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Valley sports briefs: Volleyball suffers first TRC loss to Northfield, loses twice at Warsaw Invite

Boys soccer drops Winamac Invite title game to North White


Sports Editor, RTC


Northfield def. Tippecanoe Valley, 25-19, 25-15, 25-22 (Thursday): Delaney Wagoner had nine kills, and Bree Sheetz had five kills, but Valley dropped to 5-1 in the Three Rivers Conference with a road loss to Northfield Thursday.

Valley won the JV match 20-25, 25-22, 15-12.


Hannah Engstrand - 25 assists, 8 digs, 2 blocks; Brayden Baney - 21 digs; Bree Sheetz - 9 digs, 5 kills; Delaney Wagoner - 9 kills; Hayley Backus - 2 blocks

Valley goes 0-2 at Warsaw Invitational (Saturday): Valley went 0-2 at the Warsaw Invitational Saturday, falling to Fairfield 25-20, 25-18 after losing their first-round match to Fort Wayne Snider.


Fort Wayne Snider def. Valley, 25-23, 29-27

Fairfield def. Valley, 25-20, 25-18


Bree Sheetz - 6 kills, 5 digs; Hayley Backus - 5 kills, 1.5 blocks; Mallory Durkes - 3 kills, 6 digs; Hannah Engstrand - 4 digs, 14 assists


Bree Sheetz - 4 kills, 2 blocks, 5 digs; Ashley Butler - 2 aces, 4 digs; Hannah Engstrand - 8 assists

Valley def. Marion, 21-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-16 (Wednesday): Mallory Durkes led Valley with 12 kills in a road win at Marion Wednesday. Hayley Backus had six blocks. Brayden Baney had 26 digs. Hannah Engstrand had 26 assists.


Bree Sheetz - 8 kills, 2 blocks, 12 digs; Makenzie Costello - 2 kills, 1 block; Mallory Durkes - 12 kills, 2 blocks, 7 digs; Mallory Bowers - 5 kills, 1 ace, 1 block; Hannah Engstrand - 7 kills, 1 block, 10 digs, 26 assists; Hayley Backus - 6 kills, 1 ace, 6 blocks; Karli Hogue - 1 ace, 2 digs; Ashley Butler - 7 aces, 6 digs; Brayden Baney - 26 digs; Abby Koch - 7 digs

Valley goes 1-2 in home four-way (Sept. 19): The Valley volleyball team went 1-2 in a four-way match at home Sept. 19. Valley lost to North Judson in two sets, defeated Bremen in two sets and lost to Carroll (Flora) in three sets.

Valley team results

North Judson def. Valley, 25-22, 25-20

Valley def. Bremen, 25-14, 25-8

Carroll (Flora) def. Valley, 23-25, 25-22, 15-9


Bree Sheetz - 9 kills; Ashley Butler - 3 aces; Mallory Durkes - 2 blocks; Hannah Engstrand - 2 blocks, 12 digs, 21 assists; Brayden Baney - 15 digs


Delaney Wagoner - 12 kills, 15 digs; Hannah Engstrand - 4 aces; Mallory Durkes - 2 blocks; Brayden Baney - 12 digs


Bree Sheetz - 8 kills; Hayley Backus - 8 kills; Abby Koch - 2 aces, 13 digs; Mallory Durkes - 2 blocks; Brayden Baney - 26 digs; Ashley Butler - 11 digs; Hannah Engstrand - 10 digs, 31 assists

Valley def. Manchester, 20-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-19, 15-12 (Sept. 17): Delaney Wagoner had 14 kills and eight points for the Lady Vikings in a TRC home win over Manchester Sept. 17. Brayden Baney had 26 digs and 10 points. Bree Sheetz had 11 kills and 12 digs. Hayley Backus had six kills and five blocks. Hannah Engstrand had 37 assists.

Valley improved to 5-0 in the TRC with the win.

