Indian Tennis team is prepping for the 2018 Central Indiana Conference title. The team will play at Frankton on Wednesday. The Indians are 4-0 in the CIC and will hope to be named the 2018 champs.
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Story By: Dalton Bishop
The Mississinewa Lady Indians tennis team began the IHSAA Girls tennis sectional yesterday evening with a match against cross county rival Marion. Haleigh Rowley played #1 Singles against Marion’s Mckenzie Nelson. Haleigh would win the match 6-3 and 6-0. At #2 Singles you would have Haleigh’s sister Heidi Rowley taking on Clare Hendricks, Heidi won her first set 6-4 and ended winning the match. And then the match everyone had their eyes on was the #3 Singles match between Tyra Stanley and Elizabeth Wuertley. Stanley fell down 0-1 in the first game and came back to win the first set 6-4. Stanley also won the 2nd set at 6-2. The #1 doubles went into a third set with the doubles team would win the first set 6-3, lose the second set 1-6, and in set number three they battled to the very end losing 4-6. The Lady Indians knocked off Marion 3-2 in the first round allowing them to have a chance at history this evening. Tonight The Mississinewa Girls Tennis team has a chance to become a sectional champion for the first time in school history. They will battle Madison Grant tonight at 5pm at Marion High School. Haleigh Rowley will be the #1 Singles, Heidi Rowley will be at #2 Singles and the undefeated Tyra Stanley will be at #3 Singles. The #1 doubles team will be comprised of 2 Seniors, Heavyn Miller and Gabby Stephenson. And the #2 doubles team will be Senior Abigail Tignor and Sophomore Maggie Herring. For updates throughout the night follow @DaltonBishop00 and @MHSTribeTV on social media.
Story By: Dalton Bishop
After regular season success, Going 20-0, Sophomore Tyra Stanley still wants more as Sectionals approach. Tyra joins Cassie Fleming in 2007, Fleming was 14-0 in the regular season before she lost in the 5th round of the state tournament. The most recent person to go undefeated in the regular season was Sarah Osborne in the 2014 season. Sarah lost in the 2nd round of the state tournament. Talent may just run in the Stanley family, Tyra’s sister (Mason) and her teammate Abby Fleming, were 2015 state finalist and both were named to the 2015 1st team all state. Tyra Stanley becomes the first Sophomore in Girls Tennis history to have an undefeated season at 20-0. As a team The Lady Indians Tennis Team won the CIC Conference defeating Madison Grant to seal the deal, the Lady Indians ended the regular season 13-2. A fun fact to add about Girls Tennis is they have had the most consistency over the last decade with wins in a season. I had the chance to talk to Tyra on Friday and asked her how cool it would be to go undefeated. “It would be really cool, I’m trying my best”. “As a team I feel we have done very well, knowing we won the Conference is great we worked really hard this season” said Stanley. The IHSAA Girls Tennis State Tournament begins this Wednesday for the Lady Indians at Marion High School beginning at 5pm. Stay tuned to @DaltonBishop00 @MHSTribeTV and @MCSCAthletics on Twitter for updates as we will have coverage of the MHS Girls Tennis Team on Wednesday.
Stanley Talks About Her Undefeated Season- “It feels awesome to go undefeated and to have been added to school history. My biggest reason for success has been my coach who has believed in me and who has put hundreds of hours into practice. I also have to thank my family who makes sure I make it to every match, My incredible team who makes it so much fun to play with.”
Story By: Dalton Bishop
Hartford City- It was a cold and rainy Tuesday evening and CIC Matchup for Coach Steve Miller and the Mississinewa Lady Indian Softball team. Although the weather outside was the cold the bats were hot for Ole Miss, Sophomore Jenna Berryhill went 5-5 with 2 doubles and 2RBI’s she also pitched a great game on the mound allowing just 1 run on 4 hits while sitting down 6 on strikes. Sophomore Riley Mckee continued to be unstoppable at the plate going 4-6 with 2 doubles and 4RBI’s making her 11-14 at the plate over the last 3 games with a .785 batting percentage. Madison Stanley took one deep to centerfield for the first home run of her high school career driving in 3 on that at bat. Madison Dotterweich also went long for the 2nd time in as many games. Darcie Patton, Mallory Sands, Kenzie Skeens, Lexi Cruzan, Aubrey Tann, Shelby Goble, Amaya David, and various other Lady Indians Contributed in the hit column. Defensively for the Lady Indians they played very well with a few minor mistakes being made. The Lady Indians romped the Bruins 25-1. The Oak Hill Lady Golden Eagles make the trip to Gas City tomorrow evening for a CIC Contest beginning at 5pm. Stay up to date on all the latest information athletically throughout MHS and RJB on Social Media @MCSCAthletics.
