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October 18, 2017

'BREATH' OF AIR
'BREATH' OF AIR
'BREATH' OF AIR Rochester's Zane Gilbreath leaves his feet to intercept Osceola Grace quarterback Zach Showalter's pass at the Zebra 5-yard line during RHS' 20-7 win Friday. The Zebras have four interceptions through two games, and Gilbreath has two of them. RHS travels to Peru at 7 p.m. Friday. 8-28-2017

Photo provided by Paula Beehler



RHS defense has radar set on Rader
Rochester

2-0, 0-0 Three Rivers Conference

at Peru

0-2, 0-0 7 p.m.

That the RHS football team is 2-0 after a winless 2016 season is encouraging enough. That the offense hasn't plumbed the depths of first year coach Brian Hooker's playbook might be more encouraging. Once the team grasps and executes more plays, especially in the passing game, then they will be only harder to defend.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017
Adley scores 4 goals in rout of Wabash
BOYS SOCCER

Rochester 10, Wabash 0

Trey Adley scored four goals, and Garrett Eytcheson, Will Thonn and Alex Andrianov scored twice each to lead the host Zebra boys soccer team past Wabash 10-0 at the Brent Blacketor Memorial Sports Complex Tuesday.

With Whitko canceling a game scheduled for Thursday due to not having a team, RHS had a week to prepare for this game. They focused on finishing drills and having good attitudes, not getting frustrated and team unity.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Melanson accounts for 65 total yards in Valley loss
Football

Culver Academy 33, Tippecanoe Valley 7 (Friday): Noah Miller threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Shepherd in the fourth quarter, but the host Vikings lost their home opener Friday.

Valley had 62 yards rushing with five different Valley players rushing for between 16 and 24 yards.

Wes Melanson accounted for 65 of Valley's 175 yards of total offense.

Culver Academy led 14-0 at halftime and stretched the lead to 33-0 after three quarters.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Pomares-Perego, Brown lead RHS to first Bremen Invite title since 2004
The Rochester boys tennis team won the Bremen Invitational Saturday for the first time since 2004. RHS went 2-1 on the day. They defeated Fremont 4-1 and North Judson 5-0 before losing to Bremen 3-2. Fremont and Bremen also went 2-1, but RHS was declared the champion based on most individual matches won.

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Monday, August 28, 2017
3 INTs, early running game spur Zebra win
FOOTBALL

From a winless season to their best start in 10 years, the Rochester football team has come a long way in two games.

Brady Perez ran for a pair of touchdowns, both on fourth-down plays and both on bootlegs, and also intercepted a pass on defense, and Justin Risten also ran for a touchdown as the Zebras beat Osceola Grace 20-7 in the home opener at Barnhart Field Friday.

RHS improved to 2-0. Osceola Grace, a non-IHSAA affiliated program associated with Grace Brethren Church, dropped to 1-1.

RHS is 2-0 for the first time since beating Peru and Plymouth to open the 2007 season. They also broke an eight-game home losing streak, winning at Barnhart for the first time since a 17-10 win over Tippecanoe Valley on Oct. 2, 2015.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017
RHS beats NorthWood in 5, stays unbeaten
VOLLEYBALL

The Rochester volleyball team fought back from a 2-1 deficit to win a 25-12, 25-27, 23-25, 25-18, 18-16 thriller to improve to 7-0 at the RHS gym Thursday.

Lily Cashen had a swing for the win from the outside at 14-12 in Game 5, but NorthWood's stuff block try wobbled diagonally over the net and landed in along the opposite sideline.

RHS thought they had the match won at 14-13, but a Kennedy Wiens kill kept the match alive. RHS thought NorthWood was guilty of a double-hit during the rally, but there was no call.

Cashen responded with a kill. Wiens had a kill. Pfeiffer went down the line to make it 16-15, but Wiens crushed a kill off the RHS block and out and it was 16-16.

