Sports Blog
9/17/2018
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      The volleyball team has been off to a slow start, but has managed to remain competitive in every game so far this season.

      “Our team, in general, is made up of players that are competitive by nature. In addition to that, we have a desire to exceed expectations,” senior Sydney Schnarr said.

      “This current season has challenged me as a leader and forced me out of my comfort zone. I have had to lead not only by example, but vocally,” Schnarr said.

      Schnarr has been playing for varsity since her freshman year and has been selected player of the match twice this season. Schnarr’s history on varsity has helped her become a leader in the locker room.

      The Lady Warriors have showed a willingness to work together as well as stay positive through the ups and downs. The girls have credited their success so far to their teamwork. “Our chemistry as a team is good and everyone is putting in 100 [percent] all the time,” Schnarr said.

      Their ability to get along on the court has helped them out so far this season in a way that head coach Kelli Marchello has not seen in her three years as a coach.

      “Overall the team for varsity is just a good well rounded bonding team that gets along,” Marchello said.

      The ladies took conference opponent Lawrence Central to five sets in a close loss in their first game against a MIC opponent, but bounced back a few days later to defeat Crispus Attucks, two sets to none.

      The team uses each loss as a learning experience rather than a failure. They use these losses to recognize areas they can improve upon.

      “We’re going to try and learn from our mistakes early in the season and use those to be more effective later on,” Schnarr said.

      Things are still falling in place for the ladies as their season progresses and they feel as though it is just a matter of time before it shows in game.

      “We have definitely put in the work in practice, but it hasn’t completely translated to the game,” junior Destiny Polter said.

      Polter has proven to be an important piece of the team’s success, leading the team in total blocks. She has already earned a starting spot on the team, even in her first year on varsity.

      With many more games to play, the Lady Warriors look to keep improving throughout the remainder of the season.

      “We are still a team that always has ways to improve together,” Polter said.

 

9/17/2018
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      The girls cross country team looks to start a new chapter in their history, with four new runners in their top four and new race plan.

      “I think there’s always going to be some growing pains with that, but with more experience they’re going to continue to get better,” head coach Brian Miller said.

      Junior Elisabeth Moss has been running as the team’s number one runner this year in only her second year of varsity. Despite the change in her role, she still recognizes there is more she can improve on.

      “Neither my training, nor my mindset have changed; I still try to run to my best ability and improve the areas that I’m weak in,” Moss said.

      Moss comes into the season with a personal record of 22:43.  She is looking to get her 5K time under 22 minutes and go top 20 at sectionals this year.

      “I always need to focus on passing the girl in front of me. I also need to prioritize increasing my effort at the end of workouts so it can translate to the end of races,” Moss said.

      Freshman Brianna Wilkerson hopes to make a big impact in her first year on the team after she placed third for the girls in their annual intrasquad meet.

      “I felt really proud of myself because I worked really hard and it is paying off,” Wilkerson said.

      Wilkerson has already made her mark this season by being the first ever freshman that the team to run at the Center Grove Dual Meet.

      “It was really cool to know that I was the only freshman to do that,” Wilkerson said.

      Junior Zoe Fisher and senior Katie Perun round out the  top four. Unfortunately due to injury the team still has yet to see what all four can do together.

      Wilkerson, Moss and the team have been working toward this season since June, meeting up for practices as early as six in the morning.

      The girls got to see their hard work and dedication pay off when they officially began their season at the Arabian Roundup, where they placed eighth overall in the meet and beat sectional opponent, Roncalli.

      “It’s early on still but they’ve showed a lot of good potential and we accomplished a lot of our goals early on in the season,” Miller said.

      With an almost completely new top five, the team has focused this year on running more as a pack and having the first five runners come within 60 seconds of each other. At the Arabian Roundup, the team split 58 seconds between their 1-4 without running Wilkerson due to injury.

      “Running in a pack in practice will help the fourth and fifth girls to stay with each other in a race and close gaps that form,” said Moss.

