Local sports briefs – March 27


Ritz wins at relays


If this past weekend served as any indication of what’s to come, Brownstown Central High School’s Colton Ritz has a big spring ahead of him.

Ritz won the pole vault in the small school division of the Hoosier State Relays at Indiana University’s Gladstein Fieldhouse on Saturday.

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The senior cleared 14-feet, 3-inches — matching his school record vault set in the outdoor season in 2017 — for first place.

Ritz edge Tri-County’s Owen Getz for the championship. Getz also cleared 14-3, on a second try, but Ritz made it on his first attempt.

This year’s competition was divided into two groups: small school (Class A, 2A and 3A in football) and big schools (4A, 5A, 6A in football).

Athletes with the top 24 performances from the indoor season qualified for the finals, except in the pole vault and high jump, where the top 18 in each class qualified.

Brownstown senior Lendon Underwood, and sophomore Derek Thompson, both qualified for the relays but did not compete.

Local schools compete at nationals


Immanuel Lutheran, Lutheran Central and St. John’s Sauers competed in the Lutheran Basketball Association of America’s National Tournament at Valparaiso University this past weekend.

Immanuel’s girls split games on Friday before picking up two wins on Saturday against Immanuel Lutheran (Macomb, Michigan) and St. Paul Lutheran (Napoleon, Ohio). In the consolation semifinals, on Sunday, the Warriors fell by one point to Concordia Lutheran (San Antonio, Texas).

Warriors eighth-grader Grace Schrader made the LBAA National All-Tournament National Team for her play.

St. John’s Sauers’ girls lost in the opening round game on Friday before topping Royal Redeemer (North Royalton, Ohio) on Saturday. In its second game on Saturday, the Raiders fell to Zion Lutheran (Saint Charles, Missouri).

Following a first-round loss on Friday, Lutheran Central’s girls bested Trinity Klein Lutheran (Klein, Texas) on Saturday. In game No. 2 on Saturday, the Saints fell to St. Paul Lutheran.

Immanuel’s boys opened with a win against St. Marcus Lutheran (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) before falling to Zion Lutheran (Marengo, Illinois) on Friday. In consolation play on Saturday, the Warriors fell to Our Redeemer Lutheran (Delavan, Wisconsin).

Hoosiers advance to semifinals


Indiana University’s women’s basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament by defeating UC Davis 81-66 on Sunday at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

The Hoosiers (21-4) led 23-15 at the end of the first quarter before building a 47-27 lead at the break.

Up 62-49 going into the fourth quarter, the Hoosiers were able to hold on for the win.

IU, coached by Seymour native Teri Moren, has won 13 of its past 15 games and will host TCU on Wednesday at 7 p.m. On the other side of the bracket Virginia Tech will face West Virginia.

Wednesday’s game marks the Hoosiers’ third time in the WNIT Final Four. In 1991, in a field of eight teams, they reached the championship game. They also made the Final Four in 1998 (16 teams). There are currently 64 teams in the WNIT tourney.

The WNIT championship game is set for 3 p.m. on Saturday, with location to be determined.

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