What could be the start of a four-year rivalry ended the 2019 high school tennis season for South Vermillion's Elizabeth Tindera on Friday afternoon at Park Tudor.
Tindera lost 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 to fellow freshman Sanjana Tallamraju of Munster in the quarterfinal round of the state singles finals.
Tallamraju, a nationally ranked player, improved to 25-1 for the season while Tindera's year ended with a 20-2 record, both losses in three sets.
Ellie Pittman, Indianapolis Cathedral, def. Anna Graves, Silver Creek, 6-0, 6-0; Ellie Myers, Evansville Memorial, def. Jordyn Pax, Plainfield, 6-1, 6-2; Halli Trinkle, Providence, def. Rose Pastoret, Valparaiso, 6-2, 6-1; Sanjana Tallamraju, Munster, def. Elizabeth Tindera, South Vermillion, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.
Today's semifinals, 10 a.m.
Pittman (24-0) vs. Myers (20-1); Trinkle (19-1) vs. Tallamraju (25-1)
Championship match 2 p.m.
Graves finished 19-5, Pax 24-2, Pastoret 26-3 and Tindera 20-2
• Roper earns All-America honors — At Austin, Texas, Indiana State's Cassaundra Roper joined teammate Erin Reese on the All-America rolls late Thursday night, placing 16th in the shot put finals with a mark of 16.17 meters (53 feet, 3/4 inch).
Roper is a second-team All-America; Reese finished second nationally in hammer throw earlier on Thursday.
“We have a great history of women throwers at the NCAA Championships,” coach Angela Martin said. “Coach [Brandan] Bettenhausen did a great job preparing Erin and Cassaundra for this meet and I couldn’t be more proud of all of them. Erin competed with grace after a rough start and had an incredible hammer performance. Both women moved up in the rankings and thanks to them we will add two more All-America awards to our wall.”
Reese became the school record holder in the hammer throw and is second in the NCAA, eighth in the U.S. and holds the 21st-best mark in the world right now. She and Roper are ISU's first women's All-Americans since Alethia Marrero and Katie Wise in 2015.
Roper finished her career with three Missouri Valley Conference shot put titles, an appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and three appearances at the NCAA East Region preliminary round. She was also named an MVC Scholar-Athlete twice and was a United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic honoree in 2018.
Reese will compete at 6:05 p.m. today in discus.
• Thorson prevails — At Putnamville,, Tanner Thorson won the feature race in wild U.S. Auto Club Indiana Midget Week racing at Lincoln Park Speedway on Thursday.
Five flips and four lead changes marked the third event of the week, with Thorson leading the final four laps to win the 30-lap main, recording his 13th USAC midget victory. Logan Seavey won the first race of the week and took second while Jerry Coons Jr. was third.
Kyle Larson finished 21st after being fast qualifier, winning the semi and challenging for the lead in the feature. Justin Grant took 14th after winning on Wednesday.
Racing continued Friday at Bloomington Speedway.
Fast qualifier — Kyle Larson.
Heat winners — Jason McDougal, Dave Darland, Thomas Meseraull, Jesse Colwell, Larrson (semi).
Feature — Tanner Thorson, Logan Seavey, Jerry Coons Jr., Kevin Thomas Jr., Chris Windom, Shane Golobic, Tyler Courtney, Colwell, Zach Daum, McDougal, Zeb Wise, Tucker Klaasmeyer, Holley Dolan, Justin Grant, Michael Pickens.