Grant County Sports Roundup for August 25-31

Boys Soccer

Coming off their second-place finish at the Northwestern Invitational, the Indians dropped their second straight match last Tuesday evening, falling to the Liberty Christian Lions 3-1. Evan Yoder scored the lone goal for Mississinewa. On Saturday, after losing to Marion, the Indians dropped their fourth straight contest, failing to score in a 1-0 shutout loss to Delta.

On Thursday, Eastbrook’s offense came alive against Eastern in an 8-0 triumph over the Comets. Ben Moser finished with a hot trick, while Sam Spiegal, Bryan Popoca, and Joseph Kerton-Johnson also scored for the Panthers.  On Saturday, the Panthers capped off their busy week with a 4-1 triumph over Woodlan on Senior Day. Moser finished with a hat trick.

Marion, fresh off their first victory over Mississinewa, recorded their first conference win of the season on Saturday afternoon, defeating longtime rival Muncie Central 3-1. Kyle Coryea scored two goals, while Alex Powell collected another for the Giants.

In western Grant County, the Golden Eagles continued to roll, shutting out the Taylor Titans 9-0 at home on Thursday. Dalian Leach scored four goals, while Grant Elzinga, Evan Pearce, Daniel Jackson, Wyatt Drollinger, and Pedro Perez each added one.

On the road against Maconaquah on Monday, Oak Hill kept their unbeaten streak alive, shutting out the Braves 5-0. Leach and Mark Sevier each scored a pair of goals, while Weston Seybold collected two assists in the victory.

Boys Cross Country

At the Taylor Invitational on Saturday, Eastbrook, Marion, and Mississinewa competed and battled hard against a loaded field of runners. The Panthers were led by Thane Syswerda, who placed 42nd in a time of 18:45.1, while Marion’s Jonathan Reynolds led the Giants with a time of 20:13.5. Jon Alsup of Mississinewa led the Grant County field with a time of 18:39.3, while teammate Sam Bolden finished with a time of 19:15.7.


Coming off their stellar performance against Marion in week one, the Panthers dropped their first game of the young season on Friday night, falling to the Delta Eagles by a score of 42-28. Jett Engle finished 4-for-6 for 108 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions, Alden Miller led the rushing attack with 99 yards on 23 carries, and Hayden Raikes caught two passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. Miller and Logan Collins led the defensive effort with nine tackles apiece.

After being forced to miss their first game due to COVID-19, Madison-Grant put together an outstanding performance Friday, defeating the Cloverdale Clovers 52-22. Tanner Brooks scored three touchdowns in the Argylls’ victory, while Clayton Powell and Trey Vetor each scored twice.

Despite a hard-fought valiant effort at New Haven, the Mississinewa Indians fell to 0-2 on the season with a 22-14 loss to the Bulldogs on Friday evening. Carson Campbell scored on a 78-yard touchdown pass from Landry Rock late in the fourth quarter and opened the second half with a kickoff return touchdown. Rock finished the contest 8-of-17 for 140 yards and a touchdown, while Campbell collected 124 receiving yards on five receptions. The Indians’ defense forced three turnovers – two fumbles and an interception.

Playing on the road against Southwood, the Golden Eagles dropped to 0-2 with a 35-13 loss to the Knights. Oak Hill compiled 222 yards of offense, including 132 passing yards from quarterback Clay McCorkle. Kian Hite led the team with four catches for 67 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, Kyle Turanchick rushed for 57 yards on 16 carries, while Blake Fox finished with seven carries for 47 yards and a touchdown.

Girls Cross Country 

At Taylor University on Saturday, several Grant County runners stood out in a tough field. Eastbrook’s Olivia Howell led the Grant County runners with a 20th place finish (21:10.2), while the Panthers finished in 10th overall with a score of 279. Marion finished in 16th place with a score of 460 and were led by Emily Luckey (25:40.5). Mississinewa’s Faith Bolden finished with a time of 28:06.6.

