Johnson inks with Marian
Northwestern senior Chase Johnson said his parents pushed him to be strong academically and early on, and he really didn’t understand the urgency for a long time. The same thing happened in basketball, where his coaches were the ones pushing him to get better.
He gets it now. Their prodding and Johnson’s work paid off with a scholarship to play basketball at Marian University.
“It’s a pretty good situation I’m in. I’m blessed to be honest,” Johnson said.
Eastern sweeps MIC track titles
GREENTOWN — As the team results were announced at last week’s Howard County track and field meet, Eastern’s boys squad was clearly dejected as it was delivered the news Western had dethroned the Comets and prevented them from claiming a 4-peat.
The bus ride home was eerily quiet. Even though they knew they had bigger meets on the horizon to focus their attention on, losing the county meet stung.
Coach Austin Roark wanted his team to use the loss as preparation fuel the rest of the season. The Comets appeared to have heard their coach’s message loud and clear.
Led by the return of senior Grant Cole, Eastern’s boys team secured its fourth straight Mid-Indiana Conference crown, this time in front of the home fans at Cogdell Field.
Tigers top Kings in MIC golf tune-up
Northwestern topped Mid-Indiana Conference rival Lewis Cass 164-170 in a boys golf match Monday at Green Acres.
“We got to play the entire front nine. It’s open now. So, that was good, and we played consistent,” Northwestern coach Randy Lindgren said.
Ballou runs low line to KISS victory
Since the King of Indiana Sprint Series (KISS) debuted in 2001, no driver has ever claimed more than one win at the Kokomo Speedway. Sunday night at the local oval in the season-opener, California driver Robert Ballou kept that trend alive with the 30-lap feature win.
Starting inside the third row for the feature event, Ballou took the lead on the 19th lap, then used the bottom of the track to perfection and never relinquished the top spot the remaining 11 circuits aboard the NAPA/Fox Paving No. 5, owned by Ken and Margo Baldwin.
Athlete of the week
Coulter led the way as the Wildkats won the North Central Conference meet for the third straight year. Individually, he won the high jump (6 feet, 6 inches) and pole vault (13-3) competitions. He also ran a leg on the winning 4x400 relay team.
Western dominates to win bi-county tournament
Western’s boys golf team has never won a sectional. And with this season’s sectional set for Rock Hollow G.C. in Peru, coach Steve Hoppes and his squad believe any team score under a 330 has a chance to bring home the hardware.
The Panthers appear to be in postseason form already, carding a 324 Saturday at Tipton Municipal G.C. to win the Howard-Tipton County tournament by 14 strokes over the host Blue Devils, who fired a 338.
Western golfers continue impressive play
Western’s boys golf team posted another solid score Thursday afternoon in topping Eastern 155-171 on the front side of Wildcat Creek. The 155 came a day after shooting a 154 against Kokomo at Chippendale.
Western’s Tyler White led the field with a one-under 35, followed by teammate Ryan Rossi with an even-par 36. In addition, Baylor Woolley, Nolan Stout and Jake Bradway each shot 42.
Comet girls track team savors 4-Peat
The seniors on Eastern’s girls track and field squad got the first leg of their farewell tour off to an emphatic start Wednesday night in the Howard County meet at Northwestern.
It was an effort for the ages, but by now, track and field enthusiasts in this area know it was just another day at the office for them.
Kokomo handles Logansport in NCC baseball
If Kokomo’s baseball team is able to go on and claim a North Central Conference championship, it will undoubtedly look back at Tuesday’s 6-1 win over Logansport at CFD Investments Stadium in Highland Park as the spark that ignited and fueled a strong second half to the season.
The pink Panthers
Western’s softball team got off to an ideal start and never let Kokomo get close Monday night in recording a 7-2 victory on the Wildkats’ diamond in a cancer fundraising game between the two squads.
Jenna Wiechmann got the ball rolling for the pink-clad visitors, smashing a three-run homer to dead left to put the Panthers up 3-0 in the top of the first inning. Evie Glover, who drew a leadoff walk, and Brooke Strunk, who reached on a bloop single, came home on the tater.
“Well, I thought the home run really set the tone in the first inning,” Western coach Jim Clouse said. “It took a little wind out of the sail early.”
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