Rochester to host 2A softball sectional, travel to Wabash for baseball sectional
Caston to host 1A baseball sectional; Tippecanoe Valley to travel to Kankakee Valley for softball, to John Glenn for baseball
BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
Rochester will host Class 2A, Sectional 37 from May 22-27, according to the Feb. 17 IHSAA Executive Committee meeting minutes released Tuesday.
This marks the first time since 2013 that Fansler Field has hosted a softball sectional.
Pioneer, Lewis Cass, North Judson, Wabash and Winamac are the other five teams in the sectional. Pioneer won the Class 2A state title as recently as 2021 but is proceeding without Hailey Cripe, now playing at the University of Kansas.
Champions of odd-numbered sectionals will host a one-game regional on May 30. That means that Rochester would not have to play a postseason game away from home until the semistate at Warsaw on June 3.
Among other RTC area teams, Tippecanoe Valley will travel to Kankakee Valley for Class 3A, Sectional 20. The Lady Vikings had been in Class 2A the previous two seasons.
Caston will return to North Miami for Class 1A, Sectional 52. North Miami defeated Caston in last year’s sectional final and is the reigning regional champion.
Argos and Culver will travel to Westville for Class 1A, Sectional 50. Marquette Catholic, Oregon-Davis and Triton round out the six-team field.
RTC area softball sectionals (May 22-27)
Class 2A, Sectional 37 at Rochester: Rochester, Pioneer, Lewis Cass, North Judson, Wabash, Winamac
Class 3A, Sectional 20 at Kankakee Valley: Tippecanoe Valley, Culver Academy, John Glenn, Kankakee Valley, Knox, Rensselaer
Class 1A, Sectional 52 at North Miami: Caston, North Miami, North White, Northfield, Southwood, West Central
Class 1A, Sectional 50 at Westville: Argos, Culver, Marquette Catholic, Oregon-Davis, Triton, Westville
Wabash, Caston, Kankakee Valley, Tri-Township among area sectional sites: Rochester and Pioneer will travel to Wabash for Class 2A, Sectional 36 from May 24-29.
Wabash has been a traditional host site for a Class 2A sectional. Rochester won the sectional there in 2021. Carroll (Flora), won the sectional at Wabash last year, is in Sectional 35.
Pioneer is moving up from Class 1A based on enrollment. Bremen, LaVille and Manchester round out the six-team field.
Meanwhile, Tippecanoe Valley will travel to John Glenn for Class 3A, Sectional 18. Culver Academy, Knox and New Prairie round out the five-team sectional.
Caston will again host Class 1A, Sectional 52. North Miami, North White, Northfield, Southwood and West Central are the other five teams. Caston is the defending sectional champion.
Tri-Township will host Class 1A, Sectional 50, which includes Argos and Culver. Marquette Catholic, Oregon-Davis, Triton and Westville round out the five-team field.
RTC area baseball sectionals (May 24-29)
Class 2A, Sectional 36 at Wabash: Rochester, Pioneer, Bremen, LaVille, Manchester, Wabash
Class 3A, Sectional 18 at John Glenn: Tippecanoe Valley, Culver Academy, John Glenn, Knox, New Prairie
Class 1A, Sectional 52 at Caston: Caston, North Miami, North White, Northfield, Southwood, West Central
The IHSAA did not announce regional and semistate sites. They will be approved at its March 24 Executive Committee meeting.
Culver Academy and Warsaw will host RTC area sectionals. Culver Academy will also host a regional and a semistate.
Sectional 50 at Culver Academy: Rochester, Culver Academy, Knox, North Judson
Sectional 52 at Warsaw: Tippecanoe Valley, Columbia City, Warsaw, Wawasee, Whitko
Logansport and Warsaw will again host boys golf sectionals on June 2.
Regional hosts include Lake Central (Sandy Pines Golf Club, DeMotte) and Warsaw (Stonehenge Golf Club, Winona Lake) on June 8.
Sectional 5 at Logansport (Dykeman Park Golf Course, June 2): Rochester, Caston, Pioneer, Frontier, Logansport, North Newton, Rensselaer, South Newton, Tri-County, Twin Lakes, West Central, Winamac
Sectional 8 at Warsaw (Rozella Ford Golf Club, June 2): Tippecanoe Valley, Culver, Culver Academy, Huntington North, Lakeland Christian, Manchester, Northfield, Plymouth, Triton, Warsaw, Wawasee, Whitko
Rochester, Tippecanoe Valley, Caston and Culver will travel to Bremen for their sectional on May 16. Pioneer will travel to Northwestern.
Goshen will host the regional on May 23.
Rochester, Tippecanoe Valley, Caston and Culver will travel to Plymouth for their sectional on May 18. Pioneer will travel to Kokomo.
Warsaw will host the regional on May 25.