Staff Reports

NEW ALBANY — The Columbus East boys soccer team clinched at least a share of the Hoosier Hills Conference title Saturday with a 9-0 win at New Albany.

Andrew Thomasson netted three goals for the Olympians (8-4-1, 6-0). Dustin Rodgers scored two goals, while Eli Newell, Scott Hammond, Ian Pittman and Levi Copas all added one goals.

Jayvon Thomas and Sam Newell had two assists. Thomasson, Copas, Ramiro Nieto and Israel Reyna all added one.

East put 15 shots on goal to none for the Bulldogs.

Eagles blank Knights

BRAZIL — Brown County blanked Northview 5-0 to claim fifth place in the Western Indiana Conference.

Matt Redmond netted two goals for the Eagles (5-6-2), while Logan Fittz, Ben Rygiel, Michael Knox, Matt Redmond all scored one goal. Redmond, Landon Cambridge, Fittz and Jalan Armstrong had assists.

Brown County outshot the Knights 15-6, putting eight on goal to three for Northview. Noah Seidle recorded three saves.

Trinity splits pair

SEYMOUR — Trinity Lutheran bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Silver Creek in its Cougar Cup opener by downing Shoals 4-2.

Silver Creek outshot Trinity 16-13. Luke Onken recorded 10 saves.

AJ Goecker, Noah Criswell, Chris Rust and Cole Galyen netted goals for Trinity (5-7-2) against Shoals. Rust had two assists, and Bobby Tabeling added one.

Shoals outshot the Cougars 15-14. Andrew Emily posted 12 saves.


North girls take 2nd

CULVER — Fourth-ranked Columbus North girls put a scare into No. 1 Carmel, falling to the Greyhounds only 83-90 to finish second in a Culver Invitational Elite Girls meet that featured eight of the state’s top 11 teams and two Ohio powers.

Rachel Brougher led the Bull Dogs with a fourth-place finish in 18 minutes, 27 seconds for 5,000 meters (3.1 miles). Nina Bouthier took second in 19:01, while Sierra Lax was 13th (19:02), Arig Tong 30th (19:40), Allison Coffey 31st (19:40), Ensley Hammond 53rd (20:03) and Ana Singhal 74th (20:41).

No. 10 North finished eighth with 240 points in the Elite Boys meet, which featured five of the state’s top 12 teams and three out-of-state powers. Lyons Township from LaGrange, Illinois, won with 61.

Chandler Steward finished 29th in 16:44 to lead the Bull Dogs. Ben Rankin took 33rd in 16:46, while Justin Spoon was 49th (17:00), Chase McQueen 62nd (17:08), Elijah Brooks 67th (17:13), Eli Fischer 70th (17:15) and Braden Hammond 72nd (17:17).

Meanwhile, Brown County won the Boys Closed division with 115 points to 113 for runner-up South Adams. Cole Chudy led the Eagles with a second-place finish in 16:31, while Wyatt Wyman was 12th (17:52), Chris Norman 17th (18:06), Tanner Gray 40th (19:00) and Marino Dolph 44th (17:07).

Brown County finished seventh in the Girls Closed race with 187 points. Manchester won with 63. Corrissa Proctor took eighth in 21:24 to lead the Eagles, while Haley Abraham was 28th (22:47), Sam Frances 29th (22:48), Jalynn Stanford 53rd (23:46) and Molly Austin 69th (24:43).

East girls take 5th

BEDFORD — The Columbus East girls finished fifth in the Bedford North Lawrence Invitational with 191 points. No. 16 Noblesville won with 34.

Kira Singer led the Olympians with a 23rd-place finish in 21:15. Emma Mensendiek took 30th in 21:41, while Maddie Lyons was 48th (22:11), Morgan Ketron 50th (22:14) and Kristen Lyons 54th (22:25).

The East boys finished seventh with 255 points. No. 7 Avon won with 38.

