Olympians volleyball second at invitational

Staff Reports

CARMEL — The Columbus East volleyball team went 3-1 Saturday to finish second in the Carmel Invitational.

The Olympians beat Elkhart Memorial 25-15, 25-17; Westfield 25-23, 30-28 in pool play. Then in the championship pool, East beat Class 3A No. 6 Bellmont 25-13, 25-19 before falling just short in a 25-23, 14-25, 15-12 loss to 4A co-No. 7 Carmel.

Cortney VanLiew led the Olympians (22-11) with a combined 51 kills and 35 digs in the four matches. Kendal Williams recorded 96 assists, C.J. Clausen had six blocks and Bailey Western served six aces.

Western also pounded 34 kills and four blocks, and VanLiew had four blocks and five aces. Alaysha Pollert and Brooke Banister each notched 27 digs, and Seena Greiwe served four aces.

Eagles sweep North Putnam

NASHVILLE — Brown County had little trouble in rolling to a 25-16, 25-15, 25-9 win against North Putnam.

Madalyn Allen led the Eagles (11-12) with 15 assists, eight digs and six aces. Hallee Miller pounded 11 kills, Shea Keller and Mekenzie Dunnuck each had three blocks and Ryanne Smith added seven digs.


Lions edge Columbus Christian

INDIANAPOLIS — Columbus Christian wrapped up the regular season with a 2-1 loss to Bloomington Lighthouse at Horizon Christian.

The Crusaders (4-5) scored on an own-goal. Kyle Foster and Blake Barker had assists

Columbus Christian outshot the Lions 11-9. Evan Reed recorded nine saves.


Cougars run in regional meet

SHELBYVILLE — Five South Decatur runners saw their seasons come to an end after competing as individuals in the Shelbyville Regional.

Cole Bower finished 74th in the boys race in 18 minutes, 38 seconds for 5,000 meters (3.1 miles). Brandon Mallot took 80th in 18:57, while Dylan Cowins was 83rd in 19:05 and Charlie Hamilton 87th in 19:55.

In the girls race, South Decatur’s Sierra Kalli finished 63rd in 22:37.


Red Devils down Panthers

NORTH VERNON — Jennings County led 29-21 in the fourth quarter Friday, but Jeffersonville rallied with two late touchdowns to pull out a 35-29 Hoosier Hills Conference win.

After their first fourth-quarter score and the Red Devils snapped the ball over quarterback Cameron Northern’s head, but he picked it up and found a receiver in the end zone for the 2-point conversion to tie the game. Then, after the Panthers (0-9, 0-7) fumbled, Jeffersonville scored the winning touchdown.

Jennings finished with five turnovers.

“Turnovers killed us again,” Jennings coach Rick Zimmerman said. “The kids played well offensively. It was just heartbreaking how we lost at the end.”

Tucker Marsh caught three passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns for the Panthers. Blaich Blanton ran for the other touchdown and a 2-point conversion.

Brock Ernstes completed 9 of 13 passes for more than 200 yards. Jennings put up a season-high 330 yards of total offense.

South Decatur routs Rock Creek

SELLERSBURG — Damon Allen carried eight times for 235 yards and four touchdowns Friday to lead South Decatur to a 71-6 win at Rock Creek Academy.

Oakley Billingsley, Luke Eden, Brogan Howard and Adam Baugh also ran for scores, and Kordell Meadows threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Will Smiley for the Cougars (6-3). Billingsley, Brandon Farr and Eden scored 2-point conversions.

Devon Martin intercepted a pass, and Jacob Johnson, Charlie Frensemeier and Chase Willey recovered fumbles to lead the defense. Trent Nobbe recorded seven tackles.

Crimson Knights top Lancers

EDINBURGH — Edinburgh didn’t complete the regular-season the way it had hoped Friday night, losing at home to the Indianapolis Crimson Knights 41-6.

Six turnovers came back to haunt the Lancers (3-6), who trailed only 8-0 through one period.

“We’ve got to get over it, move on and get ready for sectional,” Edinburgh coach Derrick Ball said.

“I’m proud of the way this team fights. As a program we are getting better. But we just get in our own way too much. It’s disappointing when you don’t play to your potential. To an extent, really, we had a chance to be 5-4, but lost two close games.”

The Lancers’ lone score came on quarterback Jacob Atha’s 8-yard touchdown run.