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Winamac sports briefs: Boys soccer falls to Culver in PKs

irls golf wins Hoosier North title; Bucinski reaches regional


Sports Editor, RTC

Boys soccer

Culver 1, Winamac 0 (PKs, Monday): The Winamac boys soccer team lost a Hoosier North road game to Culver Monday. Culver outscored Winamac 4-3 in the penalty kick phase after 80 scoreless minutes of regulation and 14 scoreless minutes of overtime.

Winamac fell to 4-7-1 with the loss.

Winamac goes 0-2 at home invite (Saturday): The Winamac boys soccer team went 0-2 and finished in fourth place out of four teams at the Winamac Invitational Saturday.

The Warriors lost 1-0 to Tippecanoe Valley in the first round and 5-1 to Washington Township in the consolation game.

North White beat Washington Township 2-1 and Valley 7-0 to win the title.

Winamac 2, LaVille 1 (Thursday): Andrew Cardenas and Jacob Housinger each had a goal for Winamac in a Hoosier North home win over LaVille Thursday.

Max Murray had six saves.

Winamac 4, Oregon-Davis 0 (Sept. 21): Conner Burton, Alex Stark, Jason Tankersley and Sawyer DePoy each had a goal for Winamac in a home win over Oregon-Davis Sept. 21.

Max Murray had four saves in goal for the shutout.

Rensselaer 5, Winamac 1 (Sept. 15): Andrew Cardenas scored off a Carson Bennett assist for Winamac in a home loss to Rensselaer Sept. 15.

Winamac was held to three shots on goal.

Max Murray had eight saves.

Winamac 0, Kouts 0 (Sept. 10): Jason Tankersley had two shots on goal, and Alex Stark had one, but the Warriors settled for a draw against visiting Kouts Sept. 10. Max Murray had the shutout in goal.

Girls golf

North Newton 185, Winamac 205, South Central (Union Mills) 253 (Sept. 17): Keira Bucinski fired a 44 to lead Winamac as they finished second to host North Newton in a three-way match at Curtis Creek Golf Course in Rensselaer Sept. 17.

Janet Calfee added a 51, Giselle Lowry had a 54, Megan Wentz had a 56, and Bianca Huizar had a 61.

Olivia Link led the Winamac JV with a 57.

at Curtis Creek Golf Course, Rensselaer, Sept. 17

WINAMAC (205): Keira Bucinski 44, Janet Calfee 51, Giselle Lowry 54, Megan Wentz 56, (Bianca Huizar 61)

WINAMAC JV: Olivia Link 57, Madonna Twellman 62, McKenzie Mitchell 66, Grace Wenzler 67

Kankakee Valley 189, Winamac 216, Twin Lakes 229 (Sept. 14): Keira Bucinski shot a 48 to lead Winamac as they finished second in a three-way match against host Kankakee Valley and Twin Lakes at Sandy Pines Golf Club in DeMotte.

Giselle Lowry and Bianca Huizar each shot 55, Janet Calfee had a 58, and Megan Wentz had a 61.

Olivia Link led the Winamac JV with a 57.

at Sandy Pines Golf Club, DeMotte, Sept. 14

WINAMAC (216): Keira Bucinski 48, Giselle Lowry 55, Bianca Huizar 55, Janet Calfee 58, (Megan Wentz 61)

WINAMAC JV: Olivia Link 57, Olivia Sutton 62, McKenzie Mitchell 64, Madonna Twellman 64, Grace Wenzler 66

Bucinski, Calfee earn all-Hoosier North honors, lead Winamac to Hoosier North title (Sept. 12): The Winamac girls golf team shot a 434 to win the Hoosier North title at Chesapeake Run Golf Club in North Judson on Sept. 12.

Keira Bucinski shot a 97, Janet Calfee had a 106, Megan Wentz had a 114, Giselle Lowry had a 117, and Bianca Huizar had a 125.

Bucinski and Calfee earned first-team all-conference honors, and Wentz and Lowry were named honorable mention all-conference.

Pioneer was second with a 438, and North Judson was third with a 468.

