The NorthWood girls tennis team will have to wait one more day to try and capture a sectional title.
The title match of the Goshen Sectional, pitting the Panthers versus Fairfield, was postponed due to rain Friday evening.
NorthWood is slated to meet the Falcons Saturday at 9 a.m. at Goshen Middle School. Every attempt will be made to have the championship match played outdoors. In the event of more inclement weather, the plan is for the match to be moved indoors starting at 2 p.m. at the Eastlake Athletic Club in Elkhart.
NorthWood defeated Bethany Christian 4-1 and Fairfield topped Jimtown 5-0 Thursday in semifinal play. The Falcons opened sectional play Wednesday with a 5-0 win over host Goshen.
NorthWood is the defending sectional champion. Coach Tif Schwartz team is 10-6 on the season.
Fairfield, coached by Mike Filbrun, sports a 16-3 mark. The Falcons last sectional title came in 2016, which was their sixth in a row.
Fairfield defeated NorthWood 3-2 back on April 10 and also topped the Panthers 3-2 on May 4.
The Goshen Sectional champion advances to the Northridge Regional on Tuesday to face Fremont, which beat Prairie Heights 5-0 Friday to win the Angola Sectional championship, in one semifinal. The other semifinal pits Concord, the winner of the Northridge Sectional, versus the winner of the West Noble Sectional, either Central Noble or Westview. Central Noble is slated to play Westview Saturday at 10 a.m.
The Northridge Regional title match is on Wednesday evening with the winner advancing to the Homestead Semistate on May 26.
Diamond Matchups Washed Out
NorthWood baseball had its contest at South Bend St. Joe rained out. It wasn’t a total loss, though, as St Joe presented NorthWood a check for $800 to pitch in for the Jason Motte Foundation drive.
NorthWood and St. Joe last met in the Class 3-A semi-state, an 8-5 win that sent St. Joe to the state finals where it defeated Jasper for the state championship.
NorthWood (18-4) will look to Saturday in its season finale at Culver Academy. The Panthers then prepare for Wednesday’s Lakeland Sectional opener against Angola.
Wawasee had its regular season softball finale washed out at Bremen. The Lions are 21-3 overall and ranked No. 1 in Class 2-A.
Wawasee (8-16) will shift focus to the Fairfield Sectional, where it will get either Fairfield or Tippecanoe Valley on Tuesday in the day’s second semi-final.