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Warsaw Boys Golf Finishes 13th At IHSAA State Finals

The 2023-24 sports season for Kosciusko County teams came to an end Wednesday afternoon, as Warsaw boys golf finished competition at the IHSAA Boys Golf State Finals at Prairie View Golf Course in Carmel, the final event of the year. The Tigers ended the tournament in 13th place with a +77 over two days of play, four strokes behind 12th place Floyd Central and eleven strokes in front of 14th place Chesterton. Zionsville won the tournament with a +24, five strikes ahead of second place Westfield, and six ahead of third place Hamilton Southeastern.

Warsaw Competes At State Golf Finals, Tied For 12th

With the first day of the IHSAA Boys Golf State Finals in the books from Prairie View Golf Course in Carmel, it was a solid opening round for the Warsaw Tigers, who used a first place finish in their sectional as well as a second place finish in regionals to earn a spot in the final tournament of the year. Warsaw ended day one tied with Trinity for 12th place overall with a team score of +37. In first place currently is Zionsville with a +16. The Tigers are currently eight strokes behind Bloomington South as the team eyes a top-10 finish.

Lind Falls In Quarterfinals Of Tennis State Finals

While the IHSAA team state tournament for tennis ended last weekend, the state individual tournament rolled on into Friday afternoon, with the quarterfinals for the singles tournament taking place at North Central High School in Indy. Representing Kosciusko County was Warsaw junior Addison Lind and her 27-0 record. She took on North Lawrence senior Isabelle May, who came in at 19-0. In what was a grueling, exhilarating and incredibly tight match, May ended up victorious with a 6-4, 7-6 (10-8) win.

Warsaw Golf Finishes Second At Regional, Will Head To State

It was another great day for the Warsaw golf team, as the Tigers were able to secure a second place finish Thursday morning at their home regional at Stonehenge Golf Club. The top-three finish advances Warsaw through another round of the state tournament and into the state finals next week. The Tigers’ score of 310 was 16 shots ahead of both Bishop Dwenger and Fairfield, as both schools finished tied for fourth. Ahead of Warsaw and also advancing to state was first place Homestead (300) and right behind the Tigers were second place Leo.

Parker Hired As New Tippecanoe Valley Girls Basketball Coach

A special board meeting was held Tuesday morning at Tippecanoe Valley High School. Only one matter was on the agenda: the hiring of a new girls basketball head coach.

Warsaw Takes First At Boys Golf Sectional Tournament

With six local teams competing at the IHSAA Boys Golf Sectional at Eagle Glen Golf Course in Columbia City Monday morning and afternoon, the day was filled with local athletes staking their claim to advance further into the state tournament. When the dust settled, it was host school Warsaw that won the meet with a team score of 311 to advance to the regionals, the only school in the area to send a team one step closer to state. Wawasee finished sixth (343), Tippecanoe Valley seventh (356), Manchester eighth (370), Triton ninth (385) and Whitko tenth (433). Plymouth (324) and Huntington North (333) were the two other teams to advance with second and third place finishes.

Four Athletes Pick Up Top-Five Finishes At Track And Field Finals

A handful of local athletes were able to earn top-10 finishes on Friday and Saturday in the boys and girls IHSAA Track and Field State Finals at Indiana University in Bloomington. In the girls' meet, Whitko finished 21st with eleven points, Warsaw took 32nd with eight, Wawasee 39th with seven and Triton 67th with one. Tippecanoe Valley had competing athletes but did not score. For the boys, Warsaw finished 32nd with eight points once again, while athletes from Tippecanoe Valley competed but did not score.

Lady Tiger Rugby Takes Home State Championship

Monday was a day to remember for the Warsaw Lady Tiger Rugby Program, pictured above after defeating Carroll 43-5 to win the IHSAA State Rugby Championship.

Warsaw Falls To Northridge 7-0 In Sectional Opener

With two wins over Northridge in the regular season already under their belt, the Northern Lakes Conference champions Warsaw Tigers needed to get a third one on Thursday night to keep their season alive in the first round of the IHSAA 4A baseball sectional at Penn High School. The Tigers were unable to get much going offensively, falling in the first round of the playoffs, 7-0 to the Raiders.

Local High School Sports Recaps For Wednesday, May 22

Girls Tennis Regionals, Baseball Sectionals and Softball Sectionals

Warsaw Takes First Place At Girls Track And Field Regional

There were a handful of local athletes that qualified for the state finals, but the big story coming out of the Kokomo Girls Track and FIeld Regional on Tuesday was the Warsaw Lady Tigers winning the meet to add yet another trophy to an already impressive season. Warsaw finished with 81 points, Penn came in second with 54, while South Bend Washington took third with 36.

