High school sports brief

 

New Prairie boys take 3rd at Sectional swimming finals

The Cougars placed 3rd with 355.5 points at Saturday’s Sectional finals. There were more season and lifetime bests earned and some school records broken. Saturday saw all swimmers returning from Thursday’s prelims and more dropped time.

The 200 medley relay team of Wrigley Hemphill, Neiman Graham, Mason Young and Gabe Groves earned 2nd place and had a state cut time of 1:35.53, also a new school record.

In the 200 free, Roman Piergalski finished 12th with a new best time of 1:55.60, Landon Farmer finished 8th with a new best time of 1:49.80 and Mason Young finished 2nd with a new best time and new school record time of 1:44.48.

In the 200 IM, Myles Aerts finished 12th in a time of 2:18.03, Evan Lux finished 11th with a new best time of 2:13.70 and Gabriel Groves finished 5th with a new best time and new school record time of 2:00.49.

In the 50 free, Ethan Radtke finished 10th with a new best time of 23.98, Gavin Pizarek finished 8th in a time of 24.06 and Chase Brackeen finished 4th with a new best time of 22.14.

In diving, Nate Podell finished 6th (took place on Friday night).

In the 100 fly, Roman Piergalski finished 11th with a new best time of 59.36, Neiman Graham finished 5th with a new best time of 55.10 and Wrigley Hemphill finished tied for 3rd with a new best time of 53.29.

In the 100 free, Gabe Groves finished 6th with a new best time of 48.85, Chase Brackeen finished 4th with a new best time of 48.14 and Mason Young finished 2nd with a new best time, new school record and state cut time of 46.63.

In the 500 free, Griffin Long finished 14th with a new best time of 5:43.80, Evan Lux finished 10th with a time of 5:20.58 and Landon Farmer finished 8th with a new best time of 5:05.55.
In the 200 free relay, the team of Gabe Groves, Chase Brackeen, Neiman Graham and Mason Young finished in 2nd place and swam to a new school record and state cut time of 1:27.69.

In the 100 backstroke, Myles Aerts finished 13th with a final time of 1:06.34, Gavin Pizarek finished 11th with a final time of 1:02.49 and Wrigley Hemphill finished 3rd with a new school record and best time of 51.47.

In 100 breaststroke, Logan Justice finished 16th with a new best time of 1:14.93, Joe Pumroy finished 10th with a new best time of 1:08.16 and Neiman Graham finished 3rd with a new best and school record time of 59.56.

In the 400 free relay, the team of Roman Piergalski, Landon Farmer, Wrigley Hemphill and Chase Brackeen finished 3rd with a new school record time of 3:18.13.

Congratulations to all the new record holders and those who have qualified for the state meet, which will be Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27.

Slicers take 4th at boys swimming Sectional finals

La Porte finished 4th out of 2 teams with 193 points at Saturday’s Sectional finals. The Slicers had 8 top-8 finishes, while continuing their season trend of personal best times.

All 3 relays finished in the top 8 with a 3rd-place 400 Freestyle Relay finish as the highlight of the meet. Grant Olson, Benjamin Kish, Gage Lane and Lucas Banic swam a season-best 3:44.04. The 200 Medley Relay of Max Unger (Back), Banic (Breast), Olson (Fly) and Ethan Plank (Free) finished 6th in 1:51.70. The 200 Freestyle Relay of Diver Joe Bartoszewicz, Lane, Allen Fuller and Plank also finished 6th in 1:40.46. All season best times!

Individually, Grant Olson finished 8th and 7th in the 200 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly (1:57.18 and 58.43). It was Olson’s first time breaking the elusive one-minute mark in the Butterfly.
Team Captain, Lucas Banic finished 8th in the 200 Individual Medley, with a lifetime best of 2:17.92. Benjamin Kish finished 7th in the 500 Freestyle in 5:36.48, and 15th in the 20 Freestyle.
Joe Bartoszewicz finished 7th in diving with a lifetime best score of 287.70 points.

Other top-16 finishers were:
Ethan Plank: 11th and 14th in the 50 and 100 Freestyle.
Gage Lane: 15th and 9th in the 50 and 500 Freestyle.
Allen Fuller: 13th and 15th in the 100 Fly and 100 Back.
Sam Mosley: 15th and 16th in the 200 IM and 100 Back.
Max Unger: 13th and 12th in the 200 IM and 100 Back.
Skyler Hughes: 10th in the 500 Freestyle with a gutsy 8-second time drop.

It’s been a great season for this team of young swimmers and their times continued to improve throughout the season.

A special shout-out to Coach Mel Kovenz of Michigan City on his Sectional Coach of the Year Award and his team’s 3rd-place finish.

Slicer gymnasts finish 7th at DAC Championship

The Slicers finished 7th Saturday in the competitive Duneland Athletic Conference Championship, scoring 98.55, the team’s second-highest score of the season. Chesterton won with 112, Valparaiso was 2nd with 111.65 and Lake Central was 3rd with 109.95.

The Slicers had a great meet and showed off some newly acquired skills. Freshman Ava Penziol performed her giants on bars in the meet which helped energize the team. Penziol scored a season high of 8.375 and placed 20th. Penziol also place 17th in all around (32.5), 30th on vault (7.9), 23rd on beam (8.025), and 28th on floor (8.2).

Senior Madison Esmeyer finished 15th all around (32.975), 25th on vault (8.25), 25th on bars (7.7), 22nd on beam (8.1) and 21st on floor (8.925). Junior Ella Schable finished 16th all around (32.65), 24th on vault (8.2), 27th on bars (7.4), 18th on beam (8.35) and 23rd on floor (8.7). Sophomore Rosie Korell finished 19th all around (21.025), 26th on vault (8.15), 29th on bars (7.35), 29th on beam (7.15) and 25th on floor (8.375).

The Slicers compete at the Chesterton Sectional Saturday, Feb. 27.

New Prairie defeats SB Clay in basketball

The Cougars defeated South Bend Clay, 68-58, on Fridat. The exciting game went into overtime but the Cougars came out on top.

Braydon Flagg had 26 points for the Cougars.

Next up is Elkhart Christian on Tuesday night.

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