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Winter sports firing up during November

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BOBBING ALONG: Maconaquah’s swim teams posted a combined 5-1 mark over the past week, the first action the team has seen this year. The girls’ team went 3-0 over the course of duals with Carroll, Manchester and Oak Hill with the boys beating the Cougars and Squires but falling to the Golden Eagles.
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PICKING UP: Peru picked up its first boys’ basketball win of the season Saturday over Knox, moving to 1-2 on the season in the process. The Tigers will enter TRC play on Saturday when the team travels to Northfield.
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STAYING WITH IT: North Miami, sitting at 5-2, has the same record through seven games as it did a year ago despite significant turnover since last year. The Warriors also won their first overtime game in over a decade during the month of November when the team beat Whitko last week.

BY TRENT SCOTT - tscott@perutribune.com

The final football game of the season involving Maconaquah had yet to kick off before winter sports came barging through the front door at the start of November.

Though the Braves could not extend their season against Mishawaka Marian, the sports calendar continued to roll on and the Peru Tribune takes a quick glance at the action that’s happened so far.

Team of the Month: North Miami Girls’ Basketball (5-2, 1-0 TRC)

Many questions floated around the Warriors coming into the season with several parts of last year’s 15-7 squad missing but the team has gotten off to a near-identical start to the season.

The three-headed attack of Hannah Hall, Maryann Freeman and Bailey Keim has been instrumental in each win, averaging nearly 41 points-per-game each night on the court, leading the team to wins over North White, Taylor, Lakeland Christian, Tri-Central and Whitko, the latter the first overtime win for the school in over a decade.

After facing Caston Tuesday, North Miami will go on a three-game TRC stretch with trips to Tippecanoe Valley and Peru followed by a visit from Rochester.

Boys’ Basketball

Maconaquah (1-0, 1-0 TRC) has not seen the court much to start the year after a schedule change saw its game with North Miami become the season opener.

The Braves will need to shake off any lingering rust as the team faces a highly-important TRC clash with Wabash Friday before traveling to defending 2A state champions Oak Hill Saturday.

Peru (1-2, 0-0 TRC) picked up its first win of the season Saturday by knocking off Knox, giving the team a split in weekend action after a loss to Kokomo the night before.

The Tigers will take on Plymouth Friday before hitting a four-game stretch of TRC games, starting with a trip to Northfield Saturday with games against Tippecanoe Valley, Southwood and North Miami on the docket before Christmas.

North Miami (1-2, 0-1 TRC) is off to a similar start to the previous season, winning its opening game, this time against Smith Academy, before dropping games against Southern Wells and Maconaquah.

The Warriors will hope to keep the trend going for one more game as the team faced Culver Tuesday before changing fortunes with three of the next four games at home.

Girls’ Basketball

Maconaquah (2-6, 1-3 TRC) picked up its first TRC road win since joining the conference at Rochester, moving to 2-2 at that time, the latest the team has been at least .500 since the 2007-08 season.

The Braves hit the roughest part of the schedule soon after with Tippecanoe Valley, Northfield and Northwestern in back-to-back-to-back outings and will begin a month-long road swing starting Thursday at Tri-Central with the next home game scheduled for January 8 against Pioneer.

Peru (3-5, 0-3 TRC) started the season 2-1 but dropped the following four games, three of which came in consecutive conference outings to Whitko, Northfield and Rochester, before picking up a win against Lewis Cass Monday.

The Tigers still have three TRC game before the Christmas break with two coming against the other Miami County teams with North Miami on the schedule next Monday and Maconaquah on December 22.

Wrestling

Maconaquah (5-2) started off the year with a strong win over Wabash in a match of two of the frontrunners for the TRC title while falling to Oak Hill, one of the stronger teams at the Peru Regional.

The Braves went 4-1 at the Mac Invite Saturday, narrowly being edged out by Lewis Cass while picking up wins over North Miami, Whitko, Tippecanoe Valley and Lapel with more conference matches against Northfield and Southwood still to come this month.

Peru (3-5) has started the season with mixed results in conference matches, defeating Whitko but falling to Manchester and being edged out by a point against Tippecanoe Valley.

A 2-3 showing at the Plymouth Invite, with wins over Fort Wane Bishop Dwenger and Munster, came over the weekend with a quad dual with Rochester, North Miami and Southwood scheduled for Wednesday, the Twin Lakes Invite next weekend and a dual with Wabash all before Christmas.

North Miami (1-4) split wins with Whitko in the past week, winning a dual at home before falling to the Wildcats at the Mac Invite.

The Warriors took several other losses at Maconaquah, including to the hosts, Lewis Cass and Tippecanoe Valley, though the team has several duals upcoming at the Peru Quad and Caston Invitational this week.

Swimming and Diving

Maconaquah (Girls 3-0, Boys 2-1) have only been going for the last week but have picked up two dual sweeps as both teams defeated Carroll and Manchester.

Oak Hill provided a big step up for both teams with the girls edging out the Golden Eagles 94-92 while the boys took their first setback 107-79. Conference swims against Tippecanoe Valley and Wabash are on the horizon before an important TRC square off at Rochester on Dec. 18.

Brave divers competed at Western with the boys finishing second overall. Divers will get in two more competitions before the Christmas break, first visiting Fishers this weekend before traveling to South Bend Washing the following week.