Sports and Outdoors

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Bluffton netters edge Starfires
A sweep of the singles matches powered the Bluffton girls’ tennis team to a 3-2 Allen County Athletic Conference victory over South Adams on Tuesday at Bluffton.
Kara Fiechter defeated the Starfires’ Tori Kistler 6-3, 6-1 in No. 1 singles. Amy Baker beat Alex Fox 6-0, 6-1 in No. 2 singles. Megan Evans downed Aine O’Donnell 6-1, 6-0 in No. 3 singles.
In No. 1 doubles, the Starfires’ Amber Neuenschwander and Kassey Potts defeated Samantha Drew and Annessa Reiff 6-4, 6-0. In No. 2 doubles, Sarah Musselman and Lindsey Graber beat Bluffton’s Mykayla Rodenbeck and Allison Williams 6-0, 6-1.
In the junior varsity match, South Adams won 4-2.

JV SINGLES: Mallory Eicher (SA) d. Amanda Stone 8-4; Abbie Campbell (SA) d. Taylor Dove 8-0; Hunter Cunningham (B) d. Holly Taylor 8-5.
JV DOUBLES: Ivy Filhart/Alyssa Thompson (B) d. Megan Hreha/Faith Von Gunten 8-4; Trista Geisel/Tiffany Yoder (SA) d. Paris Mohler/Aline Gonzalez 8-2; Hannah Muhlenkamp/Alba Verea (SA) d. Anna Ponge/Mirna Villeda 8-3.
Chargers sweep Norwel netters
The Carroll Chargers blanked the Norwell girls’ tennis team 5-0 on Tuesday at Fort Wayne in Northeast Hoosier Conference action.
Alex Deister defeated Alyssa Tucker 6-2, 6-2 in No. 1 singles. Ashley Hoagland beat Rachelle Rodenbeck 6-2, 6-1 in No. 2 singles. In No. 3 singles, Amanda Turney downed Jami Reinhard 6-2, 6-2.
In No. 1 doubles, Sarah Wright and Marisa Hanauer beat Lindsey Dahn and Eden Chaney 6-3, 6-1. Lauren Yovich and Kristina Byzyka topped Sophie Gerber and Addie Williams 6-2, 6-4 in No. 2 doubles.
The Knights’ record is now 5-3 overall and 1-1 against conference opponents. Carroll is 5-2.
In the junior varsity matches, Carroll won 10-2. Lyndsey Havener won for Norwell in singles over Tori Dickes 6-3. Taylor Sprinkle and Amanda Horan beat Marissa Ranney and Kristen Walker 6-4.

Woodlan golfers win match
The Woodlan Warriors won a four-way boys’ golf match Tuesday against Allen County Athletic Conference challengers at Dogwood Glen Golf Course in Warren.
The Warriors topped Heritage 177-188, while Southern Wells, the host team, was third with 206 and Bluffton finished last with 216.
Bluffton was led by Tyler Mohler’s nine-hole score of 45. Carson Addington and Andrew Wilson each shot a 56. Sean Ashman finished with a 59 and Spencer Barnell ended up with a 67.

Carroll pounds Norwell JV sluggers
The Carroll Chargers’ junior varsity softball team defeated the Norwell Knights 26-2 Tuesday in a five-inning Northeast Hoosier Conference game at Fort Wayne.
Carroll pounded the Knights for 15 hits, while holding Norwell (0-7) to three hits. Mariah Hoger had a single, a stolen base and one run for the Knights. Ariel Kelly had a hit and an RBI. Rachel Lind also singled. Rye Geiger also scored.

Vanderkolk inducted into Hall of Fame
Amy Vanderkolk, a 1985 graduate of Lafayette Jeff, was a member of the 2010 Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Silver Anniversary team that was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
She is a sister of Bluffton’s John Vanderkolk, who is a member of the Bluffton-Harrison School Board.
Vanderkolk was a first team All-State selection. She was a two-time sectional winner and led her team to an overtime semi-state loss to state runner-up Crown Point in 1983. She was a Lafayette Journal and Courier all-area selection three years and Golden Broncho Academic Award winner.
After graduation, she went to Indiana State and played four years for the Sycamores. She scored 1,434 career points, leaving her as the seventh all-time leading scorer and ninth all-time leading rebounder. A Gateway Conference all-conference pick her junior and senior seasons, she also was nominated as a Kodak All-American and was a GTE-CoSIDA Academic All-American and recipient of an NCAA post graduate scholarship. She was invited to the Olympic Sports Festival.

Basket Bingo fundraiser slated
The Norwell girls’ track and field team will be holding a fundraiser Saturday, May 8, in the high school cafeteria from 9-11 a.m. Cost is $20 for 20 games. There will be concessions available, door prizes and two special raffle baskets. Tickets may be purchased from any track team member and also will also be available at the door. Money will be used to help with equipment expenses, equipment maintenance and escalating expenses. The baskets may be viewed at the girls’ track website at:

Chicken barbecue slated at Norwell
The Norwell Knights’ softball team will be selling Nelson’s Port-a-pit chicken on May 8 during the softball doubleheader against Bluffton and baseball doubleheader with Bishop Dwenger. Chicken will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Softball players are selling tickets through Friday. However, chicken may be purchased the day of the event.

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