Racing- The Gas City I69 Speedway opened back up for 17 races this season last weekend. Former Sprint Car track champion Shane Cottle picked up the opening night win in the Non-Wing Sprint Cars driving the Phillips Motorsports #71P. It was Marion, Indiana’s Randy Lines picking up the UMP Modified portion. This weekend the Gas City I69 Speedway is back in action featuring the Non-Wing Sprints, UMP Modifieds, Thunder Cars, and The Super Streets. Intermission entertainment will be “Throw The Helmet Competition” General Admission is $15, Pit Admission is $30 any college or high school student with a student I.D. is $10.
NBA- The Indiana Pacers and the Cleveland Cavaliers will meet in Quicken Loans Arena for game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Victor Oladipo will look to continue his outstanding season for the Pacers and bring them to a 3-2 lead in the series but Lebron James is on the side of the court. Pacers and Cavs will play tonight at 7pm on TNT.
Story By: Dalton Bishop
After a busy week of Softball and the Mississinewa Prom, the Lady Indians are ready to get back to business tonight after last night’s cancellation. Last week Mississinewa went 3-2 playing 5 games in 5 nights. It all started Monday April 9th as the Lady Indians battled Lewis Cass. The Lady Indians would be down 3-0 early before battling back to make it 3-2. Lewis Cass then would score another run and that would be to much for Ole Miss, the Lady Indians would fall 4-3, Cierra Vasquez was on the mound allowing 4 hits 3 walks and striking out 3 batters. Meanwhile, offensively Senior Mallory Sands was 2-3 with an RBI, Sophomore Riley Mckee was 2-4 and Shelby Goble a Senior also went 2-4. On Tuesday night the Lady Indians would host Wabash and send Sophomore Jenna Berryhill to the mound, that would be very good news for the Indians Berryhill pitched a complete game shutout, allowing only 3 hits 4 walks and sat down 10 batters on strikes. Offensively Riley Mckee kept her bat going with a 4-4 performance with 3 RBI’s. Mallory Sands was 2-3 and Shelby Goble also contributed with a triple that drove in 3 runs, the Lady Indians defeated Wabash 6-0. Wednesday Night was a dog fight for the Indians traveling to Wes-Del. Wes-Del would jump out to an early 4-0 lead but the Lady Indians rallied back to score 3. Wes-Del would then score another 2 runs but that wasn’t enough to hold off the Lady Indians as they would rally back to come from behind and win 7-6. On Thursday evening in Gas City, Northfield would come to town to meet a very RED HOT Indian team. The Lady Indians won big over the Lady Norse 13-6. Jenna Berryhill pitched another outstanding game with 6 hits 2 walks and 11 strikeouts, giving her 21 strikeouts in 2 outings. The bats continued to be on fire with Sophomore Lexi Cruzan driving in 3 runs on a Triple to centerfield, she went 2-3 from the plate. Mallory Sands was 4-4 with a Homerun and 5 RBI’s, Senior Shelby Goble went 3-5 with a triple and an RBI. And then finally it was the last game of the week for the Lady Indians as they traveled to #2 Bellmont. The Lady Indians jumped out to a 2-0 lead and then the bats went ice cold. Bellmont rallied back to tie the game at 2-2 to send it to extra innings. The Lady Indians scored a run in the top of the 9th before Bellmont came back to tie the game on a miscommunication, and the sealing the deal with a walk-off single to right field winning the game 4-3. Tonight the Lady Indians travel to Kokomo Taylor for a 5pm first pitch.
Lady Indians PROM!!
