NW’s Miller competes at state gymnastics
MUNCIE — Northwestern junior Amber Miller scored an 8.45 on the vault and finished 47th Saturday at the IHSAA gymnastics state championships.
“It wasn’t her best day, it upset her,” NW coach Mary Clem said. “I think the nerves got a little bit to her, but like I told her, this is a learning experience for next year.
“I can tell you this, as soon as she didn’t do well, she was in the practice gym warming up for next year — if that tells you anything.”
Miller was making her first appearance at the state meet and is only the second Purple Tiger to compete at state.
“It’s a huge achievement,” Clem said of reaching state. “When you think of all the teams in the state of Indiana, and you are selected [qualifying from that group] just to participate in vault. There were 28 schools there and she was lucky enough to be one of them.”
Kokomo Babe Ruth to hold signups today
The Kokomo Parents Babe Ruth will conduct late signups for the upcoming season from 1-2 p.m. today at the Houston Park pavilion. For more information call Ken at 765-271-4949.
Northside sets tryouts, signups for Monday
The Northside Youth Baseball league will hold tryouts at 5 p.m. Monday at Bon Air Church. The tryouts are for the major league, but Northside will also conduct signups for all divisions. Anyone with questions should call Brian West at 765-398-1888.
Local athletes compete in indoor state meet
MARION — Eastern’s girls finished third in the Class A-2A-3A Division of the finals of the Hoosier State Relays on Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan, setting a pair of new division records.
The 3,200-meter relay team of Brittany Neeley, Bethany Neeley, Avery Ewing and Jessie Sprinkles took top honors in a time of 9:26.3, setting a new record by 15 seconds.
The Neeley sisters, Sprinkles and Sarah Wagner teamed to win the distance medley relay in 12:20.1, setting a new record by 21 seconds.
Wagner tied for fourth in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 2 inches.
“We’re super excited to be able to set two state records by such a margin,” Eastern coach Michael Goodspeed said. “Fifteen seconds is unheard of. We feel pretty good for this early in the season.”
Kokomo’s girls track squad had several participants competing in the finals.
Topping the Kat contingent was Anh Pham, who was fifth in pole vault with an effort of 11-0. Summer Blackamore was seventh in the shot put with a toss of 39 feet, 10 3/4 inches.
Taylor Coram was 19th in the long jump with a leap of 16-6 3/4. And the 800 relay team of Ma-Ryssa Martin, Brayanna Fowler, Raven Pugh, Iesha Wallac was 21st in 1:51.49
As a team, the Kats were 27th out of 42 teams competing in the Class 4A-5A Division.
Western’s boys team placed 10th in the Class A-2A-3A Division with a score of 20 points.
The Panther’s Matt Grider was second with a time of 9:28.76 in the 3,200-meter run, and Riley Worl was 16th (10:18.21).
Grider and Worl joined forces with Jacob Bradshaw and Auston Davenport in placing third in the distance medley relay (11:05.54).
NW’s Miller competes at state gymnastics
Eastern boys track claims first sectional title since 1998
The boys track and field coach at Eastern High School from 1987 until last season, Paul Nicholson’s parting message to his team was simple: “Don’t deny the gift.”
That motto left such a lasting impression on the Comets’ returning athletes that they had it screen printed on their 2013 season T-shirts.
With Nicholson in attendance to celebrate with them, new coach Austin Roark and the Comets outlasted host Kokomo to win their first sectional title since 1998 Thursday night, topping the Wildkats by 3.5 points, 124.5-121.
Eastern, Kokomo favored in boys track sectional
Some of the names and faces have changed, but the plot remains much the same.
The Kokomo boys track and field sectional, much like last year, will likely be a two-horse race between the host and three-time defending champion Wildkats and Eastern, a team looking to break through and win its first sectional title since 1998.
Cole to jump at Miami University
Eastern athlete Grant Cole has only been a long jumper for two seasons, but being turned on to the event late in his career has landed him a scholarship to Miami University.
Comets roar to sectional title
As the old adage goes, it’s harder stay on top than it is to reach the top.
Eastern’s girls track and field team entered the 2012 postseason hoping to put in a strong enough effort to claim the program’s first sectional title.
Having done so, the Comets entered Tuesday’s postseason opener — the Madison-Grant Sectional — with a much larger bull’s-eye on their backs than in previous years.
Eastern proved up to the challenge, scoring a landslide victory to repeat as sectional champions with 125 points.
Dexter leaving Eastern
Eastern girls basketball coach Jeremy Dexter has stepped down from the Comet program after accepting the AD job at Churubusco last week. Churubusco is in Whitley County about 15 minutes west of Fort Wayne.
Dexter led the Comets to a Class 2A state runner-up finish this past season.
Hunter edges Shrout in Thunder Car thriller
Two drivers who are no strangers to Victory Lane returned there Sunday night at the Kokomo Speedway. Meanwhile, a third driver scored just the second feature win of his career at the local oval to highlight the racing action.
Chris Hunter, the winningest Thunder Car driver in the history of the local oval, ground out a gritty win over defending track champion Jason Shrout to highlight the chilly night.
Girls track sectional is tonight
Eastern’s girls track and field team is ready to chase some more championship hardware.
Two weeks ago, the Comets won their fourth straight Howard County meet. Last week, they won their fourth straight Mid-Indiana Conference meet. Now, the postseason is here, with the Madison-Grant Sectional tonight.
“We’re looking forward to taking the next step,” Eastern coach Michael Goodspeed said.
Athlete of the week
Oyler led the way as Class 2A No. 5-ranked Eastern beat Cass (4-3) and Hamilton Heights (5-4 in 12 innings) to move to 6-0 in the Mid-Indiana Conference with one league game remaining.
Page family bonds over martial arts
A mother and father to six children, Jason and Denise Page began to run into your typical challenges associated with such a large family back in 2008, once the oldest children reached an age where they started to have desires to be involved in sports and other extracurricular activities.
As the commitments started to pile up, it didn’t seem like there were enough hours in the day to accomplish all the pitstops and still have time left over to fellowship as a family.
Karate to the rescue.
Kats' Sebree to play for JC power Cochise
LaBradford Sebree is accustomed to winning.
Sebree was a three-year starter for Kokomo’s boys basketball team. He helped the Wildkats compile a 65-11 record (the seventh-best mark in Indiana over that stretch) with a Class 4A state runner-up finish in 2011.
The 6-foot-2 swingman hopes to keep on winning at the next level. He will play at Cochise College, a Division I junior college in Douglas, Ariz. Douglas is located in the southeast corner of the state.
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