Men’s college football
Wabash run ends with top-seeded Mount Union
Wabash’s NCAA Division III tournament run ended Saturday with a tough 20-8 loss to top-seeded 10-time national champion Mount Union. The Little Giants close out an outstanding season at 12-1.
Former Plymouth Rockie Houston Hodges finished a big day with an interception, two solo tackles and a fumble recovery. Older brother Austin Hodges had two assists, while former North Judson standout C.J. Gum had another big day with eight solo tackles and five assists. He finished his senior season with 105 tackles after being named the North Coast Athletic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year a second consecutive season.
Mount totaled 236 yards of total offense to Wabash’s 163. A big difference came in the 136-31 rushing numbers. The Little Giants had 163 passing yards to Mount’s 100.
Men’s college basketball
Ancilla men drop 3rd straight
In the middle of a three game home stand, the Ancilla College men’s basketball team hosted Delta College and lost a tight battle, 79-71.
Despite shooting 51.6 percent from the field in the first half and holding their opponents to 42.4 percent, the Chargers trailed the Pioneers 38-37. Delta out-rebounded the Chargers 6-3 on the offensive side of the glass and shot 6 for 7 from the free throw line to forge forward with the lead at the midpoint.
At the 5:55 mark in the second half, Delta had built a 70-51 lead. As they did just two days earlier, the Chargers mounted a comeback, outscoring the Pioneers 16-3, making the score 73-67 with 1:16 remaining. But two straight offensive possessions without a score prevented Ancilla from getting any closer.
The Chargers were led by Alexander Hutson’s 26 points, including 8-of-15 shooting from behind the arc. Joby Renbarger topped Ancilla rebounders with nine, adding 11 points to the cause. Jazz Drane and Ben Gilbert added double digit totals, as well, dropping in 12 and 10 respectively.
Ancilla’s next game is at home Saturday when the team will host Indiana University-Kokomo at 3 p.m. in the Charger Arena at the LifePlex of Plymouth.
Women’s college basketball
Lady Chargers’ best
performance falls short
The Ancilla College women’s basketball team dropped their final home game of 2011 to Kankakee Community College 67-52.
Only six games into the season, the Lady Chargers may still be looking for their first win, but they look to be getting closer. After falling behind 15-2 in the first few minutes, the winless Chargers could have easily folded, but to their credit they fought the NJCAA Preseason No. 10 team to the end. With just six minutes remaining in the game, Ancilla was down by just seven.
The visiting Cavaliers outscored Ancilla by eight in the final six minutes to preserve the victory.
Natasha Ware led Ancilla with 11 points and 14 rebounds, increasing her average to eighth in the nation at 12.5 rebounds per game. Katrina Vannoy dropped in 14, while Brene Daily added 10 in the effort.
Ancilla takes three weeks off for finals and Christmas break before returning to action December 29-31 at the Laker Holiday Classic, hosted by Lake Land College in Mattoon, Ill. Ancilla will play Shawnee Community College Dec. 29 at 6 p.m., Lake Land Dec. 30 at 8 p.m., and John Wood Community College Dec. 31 at 1 p.m.
Freshman boys basketball
Triton freshman edge CMA
The Triton freshman team moved to 2-0 with a narrow 31-30 win at Culver Military Academy Saturday.
Leading the way for the Trojans were Cordale Keyser and Dustin Vuittonet with eight point each.
Triton opens up its home schedule Saturday as part of a tripleheader against Mishawaka Marian. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
8th grade boys basketball
Lincoln 8th rebounds
The Lincoln eighth grade boys basketball team rebounded after a tough loss to Ben Franklin in the championship of the Valpo tourney on Saturday, defeating Whitko 50-32 on Monday night.
The Red Storm (9-1) used a balanced attack to overwhelm the Wildcats, as Cam Eveland, Steve Helm, and Matt Friar each scored 10 points, and Jack Barron and Braydon Davidson added seven points each. Sam Stone chipped in three points off the bench, and Mitchell Scott netted two.
The Red Storm host Rochester Thursday night.
7th grade boys basketball
Lincoln earns conference win
The Lincoln boys seventh grade basketball team ran its record to 3-0 in the conference and 8-2 overall with a 44-31 win over Whitko Monday night. Pacing the Redstorm in scoring was Nick Felke with 14 points followed by John Gerard with 10, while Ryan Carmichael and David Bacon chipped in with six each. Travis Owen led the Redstorm in rebounding with nine.
Lincoln next hosts Rochester Thursday night.