The Lady Indians ended of a busy week at Prom! Here is the team in the Picture below.
Story By: Dalton Bishop
For the third time in five years, the Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats have a chance to raise another red banner inside of Luckey Arena. The Wildcats defeated #1 Ranked IU East 75-72. Joel Okafor led the Wildcats going 6-6 from the floor and 6-6 from the free throw to give him a career high 18 points. Kyle Mangas added 20 points and 6 rebounds, Evan Maxwell also added 15 points and 12 rebounds. “It was very physical. Extremely physical. But at the end we made one more play. Before the free throws we were up one and that is what these games come down to. This is our fourth game in five days and our guys are absolutely exhausted. It wasn’t the prettiest basketball but when you win and move on you sure feel pretty good.” Said Indiana Wesleyan head coach Greg Tonagel. “I didn’t want to take him out. He was so special tonight. He did it on both ends of the floor. He came up big and made those free throws and then that stop at the end. He made that kid take a difficult shot at the buzzer.” said Tonagel about Joel Okafor. The Wildcats will go for championship #3 in 5 years as they take on St. Francis tonight at 7pm on ESPN3.
Games like the one Marion and Mississinewa played Saturday became an instant classic including with a packed gymnasium caused the great moments in the game also with Jerod May gaining his 1000 point this game it was overall a great performance by both teams. It was certainly in stark contrast to the double-overtime, 111-103 thriller the two schools played last season in Gas City, however given the stakes, it was every bit as exciting, mostly because the game wasn’t just an exhibition game it was to determine who the sectional champion was. Earlier in the year during football season The Indians beat the giants and went to become sectional champions. A giants team, seemingly growing up at every turn through the regular season, did some more growing as it came down the stretch trying to hold off a spirited and determined comeback by Ole Miss. The Indians, with six seniors in their regular rotation, showed the trademark Mississinewa blood-and-guts fight that permeates the athletic programs in Gas City. Trying to prolong a season as the final seconds of a high school basketball career quickly tick away is a fight only seniors know. Both teams were playing for their towns, and both Marion and Gas City were well-represented and well-behaved through the intensity of the game and it’s pressure-packed final eight minutes. And both were vying to author a piece of history: Mississinewa trying to win its first sectional since 1954 and Marion trying to inch closer to Kokomo for the most sectional championships of all-time. No player exemplified the Mississinewa spirit better than senior Jerod May. It was somewhat miraculous May was able to even play in the sectional, given that he had surgery on the ACL in his left knee in early September. The Giants then came up with the defensive play of the game, as senior Tyrese Cobb forced an errant pass that went out of bounds. Marion got the ball to Blackmon who was fouled with 9.5 seconds left and he calmly put the Giants in front 57-54 with two free throws. The Giants then prevented May from touching the ball on the final possession, ultimately forcing a contested three-pointer from Heisman Skeens, that fell well short of its mark. Overall next year the Indians look to do more of what they did this year and try to reclaim the sectional Championship for next year. 6 key players will be missing next year due to them being graduated, Jerod May, Thabit Gault, Jalen Martin, Connor Wilson, Trey Jones, and Elijah Bounds will be missed dearly by the Indian family while they took to a Sectional Championship we congratulate them for what they have done and what they will accomplish in the future.
Story By: Dalton Bishop
The Mississinewa Basketball team ended their regular season in fashion tonight on their home-court defeating Taylor 71-50. The Indians jumped out to a 7-0 run to start the game before Taylor would call timeout. The Indians had control of the entire game leading by as many as 16 in the first half, leading at the halftime break 37-20. Jalen Martin connected on one of five three pointers on the night for him with 5.4 seconds left in the first half. The Indians were led in scoring tonight by three Seniors, Jalen Martin with 17 Thabit Gault with 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Jerod May with 13 points. The Indians now turn their attention to 14-4 Heritage for IHSAA Sectional 23 Competition which begins on Tuesday February 27th. The Indians will play at 7:30pm at Norwell High School.
