CMA wins two state titles
Culver Military Academy walked away from the state hockey tournament with championships in both the Class 5A and Class 3A divisions Saturday at the Compton Family Ice Arena at Notre Dame.
The CMA varsity A won the 5A title with a 5-2 victory over South Bend St. Joseph and the Eagles varsity B took the Class 3A crown with a 4-1 win over Fort Wayne Carroll.
It was the third straight Class 5A title for CMA, but the first time the school has won two state titles in the five class tournament.
The Eagles A team trailed 1-0 after the first period but Jimmy Callan, Phil Kreuser and Matt Moody all scored during a prolific second period to give the two-time defending champs a 3-1 lead headed into the final frame. Pete Faulkner and Callan each scored goals in the final period, and Jack Slifer finished with 15 saves in goal as CMA held off St. Joe down the stretch.
Andrew Bryan gave the B team an initial 1-0 lead on a Dante Badalich assist at the 3:14 stop of the first period, Payton Frantti notched the go-ahead on an Alec Posner assist at the 2:27 stop of the third stanza. Ben Bustria scored twice in the final frame as CMA’s B team won its first title for Varsity B at any level.
HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY ASSOCIATION INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
At South Bend
• CMA Varsity A 5, St. Joseph 2
St. Joe - Dillon Bond (Jake Miller, Mario Manta) 10:34.
CMA - Jimmy Callan (Matt Moody, Nick Curtin) pp, 1:24
CMA - Phil Kreuser (Corey Taylor) pp, 4:12
CMA - Moody (Curtin, Charley Salk) 14:23.
CMA - Pete Faulkner (Matt Neufeldt) 5:43
St. Joe - Will Beach (Jason Rink) 13:45
CMA - Callan (Caleb Jadrich) en, 0:29.
Shots on goal: CMA 23, St. Joe 17. Saves: CMA 15 (Jack Slifer), St. Joe 18 (Jick Wawrykow). Power play: CMA 2-3, St. Joe 0-5. Penalty minutes CMA 5-10, St. Joe 3-6.
Records: CMA 32-8-2, St. Joe 33-10-1.
• CMA Varsity B 4, F.W. Carroll 1
CMA - Andrew Bryan (Dante Badalich) 3:14.
Carroll - Logan Gottschalk, sh, 13:10.
CMA - Payton Frantti (Alec Posner) 2:27
CMA - Ben Bustria (Posner, Frantti) 4:37
CMA - Bustria (Frantti) 10:14.
Shots on goal: CMA 17, Carroll 24. Saves: CMA 23 (Cooper Klaus), Carroll (Natt Janiszewski) 13. Penalty minutes: CMA 5-10, Carroll 6-23.
Plymouth closes at Valpo Regional
Plymouth’s gymnastics team closed out a repeat regional-qualifying season with fifth-place finish against a loaded field at the Valparaiso Regional Friday.
No. 3 Valpo beat out No. 1-rated Portage for the team championship 113.575-112.4, while No. 7 Crown Point placed third with a score of 106.45. Plymouth put up a team score of 100.75, just a little over three points behind Angola’s score of 103.825 to close out the Pilgrims’ year.
Sophomore Cassi Quissell led Plymouth in the all-around competition with a score of 35.150 for 10th place individually, while junior Nicky Davis tallied 34.875 points for 12th, and senior Traci Longanecker put up 30.275 points for 20th overall.
Quissell’s best finish of the day was in the bars, where she finished eighth with a 9.05 score. Davis’ best finish came in the vault, where she was awarded a 9.175 score for 11th.
Longanecker tied with Davis in the floor as both gymnasts scored 8.75 to finish 19th.
Jr. high wrestling
Lincoln dominates NELMSC tourney
Lincoln’s Junior High wrestling team ended its season with an exclamation point by winning the Northeast Lakes Middle School Conference Tournament.
Lincoln placed 11 out of 20 wrestlers in the finals of the tournament, and five of those wrestlers walked away as individual champions.
Zane Devault won a repeat championship at 95 pounds, Micah Calhoun repeated at 105 pounds, and Jesus Rubella won a repeat title at 140 pounds. Tristen Mcmillen won the 145-pound class, Colton Schuler won at 155, and Dylan Manual claimed the title at 175.
Eighteen of Lincoln’s 20 entries finished in fourth place or higher as Lincoln outdistanced the second-place Tigers of Edgewood by 37 points and third-place Wawasee by 117.5 points.
“As a coach it’s always fun to watch kids improve as the season progresses,” said Lincoln coach Phil Koops. “In December we didn’t know how we would stack up this year, but the kids worked hard and got the job done.”
Lincoln ends its season with a dual meet record of 16 wins and three losses.
6th grade girls basketball
Lady Lions take 2nd at O-D tourney
The Bremen sixth grade girls basketball team defeated South Central 30-10 in the first game before falling to host Oregon-Davis 41-15 in the championship game at the O-D Tournament on Saturday.
Karlee Feldman led the Lions with a combined 20 points at the tourney. Katilin Yelaska finished with nine points, and Kaelyn Shively notched nine in the tourney.
Six Lady Lions finished in the scoring column with 14 points in the semifinal win, led by Feldman’s 14. Wendy Nava scored three points, and Andrea Brooke and Tori Orr added two points each in the win. Andrea Brooke chipped in a point in the tournament final.