Hoosier North Athletic Conference tournament at Chesapeake Run Golf Club, North Judson, Sept. 12

WINAMAC (434): Keira Bucinski 97, Janet Calfee 106, Megan Wentz 114, Giselle Lowry 117, (Bianca Huizar 125)

Medalist: Hailey Gotshall (Pioneer) - 92

All-Hoosier North (top 7): 1. Hailey Gotshall (Pioneer) - 92, 2. Keira Bucinski (Winamac) - 97, 3. Elle Limberis (LaVille) - 99, 4. Delaney Kaminski (North Judson) - 104, 5. Janet Calfee (Winamac) - 106, 6. Anastasia Pettengill (North Judson) - 107, 7. Kynzie Bullock (Pioneer) - 109

Honorable mention all-Hoosier North (8th-14th places): t-8. Megan Wentz (Winamac) - 114, t-8. Haley Rensberger (Triton) - 114, t-10. Katelyn Duncan (Pioneer) - 115, t-10. Maddie Ritchison (Triton) - 115, t-10. Alex Turner (Knox) - 115, 13. Giselle Lowry (Winamac) - 117, 14. Alisa Jo Hinds (Culver) - 118


Winamac 17, North Judson 67, Knox 75, West Central (incomplete team) (girls, Sept. 22)

West Central 35, Winamac 41, Knox 49, North Judson (incomplete team) (boys, Sept. 22)

Winamac had the four fastest girls runners and prevailed in a four-way meet at Knox Sept. 22.

Kate Collins won the meet, Maggie Smith was second, Kelsey Wegner was third, Alexis Sheets was fourth, and Kingsley Kroft was seventh to complete the Winamac scoring runners. Emily Rausch was eighth, and Lily Bennett was ninth. Bethany Poor, Rori Blackman and Ariana Gualajara also finished.

In the boys race, Winamac’s Kolbey Wegner won the meet, but Winamac settled for second place behind West Central. Carson Bennett was fifth, Cristian Cardenas was seventh, Cooper Jones was 13th, Clay Kistler was 15th to complete the list of scoring runners. Alexander Rimpler was 24th.

Winamac 15, North Newton 50 (girls, Sept. 17)

Winamac 17, North Newton 38 (boys, Sept. 17)

Winamac had the seven fastest girls in winning a dual meet at North Newton Sept. 17.

Alexis Sheets won the race, Kate Collins was second, Maggie Smith was third, Kelsey Wegner was fourth, Kingsley Kroft was fifth, Emily Rausch was sixth, and Rori Blackman was seventh.

Ariana Gualajara, Bethany Poor and Lily Blackman also finished.

In the boys race, Winamac had the three fastest runners and held off the Spartans.

Kolbey Wegner won the race, Carson Bennett was second, Cristian Cardenas was third, Clay Kistler was fifth, and Cooper Jones was sixth.


Pioneer def. Winamac, 25-12, 25-19, 25-11 (Thursday): The visiting Lady Warriors fell to Class 1A, No. 5 Pioneer in three sets Sept. 24.

Triton def. Winamac, 25-15, 20-25, 22-25, 25-23, 15-11 (Sept. 22): Maggie Smith had 19 kills and four blocks, and McKenzie Hinz had 11 kills for Winamac in a home Hoosier North loss to Triton Sept. 22.

Aubrey Gearhart had 36 assists. Hinz and Alyssa Villanueva had three blocks each. Ella Gearhart had 19 digs.

“While the outcome wasn’t what we had hoped for, nobody was hanging their heads last night,” Winamac coach Heather Kasten said. “With the exception of Set 1, the Lady Warriors played one of their best games on the season.”


Kaya Campbell - 4 kills, 1 ace, 15 digs, 2 assists, 24 serves received; Aubrey Gearhart - 1 kill, 3 aces, 1 block, 18 digs, 36 assists; Maggie Smith - 19 kills, 4 blocks, 10 digs, 1 assist, 20 serves received; Alyssa Villanueva - 4 kills, 3 aces, 3 blocks, 18 digs, 8 serves received; McKenzie Hinz - 11 kills, 4 blocks, 1 serve received; Ella Gearhart - 3 kills, 1 block, 21 serves received; Sydney Thompson - 14 digs, 1 assist, 10 serves received

Manchester def. Winamac, 25-18, 25-21, 25-17 (Sept. 21): Maggie Smith had seven kills, four blocks and three aces for the Lady Warriors in a road loss to Manchester Sept. 21.

Kaya Campbell had eight digs and 21 serves received. Aubrey Gearhart had 13 assists.

“The Warriors looked much better all around than some previous games, sending only four free balls in the first set and ending the night with almost all positive hitting percentages,” Winamac coach Heather Kasten said in a statement. “However, too many serve receive errors forced us to minimize the front row attacks that give us our edge.”


Maggie Smith - 7 kills, 3 aces, 4 blocks, 4 digs, 1 assist, 7 serves received; Alyssa Villanueva - 4 kills, 2 blocks, 5 digs, 5 serves received; McKenzie Hinz - 5 kills; Ella Gearhart - 2 kills, 3 aces, 1 block, 9 digs, 9 serves received; Aubrey Gearhart - 2 aces, 4 digs, 13 assists; Sydney Thompson - 1 ace, 5 digs, 7 serves received; Kaya Campbell - 8 digs, 21 serves received

Winamac def. Oregon-Davis, 25-11, 25-9, 25-14 (Sept. 17): Maggie Smith had 17 kills, four aces, two blocks and nine digs for Winamac in a win over visiting Oregon-Davis Sept. 17.

