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Giants shuffle upward in coaches poll

BY SCOTT HUNT - shunt@chronicle-tribune.com

With its dominating, 48-0 win over Anderson on Friday, Marion’s football team rose in the Indiana Football Coaches Association poll and maintained its spot in the Associated Press rankings released Tuesday.

The Giants received 49 votes from the coaches to rise one spot and into a tie with East Noble at No. 5 in the Class 4A poll. Marion earned 147 votes from the media and maintained its spot at No. 7 in that poll.

With its 21-14 win over Mississinewa on Friday, Eastbrook maintained its No. 8 (31 votes) ranking in the coaches Class 2A poll and the 24 media votes received by the Panthers left them outside the top 10 at No. 13. 

The loss to Eastbrook dropped Ole Miss from its No. 4 ranking in both the 4A coaches’ and media polls. The Indians received 21 votes to land at No. 9 for the coaches while the 36 media votes put the team tied for 10th with Evansville Central.

Southwood’s 20-6 win over county-rival Northfield on Friday jumped the Knights inside the top five in both the Class A coaches and media polls. Southwood received 18 more votes from the coaches to earn 64 for the week which put the team at No. 4. The Knights also rose two spots to No. 5 in the AP poll. 

Class 6A top fives (Coaches): 1. Warren Central 3-1, 2. Avon 4-0, 3. Carmel 3-1, 4. Fort Wayne Snider 5-0, 5. Lafayette Jeff 4-0; (Media): 1. Avon, 2. Warren Central, 3. Carmel, 4. Lafayette Jeff, 5. Fort Wayne Snider. 

Class 5A top fives (Coaches): 1. New Palestine 4-0, 2. Indianapolis Cathedral 3-1, 3. Valparaiso 4-0, 4. Concord 4-0, 5. Fort Wayne Dwenger 3-1; (Media): 1. New Palestine, 2. Valparaiso, 3. Cathedral, 4. Concord, 5. Terre Haute South 4-0.

Class 4A top fives (Coaches): 1. New Prairie 4-0, 2. Mooresville 4-0, 3. East Central 4-0, 4. Evansville Memorial 4-0, T5. Marion 3-1 and East Noble 4-0; (Media): 1. Mooresville, 2. East Central, 3. New Prairie, 4. Evansville Memorial, 5. Delta 4-0.

Class 3A top fives (Coaches): 1. West Lafayette 3-1, 2. Indianapolis Chatard 3-1, 3. Gibson Southern 3-1, 4. Indianapolis Brebeuf 3-1, 5. Heritage Hills 4-0; (Media): 1. West Lafayette, 2. Chatard, 3. Heritage Hills, 4. Mishawaka Marian 3-1, 5. Gibson Southern.

Class 2A top fives (Coaches): 1. Indianapolis Scecina 4-0, 2. Lewis Cass 4-0, 3. Western Boone 3-1, 4. Rensselaer Central 4-0, 5. Evansville Mater Dei 3-1; (Media): 1. Scecina, 2. Lewis Cass, 3. Mater Dei, 4. Rensselaer, 5. Western Boone.

Class A top fives (Coaches): T1. Indianapolis Lutheran 3-0 and South Adams 4-0, 3. Adams Central 4-0, 4. Southwood 4-0, 5. Parke Heritage 4-0; (Media): 1. Lutheran, 2. Adams Central, 3. South Adams, 4. Park Heritage, 5. Southwood.  

Boys tennis

Mississinewa 5, Alexandria 0

Mississinewa’s 30th-ranked boys tennis team moved a step closer to capturing its fourth consecutive Central Indiana Conference championship Monday with its 5-0 win over Alexandria in Gas City. 

The Indians (13-3, 3-0 in CIC) travel to Elwood at 5 p.m. today and host Frankton on Sept. 25 to close their CIC schedule. Ole Miss also competes in the Homestead Invitational at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Against Alexandria, Conner Murphy (No.1 singles) earned a 6-0, 6-1 win while both John Oliver (No. 2) and Hayden Rowley (No. 3) swept to 6-0, 6-0 victories.