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Friday, August 25, 2017
Zebras say Grace with first-time foe
Osceola Grace

1-0

at Rochester

1-0

The RHS defense recorded their first shutout after 25 games without one in an 8-0 win over Wabash last week.

They held Wabash to 48 yards rushing on just 1.5 yards per carry. Wabash employed a spread attack. Ideally, that forces the defense to spread the width of the field and gives the offense more room to run up the middle. The RHS defense spoiled Wabash's plans.

"Our defensive line did a nice job staying in their lanes, so to speak," RHS coach Brian Hooker said. "That set the tone for our linebackers to go to work."

That line consists of varsity veterans like Brendan Sutton, Tyler Walker and Wilson Daulton. One of the unsung linemen is Ian Miller. A senior, Miller is a tackle who didn't play as a sophomore or junior.

"Ian played a little bit as a freshman but did not play these last two years," Hooker said. "He's a strong kid. If you look at him, he's not real tall. He might be six-foot, but he's 255 the day we weighed him at the start of the year. He's a strong, stocky kid. And he's picking up football nuances every day. Until you get out there Friday night on the varsity level, sometimes you don't know what you get. Ian played well for a first, pressurized Friday night deal."

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Thursday, August 24, 2017
The day in RHS sports: Jennings scores OT game-winner vs. Wabash
GIRLS SOCCER

Rochester 2,

Wabash 1 (OT)

Jordan Jennings scored with 4:57 left in the second overtime period off a Sarah Schaller assist to give the Rochester girls soccer team a 2-1 win over Wabash at the Brent Blacketor Memorial Sports Complex Tuesday.

Adriann Shepherd also scored for the Lady Zs. Her goal with 21:39 left in the second half was the game-tying goal after RHS trailed 1-0 at halftime.

Siera Weathers made a slide tackle on a potential Wabash shooter who looked to have a point-blank look at a shot on RHS goalkeeper Emily Tyler with 30 seconds left in the overtime.

Typically, games that are even after the two 40-minute halves are declared a draw, but this game needed two seven-minute overtime periods to determine a winner due to it being a Three Rivers Conference game.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Shepherd, Melanson score TDs, but Valley drops opener to Bremen
Football

Bremen 41, Tippecanoe Valley 13 (Friday): Tanner Trippiedi threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Shepherd, and Wes Melanson had a 7-yard touchdown run, but the visiting Vikings lost to Bremen Friday.

Bremen led 14-13 at halftime before outscoring Valley 27-0 in the second half.

Nathan Mullen ran 16 times for 239 yards and four touchdowns, and Jacob Wunder added 85 yards rushing and a score on 11 carries for Bremen. Mullen also led the Lions in receiving yards with 40.

Alex Morrison led Valley with 56 yards on 13 carries. Melanson also had three receptions for 21 yards.

Valley has lost their last three meetings against Bremen and five of the last six. Valley hasn't beaten Bremen since a 21-7 win at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Aug. 25, 2012.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Wood lifts RHS to win
WABASH - Corbyn Wood loves football too much for some leg cramps to keep him out of the Rochester football team's game with Wabash Friday.

And there he was, just moments after needing help to get off the field, returning a punt 42 yards for a touchdown with 9:45 left in the game. Fullback Bryce Abbott willed the pile forward past the goal line for a 2-point conversion, and the Zebras beat the Apaches 8-0 to snap their 13-game losing streak.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Monday, August 21, 2017
8 is enough: Wood's punt return helps RHS end 13-game grid losing streak
FOOTBALL

WABASH -- Rochester's 13-game football nightmare is over.

Corbyn Wood shook off cramps that forced him from the game earlier to return a punt 42 yards for a touchdown with 9:45 left and give the Zebras an 8-0 win over Wabash Friday.

The win was RHS' first since a 17-10 win over Tippecanoe Valley on Oct. 2, 2015. They lost their last three games of that season and lost all 10 by an average margin of 38 points last season.

