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Riley boys swim wins city championship
The Riley Wildcats claimed first place at this weekend's South Bend City Swim Meet, edging out Adams, 679-446. Saint Joseph claimed third place with 282 points, while Clay finished fourth and Washington rounded out the schools in fifth.
Some Riley event winners included: Ike Ruszkowski, Jarek Ruszkowski, Joel Kricheff and Cooper VanDriesschee in the 200-yard medley relay (1:41.00); Jarek Ruszkowski in the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.97); Paddy Chapman in the 200-yard individual medley (2:05.20); Zondre Riles in 1-meter diving (466.75); Alistair Hollis in the 100-yard butterfly (56.05); Chris Bartness in the 500-yard freestyle (5:13.05); Alistair Hollis, Paddy Chapman, JT Riem and Jared Flora in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:35.25); Jarek Ruszkowski in the 100-yard backstroke (57.01); Ike Ruszkiwski in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.58);Ahston Mauerer, Jarek Ruszkowski, Abram Debew and Joel Kricheff in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:31.67)
Other school's winners included: Saint Joseph’s Sam Sierra in the 50-yard freestyle (22.12) and the 100-yard freestyle (48.64)
Adams' Shelton reaches 1,000-point mark
Congratulations to Marissa Shelton on scoring her 1000th Career Point tonight against Mishawaka Marian. Great work Marissa!
— John Adams Athletics (@JAEaglesSports) January 22, 2022
Marissa Shelton has been one of the best players in the Northern Indiana Conference this year, averaging over 22 points a game.
Friday night, in South Bend Adams' loss to Mishawaka Marian, she hit a major mark in her career, reaching the 1,000-point mark.
Shelton is the third noteable girls basketball player in the South Bend area to reach that mark this season, joining South Bend Saint Joseph's Kelly Ratigan and Marian's Nevaeh Foster.
Washington girls claim NIC basketball crown
The Washington girls basketball team won its first outright conference championship Friday without playing a game.
The Class 3A No. 1 ranked Panthers finished Northern Indiana Conference play at 10-0 after its final league game at Jimtown Friday night was canceled due to COVID protocols within the Jimtown program. The game will not be rescheduled.
Coach Steve Reynolds' team wins the program's first outright NIC title since 2009. The Panthers were in a three-way tie for the league crown in 2015.
Washington, the Class 3A state runner-up in 2021, is 19-2 overall this season.
Marian is in second place in the NIC at 8-1 with league games left to play versus Adams and Glenn. Penn is in third place at 8-2 with an NIC contest remaining versus Clay.
Washington will host Class 4A No. 3 and defending state champion Crown Point Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Panthers then host La Lumiere on Jan. 29 in their final regular-season game before hosting the Class 3A Washington Sectional starting on Feb. 1.
Tom Wogomon reportedly to take over Goshen football
Tom Wogomon's retirement appears to be ending early. After one season off of the sidelines, the former Wawasee and Northridge head coach is reportedly taking the vacant Goshen head football coach position, according to The Goshen News.
Tom Wogomon is set to be the next head football coach at Goshen High School, per multiple sources. Wogomon is a 1986 GHS graduate and most recently coached Northridge from 2013-2020. The hire should become official at this Monday's school board meeting.
— Austin Hough (@AustinHoughTGN) January 20, 2022
Wogomon retired after eight years coaching at Northridge, where he became the winningest coach in program history. Last year, under first-year coach Chad Eppley, the Raiders advanced to the Class 4A state championship game for the first time in school history.
In November, Kyle Park resigned as head coach at Goshen after the Redhawks finished 4-6. He was the head coach at Goshen for the last eight years. Now, Wogomon will be tasked with reviving a program that hasn't won more than five games since 2016.
Area football players make IFCA Region 2 All-area Team
After a football season that saw one South Bend-area team in Northridge reach Lucas Oil Stadium for the IHSAA finals, numerous players around were named the Indiana Football Coaches Association Region 2 All-area team.
From that Raiders team, which lost to Mt. Vernon in the Class 4A finals, included athlete Clint Walker and linebacker Ridge Howard. Marian had two entries in wideout Greg Atkinson and linebacker Setefano Sete, while Mishawaka had three players in quarterback Justin Fisher, defensive end Beau Brown and safety Kanaan Jewett.
Other areal players include: offensive linemen Brevin Miller (NorthWood), Lane Moser (Bremen), Seth Jankowski (Penn), wideout Jack D'Arcy (Concord), running back Alec Hardrict (Penn), kicker Ryan Kingston (South Bend Riley), athletes Hunter Dutton (Concord), Landon Buchanan (Jimtown), Nathan Creed (Glenn), defensive lineman Brendan Arendt (Penn), linebackers Benjamin Fronk (New Prairie), Zavern Koltookian (Concord) and kicker Jacob Deahl (South Bend Saint Joseph)
Penn girls wrestling wins state title
The Penn girls wrestling team secured its fifth state title in the last sixth years, edging out Southport and Jay County to claim the trophy.
