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Even when the Columbus North boys soccer team is not playing at its best, the Bull Dogs show why they’re one of the top teams in the state.
This was the case when Class 2A No. 1 North held on to defeat Hamilton Southeastern Saturday afternoon at Richard Wigh Soccer Complex.
The 2-0 final score showed the competitiveness of the game. Both North goals came on free kicks in the second half.
“We don’t have any light games,” North coach Andy Glover said. “I’m very proud of how my team responded today. We work hard to focus on the things we can control, and attitude is a big part of that.”
The game was very aggressive with neither team able to control the tempo of play. Both squads did a good job of getting back on defense, and excellent play from both goalkeepers kept the game scoreless through the first half.
In the second half, neither team showed signs of slowing down.
“It was a competitive game, which we expected,” said senior Andre Abedian, who scored the first goal in the 45th minute following a yellow card on Royals senior Juan Monjaraz. “It was physical but we played our game. Every team wants to play their best game against us, and there are no easy games.”
The athleticism of the Bull Dogs (7-0) seemed to be matched only by the determination of the Royals (4-5-1) as the score remained 1-0 for nearly 25 minutes of play. The second goal came from senior Riley Belding in the 70th minute following a handball inside the box.
North outshot Southeastern 17-10. Matt Verplank recorded eight saves.
“They pressured us,” Belding said. “We did what we needed to do to win, but there’s always room for improvement.”
The Bull Dogs face rival Columbus East (6-1-3) on Monday. The anticipation of playing the Olympians is high for North.
“Monday will be fun,” Glover said. “There’s nothing more we can do to prepare. These guys just need to rest themselves and come ready to play.”
“We’ll go into the East match the same way we do each game,” Belding said. “We try to play at our best, keep a clean sheet, and win each half.”
Tigers blank Olympains
FISHERS — Columbus East ran into the state’s No. 10-ranked team in Class 2A Saturday and suffered a 6-0 loss at Fishers.
The Tigers outshot the Olympians (5-2-2) 8-4. JB Baxter recorded two saves.
Crusaders ease to victory
INDIANAPOLIS — Columbus Christian ripped Providence Cristo Rey 6-0 on Saturday as Ian Gray scored three goals.
Tori Robinson, Dalane Shaull and Nick Bridgewater all scored a goal while Jenny Decker, Evan Reed and Bridgewater picked up assists for the Crusaders (2-3-1). Reed had four saves in goal.
Jets edge Yellow Jackets
HOPE — Lee Hamilton netted two goals an assist Friday to lead Hauser to a 3-2 Mid-
Hoosier Conference win over Morristown.
Brandon Holt scored the other goal for the Jets. Aaron Sweet recorded two saves, and Pete Trotter added one save.
North boys win Eagle Classic
NASHVILLE — Mackenzie Caldwell set a North girls school record and Eagle Park course record, and the Bull Dog boys captured the big-school team title Saturday in Brown County’s Eagle Classic.
Second-ranked North won the boys race with 58 points to 69 for No. 3 Bloomington South, 101 for No. 12 Westfield and 144 for No. 22 North Central. Kaden Eaton and Andy Carr finished fourth and fifth for the Bull Dogs in 15 minutes, 31.70 seconds and 15:36.16, while Seth Williams was 15th (15:52.41), Chase Ballard 16th (15:52.96), Michael Keller 21st (16:05.11), Ben Rankin 47th (16:47.13) and Sam Ford 51st (16:51.00).
Seymour finished seventh with 225 points. Jack Tormoehlen took 31st in 16:19.75, while Daniel Hauersperger was 33rd (16:21.42) and Ian Hensen 40th (16:38.08).
Caldwell ran 17:40.10 to break her own school and course record by 5.4 seconds and lead the fifth-ranked North girls to a second-place finish. No. 1 Carmel won with 34 points to 50 for the Bull Dogs, 90 for Kentucky No. 3 Louisville Sacred Heart Academy and 132 for No. 10 Westfield.
North’s Sierra Lax finished fourth in 18:19.00. Rachel Brougher took 10th in 18:57.40, while Allison Coffey was 16th (19:12.53), Nina Bouthier 19th (19:17.21), Avrie Allen 34th (19:50.59) and Olivia Malone 44th (20:05.93).
Seymour finished 12th with 374 points. Madison Hays took 40th in 20:01.50, and Mariah Lewis was 59th in 20:31.12.
Brown County finished third, and Trinity Lutheran was 14th in the A-AA girls race. Alicia Frederick led the Eagles with a 14th-place finish in 20:33.67, while Rose Guingrich took 21st (20:45.53) and Elodie Belleflamme was 31st (21:19.25). Trinity’s Ally Posey finished 93rd in 24:45.81.
Brown County took seventh, and Trinity was 20th in the A-AA boys race. Eddie Ryan led the Eagles with a 23rd-place finish in 17:18.84, while Chris Norman took 26th (17:28.03) and Brock Updike 60th (18:16.55). The Eagles’ Luke Onken finished 59th in 18:16.10.
East boys finish 11th
INDIANAPOLIS — The East boys finished 11th, and the Olympian girls were 14th in Saturday’s Ben Davis Invitational.
Isaac Richardson led the boys with a 46th-place finish in 17:01. Paul Bean took 57th in 17:17, while Paul Baker was 60th (17:25), Jacob Bostic 67th (17:39) and Shaunak Desmukh 84th (18:31).
Kira Singer finished 58th in 20:51 to lead the girls. Rachel Foley took 75th in 21:00, while Morgan Ketron was 84th (21:16), Emma Mensendiek 100th (22:02) and Maddie Lyons 101st (22:03).