Local High School Sports Recaps For Tuesday, May 21

Girls Tennis Regionals and Softball Sectionals

Penn Squeaks By Warsaw 3-2 In Tennis Regional Semis

The Warsaw and Penn girls tennis teams met earlier this season, with the Lady Tigers picking up a 3-2 win. The two sides met again on Tuesday night on a much bigger stage, the IHSAA girls tennis regional semifinal at NorthWood. The final score was 3-2 once again, but this time the Lady Kingsmen were able to pull off the victory and advance.

Local High School Sports Recaps For Monday, May 20

Softball Sectionals, Boys Golf and NLC All-Academic Teams

Three Local Teams Win Championships Over Weekend

Girls Tennis, Boys Golf and Baseball

D.IN.O Mountain Bike Series Returns To Winona Lake

The Do Indiana Off-Road (D.IN.O) Mountain Bike Racing series has called the Winona Lake Trails home since 2002, a full three years before partnering with the Fat & Skinny Tire festival in 2005 to make the first race in a series of six a headlining festivity of a three-day festival that celebrates those who love to get their exercise and fun done on two wheels.

Local High School Sports Recaps For Thursday, May 16

Boys Track and Field, Baseball and Softball

Bussard Dominates On Mound As Valley Beats Warsaw

The regular season finale for both teams, Friday night’s softball game between Tippecanoe Valley and Warsaw was dominated by the Lady Vikings, as starting pitcher Dalynne Bussard struck out eleven and the Valley offense scored three runs in each of the last three innings as Tippecanoe Valley cruised to a 10-0 win in six innings.

Warsaw, Columbia City Advance To Tennis Sectional Final

Three local teams took to the Warsaw tennis courts for the semifinal round of IHSAA Sectional 61 Thursday night, but only one team advanced to Saturday’s Championship as Warsaw defeated Wawasee 5-0 while Columbia City defeated Tippecanoe Valley to advance to the sectional final.

Warsaw Wins 17th Straight Girls Track Sectional

For the 17th straight season, the Warsaw girls track and field team added a trophy to its total, winning the IHSAA Girls Track and Field sectional at the Tiger Athletic Complex on Tuesday night with 150.5 points, over double second place Concord’s 74.6 . Wawasee finished in fourth place with 65 points, while Lakeland Christian took eleventh with six.

Local High School Sports Recaps For Monday, May 13

Baseball, Softball, Boys Golf, Girls Golf, Football

Nelson’s Big Night Propels Warsaw To NLC Championship

Warsaw baseball’s Monday night home game against Concord was a momentous one for a number of reasons. First, it was Senior Night, and four seniors were honored before the game for their careers at Warsaw. Next, a win over the Minutemen would clinch the Northern Lakes Conference title outright for the Tigers. On a night dedicated to the seniors, it was freshman Grady Nelson’s big night that helped Warsaw win 7-3 for the championship.

Local High School Sports Recaps For Saturday, May 11

Baseball, Softball, Boys Track and Field, Girls Tennis

Warsaw Wins Share Of NLC With Victory Over Northridge

A little less than two weeks before the two sides meet again in the opening round of sectionals, the Warsaw and Northridge baseball teams met at Tiger Field Friday evening for their second regular-season matchup. Five runs in the first two innings would be all the Tigers would need as they beat the Raiders 8-2 for their eleventh straight win, earning at least a share of the Northern Lakes Conference title in the process.

Local High School Sports Recaps For Wednesday, May 8

Girls Track and Field, Baseball, Softball, Girls Tennis

Skinner Strikes Out 20, But Wabash Beats Whitko In 11

In a tightly contested game between the Whitko and Wabash softball teams on Wednesday, neither side was able to find much separation. Despite a fantastic outing by starting pitcher Cassidy Skinner (20 strikeouts), Wabash was able to come away with a 4-3 victory in eleven innings.

Manchester Offense Shines In 14-0 Win Over Whitko

With sole possession of second place in the Three Rivers Conference up for grabs, as well as a chance to move up into a first-place tie with Peru, the Manchester and Whitko baseball teams met in North Manchester Monday evening, playing a game that was dominated by the Squires from start to finish, as the home side won 14-0.

Early Offense Powers Wawasee To Win Over Triton

Facing off against Triton in a nonconference baseball game Thursday, Wawasee was able to get off to a fast start, scoring seven runs in the first two innings, which was more than enough for them to hold onto in a 9-0 victory.

Local High School Sports Recaps For Wednesday, May 1

Baseball, Softball, Girls Tennis and Boys Golf

Allen Strikes Out Eleven As Wawasee Takes Down Warsaw

Facing off for the second time this season, the Wawasee and Warsaw softball teams met at the Tiger Athletic Complex Wednesday afternoon for some Northern Lakes Conference action. The result was eerily similar to the first game, as once again, the Lady Warriors were able to finish the job in five innings, winning 14-2.