The Kingsmen totaled 63 points to Southport's 61 and Jay County's 46. Penn also had the most qualifiers in tournament history from one school.
Here are your 2022 Girls Wrestling State Champions, the Kingsmen of Penn High School !!!!!
Penn has now won 5 of the 6 Girls Wrestling State Championships !!!!! pic.twitter.com/s7Urx0mOfG
— Penn Kingsmen Sports (@The_Pennant) January 15, 2022
Placing for Penn was Mackenzie Konanz in second place (170) ; Nunarai Helepa (182) and Kassandra Smith (195) in third; Madison Hazeltine (182) in fourth; Sophie Brown (145) in fifth; Emma Batten (160) in sixth; Maia Centilli (132) in seventh; and Heidi Selils (138), Seleash Ngufi (126) and Haylee Selis (138) in eighth.
Other area finishers in the finals include Mishawaka's Kaylee Smith (120) in sixth, Nyisha Gindelberger (138) of Riley in seventh and New Prairie's Samantha Clemons (113) in seventh.
Panthers earn share of NIC crown
The Washington girls basketball team celebrated Senior Night in style by claiming at least a share of the Northern Indiana Conference championship Thursday night.
The Class 3A No. 1 Panthers rolled to a 74-26 win over city foe Adams in league play at Washington.
The Panthers, winners of seven in a row, improve to 17-2 overall and move to 10-0 in the NIC. Washington can win the NIC title outright with a win at league foe Jimtown on Jan. 21.
Marian is 7-1 in the NIC and in second place.
Senior star and Maryland recruit Mila Reynolds scored 30 points to lead the Washington win over Adams (7-7, 4-4). Reynolds, along with fellow seniors Shamarah Allen and Lauren Gillon, were honored prior to the game.
Washington, which last won the NIC title in 2015 when it shared it with both Penn and Saint Joseph, led 31-8 after the first quarter Thursday night.
The Panthers, who were state runner-up a year ago, beat Penn 49-36 at home back on Nov. 19 to snap Penn's 48-game NIC winning streak.
Washington, ranked No. 18 nationally by ESPN, is scheduled to play Saturday and Monday in the Classic in the Country Challenge at Berlin Hiland (Ohio).
Team of the weekend (Jan 8-9)
South Bend Adams girls swimming
The Eagles claimed first place at this weekend's South Bend City Swim Meet, edging out South Bend Riley, 563-518. Saint Joseph claimed third place with 465 points, while Clay finished fourth and Washington rounded out the schools in fifth.
Some event winners include: Elisa Nerenberg, Adele Zyniewicz, Sofia Frazee and Addison Skube in the 200-yard medley relay (1:55.23); Adele Zyniewicz in the 50-yard freestyle (24.67); Katie Hensell in the 1-meter diving event (425 pts); Adele Zyniewicz in the 100-yard butterfly (59.04); Sofia Frazee in the 100-yard breastroke (1:13.19);
Penn girls claim wrestling regional title
The Penn High School girls wrestling team claimed a regional championship Friday night.
The Kingsmen totaled 192 points to earn the team title in the North Regional contested at Maconaquah High School in Bunker Hill. Jay County was second with 136 points with Columbia City third with 134.
The trio of Maia Centelli (132), Mackenzie Konanz (170) and Nunarai Helepa (182) were individual champions to lead Penn. Konanz was a state runner-up in 2021.
The Kingsmen had 13 wrestlers place in the top five, including runner-ups Heidi Selis (120) and Sophie Atwood (132).
The State Finals are set for Friday at Memorial Gymnasium in Kokomo.
Goshen's Drew Hogan reaches 1,000-career point mark
Drew Hogan's final three points of his 16 in Goshen's Friday night Northern Lakes Conference win over Concord put him in the record books.
Hogan reached the 1,000-career point mark as the Redhawks defeated Concord, 53-32, winning their eight game in a row. Hogan leads Goshen in scoring this season, averaging 13.8 points per game and will look to add to his scoring when Goshen plays a road game against Warsaw on Jan. 14.
With 3:33 left to go in the third quarter at Concord, Drew Hogan hits a “3” and gets to 1,000 points on his career. Well done, Drew! Congratulations!!
— Goshen Schools (@GoshenSchools) January 8, 2022
Plymouth Head Football Coach John Barron resigns
After 17 seasons at the helm of the Plymouth football program, John Barron resigned from his position, the school announced Friday afternoon, finishing with a 126-70 record.
