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IWU women win 28th straight league title

From staff reports

NAIA ninth-ranked Indiana Wesleyan University captured its 28th consecutive Crossroads League Tournament championship Saturday with a 4-0 shutout of Marian University at the Sutter Tennis Center.

The No. 1 doubles team of Maddie Bemisderfer and Thewuni Devaraja led the way with a straight set victory. Bemisderfer, Lena Golz, and Laura Moore then won the last three points in No. 1, 2 and 5 singles.

With the victory, the Wildcats completed their dominating season where they won 103 out of 107 points. The Wildcats finish their fall season undefeated at 18-0 and as Crossroads League Champions, giving them an automatic bid to the National Tournament in the Spring.

The ‘Cats conference streak dates back to 1992 when it was the Mid-Central Conference.

“We felt like we were very vulnerable this year after losing our No. 1 player, Lizzie Bauss, to an injury,” coach Eddy Shigley said. “With Lizzie Bauss out with injury, every girl in the lineup rose to the occasion and elevated their game to another level. Beating a very good Marian team 4-0 was incredible.

Men’s college tennis

IWU wins league title

NAIA No. 22 Indiana Wesleyan University beat No. 23 Marian 4-1 Saturday to become Crossroads League Champions at the Sutter Tennis Center.

IWU secured the doubles point with victories from No. 2 team Eli Steiner and Mariano Jalif and No. 3 Diego Freire and Martin Carrizo. Eli Steiner, Martin Carrizo, and Isaac Steiner all won in singles to clinch the title.

The Wildcats completed their undefeated fall season having won 97 out of 106 points and receive an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament in May.

 as League Champions.

“The men played phenomenal tennis tonight against a gritty fired up Marian team,” coach Eddy Shigley said. “Marian is a top 20 program, we feel very blessed to walk away with the Conference Championship. This season we showed our consistency, depth, and strength throughout the lineup.”

Boys’ cross country

Giants seventh at NCC meet

Raffi Fry finished seventh overall in 16:43 Saturday and led Marion to a seventh place finish out of 10 teams at the North Central Conference meet in Lafayette. Fry gained an all-conference medal for his finish.

The Giants scored 182 points in a meet dominated by the three Lafayette schools: Harrison (29), McCutcheon (56) and Lafayette Jeff (101).

The Giants also had Jonathan Reynolds in 36th, Logan Carrico in 38th, Austin Warpool in 42nd and Clayton Payne in 59th.

Girls’ cross country

Marion runs to sixth at conference

The Giants finished sixth out of seven teams Saturday in the North Central Conference meet in Lafayette. Harrison (22) won in dominating fashion over McCutcheon (61) and Logansport (98) and complete a sweep of the boys’ and girls’ races.

Carynna Aguilar finished 17th overall in 21:44 to lead Marion and gain all-NCC recognition. Other Giants runners were Tori Daehn in 34th; Madeline Stiles in 40th; Chloe Hamilton in 41st, and Madison Crisp in 47th.

Prep volleyball

Alexandria 4, Madison-Grant 1

The Tigers wrapped up the Central Indiana Conferenfce championship Saturday with a 25-19, 19-25, 25-14 and 26-24 victory over the host Argylls.

Madison-Grant (17-9, 4-2) had a chance to tie for the title with a victory. Katie Garringer led the attack with 14 kills and Emmja Brummet added six. Alia Whitton had 30 assists and Daya Greene served three aces. Greene led the defense with 15 digs and Brummet and Garringer each had four blocks.

The Argylls won the junior varsity meet 25-22, 25-8 behind Tori Hiatt’s seven kills and Lexi Baney’s four kills and three blocks.

Women’s soccer

Indiana Wesleyan 2, Saint Francis 1

Riley Spoltman and Brenna Streeter each had one goal and the Wildcats improved to 10-0-1, 3-0-1 Crossroads League with Saturday’s victory over the Cougars.

No. 20 Grace Shuts down Taylor

NAIA 20th-ranked Grace College stopped visiting Taylor University with a 2-0 victory Saturday in Crossroads League play. The Trojans struggled to get the offense going against the league’s top team.

Taylor (9-2-1, 2-1-1 CL) recorded nine shots with four on target throughout the afternoon match. Three different Trojans took two shot attempts but could not find the back of the net.

Megan Williams tallied her third-most saves of the season with six on the day. The junior stood tall in goal, despite a barrage of 11 shots from the Lancers (12-1-0, 4-0-0 CL) in the second half.

Women’s cross country

Trojans third at Louisville Classic

NAIA No. 4 Taylor placed third out of 62 teams Saturday at the Louisville (Kentucky) Classic. The Trojans competed against NCAA Division I, Division II, Division III and top-ranked NAIA teams.

