Hauser Jets go higher

Staff Reports

EDINBURGH — The Hauser volleyball team won three matches Saturday to capture the Edinburgh Invitational.

The Class A No. 6 Jets beat Greenwood Christian Academy 29-27, 25-17; Trinity Lutheran 25-21, 25-17 in pool play before downing Liberty Christian 25-12, 25-20 in the championship match.

Brea Metz pounded 22 kills, Alana Owen recorded 60 assists, Tannyr Davis had nine blocks, Sarah Tedder notched 35 digs and Hailey Lange served five aces to lead the Jets (25-3)

Sydney Schoen added 15 kills and 27 digs, while

Davis pounded 14 kills. Metz had four blocks and two aces, Tedder tallied four assists, Madie Sherman contributed three assists, Owen notched 21 digs and Owen served two aces.

Edinburgh (16-13) beat Monrovia 25-15, 25-14 and lost to Liberty Christian 25-20, 25-20 in its pool before downing Greenwood Christian 25-18, 18-25, 15-12 in the third-place match.

Trinity fell to Greenwood Christian 25-18, 25-22 and Hauser in its pool before beating Monrovia 25-8, 25-16 for fifth place.

Olympians go 2-2

Columbus East went 2-2 against some top-flight competition to finish fourth in the East Invitational.

The Olympians fell to Lexington (Kentucky) Tates Creek 25-18, 26-24; lost to 3A No. 2 Providence 25-23, 25-21; beat Class A No. 1 Christian Academy of Indiana 25-13, 25-22 and lost to 4A No. 2 Avon 25-22, 25-20.

Cortney VanLiew led East (19-9) with 43 kills and 29 digs. Kendal Williams recorded 97 assists, C.J. Clausen had five blocks and Bailey Western served 10 aces.

Western also had 33 kills and three blocks. Alaysha Pollert notched 21 digs, Brooke Banister added 20 digs and Seena Greiwe served three aces.

North takes 7th

INDIANAPOLIS — Columbus North split its matches in the Conference Indiana Tournament to finish seventh in the standings.

The Bull Dogs began the day with a 22-25, 25-22, 17-25, 25-14, 15-12 loss to Bloomington North. Columbus North (15-13) bounced back with a 25-13, 26-24, 27-25 win against Southport in the seventh-place match.

Panthers drop 3

NEWBURGH — Jennings County fell to Castle 25-11, 25-10; Mt. Vernon 32-30, 25-17 and Bedford North Lawrence 25-12, 25-20 in the Castle Invitational.

Emma McPeek pounded 10 kills and one solo and five assist blocks, and Hanah Bertram had 26 digs and three aces to lead the Panthers. Carissa Kinney recorded 29 assists.

Carissa Kinney also notched six kills, one solo and three assist blocks and 21 digs. Mary Leahigh and Kayla Wilson each pounded six kills, Sydney Brown and Leahigh each had two assist blocks and Denza Simpson and Kayla Wilson each served one ace.


Panthers sweep sectional

HANOVER — Jennings County’s boys and girls both won the Southwestern (Hanover) Sectional. The Panther boys scored 37 points to 46 for Silver Creek, while the Jennings girls scored 42 for 56 for Silver Creek.

Alex Hendrix led the Panther boys with a third-place finish in 16 minutes, 33.2 seconds for 5,000 meters (3.1 miles). Franklin Sanders took fourth in 16:43.2, while Carter Leak was fifth (16:55.9), Wayne Komsi 10th (17:11.2) and Ryan Gasper 15th (17:25.8).

Ashley Heindel finished third in 21:01.5 to lead the Jennings girls. Emma Morrison took fourth in 21:12.4, while Nicole Richardson was eighth (22:08.8), Sydney Taylor 13th (23:04.8) and Patricia Henney 14th (23:17.8).

The Panthers move on to Saturday’s Brown County Regional.

5 Cougars advance

AURORA — Four boys and one girl from South Decatur advanced to the Shelbyville Regional as individuals by being among the top 10 on non-qualifying teams.

The Cougar boys finished seventh with 183 points, and the South Decatur girls were 10th with 237. East Central won the boys meet with 53, and Batesville captured the girls crown with 32.

Qualifying as individuals from the boys race were Cole Bower, who finished 30th in 18:19.3; Brandon Mallott (31st in 18:21.5), Dylan Cowins (36th in 18:33.7) and Charlie Hamilton (38th in 18:44.5). The girls qualifier was Sierra Kalli, who took 25th in 22:16.7.


Panthers fall in final

NORTH VERNON — Jennings County saw its season come to an end with a 3-0 loss to Batesville in the Jennings Sectional final.

The Bulldogs led 1-0 at halftime. They scored again midway through the second half and added their final goal in the 78th minute.

Batesville outshot the Panthers (8-9-2) 13-0. Mackenzie Byram recorded 10 saves.


Oldenburg tops Trinity

OSGOOD — Trinity Lutheran and Oldenburg Academy were tied 0-0 at halftime, but the Twisters scored four times in the second half to claim a 4-0 win in the finals of the Jac-Cen-Del Sectional.

Oldenburg outshot the Cougars 17-7. Jacob Keith posted six saves.


Lancers win on final play

EDINBURGH — Earlier this season, Edinburgh lost a football game on the last play of the game.

On Friday night, the Lancers were able to sample the other side of the emotional spectrum with a thrilling 28-26 victory against Wes-Del. On the game’s final play, junior Jake Atha tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to senior Zack Smiley in the back corner of the end zone for the deciding points.

Edinburgh (3-5) had stopped Wes-Del with about 1:50 remaining. The Lancers dropped a pass before the Atha-to-Smiley connection.

Other Edinburgh touchdowns came from Grant Godsey on a 2-yard run, an 82-yard kickoff return from Smiley and an Atha pass to Chris Burris.

The Lancers trailed 26-16 at the half.

“We had a real heartfelt talk at halftime, and our players responded really well,” Edinburgh coach Derrick Ball said. “Ever since that Milan game (a 72-0 loss in Week 6), we put it behind us real fast, and now we’ve won two games in a row.”

Cougars rout Twisters

GREENSBURG — Damon Allen, the state’s leading rusher, ran for 301 yards and three touchdowns Friday to lead South Decatur to a 51-8 win against Oldenburg Academy.

The Cougars (5-3) led 22-0 six minutes into the game and 28-0 after one quarter. It was 34-6 at halftime.

Devin Thomas scored on a 60-yard fumble return, and Brandon Farr recovered a fumble in the end zone for another touchdown. Devon Martin ran for a touchdown and caught a TD pass from Kordell Meadows.

Meadows also kicked a 37-yard field goal, and Farr and Allen combined on a safety. The South Decatur defense gave up only 110 yards.

“The defensive power that we were able to display was what we were hoping for,” South Decatur coach Tony Bell said.