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The Columbus East volleyball team won four matches in straight sets Saturday to capture its own invitational.
The Class 4A No. 4 Olympians downed West Lafayette Harrison 25-8, 25-12; Franklin 25-15, 25-18 and 4A No. 6 Shelbyville 25-19, 25-14 in pool play. East then beat 4A No. 3 Avon 25-21, 25-22 in the championship match.
“This is a huge breakthrough for us to play well all day,” East coach Faith Wilder-Newland said. “Shelbyville was undefeated, and Franklin was playing well and Avon had beaten us at Muncie Central, so to avenge that loss was big. This was a big day for us heading into the tournament.”
Sara Bean recorded 31 kills and five blocks, Micayla Speidel added 28 kills and six block assists and Carly Robertson and Erin Mack each added 18 kills for the Olympians (26-2). Faith Myers tallied 95 assists, five blocks and seven aces; Tayler Chandler had eight block assists and Mack served nine aces. Courtney Ping notched 45 digs, while Alexa Husmann-Miller added 24 and Becca Garrison had 21.
East was coming off a 20-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-20 win Thursday at Roncalli.
Edinburgh downs Trinity for title
EDINBURGH — With Abbi Bryant crushing 45 kills on the day, Edinburgh won its invitational with an 18-25, 25-22, 15-13 victory in the championship match over Trinity Lutheran.
The Lancers also beat Liberty Christian 25-17, 25-21 and Sheridan 25-21, 25-19.
Jennifer Stinson had 30 kills on the day for Edinburgh while Maile Cox added 74 assists.
Trinity Lutheran was led by Sarah Stuckwisch, who had 15 kills in the title match, and Mallory Barker, who had 12 kills.
The Cougars earlier beat Monrovia 25-10, 25-9 and Hauser, 25-23, 25-14. Stuckwisch had 16 kills against Monrovia and seven against Hauser. Barker had 14 kills against Hauser.
After Hauser lost to Trinity Lutheran, it beat Monrovia 25-17, 25-15 and Liberty Christian 25-15, 25-22.
Lauren Gross had 26 kills on the day for Hauser while Haley Webster had 12 kills. Ellie Trotter had 14 assists and 21 digs. Gross had nine blocks and Jordan McDaniel had six blocks. Paige Miller had 33 assists and seven aces. Jordan Cain had two aces while Danielle Giles had 18 digs.
Hauser hosts Pack The Gym Night on Tuesday beginning at 5 p.m. with the freshman game against Waldron.
Charger boys take third in MHC
EDINBURGH — The South Decatur boys finished third, and the Hauser girls took seventh in the Mid-Hoosier Conference meet at Hoosier Horse Park.
The Hauser boys and Edinburgh and South Decatur girls had incomplete teams. The Lancers did not have any boys runners.
Cameron Agnew led the Charger boys with an eighth-place finish in 18 minutes, 38 seconds. Sam Studler was 17th in 19:24.
Hauser’s Andrew Paetzel finished seventh in 17:45. Dalton McKinney took 10th in 18:43, and Josh Adams was 26th in 19:59.
Hannah Shoaf led the Hauser girls with an 11th-place finish in 22:46. Sarah Anderson and Kelsie Mires took 39th and 40th in 28:25 and 28:27.
South Decatur’s Ashley Hamilton finished fourth in 21:28. Edinburgh’s Litia Perez was 38th in 28:00.
Trinity tops Illinois school
SEYMOUR — Trinity Lutheran scored six touchdowns from the arm of quarterback Jacob Stout on its way to a 39-15 rout of St. Francis De Sales from Chicago.
Stout threw touchdown passes to five different Cougar receivers, with Dustin Nichols catching two.
“We didn’t do a thing different than we did against Tindley,” Trinity coach Anthony Levy said about the game’s contrast with his team’s last outing. “It’s football IQ. Confidence goes up, the game slows down, we start running the actual offense. The kids wanted it for our three seniors. There was a lot of internal motivation for the win.”
The teams exchanged possessions through the first quarter, when neither team was able to penetrate the other’s defense for a score. On the first play of the second quarter, with the Cougars facing third-and-16 from their own 24, Stout threw a pass to Joseph Vincent, who was double-covered but somehow was able to grab the pass then outrun the St. Francis defense 76 yards into the end zone.
“Sometimes if they’re not really open, I try to put it where only they can get it,” Stout said.
Stout delivered his breakout passing performance in the second quarter with three more quick scores to Jonathan Rollins, Jacob Harless and Dustin Nichols to build a 26-0 lead. Just before halftime, St. Francis scored on an 81-yard pass.
The Trinity offense is pass-oriented, but Stout didn’t expect to be able to put up nearly 400 yards against a strong St. Francis team.
“In practice and a lot of games we throw a lot,” Stout said. “I expected to throw a lot, but didn’t know how good it was going to be.”
The Cougars played much more ordinary in the third quarter, and neither team scored until there was less than a minute remaining. Stout connected with Nichols for a 60-yard catch and run to enter the fourth quarter with a comfortable 33-7 lead.
Stout led his team to their final touchdown of the afternoon, capped by a 13 yard toss to Blake Thomas. St. Francis was finally able to complete a strong drive late, helped by three straight Eric Matthews completions for nearly 70 yards in the two-minute drill, then capped the drive with a short scoring run by Trevoir Washington.
Levy is working with one of the premier programs in the state to develop this brand-new Trinity Lutheran football program.
“We work very close with Cathedral,” Levy said. “This defense is theirs.”
The defense worked this game, as it held Washington, St. Francis’ speedy tailback, to 102 yards. The Cougars also held Matthews to four completions and an interception.
After holding St. Francis three times in the red zone to force field goal attempts, the defense blocked two of the three and allowed none of the field goals to succeed.
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