The Trojans garnered 118 points, only five points behind No. 5 St. Francis (113) and 14 points behind NCAA Division I East Tennessee State (104). The Trojans were the second-fastest NAIA school in the field, beating No. 7 Aquinas with 138 points.

As a team, the Trojans recorded their fastest time of the season at 93:23. The Trojans had two runners break into the top five out of 533 competitors. Sarah Harden continued her spectator junior season by placing second overall and setting a new season-best time of 17:56.0. Livy Schroder was close behind, finishing in fourth place with a time of 18:14.8.

Three Taylor women set career personal-best times including Giovanna Domene, Brooke Studnicki and Madeline Purdom. Domene clocked a time of 18:58.6 to secure 29th-place. Studnicki stepped up for the Trojans, breaking her previous record by 55-seconds and running a time of 18:59.6 to claim 32nd-place.

Wildcats run to 30th place

Eighth-ranked Indiana Wesleyan University finished in 30th place at the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday. In a competitive Division 1 race the Wildcats had their top seven all race the 5K in under 19:00. The Wildcats were led by senior Yvette Rojas who ran an 18:37.0. 

Men’s cross country

No. 12 Taylor runs strong at Louisville Classic

Taylor University, ranked 12th in NAIA, turned in one of the best performances in program history Saturday at the loaded Louisville Classic. The Trojans placed 16th out of 41 times with a combined team time of 124:49 and had seven runners set career personal-best times.

The Trojans competed in the Gold race, compiled of NCAA Division I, Division II and top-ranked NAIA schools. Taylor tallied a total of 446 points and finished ahead of No. 11 Shawnee State and No. 17 Goshen.

Seven Trojans turned in career personal-best times including Hunter Smith, Daniel Gerber, Josh Roth, Connor White, Derek Van Prooyen, Alex Helmuth and Luke Rovenstine. Smith and Gerber led the way, crossing the line at 24:41.7 (56th-place) and 24:42.1 (57th-place).

IWU runs to 14th place

No. 15 Indiana Wesleyan University finished 14th with 432 points in the Division 1 race at the Great Louisville Classic on Saturday.

The Wildcats broke a pair of individual records and a team record in the competitive field. The Wildcats broke the team record for the fastest team time in IWU’s school history running 2:04:21 (24:53 average). They broke the 2:05:30 team record previously set at 2018 NAIA Nationals. Individually Chris Maxon broke the school record running a 24:07, finishing in 17th place overall. Jesse Saxton also broke the previous school record running a 24:20 to finish 25th overall. The previous individual record was held by Neno Bellinotti at 24:27.1.

Boys’ soccer

Oak Hill 6, Jay County 2

Dalian Leach recorded a three-goal hat trick Saturday and the Golden Eagles put the finishing touches on an 11-3-1 regular season. Gavin Holtz scored twice while Gabe Overmyer had one goal. Leach also had two assists.

Prep football

Mississinewa 46, Frankton 0

The Indians junior varsity team rolled behind Landy Rock’s two rushing touchdowns, a two-point conversion and a passing touchdown to Jayden Crick. Hayden Nelson rushed for two touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Gregory O’banian rushed for a touchdown and a two point conversion. Sophomore Luke Bennett rushed for two two-point conversions. On defense, Aiden Kelley had a fumble recovery.

Southwood 32, Oak Hill 6

Cooper Austin had a kickoff return touchdown Saturday for the Golden Eagles C team.

Prep tennis

Lapel beats RJ Baskett teams

Lapel posted 4-1 victories Monday over the Indians boys’ and girls’ teams. Garrett Spencer won at No. 2 singles for the boys and the No. 2 doubles team of Erin Ayres and Ivy Neal collected the point in the girls’ meet.

Saturday, the Indians tied with Manchester 3-all at the Mississinewa High School courts. Winners for the Indians were No. 2 singles Garret Spencer, No. 4 singles Michaela Cook and No. 2 doubles Asher Bernuis and Max Stanley.

Men’s college soccer

Indiana Wesleyan 7, Saint Francis 1 

The Wildcats (3-6-3, 1-3) exploded for seven goals earning their first Crossroads League win of the season. Filipe Mendonca collected his second hat trick of the season scoring two goals in the first half and one goal in the second half. Mendonca’s goal in the 75th minute gave him his 20th career goal in 26 appearances.

Taylor 2, Grace 1

The Trojans needed two overtime periods before defeating the Lancers on Saturday in the Crossroads League. Michael Maloney scored the game winner in overtime for the Trojans (6-5-2, 2-2) and Luke Holwerda scored in regulation.