Culver Military Academy’s 40-14 win over the Bremen Lions Friday proved to be a major milestone for football coach Andy Dorrel.
Dorrel, who is in his 20th season at the helm of the Eagles, passed Dave Nelson as the second winningest coach in CMA history. Friday’s victory gave Dorrel is 117th win against 99 losses. It was also the coach’s first eight-win regular season.
Nelson was 116-110 over his 24-year (1969-1992) career. Dorrel is now 21 games behind the legendary Russ Oliver. The Indiana Football Hall of Famer finished with a 138-80-4 record.
Dorrel also earned honorable mention honors from the Indianapolis Colts for the high school coach of the week award. He was named as the top coach in Region 2.
The 8-1 Eagles will be hosting the undefeated Northridge Raiders Friday in the first round of sectional play. Kick-off will be a half-hour earlier than normal at 7 p.m.
Tennis team reaches final four
The CMA tennis team reached the semifinal round of the state tournament in Indianapolis before dropping a 4-1 decision to Jasper Saturday morning. The Eagles finished the season at 21-3.
Ian Smith ’18 finished his career with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Dawson Hopf to pick up Culver’s lone point. Smith also won his quarterfinal match against Brayden Stultz of Terre Haute North, 6-4, 6-2, Friday afternoon.
The Eagles defeated North, 4-1, to move into the semifinal round. No. 2 singles Niko Warnholtz ’20, the No. 1 doubles team of Henry Bilicic ’19 and Jose Santiago Peraza ’18, and No. 2 doubles team of Peter Gallagher ’19 and Vincent Haung ’19 also secured points. Patrick Wilson ’18, who sealed Culver’s trip to Indianapolis with a three-set victory in the regional championship, lost.
This is the first time the Eagles have reached the final four since 2007 when they were state runners-up.
Cross country teams advance
Both the CMA and CGA cross country teams advanced to the semi-state with top five finishes in the Culver regional Saturday. Both teams will run at New Prairie this coming Saturday. The first race will begin at 11 a.m. EDT.
The top five teams and top 10 individuals not associated with an advancing team move on to the semi-state. Warsaw won both the boys and the girls races. CMA was second with 82 points, compared to Warsaw’s winning 32. CGA was fifth with 135 points, trailing Warsaw (55), Rochester (81), Maconaquah (99), and Western (106).
CMA’s Shane Pursch ’18 finished fourth individually, covering the five-kilometer course in 16 minutes, 59.2 seconds. Callaway Bird ’18 was ninth at 17:24.1. Also running were Tim Perea ’18, Pierce Ellert ’18, Joe Chandler ’20, Jacob Graham ’21, and Michael Perea ’19.
CGA senior Marissa Rivera finished fifth overall in 20:11.3. Also running were Erin Anderson ’19, Lily Gregorash ’19, Regina Herrero ’20, Ryan Knight ’20, Brennah Ungar ’18, and Laurel Sullivan ’19.
The top five runners count toward the team score. Eighty-eight boys and 87 girls ran in their respective races.
Wilson named all-state
Reese Wilson ’21 (Chicago) was named to the Indiana All-State Golf Team after finishing 10th individually at the state tournament. Wilson was the only freshman so honored.
Wilson paced the Eagles to a ninth place finish in the state finals. It was CGA’s first appearance at the state finals since 1999. Wilson shot a 79-76 over 36 holes at the Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel.
She joins Lauren Read ’16 and Caroline Haase ’03 as the only CGA golfers to receive all-state honors from the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association.