During his tenure, Barron led Plymouth to six Northern Lakes Conference titles, including in 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014 and most recently in 2019. He also tallied four undefeated regular season (2005, 2008, 2009 and 2014) and guided Plymouth to a 2015 Sectional title.
“Plymouth High School will forever be grateful to Coach Barron for his constant pursuit of building championship qualities in both in his football teams and the young men that played for him," Plymouth athletic director Michael Delp said in a statement. "Coach consistently modeled a belief in his players/staff and instilled a toughness in all his teams culture Those who know him best, know he cares deeply about the players he coached, the amazing staff he coached with and the school/community he has served for all these years."
The school announced it will immediately begin its search for the next coach.
Player of the weekend (Jan 1-2)
Kelly Ratigan, South Bend Saint Joseph
Kelly Ratigan, South Bend Saint Joseph's star senior guard, became the second notable player in the area to score her 1,000th-career point this season, during this weekend's 52-44 win over Gary West Side at the Mac Jelks Invitational.
Ratigan, who signed to play college ball at Loyola (Maryland), has been the key force behind the Indians' 11-6 start to the season.
Great New Years Day for the program! 52-44 win over Gary West Side @ Mac Jelks Invitational, AND Senior Guard Kelly Ratigan scored her 1000 point for the Lady Tribe!! pic.twitter.com/vQemd8W67L
— St. Joe GBB (@SJLadyTribe) January 2, 2022
From Dec. 29
Panthers win Hall of Fame Classic Title
The South Bend Washington girls basketball team took home the 2021 Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic Tournament title with its 52-50 win over Westfield Wednesday night in the championship contest in New Castle.
Junior guard Amiyah Reynolds was named the Tournament's MVP. The Maryland commit had 15 points and four assists in the title game win for the Panthers, now 15-2.
Freshman Kira Reynolds had 20 points to go with 12 rebounds and three blocked shots for the champions in the title game win. She was named to the All-Tournament team.
Washington won the title despite missing starters Mila Reynolds and Shamarah Allen. Senior Reynolds, a Maryland recruit and Miss Basketball candidate, missed the tourney after suffering a sprained knee in practice last Friday. Senior Allen is still sidelined due to a high ankle sprain.
Mila Reynolds is averaging a team-high 24.5 points per game to go with 8.8 rebounds per contest.
Washington coach Steve Reynolds said that the MRI on Mila's knee came back "clean" and they hope to have her back in probably another week. He added that Allen is "day to day" with her ankle injury.
Washington returns to action Jan. 7 with an NIC game at Bremen.
"I couldn't be more proud of them than I am right now," coach Reynolds told the Indianapolis Star following the title game win. "She (Mila) wanted to play, but I told everyone else that this is an opportunity for us to step up and those kids did. They were amazing."
Washington also won the Hall of Fame Classic championship in 2006, led by MVP Skylar Diggins.
Reynolds had high praise for daughters Amiyah and Kira in the absence of their older sister Mila.
"Amiyah was big time," said coach Reynolds of his junior guard via text Thursday morning. "She had a huge impact on both ends. It was a coming out party for her. Kira is really maturing. She's put together a great month. She's playing like the best freshman in the state."
Earlier in the day Washington rolled to a win over Washington High School 56-28 in semifinal play.
Amiyah Reynolds paced the Panthers with 20 points. Kira Reynolds had 12 points and Lauren Gillon 11 for the winners.
South Bend Washington, the top ranked team in Class 3A, improved to 14-2. Washington, ranked No. 7 in Class 3A, dropped to 13-2 and saw its 13-game winning streak snapped.
Westfield beat Class 4A No. 2 Franklin 42-40 in overtime in the first semifinal contest Wednesday.
From Dec. 27
Successful Niles volleyball program needs new coach
Jenny Nate has resigned as Niles volleyball coach to become the new Southwestern Michigan College women's volleyball coach.
Nate directed the Vikings to a 327-162-31 record in 10 years at the helm, including three conference championships, two district crowns and the only two regional titles in school history, in 2017 and this past year. Her 2018 squad won a school single-season record 48 wins. This past fall Niles was 47-9.
From Dec. 22
Player of the night: Kenndall Bethel, Marian
Another night this week that featured a South Bend-area player putting up career numbers. This time it was Bethel, who scored a career-high 24 points in the Knights' 65-62 win over Northrop, as Marian improved to 11-2 on the year.
Marian beats Northrop 65-62. Kenndall Bethel led the Knights with a career high 24 points!! Makaya Porter had 17 and Nevaeh Foster had 11 points. The Knights improves to 11-2. #GoKnights pic.twitter.com/fOCB3YzTBR
— 🏀Marian⚔️GBB🏀 (@MHSLadyKnights) December 23, 2021
From Dec. 21
Players of the night
Girls: Marissa Shelton, South Bend Adams
The Eagles split two Tuesday games, defeating Fort Wayne Concordia 52-42 before falling to Fort Wayne South Side, 78-67 in overtime. Despite the loss, senior Shelton scored a career-high 39 points to lead South Bend Adams, while adding 19 points in the Eagles' win, which was their third win in a row before South Side put an end to it.
