls weren’t happy with, stops on bars, things like that. But, coach Wegener, coach Angel and I are very excited. To score over 100 in this first meet is great. We’ll take this.”
Wawasee returns to competition Jan. 12 at home with Angola.
Lady Warriors Drop Two At Brebeuf
It was a tough weekend in the state capital for the Wawasee girls basketball team as it dropped both of its games in the annual holiday shootout.
Aubrey Schmeltz and Kylee Rostochak both hit double digits but it was not enough as the Lady Warriors dropped their opening game with Brebeuf 53-44. Rostochak led the way with 16 points and nine rebounds while Schmeltz added 11 points.
In the night cap Wawasee fell off pace late with No. 4 Norwell in a close game 49-37. The Lady Warriors trailed 9-6 after the first quarter but allowed Norwell to build a lead and go into the half up 25-14. Wawasee was able to close the gap on its top-tiered opponent to a 33-29 score by the end of the third but could not keep the momentum going in the final quarter.
Rostochak again led the team in scoring with 17 points. Hannah-Marie Lamle led Wawasee with 11 rebounds and added seven points.
Wawasee (4-10) will start a four game road trip this Saturday by traveling to NorthWood for a 7:30 p.m. tip.
John Glenn Runs Past Wawasee
The Wawasee boys basketball team took another loss Saturday evening. The Warriors made the long jaunt to Walkerton for a game with John Glenn and left with a 67-53 defeat.
Alec Runyan proved to be a problem for Wawasee all night as the Falcon forward scored a game-high 22 points. Matt Strong added another 13 for the home team while Joel Hadden scored 12.
Wawasee was outscored 22-7 in the first quarter, a deficit which proved to be insurmountable for the Warriors the rest of the way. Wawasee was led offensively Trevon Coleman who had 14 points in his first game of the year. Parker Hatfield added 10 points for the visiting team.
Wawasee (1-7) will host DeKalb Tuesday evening.
The JV team advanced to 7-1 with a 42-36 win.