The win was also Brian Hooker's first in his first game as Zebra coach.

Ironically, moments before the RHS-Wabash game went final, North Miami polished off Maconaquah 16-6 in Denver to give coach Joe Grant his first win as a varsity coach. Grant coached RHS last year before resigning in June and taking the North Miami job.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Saturday, August 19, 2017
Despite knee pain, RHS' Adley scores twice in boys soccer win over Caston
BOYS SOCCER

RHS 4, Caston 1

FULTON - Rochester boys soccer player Trey Adley's knee hurts a lot. Out of the 160 minutes the team has played through two games this week, he's played in less than half of them.

But when he has been on the pitch, he's helped the Zebras to a 2-0 record.

Adley scored twice against Caston on Thursday to give RHS a 4-1 win. Skylar Razer scored on a rebound, and Alex Andrianov scored the only goal of the second half on a direct kick set piece assist from Will Thonn.

Bryan Hernandez scored the lone Caston goal with 34:27 left in the first half, but that was the only goal Dalton Heishman allowed in his first career start in goal.

RHS coach Trevor Brown was unimpressed with his team and added that Caston and coach Narciso Sanchez were more prepared.

"Honestly, the first 34 minutes, they were by far the better team," Brown said. "They outpossessed us. They had better opportunities. They were more cohesive. Tons and tons of credit to coach Sanchez. I'm always amazed at how much he maximizes his talent. Just a lot of respect for him. ... I don't know how much we deserved it, but we'll take it."

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Friday, August 18, 2017
Lily blooms: Lady Zs rely on frosh, Sailors to win 5-game epic
VOLLEYBALL

ROYAL CENTER - Lily Cashen is a 13-year-old freshman on the Rochester volleyball team. She had been waiting much of her life for her first match on the varsity.

And she might have a hard time topping what happened in that first match.

Cashen came up with the final two kills of the match to lead RHS to a 19-25, 25-15, 26-28, 25-21, 22-20 win over Pioneer in their season opener Wednesday.

It was a roiling, sweaty, intense yet friendly match - RHS coach Erin Cashen and Pioneer coach Rod Nies were spotted giving each other a high-five afterwards - that took nearly two hours to complete.

RHS had four game points in Game 3 but then came back to win Games 4 and even the match.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Thursday, August 17, 2017
RHS boys beat Delphi in opener
BOYS SOCCER

Trey Adley, Garrett Eytcheson and Skyler Razer each scored a goal to lead the Rochester boys soccer team to a season-opening 3-1 win over Delphi at the Brent Blacketor Memorial Sports Complex Tuesday.

Will Thonn and Kaleb Haimes added one assist each. Adley's goal came on a penalty kick.

Harrison Herrell was the victorious goalkeeper in his first career start in net.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Cripe wins MGA Five Tee tourney
Golf