Local High School Sports Recaps For Tuesday, April 30

Baseball, Softball, Girls Tennis, Girls Track and Field

Grace Star Elijah Malone Announces Transfer To Colorado

Elijah Malone, one of the top players in Grace Men’s Basketball history, took the time on Monday to announce the next step in his basketball career. Malone will graduate from Grace College this Saturday, before using his one remaining year of eligibility to transfer to the University of Colorado in Boulder to join the Buffaloes in the Big 12.

Local High School Sports Recaps For Thursday, April 25

Baseball, Softball, Boys Golf, Girls Tennis

Warsaw Stays Perfect In NLC With Sweep Of Wawasee

The Warsaw girls tennis team has been fantastic to start the season this spring, dropping just one match in its first five while keeping a perfect record in the Northern Lakes Conference. The dominance continued on Thursday evening as the Lady Tigers hosted Wawasee for another NLC match. The home side continued to take care of business, winning 5-0 without dropping a set.

Local High School Sports Recaps For Wednesday, April 24

Baseball, Softball, Boys Track and Field, Boys Golf, Girls Tennis and Boys Basketball

Local High School Sports Recaps For Monday, April 22

Baseball, Softball, Boys Golf and Girls Tennis

NorthWood Hands Warsaw First Northern Lakes Loss

Undefeated in Northern Lakes Conference play coming into Monday’s game against NorthWood, the Warsaw baseball team faced perhaps its biggest test of the season thus far. The Panthers were able to score three runs early and add a fourth late, which was just enough to take down the Tigers 4-2.

Local High School Sports Recaps For Wednesday, April 17

Baseball, Softball, Boys Golf, Girls Tennis, Girls Rugby

Lady Tigers’ Hot Start Paves Way For First Win Of Season

Coming into Wednesday night’s game against Goshen at 0-6, the Warsaw softball team got off to a hot start in their Northern Lakes Conference matchup, getting out to a 7-1 lead after five innings. The Lady RedHawks mounted a furious comeback, scoring five runs in the final two innings, but in the end, the Lady Tigers were able to hang on to a 7-6 victory for their first win of the campaign.

Local High School Sports Recaps For Tuesday, April 16

Softball, Boys Track and Field, Girls Track and Field, Boys Golf and Girls Tennis

Late Rally Not Enough As Triton Falls 8-4 To Caston

Facing off against Caston for the second straight day, the Triton baseball team found itself in an early 4-0 hole that later turned into an 8-0 deficit. The Trojans were able to rally late, but it was not enough as Triton dropped its second straight Hoosier North Athletic Conference game 8-4.

Local High School Sports Recaps For Monday, April 15

Baseball and Softball

Warsaw Hands Wawasee First Loss 8-1 In NLC Opener

Cross-county rivals Warsaw and Wawasee met Monday evening at Tiger Field for the Northern Lakes Conference opener for both squads. While the Warriors would strike first, it would be Warsaw with the last laugh, scoring runs in each of the final four innings to win 8-2.

Local High School Sports Recaps For Saturday, April 13

Baseball, Softball, Boys Golf, Girls Tennis

Wawasee Edges Out Manchester 2-1 In Pitcher’s Duel

Runs were scarce on Friday night as the Wawasee and Manchester softball teams met in Syracuse. Both team’s starting pitchers turned in outstanding performances to keep things tight the entire way. In the end, the two runs scored by the Lady Warriors in the first two innings would be enough for a 2-1 win.

Tiger Offense Scores Eight In The Third, Beats Tippy Valley

Playing in front of their home crowd for the first time in 2024, the Warsaw baseball team had an offensive day to remember against Tippecanoe Valley on Wednesday night. Using an eight-run third inning, the Tigers were able to cruise to an 11-0 victory in five innings.

Local High School Sports Recaps For Tuesday, April 9

Baseball, Softball, Girls Track and Field, Boys Golf and Girls Tennis

Brooks Strikes Out Eleven As Wawasee Beats Whitko

Tuesday night’s nonconference game between Whitko and Wawasee had a little bit of everything. Terrific pitching, timely hitting, and a game that was in the balance until the final pitch was thrown. In the end, the pitching of the Warriors was too much, as the visitors struck out 15 Wildcats in a 3-1 win.

Tippy Valley Scores Two In The Sixth To Take Down Triton

Monday night’s game between Triton and Tippecanoe Valley was a pitcher’s duel for the first three innings before the offenses got it going in the latter half of the game. Both teams led multiple times but it was the Vikings coming away with a 6-5 win after scoring two in the bottom of the sixth.