Olympians win 8th straight

NEW ALBANY — The Class 3A No. 20 Columbus East boys soccer team rolled to its eighth consecutive win Saturday, a 6-1, Hoosier Hills Conference decision at New Albany.

The Olympians (10-2-2, 4-1-1) led 3-0 at halftime. The Bulldogs scored midway through second half to cut the lead to 3-1, but East added three more goals.

Dustin Rodgers had a hat trick for East, while Antony Espinoza added two goals and Andy Davidson had one. Justin Copas recorded two assists, while Rodgers and Eli Newell each had one.

The Olympians outshot New Albany 16-7, putting nine shots on goal to four for the Bulldogs. Zach Roberts posted three saves

Greencastle blanks Eagles

GREENCASTLE — Brown County couldn’t find the net in a 4-0 loss at Greencastle in Saturday’s Western Indiana Conference championship game.

The Eagles fell to 9-4-1.

Trinity takes third

SEYMOUR — Trinity Lutheran fell to Franklin County 2-1 before beating the Roncalli JV 6-3 on Saturday in the consolation game of its Cougar Cup.

Trent Shoemaker scored the goal against Franklin County. The Wildcats outshot the Cougars 28-11, with Andrew Emily posting 26 saves.

Shoemaker scored three goals; and Josiah Foster, Noah Criswell and Sam Hayes all had one against the Roncalli JV. Criswell and Sam Flint had assists. Trinity (5-7-3) outshot the Rebels 17-10, with Emily recording two saves and Shoemaker adding one.


Olympians split pair

GREENWOOD — Columbus East bounced back from an 8-1 loss to Class 3A No. 15 East Central with a 2-0 victory against Class A No. 12 Oldenburg Academy.

Sarah Park scored against East Central off an assist from Kamebry Wagner. The Trojans outshot the Olympians 16-4. Jenny Bastian posted four saves, and Erin McIntyre added two saves.

Wagner and Alana Dwenger scored against Oldenburg, both off assists from Maya Federle. East (8-5-2) outshot the Twisters 16-2, with Bastian not needing to make a save in picking up the shutout.

Sullivan topples Eagles

SULLIVAN — Sullivan built a 3-1 halftime lead Saturday and went on to hand Brown County a 5-1 loss in the WIC championship game.

Jasmine Imming scored the lone goal for the Eagles (5-9-1).

The Arrows outshot Brown County 11-6. Skylar Fleischman played the first 75 minutes in goal and posted one save, and Hannah Hummel had one save over the final five minutes.


Bull Dogs top Silver Creek

SELLERSBURG — No. 21 Columbus North snapped a four-match losing streak with a 5-0 win Saturday at Silver Creek.

Kevin Lin beat Jacob Bishop 7-5, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, Joey Zhao downed Jake Teegarden 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles and Akshaya Sabapathy topped Cooper Cundiff 6-0, 6-3 at No. 3 singles for the Bull Dogs (12-4).

North’s Isaac Jackson and Ben Mathew beat Nate Eckert and Jake Hawkins 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles. Chris Ruble and Adam Saad downed Sammy Padgett and Jackson Jacobi 6-1, 7-6 (2) at No. 2 doubles.

Jets win Hauser Classic

HOPE — Hauser beat Edinburgh 4-1 and Waldron 3-2 to capture the Hauser Classic championship.

Alex Gross and Jordan Johnson at No. 1 doubles and Jacob Rudd and Ethan Wallace at No. 2 doubles won both of their matches for the Jets (13-2). Justin Compton at No. 2 singles and Sean Miller at No. 3 singles prevailed against Edinburgh, and Sam Meek at No. 1 singles triumphed against Waldron.

The Lancers (3-13) beat Morristown 4-1 in the third-place match. Coltan Henderson won both of his No. 1 singles matches; while Ryan Gaston at No. 2 singles, Bladen Hancock at No. 3 singles and Gabe Wilson and Brayden McManaway at No. 2 doubles were victorious against Morristown.

Eagles fall twice

NASHVILLE — Brown County lost a 4-1 decision to Southwestern (Shelby) and a 3-2 decision to Corydon Central on Saturday.

Nolan Patterson and Noah Cochran each won two straight-set matches at No. 2 doubles for the Eagles (2-17). Aaron McCann won in straight sets at No. 2 singles against Corydon.

Olympians take eighth

MADISON — Columbus East fell to Madison 4-1 on Friday in the seventh-place match of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament.

Bryce Buening and Caige Comstock beat Dalton Owen and Garrett Robinson 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles for the Olympians (2-15).

East’s Jackson Stevens fell to Jeremy Huff 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, Luke Miller lost to Cooper Yancey 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 singles and Jalen Pleak fell to Haniah Kring 6-0, 6-4 at No. 3 singles. Nathan Hatchett and Aaron Hunter lost to Gabe True and Quinten Humes 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles.

Panthers finish fourth

NEW ALBANY — New Albany dropped only seven games in the five matches in handing Jennings County a 5-0 loss in Friday’s HHC third-place match.

