Local High School Sports Recaps For Wednesday, April 17

April 18, 2024 at 6:50 p.m.

By CONNOR MCCANN Sports Editor

Baseball
Warsaw at Goshen

Warsaw added yet another big win to its Northern Lakes Conference total on Wednesday evening, defeating Goshen 13-1 on the road. The Tigers are now 5-4 this season, 2-0 in the NLC.
Logan O’Malley had a huge day at the plate for Warsaw, going 3-4 with three doubles, driving in three runs and scoring two more. Hunter Dippon also turned in a three-hit day while driving in a run. Logan Kim scored three times for the Tigers. Zac Miller pitched six innings for Warsaw, striking out seven and allowing just one unearned run.
The Tigers are on the road for their third conference game this week on Friday against Plymouth.
Wawasee at Mishawaka
A furious comeback by Wawasee fell just short on Wednesday night, as the Warriors fell 6-5 to Mishawaka on the road. Wawasee is now 3-2 this season, 0-2 in the NLC.
The Warriors scored four runs in the final two innings to make things close, but were unable to get over the hump. Reed Reidenbach was 2-3 with a double and a home run, and ended up scoring three runs on the day. Addison Coy and Kane Dukes also added hits in the game. Ty Brooks struck out eight in five innings on the mound.
Wawasee is back at home Friday night for another conference game against NorthWood.
Manchester at Maconaquah
Manchester opened up Three Rivers Conference play with a bang Wednesday night, defeating Maconaquah 7-5 on the road. The Squires are now 7-2-1 this season, 1-0 in the TRC.
Gavin Martin drove in two runs on two hits in the ballgame. Ethan Hendrix also added two hits, scoring two runs of his own. Garrett Sites was 2-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Evan Martynowicz struck out 13 hitters in six innings of work.
Manchester will face Columbia City in a nonconference game Friday night.
North Miami at Whitko
Two runs in the top of the sixth inning proved to be the difference as Whitko dropped its Three Rivers Conference opener 6-5 to North Miami Wednesday. The Wildcats are now 3-5-2, 0-1 in the TRC.
Riley Harman contributed to four of the five Whitko runs, going 3-3 with 2 RBIs while scoring two more runs of his own. Easton Grable added two base hits and scored two runs. Isaiah Cripe struck out six hitters in seven innings of work, allowing three earned runs.
Whitko will take on Lakeland on the road Friday in a nonconference showdown.
Softball
Mishwaka at Wawasee

Wawasee’s three-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of Mishawaka Wednesday night, as the Lady Warriors fell 6-1 at home. Wawasee is now 6-2 this spring, 1-1 in the NLC.
Haylee Allen and Heatherlynn Holder each had a hit for the Lady Warriors. Allen also struck out five in three innings of work, while Evelyn Duncan struck out four in four innings. Wawasee allowed just one earned run on the day.
The Lady Warriors are off until Saturday, when the team hosts Leo.
Manchester at Maconaquah
A day after being shut out, the Manchester bats came alive in the team’s Three Rivers Conference opener against Maconaquah as the team won 12-10. The Lady Squires are now 4-6 this season, 1-0 in the TRC.
McKelvey Espeset had a monster day at the plate, going 4-4 with two home runs while driving in a staggering eight runs. She also scored four of her own. Molly Schannep went 2-4 and drove in three runs for the Lady Squires. Karsyn Kampheus added a triple.
Manchester will resume TRC play Monday on the road against Wabash.
North Miami at Whitko
Whitko was able to get back into the win column Wednesday night, defeating North Miami 4-1 in the team’s TRC opener. The Lady ‘Cats are now 2-5 this spring, 1-0 in the TRC.
Reagan Klepinger’s lone hit was a home run that drove in two.Hope Bradley had an RBI as well. Taylor Long added a double. Addie Garr was terrific on the mound, striking out nine while giving up just three hits and an unearned run.
Whitko is at home Friday night for a nonconference game against Central Noble.
Boys Golf
Tippecanoe Valley at Northfield

Tippecanoe Valley was on the losing end of a match against Northfield Wednesday night, falling 159-185.
Eli Love and Nash Bouse both shot a 44 for the Vikings in the match, followed up by Wes Parker and his 48. Thad Shambaugh shot a 49.
Valley will hit the links Saturday at the Plymouth Invite.
Girls Tennis
Warsaw at Northridge

