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BLOOMFIELD — The Hauser girls basketball team split a pair of games in Eastern Greene’s Toby Yoho Tournament Friday, falling to the host Thunderbirds 53-39 and beating Monrovia 53-35.

Leslie Sims led the Jets (6-5) with 12 points against Eastern Greene and 17 points against Monrovia. Ellie Trotter scored 10 points in the opener, while Abbey Ashbrook and Danielle Sneed each added seven against Monrovia.

“Monrovia went 6-foot, 6-foot, 6-2 across the front line, and we did a good job of shutting them down,” Hauser coach Brad Hamilton said.

Brown County also split its two games, downing Clay City 56-40 and falling to Paoli 51-44.

Whitney Williamson led the Eagles with 17 points and 13 rebounds against Clay City. That game was tied at 25 at the half.

“We started off sluggish in the first quarter,” Brown County coach Shane Billingsley said. “We were able to wake up and get our defense going in the second half and it provided us with some offensive opportunities. We create offensive chances from our defense. The girls came through and dominated the second half.”

The Eagles (6-3) led Paoli 35-33 in the third quarter, but couldn’t hang on.

“We didn’t come out and attack like we did earlier,” Billingsley said. “We struggled to get our rhythm going throughout the game, and our defense didn’t get anything going in the fourth.”

Hauser will play Forest Park at 11:15 a.m. at Eastern Greene Middle School, and Brown County plays Bloomington North at 1 p.m. today, also at the middle school. Following those games, both teams will play in a placement-round game.

Trinity Lutheran rolls

INDIANAPOLIS — Trinity Lutheran jumped out to a 25-0 lead and went on to roll to a 75-39 win over Indianapolis Lighthouse in the first round of the Indianapolis Manual Shootout.

Haley Couch led the Cougars (6-3) with 14 points. Allison Posey added 10.


Bull Dogs advance half dozen

CONNERSVILLE — Columbus North put up a strong showing on the first day of Connersville’s Spartan Classic, with six wrestlers still in contention to medal, and four in the quarterfinals.

Evan Speaker rolled to the 113 pound quarterfinal with two consecutive falls, the first in 33 seconds over Logan Albritton of Northeastern and the second in 43 seconds against Zach Roszell of Rushville.

Andrew Jones took control in his first two matches at 152 pounds, winning a 17-9 major decision over Deshawn Adams of Broad Ripple and by fall over Karl Hoffrogge of Milan.

Brandon Woods posted a 2-0 record with a fall over Trevor Owen of Northeastern in 1:18 and a fall over Camberon Deloney of Centerville in 2:38. Kenny King also went 2-0, winning by forfeit in the first round and pinning David Ryan of Western in 2:21.

Other Bull Dogs continuing action in the consolation round are Jessee Holt (132) and Luke Teague (182), who each went 3-1.

East wrestler cruises to semis

MISHAWAKA — Columbus East’s Dalton Noblitt has made his case all season to be the top wrestler in the 132-pound weight class.

Securing three pins, all inside the first minute of each match of the first day at the Al Smith Invitational will help the cause.

While Noblitt blasted through the first three rounds of the invite, the other 13 wrestlers for the Olympians weren’t as dominant, falling short of medal rounds.

In a tournament that brings 32 teams into the mix, East coach Chris Cooper said it was all about the luck of the draw.

“We had a rough day with some of our draws,” Cooper said. “In a 32-team tournament that only seeds eight wrestlers, you just don’t know what to expect.”

Noblitt started his dominating day with a 33-second fall over Ryan Price of Northwood, then secured a 44-second fall over Ryan Glasen of Munster in the second round and finally a 43-second fall over Daniel Olsen of South Bend Adams in the quarterfinals.

“(Noblitt) hasn’t wrestled beyond the first minute in each of his matches,” Cooper said. “He is starting to turn a corner and win the position battle against some tough guys.”

Noblitt will face undefeated Konnor Chafin from Jimtown in the semifinals.

“(Noblitt) is very confident looking forward,” Cooper said. “If he continues to wrestle like he has been, he should be able to make the finals.”

2 from Jennings still alive

MOORESVILLE — In order to get into a tight team race, Jennings County had to inch past the first few rounds.

Dropping eight matches in the quarterfinals didn’t help. The Panthers struggled to get close wins in the early rounds of the Mooresville Holiday Classic, and held a fourth-place standing after the first day.

Jennings coach Howard Jones said the team struggled to win tight matches.

“I’m wasn’t very pleased with the performance today,” Jones said. “We had close matches throughout the day, and we lost those close


The Panthers have two wrestlers in the semifinal round this morning. Clayton Capes went 2-0 Friday, securing a 40-second fall in the second round, and posting a nail-biting 11-10 decision

over Christian Purdie from Westfield.

“Capes did a great job for us today,” Jones said. “This is a stiffer tournament than last week, and Capes is pulling through for us.”

Colton Castetter also continues to plow through the competition at 220, securing a fall over Davonte Smith from Bloomington North in the second round, and shutting out Braxton Croley from Mooresville in a 5-0 decision.

The Panthers have 10 wrestlers remaining in the tournament, with all 10 guaranteed eighth place or better.

“Our technique is getting better,” Jones said. “This type of competition is going to make us better and prepare us for conference and sectional.”


Olympians finish in 3rd place

MOORESVILLE — Columbus East finished third in the Mooresvile Invitational. Franklin Central won the event with 541.5 points to 539.5 for Perry Meridian and 507 for the Olympians.

Isaac Walling led East with wins in the 200-yard individual medley (2 minutes, 7.20 seconds) and 500 freestyle (5:02.01). Jake Smith, Sam Lewis, Grant Huffman and Walling took the 400 freestyle relay in 3:35.14.

Huffman finished second in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.91) and third in the 200 freestyle (2:02.06). Also finishing second for the Olympians were Seth Frownfelter in the 50 freestyle (23.84), Smith in the 100 butterfly (1:01.57), Lewis in the 100 freestyle (54.63) and the 200 medley (1:57.11) and 200 freestyle (1:37.03) relay teams.

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