      Even with the season still young, the team already knows what they are working for.

      “We’re shooting for the end of the season goal of qualifying for semi-state and each week we’re going to do our best to get closer to that goal,” Miller said.

9/7/2018
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      The boys tennis program looks to start their season strong, overcoming their adversities both individually and as a team. Although the team has started off their season with a few hard losses starting their season 2-3, the goal is to begin to alter their culture as a team.

      Over the summer, the tennis team lost their head coach Jason Wagner to Greenfield-Central’s basketball program and previous assistant varsity coach Andre Hines stepped in to take lead. “When I was named head coach during the summer, we started to work on what we thought Warren tennis should look like,” Hines said.

      Hines first focused on adjustments to practices including conditioning and swimming, hoping to provide some changes to help aid the team.

      “I’m looking to improve our fitness on the court,” Hines said. “We started to focus on technique a lot more, adapting to players instead of changing their game.”

      Varsity players Andrew Baker, junior, and Andrew Matchett, senior, have already begun to feel the effect of the changes both on and off the court.

      “Our goal this year is to come together and win our sectionals,” Baker added.

      Matchett believes that the team is making strides.

      “The team is looking strong, more wins will definitely come this season,” Matchett said. Although Matchett is the lone senior this year, he is planning on leading Warren Central tennis farther than it went last year.

      “Being the only senior, I really just want to promote the sport and help these young guys find their groove out there on the courts,” Matchett added. “My goal is to set an example in practice in terms of going the extra mile. We want to win, but our goal is to be a whole on the court. Cheering on each other and helping another teammate out.”

      Last year, the tennis team went 7-7 with a tough sectional first round loss to Lawrence Central 3-2.

      “It was hard losing last year, I felt like my team was depending on my match to help put us through to the next round,” Baker said.

      “We have been working very hard to make the adjustments we need in the places they should be,” Baker said.

      Baker started his season off going undefeated in the Warrior Invite, placing first and continuing his winning streak 4-3.

      Since this year is focused on rebuilding their program, the tennis team is putting in a lot of work to make themselves better.

      “I feel like we are a family and we want to see each other succeed,” Baker said. “Personally, I think everything will fall into place if we keep working hard like we are now.”

5/30/2018
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        The Warrior softball team is going into sectionals with a 10 -13 record. The team played a tough schedule but has improved with each game. 

      “We are improving because we practice with a purpose, and we have an amazing coaching staff,” said senior Shelbie Stotts. 

        The practice and dedication to the game has paid off as the Warriors have competed with some of the best teams around Indiana. 

       “We are doing a lot better than people thought we would after last season,” said senior Hevon Williams. 

        The team has more than twice the amount of wins compared to last season, so the improvement is evident. So far, the team has blown out Brebeuf 12-2, as well as Lutheran 9-1. 

        The Warriors have some
key conference victories so far.
With a 10-1 win over Pike and a 9-4 win over Carmel, the Warriors are currently 3-4 within the MIC. It was the softball team’s first time beating Carmel in 15 years. 

        Stotts currently leads the MIC in batting average at .667 and is ranked 14th in the state. Junior pitcher Megan Sanders is second in the MIC in strikeouts. 

       “The biggest key to the team’s success is the extra work they put in,” said coach Chris Norwood. 

          In the first round of sectionals, the team played Lawrence Central. The Warriors already beat the team in regular season 7-4, before beating them for a second time 8-6.


        “In sectionals, the regular season means nothing. Every team is 0-0, and anything can happen. So our goal is to play every team the same, no matter what happened during the regular season,” Williams said. 

5/30/2018
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        After a fantastic start to the new season, the Warrior baseball team is now 8-16 and heading into sectionals. 

        This season, the Warriors have gone up against some tough competition. In both conference play and non-conference play, the Warriors have played some of the best teams in the state. 

       “Playing against some of these top teams has made us better as a whole,” said senior Jalen Mallory. 

