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Friday, April 17, 2015
Wabash tops Indiana DIII track field . . . again
Wabash crowned 10 champions and turned in 47 top-eight finishes to win its third straight All-Indiana Division III Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship Saturday.
Thirteen Little Giant competitors were part of meet records set at this year's event, held at DePauw University. Ronnie Posthauer was named the Outstanding Male Track Athlete while Derek De St Jean earned Outstanding Male Field Athlete honors.
Wabash tallied 254 team points to claim its third title and hold its claim as the only champion in the three-year history of the event. The first All-Indiana championship was cancelled in 2012 due to inclement weather. Rose-Hulman finished second with a total of 172 points. Anderson took third place (86), followed by host DePauw (72), Manchester (70.5), Franklin (60.5), Hanover (47), and Earlham (11).
Posthauer claimed his individual honors thanks to a pair of individual titles. The senior raced to a new meet record in the 110-meter hurdles, winning the race with a time of 14.35 to eclipse his previous record of 14.46 set in 2013.
Posthauer also won the 200-meter dash with a top time of 22.41. Joey Conti finished second with a time of 22.45.
Wabash Tennis Sweeps Hope for Record-Setting Twentieth Win
The Wabash tennis team recorded its 20th victory of the season Saturday with a 9-0 sweep of Hope College in the North Coast Athletic Conference - Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Challenge.
This year's Little Giants are the first tennis team in Wabash history to record 20 victories.
Wabash senior Daniel Delgado added another mark to the records book after combining with freshman William Reifeis for an 8-6 win at number one doubles. The victory provided Delgado his 73rd career win, tying the record set by Ian Leonard two season prior.
Michael Makio and Mark Troiano picked up an 8-2 win in the second doubles flight. Graham McMullen and Mazin Hakim scored an 8-5 win in the third doubles flight.
Delgado won in straight sets at number one singles 6-3, 6-2. Makio took the second flight of singles play with a 6-2, 6-2 win. Troiano won 6-4, 6-4 at number three singles, while Reifeis improved to 14-2 at number four singles and 15-2 for the year with a 6-0, 6-4 victory Saturday. McMullen notched a 6-4, 7-5 victory in the fifth singles flight, while Nicholas Pollock claimed a three-set 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory in sixth singles.
Lacrosse honors founding members
Wabash College paid tribute to the founding members of the school's lacrosse club program Saturday as part of its North Coast Athletic Conference contest against Oberlin College. The Little Giants lost 20-1.
Wabash club lacrosse founding members David Coates '99, Nick Prihoda '99, Rob Walker '99, and Jacob Bradley '01 along with club lacrosse alumnus Alex Barnstead '06 were honored at halftime of Saturday's match. A plaque with a photo of the first club lacrosse team was presented to the group and will be placed in a trophy case in the Allen Center later this spring.
Wabash trailed 6-0 in the first period of play before Zach Darabaris tallied his sixth goal of the season late in the first for the only goal of the game for the Little Giants. Oberlin (6-7, 2-4 NCAC) added seven goals in the second period, then scored four goals in the third and three in the fourth.
Homerun derby ends in Saturday split
Wabash and Wooster combined for six home runs in two games Saturday at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio. The Little Giants lost game one 12-9 before rallying in game two for an 11-10 win.
Wabash trailed Wooster 10-9 entering the ninth inning of the second game before Andrew Rodgers launched a leadoff home run over the left field fence off the Scots' stopper, Michael Whitaker, who entered the game with a 3-0 record and six saves. Freshman Cole Harlacher provided the game-winning run with two outs in the inning. He slammed a double to right center, then scored on an RBI double by Lucas Stippler.
Austin Hawn recorded his second win of the season with two flawless innings of relief, retiring all six batters he faced.
Scarborough named NCAC Baseball Player of the Week
Wabash senior Clint Scarborough was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Baseball Player of the Week.
Scarborough batted .286 with 10 hits and eight RBI during the Little Giants' spring break trip to Alabama and Florida. His biggest hit came in the bottom of the 11th inning in a matchup with then 16th-ranked Marietta College. Scarborough hit a walk off grand slam to give Wabash a 15-13 victory. In the second game of the day, he hit a solo home run against 17th-ranked Baldwin Wallace. Of his 10 hits for the week, seven went for doubles to go with his two home runs. Scarbarough collected a pair of hits in thre consecutive games, including two doubles in the second meeting between Wabash and Marietta. He had a three RBI performance in the Little Giants' 12-3 win and finished the week with a .657 slugging percentage.
Wabash drops home-opening doubleheader
The Wabash baseball team dropped both games of its 2015 home opener Wednesday night versus Indiana Tech. The Warriors won 6-0 in game one before outdueling the Little Giants in a 14-11 slugfest in game two.
"Offensively in that first game, we just didn't get anything going," Head Coach Cory Stevens said. "I thought we had a better approach in game two. We talked to our guys about it between games and they did a good job adjusting."
Warriors pitcher Jason Sterrett shut down the Little Giants in game one. Wabash only tallied four hits off the lefty through five innings.
Wabash takes third in nation
Four All-American performances with two national titles and a runner-up finish led Wabash to a third-place finish at the 2015 NCAA Division III Wrestling National Tournament.
Riley Lefever repeated as national champion at 184 pounds. Conner Lefever scored in the closing minute of his 174-pound bout to earn All-America honors for the first time and add a second national title for the Little Giants. The third Lefever brother --- Reece --- finished second to earn All-America honors for the third consecutive season. Junior Ethan Farmer added to the team point total with a seventh-place finish to earn All-America honors at 165 pounds.
All-County girls' hoops
As long as basketball exists in Indiana, people will always contemplate their area's ultimate team. This year the girls' all-county teams, as voted on by the Montgomery County and staff of The Paper, consist of players from each of the three schools.
Lacey Garrett, Erika Brooks and Paige Schueren took three of the top five spots in the voting for Crawfordsville. Garrett averaged 18.7 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game. Brooks averaged 9.6 points per game, and Schueren came in just under that mark as she averaged 9.4 points per game.
Southmont's Aarika McKinsey and North Montgomery's Cheyenne Warren round off the coveted first-team.
Southmont's Reagan Case, Brittany Barrett and Kasey Burton, earned spots on the second All-County team. North's Becca Adams narrowly missed a first-team placement, giving her the number six spot in voting overall. Crawfordsville's Kimberly Hampton rounded out the lineup for the second team.
Crawfordsville finished the 2014-2015 season with a 12-11 (2-5 SAC) record. North Montgomery went 4-18 (0-7 SAC) and Southmont finished 4-18 (1-6 SAC).
Fun day of running set at Boys & Girls Club
The Montgomery County Boys & Girls Club's 5K & Family Fun Run will take place on March 28 with start time at 9 a.m. The run will take place at the Boys & Girls Club and will offer a 5K event and a 1.25 mile Family Fun Run/Walk.
Race-day registration will go from 7 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and will take place at the club. The cost of the 5K is $25 prior to race day and $30 the day of the event.
Waves settle; legacy remains
LINDEN - With basketball grabbing most of the area's headlines, it may be easy for one to overlook an accomplished high school swimmer.
Not in Montgomery County.
The 2015 Swimmer of the Year award goes to North Montgomery's Javan Barton, a senior and Academic All-American who plans to attend Indiana University this fall.
When asked to summarize his season and what it meant to him, Barton began his response with "oh boy."
"I was just really proud to be part of such a great team, we accomplished a lot" Barton said. "It's definitely been a bitter-sweet experience, now that it's my last year, but I think it was a great run and I'm really happy with the way it turned out."
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