Weston Miller fell to Logan Conrad at No. 1 singles, and Thomas Schuler lost to Nolan Keeler at No. 2 singles, both by 6-0, 6-0 scores. Wyatt St. John fell to Ethan Holder 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 singles for the Panthers (6-8).

Justin Gasper and Kent Biehle lost to Ryan Robinson and Thomas Ogden 6-4, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles. Cody St. John and Briar Davis fell to Cody Medley and Ben Stock 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles.


North girls take fourth

CULVER — The No. 21 Columbus North girls finished fourth in the Elite race of Saturday’s Culver Invitational. No. 12 Bloomington North won with 56 points to 89 for Milford (Ohio), 92 for Mason (Ohio) and 128 for the Bull Dogs.

Arig Tong led Columbus North with an ninth-place finish in 19 minutes, 50.5 seconds for 5,000 meters (3.1 miles). Olivia Morlok took 12th in 20:02.9, while Aric Tong was 25th (20:26.7), Kirsten Ballard 45th (21:13.2), Emma Smith 46th (21:13.5), Mackenzie Barnett 47th (21:16.1) and Ella Anderson 54th (21:27.5).

The Bull Dog boys finished ninth in the Elite race with 252 points. Naperville (Illinois) Neuqua Valley won with 49.

Charlie Allen led Columbus North with a 42nd-place finish in 17:09.2. Sam Horak took 44th in 17:11.7, while John Sluys was 54th (17:24.2), Drew Thompson 71st (17:37.7), Peyton Shelton 72nd (17:39.4), Collin Pruitt 98th (18:10.3) and Abel Spalding 99th (18:13.9).

Meanwhile, in the Closed Division races, the Brown County boys finished fourth with 173 points and the girls 11th with 336. West Lafayette won both races.

Wyatt Wyman finished third in 16:48.6 to lead the Eagle boys. Marino Dolph took seventh in 17:06.2, while Jackson McPheeters was 16th (17:33.8), Tim Kilburn 63rd (19:12.2) and Jordan Dolph 96th (19:55.5).

Emilia Koester led the Brown County girls with an eighth-place finish in 20:28.6. Anna Fleetwood took 25th in 21:30.1, while Emma DeBord was 79th (23:55.9), Maris Wyman 83rd (24:00.3) and Angel Meece 175th (28:54.6).

East girls place fourth

BEDFORD — Columbus East’s girls finished fourth Saturday in Bedford North Lawrence’s Ted Fox Invitational. No. 4 Noblesville edged No. 5 Floyd Central 36-37 for the title and were followed by Edgewood (77) and the Olympians (162).

Elizabeth Stevens led East with a 23rd-place finish in 21:18.1. Olivia Linnemann took 29th in 22:00.5, while Kristen Lyons was 32nd (22:15.8), Hannah Harris 37th (22:32.8) and Amanda Pottorff 41st (22:39.3).

The Olympian boys finished ninth with 261 points. Floyd Central won with 70.

East was led by an 18th-place finish from Garrett McGaha in 17:46.1. Michael Zieleniuk took 59th in 19:09.1, while Owen Rupp was 62nd (19:10.6), Nick Walter 67th (19:23.5) and Matthew Novreske 69th (19:30.2).

Hauser boys victorious

HOPE — David Seelye won the boys race in 17:41 on Saturday to lead Hauser’s boys to the title in their Heritage Days Classic. The Jets scored 28 points to 40 for Morristown.

Ryan Ault finished second in 18:55 for the Jets. Jordan Johnson took fourth in 19:32, while Brock Thalls was 10th (21:35) and Sam Robinson 15th (22:21).

Edinburgh’s lone runner, Isaiah Estes, finished 16th in 22:32.

Genesis United won the girls meet with 34 points to 48 for Hauser, 68 for West Washington and 69 for Edinburgh.

Tammy Essex led the Jets with a second-place finish in 23:34. Lauryn Starnes took fifth in 25:31, while Hae-Leigh Washburn was 13th (28:29), Leah Joyce 15th (28:33) and Kristin Keith 20th (31:36).

Emily Davis finished seventh in 25:54 to lead the Lancers. Mackenzie Adair took ninth in 26:14, while Lili Ervin was 17th (29:15), Haven Link 21st (35:48) and Kaylia Kelley 24th (40:35).

Panthers sweep classic

MADISON —Jennings County’s girls and 25th-ranked boys teams swept Madison’s Duke Meyer Classic on Saturday. The girls scored 35 points to 42 for Charlestown, and the boys scored 23 points to 57 for Austin.

Emma Morrison led the Panther girls with a second-place finish in 20:54.4. Ashley Heindel took fourth in 22:10.0, while Kaylee Ebinger was sixth (22:30.0), Liz Wahlman 11th (23:27.1) and Patricia Henney 12th (23:30.3).