Valley def. LaVille, 25-16, 25-16, 25-16 (Sept. 15): Delaney Wagoner had 15 kills, and Bree Sheetz added 10 for Valley in a home win over LaVille Sept. 16. Brayden Baney had 18 digs. Hayley Backus had two blocks. Hannah Engstrand had 31 assists.

Valley also won the JV match 25-14, 25-21.


Bree Sheetz - 10 kills, 1 block, 6 digs; Makenzie Costello - 1 kill, 2 blocks; Mallory Durkes - 8 kills, 2 blocks; Delaney Wagoner - 15 kills, 1 ace, 1 block, 8 digs; Ashley Butler - 4 kills; Hannah Engstrand - 1 kill, 2 blocks, 6 digs, 42 assists; Hayley Backus - 2 kills, 2 blocks; Emily McGriff - 1 kill, 1 block; Brayden Baney - 1 ace, 18 digs; Abby Koch - 1 ace, 2 digs; Karli Hogue - 1 ace, 2 digs


Ava Smith - 4 kills; Emily McGriff - 3 kills, 5 digs; Karli Hogue - 6 digs; Brooke Kamp - 5 aces; Macy Kirchenstien - 5 assists; Abby Koch - 3 assists

Columbia City def. Valley, 25-21, 25-18, 25-18 (Sept. 14): Delaney Wagoner had 12 kills and 11 digs for Valley in a road loss to Columbia City Sept. 14. Hayley Backus had four blocks. Brayden Baney had 18 digs. Hannah Engstrand had 25 assists to go along with her 12 digs.


Bree Sheetz - 9 kills, 2 blocks, 7 digs; Mallory Durkes - 2 kills; Delaney Wagoner - 12 kills, 1 block, 11 digs; Hannah Engstrand - 2 kills, 1 ace, 2 blocks, 12 digs, 25 assists; Hayley Backus - 4 kills, 1 ace, 4 blocks; Ashley Butler - 2 aces, 5 digs; Makenzie Costello - 1 block; Brayden Baney - 3 aces, 18 digs; Abby Koch - 1 dig

Triton def. Valley, 26-24, 25-23, 25-17 (Sept. 10): The visiting Lady Vikings lost in three games to Triton Sept. 10.

Middle school volleyball

Plymouth Lincoln def. TVMS, 25-22, 25-19 (8th grade, Sept. 21)

Plymouth Lincoln def. TVMS, 25-9, 25-17 (7th grade “A,” Sept. 21)

TVMS def. Plymouth Lincoln, 25-17 (7th grade “B,” Sept. 21)

TVMS def. Warsaw Edgewood, 12-25, 25-13, 15-11 (8th grade, Sept. 15)

Warsaw Edgewood def. TVMS, 25-12, 25-9 (7th grade, Sept. 15)

Avery Wagoner had three kills, four aces and four assists for the TVMS eighth-graders in their win over Edgewood Sept. 15. Emma Patrick and Maddie Thompson had three kills each.

Dalynne Bussard had a kill and three aces for the Lady Vikings in a loss in the seventh grade match.

TVMS def. Lakeland Christian, 25-8, 25-7 (8th grade, Sept. 14)

TVMS def. Lakeland Christian, 25-4, 25-8 (7th grade, Sept. 14)

Avery Wagoner had 15 aces, and Karegan Callahan had three aces for the TVMS eighth-graders (7-1) in a win over Lakeland Christian Sept. 14. M.J. Costello had three kills.

In the seventh grade match, Maci Parker and Karley Hallstrom had seven and five aces, respectively, for TVMS (5-3) in the win.

TVMS def. Peru, 25-8, 25-10 (8th grade, Sept. 10)

TVMS def. Peru, 20-25, 25-24, 15-9 (7th grade, Sept. 10)

Mackaylie Costello had three kills and five aces for the TVMS eighth-graders in a win over Peru Sept. 10. Avery Wagoner had four aces and six assists. Taylor McGriff had four aces.