Boys: Marcus Northern & Jawan Agnew, South Bend Washington
The Washington duo led the way for the Panthers, scoring 18 points each in their 65-53 win over Northridge to bounce back from last week's loss to Glenn. Washington (6-2), has won five of its last six games and looks like it could be a sneaky team in the Northern Indiana Conference this season.
From Dec. 20
Player of the night: Kila Foster, Bremen
The Lions' freshman guard was one of two players in her team's 52-45 win over Triton to record 17 points, joined by Ellia Foster. Kila's 17 was a career-high, passing the 16 points she scored against South Bend Clay on Nov. 12.
Make it 5 out of 6 going into Christmas! The Lady Lions pull out a 52-45 win over Triton. Leading scorers with @ElliaFoster and Kila Foster with 17 apiece, Mickie Shively with 6, Emma Graverson with 4, @moyer2023 with 3, and Jaiden Monhaut with 2.
— BHS Girls Basketball (@bLadyLions) December 21, 2021
In the win she made four of her seven 3-pointers, another career-high, and finished 5-for-8 from the floor, for a career-high 63% from the field.
Player of the weekend (Dec. 18-19)
Markus Burton, Penn
Burton has been on a tear all season for the Kingsmen, but this weekend he was exceptional.
On Friday night, Burton led Penn in its 73-48 conference win over previously undefeated Bremen, with 22 points, six assists and five steals. His performance against Michigan City on Saturday was even more impressive.
In the Kingsmen's 86-81 win, which improved the team to 7-0 on the year, the junior guard scored a season-high 41 points. He hit 14-of-27 shots, including a 3-pointer, and also went 12-of-13 from the free-throw line. Burton also dished out eight assists and grabbed seven rebounds in the win.
Friday, Dec. 17
News of the day: Saint Joseph looking for new football coach
Bryon Whitten's tenure as the Saint Joseph football coach has came to an end on Friday when he resigned after six seasons in charge of the Indians.
“We are grateful for Coach Whitten’s service to the football program and to our student athletes," said Saint Joseph principal John Kennedy in a release issued by the school Friday. "For six years, he led the program with integrity and a commitment to the values of Saint Joseph High School.”
Whitten was 23-45 in six seasons, including a 4-8 record during the 2021 season, which ended in a 35-3 loss to New Prairie in a Class 4A sectional championship game. Saint Joseph was 0-5 in the Northern Indiana Conference this past season.
The Indians became the second South Bend school to lose its football coach this month, after Riley's Justin Kinzie resigned after two seasons last week.
Player of the day: Tommy Snyder, South Bend Adams
Snyder and the Eagles put up an offensive showcase in their 82-50 win over South Bend Clay. Snyder scored a team-high 26 points for Adams, with 21 of them coming in the second half, as the Eagles quickly pulled away from the Colonials to move to 3-1 on the year.
Junior guard Jeremiah Love also had a big night, hitting five 3-points in the second quarter on his way to 17 points.
Thursday, Dec. 16
Moment of the day: Foster sets all-time scoring record at Marian
Mishawaka Marian's Nevaeh Foster has been a scoring force throughout her basketball career. Currently in her junior season Foster, a Western Kentucky University commit, is averaging over 21 points per game.
Her accomplishments with the Knights hit a new level Thursday night as she became the program's all-time leading scorer in a 56-40 win against Elkhart (finishing with a team-high 19 points), passing Meghan Urbanski, who's record of 1,278 points was set in 2018.
Now, it is Foster on top with an entire year still to play.
— Mishawaka Marian (@marianhssports) December 17, 2021
Performance of the night: Ellia Foster, Bremen
The Lions fell to Penn 60-52 in Thursday night basketball action, but that didn't stop Foster from putting up big numbers. Foster finished with a game-high 24 points in the losing effort, going 6-for-11 from the floor.
All of her made shots were 3-pointers, which was a season-high for the senior guard. She also added three rebounds, four assists and one steal to her statline.
Maryland women's hoops coach visits Washington
South Bend Washington's Mila Reynolds has goals of winning the Panthers a state title this year before heading off to University of Maryland. Thursday, it was Maryland who came to South Bend after Washington's 72-31 win over Glenn.
Maryland head coach Brenda Frese was available for a Q&A session with Reynolds and Washington coach Steve Reynolds, celebrating Mila Reynolds' career in Washington and talking about how she will fit in to the Terrapins' plans, a current top-10 team in the country, when she arrives to College Park next season.
— Justin Frommer (@JustinbFrommer) December 17, 2021
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