Dalton Craig won the boys race in 16:44.2. Carter Leak finished second in 16:50.3, while Franklin Sanders was third (16:55.7), Alex Hendrix sixth (17:10.1) and Ryan Gasper 11th (17:50.2).


Olympians go 1-3

INDIANAPOLIS — Columbus East lost to Cathedral 25-11, 23-25, 15-9; Penn 25-17, 25-19 and New Albany 25-20, 18-25, 15-13 before knocking off Perry Meridian 25-13, 25-19 in the seventh-place game of the Cathedral Invitational.

Kendal Williams led the Olympians (7-16) with a combined 64 assists and five blocks in the three matches. Rilee Jessee pounded 28 kills, Emily Banister notched 45 digs and Keeleigh Kikendall served four aces.

Mack also added 27 kills and three aces. Regann Jessee had four blocks, Kikendall tallied 25 digs and Banister served three aces.

North wins 1 of 4

MUNCIE — Columbus North beat Muncie Central 25-20, 25-20 to open the Muncie Central Tournament, but then lost to Elkhart Memorial 25-21, 27-25; Wapahani 25-20, 25-12 and Mishawaka Marian 25-14, 25-17.

Agustina Fainguersch pounded 21 kills, Lily Meyercord recorded 52 assists, Lauryn James had eight blocks, Maddy Sebahar notched 45 digs and Emma Tynan served five aces to lead the Bull Dogs (12-11).

Katie McAninch and Emma Tynan each added 11 kills, and Meyercord and Gabby Genth each had five blocks. Meyercord tallied 22 digs and four aces, while Fainguersch contributed 20 digs and Sebahar served two aces.

Crusaders place third

GARY — Columbus Christian beat Heritage Hall in two sets, fell to Trinity Christian in three sets and beat Granger Christian in three sets to finish third in the Silver Division of Saturday’s Calumet Invitational.

Grace Lorimor, Hannah Stair, Mayah Schundelmeier and Kayla Jones all served several aces for the Crusaders (15-4). Erica Gregg had six kills in Granger Christian match.

Savannah Herron stepped in as the setter for her twin sister, Sabrina Herron, who sustained a midfoot injury in Thursday’s win against Madison Christian. She is expected to be out two-to-three weeks.

Trinity wins Cougar Cup

SEYMOUR — Trinity Lutheran beat Seymour 25-20, 25-22; Perry Central 25-13, 25-6 and Jennings County 25-10, 25-24 to win its Cougar Cup.

Abby Schult and Hannah Sabotin each pounded 14 kills to lead the Cougars (13-11). Ashley Goecker recorded 24 digs, and added Criswell 22 digs and six aces.

Jennings also fell to Seymour 25-17, 25-20.

Jets smash Waldron

WALDRON — Class A No. 5 Hauser remained unbeaten in the Mid-Hoosier Conference with a 25-8, 25-9, 25-9 on Friday at Waldron.

Sydney Schoen recorded nine kills, 11 digs and four aces, and Hannah Johnson pounded nine kills and three blocks for the Jets (22-3, 4-0). Alana Owen notched 30 assists, Sarah Tedder served four aces and Megan Swinford added eight digs.


Panthers 17th in regional

FRANKLIN — Jennings County saw its season come to an end with a 17th-place finish in the Roncall Regional.

The Panthers carded a 422 at The Legends. Zionsville won with a 303.

Allie Clark led Jennings with a 93. Sydney Campbell added a 104, Peyton Whitehead shot 105, Rachel Greene had a 120 and Destiny Joray finished with a 149.


Panthers fall on road

BEDFORD — Jennings County led 7-0 early Friday, but Bedford North Lawrence scored 50 consecutive points during the next three quarters and went on to post a 60-27 HHC win.

“We really struggled with their option and with their speed,” Jennings coach Rick Zimmerman said.

Jaylan Kirchner scored the first touchdown for the Panthers (2-4, 1-3) on a 2-yard run. Justin Rennemeier and James Colina ran for fourth-quarter scores and backup quarterback Lance Bailey hit Jared Corya with a touchdown pass after both teams’ JV players entered the game.

South Decatur struggles

INDIANAPOLIS — South Decatur scored a safety when Park Tudor was called for holding in the end zone, but the Panther defense did not allow a score in a 37-2 decision.

Devin Martin went over the 100-yard mark on the ground for the Cougars (2-4). South Decatur had a couple of other backs rush for more than 30 yards on limited carries.

“We had some really good contributions from a few different kids we hadn’t had production from,” South Decatur coach Tony Bell said.

Oldenburg tops Trinity

SEYMOUR — Trinity Lutheran took an early 7-0 lead Friday, but Oldenburg Academy recovered for a 33-20 win.

The first touchdown for the Cougars (0-5) came on a 17-yard pass from Tyler Goecker to Jack Marksberry. Bryce Lister scored on a 6-yard run in the third quarter, and Goecker threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Jake VonDielingen in the fourth quarter.

“They grow every week and this week they did,” Trinity coach Mike Wilson said. “They can’t be happy with steps though and have to finish. They worked really hard.”

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