Girls Golf 

In a three-way meet last Tuesday evening, the Argylls emerged victorious, defeating Oak Hill and North Miami 201-211-240. Individual scores for Madison-Grant were not readily made available. Hope Mygrant finished as the medalist, firing a 43.

The next night in a rescheduled match, the Argylls recorded their seventh victory of the season, defeating Eastern 194-234. Abbie Hostetler was Madison-Grant’s low scorer with a 43. On Thursday, the Argylls recorded their fourth victory of the week, defeating conference foe Elwood 208-235. Hostetler was once again the medalist for Madison-Grant, firing a 48.

At Meshingomesia last Tuesday, both Savannah and Bayley Grieve put together strong performances for Marion in their match against the Peru Tigers. Savannah led the way with a 50, while Bayley finished in second with a 56. Against Taylor on Thursday, Bayley Grieve fired a personal best 49, while Savannah Grieve finished with a 57.  On Saturday at the Lebanon Invitational, Savannah finished with a 110, while Bayley fired a 113.

After losing to Frankton in their second conference match of the season, Mississinewa was defeated by Bluffton, 199-211, on Wednesday evening. Ashlynn Brubaker finished with a career-low 42 for the Indians.

Grant County girls golf capped off the week with the CIC Invitational, which the Argylls won with a team score of 367. Oak Hill came in second (372), Mississinewa third (394), and Eastbrook fifth (406). Oak Hill’s Hope Mygrant finished as the individual CIC champion with a 77, while Hostetler finished in second with 87. Eastbrook’s Abbie Cansler finished third with an 89, and Mississinewa’s Maggie LaBarr was fourth with an 89.

Girls Soccer 

After being shut out by Eastbrook, the Giants were shut out once again this past Tuesday, falling to NCC rival Kokomo by a score of 7-0. However, on Saturday afternoon at Dick Lootens Stadium, the Giants recorded their first win of 2020, defeating Muncie Central 3-2. Aliya Willhide, Talia Alsup, and Anirah Esparza each scored for the Giants.

With injuries beginning to pile up, the Indians also struggled to find any offense this past Tuesday, falling to the Huntington North Vikings 7-0. On Saturday, however, the Indians put a halt to their three-game losing streak, playing the Wabash Apaches to a 2-2 tie. Lia Luchetti and Audrey Spencer each recorded a goal and an assist in the draw.

Going against one of the top teams in the state on Wednesday, the Eastbrook Panthers battled valiantly, but fell to the Homestead Spartans, 3-0, for their first loss of the season.

After a full week off, the Golden Eagles recorded their first victory on Wednesday evening, defeating CIC foe Blackford by a score of 3-1. Carlee Biddle collected two goals and an assist, while Kristen Travis finished with a goal and an assist. Sierra Bakehorn made six saves in goal for the victory. The next night against Manchester, the Golden Eagles were shut out in a 3-0 loss. Biddle recorded three shots, while Bakehorn made four saves in net. Against Northwestern on Saturday, the Golden Eagles capped off the week with a 5-1 loss to Northwestern. Travis scored Oak Hill’s lone goal, while Bakehorn collected four saves.


On Wednesday evening, the Argylls began the annual Madison County Tournament with a win, recording a clean 5-0 sweep of the Frankton Eagles. The next night against Pendleton Heights, the Argylls punched their ticket to the Madison County Tournament Championship, defeating the Arabians 4-1. However, their bid for a Madison County title fell short on Saturday morning in a 3-2 defeat the hands of the Lapel Bulldogs. No individual scores were made available.

After defeating a strong Adams Central over the weekend, the Indians collected their fourth victory of the season last Tuesday evening, defeating the Western Panthers by a score of 4-1. John Oliver won at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-3, Ethan Sample was victorious at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-2, Hayden Rowley recorded a clean sweep at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-0, and the team of Riley Fuqua and Ryan Scott collected a 6-2, 6-1 triumph at No. 1 doubles.