Ryan Scott and Riley Fuqua (No.1 doubles) won 6-1, 6-1 while Mason Christensen and Chandler Morrison (No. 2) won 6-1, 6-2.

Ole Miss won the JV match, 2-1. Tyler Gary won a singles point (4-0, 0-4, 7-3) and teammed with Josiah Stark to win 4-1, 4-0. Evan Stanley dropped a tough 4-0, 0-4, 5-7 decision.

Marion 5, Anderson 0

The 29th-ranked Marion boys tennis team dropped just eight games Monday in keeping its North Central Conference record perfect at Anderson.

Vikram Oddiraju won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles while Noah Lyons took a 6-0, 6-1 decision at No. 2 and Jack Fauser captured No. 3, 6-0, 6-0.

Caleb Spitzer and Cole Madden took the No. 1 doubles position, 6-2, 6-2 and Tristan Galeon and Nihal Nagesh won 6-4, 6-0 at No. 2.

The Giants won the JV match, 3-0. Alex Spitzer (6-0) and Clayton Drook (6-1) won singles points with Patrick Spitzer and Jefwan Burnett (6-3) won at doubles.

Marion (11-1, 4-0 in NCC) will host the North Central Conference championship on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. The Giants are the No. 1 seed in the NCC East division and will face the West No. 2 seed, likely the winner of Tuesday’s McCutcheon-Logansport match. West No. 1 Harrison meets East No. 2 Richmond in the other semifinal. The championship match will start around 1 p.m. on Bill Beekman Courts.

Boys soccer

Manchester 2, Oak Hill 1

The Class 2A 10th-ranked Squires erased a 1-0, halftime deficit with a pair of goals in the final 40 minutes to top the Golden Eagles.

Dalian Leach scored the Eagles’ goal off an assist from Mark Sevier.

Oak Hill (5-2-1) travels to Tri-Central on Thursday for a 5 p.m. kickoff.

Girls soccer

Tipton 5, Mississinewa 2

Lia Luchetti and Taylor Ulerick scored for the Indians on Monday in Gas City while Alayna Webb added and assist. Savannah Herrera made 11 saves in goal for Ole Miss.

Mississinewa (4-3-1) travels to Muncie Burris on Thursday at 6 p.m. then to Blackford on Saturday at noon.

Prep volleyball

Norwell 3, Eastbrook 1

The Knights won a fiercely battle match, 26-24, 23-25, 25-20, 25-23.

Norwell’s JV also won 25-20, 25-15.

No additional details were reported.

Eastbrook will host its invitational on Saturday starting at 9 a.m.

Girls golf

Oak Hill 188, Huntington North 197, Mississinewa 234

Hope Mygrant fired a 40 to win medalist honors and lead the Golden Eagles on Monday at Elks Country Club.

Holly Gillespie added a 47, Morgan Nelson had 50 and Bailey Dewitt shot 51 to round out Oak Hill’s scoring. Abby Malott had 56 and Savanna Saylor a 68 for the Eagles.

The Indians were led by Anabella Pannell with 49, Maggie LaBarr shot 52, Peighten Allen finished with 66 and Izabel Cornejo had 67. Jayce White’s 68 was discarded.

Ole Miss travels to Elwood on Thursday and both Mississinewa and Oak Hill will compete in the Eastbrook Sectional on Saturday at Arbor Trace Golf Club starting at 9 a.m.

Giants compete at NCC

Savanah Grieve shot 108 to lead a trio of Marion golfers at the North Central Conference championship at Pebble Brook Golf Course in Noblesville on Monday. Bayley Grieve finished with 111 and Maddie Endsley had 114 for the Giants.

Kokomo won the conference title followed by Richmond. Kiah Parrott led the Wildkats by shooting a five-under par 65 and earn medalist honors. 

