Sports Shorts: Dec. 31
Three LP grapplers compete on Day 2 of invite
Three La Porte wrestlers participated in the second day of Mishawaka’s 32-team Al Smith Invitational on Saturday. The Slicers’ Noah Perez claimed fourth at 182 pounds, and Tyson Nisley and Matt Neff both finished eighth in the 138- and 160-pound weight classes, respectively. La Porte tied for 24th as a team.
Cougar grapplers capture Jeff Super Duals
New Prairie’s wrestling team defended their title, winning the Lafayette Jefferson Willey Super Duals with a score of 534 on Friday. The Cougars went 10-0 to improve their record to 26-2, beating Cascade, West Lafayette, New Castle, Lafayette Jeff, Rossville, Crawfordsville, Clinton Central, Central Catholic, Kokomo, and Delphi. New Prairie has now won this Super Dual four out of the last eight years. The Cougars have another big week next week. They face South Bend St. Joseph on Thursday, before hosting their annual Super Duals next Saturday.
Kenney climbs Marquette scoring ranks in win
Colin Kenney poured in a career-high 41 points to lift Marquette (6-2) to a 76-65 victory over Greenfield Central in the consolation bracket of the Lebanon boys basketball tournament Saturday. Kenney’s game lifted him into second place on the Blazers’ all-time scoring list, passing Jim Retseck with 1,476 points. Jake Tarnow chipped in 10 points for Marquette. In the fifth-place game, the Blazers were blasted by Gary 21st Century 83-56. Kenney again led Marquette in scoring with 22. Joe Andershock and Tarnow also scored in double figures with 13 and 11, respectively.
Crook lifts Blazer girls
Morgan Crook hit three 3-pointers in a pivotal 19-10 third quarter that carried the Marquette girls basketball team to a 42-36 win over Indianapolis Roncalli in the semifinals of Saturday’s Plainfield tournament. Crook finished with a game-high 17 points. Emma Nolan added 12 and Sophia Nolan 10 for the Blazers (13-1), who were tied 12-12 at the half after a one-point second quarter. Marquette played Plainfield in the championship Saturday night.
Brust’s burst not enough for Tiger boys
Zack Brust erupted for all 18 of his points in the fourth, but LaCrosse’s rally fell short in a 58-49 boys basketball loss at Rensselaer on Friday. Brust hit four 3s in the stretch. Jaye Mitzner added 14 points with three 3s.
Week 16 Pro Picks winner: Edward Gondeck
The Herald-Argus Pro Picks contest winner for Week 16 of the National Football League was Edward Gondeck. He was one of two people in our contest to earn a 14-2 record, winning with his tiebreaker score of 41, which was exactly the total number of points in Monday night’s Denver-Oakland game. The games he missed were Baltimore-LA Chargers and Jacksonville-Miami. Gondeck won the $50 prize.
Westville boys fall to Senators
Westville’s boys basketball team lost 66-50 to Washington Township at home on Friday night. Preston Lake paced the Blackhawks (4-4, 2-2 Porter County Conference) with 12 points, going 4-of-7 behind the arc, and Jace Woods had 11 points, seven assists and three steals. Jose Jenkins finished with nine points and six rebounds. The Senators improved to 6-2, 2-0 in the PCC.
Area players on cover of Hoosier Basketball Magazine
Four area senior girls appear on the front cover of Hoosier Basketball Magazine, La Porte’s Riley Ott, Marquette’s Emma Nolan and Sophia Nolan, and Michigan City’s Hannah Noveroske. Hoosier Basketball Magazine presents an annual comprehensive survey of all high school (boys and girls), college (men and women) and professional (Pacers and Fever) basketball in Indiana. Follow Hoosier Basketball Magazine on Twitter at HoosierBasketball@HBBMagazine. Eight high school seniors are featured on the center of Hoosier Basketball’s front cover, four boys and four girls. Visit hoosierbasketballmagazine.com to order your copy of Hoosier Basketball Magazine. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (317) 925-8200 about getting a copy on a newstand in your part of the state.