Unified Flag Football
Monday September 21st: Valley defeats Wawasee 36-28.
Thursday September 24th: Valley wins TRC Title, defeats Wabash 52-20 and Manchester 44-32.
Tuesday September 22nd: Valley falls to Elkhart Christian Academy 4-1.
Valley hosted Elkhart Christian Tuesday, as the Vikings celebrated senior night by honoring Kaitlin Neese, Arturo Dominguez and Luis Castillo. Valley put up a fight, but eventually fell to the bigger and stronger Eagles 4-1. Elkhart built a 2-0 halftime margin after the teams played even for the first 20 minutes. The size and strength advantage Elkhart had over the Vikings wore down the home team as the game unfolded. 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 after opportunity the Eagles had. The second half was more of the same. Christian Ramirez scored the lone Valley goal as Elkhart controlled the pace of play. The contest ended 4-1 as Valley fell to 2-6-1 on the year.
Thursday September 24th: Valley draws with Lakeland Christian Academy 3-3.
The LCA Cougars took full advantage of Valley’s weakened backline on Thursday evening. Two defensive breakdowns led to Cougar first half goals as LCA took a 2-0 lead into intermission. Valley needed a spark following a third LCA goal, as the Cougars widened their lead to 3-0. Facing a huge deficit, Valley dug down deep and found the spark they needed. Jon Ruiz scored off a rebound from a corner kick that got the Vikings going with about 22 minutes to play. Five minutes later, Christian Ramirez sliced the LCA lead to 1 as he found the net. At this point, Valley clearly had the momentum and Caleb Petgen capped the furious rally with a goal around the 8 minute mark knotting the game at 3. Valley had LCA on it’s heels a couple of more times but couldn’t cash in. The game ended in a 3-3 draw.
Saturday September 26th: Vikings finish 1-1 at Winamac Invite.
Christian Ramirez scored the lone goal of the game in the first half, and Valley rode a stingy defense and the fine play of keeper Tyler Jones to advance to the Winamac Invitational Championship game beating the host Warriors 1-0. Both teams went back and forth for much of the contest without either team really gaining a solid foothold. Valley had chances to extend their 1-0 lead in the second half, but couldn’t convert the opportunities into another goal. However, the one goal proved to be enough as the play of David Reyes, Gio Arriagia, Jesus Baca and Gerardo Fernandez held the backline together.
Following Valley’s exciting 1-0 win over Winamac to advance to the championship round, the Vikings had 4 hours to get ready for the winner of the Washington Township- North White first round match. They ended up having to face North White, also called the Vikings, who are ranked 83rd in the state and sports an experienced well seasoned squad. Once the game got underway, Valley played tough, but quickly realized they were in a difficult match. North White scored early and often on the weary Vikings and walked away with the championship trophy. The final score was 7-0.
Tuesday September 22nd: Boys Tennis loses TRC matchup against Whitko 4-1.
1 Singles – Payton Mills lost to David Ousley 3-6,6-4,3-6. 2 Singles – Dylan Neese lost to Aiden Hoffman 2-6,3-6. 3 Singles – Owen Kirchenstein lost to Bryce Tucker 6-4,3-6,6-7(2). 1 Doubles – Annakin Pettit/Ethan Hartman defeated Jackson Hollenbaugh/Blake Schroeder 2-6,6-2,6-2. 2 Doubles – Cooper Walls/Wyatt Reiter lost to Caleb Beer/Jonathan Strayer 0-6,1-6
JV: Mason Purvis defeated Braiden Wolfe 8-4. Evan Harsh lost to Reid Deneve 8-1. Brady Minix lost to Braiden Wolfe 0-6
Thursday September 24th: Valley falls 3-2 in conference finale.