MGA Five Tee Tournament results

at Round Barn Golf Club at Mill Creek Sunday

Final results

1. Larry Cripe - 65

2. Ken Hoff - 66

t-3. Dan Bailey - 67

t-3. Brad Good - 67

t-5. Tori Patterson - 68

t-5. Mark Martens - 68

Closest to hole

No. 3 - Jack Sawyer

No. 16 - Harry Stambaugh

Skins

No. 2 - Larry Cripe

No. 5 - Ken Hoff

No. 7 - John McLochlin

No. 8 - Brad Good

No. 11 - Dan Bailey

No. 15 - Mark Martens

No. 16 - Harry Stambaugh

Cider Cup Points

Larry Cripe - 65 net - 21 points

Ken Hoff - 66 - 20

Dan Bailey - 67 - 19

Brad Good - 67 - 19

Tori Patterson - 68 - 17

Mark Martens - 68 - 17

Tom Sawyer - 69 - 15

Bryan Holcomb - 69 - 15

Mike Bennett - 69 - 15

Dale Bradley - 69 - 15

Brian Simonson - 71 - 11

Chuck Evans - 72 - 10

Jim Clevenger - 73 - 9

John McLochlin - 73 - 9

Dan Quinlan - 74 - 7

Jack Sawyer - 75 - 6

Joe Dague - 75 - 6

Mark Wood - 76 - 4

John Leap - 77 - 3

Harry Stambaugh - 77 - 3

Jim Collins - 78 - 1

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Bickle leads RHS at Western Invite
The Rochester girls golf team shot a 468 and finished 17th out of 18 teams at the Western Invitational at Chippendale Golf Course in Kokomo Saturday. Renae Bickle shot a 107 to lead RHS. Marley Strasser added a 113, Ashleigh Navarro had a 116, and Ashlyn Foster had a 133.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Monday, August 14, 2017
Moriarty: 'We were in shape'
Football

Hired in January, Tippecanoe Valley football coach Stephen Moriarty stressed conditioning to his team during the offseason. That emphasis might have paid off during the team's scrimmage against visiting Warsaw Friday.

"I think our physicality," Moriarty said when asked what he liked from what he saw. "We were in shape. We had two goals going into two-a-days and throughout the summer: Nobody's going to outhit us, and we were going to be in the best shape no matter who we play. And I think we proved those things tonight."

Moriarty said he would give the defense a C-plus for its defensive discipline, saying there were a "couple breaks" but that those would be worked on in practice.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Saturday, August 12, 2017
Bickle leads with 56, but RHS falls in first trip to Stonehenge
GIRLS GOLF

WINONA LAKE - The Rochester girls golf team's match against Triton and Warsaw at Stonehenge Golf Club Thursday really wasn't about Triton or Warsaw, according to RHS coach Chad Thomas.

Rather, it was about Stonehenge. RHS will travel there again on Sept. 16 for the sectional. This was about getting accustomed to the course. RHS' runs' to the state finals in 2012 and 2013 started at Stonehenge. To Thomas, course familiarity is key.

Warsaw wound up winning with a 203. Triton had a 218, and RHS had a 245. The Lady Zs' score was 18 shots lower than their score on their home course at Round Barn Golf Club at Mill Creek against Wabash Wednesday.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Friday, August 11, 2017
Bickle shoots 57, but Wabash spoils Lady Zs' home opener
GIRLS GOLF

The Rochester girls golf team has had three different low scorers in their three matches. That hasn't added up to any wins yet.

Renae Bickle led RHS with a 57 in their home opener, but Wabash pulled out a 228-263 win on the front nine at Round Barn Golf Club at Mill Creek Wednesday.

Ashlyn Foster had a 66, Ashleigh Navarro had a 69, Maddie Henning had a 71, and Marley Strasser had a 77 for RHS, who fell to 0-2.

"She hit the ball much more consistently," RHS coach Chad Thomas said of Bickle. "She had some really good drives off the tee and put together one of her better rounds so far this year."

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Thursday, August 10, 2017
As Lady Z golfers go back to basics, Pioneer wins by 2 shots
GIRLS GOLF

STAR CITY - The Kinley Lingenfelter era of Rochester girls golf is over, and with that, coach Chad Thomas has a dilemma.

He doesn't know who his No. 1 player is.

Thomas acknowledged that might be something that changes from match to match after Pioneer beat the visiting Lady Zs 241-243 at Pond View Golf Course Tuesday.

With each team agreeing to play six on the varsity with the top two scores being dropped, Maddie Henning, RHS' No. 6 player, carded a 58 and was the low RHS player.

Henning's score forced Pioneer's No. 6, Brianna Schmaltz to come in with a 70 or better for the win. Schmaltz had a 69.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Bolser sisters staying at NM
Sisters Cailyn and Caily Bolser are still enrolled at North Miami High School and will play on the volleyball team this fall.

