Bombers 1-1 in HC tourney so far

RCHS freshman Kyler Sigman head-bumps the ball to himself during Tuesday's 7-1 rout of Central Catholic in the opener of the Hoosier Conference boys' soccer tournament.

CRAWFORDSVILLE — Rensselaer Central sophomore distance runner Tristan Wuethrich claimed the Charger Classic title at Crawfordsville on Thursday, covering the course in 17 minutes, 11 seconds.

His win catapulted the Bombers into fourth place among five teams competing for a team trophy. The Bombers had 94 points to finish behind champion Lebanon, host Crawfordsville and third-place finisher Seeger.

Other scorers for RCHS included Conner Parker, 15th in 18:56; Tom Van Hoose, 19th in 19:05; Deric Duncan, 32nd in 19:48; and Eli Dobson, 38th in 19:58.

Will Messman (40th), Cade Rivera (72nd), Alex Nagel (75th), Eric Baugh (83rd) and Davin Bate (92nd) also competed. Personal bests were turned in by Wuethrich, Van Hoose, Parker, Dobson, Duncan, Baugh and Nagel.

In the girls’ race, junior Amzie Maienbrook continued her strong start to the season, placing fourth overall in 19:59 at the Charger Classic.

She was followed through the chute by teammates Ava Barten (13th in 21:40), Emma Rentschler (14th in 22:22), Rheannon Pinkerman (18th in 22:41) and Riley Rentschler (26th in 23:00).

Baylie Wuethrich was 28th, Solcy Sanchez finished 31st, Audrey Davisson placed 39th, Gracie Castle was 46th, Anna Black placed 56th, Kelsey Rodibaugh finished 57th, Hannah Warne was 59th, Emily Dobson placed 72nd and Maddie Martin finished 74th.

The Bombers finished second in the team race, finishing just behind Seeger. Lebanon was third, with Hamilton Heights and Western Boone also competing.

Prep Boys Soccer

Northwestern hangs 3-0 loss on RCHS

KOKOMO — Rensselaer Central’s boys’ soccer team is now 1-1 in Hoosier Conference Tournament play after falling 3-0 to a strong Northwestern squad Thursday night.

Northwestern (7-1) scored a goal in the first half and added two more in the second. It was a defensive struggle, with the Bombers (4-2-1) sending five shots at the net and the Tigers taking seven shots.

Wes Miller, a junior, had two of Northwestern’s goals. Freshman Quentin Yeakel had the other.

Vance Rogers had three saves in the net for the Tigers and RCHS goalkeeper Elijah Gastineau had five saves.

The Bombers, who opened the tournament with a 7-1 rout of Central Catholic, are scheduled to face Hamilton Heights for third place in Saturday’s tournament action in Kokomo.

Prep Volleyball

Bombers drop HC opener

OXFORD — Rensselaer Central opened its Hoosier Conference season with a 3-0 loss to host Benton Central Thursday night.

The Bison won by 25-11, 25-7 and 25-23 scores to improve to 11-1 overall and 3-0 in league play.

RCHS, which falls to 2-5 overall, got three kills from Jessie Ringen, with Kaylee Tiede-Souza adding a kill. Kenzie Moore was 14 of 14 serving and Ellie Castle finished 5 of 5 and added three assists.

Lauren Moore also had three assists at setter and Morgan Van Meter had two solo blocks and three assists. Alexis Oliver added a solo block and two assists.

Lilly Cobb had 11 kills and three blocks for the Bison. She was 30 of 33 in attacks. Sienna Foster had 11 digs and was 17 of 17 serving with five aces.

Kougars outlast Hanover, 3-0

CEDAR LAKE — Kankakee Valley battled host Hanover Central for three games before settling on a 25-22, 25-22 and 26-24 victory Thursday night.

The Kougars (9-3) got 14 kills from Alexis Broyles, with a service ace, three serve receptions, a solo block and 13 digs. Elisa Carli had 22 assists, 13 digs, a kill and two solo blocks and Ava McKim had a team-high 21 serve receptions and 10 digs.

Abby Grandchamp had five kills, Lilly Toppen had nine digs and 16 serve receptions, Marissa Howard had two aces, 10 serve receptions and 10 digs and Morgan Smith had 20 digs and an ace.

Prep Boys Soccer

Hobart blanks Kougars, 2-0

HOBART — Kankakee Valley’s boys’ soccer team suffered its first Northwest Crossroads Conference loss of the season Wednesday, falling 2-0 to host Hobart.

The Kougars (3-3-3, 1-1 in the NCC) fell behind late in the first half after both teams battled for possession. KV had several chances in the first 15-20 minutes of the first half, but was unable to score.

In the second half, Julian Colon had a shot carom off the crossbar that would have tied the score early in the second half. Hobart would add an insurance goal shortly after, with a Brickies player converting a shot from 25 yards out for a 2-0 lead.

KV’s other best scoring chance came when Ben Herz sent a shot towards the goal outside the 18-yard box that nearly floated into the net.

