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Pioneer sports briefs: Blickenstaff, Walker help No. 3 volleyball team win 15th straight sectional

E. Lewellen, Robinson go over 100 yards as football wraps up Hoosier North title


BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS

Sports Editor, RTC

Volleyball

Pioneer def. Northfield, 25-20, 25-23, 26-28, 20-25, 15-10 (final, Saturday)

Pioneer def. Lakeland Christian, 25-5, 25-7, 25-7 (semifinal, Saturday)

Madison Blickenstaff had 18 kills, 3 blocks, 23 digs and 14 serves received as the Class 1A, No. 3 Pioneer volleyball team topped No. 5 Northfield for their 15th consecutive sectional title Saturday.

Mackenzie Walker had 28 digs and 51 serves received. Olivia Brooke had 41 assists. Hailey Cripe had 12 kills, 19 digs and 19 serves received.

Pioneer (26-3) advanced to the Culver regional, where they will play Lakewood Park at approximately 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Kouts will play Triton in the first regional semifinal, and the winners return at 7 p.m. for the regional final.

Addi Baker had 27 kills and 18 serves received for Northfield (27-2), the Three Rivers Conference champs.

Pioneer advanced to the final with a win over Lakeland Christian earlier Saturday. Blickenstaff had nine kills. Mackenzie Robinson had six of Pioneer’s 24 aces as a team, and she contributed 10 digs on defense. Brooke had 17 assists. Walker had six serves received.

Final: Pioneer def. Northfield, 25-20, 25-23, 26-28, 20-25, 15-10

PIONEER STATS VS. NORTHFIELD

Madison Blickenstaff - 18 kills, 3 blocks, 23 digs, 1 assist, 14 serves received; Brooklyn Borges - 6 kills, 1 block; Olivia Brooke - 6 kills, 1 block, 8 digs; Hailey Cripe - 12 kills, 1 block, 19 digs, 19 serves received; Kennedy Corn - 4 kills, 1 block, 2 digs; Mackenzie Walker - 4 kills, 2 blocks, 28 digs; Emma Novaski - 1 ace, 13 digs; Mackenzie Robinson - 2 aces, 19 digs, 12 serves received, 51 serves received; Olivia Brooke - 2 aces, 41 assists; Hailey Cripe - 1 ace

Semifinal: Pioneer def. Lakeland Christian, 25-5, 25-7, 25-7

PIONEER STATS VS. LAKELAND CHRISTIAN

Blair Grigsby - 1 kill, 5 digs, 1 ace, 2 digs; Madison Blickenstaff - 9 kills, 4 aces, 1 block, 5 digs; Brooklyn Borges - 4 kills; Crystabelle Blickenstaff - 1 kill, 2 aces, 1 serve received; Kortnee Kline - 3 kills, 1 ace, 2 digs, 2 serves received; Mandee Weisenburger - 1 kill; Carlie Morris - 1 kill, 2 aces, 2 digs, 2 serves received; Olivia Brooke - 1 kill, 2 aces, 1 dig, 17 assists; Hailey Cripe - 1 kill, 2 aces, 4 digs, 1 serve received; Kennedy Corn - 3 kills; Mackenzie Walker - 3 kills, 3 assists, 5 digs, 6 serves received; Adeline Cripe - 1 kill, 2 digs; Mackenzie Robinson - 6 aces, 10 digs, 1 assist, 1 serve received; Emma Novaski - 3 digs

Football

Pioneer 38, North Judson 13 (Friday): Ezra Lewellen, Brock Robinson and Addai Lewllen each ran for 90 yards or more and combined for five touchdown runs for the Class 2A, No. 3 Panthers in a Hoosier North road win over North Judson Friday.

Cayden Hill also had a touchdown run.

Logan Smith had a 6-yard reception on offense and 14 tackles on defense. Tyler Gaumer had 11 tackles, and Noah Pearson had 10 tackles. Zac Taylor and Derrick LeGrand had eight tackles each.

Ezra Lewellen also had a fumble recovery on defense.

Pioneer finished 5-0 in Hoosier North play and is 42-0 all-time in the conference.



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