Titles have been won, records have been set, and new ground has been broken as Culver teams and individuals begin to wrap up the winter seasons.
The CMA basketball team will be playing in the Class 3A Regional at Kankakee Valley High School this Saturday after winning the Jimtown Sectional over the weekend. CMA marched through sectional play, defeating host Jimtown, 59-28, in its first game and South Bend St. Joseph, 60-35, in the championship.
In the process, the Eagles have set a new regular season record of 19-2 and total wins for the season (to date) of 21. Guard Ignas Masiulionis ’17 (Vilnius, Lithuania) also broke the 1,000-point mark for a career during the Jimtown game. He now has 1,018 over his three-year career.
This is the second sectional title in the school’s history. CMA won its first sectional crown in 2011.
CMA will play Twin Lakes (22-3) in the second regional game at Kankakee Valley. Game time is set for 1 p.m. (EST). The first game will be West Lafayette (16-9) against Griffith (23-3), starting at 11 a.m.. The championship game will be played at 8 p.m. Kankakee Valley is located at 3923 Indiana 10, Wheatfield, Ind.
Hockey teams vying for titles
Two CMA hockey teams will be playing for state titles in South Bend on Saturday. Varsity B will be playing Bishop Noll in the Class A championship at 11 a.m. and Varsity A will face Fort Wayne Carroll in the 4A title game at 6:30 p.m. All the games will be played at the Ice Box, 1421 S. Walnut St., South Bend, Ind.
Varsity B advanced through pool play with wins over Lake Central (5-0), Summit City (2-1), and Brebreuf (3-0). Varsity A advanced through pool play with wins over Zionsville (4-3), Penn (6-0), Bloomington (6-5 in an 8-man shootout).
Swimming records fall
Swimmer Forrest Baumgartner ’18 (Plymouth, Ind.) broke his own records in the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly during his state tournament run. In the 200 IM, Baumgartner set the record at 1 minute, 59.79 seconds at the Warsaw Sectional. He also swam 53.44 in the butterfly. He won both events at the sectional, which qualified him for the state swim meet in Indianapolis.
That is where Baumgartner again broke his school butterfly record, swimming a 52.97 in the preliminaries.
CMA finished second behind the host Tigers at the Warsaw sectional, as did CGA. No CGA swimmers advanced out of Warsaw to the state swim meet but divers Georgia Cleveland and Isabelle Ahlenius finished one-two to advance to the diving regional.
Bryant on the podium
Fourth-classman Manzona Bryant (Columbus, Ohio) finished sixth at 132 pounds in his first trip to the state wrestling tournament. Bryant, who won the sectional and regional championships on his way to state, finished the season with a 35-4 record.
Bryant advanced through the tough East Chicago semi-state. Five other wrestlers advanced to East Chicago: Robert White (113), Adam Davis (126), Dante Dalmaso (145), Michael Boland (160) and Alex Aliev (220). Along with Bryant, Davis was a regional champion.
Four other wrestlers qualified for the Rochester regional: Aaron Brooke (138), Jacob Trefren (152), Will Kearney (170) and Ryan Tompos (182). All the wrestlers came through the Plymouth sectional, where CMA finished as team runner-up. White, Davis and Bryant were sectional championships.
Culver hosting wrestling tournament
The CMA wrestling team will be hosting the Indiana vs. Illinois All Star Classic Duals at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 12, in Fleet Gym. The all-star match will feature the top two senior wrestlers from Indiana facing off against the top two seniors from Illinois. Many of these wrestlers will be wrestling for major collegiate programs next season. The event is open to the public with introduction of the wrestlers and the National Anthem starting at 12:45 p.m.
Fencers at the Junior Olympics
Ten members of the Culver Academies fencing team participated in the Junior Olympics in Kansas City in February. Bea Verrechia and Rebecca Sun were in women’s foil, Kat Hone and Ana Ryskin in women’s saber, Jack Yan in men’s saber, Daniel Hergan, Nestor Novachenko, Jack Rice and Troy Shen in men’s foil, and Ben Burns in men’s epee. The team was also treated to some genuine Kansas City barbeque since Sun’s family lives in Kansas City.
Heading to the D2/Y14 North American Cup in Cleveland, Ohio this weekend are Verrechia, Ryskin, Home, Hergan, Novachenko, and Jaime Mendoza in men’s saber. Novachenko will be fencing in the Y14 grouping while the others will be vying for a top eight finish in D2.
Hoover advances to Junior Olympics
It took nearly two months for him to finally find out, but first-classman Alex Hoover (Plymouth, Ind.) has qualified for the Junior Olympics in the precision air rifle competition. Hoover finished second at the Fort Wayne regional competition on Jan. 7, shooting well enough to beat the 2016 cutoff mark, but he had to wait until all the other competitions across the country were completed to find out if his score would stand. The official word was received on March 6.
The winners of the regional competitions automatically qualify for the Junior Olympics, but others have to wait until all the regionals are completed across the country to see if they have beaten the standard.
Hoover becomes the first Junior Olympian for the Culver Academies Rifle Club since its rejuvenation last year. Using a rifle he had only shot twice before, Hoover took 60 shots from the standing position, scoring at 553.
The 2017 National Junior Olympics competition will take place at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., from April 7-13.
Jump team in Zones
The Culver Jump Team took first at the regionals, allowing all the team members to advance to the zone competition on Saturday, March 25, at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.
First and second place individuals and the top two teams advance. Culver’s individual reserve champions were Cecilia Dauer and Julia Harrist. Alexa Donsbach and Madeline Rahe placed third in their classes.
Champion team point contributors included Ashley Dillard, Amanda Kurteff, Julia Harrist, Samantha Leach, Elanna Reavill-O’Tool, Wyatt Armstrong, Alexa Donsbach, and Jordan Parker.