Paul Bean finished 11th in 16:39 to lead the Olympians. Jonathan Clayton took 49th in 17:52, while Josh Sensanbaugher was 52nd (17:54), Michael Zieleniuk 76th (18:37) and Josh Wettschurack 85th (18:42).

Hauser boys 2nd

HOPE — Hauser’s boys finished second in their Hope Heritage Days Classic with 37 points. Waldron won with 29.

Owen Rush led the Jets with a second-place finish in 18:31. David Seelye took fourth in 18:46, while Austin Everroad was 10th (19:43), Josh Adams 12th (20:02) and Jordan Johnson 14th (20:15).

Edinburgh had three runners. Addison Lollar and Austin Burton finished 16th and 17th in 20:44 and 20:55, and Dalton Ford was 25th in 24:46.

In the girls meet, Edinburgh finished third with 65 points, and Hauser was fourth with 76. Lilia Perez led the Lancers with a 13th-place finish in 25:21, while Blythe Carman was 16th (26:03), Katelyn Bevins 17th (26:11), Emily Davis 18th (26:13) and Allie Schooler 27th (29:07).

Naomi Gollmer finished eighth in 24:28 to lead the Jets. Maleah Bates took 14th in 25:24, while Abbey Ashbrook was 21st (27:01), Kristin Keith 28th (31:37) and Jadalen Asher 29th (32:38).

Columbus Christian had three runners, led by Erica Gregg, who finished second in 21:43. Faith Bowman took 11th in 24:45, and Sarah Kendall was 20th in 26:31.

Panther boys take 3rd

NORTH VERNON — The Jennings County boys finished third, and the Panther girls took fifth in the Madison Invitational. Meade County (Kentucky) won both races.

Ricky Hendrix led the Jennings boys with a sixth-place finish in 16:43.0. Alex Hendrix took 11th in 16:56.5, while Franklin Sanders was 12th (16:56.6), Wayne Komsi 24th (17:25.6) and Isaiah Ertel 59th (18:36.0).

Olivia Heaton finished 19th in 22:09.5 to lead the girls. Emilee Greathouse took 25th in 22:23.2, while Autumn Thomas was 35th (23:01.0), Sydney Taylor 39th (23:06.7) and Helen Fields 76th (25:54.6).

BOYS Tennis

Bull Dogs sweep Dragons

Columbus North won all five matches in straight sets in a 5-0 shutout of Silver Creek.

Aditya Mantri beat Josh Newton 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 singles; Kevin Luo downed Noah Eckert 7-5, 6-0 at No. 2 singles and Anay Gangal topped Jacob Bishop 6-1, 7-5 at No. 3 singles for the Bull Dogs (10-6).

Nathan VanDeventer and Kevin Lin beat Nate Eckert and Jack Hawkins 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 doubles. Daniel Larken and Ammar Khaled downed Jake Teegarden and Sam Padgett 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.

Lancers, Jets split

HOPE — Edinburgh beat Morristown 5-0 in the semifinals before falling to Waldron 4-1 in the championship match of the Hauser Classic.

The host Jets had the same results against the same two opponents, first falling to Waldron 4-1 in the semifinals before downing Morristown 5-0 in the consolation match.

Jacob Johnson and Alex Gross won both of their matches at No. 2 doubles for the Jets (6-8). Will Rose at No. 1 singles, Avery Talent at No. 2 singles, Sam Meek at No. 3 singles and Luke Meier and Sam Miller at No. 1 doubles all went 1-1.

Stars down Eagles

NASHVILLE — Brown County won the No. 1 singles match, but Bedford North Lawrence took the other four in handing the Eagles a 4-1 loss.

Cash Myers beat Logan Treanor 6-0, 6-2 for Brown County (11-5). Hunter Ellis fell to Brandt Callahan 7-5, 6-4 at No. 2 singles; Cole Smith lost to Bryce Gilbert 7-6 (5), 6-1 at No. 3 singles; Jesse Williams and Zion Bunge fell to Ian Dillman and Jarod Deckard 7-5, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles and Austin Roush and Abe Oliver lost to Corbin Bushey and Pace Siedl 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.