Ella Gearhart also had four aces and 15 digs. McKenzie Hinz also had two blocks. Aubrey Gearhart had 31 assists. Kaya Campbell had 12 serves received.


Kaya Campbell - 1 kill, 9 digs, 12 serves received; Maggie Smith - 17 kills, 4 aces, 2 blocks, 9 digs, 4 serves received; Alyssa Villanueva - 6 kills, 5 digs, 5 serves received; McKenzie Hinz - 6 kills, 1 ace, 2 blocks; Ella Gearhart - 4 kills, 4 aces, 1 block, 15 digs, 3 serves received; Aubrey Gearhart - 2 aces, 1 block, 4 digs, 31 assists; Sydney Thompson - 1 ace, 8 digs, 2 serves received

LaVille def. Winamac, 25-10, 25-12, 25-18 (Sept. 14): McKenzie Hinz had five kills, and Maggie Smith and Alyssa Villanueva had two kills each for the visiting Lady Warriors in a Hoosier North loss to LaVille Sept. 14.

Smith also had seven digs. Aubrey Gearhart had six assists. Kaya Campbell had 12 serves received, and Ella Gearhart had 11.

Winamac coach Heather Kasten cited 22 free balls given, six service errors and “multiple” serve receive errors as reasons for the loss.

“Communication was lacking once we got in a hole early in the first set, and we could not overcome that,” Kasten said. “The unfortunate part is the skill set is there. We are just playing six individual positions on the court instead of playing as one cohesive team. We are dedicating some serious time this week to watching film and discussing what needs to be done on the court. Mentally, we are still at the beginning of the season.”


Maggie Smith - 2 kills, 7 digs, 9 serves received; Alyssa Villanueva - 2 kills, 6 digs, 6 serves received; McKenzie Hinz - 5 kills, 1 block, 3 serves received; Ella Gearhart - 1 ace, 6 digs, 11 serves received; Kaya Campbell - 5 digs, 12 serves received; Aubrey Gearhart - 4 digs, 6 assists, 1 serve received; Sydney Thompson - 4 digs, 5 serves received

Culver Academy def. Winamac, 25-20, 25-20, 25-15 (Sept. 12): Maggie Smith and McKenzie Hinz had nine kills each for the visiting Lady Warriors in a loss to Culver Academy Sept. 12.

Smith and Ella Gearhart had 11 digs each, and Alyssa Villanueva had 10 digs. Aubrey Gearhart had 26 assists. Kaya Campbell had 16 serves received.

“Coming off a rough conference loss against Caston Thursday, the Lady Warriors did an amazing job playing up to their competition on Saturday against CGA,” Winamac coach Heather Kasten said. “With CGA’s starting lineup all reaching 6 foot or better, Winamac stepped up and had the best defensive game they’ve had all season.”


Kaya Campbell - 1 kill, 1 ace, 4 digs, 16 serves received; Maggie Smith - 9 kills, 2 blocks, 11 digs, 7 serves received; Alyssa Villanueva - 3 kills, 2 blocks, 10 digs, 7 serves received; McKenzie Hinz - 9 kills, 2 aces, 2 blocks, 1 dig; Ella Gearhart - 5 kills, 11 digs, 11 serves received; Aubrey Gearhart - 1 ace, 2 blocks, 8 digs, 26 assists; Sydney Thompson - 7 digs, 12 serves received

Winamac def. West Central, 25-21, 25-9, 25-23 (Sept. 8): Maggie Smith had 27 kills, nine aces and five digs for the victorious Lady Warriors against host West Central Sept. 8.

Aubrey Gearhart had seven digs and 35 assists. Kaya Campbell had nine digs.

“This was definitely a win that we needed,” Winamac coach Heather Kasten said in a statement. “We needed to slow down, focus on the basics and get comfortable with each other after so much inconsistency with practice times and game cancellations. I’m really proud of how they fought through, especially in that third set, and worked together as a team.”


Kaya Campbell - 1 kill, 2 aces, 9 digs, 12 serves received; Aubrey Gearhart - 1 kill, 7 digs, 35 assists; Maggie Smith - 27 kills, 9 aces, 5 digs, 2 serves received; Alyssa Villanueva - 5 kills, 1 block, 4 digs, 2 serves received; Ella Gearhart - 2 kills, 1 ace, 5 digs, 13 serves received; Sydney Thompson - 2 digs, 1 assist, 4 serves received

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