1 Singles – Payton Mills lost to Brady Wiley 1-6,2-6. 2 Singles – Dylan Neese defeated Isaac Riechenbach 6-2,6-2. 3 Singles – Owen Kirchenstein defeated Peyton Jones 6-3,6-3. 1 Doubles – Annakin Pettit/Ethan Hartman lost to Justin Hall/Ethan Espeset 2-6,4-6. 2 Doubles – Cooper Walls/Mason Purvis lost to Sam Hupp/Calvin Brown 1-6,3-6
JV: Wyatt Reiter defeated Zach France 8-4. Evan Harsh defeated Josh Steely 8-5. Brady Minix lost to Sammie Lambert 0-8. Evan Harsh/Brady Minix lost to Josh Steely/Sammie Lambert 2-6
Wednesday September 23rd: Lady Vikings win on the road against Marion 3-1.
JV won in 2 sets, 25-19, 25-17.
Varsity won in 4 sets, 3-1. 21-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-16. Ashley Butler had 7 aces and Abby Koch had 2. Lots of effort in the kills category, Mallory Durkes had 12, Bree Sheetz had 8, Gigi Engstrand with 7, Hayley Backus with 6, Mallory Bowers had 5, and Makenzie Costello had 2. Brayden Baney had 26 digs, Sheetz had 12, Engstrand had 10. Engstrand led the assists with 26. Backus had 5.5 blocks on the night with Durkes and Sheetz getting 2 each.
Thursday September 24th: Lady Vikings fall to Northfield 3-0.
JV won 2-1. 20-25, 25-22, 15-12
Valley lost to Northfield on Thursday 3-0 after sets of 19-25, 15-25, 22-25. Gigi Engstrand had 25 assists. Brayden Baney had 21 digs, Bree Sheetz with 9, and Engstrand had 8. Delaney Wagoner had 9 kills, Sheetz had 5. Hayley Backus and Gigi Engstrand both had 2 blocks.
Saturday September 26th: Vikings fall to FW Snider and Fairfield.
Valley lost their first game at the Warsaw Tourney to FW Snider 2-0, 23-25, 27-29.
Bree Sheetz had 6 kills, Hayley Backus had 5, Mallory Durkes had 3. Backus had 1.5 blocks. Durkes had 6 digs, Sheetz with 5, Gigi Engstrand had 4. Engstrand also had 14 assists.
Valley lost the second game 2-0 to Fairfield, 20-25, 18-25.
Sheetz had 4 kills and Durkes had 2. Ashley Butler had 2 aces. Sheetz had 2 blocks. Sheetz had 5 digs, Butler with 4, Durkes had 3. Engstrand had 7 assists.
Monday September 21st: JV takes care of the Zebras 42-6.
After a very bad start and trailing the Wildcats 6-15 at the end of the 1st quarter… the Vikings regained their composure and outscored Whitko 51-9 in the remaining 3 quarters! The Vikings offensive line dominated the game again this week! The Vikings Offense gained 518 total yards on the night… 273 passing yards and 245 rushing yards. Leading the way for Tippecanoe Valley was Branson McBrier who connected on 13 of 19 passes for 273 yards and 5 touchdowns! Rex Kirchenstien caught 4 of those passes for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns. Alex Craft also caught 4 passes for 99 yards and 1 TD. Jamasyn Virgil and Jacob Davis also caught a touchdown pass. Alex Craft led the rushing game with 115 yards on 16 carries and 2 touchdowns! Jamasyn Virgil rushed for 75 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown.
Thursday September 24th: Boys win at Triton. Girls finish second.
Matthew Howes was the overall top finisher at Triton on Thursday with a time of 18:37.65. Chase Miller was 3rd with a 19:31.20. Brady Rodgers finished 7th with a 20:44.15. Evan Myers was 11th with a 21:12.22. Jace Holloway was 17th with a 21:58.17. Grayson Sriver finished 30th with a 29:02.77
For the girls, Chesnee Miller was the top finisher with a 21:30.35. Ella Myers was 5th with a 25:22.72. Maria Henderson finished 8th with a 26:15.68. Talia Holder was 10th with a 26:39.01.
Saturday September 26th: New Haven Invite