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Rochester sports briefs: Girls soccer, cross-country Tuesday postponed


Sports Editor, RTC

Girls soccer

The North Miami-Rochester girls soccer game scheduled for Tuesday was postponed. No makeup date has been set.

Rochester athletic director Kevin Renie said in an email to RTC that North Miami was “low on numbers due to a variety of factors.”

Rochester has rescheduled their game with Peru for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Peru. That game was originally scheduled for Sept. 23 but moved up.

The home game against Oregon-Davis scheduled for Saturday has been canceled.

Rochester will host Maconaquah at 5 p.m. Sept. 16 and Wabash at 5 p.m. Sept. 22 in makeups of earlier coronavirus-related postponements.

Rochester 15, Tippecanoe Valley 1 (Thursday): Elizabeth Weaver, Emma Howdeshell,

Elizabeth Weaver

Kendyll Bradley and Haley Bunge scored twice each for the host Lady Zs as they won their first ever meeting with Valley Thursday.

Lilith Eaton had a goal and four assists, Emily Basham had a goal and two assists, and Kennedy Jackson, Macie Nelson, Brooke Nelson and Sydney Haughs also scored for Rochester.

Amy Williams, Basham and Bradley had two assists each, and Weaver, Kallie Watson and Lilly Watson had one assist each.

Kaillie Woods had one save in goal.

Rochester led 11-0 at halftime. The game ended with 20 minutes left, per the IHSAA mercy rule.

The game was played 10-on-10 in the second half.

Jessica Brito scored off a throw-in for Valley. Anahi Ramirez-Brito had six saves in the first

Emma Howdeshell

half; Avery Prater had three saves in the second half.

Valley coach Mark Gordon is the father of Rochester coach Chantal Rensberger.

John Glenn 4, Rochester 1 (Aug. 14): Macie Nelson scored off an Emma Howdeshell assist for the visiting Lady Zs in a season-opening loss to John Glenn Aug. 14.

Hannah Thomas scored twice and dished out an assist, and Leena Thomas and Eliana Lang had one goal each for John Glenn.

Kailie Woods had 18 saves in goal for Rochester.


North Miami Invitational ppd.: The North Miami Invitational cross-country meet scheduled for Tuesday was postponed due to hot weather. No makeup date has been set.

Rochester and Caston were among those scheduled to compete.

Caston will run in the Cass County Meet at Logansport on Saturday. Rochester’s next scheduled meet is the Manchester Invitational on Sept. 4.

Boys soccer

North White 6, Rochester 2 (Aug. 17): Zach Pickens scored off an R.J. Keranko assist, and

Layne Backus

Layne Backus added a goal on a penalty kick for the host Zebras in a loss to Class 1A, No. 10 North White at Brent Blacketor Memorial Sports Complex Aug. 17.

Parker Wallace had five saves in goal.

North White had an 11-5 advantage in shots on goal.

The game marked the debut for new RHS coach Elmer Roque.

Rochester will host O-D at 11 a.m. Saturday. The game has been moved up from 1 p.m. to 11 a.m. to avoid the forecasted hot weather.

Girls golf

Rochester 191, Manchester 246, North Miami 248, Southwood (incomplete team) (Monday): Ava Thomas shot a personal-best 39 for nine holes to claim medalist honors and lead the Lady Zs to a win in a four-way match against Manchester, North Miami and Southwood at Sycamore Golf Club in North Manchester Monday.

Payton Moore added a 46, Kat Rensberger had a 48, Delaney Barkman had a 58, and Savanah Eccles had a 60 to round out the Rochester team scorecard.

at Sycamore Golf Club, North Manchester, Monday (back nine, par 36)

ROCHESTER (191): Ava Thomas 39, Payton Moore 46, Kat Rensberger 48, Delaney Barkman 58, (Savanah Eccles 60)

MANCHESTER (246): Hippensteel 56, Henderson 58, Gearhart 60, Harris 72

NORTH MIAMI (248): Miller 51, Amburgy 63, Sumpter 65, Finnegan 69

SOUTHWOOD: Topliff (no score recorded), Cavins (no score recorded)

Western 184, Rochester 214 (Aug. 17): Payton Moore led Rochester with a 46 in a home

Ava Thomas

loss to Western on the front nine at Round Barn Golf Club at Mill Creek Aug. 17.

Ava Thomas and Kat Rensberger each had a 52, Delaney Barkman had a 64, and Reagan Becker had a 67.