Comments From Players and Coach Evertts
“We haven’t had a Sectional win in over 60 years, thats my main focus one-thousand (points) is just a number Sectional is my main focus” said Jerod May. “The first two games I was a little but these last few games have really helped me get back in shape and back to my old self which is being agressive and being a leader” May added. “I think my shot is starting to comeback and we are really starting to play better as a team, we are working the ball and starting to get open shots and thats working really well right now” said Senior Jalen Martin. “Definitely would be an honor to break the drought of not winning a Sectional Title” Martin stated. “Nothing feels better then winning on our homecourt” Said Thabit Gault. “I feel like when Jerod and I start to really click we will be a very dangerous team, that opens up opportunities for other players” Gault added. “You can sense the calmness on the court when Jerod is on the floor everyone plays at a higher level with him on the court” Gault said. “Their would be no better feeling then winning a Sectional and go down as legends in this school following up with football would awesome for this city and this school” Gault said. “It was a confidence booster tonight” Andrew Evertts added. “Jalen battled a little adversity”, “I didn’t start him at Frankton and he’s came back from that and accepted the challenge he wanted to prove that he deserves to be out their” Evertts stated. “I don’t think anyone understands what this means,” “If we win a Sectional this place would go nuts when I got here four years ago thats what they wanted to do they wanted to be the team to break the Sectional drought” Evertts expressed.
Story By: Dalton Bishop
An all Grant County college basketball meeting will take place tonight for the third time this season, Greg Tonagel and the Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats will battle Josh Andrews and the Taylor Trojans for the third time this season. In the first meeting the Wildcats had the advantage led by Freshman Kyle Mangas. Mangas was 8-17 shooting from the floor to go along with 8-8 from to free throw line, he scored 25 points and pulled down 7 rebounds in the Wildcats 90-81 victory inside of Odle Arena home of the Trojans. Indiana Wesleyan shot 30-58 as a team for 51.7% and 24-28 for 85% from the free throw line. Taylor shot 29-62 for 46.8% and from the free throw line they were 15-18 for 83%. The Trojans were led in scoring by Sophomore Ryan Robinson with 16 points. The second game would be in Luckey Arena home of the 2 time NAIA DII National Champions Indiana Wesleyan. IWU controlled most of the game defeating the Trojans for the second time this season 95-86. IWU was led by Freshman Kyle Mangas who scored 30 points, he also added 5 assist. As a team the Wildcats shot 58.6% 34-58 from the floor and from the charity stripe they were 21-25 for 85%. For TU they were led again by Sophomore Ryan Robinson with 26 points and 5 assist. As a team the Trojans were 33-66 from the floor for 50% and only shot 61% from the free throw line 8-13. The third time may be the charm for Josh Andrews and the Trojans they hope that tonight is there night to knock off the #1 seed in the Crossroads League Tournament the Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats. The Wildcats come in off of a win over Spring Arbor 77-51 and they were crowned Crossroads league champions. They were led by Kyle Mangas with 27 points and 5 steals. You can catch the Wildcats and the Trojans tonight at 7pm at Luckey Arena.
Comments from the Coach
“It’s hard to beat a good team three times in the same season, you can throw seedings out at this point it doesn’t really mean anything” said Coach Greg Tonagel. “Taylor has a lot of weapons I think it starts with Ryan Robinson by you can’t really key in on him because of the other guys they have that support him”, “you can’t quantify the leadership of Ben and Jacob when we were at our lows this season they have pulled us through the tough times this season, when we get to the national tournament those will be the guys we will have to rely on to pull us through” said Greg Tonagel.
Josh Andrews- “Our guys get excited to play Wesleyan they have been to top team in the conference with some consistently over the past few years and so the atmosphere of this game is always awesome”. “Its an absolute must we win this tournament to allow to make the national tournament”. “We want to force Mangas to take tough shots he is a big, physical, athletic guard we need to keep him out of the paint”. “Our guys get up in the big game atmosphere they love to have a great crowd behind them and I hope they travel with us tonight”.
What the IAM3rd Culture Means
“It’s god first others second yourself third”, “We are taught that we are the center of the universe and if I can take care of my needs first I am going to be more productive but its the exact opposite in life the more we focus in on ourselves the more miserable we are and its the same concept on the basketball court the more I focus on myself the less productive I become for the team as a result the less successful the team becomes” Said Tonagel.