         In the early regular season, the team picked up a few big wins as they started the season 4-1. Non-conference games proved to be the best games for the team this season. 

         The Warriors started off the season in non-conference play with a dominating and season high scoring victory over Arsenal Tech, winning 18-2. 

         In another non-conference match against Irvington Prep, the Warriors did not allow a run, winning that match up 16-0. 

         “I think outside of MIC we competed well with every team we played against,” said junior Nick Trees. 

          The Warriors struggled to nd their rhythm within the conference going 3-11 in the MIC this year. However, the team has won games against MIC conference opponents Ben Davis and Lawrence North, as well as a close win against Carmel. 

         “We hope on improving by sharpening our focus and attention to detail because baseball is all about those little details,” said senior Andrew Montgomery. 

           Despite the conference struggles, some of the Warriors are among the top players statistically. Sophomores Zac Cline (.379) and Hunter Shanklin (.366) are both top 15 in the MIC in batting average. 

           Going into sectionals, the team has started to grow stronger and come together as one. 

          “We have a group of guys who are starting to get familiar with one another as the season progresses,” said head coach Emmitt Carney. 

5/30/2018
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        As the boys track season comes to an end, the boys are maintaining a positive outlook and are planning on making it to State for the second year in a row. 

        “I believe the team can achieve sectional and regional championships again and place high in the Statemeet,” senior Kyle Liwanag said. 

          The sprinters have been showing up in a big way this season for the team with county championships and conference championships in the 400 meter relay. The 400 meter relay team consists of runners sophomore William Arnold, senior George Jackson, senior Joseph Jackson and Liwanag. 

         “Our sprinters have been the backbone of our team this year and most of our success has been in large part due to their hard work,” said Smith. 

           The boys have been especially successful this year with the 100meter dash, having two sprinters in the top 10 in state. Junior Jordan Hodge is ranked seventh with a personal record of 10.90 seconds and senior Brian Glenn is ranked eighth with a personal record of 10.95 seconds. 

          “Jordan Hodge has had to fight and overcome a long term injury through much of the season and I think he is battling back,” Smith said.

           The team had a very impressive sectionals, beating second place Franklin Central by 39 points. The boys managed to win four events, Liwanag won the 800m run, Glenn, senior George Jackson, sophomore Elijah Price and Hodge won the 4x100m relay, Price won the Long Jump, Arnold, Joe Jackson, George Jackson and Liwanag won 4x400m relay and sophomore Alexander Hernandez won the Discus Throw. “During the whole Sectional meet I wasn't seeded to place at all. I was shocked to find out I was the Sectional Champ! The day before I had stayed after practice working on full spins just so I could feel more confident going into Sectionals,” Hernandez said.

           The boys had four runner ups with, Hodge in the 200m dash, freshman Otto De St Jeor in the 400m dash, sophomore Ta’Zyih Relford in the High Jump and George Jackson in the 100m dash. Also thriving in the meet were the third place finishers Glenn in the 100m dash, junior Tylan Shannon in the 200m dash, sophomore Tyson Hollis in the 110m hurdles, sophomore Mark Turentine Jr. in the 300m hurdles, senior Joe Rush in the high jump and senior Heru McCauley in the long jump. 

          “George Jackson was our Harry Hollis Award winner. He is the kind of guy that if its neck and neck down to the wire and [it comes down to] who wants it more, George is going to win. There is no one that is more coachable works harder and is more versatile.” Smith said. 

            The distance runners also competed well during the sectional meet and look to continue to surpass expectations. Sophomore Zechariah Johnson achieved seventh in the mile, sophomore Keith Bye got eighth and junior Nathaniel Foreman obtained seventh in the 3200m run.

          “We pushed through a rough start and improved collectively each meet,” Foreman said.The track team is planning on building off their success this season and making a formidable state run.

          “I think we are peaking at the right time and think if we take the next step we can win Regionals and be a top 10 team in the state,” said Smith.