Warsaw won its second conference game in as many days Wednesday, defeating Northridge 4-1 to improve to 2-0 on the season and 2-0 in the NLC.
No. 1 singles player Addie Lind was perfect in her victory, earning a shutout 6-0, 6-0 win. No. 3 singles Emma VanPuffelen also finished the job in straight sets, winning 6-3, 6-4. The No. 1 doubles pairing of Claire Reichenbach and Clara Porter came back after losing the first set to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Warsaw will compete at the Elkhart tournament this Saturday.
Northfield at Manchester
Manchester remained perfect on the season and in conference play Wednesday night, defeating Northfield 4-1 at home. The Lady Squires are now 2-0 this spring and 2-0 in the TRC. No. 2 and No. 3 singles players Sarah Kerlin and Bethany Penrod each put together dominant victories, winning 6-0, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-0 respectively. No. 1 singles player Myla Crozier battled through some adversity to win her match 6-4, 7-5.
Manchester will compete next at Saturday’s Canterbury Invite.
Whitko at Rochester
Whitko dropped a close conference match to Rochester Wednesday night, falling 3-2 on the road. The Lady ‘Cats are now 1-3 this season, 0-2 in the TRC>
No. 2 singles player Jillian Culp won her match in straight sets 6-3, 6-1. The No. 2 doubles pairing of Lilly Coil and Ella Thomas also earned a 6-4, 6-3 straight-set win.
Whitko hosts Columbia City on Monday night.
Girls Rugby
Warsaw’s Blocher Signs With Notre Dame

Warsaw Lady Tiger Rugby star Mia Blocher has committed to playing at the next level for Notre Dame.
Blocher leads the Lady Tigers in successful tries again this season.
Her coach believes she's ready for competition at that level.
"I have worked with a lot of talented young ladies over the past 20 plus years," said Trevor Cracknell. "Many of which have gone on and played at college, on select sides and even the US U19 national team. Out of that group I would place Mia into the top 5 for sure. She is not the biggest, nor the strongest, but she is for sure one of the quickest. However, what makes her stand out is her work ethic and dedication to whatever she does both on and off the rugby field. Her commitment as one of our captains to the team and her team mates is 100% and can be seen in all that she does. I think I can speak for all of the coaching team when I say it has been great to see her mature into a strong, confident, independent, intelligent young women who is fun to be around."
Mia plans to study communications and social media analytics at St. Mary's and play rugby for the Irish.

Baseball
Warsaw at Goshen

Warsaw added yet another big win to its Northern Lakes Conference total on Wednesday evening, defeating Goshen 13-1 on the road. The Tigers are now 5-4 this season, 2-0 in the NLC.
Logan O’Malley had a huge day at the plate for Warsaw, going 3-4 with three doubles, driving in three runs and scoring two more. Hunter Dippon also turned in a three-hit day while driving in a run. Logan Kim scored three times for the Tigers. Zac Miller pitched six innings for Warsaw, striking out seven and allowing just one unearned run.
The Tigers are on the road for their third conference game this week on Friday against Plymouth.
Wawasee at Mishawaka
A furious comeback by Wawasee fell just short on Wednesday night, as the Warriors fell 6-5 to Mishawaka on the road. Wawasee is now 3-2 this season, 0-2 in the NLC.
The Warriors scored four runs in the final two innings to make things close, but were unable to get over the hump. Reed Reidenbach was 2-3 with a double and a home run, and ended up scoring three runs on the day. Addison Coy and Kane Dukes also added hits in the game. Ty Brooks struck out eight in five innings on the mound.
Wawasee is back at home Friday night for another conference game against NorthWood.
Manchester at Maconaquah
Manchester opened up Three Rivers Conference play with a bang Wednesday night, defeating Maconaquah 7-5 on the road. The Squires are now 7-2-1 this season, 1-0 in the TRC.
Gavin Martin drove in two runs on two hits in the ballgame. Ethan Hendrix also added two hits, scoring two runs of his own. Garrett Sites was 2-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Evan Martynowicz struck out 13 hitters in six innings of work.
Manchester will face Columbia City in a nonconference game Friday night.
North Miami at Whitko
Two runs in the top of the sixth inning proved to be the difference as Whitko dropped its Three Rivers Conference opener 6-5 to North Miami Wednesday. The Wildcats are now 3-5-2, 0-1 in the TRC.
Riley Harman contributed to four of the five Whitko runs, going 3-3 with 2 RBIs while scoring two more runs of his own. Easton Grable added two base hits and scored two runs. Isaiah Cripe struck out six hitters in seven innings of work, allowing three earned runs.
Whitko will take on Lakeland on the road Friday in a nonconference showdown.
Softball
Mishwaka at Wawasee

