Olympian snags individual medalist honors, 2 others shoot in 70s to lead way

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NORTH VERNON — Derek Alexander fired an even-par 71 and won the first hole of a playoff for medalist honors to lead the Columbus East boys golfers to the Jennings County Invitational championship.

The Olympians finished with a 301 team total at St. Annes. Madison finished second with a 312, and Seymour was third with a 317.

Austin Proffitt carded a 72 for East. Thomas Ruch added a 77, Mark Mayhew shot 81 and Nathan Cesarski had a 90.

“What a thrill for Derek,” East coach Tom LaBarbera said. “Austin played great. Thomas was solid all day. For the three upperclassmen, it was just a great day. They’re doing a great job of leading, and it was huge for us to get Mark Mayhew to shoot an 81. It’s very exciting to see.”

Jennings’ A team finished fourth with a 327. Jake Simmons led the Panthers with a 76, while Ian Donnell carded a 79, Bailey Wilder added an 81, Garrett Day shot 91 and Austin Roscoe had a 99.

Jennings’ B team took ninth with a 379. John Kelley carded an 88, Hunter Sporleder added a 92, Justin Gasper shot 98, Bryce Kirchner had a 101 and Briar Davis finished with a 102.

North takes ninth

WARSAW — No. 15 Columbus North finished ninth in the Warsaw Invitational with a 336 at Stonehenge. No. 4 Carmel won with a 299, and No. 19 Homestead took second with a 302.

Spencer Fairbanks led the Bull Dogs with a 79, while Bryce Turner and Matt Vorndran each shot 85, Zac Schiavello added an 87 and Jared Imlay had a 92. Jake Hill, playing as an individual, carded a 96

North’s second team finished eighth in the Center Grove Trojan Classic with a 364 at Hickory Stick. No. 5 Center Grove won with a 284.

Drew Smith led the Bull Dogs with an 83.

Henry Kiel carded an 88, Cameron Ziegler added a 95, Jackson Swain shot 98 and Jonathan Ward had a 103.

Eagles finish third

BLOOMINGTON — Brown County finished third out of nine teams in the Edgewood Mustang Invitational at Cascades. Brownstown Central won with a 331 to 335 for Greencastle and 343 for the Eagles.

Aubrey Seaman finished second individually with a 78, and Parker VanNess tied for third with a 79. Gavin Brown added a 91, Jake Dixon shot 95 and Wes Weigel had a 107.


North wins twice

JEFFERSONVILLE — Columbus North pounded Indiana University recruit Gabe Bielman for nine runs and 11 hits in 21/3 innings on its way to a 12-0, six- inning rout at Class 4A No. 4 and previously unbeaten Jeffersonville.

Canaan Baum went 3 for 4, Nolan Wetherald went 2 for 2, Brice McDaniel went 2 for 3 with a double, Wade Rankin went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Tyler Finke had two RBIs. Collin Lollar added a double and two RBIs and allowed three hits while striking out 10 in five innings on the mound.

The Bull Dogs (7-3) came back with a 5-2 win against 4A No. 13 Terre Haute North. McDaniel went 2 for 2, and Finke went 2 for 4. Nathan VanDeventer picked up the win.

“We’re kind of rolling high off the (Louisville) Ballard win last Saturday, and we went into this week with the goal of going 4-0 and had a pretty good week,” North coach Ben McDaniel said.

Hauser falls twice

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Taylor scored on a walk-off single with two out in the seventh to hand Hauser its second loss of the day, a 2-1 decision.

Sam Meek allowed one run and struck out seven in five innings for the Jets (1-5).

In the opener, Hauser outhit Cincinnati Western Hills 9-5 but committed five errors in a 4-2 loss. Cameron Hartog went 3 for 3, and Sam Meek went 2 for 3. Jared Schoen threw a five-hitter.

Cougars upend Eagles

NASHVILLE — South Decatur scored five times in the top of the seventh to rally for a 7-4 win at Brown County.

The Eagles (2-4) outhit the Cougars 10-4, but committed six errors.


Bull Dog wins pole vault

INDIANAPOLIS — Columbus North’s Katrina May cleared 11 feet, 6 inches to win the pole vault in the Midwest Prep Invitational at Lawrence Central.

Nina Bouthier finished second in the 1,600 meters in 5 minutes, 25.37 seconds. Arig Tong was third in 5:26.62.

For the North boys, Mitchell Burton finished second in the 100 (11.21), and Chandler Steward took third in the 800 (2:00.53). Eil Fischer finished fourth in the 1,600 (4:29.31), Elijah Brooks was fourth in the 3,200 (9:57.55) and Harley Huser tied for fourth in the high jump (6-0).

