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Caston sports briefs: Lady Comets finish 4th at Tomahawk Invite

Boys soccer goes 0-2 at Frankfort Invite


BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS

Sports Editor, RTC

Volleyball

Pioneer at Caston, ppd.: The Pioneer-Caston volleyball match scheduled for Thursday has been postponed and rescheduled for Sept. 16. The JV match will start at 6 p.m. at Caston.

Peru def. Caston, 16-25, 25-19, 25-19, 18-25, 15-12 (Monday): Maddi Smith had 20 kills, 20 digs and 20 serves received, but the Lady Comets lost in five sets to host Peru Monday.

Isabel Scales also had 15 kills, 26 digs and 24 serves received. Abby Williamson had five blocks. Macee Hinderlider had 21 digs and 14 serves received. Annie Harsh had 42 assists. Addison Zimpleman had 23 serves received.

Caston won the JV match 25-18, 15-25, 16-14. Tayler Shafer led in points and blocks, according to coach Melinda Shultz. Ali Paul led in kills. Karlee Sommers led in assists.

CASTON STATS

Alexa Finke – 8 kills, 2 blocks, 1 dig, 1 assist; Maddi Smith – 20 kills, 20 digs, 20 serves received, 2 assists; Abby Williamson – 5 kills, 1 ace, 5 blocks, 3 digs; Addison Zimpleman – 2 kills, 5 aces, 2 blocks, 12 digs, 2 assists, 23 serves received; Isabel Scales – 15 kills, 1 ace, 3 blocks, 26 digs, 24 serves received; Annie Harsh – 1 kill, 3 aces, 11 digs, 42 assists; Macee Hinderlider – 1 ace, 21 digs, 1 assist, 14 serves received

Caston JV stats

Tayler Shafer – 13 points

Caston places 4th at Tomahawk Invite: The Caston volleyball team went 1-3 and finished in fourth place out of 12 teams at the Tomahawk Invitational at North Miami Saturday and now stands at 2-4 on the season.

Caston went 1-1 in pool play, defeating Northfield and losing to Delphi. Caston was declared the winner of their pool and lost to Northwestern in the semifinals and Wabash in the third-place match.

CASTON TEAM STATS

def. Northfield, 25-16, 26-24

lost to Delphi, 11-25, 25-22, 15-10

lost to Northwestern, 25-10, 25-14

lost to Wabash, 25-20, 25-20

CASTON STATS VS. NORTHFIELD

Maddi Smith – 5 kills, 6 digs, 13 serves received; Alexa Finke – 1 ace; Abby Williamson – 3 blocks; Tayler Shafer – 3 blocks; Annie Harsh – 10 assists

CASTON STATS VS. DELPHI

Maddi Smith – 9 kills, 1 ace, 17 serves received; Abby Williamson – 9 kills, 1 ace, 2 blocks; Macee Hinderlider – 1 ace; Alexa Finke – 1 ace; Addison Zimpleman – 11 digs; Annie Harsh – 21 assists

CASTON STATS VS. NORTHWESTERN

Isabel Scales – 4 kills; Alexa Finke – 1 ace, 1 block; Macee Hinderlider – 6 digs; Annie Harsh – 10 assists; Maddi Smith – 13 serves received

CASTON STATS VS. WABASH

Maddi Smith – 8 kills, 9 digs, 11 serves received; Annie Harsh – 3 aces, 18 assists; Alexa Finke – 3 blocks; Macee Hinderlider – 9 digs, 11 serves received; Isabel Scales – 11 serves received

Caston def. Culver, 25-20, 25-23, 25-17 (Aug. 19): Maddi Smith had 18 kills, 12 digs and 13 serves received, and Isabel Scales had 11 kills to lead the Caston volleyball team to a Hoosier North home sweep of Culver Aug. 19. Annie Harsh had 30 assists.

“The varsity team had to adjust to a new lineup with some new athletes stepping in after three members of the team were quarantined this afternoon,” Caston coach Melinda Shultz said. “However, they were able to pull together and work as a team to get their first win of the season.”

Caston also won the JV match 25-21, 25-24. Tayler Shafer had 13 points, Haley Logan had nine, and Makenna Middleton had eight. Shafer also led in blocks and kills, according to Shultz.

CASTON STATS

Alexa Finke – 6 kills, 2 aces, 2 blocks, 1 dig, 1 assist; Maddi Smith – 18 kills, 3 aces, 2 blocks, 12 digs, 13 serves received; Abby Williamson – 3 kills, 1 ace, 2 blocks, 2 digs, 6 serves received; Isabel Scales – 11 kills, 1 ace, 2 blocks, 8 digs, 10 serves received; Macee Hinderlider – 4 aces, 8 digs, 10 serves received; Addison Zimpleman – 1 ace, 11 digs, 1 assist, 10 serves received; Annie Harsh – 1 ace, 7 digs, 30 assists; Tayler Shafer – 2 blocks

CASTON JV STATS

Makenna Middleton – 8 points; Tayler Shafer – 13 points; Haley Logan – 9 points

Carroll (Flora) def. Caston, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18, 20-25, 15-5 (Aug. 17): Alexa Finke had 13 points, but Caston lost to host Carroll Aug. 17 in their season opener. Annie Harsh added 11 points.

