It was 2014 all over again for Cooper Williams, the Johnson sisters and the West Lafayette boys cross country team Saturday at the New Prairie Semistate.
Williams and Evan Johnson finished 1-2 to lead the defending state champion Red Devils to a 77-96 victory over Lake Central. Williams crossed the finish line in 15 minutes, 38 seconds, seven seconds faster than Evan Johnson.
Lauren and Kristen Johnson finished 1-2 for the second consecutive year, with Lauren’s 17:58.5 good for a nearly 28-second edge over her sister. The Red Devils girls, however, had to settle for a second-place finish to Lake Central, 55-114.
Twin Lakes freshman Maggie Gutwein and senior Madeline Lilly earned state finals berths by finishing fifth (18:57) and eighth (19:05), respectively. Benton Central sophomore Cara Hasser also earned a state berth by finishing 21st in 19:27.
Hours after winning a long five-set semifinal match against West Lafayette, Maconaquah captured the championship with a 25-16, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16 victory over Benton Central.
Ally Souligne was strong at the net for BC (20-13) with 11 kills and six blocks. Taylor McKinney had seven kills and 14 digs. Setters Morgan Christopher and Kelsey Minniear each had 10 assists.
Benton Central also needed five sets to reach to the championship match, defeating Western 22-25, 20-25, 25-18, 25-18, 15-13. Four Bison recorded double-doubles, led by McKinney’s 15 kills and 25 digs.
Both Bison setters had double-doubles. Christopher issued 21 assists and collected 15 digs while Minniear had 30 digs to go along with 21 assists. Maddie Tolen contributed 10 kills and 12 digs.
Souligne led the BC attack with 18 kills. Kayla Schluttenhofer had 10 kills while Betsy Marquie added nine kills and three blocks.
Brooke Ahrens completed a dominating day for Covington with 25 kills and 26 digs to lead the host Trojans to a 25-22, 20-25, 25-19, 25-11 victory over Carroll in the championship match.
Covington (31-4) travels to either Rochester or Southwood for a one-game regional at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Courtney Root and Corrissa Remter lent plenty of hitting support with 11 and nine kills, respectively. Remter also had four blocks, while Root served three aces. Macie Cooper had five blocks.
The Trojans swept rival Fountain Central 25-4, 25-12, 25-19 to reach the title match. Ahrens dominated with 22 kills on .543 hitting. She also served five aces and collected 18 digs.
Remter added six kills and four blocks. Maddie Bolser led the defense with 24 digs, and Madison Karrfalt issued 20 assists.
Carroll (28-6) doubled its previous school record for victories in a season by sweeping Seeger 25-14, 25-11, 25-14. Megan Herr put down 16 kills and completed a double-double with 10 digs to go with four block solos. Lauren Worl also had a double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs.
Libby Eller led the defense, collecting 23 digs. Grace Filburn and Elizabeth Eurit combined to hand out 34 assists.
South Newton Sectional
Pioneer captured the championship by sweeping South Newton 25-15, 25-14, 25-19. Logan Glassburn had 11 kills for the Rebels (20-14) in her final match. Mackenzi Marohl had 24 digs, and Payton Barrett issued 18 assists.
The host Rebels outlasted North White 26-24, 25-17, 15-25, 25-11 to reach the final behind a powerful hitting effort by Glassburn, who had 24 kills on .383 hitting. Kelsey Wiley added 12 kills on .357 hitting and 12 digs for South Newton.
Hannah Ball had 10 kills and three blocks for North White, which finishes 15-17. Maci Heimlich served up 13 assists and picked up 14 digs.