The Lady Vikings also won the seventh-grade match behind Dalynne Bussard’s three kills and four aces. Maci Parker, Maris Overbey and Kalrey Hallstrom had two kills each.

TVMS def. North Miami, 25-10, 25-17 (8th grade, Sept. 8)

North Miami def. TVMS, 25-12, 25-22 (7th grade, Sept. 8)

Avery Wagoner had three kills and six assists for the TVMS eighth-graders in a win over North Miami Sept. 8. Madi Thompson had three kills. M.J. Costello, Karegan Callahan and Emma Patrick had four aces each.

In the seventh grade match, Karley Hallstrom had four aces and Dalynne Bussard had three aces for the Lady Vikings in the loss.

Boys soccer

Valley finishes 2nd at Winamac Invite (Saturday): The Valley boys soccer team finished second out of four teams at the Winamac Invitational Saturday. Valley edged Winamac 1-0 in the first round before falling to Class 1A, No. 10 North White 7-0 in the championship game.

Christian Ramirez scored the only goal of the game in the win over Winamac.

“The Vikings, playing without the services of defensive specialist Arturo Dominguez and midfielder Jon Ruiz, relied on their youth to propel them into their first ever soccer championship game in school history,” coach Andrew Luce said in a statement. “Both teams went back and forth for much of the contest without either team really gaining a strong foothold.”

Tyler Jones had the shutout in goal. Luce also praised defenders David Reyes, Gio Arriaga, Jesus Baca and Gerardo Fernandez.

In the championship game, North White jumped out to a 7-0 halftime lead and cruised to the win.

“Valley played tough but quickly realized they were in for a difficult match,” Luce said. “North White scored early and often on the weary Vikings and walked away with the championship trophy.”

Valley 3, Lakeland Christian 3 (Thursday): Jon Ruiz, Christian Ramirez and Caleb Petgen scored goals for Valley as they rallied from a 3-0 deficit to earn a draw with Class 1A, No. 19 Lakeland Christian Thursday.

Valley defender Arturo Dominguez missed the game due to an ankle injury.

Lakeland Christian led 2-0 at halftime.

Elkhart Christian 4, Valley 1 (Tuesday): Christian Ramirez scored the lone Valley goal in a home loss to Elkhart Christian Tuesday.

Valley honored Kaitlin Neese, Arturo Dominguez and Luis Castillo on senior night.

“The size and strength advantage Elkhart had over the Vikings wore down the home team as the game unfolded,” Valley coach Andrew Luce said in a statement. “The majority of the contest took part on Valley’s defensive side of the field. Keeper Tyler Jones did a great job making plenty of saves, and Dominguez played his usual strong defensive game turning away opportunity and after opportunity the Eagles had.”

Valley 8, Peru 0 (Sept. 17): Caleb Petgen had his second hat trick of the season, and Christian Ramirez, Gio Arriaga, Luis Castillo, Gerardo Fernandez and Jon Ruiz each added a goal for Valley in a TRC home win over Peru Sept. 17.

“However, it was the Vikings defense that shined tonight,” Valley coach Andrew Luce said in a statement. “Arturo Dominguez, David Reyes and Jesus Baca all played solid games and turned away any Peru threats along with (goalkeeper Tyler) Jones.”

Culver 3, Valley 1 (Sept. 14): Christian Ramirez scored the lone Valley goal in a road loss to Culver Sept. 14.

Shane Stevens, Joey Pizur and Damien Byers scored in the second half as Culver overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit. Ethan Keller contributed an assist.

“The second half was nip and tuck until about the 25-minute mark,” Valley coach Andrew Luce said in a statement. “Again, Valley missed a couple of shots on goal that could have put them up by two or even three goals but couldn’t cash in.”