Wawasee’s three-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of Mishawaka Wednesday night, as the Lady Warriors fell 6-1 at home. Wawasee is now 6-2 this spring, 1-1 in the NLC.
Haylee Allen and Heatherlynn Holder each had a hit for the Lady Warriors. Allen also struck out five in three innings of work, while Evelyn Duncan struck out four in four innings. Wawasee allowed just one earned run on the day.
The Lady Warriors are off until Saturday, when the team hosts Leo.
Manchester at Maconaquah
A day after being shut out, the Manchester bats came alive in the team’s Three Rivers Conference opener against Maconaquah as the team won 12-10. The Lady Squires are now 4-6 this season, 1-0 in the TRC.
McKelvey Espeset had a monster day at the plate, going 4-4 with two home runs while driving in a staggering eight runs. She also scored four of her own. Molly Schannep went 2-4 and drove in three runs for the Lady Squires. Karsyn Kampheus added a triple.
Manchester will resume TRC play Monday on the road against Wabash.
North Miami at Whitko
Whitko was able to get back into the win column Wednesday night, defeating North Miami 4-1 in the team’s TRC opener. The Lady ‘Cats are now 2-5 this spring, 1-0 in the TRC.
Reagan Klepinger’s lone hit was a home run that drove in two.Hope Bradley had an RBI as well. Taylor Long added a double. Addie Garr was terrific on the mound, striking out nine while giving up just three hits and an unearned run.
Whitko is at home Friday night for a nonconference game against Central Noble.
Boys Golf
Tippecanoe Valley at Northfield

Tippecanoe Valley was on the losing end of a match against Northfield Wednesday night, falling 159-185.
Eli Love and Nash Bouse both shot a 44 for the Vikings in the match, followed up by Wes Parker and his 48. Thad Shambaugh shot a 49.
Valley will hit the links Saturday at the Plymouth Invite.
Girls Tennis
Warsaw at Northridge

Warsaw won its second conference game in as many days Wednesday, defeating Northridge 4-1 to improve to 2-0 on the season and 2-0 in the NLC.
No. 1 singles player Addie Lind was perfect in her victory, earning a shutout 6-0, 6-0 win. No. 3 singles Emma VanPuffelen also finished the job in straight sets, winning 6-3, 6-4. The No. 1 doubles pairing of Claire Reichenbach and Clara Porter came back after losing the first set to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Warsaw will compete at the Elkhart tournament this Saturday.
Northfield at Manchester
Manchester remained perfect on the season and in conference play Wednesday night, defeating Northfield 4-1 at home. The Lady Squires are now 2-0 this spring and 2-0 in the TRC. No. 2 and No. 3 singles players Sarah Kerlin and Bethany Penrod each put together dominant victories, winning 6-0, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-0 respectively. No. 1 singles player Myla Crozier battled through some adversity to win her match 6-4, 7-5.
Manchester will compete next at Saturday’s Canterbury Invite.
Whitko at Rochester
Whitko dropped a close conference match to Rochester Wednesday night, falling 3-2 on the road. The Lady ‘Cats are now 1-3 this season, 0-2 in the TRC>
No. 2 singles player Jillian Culp won her match in straight sets 6-3, 6-1. The No. 2 doubles pairing of Lilly Coil and Ella Thomas also earned a 6-4, 6-3 straight-set win.
Whitko hosts Columbia City on Monday night.
Girls Rugby
Warsaw’s Blocher Signs With Notre Dame

Warsaw Lady Tiger Rugby star Mia Blocher has committed to playing at the next level for Notre Dame.
Blocher leads the Lady Tigers in successful tries again this season.
Her coach believes she's ready for competition at that level.
"I have worked with a lot of talented young ladies over the past 20 plus years," said Trevor Cracknell. "Many of which have gone on and played at college, on select sides and even the US U19 national team. Out of that group I would place Mia into the top 5 for sure. She is not the biggest, nor the strongest, but she is for sure one of the quickest. However, what makes her stand out is her work ethic and dedication to whatever she does both on and off the rugby field. Her commitment as one of our captains to the team and her team mates is 100% and can be seen in all that she does. I think I can speak for all of the coaching team when I say it has been great to see her mature into a strong, confident, independent, intelligent young women who is fun to be around."
Mia plans to study communications and social media analytics at St. Mary's and play rugby for the Irish.

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