KV net-minder Michael Van Wijk, making just his second start, had six saves. “He made some big and timely saves throughout the match to keep the Kougars within striking distance,” Kougars coach Jovan Jeftich said.

Prep Girls Soccer

Bombers pile up 11 scores

ROSSVILLE — Rensselaer Central’s girls’ soccer team won its third straight Thursday, routing host Rossville, 11-1, to improve to 4-2-0.

Freshman Grace Healey scored first on a corner kick and added three more goals to lead the Bombers. Juniors Ariel Manns and Taylor Jordan added two goals each and senior Brie Beier, juniors Meleahna Williams and Abby Lucas and freshman Libby Dixon all had scores.

Senior Isel Valencia and Beier added assists, Manns added two assists and freshman Laina Chapman and Healey also assisted on goals.

The Bombers host Logansport on Monday night.

Lady Knights fall to Hanover

DeMOTTE — Hanover Central broke up a scoreless game with two second-half goals to hand Covenant Christian its second loss of the season Thursday night.

The unbeaten Wildcats (6-0-0) got goals from seniors Savannah Ferry and Nevaeh Govert against a depleted Knights squad.

Covenant (6-2-1) lost freshman goalkeeper Addie VanderMeer and senior Amy Eades to injuries in the second half. Both came on yellow-carded fouls by Hanover.

Skyler Bos, the team’s leading scorer, moved into goal for her team. She had four saves; VanderMeer added six before exiting the game.

Hanover had 16 shots on goal.

The Knights were left with just one sub for most of the second half. Their lone goal came from senior Carly James, who has now played two games since coming back from injury.

“The Knights continue to play well as they face adversity and learn from their mistakes,” said Knights coach James Blom.

Covenant returns to action Tuesday night when it celebrates senior night prior to its match with Morgan Township.

Boone outlasts Kougars, 3-2

PORTER TWP. — Boone Grove senior Lexi Darnell proved to be a tough match-up for Kankakee Valley’s defense Thursday, scoring three goals in her team’s 3-2 win over the Kougars.

Darnell had 13 shots; Boone (4-2) had 21 shots overall.

The game featured the return of a handful of players for the Kougars.

“We just have to get our feet back into it,” coach Mica Serdar. “We started something good here and we will just get better as we go and the girls get back into it again … hopefully no more shutdowns.”

Madalyn Hamstra and Kate Thomas provided goals for the Kougars. Goalkeeper Courtney Fox had 12 saves. Boone’s Holly Kerr had seven saves

RCMS Sports

Middle School CC

Bombers bounce Bison twice

OXFORD — Rensselaer Central’s middle school cross country teams took Benton Central down twice during a dual meet last week.

The boys’ team got a first-place finish from Oden Van Hoose in a 20-41 victory. Van Hoose covered the course in 11 minutes, 55 minutes.

Van Hoose’s teammate, Jack Boer, was second in 12:32, followed by Ethan Cook in fourth place (12:42). Also scoring were Daniel Davis (6th in 13:06) and Brock Hurley (7th in 13:13).

Other runners competing for coach Dan Yeager’s squad included Isaac Messman (9th), Caulden Pulver (14th), Elijah Armold (15th), Donavyn Green (18th), Ryan Louck (23rd), Nate Marchand (24th), Grant Potter (26th), Rowan Michael (27th), Rylen Owens (28th) and Nevan Odle (29th).

In the girls’ race, the Bombers claimed the first six places to crush the Bison, 15-47. Audrey Korniak was the race winner in 13:09, with teammate Annalise Yeager second in 13:14.

Delaney Koebcke was third in 14:04, followed by Hope Hurley in 14:22, Kylie Spencer in 14:37 and Tessa Ventrello in 14:50.

Liberty Bate was 11th overall, with Braelynn Jones (12th), Taylor Girton (14th), Maggie Hooker (15th), Gisella Facando (16th) and Emily Parker (19th) also competing.

Middle School Volleyball

Bombers sweep North Judson

NORTH JUDSON — The Rensselaer Central Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade volleyball teams took down North Judson to conclude a road trip on Thursday.

The eighth-grade squad cruised to 25-19 and 25-10 wins, getting eight aces from Brooke Koebcke, who finished 13 of 14 serving. Brooklyn Bilyeu was 9 of 10 serving with seven aces, Lydia Redlin finished 6 of 7 with five aces and Maddie Graf had an ace. Redlin also had four kills and Kali Northcutt added two.

In the “B” team match, the Bombers fell in two games. Ireland Souza was 5 of 6 serving with two aces, Katie Castle finished 4 of 4 with an ace and Kevee Rule was 4 of 6 with an ace.

The seventh-grade Bombers remained unbeaten in three matches with a 25-6, 25-16 rout of the Jays.

Brodie Radtke was good on 11 serves with seven aces and Reagan Back had 10 good serves with four aces. Annie Parrish added three aces on seven serves.

In passing, Back and Olivia Barber had 10 each. Radtke and Parrish had eight each. Radtke also had 10 attacks at the net, with Kami Davis adding nine and Back finished with eight. Barber had eight sets.

The Lady Bombers return to action Monday when they travel to Winamac for an “A” game match.