Caston triumphed in the JV match 14-25, 25-18, 15-12. Haley Logan and Ali Paul had 11 points each, Karli Sommers had 10, and Tayler Shafer had eight.

Cross-country

Caston fields incomplete teams at Jacob Graf Invite (Saturday): Caston fielded incomplete girls and boys teams at the Jacob Graf Invitational at Logansport Saturday.

Caston had four girls runners and three boys runners.

Delaney Strasser led the Caston girls, taking 30th place in 25:12. Emma Stinson was 42nd, Stevanna Young was 48th, and Autumn Garling was 74th.

“I think that, between the runners themselves and the coaching staff, we’ve found some areas to dial in and make future meets that much better,” Caston coach Blair Zimmerman said in a statement. “We’re also looking to get some ladies on the line who weren’t able to be at today’s race for various reasons.”

Marshall Finke was the Caston boys frontrunner, taking 64th place in 22:33. Alex Craig was 75th, and Max Sommers was 86th.

“On the whole, I was pleased with first-mile times,” Zimmerman said. “Now we just need to work on consistency (well, and getting everyone back to competition).”

Western won the girls meet, and Lafayette Jeff won the boys meet.

Caston girls results

30. Delaney Strasser – 25:12

42. Emma Stinson – 26:39

48. Stevanna Young – 27:06

74. Autumn Garling – 29:34

Caston boys results

64. Marshall Finke – 22:33

75. Alex Craig – 23:46

86. Max Sommers – 26:18

Boys soccer

Caston goes 0-2 at Frankfort Invite: The Caston boys soccer team went 0-2 at the Frankfort Invitational Saturday and now stands at 1-3 on the season.

The Comets lost to Crawfordsville 9-1 and Rossville 2-0.

Jonathan Pacheco scored off a Jan Aguilar-Mendez assist in the Crawfordsville game. Caston railed 4-1 at halftime.

In the Rossville game, the Hornets scored twice in the second half to break a scoreless tie.

Bailey Zimpleman had 32 saves in the two games combined.

“An unfortunate day at the office for the Comets,” coach Narciso Sanchez said in a statement. “We competed against two sound teams. We played as best we could through both matches, but we never found a solid group of 11 to unlock any goals for the cause. The heat was definitely a factor for all the teams playing today, and it made the games even more grueling than they already were.”

Caston 4, Tippecanoe Valley 2 (Aug. 17): Rowan Jellison garnered a hat trick, and Brady Evans also scored to lead Caston to a come-from-behind, season-opening 4-2 win over host Valley Aug. 17.

Freshman Jan Aguilar-Mendez had two assists, and goalkeeper Bailey Zimpleman also had an assist. Zimpleman also had 10 saves.

Caston trailed 2-0 at one point in the first half and 2-1 at halftime. Aguilar-Mendez assisted on Jellison’s equalizer in the second half, and Evans scored off an Aguilar-Mendez assist for the go-ahead goal. Jellison completed the scoring with a penalty kick.

“We were able to make some adjustments at half, configure the lineup and sub some players around to find the right formula to pull the goals we needed to win the match,” Caston coach Narciso Sanchez said in a statement. “Overall, we’re happy to get the win. Tippecanoe Valley is going to be a solid team later in the season. They have some really good players, and I’m positive Coach (Andrew Luce) will have them hitting on all cylinders when we play them again in a few weeks. The game brought out a lot of us. We were able to dig deep and grit out a win.”

Junior high football

Caston 48, West Central 0 (Tuesday): Gavin Mollenkopf scored five touchdowns – three rushing and two on punt returns – and Landen Rigney ran for two touchdowns for the junior high Comets in a rout of West Central Tuesday.

Ashton Bowyer, Parker Zimpleman and Jabez Yarber all contributed on offense as well, according to a school statement.

Yarber led the defense with five tackles, and Bowyer, Brayden Unger and Logan Mollenkopf had four tackles each. Gavin Mollenkopf, Tucker Woolever and Parker Zimpleman had three tackles each.

Logan Mollenkopf also had an interception. Rigney also recovered a fumble


Kobi Martindale, a 2021 Caston grad, signs with Manchester University to continue his academic and track careers. Martindale will throw the discus and shot put for Manchester. Sitting, from left – Kobi; Victoria Martindale, Kobi’s mother. Standing, from left – Caston coach Blair Zimmerman; Joseph Martindale, Kobi’s father.


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