Jennings County’s lone entrant, Justine Corya, finished eighth in the 200 (26.91) and 13th in the 100 (13.07).

Eagles sweep Challenge

TERRE HAUTE — Brown County’s boys and girls swept the Terre Haute North Patriot Challenge. The Eagle boys scored 152 points to 129½ for runner-up Terre Haute South, while the Brown County girls racked up 218 to 128 for Terre Haute South.

Within the Class 1A-3A boys division, the Eagles’ Collin Hoskins won the long jump (19-10¼), 110 hurdles (16.08) and 400 (51.98). Job Lawson took the 1,600 (4:54.85), Cole Chudy captured the 800 (2:02.50) and Brown County won the 4×800 (8:15.21) and 4×100 (47.46) relays.

For the girls, Vivien Crimmins won the 100 hurdles (16.99) and 300 hurdles (51.51), Kathleen McCann took the 100 (13.02) and 200 (26.55) and Corrissa Proctor captured the 1,600 (5:41.88) and 800 (2:34.18). Jalynn Stanford won the high jump (4-8), Elly Wertz set a school record in taking the long jump (16-8) and the Eagles swept the 4×800 (10:31.36), 4×100 (51.20) and 4×400 (4:25.83) relays.

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Bull Dogs go 2-1

JEFFERSONVILLE — Columbus North beat New Albany 4-1 and Jeffersonville 5-0 on Saturday to finish 2-1 in the Jeffersonville Invitational. The Bull Dogs lost to Castle 3-2 on Friday night.

Hannah Shoemaker and Shweta Sirinivasan went 3-0 at No. 2 doubles for North (8-2). Madelyn Sanders at No. 3 singles and Yijaing Zhao and Hannah Frey at No. 1 doubles each went 2-1.

Paige Littrell and Aubrey Smith, who lost their No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches against Castle, won both of their matches on Saturday, with Smith playing No. 1 singles and Littrell at No. 2 singles.

East takes fourth at invite

BROWNSBURG — Columbus East went 0-3 to finish fourth in the Brownsburg Invitational. The Olympians fell to Harrison (West Lafayette) 3-2, Brownsburg 5-0 and Western Boone 4-1.

East (1-5) was without No. 1 singles player Megna Chari because of illness. Adycin Rager moved up to No. 1 singles and won two of her three matches.

Esta Morrison and Madelyn Rhodes posted the Olympians’ only other win, going 1-2 at No. 2 doubles.

Lancers win Sullivan invite

SULLIVAN — Edinburgh won all three singles positions and finished second at both doubles spots to capture the Sullivan Invitational.

Vanessa Hoskins, Lillie Parmer and Allie Schooler all won two straight-set matches to take the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 singles titles. Emma Westerfeld and Meghan Collett at No. 1 doubles and Hannah Gosman and Sydney Schlotter at No. 2 doubles won their semifinal matches before falling in the finals.


Marauders sweep East

FORTVILLE — Mt. Vernon scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out a 9-8 win and complete a doubleheader sweep of Columbus East.

Pitcher Hayley Smalley went 3 for 4 with a home run for the Olympians (2-5). Abby Martin went 2 for 4 with a double.

The Marauders won the opener 9-1. Elyse Babb and Kaitlynn Dye each went 2 for 3 for East.

Panthers take second

WHITELAND — Bug Donnell threw a three-hitter, but Class 3A No. 3 New Palestine scored an unearned run to claim a 1-0 win in the championship game of the Whiteland Invitational.

The Panthers (5-2) advanced to the title game with a 6-2 win against Whiteland. Heather Feiles and Gabby Mahoney combined on a five-hitter. Kyndyl Olds went 3 for 4, and Sidney Gerkin had a two-out, three-run double to cap a six-run fourth inning.


North wins pair of contests

EVANSVILLE — Columbus North won twice, beating Evansville Reitz 10-3 and Evansville North 9-5.

Jacob Elliott, Ian Hussey and Wyatt Barkes all scored two goals, and Ishan Zulkifly, Dalton Carpenter, Sam Ellis and Jesse Holt all had one goal against Reitz. Ryan Wirth recorded two assists, and Davis Kessler, Wyatt Barkes and Wesley Barkes all had one. Anthony Valencia posted six saves, and Devin Stewart had three saves.

Hussey scored two goals, and Tyler Wang, Elliott, Kessler, Carpenter, Ellis, Holt and Wyatt Barkes all had one for the Bull Dogs (4-1) against Evansville North. Wang, Whitt Jerman, Ellis, Holt and Wyatt Barkes all had an assist. Ricky Rowing had nine saves.