Grant County Roundup November 3-9


Friday, November 6

In a valiant effort against one of the top teams in Class 1A, the Madison-Grant Argylls were defeated by the South Adams Starfires for the second straight year, falling by a score of 55-7.

Clayton Powell scored the Argylls’ lone touchdown on a four-yard run.

Madison-Grant ends the season with a 3-6 record and a second-straight sectional championship berth.

Girl’s Basketball

Tuesday, November 3

Oak Hill opened their season on the road on Wednesday, struggling on both ends of the floor in an 81-27 loss to the Norwell Knights. The Golden Eagles fell behind by double digits in the first quarter and failed to recover.

Individual stats were not made available.

Thursday, November 5

Opening their 2020-2021 season at home on Thursday, the Eastbrook Panthers struggled in the second and third quarters with scoring and turnovers, which led to a 45-25 loss to Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian. The Panthers led 8-7 after the first quarter of play but scored only six points in the following two frames. Johwen McKim led the Panthers with eight points.

Marion began Jerry Freshwater’s second stint as head coach with a loss, falling to Pendleton Heights 66-38 on the road. The Giants fell behind 20-4 after the first quarter of play, and they trailed by double digits the rest of the way. Olivia Aguilar recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Giants in both categories.

Saturday, November 7

The Madison-Grant Argylls began their 2020-2021 season with a loss on Saturday afternoon, falling to Delta by a score of 48-28. Azmae Turner finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, while Daya Greene added six.

Also on Saturday, Marion fell to 0-2 on the season with a 95-21 loss to NCC rival Harrison. Individual stats were not made available.

Men’s Basketball 

Friday, November 6

In their first game of the annual Caleb Dimmich Classic, the No. 3 IWU Wildcats dominated East-West University from start to finish as five players scored 10 or more points in a 101-53 rout.

Kyle Mangas led IWU with 26 points, while junior Luke Stephens finished with a career-high 16 points on six-of-eight shooting and two-of-four from beyond the arc. Stephens and Dylan Alderson also recorded five assists apiece.

Saturday, November 7

No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan moved to 6-0 on Saturday afternoon for the first time in three years, defeating Oklahoma Wesleyan 107-84 on the second day of the Caleb Dimmich Memorial Classic.

As a team, the Wildcats shot 43 percent from beyond the arc and knocked down 37 free throws, their most in a single game since 2013. Additionally, the Wildcats received 36 points from their bench and scored 25 points off turnovers.

Kyle Mangas recorded a double-double with 34 points and 11 rebounds to go along with five assists.

Men’s Cross Country 

Friday, November 6

Taylor and Indiana Wesleyan both finished in the top five of the Crossroads League in the championship race on Friday afternoon at IWU. The Trojans finished in second place with a score of 49 and placed three runners in the top five. Daniel Gerber placed second in 25:09.8, Luke Rovenstine came in fourth in 25:28.9, and Alex Helmuth finished in fifth in 25:29.1.

Indiana Wesleyan placed third with a team score of 101. Landon Miller came in 13th place at 25:55.1, while Steven Ott (19th place – 26:24.6) and Matthew Ruppert (20th place – 26:27.1) also placed in the top 20.

Men’s Soccer

Friday, November 7

No. 2 seeded Indiana Wesleyan University advanced to the Crossroads League Tournament Semifinals on Saturday, playing the Saint Francis Cougars to a 1-1 tie before eventually winning, 4-3, on penalty kicks. Wes Williams scored IWU’s lone goal in regulation on a penalty kick.

IWU goalkeeper Aaron Carr made a clutch save on Saint Francis’ first PK attempt, and the Wildcats converted four of their first five attempts to secure the victory.

Women’s Basketball 

Tuesday, November 3

In their season opener on Tuesday night in Ann Arbor, the Taylor Trojans struggled offensively, falling to Concordia University 80-71 in overtime. Taylor shot just 31.2 percent (24-of-77) in the loss.

Lauren James led Taylor with 19 points on seven-of-nine shooting, while Kayla Kirtley finished with 17 points. Madisyn Fischer also finished in double figures for the Trojans, collecting 11 points to go along with six rebounds.

