News and notes from around the county.
Wrestling sectionals Saturday: The postseason is near for wrestlers, with 32 sectionals across the state taking place on Saturday. Frankfort, Clinton Central and Clinton Prairie will compete in the Zionsville Sectional while Rossville is at Lafayette Jeff.
The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to the Feb. 2 regional. The Zionsville Sectional feeds into the North Montgomery Regional, while Rossville wrestlers advancing would go to Logansport.
The county’s best chances for an individual sectional title lie with Clinton Central junior Jeff Scott (30-0) at 170 pounds and Frankfort senior Hugo Perez (27-0) at 132 pounds. Scott is ranked fourth in the state in his weight class, according to IndianaMat.com. Two other ranked wrestlers, Hamilton Southeastern’s Austin Neibarger (third) and Westfield’s Logan Floor (10th) are also in the same sectional.
Perez has never won an individual sectional title but is a two-time regional champion.
Both wrestled in the New Castle Semistate last year.
Brackets and seeding for each sectional was released on Monday night, after press time.
Conference title on the line tonight: The Clinton Prairie girls’ basketball team clinched a share of the Hoosier Heartland Conference 12 days ago and it’ll go for the outright title at Clinton Central tonight.
If the Gophers lose, they’d fall into a tie in the loss column with Carroll – who then could earn a share of the title with a win over Rossville on Saturday.
Clinton Prairie freshman Madison Douglass has led the team in the last three-fourths of the season, averaging 14.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, both team highs. Douglass is the county’s leading scorer and second-best rebounder – stats that could make her the Times Player of the Year when it’s all said and done.
County leaders: While Frankfort is the county’s best team, players from the other three county teams are atop the county’s scoring leaders chart. Rossville junior Brandon Tonsoni leads the parade at 16.2 ppg, followed by Prairie junior Austin Martin (15.4) and Central sophomore Jake Burton (15.1).
Frankfort junior Christian Smith is the county’s top rebounder (7.4 rpg), Rossville senior James Baker has the most assists (5.5 apg) and Central sophomore Tyler Burns leads in steals (3.3 spg).
In the shooting department, Frankfort senior Dakota Isgrigg leads in field-goal percentage (.657), Frankfort junior Isaac Rudd is the top 3-point marksman (.500) and Tonosni is the top shooter from the free-throw line (.824).
Sagarin says: Frankfort fell to 11th in the Class 3A Sagarin Ratings this week after losing to Lafayette Central Catholic – who’s ranked third in Class A – on Saturday. The Hot Dogs are 63rd overall. They’ll play the 12th-ranked team in Class 3A – West Lafayette – on Saturday. Frankfort already owns a win over the Red Devils, beating WL 58-43 in the J&C Hoops Classic back on Nov. 30.
Frankfort had votes in last week’s Class 3A Associated Press poll, coming in at 17th.
Rossville comes in at 13th in Class A in this week’s Sagarin Ratings. The Hornets will play the fourth-ranked team in Class A, Pioneer, on Saturday. Pioneer was ranked 11th in last week’s AP poll.
Brenneman recovers: An illness kept Rossville junior Ethan Brenneman from playing in Friday night’s game against Clinton Central – but the Hornets didn’t exactly need him as they won 89-42.
Brenneman was a game-time decision for Saturday’s game against Harrison. He played, and finished with six points and four rebounds.
“We missed him a lot,” Baker said. “He’s a big factor on offense. He’s our number one rebounder, he gets after the boards and he scores when he wants to.”
Brenneman is averaging 9.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Prairie JV runners-up: The Clinton Prairie girls’ basketball junior varsity team finished as the runners-up in a tourney at Tri-West on Saturday. In the semifinal, the Gophers defeated Riverton Parke, 27-8. Mallorie Humrickhouse and Kayla Pearson led the Gophers with six points each. Tori Martin had five points, six rebounds and five steals, Lyndsay Lehr scored three points, Kayleigh Pletch, Rachel Jackson and Emily Sabens scored two points each, Ivve Weflen had one point and Taylor Davis tallied three rebounds and three steals.
The Gophers fell to Tri-West in the title game, 41-26. Weflen scored 10 points, Lehr had five points, Sabens had four points and four rebounds, Humrickhouse scored four points and Pearson three points.