Northfield Jr/Sr High School would like to welcome Carly Mast as the new head coach of their volleyball team.
Coach Mast had a very successful career as a player at Northfield, where she earned various honors as a four-year starter. Coach Mast, a 2010 Northfield graduate, was slated to be the head JV coach heading into this season, and has developed a great relationship with the student-athletes, which Northfield felt was very important due to the timing of the position opening.
Coach Mast has also been a part of the girls’ varsity coaching staff at Northfield. Northfield is excited to have Coach Mast running the volleyball program, as she will be an excellent role model for the kids with her commitment and work ethic.
“Carly has great pride and passion for the program and school and we look forward to her building on the foundation that has been set by Coach Dale,” said Athletic Director Geoff Salmon,
by Gary Andrews
The Southwood baseball team used a 5 run third inning to grab a 5-2 lead over Elwood Saturday in their first game of the regional, only to give up 5 runs the last two innings in a 7-5 loss at Wabash.
Southwood starter Clay Hinrichsen was dominate the first two innings, striking out 5 of the 6 hitters he faced, with the Knights putting three runners on base with Jackson Blair being hit by a pitch, Robbie Cole reaching on a fielders choice and Brandin Frazier drawing a walk. The Knights couldn’t plate a run and the game was scoreless heading to the third.
Elwood would get to Hinrichsen in the third. With a runner on first and two outs the Panthers hit three straight singles to grab a 2-0 lead. The Knights would respond in the bottom of the inning with 5 runs, which would end up being the only inning they scored in. With one out Jackson Blair drew a walk. After a pop out Robbie Cole roped a triple down the right field line to score Blair and make it 2-1. Christian Deeter followed with a single to tie the game, but the Knights were not done. Jacob Lloyd then singled to put runners on first and second when Brandin Frazier hit a 2rbi double to grab a 4-2 lead. John Collins then scored on an Elwood error and the Knights led 5-2.
The Knights looked like they were going to add to their lead in the fourth when Zach Ball dropped a bunt for a single and advanced to second on the bad throw. Jackson Blair then singled to put runners on the corners when Nathan Hollars was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. The Knights would then hit a short fly out that couldn’t advance a runner, then had a strike out and a ground out to go score less in the inning.
by Gary Andrews
Manchester freshman Rae Bedke set a very high standard for the rest of her track career Friday at Indiana University, placing 6th in the state in the 1600. Bedke broke her own school record(again) in a time of 4:59.64. Bedke was 8 seconds off the winner Taylor Nicholson of Avon, but was just 1 second out of third place.
Freshman Jacklyn Peas of Northfield finished 18th in the 300 low hurdles in a time of 47.05. Junior Jenna Halderman of Northfield finished 13th in the 3200 in a time of 11:04.1.
by Gary Andrews
There were two games Friday in the National League and one on Saturday.
On Friday the Giants beat the Cubs 11-4 in game one. For the Giants Gabe Lloyd had two home runs, Vogel and Barley had triples and Lake a double. For the Cubs Allison had a home run with Holley hitting a double.
In game two the Yankees topped the Braves 2-1. For the Braves Tyler Shepherd had a triple. For the Braves Braden Ripplinger had a triple.
Saturday the A’s defeated the Red Sox 13-8. For the A’s Drew Cooper and Ty Roser had triples. Gage Watkins had a 2 rbi triple with Blakely Stevens hitting a 2 rbi double. For the Red Sox Nate Drancik and Peyton Deeter each had a home run. Deeter also had a double.
by Emily Armentrout
On May 28, Northfield’s athletic director, Geoff Salmon, and principal, Mike Keaffaber, held a meet and greet at the school for Northfield’s new varsity boys’ basketball coach, Patrick Hopkins. Hopkins is recent graduate of Indiana Wesleyan, where he not only had a successful basketball career but was also a youth mentor. He is licensed to teach physical education and health, and is currently seeking a teaching position around the area.
While at Indiana Wesleyan University, Hopkins was a two-time All American, conference player of the year, and was voted the IWU male athlete of the year.
“I believe in what I am going to coach. I had personal success at Indiana Wesleyan under the new National Coach of the Year, Greg Tonagel, so I’ve had great mentors and I believe in what we can do,” said Hopkins. “I love basketball and I love kids. I was helped, as a kid, through sports, to become a better person and my mentors really helped me out like that and so I want to return the favor to a younger generation by helping some boys turn into men by teaching them life skills.
by Gary Andrews
The Indiana Association of Track & Cross Country Coaches (IATCCC) released their Boys & Girls Academic All State selections Saturday with three Southwood girls making the team.
First team selections were senior Amy Bowman and junior Grace Whitham.
Junior Haley Heath was selected Honorable Mention.
by Gary Andrews
Wabash played their first game of the sectional Saturday, struggling at the plate and falling to Oak Hill 3-1. The Apaches garnered just four hits with the Eagles taking advantage of some timely hits for the win.
The game was a pitchers dual for the first three innings as neither team scored. Oak Hill had two hits with the Apaches still looking for their first.
In the top of the fourth Wabash struck first. With one out Devin Hostetler roped a double and was followed by a Grant Sailors single to put runners on the corners. Jordan Floor then hit a deep fly ball to score Hostetler and the Apaches led 1-0. In the bottom of the inning Oak Hill led off with a single, taking advantage of a fielding error to reach second. After a walk the Eagles had runners on first and second. With one out the Eagles would get an rbi single, a walk and another rbi single to lead 2-1 before Wabash turned a 5-2-3 double play to get out of the inning.
Treavor Floor doubled with one out in the fifth and with two outs Jordan Holley walked but a ground ball out stopped the threat. In the bottom of the inning pitcher Roger Davis walked the first batter then attempted a pick off that was thrown to the fence with the Oak Hill runner making it to third. An Eagle double made it 3-1.
Wabash could muster just one base runner the last two innings, which was a Hostetler single in the sixth as they fell from the tournament 3-1.
by Gary Andrews
In their first season of playing up a class because of the success factor, the Northfield baseball is one win away from a sectional championship in 3A. After out lasting Eastbrook on Thursday the Norse rode the bat if Bryce Kendall in a 4-3 win over Columbia City Saturday to move to the championship game Monday against Norwell, who defeated Heritage 6-4.
The Norse had Shane Vigar on the mound, who held Columbia City to just one hit the first two innings while the Norse threatened to score both innings without a run.
In the bottom of the first Adam Roser reached on an error but was picked off first for the first out. Bryce Kendall then tripled and he was picked off third before a Drake Richter single. Shane Vigar then hit a line drive out.
In the second Nate Hembree singled with one out with Joseph Mitchell following reaching on a fielders choice. Mitchell would advance to second on a passed ball when Brad Bever singled to put runners on the corners, but again the Norse couldn’t score.