Saturday, November 7

After their tough loss to Concordia, Taylor bounced back in a big way on Saturday afternoon at Odle Arena, shooting 50 percent from the field in a 107-59 triumph over Cornerstone University.

All 13 Trojans tallied at least a point and a rebound in the contest and combined for 15 triples and 16 free throws.

Lauren James led the Trojans with 22 points in 22 minutes of action, sinking five-of-eight from beyond the arc while also collecting nine assists. Merideth Deckard finished with 16 points, Taylor Westgate 13, and Madisyn Fischer 10.

Despite a hard-fought effort on Saturday, Indiana Wesleyan fell short in their upset bid against No. 14 Thomas More, 67-59. The contest featured 15 lead changes, with the separation not occurring until late in the fourth quarter.

While they did not win, IWU’s defense continued to be one of the team’s strengths as they Thomas More to just 32 percent shooting from the floor. Individual stats were not readily made available.

Monday, November 9

Behind 35 combined points from Kiara Nieto and Madisyn Fischer, the Trojans picked up their second win of the campaign, defeating Madonna by a score of 95-59. The Trojans used a 20-0 run in the second quarter to turn a 23-20 deficit into a 40-23 advantage, one they would not relinquish.

Nieto finished with a career-high 16 points and eight rebounds, while Fisher set career-bests in points (19) and blocks (three), while adding six rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Lauren James recorded 15 points and six assists in the Trojans’ victory.

Women’s Cross Country 

Friday, November 6

At the Crossroads League Championship on Friday afternoon, Taylor won their eighth straight league title, compiling a team score of 50.

Sarah Harden finished in third place in a time (17:59.1), while Olivia Schroeder placed sixth (18:27.7). Corinne O’Leary (12th place – 18:56.9), Katelynn Hanback (14th place – 19:09.3), and Giovanna Domene (15th place – 19:10.9) all finished in the top 20.

Indiana Wesleyan came in third, finishing with a team score of 100. Christina Magers placed eighth for the Wildcats in 18:45.2.

Women’s Soccer 

Saturday, November 7

In the Crossroads League Quarterfinals on Saturday, the TU women’s soccer tournament run came to an end as they were defeated by RV Mount Vernon Nazarene, 2-1.

As a team, the Trojans outshot the Cougars, 19-10, including a 10-6 edge in shots on frame. AC Hardy scored the Trojans lone goal of the contest in the 82nd minute, while Alanna Raikes led Taylor with five shots, three of which were on goal.

Women’s Volleyball 

Wednesday, November 4

After a two-week break, the Taylor Trojans returned to action on Wednesday evening, falling to Saint Francis in straight sets (23-25, 15-25, 18-25).

Amanda Adams led the Trojans with 12 kills, her 14th double-digit kill effort of the year, while Erin Peugh led the defense with a team-high 14 digs.

Thursday, November 5

Against Goshen on Thursday at Luckey Arena, the No. 7 ranked IWU Wildcats recorded their eighth straight victory over the Maple Leafs, and 11th of the season, with a three-set sweep (25-13, 25-11, 25-7).

Ana Collar led the Wildcats with 14 kills, while Martina Demarchi collected nine and Rachel Klitzing added eight. As a team, the Wildcats recorded their best hitting percentage of the season at .569. Seabring Mak dished out 33 assists, while Havyn Gates recorded a season-high five aces.

Saturday, November 7

In a battle of two longtime rivals, No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan claimed its second straight Crossroads League Regular Season Championship, defeating Taylor in four sets (21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 21-25).

For the Wildcats, Rachel Klitzing led the way with 15 kills, while Ana Collar finished with 14 kills and 14 digs. Seabring Mak dished out 52 assists in IWU’s victory.

Grace Issacs, Ryan Czerniak, and Amanda Adams combined for 42 of Taylor’s 54 kills, with Issacs leading the way with 15. Kacy Bragg tallied 38 assists and led Taylor’s defense with 17 digs.

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