EYE of the TIGER - WEEKEND REVIEW
FRIDAY, Oct. 25
TIGERS CRUSH NORTHROP IN SECTIONAL OPENER
FORT WAYNE – The Warsaw defensive unit has put Tigers in position to win games all season long. Friday night was no exception, as the Tigers defense came up with big plays as Warsaw rolled to a 40-20 win at Fort Wayne Northrop.
Warsaw, 7-3, will visit Carroll, 8-2, Friday night for a sectional championship.
It did not take long for the Tigers to establish themselves Friday night. After a long march capped by a Tristan McClone touchdown run, the Tigers got the ball back in good field position and struck fast when quarterback Austen Head connected With Seth Fouts for a 63-yard catch and run where the big tight end barreled through several would-be tacklers and into the endzone to put Warsaw up 13-0 in the first quarter.
The defense rose again, as senior Gabe Furnival stepped in front of a pass over the middle and intercepted the ball at the goal line and he raced down the sideline and into Northrop territory with a 53-yard return. Another Head to Fouts hookup, this one for 45 yards, and a two-yard McClone plunge and the Tigers were up 19-0.
Warsaw’s defense again forced a punt, and the Tigers burned some clock on a scoring drive with a McClone TD plunge, and Warsaw led 26-0. Putting the game out of reach and making a statement, Tigers defensive lineman Caleb Woolridge tracked down the Northrop quarterback in the backfield, forcuing a fumble where Warsaw’s Michael Miotto recovered it at the Bruins 25. McClone again capped the short drive with a touchdown run, and the Tigers took a 33-0 lead into the half.
In the second half, Tyler Packerd capped a third-quarter scoring drive with a nifty 8-yard run and Andrew Mevis supplied the point-after to put Warsaw up 40-0.
Darren Schaefer and Furnivall led the Tigers with 4.5 tackles apiece, Ethyn Bradley and Caleb Wooldridge both had 3.5 tackles, and Kyle Heckaman recorded three.
McClone carried the ball 24 times and picked up 119 yards with four touchdowns. Tanner Balazs carried the ball three times and picked up 57 yards, and the versatile senior also hauled in a pair of passes to pick up some key first downs. Jason Taylor had eight rushes for 27 yards. Caleb Klusman had three PATs.
SATURDAY, Oct. 26
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
COON CROSSES FIRST LEADING TIGERS TO STATE
NEW CARLISLE – Ellis Coon has had a tremendous season, and the speedy senior continued his dominance on the cross country course Saturday by leading the field and taking first place in 15:45 while leading the Tigers to a second-place finish at the New Prairie Semi State.
The Tigers as a team advance to the state finals again this season. Last year Warsaw used a strong pack and depth to take a fourth-place finish at the state championship meet.
Tyler Houvener was the second Tiger to cross the line on Saturday, taking 21st overall in 16:35. Owen Glogovsky took 23rd in 16:36, Nick Bergen was 39th in 16:59, Jonathan Beres took 73rd in 17:35, and Jacob DeBoest was 91st in 17:48.
The Warsaw boys will run in the day’s opening race at 1pm at LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at the Wabash Valley Sports Center in Terre Haute.
TEAM SCORES: West Lafayette 89, Warsaw 108, Valparaiso 128, Crown Point 141, Lake Central 161, Munster 181, LaPorte 182, Lowell 248, Chesterton 248, Hobart 265, Portage 276, Frankfort 336, New Prairie 348, Western 349, Lafayette Jefferson 375, McCutcheon 384, Kokomo 392Winamac 410, Rochester 430, Twin Lakes 521.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
TIGERS STEP UP TO CHALLENGE NOW STEP TO STATE
NEW CARLISLE - Knowing that this would be one of the closest races of the season with the biggest reward for teams running well, the Warsaw Lady Tiger Cross Country team ran their best team race of the season to place 4th at the New Prairie Semi-State and punched their ticket to the State Meet in Terre Haute next Saturday.
