High school notebook: McCutcheon hires Sara Sutter as volleyball coach

High school notebook: McCutcheon hires Sara Sutter as volleyball coach


High school notebook: McCutcheon hires Sara Sutter as volleyball coach


As a sophomore at Schaumburg (Ill.) Christian School, Sara Sutter’s junior varsity coach told her she would make a good volleyball coach someday.

Her junior year, she was working at coaching clinics. On Wednesday night, the Tippecanoe School Corp. board approved Sutter as McCutcheon’s head coach.

“I really like their dedication, hard work and passion for volleyball,” said Sutter, who has familiarity with a portion of the returning roster through coaching at Lafayette Area Volleyball Academy.

Sutter takes over a McCutcheon team that graduates three players but had a sophomore-heavy roster in 2012 that included its top two leaders in kills and aces and its digs leader. She succeeds Travis Fuller, who resigned after one season to accept a spot on the Purdue women’s volleyball staff.

“I definitely know the talent all the way down to 10-year-olds that will be coming to McCutcheon,” Sutter said. “The program he started off was great.”

Sutter was a junior varsity coach at West Lafayette from 2010-12 and is the coach for Lafayette Area Volleyball Academy’s 18-1 team. She also previously coached junior varsity at Faith Christian in 2008-09.

As a libero at Northland International University in Wisconsin, Sutter was a two-time NCCAA All-American, earning first-team and Libero of the Year honors in 2008. She led Schaumburg Christian School to an Illinois Class AA state title in 2003.

Softball draw

The IHSAA state softball draw was announced Thursday morning, with tournament play beginning May 20.

Harrison hosts the Class 4A, Sectional 7 tournament and will open the bracket with a May 20 game against Marion. McCutcheon and Kokomo will follow in the other first-round game, with the two winners playing May 21. Lafayette Jeff will play Logansport in the semifinal.

The Class 3A, Sectional 20 tournament will be played at Twin Lakes. West Lafayette drew the bye in the seven-team field and plays the winner of Northwestern and Peru on May 22. Other first-round matchups include Benton Central vs. Maconaquah and Twin Lakes vs. Western.

Last year’s Class 2A final four participant Carroll hosts Class 2A, Sectional 38 and plays Sheridan on May 20. The winner will play the winner between Fountain Central and Clinton Central. Delphi and Seeger received byes and play in the May 21 semifinal.

Central Catholic advanced to the final four of the Class A tournament last season. The Knights play Sectional 54 host Clinton Prairie in the May 21 semifinals. Tri-Central and Frontier open the tournament and will be followed by Rossville vs. Faith Christian.

Hoosier track

If the seeds hold, West Lafayette’s boys and girls are expected to continue their long streaks of Hoosier Conference track meet dominance Friday night at the Salisbury Athletic Complex.

West Lafayette’s boys have won 17 straight conference championships. Top seeds Malachi Baker (pole vault), Evan Johnson (1,600 meters), Cooper Williams (3,200), Christian Gatmaitan (400), William Mbongo (300 hurdles), Michael Crawford (800) and Brandon Watt (400) lead the Red Devils, who are also seeded first in all three relays.

Baker’s season-best of 15 feet, 2 inches is nearly two feet higher than the conference meet record he set last season.

All three Red Devils girls relays are also seeded first as the program seeks its 14th straight title. West Lafayette senior Whitney Tudor is the top seed in the pole vault and the 100, and Michelle Bower (long jump), Bobbie Burgess (1,600), Susan Hubbard (400), Katie Bittner (300 hurdles) and Lauren Johnson (800) are also seeded first.

Purdue-bound Chelsie Meeks of Rensselaer owns the top seed in the discus at 154 feet, 6 inches. That’s more than 41 feet better than the next-highest seed and nearly 17 feet farther than her meet record from last season.

Benton Central’s Evonnie Payne is seeded first in both the high jump and the 100 hurdles.


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