Three Local Teams Win Championships Over Weekend

May 19, 2024 at 5:05 p.m.
The Warsaw girls tennis team celebrates with its second trophy in a week after defeating Columbia City 5-0 in the sectional championship match Friday night at Warsaw. The Lady Tigers will take on Penn at NorthWood in Tuesday’s regional.
The Warsaw girls tennis team celebrates with its second trophy in a week after defeating Columbia City 5-0 in the sectional championship match Friday night at Warsaw. The Lady Tigers will take on Penn at NorthWood in Tuesday’s regional.

By CONNOR MCCANN Sports Editor

Girls Tennis
Columbia City at Warsaw

The 2024 Warsaw girls tennis team added another trophy to its season total Friday night, as the Lady Tigers defeated Columbia City 5-0 to win the sectional championship oin their home courts.
Warsaw’s two undefeated singles players, No. 1 Addie Lind and No. 3 Emma VanPuffelen, continued their dominant run this season by each posting 6-0, 6-0 victories to reach 22-0 on the season. No. 2 Abby Nicholas battled hard in her second set, winning her match 6-2, 7-5. The No. 1 doubles pairing of Claire Reichenbach and Clara Porter came back after dropping their first set to win 2-6, 6-2, 7-5. The No. 2 pairing of Whitney Dawson and Lucy Ray won 6-2, 6-0.
Warsaw will compete in the NorthWood regional starting on Tuesday, taking on Penn in the semifinals.
Manchester vs. Southwood
Manchester also added a sectional title to its belt this weekend, defeating Southwood 5-0 in the finals of the Peru sectional to remain undefeated this season while winning their sixth sectional title in 12 years.
The singles matches were won easily by the Lady Squires, as No. 2 Myla Crozier and No. 3 Bethany Penrod each won 6-0, 6-0, while No. 1 Sarah Kerlin picked up a 6-0, 6-1 win. The No. 1 doubles pairing of Carleigh Blevins and Addison Brubaker won 6-2, 6-2, while the No. 2 duo of Hailey Krom and Kate Schroll picked up a 6-2, 6-4 win.
Manchester will face off against Norwell in the first round of the Bluffton regional on Tuesday.
Boys Golf
Warsaw/Wawasee at NLC Championships

Warsaw was able to add another championship to what has been a fantastic spring season on Saturday, as The Tiger boys golf team shot a season-best 311 to claim the Northern Lakes Conference championship Saturday in Middlebury. It’s Warsaw’s fifth conference championship in six sports this spring.
Warsaw and Northridge tied after regular season play with 6-1 records, and the Tigers' loss was to Northridge at Meadow Valley--the Raiders home course.
Warsaw was led by their #1 and #2 golfers, Austin Craig and Breckin Christner, who went #1 and #2 on the leaderboard at the championship with scores of 72 and 73 respectively.
Wawasee finished third in the conference after posting a meet score of 352. The Warriors were led by Mason Shoemaker and his 82 and Preston Scherere with an 84.
Baseball
Wawasee at Lakeland

Wawasee lost its noncnonference game to Lakeland Saturday, falling 9-1. The Warriors are now 10-14 this spring.
Wawasee’s offense was led by seniors Ty Brooks and Kaleb Salazar. Brooks went 2-4 with a double and a run scored, while Salazar went 2-3 with a double and an RBI. Ryan Menzie pitched three innings and struck out four.
The Warriors play their final regular season game Tuesday at home against Fremont.
Manchester at Central Noble
Manchester split its double header with Central Noble Saturday, losing the first game 8-7 before bouncing back to win game two 8-6. The Squires are now 20-6-1 this season.
Evan Estep went 2-3 with a run scored and three runs driven in in game one. Reiss Gaerte had two hits and drove in two runs. Gavin Martin struck out two in 4.2 innings pitched. Garrett Sites had a huge day in game two, going 2-2 with four RBIs Ethan Hendrix had five hits and scored two runs.
Manchester is at home against Rochester Wednesday for the regular season finale.
Prairie Heights at Whitko
Whitko picked up two win at home Saturday morning, sweeping a doubleheader against Prairie Heights with 8-5 and 5-4 wins. The Wildcats are now 12-10-2 this spring.
Kaden Ciccia-Long and Ethen Morris each had two hits in the first game. Max Platt scored a run and drove a run in. Riley Harman had three strikeouts in one inning. In game two, Logan Hoffman and Devyn Bradley each had two hits. Harman and Ciccia-Long each had two knocks as well. Easton Grable struck out four in six innings.
Whitko will take on Lakewood Park Christian Monday evening.
Triton at Argos
Triton’s offense had it going in Saturday’s win over Argos, defeating the Dragons 20-5 on the road. The Trojans are now 11-11 this season.
Jacob Pitney had five hits, drove in three runs and scored three more in the game. Drew Bingamon also had a three RBI day, totalling four hits. Maddox Dennie had four RBIs and two hits. Bingamon struck out eight in three innings of work on the mound.
Triton will finish off the regular season Tuesday night at LaVille.