Men’s golf

IWU stands third at The Rock

Indiana Wesleyan men’s golf team stood in third place following day one of the Battle at the Rock at Rock Hollow Golf Course in Peru on Monday.

The Wildcats (313) were trailing leader Marian (307) and Grace (309). IWU’s ‘B’ team shot 327 and stood in fifth.

Freshman Blake LeFavour, a 2019 Oak Hill graduate, fired a two-over par 74 and entered day just two strokes off the individual lead shared by Indiana Tech’s Nick Kocks and Marian’s Parker Vanness.

Daniel Dunn added a 78, Brayden Reece shot 80, Cameron Luczka had 81 and Jacob Kydd finished with 90 for IWU’s ‘A’ team.

Braydon Schindler is tied for 11th individually after shooting 79 for the Wildcats ‘B’ (SR/Wabash, Ind.) leads the Wildcats second team with a 79. Hudson Yoder shot 80, Reid Zimmerman had 82, Brent Smith shot 86 and Grant Meadows had 100 for the ‘B’ team.

Women’s golf

Taylor 7th at Ball State

The NAIA 11th-ranked Taylor women’s golf team held its own in a field of NCAA Division I opponents during the opening two rounds of the Cardinal Classic hosted by Ball State University on Monday in Yorktown.

Junior Maddie Thomas fired rounds of 77 and 71 to lead and was tied for third place in the 69-player field.

The Trojans struggled to an opening round score of 314 on the 6,204-yard, par-72 layout of The Players Club at Woodland Trials but bounced back in the afternoon with a 303 to climb up the leaderboard.

Junior Taylor French fired 76-78 (T16), junior All-American Nicole Jung battled through an injury to shoot 81-76, senior Annie Stimmel shot 81-78 while junior Rachel Coers tallied 80-82.

The Trojans are in seventh place in the 11-team field comprised completely of NCAA Division I teams. With a 36-hole total of 617 (314-303), Taylor was five shots back from third place. Ball State leads at 599 (305-294) followed by IUPUI at 602 (294-308). Eastern Michigan and Bradley are tied for third place at 612.

College athletics

Crossroads League weekly awards

Volleyball Attacker - Kelly Miller, Indiana Wesleyan

Miller posted 12 kills in each of No. 4 Indiana Wesleyan’s 3-0 sweeps of Grace and No. 22 Marian. The senior outside hitter posted a .315 percentage in the two matches and hit only two errors in IWU’s sweep of MU.

This marks the third-straight week a Wildcat has won the Attacker of the Week, Kelly Miller follows sister Marci Miller and Rachel Klitzing in receiving the recognition.

MSFA awards

IWU’s VonGunten makes history 

Indiana Wesleyan kicker Ben VonGunten was named Mid-State Football Association Special Teams Player of the Week Tuesday, becoming the first Wildcat player to ever earn an MSFA Player of the Week award.

“Ben has arguably been our most valuable player over our first two games,” said IWU coach Jordan Langs in a university press release. “His skill set is a major reason for our success. Our program is excited and honored to earn our first-ever MSFA Player of the Week award.”

VonGunten made the game-winning field goal from 25 yards out in the fourth quarter of IWU’s 23-22 win over Missouri Baptist on Saturday. It was his third field goal in the game and fifth through the first two IWU contests. VonGunten also averaged 47.6 yards on five punts against MBU with a long of 57 yards and with four punts downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

Prep football

JV: Mississinewa 38, Eastbrook 12

Landry Rock had a rushing touchdown, two-point conversion, and threw a TD pass Jayden Crick on Monday for the Indians. Hayden Nelson scored on a run and a kickoff return and Luke Bennett ran for an Indians’ touchdown.

C-team: Pendleton Heights 34, Oak Hill 20

Kyle Turanchick had 64 and 70 yard touchdown runs along with a 13-yard TD pass to Lucas Hasty on Monday.