East goes 2-2

INDIANAPOLIS — Class 4A No. 9 Columbus East went 2-2 at the Cathedral Invitational, beating New Castle 25-17, 25-18 and New Albany 25-18, 23-25, 15-7 before falling to 4A No. 1 Cathedral 25-13, 25-17 and 4A No. 5 Center Grove 25-21, 25-22.

Cortney VanLiew recorded 37 kills and 21 digs, and Kendal Williams had 100 assists and five aces to lead the Olympians (13-4). Kortney Thalls notched 10 blocks.

Bailey Western added 23 kills and three blocks, and Katie Mack had 16 kills and 17 digs. AJ Pollert recorded 18 digs, and Lauren Baugh served four aces.

Crusaders fall in 5

Columbus Christian rallied from a two-set deficit to tie the match, but Dugger Union won the fifth for a 26-24, 25-19, 8-25, 24-26, 15-12 victory.

Lauren Hunnicutt led the Crusaders (5-5) with 14 kills and three blocks. Madison Henderson recorded 27 assists, Hannah Stair notched six dig and Mayah Schundelmeier served six aces.

Hannah Lorimor added 13 kills and three aces, and Savannah Spurgeon pounded seven kills. Schundelmeier had four digs, and Henderson served three aces.

Panthers lose twice

NORTH VERNON — Jennings County lost to Terre Haute North 25-21, 25-11, 25-16 and East Central 25-12, 25-23, 25-21.

Katie Schneider pounded 12 kills, Carissa Kinney recorded 34 assists, Sydney Brown had five blocks, Rayann Mull notched 21 digs and Mary Leahigh served four aces to lead the Panthers.

Leahigh added nine kills, and Kinney had two assists and nine digs. Krystal Wilson also recorded nine digs.

Knights sweep Eagles

NASHVILLE — Brown County ran into one of the state’s top teams and fell to Class 3A No. 4 Northview 25-10, 25-16, 25-12.

Kiera Omberg led the Eagles (2-14) four kills and two aces. Madalyn Allen recorded four assists, Shea Keller had two blocks and Baelyn Koester notched 17 digs.

Trinity wins as invite host

SEYMOUR — Class A No. 10 Trinity Lutheran beat Crothersville 25-8, 25-13 and Shoals 25-17, 25-14 to win the Cougar Invitational.

Haylee Barker pounded 10 kills, and Taylor Reynolds and Hayley Carter each served three aces to lead Trinity. Hailley Peters added eight kills.


East falls twice

GREENWOOD — Columbus East fell to Class 2A No. 16 East Central 3-1 and 2A No. 14 Center Grove 1-0 in the Center Grove Tournament.

Karlee Dowd scoring the lone goal against East Central for the Olympians. Bryn Eudy recorded 11 saves.

Eudy stopped seven shots against Center Grove. Brooke Hamblen added four saves for East (6-4-5).

Eagles edge Knights

BRAZIL — Brown County used three goals from Kennedy Bruner and two from Maddy Fields to edge Northview 5-4 for seventh place in the WIC.

Bruner also had an assist for the Eagles. Bailee Robison recorded four saves, and Skyler Fleischman added two saves.

Cubs down Owls

FRANKLIN — Seymour managed nine shots but only one goal in a 5-1 loss at Franklin.

Marie Lenart scored for the Owls (4-7-3). Rachell Collett recorded 10 saves.

GIRLS golf

Panthers end season

INDIANAPOLIS — Jennings County’s Kassi Whitehead carded a 95, and Peyton Whitehead had a 105 while competing as individuals in the Roncalli Regional at Smock.

Cailyn Henderson of team champion Westfield won medalist honors with a 70. The final individual qualifiers to Friday and Saturday’s state finals state shot 76.

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Ted Schultz is sports editor for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5628.