MERRILLVILLE — Columbus East put four gymnasts in the top nine of the all-around competition and came away with a victory in Saturday’s Merrillville Invitational.
The Olympians scored a 106.375 to win by a little more than a half-point. Merrillville finished second at 105.85.
Becca Bryan won the floor (9.4), finished second on the beam (8.625), tied for second on the vault (9.4) and took third on the bars (8.725) to finish second in the all-around (36.15). Adi Minor battled a cold to win the vault (9.6) and bars (9.55) and take third in the all-around (36.05).
Seena Greiwe finished fourth on the bars (8.625) and seventh in the all-around (34.025). Jaycie Jaggers was ninth in the all-around (33.25).
“It was a good performance,” East coach Nancy Kirshman said. “We had some falls on beam again. We came back in vaulting real well to end the meet. It wasn’t our best showing, but we weathered the storm, and we were excited to win.”
East takes 4th in HHC
FLOYDS KNOBS — Columbus East had better than 90 percent personal-bests in finishing fourth in the Hoosier Hills Conference.
Floyd Central edged Jeffersonville 285-281 to win the title. Seymour finished third with 164, while the Olympians scored 143 to slip past Bedford North Lawrence (139), New Albany (136) and Jennings County (131).
“This is a team that is swimming way above what any one of them would have guessed they could do this year, and as they have success, they have worked harder, leading to more success,” East coach David Fribley said. “The Seymour (dual) meet caused them to refocus. They have been swimming up to their abilities ever since.”
East’s Cordell Glass finished second in the diving competition (402.30), and Jake Smith took second in the 100-yard freestyle (50.57 seconds) and fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:53.82). Sam Lewis, Charlie Rix, Joe Krause and Smith teamed to finish second in the 200 freestyle relay (1:34.07) and third in the 400 freestyle relay (3:30.36).
Jennings’ Lane Sawyer won the diving (436.80). Trever Wilson took second in both the 200 individual medley (2:01.98) and 100 breaststroke (1:01.15).
Jon Montgomery led Seymour with a second-place finish in the 50 freestyle (22.91) and a third in the 100 freestyle (50.79).
Eagles claim conference title
NASHVILLE — Brown County clinched at least a tie for the Western Indiana Conference with a 56-45 win over South Vermillion.
Collin Hoskins led the Eagles (10-5, 5-0) with 25 points. Austin Kritzer added 11, and Matt Adams had 10.
Jennings comes up short
BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington South jumped out to a 47-31 halftime lead and went on to hand Jennings County a 76-56 loss.
Dan Leach led Jennings (8-8) with 17 points. Ethan Jarvis added 16 points and six assists, and Tyler Vogel had 11 points and seven rebounds.
Lancers rout Chargers
EDINBURGH — Edinburgh jumped out to a 17-3 lead after one quarter and rolled to a 67-24 win against Baptist Academy.
Matt Heagy led the Lancers (10-7) with 23 points. Kyle Pendleton added 14.
Cougars roll over Rams
SEYMOUR — Trinity Lutheran put up at least 20 points in each of the first three quarters in an 82-64 win against Paoli.
Daniel Horton led the Cougars (14-4) with 23 points. Luke Stuckwisch added 19, and Toby VanLiew had 18.
Cardinals edge Crusaders
Columbus Christian battled back from a double-digit first half deficit to take a 48-45 lead after three quarters, but Washington Catholic recovered for a 74-70 win.
“Our effort wasn’t there tonight,” Columbus Christian coach Kevin Roth said. “We didn’t play with any kind of urgency. I don’t know if it was from the hard-fought game we had (Friday) night with Horizon (Christian), but our guys took Washington Catholic a little lightly.”
Josh Miracle led the Crusaders (15-5) with 20 points. Nick Bridgewater scored 12, while Adriane Polley added 11 and Chris Noblitt had 10.
Royals ground Jets
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Hauser battled back from a 15-point first-quarter deficit to within four in the third and fourth quarters, but Eastern Hancock held on for a 48-33 Mid-Hoosier Conference win.
“My bench came in and played awesome and kept us in the game,” Hauser coach Brad Hamilton said. “We battled. The effort was there the whole game.”
The Jets (10-12, 4-4) lost their third starter in five weeks when Frances Shoaf suffered a concussion. Ellie Trotter scored 10 points to lead Hauser, which was victimized by 34 turnovers.
Eagles nip Wildcats
NASHVILLE — Brown County snapped a four-game losing streak with a 47-44 WIC win against South Vermillion.
Dakota Anderson led the Eagles (8-14, 3-3) with 15 points. Ryanne Smith added 12, and Ellie Pool had 11.
Braves down Cougars
TRAFALGAR — Indian Creek wrapped up a perfect season in the MHC with a 61-36 win against South Decatur.
Stacy Fox led the Cougars (5-13, 2-6) with 17 points. Megan Niese added 15.
Austin stops Seymour
SEYMOUR — Seymour saw its six-game winning streak come to an end with a 73-71 loss to Austin.
Emilee Pollmann led the Owls (17-5) with 29 points. Morgan Ritz added 14.
Trinity tops Crothersville
SEYMOUR — Trinity Lutheran had little trouble in a 56-40 win against Crothersville.
Maddie Roark led the Cougars (10-12) with 22 points. Hailley Peters and Sydney Stuckwisch each added 10.