Even though Fall Leave is this weekend, three Culver teams – volleyball, football, and cross country – will be participating in their respective state tournaments.
The CGA volleyball team opened sectional play Thursday with a 3-0 victory over host John Glenn (25-22, 25-20, 25-18). The team will now face Mishawaka Marian in the first semifinal game at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Knights beat Jimtown 3-0 (25-10, 25-11, 25-13) in the second game Thursday. The CGA-Marian winner will face the winner of the South Bend St. Joseph-South Bend Washington match in the championship at 7 p.m. The Eagles are now 22-13 on the season.
Tonight, the CMA football team will travel to LaGrange to play the Lakeland Lakers in the opening round of the Class 3A Sectional. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. (EST).
The football team’s 20-0 victory over Bremen earned special recognition for head coach Andy Dorrel and his coaching staff. Dorrel was named the Coach of the Week for Region 2. The selection process is done by a panel of high school football media, former athletic directors, and other football representatives. Dorrel said the recognition was credit to the work done by the entire coaching staff in preparing for the Lions.
The Eagles finished the regular season 6-3. Lakeland is 4-4 after the Lakers’ final game was canceled because Fremont, a Class 1A school, did not have enough players due to injury, illness, and lack of depth.
On Saturday, the CMA cross country team and two members of the CGA contingent will be running in the New Prairie Semi-State, starting at 11 a.m. (EST) Saturday. CMA finished second in the regional to qualify for the semi-state. Zach Dunlap ’17 (Barrington Hills, Ill.) finished fifth overall in 16 minutes, 51 seconds for the 3.1-mile course. Callaway Bird ’18 (Sturgis, Mich.) finished 11th, Hallin Burgan ’17 (Mount Vernon, Ill.) 13th, Brian Krupp ’17 (Mishawaka, Ind.) 15th, Joe Chandler ’20 (Indianapolis) 37th, and Phillip Yang ’17 (Granger, Ind.) 48th out of the 89-man field.
CGA’s Mary Terhune ’17 (Novi. Mich.) and Marissa Rivera ’20 (Columbus, Ind.) qualified as individuals for the girls race. Terhune finished 18th overall and Rivera finished 19th out of 90 runners. The top 10 runners from non-advancing teams qualified for the semi-state. The top five teams also advance. CGA finished eighth.
The top 10 individuals from non-advancing teams and the first six qualifying teams from each of the four semi-states will advance to the state finals in Terre Haute on Oct. 29.