Girls Tennis
Columbia City at Warsaw

The 2024 Warsaw girls tennis team added another trophy to its season total Friday night, as the Lady Tigers defeated Columbia City 5-0 to win the sectional championship oin their home courts.
Warsaw’s two undefeated singles players, No. 1 Addie Lind and No. 3 Emma VanPuffelen, continued their dominant run this season by each posting 6-0, 6-0 victories to reach 22-0 on the season. No. 2 Abby Nicholas battled hard in her second set, winning her match 6-2, 7-5. The No. 1 doubles pairing of Claire Reichenbach and Clara Porter came back after dropping their first set to win 2-6, 6-2, 7-5. The No. 2 pairing of Whitney Dawson and Lucy Ray won 6-2, 6-0.
Warsaw will compete in the NorthWood regional starting on Tuesday, taking on Penn in the semifinals.
Manchester vs. Southwood
Manchester also added a sectional title to its belt this weekend, defeating Southwood 5-0 in the finals of the Peru sectional to remain undefeated this season while winning their sixth sectional title in 12 years.
The singles matches were won easily by the Lady Squires, as No. 2 Myla Crozier and No. 3 Bethany Penrod each won 6-0, 6-0, while No. 1 Sarah Kerlin picked up a 6-0, 6-1 win. The No. 1 doubles pairing of Carleigh Blevins and Addison Brubaker won 6-2, 6-2, while the No. 2 duo of Hailey Krom and Kate Schroll picked up a 6-2, 6-4 win.
Manchester will face off against Norwell in the first round of the Bluffton regional on Tuesday.
Boys Golf
Warsaw/Wawasee at NLC Championships

Warsaw was able to add another championship to what has been a fantastic spring season on Saturday, as The Tiger boys golf team shot a season-best 311 to claim the Northern Lakes Conference championship Saturday in Middlebury. It’s Warsaw’s fifth conference championship in six sports this spring.
Warsaw and Northridge tied after regular season play with 6-1 records, and the Tigers' loss was to Northridge at Meadow Valley--the Raiders home course.
Warsaw was led by their #1 and #2 golfers, Austin Craig and Breckin Christner, who went #1 and #2 on the leaderboard at the championship with scores of 72 and 73 respectively.
Wawasee finished third in the conference after posting a meet score of 352. The Warriors were led by Mason Shoemaker and his 82 and Preston Scherere with an 84.
Baseball
Wawasee at Lakeland

Wawasee lost its noncnonference game to Lakeland Saturday, falling 9-1. The Warriors are now 10-14 this spring.
Wawasee’s offense was led by seniors Ty Brooks and Kaleb Salazar. Brooks went 2-4 with a double and a run scored, while Salazar went 2-3 with a double and an RBI. Ryan Menzie pitched three innings and struck out four.
The Warriors play their final regular season game Tuesday at home against Fremont.
Manchester at Central Noble
Manchester split its double header with Central Noble Saturday, losing the first game 8-7 before bouncing back to win game two 8-6. The Squires are now 20-6-1 this season.
Evan Estep went 2-3 with a run scored and three runs driven in in game one. Reiss Gaerte had two hits and drove in two runs. Gavin Martin struck out two in 4.2 innings pitched. Garrett Sites had a huge day in game two, going 2-2 with four RBIs Ethan Hendrix had five hits and scored two runs.
Manchester is at home against Rochester Wednesday for the regular season finale.
Prairie Heights at Whitko
Whitko picked up two win at home Saturday morning, sweeping a doubleheader against Prairie Heights with 8-5 and 5-4 wins. The Wildcats are now 12-10-2 this spring.
Kaden Ciccia-Long and Ethen Morris each had two hits in the first game. Max Platt scored a run and drove a run in. Riley Harman had three strikeouts in one inning. In game two, Logan Hoffman and Devyn Bradley each had two hits. Harman and Ciccia-Long each had two knocks as well. Easton Grable struck out four in six innings.
Whitko will take on Lakewood Park Christian Monday evening.
Triton at Argos
Triton’s offense had it going in Saturday’s win over Argos, defeating the Dragons 20-5 on the road. The Trojans are now 11-11 this season.
Jacob Pitney had five hits, drove in three runs and scored three more in the game. Drew Bingamon also had a three RBI day, totalling four hits. Maddox Dennie had four RBIs and two hits. Bingamon struck out eight in three innings of work on the mound.
Triton will finish off the regular season Tuesday night at LaVille.

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