North Miami volleyball coach Karisa Kabage confirmed to The Sentinel that the Bolser sisters are still at North Miami. Clay Bolser, their father, resigned as the North Miami athletic director July 14 to take the same job at Rossville.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Reports: N. Miami's Bolser resigns, takes Rossville AD position
Multiple sources have reported that Clay Bolser has resigned as the athletic director at North Miami to take the athletic director job at Rossville. Bolser spent one year as the North Miami AD after four years as the North Miami boys basketball coach. The resignation comes a month after North Miami hired Joe Grant as the school's new football coach and Cliff Hawkins as the new boys basketball coach.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Monday, August 7, 2017
No Sawyer, no Towne, but RHS sets high goals
VOLLEYBALL

Anybody attending the Rochester volleyball scrimmage as part of RHS' second annual Fall Sports Night couldn't help but notice two things.

First, only team manager Evan Cashen served the ball. Second, Cashen serves the ball hard.

This shows coach Erin Cashen's priorities one week into practice and 12 days before the season opener against Pioneer. Serve-receive comes first.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Saturday, August 5, 2017
Rochester Youth Football sign-ups today
Rochester Youth Football sign-ups will continue from 4-9 p.m. today in the Rochester High School athletic hallway as part of Fall Sports Preview Night.

They will continue at the Riddle Elementary School football field from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday and from 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 12.

Sign-up deadline is Aug. 14. Sign-ups are for those in kindergarten through sixth grade.

RHS Fall Sports Preview

Rochester High School will hold its Fall Sports Preview Night for the public today. Team pictures will be held from 3:15-4 p.m.

Shepherd's Chevrolet Buick will hold a test drive in the RHS parking lot from 4-9 p.m. Tables featuring Youth Sports Information will also be on display in the athletic hallway during that time. The concession stand will be open.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Friday, August 4, 2017
Parseghian's optimism made him success
"Notre Dame will rise again. From these ashes will come the winning Notre Dame team."

Ara Parseghian said this. Actually, he said it twice.

He said it after the 1973 Orange Bowl. Parseghian was still the coach at Notre Dame, and the Irish had just lost to Nebraska 40-6. The next season, Notre Dame went undefeated and won the national championship.

He also said it after Notre Dame lost to Miami 58-7 in 1985. By this time, Parseghian was retired from coaching and working for CBS as a color commentator, and Miami squashed the Irish like a bug in Gerry Faust's final game as Notre Dame coach.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Thursday, August 3, 2017
New coach Allen wants IU to 'Love Each Other'
COLLEGE FOOTBALL

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Tom Allen is already putting his stamp on Indiana football.

The first-year coach has installed a new offense, instilled a different attitude and created a more player-friendly environment as practice begins this week.

Sure, the softer approach that might make some old-school coaches wince, but the Hoosiers have embraced Allen's style after watching it work wonders for the defense last season.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
RHS Fall Sports Preview Night Friday
Rochester High School will hold its Fall Sports Preview Night for the public Friday.

Team pictures will be held from 3:15-4 p.m.

Shepherd's Chevrolet Buick will hold a test drive in the RHS parking lot from 4-9 p.m. Tables featuring Youth Sports Information will also be on display in the athletic hallway during that time.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Luck works to ease doubts
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Andrew Luck tried to ease all doubts about his surgically-repaired right shoulder Saturday.

He'll have to return to the field to actually prove it - and nobody knows when that will be.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Monday, July 31, 2017
MLB plans Asian, England games for '19, '20
MLB

NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball plans to start the 2019 and 2020 seasons in Asia and play regular-season games in England in June of both years.

The collective bargaining agreement reached in November was finalized and sent to the clubs Friday, and it contains a schedule for international play through 2021 along with how much extra money each player will receive for making the trips.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Ledecky back on top at worlds
SWIMMING

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - On a night when Katie Ledecky returned to a more familiar spot - the top rung of the medal podium - the U.S. men's team began passing the torch to a new generation at the world championships.

Step aside, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. You've got a worthy successor in Chase Kalisz.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Friday, July 28, 2017


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