Panther boys take fifth
WHITELAND — Jennings County’s boys finished fifth, and the girls were sixth in Saturday’s Whiteland Invitational.
Jonah Woods led the boys with a second-place finish in 16:45. Ricky Hendrix took 14th in 17:36, while Kyle Lewis was 24th (17:38), Jacky Koenig 40th (aa18:22) and Wayne Komsi 45th (18:49).
Rachel Thomas finished 18th in 21:52 to lead the girls. Olivia Heaton took 24th in 22:14, while Jessica Bryant, Idalit Perez and Autumn Thomas were 33rd, 34th and 35th, all in 23:22.
North wins own invitational
No. 12 North swept Martinsville 5-0, Batesville 5-0 and Providence 4-1 Saturday to claim the North Invitational title.
Luke Red at No. 1 singles and Anthony Sanders and Jake Likens at No. 1 doubles went 3-0 for the Bull Dogs (10-0). Rahul Jha at No. 3 singles and Aditya Mantri and Mitchell Miller at No. 2 doubles went 2-0. Kevin Luo went 1-0 at No. 3 singles and 1-0 with Kamal Maharjan at No. 2 doubles, and Krishan Narsinghani went 2-1 at No. 2 singles.
“We thought going on that we were probably going to have good competition in some of the spots,” North coach Kendal Hammel said. “We were able to pull out some of the close matches, so I’m pleased with how we handled those. We played like we should be doing.”
East wins Shelbyville Invite
SHELBYVILLE — Alex Pegram pulled out a win in the final match of the day, the No. 3 singles championship battle, to vault East to the Shelbyville Invitational title Saturday. The Olympians finished with 32 points to 29 for Greensburg and 26 for Shelbyville.
Seth Meyer at No. 2 singles and Pegram each went 3-0 to win their respective positions. Alex Galle and Matt Furnish went 2-1 and finished second at No. 2 doubles, while Matt Fuehne at No. 1 singles and Sammy and Jo Jo Woolwine at No. 1 doubles each went 1-1 to tie for fifth.
“It was nice to see Seth play real well at 2, and Pegram hasn’t played a whole lot at 3, so that was a nice win for him,” East coach Jim Stone said.
Olympians blank Highlanders
FLOYDS KNOBS — Floyd Central outshot East 14-10, but the No. 16 Olympians claimed a 3-0 Hoosier Hills Conference victory.
Molly Connor, Sydney Newell scored first-half goals, and Rachel Amlung added a second-half score for East (8-0-1, 3-0). Amlung, Olivia Darnell and Brooklyn Taulman had assists.
Spencer Eudy played the first 70 minutes in goal and recorded nine saves in 70 minutes. Bryn Eudy had one save in the final 10 minutes.
North second in invitational
INDIANAPOLIS — Bloomington South edged No. 17 Columbus North 333-335 Saturday at Smock to win the Franklin Central Invitational.
Sydney Anderson finished fifth individually with an 80 to lead the Bull Dogs. Holly Anderson carded an 82, while Morgan Deis added an 85, Sam McQueen shot 88 and Lauren Backmeyer had a 111.
Olympians take fourth in HHC
SEYMOUR — Columbus East carded a 340 Saturday to finish fourth in the HHC Tournament at Shadowood.
Madison won the event with a 333. Floyd Central finished second at 346, followed by Bedford North Lawrence 358, East 370, Seymour 377, New Albany 377 and Jennings County 390.
Caroline Smith led the Olympians with an 89. Rebecca Smith carded a 93, Abby Frazier 94, Kaitlyn King 94, and Maggie Frazier had a 100.
Seymour’s Paxton DeHaven and Madison’s Amanda Detmer each shot 71 to tie for medalist honors. Also for the Owls, Hope Sutton carded a 91, Audrey Clark added a 102 and Brittany Trimnel and Brianna Axsom each shot 113.
Kassi Whitehead led the Panthers with a 91. Abbie Clark and Tori Whitehead each shot 98, while Ellen Patterson added a 103 and Monica Ertel had a 104.
Crusaders win a pair
Columbus Christian cruised to a 25-11, 25-23, 25-11 win Saturday at Providence Cristo Rey.
Hannah Lorimor led the Crusaders (6-2) with five kills and eight aces. Kaleigh Reed had seven digs.
Columbus Christian was coming off a 25-21, 25-16, 25-15 win over Martinsville Christian Friday. Macy Wingham recorded 15 kills and 16 digs, Sabrina Herron added 16 assists and Lorimor served seven aces.
Trinity goes 1-2 at Providence
CLARKSVILLE — Class A No. 7 Trinity Lutheran fell to 2A No. 1 Providence 25-11, 25-21 and Castle 25-11, 25-15 before knocking off Heritage Hills 25-14, 25-9 in the Providence Invitational.
Sydney Stuckwisch led the Cougars (8-7) with 11 kills and seven blocks. Whitney Rogers recorded 17 assists, Haley Carter had 23 digs and Haylee Barker served four aces.
Eagles steamroll Arrows
NASHVILLE — Brown County wasted little time Friday in rolling to a 25-3, 25-7, 25-7 Western Indiana Conference win over Sullivan.
Lizzie Jackson pounded 10 kills, and Bri Harper recorded 23 assists for the Eagles (10-3, 3-1). Alaina Glidden and Morgan Wray each had four blocks, Maddi Taylor added three digs and Cheyenne Ellis served six aces.
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