NPHS sports briefs reports the following:

Girls varsity volleyball

The Cougars had pool play wins over West Noble, Plymouth and Northwood and defeated Concord in the championship game (25-21, 25-12) Saturday. Elise Swistek lead all hitters on the day with 50 kills followed by Haley Robinson with 35 and Ellie Michiaels chipping in 10. Haley Robinson lead in blocks for the day with 6 followed by Maddie McSurley (4), Swistek (4) and Michiaels (3). Emma Fleck dished out 89 assists and libero Josie Troy scooped up 61 digs. Swistek also contributed 29, Fleck (25). Sarah Kwiatkowski (19) and Delaney Daniels (16). Swistek lead with aces followed by Fleck with 5. The Cougars see action again on Tuesday at Marian.

Girls JV volleyball

The JV earned wins against Fort Wayne Northrop, Muncie Central and Southwood during pool play and defeated Elkhart in three for the championship Saturay. Kill leaders were Lily Lichtenbarger (17), Emma Tulacz (14), Maci Ernsperger (13) and Morgan White (12). Lichtenbarger was a presence at the net leading with 4 blocks. Avery Mougin contributed 5 aces on the day followed by Anna Witters with 4. Witters also dished out 54 assists. Tulacz lead all passers with 30 digs followed by Alena Naddaf (22), Jenna Cicero (18) and Lauren Angeles (17).

Girls varsity golf

The New Prairie Ladies Varsity Golf Team finished in 5h place at the NIC Conference Tournament on Saturday out of the 11 teams. They also finished in 5th place during the dual season with a 6-4 record. This is the highest conference finish for the Lady Cougars since joining the NIC conference. Penn won the tournament with an excellent score of 331.

New Prairie’s score of 368 ties the all-time 18 hole low scored recorded in the 49 year history of the program. Pacing the Cougars again was Sophomore standout Jaiden Winters with an 86. She was followed by Senior Jordan Winters 88, Freshman Jayden Flagg 94, Freshmen Jenna Bauman 100 and Senior Zoie Martinez with a 106

Coach Bruce Watson was pleased with the performance of the team. From the dual match season compared to this tournament, we improved more than all the other NIC teams. The ladies have worked extremely hard to get to top half of the tough NIC conference. Shooting the 368 and getting a tie with the low 18 hole score is really a remarkable feat at the conference meet where the pressure is intense. This team is setting the stage for a new era in New Prairie Ladies Golf. I am really pleased to be a part of that process.

Sophomore Jaiden Winters earned an all conference NIC tournament award, finishing ninth overall in a field of 50 golfers. Jaiden earned the spot by shooting an excellent 86 in the conference tournament, helping her team to a fifth place finish. Coach Bruce Watson congratulated Jaiden for her hard work and dedication to the sport of golf and for brining such a positive recognition to herself, her school, and community.

The New Prairie Cougars Ladies’ Varsity Golf finished 4th out of 16 teams at the Pat Ford Invitational Friday. Coach Bruce Watson indicated that the score of 374 was the 2nd lowest 18 hole score in the 49 years of golf at New Prairie. It was also the lowest score for any New Prairie Team at the Pat Ford. All players were excellent representatives of their school and community. Senior Jordan Winters and Sophomore Jaiden Winters (sisters) shot identical 91’s, followed by Freshman Jenna Bauman 95, Senior Zoie Martinez 97, and Freshman Jayden Flagg 108. Watson also commented that the team improve from 11th place last year and a score of 429. It is really satisfying to see all their hard work paying off for them.

Boys varsity football

Sophomore running back Noah Mungia caught a 78-yard touchdown pass and had a 58-yard touchdown run, but it was not enough for the Cougars in a 35-14 loss to Marian at Mishawaka. Friday. For the game, Mungia gained 131 rushing yards on 24 carries. Junior quarterback Ian Skornog threw the TD pass to Mungia, but faced a heavy pass rush much of the night. Junior Trenton Chalik was 2 for 2 in extra-point kicks. He has only missed once for the season.
Senior linebacker Brandon Kasinger led the Cougars in tackles with 10. Juniors Jacob Meyers and Hunter Groves had 7 and 6 tackles, respectively.
New Prairie falls to 2 – 2 overall, 0 – 1 in the NIC North.

Girls varsity soccer

Girls Varsity soccer fell 6-0 to the Elkhart Lions Saturday. Cougars were able to hold of the Lions to a 4-0 lead through the first half. Cougars held a strong defense with Daniela Ruiz and Jasmine Fernald in the center. Taylor Nelson controlled the middle for much of the second half. With an appearance in her first game, Tatum Raker pressured the Lions defense and kept them on their toes. Cougars continue to show improvements in each game. The girls have three days to prepare before they host Victory Christian Academy on Thursday at home!


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