Boys tennis

Manchester 3, Valley 2 (Thursday): Dylan Neese won at No. 2 singles, and Owen Kirchenstien won at No. 3 singles, but the host Vikings suffered a TRC loss to Manchester Thursday.

Neese defeated Isaac Reichenbach 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, and Kirchenstien topped Peyton Jones 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3 singles.

Payton Mills lost in straight sets at No. 1 singles, and the doubles teams of Ethan Hartman and Annakin Pettit and Mason Purvis and Cooper Walls also lost in straight sets.

The JV match ended in a 2-2 tie.



Brady Wiley (MAN) def. Payton Mills (TV), 6-1, 6-2

Dylan Neese (TV) def. Isaac Reichenbach (MAN), 6-2, 6-2

Owen Kirchenstien (TV) def. Peyton Jones (MAN), 6-3, 6-3


Ethan Espeset-Justin Hall (MAN) def. Ethan Hartman-Annakin Pettit (TV), 6-2, 6-4

Calvin Brown-Sam Hupp (MAN) def. Mason Purvis-Cooper Walls (TV), 6-1, 6-3



Wyatt Reiter (TV) def. Zach France (MAN), 8-4

Evan Harsh (TV) def. Josh Steely (MAN), 8-5

Sammie Lambert (MAN) def. Brady Minix (TV), 8-0


Sammie Lambert-Josh Steely (MAN) def. Evan Harsh-Brady Minix (TV), 6-2

Whitko 4, Valley 1 (Tuesday): Ethan Hartman and Annakin Pettit won in three sets at No. 1 doubles for Valley in a TRC road loss to Whitko Tuesday.

Hartman and Pettit beat Jackson Hollenbaugh and Blake Schroeder 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Two of Valley’s three losses in singles came in three-set matches. No. 1 singles player Payton Mills lost to David Ousley after winning the second set 6-4. Owen Kirchenstien lost to Bryce Tucker in a third-set tiebreak at No. 3 singles.

Dylan Neese lost in straight sets at No. 2 singles, and Wyatt Reiter-Cooper Walls lost in straight sets at No. 2 doubles.

Whitko also won the JV match 2-1.



David Ousley (WHI) def. Payton Mills (TV), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

Aiden Hoffman (WHI) def. Dylan Neese (TV), 6-2, 6-3

Bryce Tucker (WHI) def. Owen Kirchenstien (TV), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2)


Ethan Hartman-Annakin Pettit (TV) def. Jackson Hollenbaugh-Blake Schroeder (WHI), 2-6, 6-2, 6-2

Caleb Beer-Jonathan Strayer (MAN) def. Wyatt Reiter-Cooper Walls (TV), 6-0, 6-1



Mason Purvis (TV) def. Brauden Wolfe (WHI), 8-4

Reid Deneve (WHI) def. Evan Harsh (TV), 8-1

Braiden Wolfe (WHI) def. Brady Minix (TV), 6-0

Maconaquah 5, Valley 0 (Sept. 16): Valley lost all five matches in straight sets in a TRC road loss to Maconaquah Sept. 16.

Payton Mills, Dylan Neese and Owen Kirchenstien lost in singles.

Ethan Hartman and Annakin Pettit and Cooper Walls and Wyatt Reiter lost in doubles.

Valley never won more than three games in any set.

Maconaquah also won the JV match 2-0.



Mason Yoars (MAC) def. Payton Mills (TV), 6-1, 6-1

Hayden Maiben (MAC) def. Dylan Neese (TV), 6-3, 6-2

Tyler Thayer (MAC) def. Owen Kirchenstien (TV), 6-1, 6-0


Walker Hays-Wesley Yoars (MAC) def. Ethan Hartman-Annakin Pettit (TV), 6-3, 6-2

Brennan Bailey-Hayden Williamson (MAC) def. Wyatt Reiter-Cooper Walls (TV), 6-1, 6-0



Alex Rasmussen (MAC) def. Mason Purvis (TV), 6-4

Alex Rasmussen (MAC) def. Evan Harsh (TV), 6-2

Unified Flag Football

Valley draws Warsaw for sectional opener: The Valley Unified Flag Football Team will travel to Warsaw and play the sectional hosts in their sectional opener Saturday.

