SOUTH WHITLEY – Led by Zack Freel, Whitko High School’s boys track and field team beat Southwood 68-55 Tuesday evening.

Freel won three individual events, taking first in the 100 (11.9 seconds), 400 (:55.1) and high jump (5-6), and was also on the winning 4x400 team with Ashton Schuh, Isaiah Pierce and Clayton Ebbinghouse (3:49.3).

The Wildcats won eight of the 15 events, including a sweep in the field events.

Pierce won long jump (17-10.25), while Cameron Sapp won discus (124-2) and Matt Farner was the winner in the shot put (41-3).

Schuh was the winner in the 200-meter dash (24.5) for the Wildcats.

“The field events were very good to us tonight as we won every field event,” said Whitko coach Ron Cherry. “I was pleased that we had a lot of new kids get some valuable experience, but we have a lot of work to do to achieve our team goals.”



Valley Track Teams Fall To NorthWood

AKRON – Tippecanoe Valley’s boys and girls track and field teams opened the outdoor season Tuesday with a pair of home losses to NorthWood.

Valley’s boys team fell 103-20 to the Panthers. Alex Mikel led the Vikings with a pair of top-three finishes, taking the win in the 400-meter run and finishing third in the long jump.

Freshman Rex Kirchenstien finished second in the 100 and third in 200 in his first high school meet.

On the girls side, NorthWood beat Valley 104-19.

Sidney Wagner took first place in the long jump with a leap of 14-7, while Olivia Smith was second in the high jump and Sophie Bussard was the runner-up in the 400.

Valley’s next meet will be April 9 when the Vikings and Lady Vikings host Three Rivers Conference opponents North Miami and Whitko.



Locals To Play In All-Star Game

A?trio of local girls basketball players were selected to play in the annual Michiana McDonald’s All-Star Game, which will take place March 26 at Bethel College.

Tippecanoe Valley’s Sophie Bussard, Warsaw’s Maddie Ryman and Wawasee’s Casey Schroeder will represent the Times-Union coverage area in the game.