SHELBYVILLE — The Columbus East boys swimmers were in third place for most of Saturday’s Shelbyville Relays, but had a chance to claim the title with a win in the final race.
The host Golden Bears won that last event, the 400-yard freestyle relay to hold on for the team victory with 96 points. The Olympians finished second in the final race to take second overall with 90.
“It’s been a few years since I’ve seen swimmers so truly excited about what they did and almost did,” East boys coach David Fribley said.
The Olympians won two events. Griff McGaha, Bryce Eckelman, Evan Wieneke and Austin Smith took the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1 minute, 40.55 seconds; and Ryan Singer, Bryce Gibson and Zack Statler captured the 150 breaststroke relay in 1:43.61.
East’s girls finished third with 80 points. Pendleton Heights won with 132 to 88 for Batesville.
The Olympians were without top swimmer Cortney VanLiew, who is in New York for the Wendy’s High School Heisman ceremony and activities. East got a win from Taylor Smith, Lizzy Frazier and Annie Frazier in the 150 backstroke relay (1:34.56).
Olympians go 3-2
INDIANAPOLIS — Columbus East went 3-2 to finish third in Saturday’s Perry Meridian Invitational.
The 10th-ranked Olympians beat Greenfield-Central 37-27 and the Warren Central junior varsity 64-9, lost to Roncalli 34-27, beat Oldham County (Kentucky) 51-21 and lost to No. 4 Perry Meridian 47-17. East had to forfeit the 182-pound class because of an injury to Lane Goode.
Cayden Rooks (120), Graham Rooks (126), Dawson Combest (132) and Jake Schoenegge (138) all went 5-0 for the Olympians. Corban Pollitt (145), Hunter Dickmeyer (160/170) and Austin Scheckles (220) all went 4-1, while Andy Davidson (152) and Austin Wilson (160/170) went 3-2.
Crusaders win again
INDIANAPOLIS — Columbus Christian shot 69.8 percent (30 of 43) from the field Saturday in an 87-64 win at Christel House Academy.
The Crusaders outrebounded the Golden Eagles 39-29 and forced 18 turnovers in improving to 10-0.
Logan Roth led Columbus Christian with 22 points. Blake Barker added 17, and Lain Isley had 15.
Panthers rout Lions
NORTH VERNON — Travis Wilson scored a career-high 25 points and had eight rebounds Saturday to lead Jennings County to a 77-54 win against Rock Creek Academy.
Tyler Vogel added 12 points for the Panthers (2-1). Bret Sawyer had 10 points and eight rebounds, and Nick AmRhein also scored 10 points.
Lancers notch first win
One night after giving up 19 3-pointers, Edinburgh hit 13 of its own Saturday in picking up its first win of the season, a 77-70 Mid-Hoosier Conference victory at North Decatur.
Coltan Henderson hit seven of those 3s on his way to a career-high 28 points. Justin Foskuhl added 13 points, and Cameron Moore had 11 for the Lancers (1-5, 1-1).
Edinburgh was coming off a 91-46 loss at Triton Central on Friday. Addison Lollar led the Lancers with 11 points.
Trinity prevails in OT
SHELBYVILLE — Trinity Lutheran notched its first win of the season Friday, a 58-55 overtime decision at Southwestern (Shelby).
Jacob Rowe and Colton Wischmeier each scored 13 points to lead the Cougars (1-3). Chad Stuckwisch added 11 points, and Sam Marksberry had 10.
Bulldogs topple Panthers
NEW ALBANY — Jennings County was within five points going to the fourth quarter Saturday, but New Albany pulled away for a 64-50 Hoosier Hills Conference win.
Eliza Gasper and Macy Roth each scored 10 points to lead the Panthers (2-7, 0-3).
Indians down Lancers
MILAN — Edinburgh made only 16 of 31 free throws Saturday in a 43-39 loss at Milan.
Allie Schooler led the Lancers (4-7) with 18 points.
South Decatur falls
GREENSBURG — South Decatur outscored Borden in the first and fourth quarters Saturday, but were outscored by a combined 14 points over the middle two periods in a 57-49 loss.
Stacy Fox led the Cougars (1-11) with 19 points. Taylor Best added 16.
Trinity tops Orleans
SEYMOUR — Abby Hackman posted game-highs of 17 points and 15 rebounds to lead Trinity Lutheran to a 49-41 win against Orleans on Saturday.
Morgan Gabbard added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Cougars (3-7). Savannah Harewger had 10 points.