The winner will play the Goshen-Wawasee winner in the sectional final.

Admission is $5.

Valley has won sectional titles both years the state tournament has been held.

Girls golf

Valley 260, Culver 262, LaVille (incomplete team) (Sept. 14): Lydia Miller shot a 56 to lead Valley to a win over Culver and LaVille at The Golf Club at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth Sept. 14.

Macy Peterson added a 66, Makynna Rentschler had a 66, and Rachel Luce had a 72.

Elle Lemberis, the only player representing LaVille, was the medalist with a 54.

Valley sent their JV team to play the match. Valley’s five regular varsity players won the TRC title two days earlier.

at The Golf Course at Swan Lake Resort, Plymouth (front nine, par 36)

VALLEY (260): Lydia Miller 56, Macy Peterson 66, Makynna Rentschler 66, Rachel Luce 72

CULVER (262): Alisa Hinds 55, Sylvia Rodriquez 67, EmmaLee Hillman 69, Katie Stacy 71

LAVILLE: Elle Lemberis 54 (medalist)

Middle school football

TVMS 46, Rochester 14 (8th grade, Tuesday)

Rochester 16, TVMS 8 (7th grade, Tuesday)

Brandon Stiles had 236 yards and four touchdowns rushing for the TVMS eighth-graders in a win over Rochester Sept. 22. Wyatt Hart had 74 yards rushing and a touchdown, and Asher McGriff had 54 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Stiles led the defense with seven tackles, including three for loss. Brock Derf had six tackles, including one for loss. McGriff had four tackles, including two for loss and a forced fumble.

In the seventh grade game, Grady Moriarty ran for 86 yards for the Vikings in the loss. Wes Parker had 27 yards rushing and a touchdown. Jamison Phillips had 47 yards receiving and Parker had nine. Landon Patrick had 56 yards passing.

Diego Gonsalez had eight tackles, including one for loss, and a fumble recovery. Dallas Martin had six tackles. Gage Overbey had five tackles.

Maconaquah 50, TVMS 0 (8th grade, Sept. 15)

TVMS 40, Maconaquah 14 (7th grade, Sept. 15)

Brandon Stiles had 56 yards rushing on offense and two tackles on defense for the TVMS eighth-graders in a loss to Maconaquah Sept. 15. Landon Patrick had 16 yards receiving. Asher McGriff had three tackles, and Grady Moriarty had two.

In the seventh grade game, Wes Parker ran for 78 yards and a touchdown, and Moriarty ran for 26 yards and two touchdowns for the victorious Vikings. Jamison Phillips had 44 yards receiving, and William Mellott had 32 yards receiving and a touchdown. Patrick threw for 89 yards and a touchdown. Moriarty had eight tackles on defense, and Gage Overbey had five tackles and a sack. Dallas Martin had a tackle and a fumble recovery. Carlos Gonsalez also recovered a fumble.

Peru 14, TVMS 0 (8th grade, Sept. 8)

TVMS 20, Peru 0 (7th grade, Sept. 8)

Asher McGriff had 62 yards rushing and also had five tackles, including two for loss, on defense for the TVMS eighth-graders in a loss to Peru Sept. 8. Brock Derf had 61 yards rushing and six tackles and a forced fumble on defense. Brandon Stiles had four tackles.

In the seventh grade game, Wes Parker had 95 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and Grady Moriarty ran for 45 yards and a score for TVMS in the win. Moriarty also had 10 tackles, including two for loss, and forced two fumbles. Trevin Hester had four tackles, all for loss. Gage Overbey had three tackles, including two for loss, and a fumble recovery.

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