The Indians kept their unblemished record intact on Thursday evening, defeating a talented Northwestern squad 3-2. Sample won at No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-4, Rowley collected a 6-1, 6-1 triumph at No. 3 singles, and the team of Fuqua and Scott were victorious at No. 1 doubles, 6-0, 6-1.

Mississinewa capped off the week with a tournament championship, defeating Linton-Stockton, 4-1, and host Mooresville, 3-2, to capture the Mooresville Invitational title.


Coming off their 2-2 finish at the North Miami Invitational, the Panthers struggled offensively against South Adams last Tuesday night, falling to the Starfires in straight sets (16-25, 15-25, 9-25). Suzanne Story finished with five kills and 10 digs, while Ava Walters dished out 14 assists. The Panthers were swept again on Thursday, this time by the Wabash Apaches (12-25, 16-25, 17-25). Binkerd and Lexi Rust each finished with four kills, while Walters collected 14 assists and nine digs. Story led the defensive effort with 14 digs. Eastbrook ended the week with a clean sweep in the Marion Invitational, defeating Fort Wayne Southside 2-0 (25-10, 25-9), Liberty Christian 2-0 (25-16, 25-19), and host Marion 2-1 (15-25, 25-23, 15-3). Binkerd finished the weekend with 26 kills, while Walters and Heidi Story each collected 18 digs. Walters also dished out 43 assists over the course of the three matches.

Madison-Grant, after their second-place finish in the Argyll Invitational, collected their third victory of the season last Tuesday evening, defeating the Muncie Central Bearcats in four sets (25-21, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17). Katie Garringer led the Argylls’ offense with 10 kills, while Grace Holmberg finished with nine. Gabby Rudy dished out 27 assists, while Daya Greene led the defensive effort with 17 digs. On Wednesday, the Argylls picked up their second straight triumph, sweeping the Taylor Titans in three sets (25-9, 25-10, 25-15). Azmae Turner led the Argylls’ offense with seven kills, while Lexi Baney finished with six. Daya Greene finished with five digs, while Gabby Rudy collected 17 assists. To finish off their week, Madison-Grant recorded a five-set triumph over Tipton for their third straight victory (18-25, 32-30, 13-25, 25-20, 15-7). Three Argylls finished with double-digit kills, led by Holmberg’s 14, Turner’s 13, and Garringer’s 11. Greene collected 27 digs, Rudy recorded 46 assists, and Baney added 12 blocks.

The Giants recorded their first victory of the young season this past Tuesday, sweeping the Elwood Panthers in straight sets (25-22, 25-22. 25-13). Izzy Leach finished with five kills, two aces, and 14 digs, while Alyssa Lockwood added five kills and one block. Isabelle Bento collected three kills and five aces, while Lucia Persinger orchestrated the offense with 18 assists to go along with 12 digs. On Saturday, the Giants finished 2-1 at their own invitational, defeating Liberty Christian 2-0 (25-8, 25-13) and Fort Wayne Southside 2-1 (25-11, 24-26, 15-3), before ending the day with a 2-1 loss to Eastbrook (25-15, 23-25, 3-15). Individual stats were not made available.

Mississinewa, coming off their loss to Northfield, found themselves back in the win column on Thursday evening, defeating the Southern Wells Raiders in three sets (25-13, 25-16, 25-5). In their CIC opener on Monday, the Indians got back in the win column, defeating longtime rival Oak Hill 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-15). Individuals stats were not made available.

Playing against the Wabash Apaches for the second time in three days, Oak Hill fell short against the once again last Tuesday, losing in three sets (19-25, 20-25, 19-25). Alyssa Thompson and Julianne Gosnell each finished with four kills, Mia Edwards recorded 15 digs, and Alivia Shaw led the offense with 12 assists. Oak Hill’s losing streak hit seven matches on Thursday evening as Lewis Cass came away with a three-set triumph (16-25, 11-25, 23-25). Thompson finished with six kills, while Gosnell and Vera Miller each added four. Shaw recorded 16 assists and Mia Edwards led the defensive effort with 17 digs.

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