Western’s Elizabeth Mercer was the medalist with a 38.

Western returned three players from last year’s team that won its sectional and made the state finals.

at Round Barn Golf Club at Mill Creek Aug. 17 (front nine, par 36)

WESTERN (184): Mercer 38, Duncan 45, Nutt 49, Williamson 52, (Barker 54)

ROCHESTER (214): Payton Moore 46, Ava Thomas 52, Kat Rensberger 52, Delaney Barkman 64, (Reagan Becker 67)

ROCHESTER JV: Avery Brouyette 58, Savanah Eccles 64, Emma Bays 67

Rochester finishes 10th at Western Invite (Aug. 14): The Rochester girls golf team shot a 404 and finished 10th out of 15 teams at the Western Invitational at Chippendale Golf Course in Kokomo Aug. 14.

The field included three teams – Westfield, Noblesville and Western – that made the 2020 IHSAA state finals.

Payton Moore led the Lady Zs with a 90. Ava Thomas carded a 91, Kat Rensberger had a 99, Delaney Barkman had a 124, and Reagan Becker had a 125.

Westfield won the tournament with a 301. Runner-up Penn finished 42 strokes behind. Westfield’s Sophie McGinnis notched a 72 to earn medalist honors.

at Chippendale Golf Course, Kokomo, Aug. 14 (par 73)

Westfield 301, Penn 343, Western 348, Noblersville 369, Plymouth 372, Fishers 376, Logansport 379, Northwestern 379, Peru 385, Rochester 404, Lafayette Jeff 409, Tipton 424, Twin Lakes 433, Kokomo 441, Eastern (Greentown) 445

ROCHESTER (404): Payton Moore (46-44) 90, Ava Thomas (41-50) 91, Kat Rensberger (53-46) 99, Delaney Barkman (63-61) 124, (Reagan Becker (59-66) 125)

Boys tennis

Rochester goes 1-1 at John Glenn Invite (Saturday): The Rochester boys tennis team went

Drew Strasser

1-1 at the John Glenn Invitational Saturday and now stands at 2-1 on the season. The Zebras beat Knox 5-0 and lost to John Glenn 3-2.

No. 1 singles player Brayden Zink and No. 3 singles player Drew Strasser both went 2-0 on the day. Brock Bowers went 1-1 at No. 2 singles.

The No. 1 doubles team consisting of Tanner Reinartz and Cody Smith went 1-1. The No. 2 doubles team consisting of Robert Bozzo and Jake Freeman beat Knox, and the team consisting of Bozzo and Luke Hunting lost to John Glenn.

South Bend Clay did not participate, and the tournament was limited to three teams.

Matches consisted of one 10-game pro set.

Results: Rochester 5, Knox 0


Brayden Zink (RHS) won 10-2.

Brock Bowers (RHS) won 10-1.

Drew Strasser (RHS) won 10-0.


Tanner Reinartz-Drew Smith (RHS) won 10-6.

Robert Bozzo-Jake Freeman (RHS) won 10-1.

Results: John Glenn 3, Rochester 2


Brayden Zink (RHS) def. Joe Delinski (JG), 10-8

Colin Stephens (JG) def. Brock Bowers (RHS), 10-8.

Drew Strasser (RHS) def. Frankie Lizzi (JG), 10-1.


Tanner Reinartz-Cody Smith (RHS) lost 10-2.

Robert Bozzo-Luke Hunting (RHS) lost 10-3.

Rochester 4, Triton 1 (Thursday): Brock Bowers and Drew Strasser won at Nos. 2 and 3 singles, respectively, for the Zebras in a season-opening road win over Triton Thursday.

Bowers beat Damon Kuntz 6-2, 6-1. Strasser beat Caden Large 7-5, 6-3.

Brayden Zink lost to Connor Large at No. 1 singles. The players split the first two sets before Large won a seven-point tiebreaker to decide the match.

Rochester also won both doubles matches by default.

Results: Rochester 4, Triton 1


Connor Large (TRI) def. Brayden Zink (RHS), 3-6, 7-5, (7-3)

Brock Bowers (RHS) def. Damon Kuntz (TRI), 6-2, 6-1

Drew Strasser (RHS) def. Caden Large (TRI), 7-5, 6-3


Tanner Reinartz-Cody Smith (RHS) won by default.

Robert Bozzo-Jake Freeman (RHS) won by default.

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