All five Culver Academies teams participating in Championship Saturday advanced to the next level, but not without stopping a few hearts along the way.
CMA/CGA Cross Country
Both the CMA and CGA cross country teams finished third in their respective sectional divisions to advance to Culver Academies Regional on Saturday, Oct. 17. The top five teams and top 10 individuals from non-advancing team move on.
Zachary Dunlap paced the CMA team with a seventh place finish in the boys race. Also scoring for CMA were Justin Matel, Hallin Burgan, Shane Pursch, and Jose Figueroa.
Mary Terhune was the leading runner for CGA, finishing sixth in the field of 57 runners. Also scoring for the Eagles were Annie Shea, Stephanie Ma, Jozie Gregg, and Chase Cortes.
Racing on Saturday will begin at 10:30 a.m. for the boys and 11:10 a.m. for the girls. Teams and individuals from the Culver and Logansport sectionals will be participating. The top five teams and 10 inidividuals from non-advancing teams will move on to the New Prairie Semi-State on Oct. 24.
The Culver Military tennis team will make its second straight trip to the state tournament after defeating Munster, 4-1, with two of matches going three sets. It is the first time that Culver has made back-to-back state tournament appearances since 1995-1996.
CMA’s Sam Concannon, Chris Bilicic, and Josh Thompkins swept the singles matches and Ean Anderson and Evan Dillon picked up another point at No. 2 doubles. William Bilicic and Brian Tao lost a tough match at No. 1 doubles.
The Eagles are now 17-2. Munster finished its season at 20-2, with both losses coming at the hands of CMA.
Culver will now face Jeffersonville in the state quarterfinals at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. The match will be played at Carmel High School.
It took coming from behind not once but twice, overtime, and six penalty kicks before Culver Girls Academy took a 5-4 win over Warsaw at the Plymouth Sectional. It was CGA’s first sectional crown since 2010 and the first title since the IHSAA went to the two class system.
With the score 3-1 after the first half, the Eagles reversed the order to force the game into overtime at 4-4. Kennedy Kubica and Jordan Blackburne each scored two goals. After neither team could punch through during the two seven-minute overtime halves, the game went to penalty kicks.
The first round finished tied with both CGA and Warsaw scoring on 4-of-5 PKs. On the sixth kick, CGA goalie Hannah Fisher gobbled up the Warsaw attempt. Natasha Wanless then put her shot in the back the of the net for the winner.
CGA will travel to Goshen High School to play Penn in the early game Wednesday. Game is set for 5 p.m.
The Culver Military soccer team capped off Saturday with a 3-2 victory over the host Warsaw Tigers. Like the girls, it was CMA’s first sectional title since 2010 and the first since the two class system went into effect.
Adrian Juraidini scored twice and Mauricio Bailleres once to lead the Eagles. Daniel Pumarejo drew a penalty inside the 18, setting up Juraidini’s second goal off the penalty kick. Goalie Michael Wright had four saves on the night.
CMA will go the South Bend Riley regional to play Elkhart Memorial on Thursday at 5 p.m. The game will be played at Jackson Field, which is located at Jackson Middle School