High school sports briefs


LP boys soccer team defeated at Blueberry Tournament

La Porte lost a hard-fought game, 3-2, Saturday at the Blueberry Tournament in Plymouth.

Cesar Ruiz scored in the first half with a great shot from outside the box. Blake Binder scored early in the second half, netting his first varsity goal for the Slicers.

NP girls cross country finishes 20th in Lafayette tournament

The Lady Cougars raced at the Lafayette Harrison Invitational Saturday. Junior Lillian Zelasko was first runner-up, just 9 seconds behind Lowell’s Karina James, the defending state champion. Lilly led New Prairie’s small scoring squad of 5 racers, with numerous girls out for various reasons.

Lillian Zelasko – 2nd – 18:14
Audrey Henning – 93rd – 22:19
Elaine Zelasko – 136th – 23:25
Emma True – 144th – 23:48
Brianna Podemski – 158th – 24:58

NP boys runners fall to Goshen, 59-219

The New Prairie boys cross country team competed at the Lafayette Harrison Invitational Saturday, finishing 5th out of 25 scoring teams. Nice running weather, good competition and a fast course all contributed to many of the Cougars posting new personal best 5k cross country times.

In the varsity race, New Prairie was led with a tight finish by Ethan Walden, 27th place in 16:59, and Brenden Oden, 29th place in 17:03. Dan Reshan, 39th place in 17:20, Dan O’Laughlin, 67th place in 17:52, and Kyle Newcomb, 69th place in 17:55, rounded out the varsity scoring for the Cougars. Also competing in the varsity race were Logan Thibodeau, 95th place in 18:25, and Joe Tuszynski, 106th place in 18:48.

In the junior varsity race, New Prairie was led by Roman Piergalski, 41st place in 18:56. Other finishers for the Cougars were Jackson Sanford, 55th place in 19:25, Lucas Pavlick, 58th place in 19:33, Kaleb Bacztub, 66th place in 19:42, Tyler Bacztub, 78th place in 20:04, Aidan Alander, 100th place in 20:39, Rhys Sebasty, 114th place in 20:52, Dustyn Starkey, 175th place in 24:01, and Robby Smith, 185th place in 26:04.

Cougar girls golfers finish 3rd at NIC Tournament

The New Prairie Ladies Varsity Golf Team finished in 3rd place out of 11 teams at the NIC Conference Tournament Saturday. This is the highest conference tournament finish for the Lady Cougars since joining the NIC conference. Penn won the tournament with an excellent score of 344.

New Prairie’s score of 368 ties the all-time 18-hole low scored recorded in the 50-year history of the Cougar program. Pacing the Cougars again was junior standout Jaiden Winters with a 78. She was followed by sophomore Jenna Bauman, 88. Both Winters and Bauman were All Conference. Next were sophomore Jayden Flagg, 96, junior Macaria Tierney, 106, and sophomore Hannah Kole, 120.

Coach Bruce Watson said the team has worked extremely hard to get to the top half of the tough NIC conference. “Shooting the 368 and getting a tie with the low 18-hole score is 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,” Watson said.

John Glenn won the tourney, shooting 363.

Cougar boys tennis team scores 40 points at its invitational

New Prairie took 2nd at its 3-match invitational Saturday.

First round

No. 1 Nick Boyd (NP) defeated Ryan Cuma (MC) 10-0
No. 2 Grady Lapczynski (NP) defeated Matt Pellefler (Mish) 10-8
No. 3 James Henning (NP) defeated Lleyton White (Riley) 10-7
No. 1 Matt Spahn/Ray woodham (NP) defeated Brayden Branham/AJ Turner (Knox) 10-0
No. 2 Walker Setmayer/Trent Sample (NP) defeated Gavin Petit/Conner Neiman (HB) 10-0
New Prairie 5 Field 0

Second Round

No. 1 Nick Boyd (NP) defeated Joe Delinski (JG) 10-1
No. 2 Luke Poulin (MC) defeated Grady Lapcyznski (NP) 10-5
No. 3 James Henning (NP) defeated Reagan Hendricks (MC) 10-2
No. 1 Jen Boissy/Tommy Jones (KV) defeated Matt Spahn/RayWoodham (NP) 10-5
No. 2 Walker Setmayer/Trent Sample (NP) defeated Hunter Kirkpatrick/Tyler Merek (Riley) 10-3
(NP) 3 Field 2

Third Round

No. 1 Nick Boyd (NP) defeated Jacob Dixon (Mish) 10-2
No. 2 Grady Lapcyznski (NP) defeated Gabe Manning (Knox) 10-6
No. 3 Noah Dreibelbeis (JG) defeated James Henning (NP) 10-2
No. 1 Josiah Brooks/Joaquin Wilson (Riley) defeated Matt Spahn/Ray Woodham 10-1
No. 2 Dylan Florey/Alex Kaser (JG) defeated Walker Setmayer/Trent Sample (NP) 10-8

New Prairie finishers

No. 1 singles Nick Boyd 1st place
No. 2 singles Grady Lapcyznski 3rd place
No. 3 singles James Henning 2nd place
No. 1 Doubles Matt Spahn/ Ray Woodham 4th place
No. 2 Doubles Walker Setmayer/Trent Sample 2nd place

LP girls cross country finishes 5th at Harrison Invitational

The LaPorte Girls cross country team ran to a 5th-place overall finish in the Harrison Invitational in Lafayette Saturday.

Junior Brenna Sobecki continued her dominating season as she raced to a 3rd-place overall finish and new personal best time of 18:37. Freshmen Lila Gillesse earned a 15th-place overall finish with a personal best time of 19:40. Seniors Ella Dubbs, Riley Stephany and Ella Minich and freshmen Faith Spain all ran great races and/or set personal best times.

In the Reserve Race, senior Allison Bender, junior Tatum Bumgardner and freshman Natalie Poston each earned top-15 finishes. Sophomore Grace Foglesong and senior Hannah Steder both earned top-30 finishes.

Full results can be found at: https://in.milesplit.com/meets/441012-harrison-cross-country-invite-2021/results#.YTRAS4FOmhC\

Slicer boys cross country team competes at Harrison Invitational

The La Porte boys cross country team was 3 strong in the varsity race of the Harrison Invite in Lafayette Saturday.

While the Slicers didn’t field enough runners to earn a team score, it didn’t stop those who did compete from having strong performances.

Senior Cole Raymond finished 3rd place overall at 15:39. Sophomore Brayden Sobecki earned a top-12 finish while breaking his previous personal best time by nearly a minute at 16:22, and senior Mason Tulacz continued to improve with a 60th-place finish and personal best time of 17:40.

In the Reserve Race, Freshmen Hunter Quadlin earned 21st place and personal best time of 18:29.

Full results can be found at: https://in.milesplit.com/meets/441012-harrison-cross-country-invite-2021/results#.YTRAS4FOmhC

NP girls soccer team defeated at Concord Invite

The lady Cougars fought bravely but fell to Concord 0-7 in the first match of the Concord Invitational on Saturday.

On the defensive end, the Cougars got stellar play from Elliana Bronner and another strong game from 1st-year goalkeeper Emma Lewis, who notched her second penalty shot save of the season.

Offensively the Cougars were unable to get things going against a very strong Minuteman defense.

In the second match of Saturday’s Concord Invitational, the Cougars were unable to overcome fatigue and a short bench and fell to Westview, 0-9. Although the score does not show it, the Cougars put up a tough fight but were once again unable to get much going offensively.

Catelyn Naragon, Taylor Nelson and Sylvee Onnink helped control the middle of the field, but Westview’s offense was too much and put the game away early.

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