Starting the season ranked 47th in the State and 10th in the NPSS, the Lady Tigers steadily improved throughout the season finishing 2nd in the NLC (6-1) and winning the Tiger Classic Invitational, the Culver Invitational (Open Division), the Culver Sectional and the Culver Regional while climbing to a 21st State ranking this past week. In placing 4th today, this makes the third year in a row that Warsaw has qualified a team for the State Finals after having only qualifying once before, in 1999.
Warsaw will wrap up the season at the Lavern-Gibson XC Course in Terre Haute on Saturday, Nov. 2, with the girls’ race at 1:45 pm.
A tremendous amount of credit goes to all of the girls on this year's team as they have truly embraced being a team and running as a team to reach the level of success they have this season.
Leading Warsaw today were:
1 497 Allison Miller 9 16 19:32.9
2 500 Brooke Rhodes 10 32 20:10.6
3 491 Hannah Dawson 10 33 20:10.9
4 492 Emma Hayward 10 37 20:13.7 *Personal Best
5 493 Madeline Hooks 12 49 20:29.0
6 495 Claire Kehler 10 85 21:15.7
7 490 Aletheia Burritt 12 99 21:38.3
1. West Lafayette 32, 2. Laporte 116, 3. Portage 126, 4. Warsaw 167, 5. Lake Central 179. 6. Twin Lakes 185, 7. New Prairie 194, 8. Valparaiso 195, , 9. Hobart 239, 10. Crown Point 252, , 11. Seeger 259, 12. Chesterton 293, , 13. Harrison (WL) 326, 14. Munster 354, , 15. Western 398, 16. Rochester 398, , 17. Winamac 435, 18. Clinton Central 474, , 19. Hebron 477, 20. Eastern No Score
TIGERS FALL IN FIVE SETS IN SECTIONAL SEMI
WARSAW – With the sectional back at Warsaw, the Tigers looked set to pounce in its sectional semifinal opener against rival Elkhart Memorial. Warsaw jumped out to a 2-1 game advantage, but Memorial, a team that has captured six-straight sectional crowns, responded the way good teams do, taking the final two games and a 25-22, 13-25, 24-26, 25-19, and 15-11.
Warsaw fell behind early in the final game but with Katie Voelz serving the Tigers reeled off five straight points to go up 8-7. After forcing an 11-11 tie, the Chargers reeled off the match’s final points to secure a spot in the sectional championship.
Taylor Jagger and Emily Poe led the Tigers at the net with 19 and 18 kills respectively, while Laura Craig had 8. Voelz had four blocks and Jordyn Lindeman and Megan Chauncey collected three blocks apiece. Chauncey led the Tigers servers with four aces while Voelz and Ashlyn Vitoux both collected a pair of aces. Chauncey also had 53 assists to lead in that category. Craig led the Tigers in digs with 19 while Adamiec and Poe both collected 16 digs.
The Tigers close a tremendous season with a 25-8 mark and champions of the Warsaw Tiger Invite and the Spiker Invite. It marks the fifth consecutive season Warsaw has reached the 25-win mark.
Elkhart Central went on to capture the sectional title with a 25-15, 17-25, 25-18, 25-15 win over Memorial in the championship.
LATE GOAL DASHES TIGERS HOPES TO RETURN TO STATE
WARSAW – Crown point entered the match with a near perfect record (18-0-1) and it took a perfect shot to lift the Bulldogs to a 1-0 victory over Warsaw in the Semi State first round on Saturday.
After the two teams went nearly 75 minutes scoreless – with both teams coming up short on scoring opportunities throughout the match, Crown Point scored the only goal of the contest when the forward bounced a shot off the ground over the head of the Tiger keeper.
The Tigers, who were looking to reach the final four for the fourth-consecutive season, close an outstanding campaign 14-3-5. Crown Point moved to 20-0-1 after a come-from-behind victory in Saturday night’s championship match, scoring a 2-1 win over Fort Wayne Canterbury.
Warsaw’s Peyton Long was brilliant in front of the Tigers’ net throughout the match, cutting down numerous crosses and collecting six saves, including two on near point-blank shot attempts.
In the match, the Tigers mustered four shots and had a pair of corner kicks, while Crown Point finished with four corner kicks.