Republic sports roundup

BOYS BASKETball

East edges Artesians

MARTINSVILLE — Columbus East rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit Saturday night to pull out a 40-37 win at Martinsville and snap a three-game losing streak.

The Olympians fought back to tie the game at 27-27 after three quarters. The took the lead in the fourth and held on when the Artesians air balled a last-second 3-point attempt.

“We played really hard,” East coach Brent Chitty said. “I thought we played good defense (Friday) night, and we played good defense tonight.”

The Olympians (3-7) were coming off a 52-42 loss Friday at Perry Meridian.

“(Friday) night, we had opportunities, and the shots just didn’t fall,” Chitty said. “Tonight, we had opportunities, and they fell. Our shot selection tonight was phenomenal.”

Daniel Murphy led East with 12 points. Jacob Pierce added nine, and Ben Kuhlman had eight.

Crusaders avenge loss

Columbus Christian overcame a three-point halftime decficit to post a 66-48 Southern Roads Conference win against Cannelton, avenging a loss from earlier in the season.

Gabe Ridder scored 21 points to lead all five starters in double figures for the Crusaders (6-16, 2-2). Garrett Spurgeon scored 13 points, while C.J. Reed added 12 and Josh Jones and Jacob Conrad each had 10.

Jones also grabbed 11 rebounds for Columbus Christian, which committed only three turnovers in the second half, when they outscored the Bulldogs 48-27.

GIRLS BASKETball

Crusaders rout Bulldogs

Columbus Christian jumped out to a 35-13 halftime lead, then shut out Cannelton in the third quarter on its way to a 54-23 victory.

Kayla Jones led the Crusaders (14-4) with 21 points, nine rebounds and six steals. Ellie Ridder scored 10 points, and Kaitlyn Conrad added eight points and eight rebounds.

Eagles win WIC East

NASHVILLE — Brown County put four players in double figures in a 62-47 win against Indian Creek in a battle for the Western Indiana Conference East Division title.

Abby Fleetwood led the Eagles (13-2, 4-0) with 15 points. Anna Fleetwood scored 13, while Gracie Matlock added 11 and Aubrey Hollander had 10.

WRESTING

Panthers win invitational

CLARKSVILLE — Jennings County won Providence’s Fall City Classic, scoring 168 points to 138 for runner-up Southwestern (Hanover) and 88 ½ for third-place New Albany.

Joey Moran (138 pounds), Rusty Vaughn (160), Zane Ortlieb (182), Logan Askew (195) and Max Brown (220) all went 4-0 to win their respective weight classes. Sam Bennett (170) went 3-1 to finish second; while Nate Doty (138), Gavin Bateman (152), Teagan Trogger (160), Gage Gasper (182) and Ashton Newcomb (285) all went 3-1 to take third.

Bull Dogs finish fifth

NEW PALESTINE — Columbus North finished fifth in the New Palestine Invitational with 90 points. Mt. Vernon won with 303.5.

Hector De Dios (160) and Nick Holt (170) each finished third in their weight classes to lead the Bull Dogs. Carlos Rodriguez (132) took fourth, and Zeppelin Mouser (106) and Adam Behling (220) each were fifth.

Eagles go 2-3

NASHVILLE —

Brown County went 2-3 in its own invitational. The Eagles beat Victory College Prep 54-12 before falling to Jasper 72-9, Whiteland 51-24 and Seymour 46-32 and edging Western Boone 37-36.

David Tucker (145) and Sam Allen (285) each went 5-0 to lead Brown County. Evan Bradshaw (195) went 4-1, and Aiden Vaught (152), Hunter Funkhouser (182) and Levi Mullins (220) all went 3-2.

SWIMMING

North diver is runner-up

BLOOMINGTON — Columbus North put three boys divers in the top seven, and Columbus East’s Cloe McDonald finished fourth for the girls in the Bloomington North Diving Invitational.

The Bull Dogs Kyan Jiles finished second with 330.00 for 11 dives. Cole Wheeler took sixth (302.20), and DeShawn Austin was seventh (208.90).

The Olympians’ Marc Mathis did five dives and was in 12th place after those five dives with 95.70.

On the girls side, East’s Cloie McDonald finished fourth (308.95), and North’s Grace Lemley was eighth (238.50). The Olympians’ Ally Piatkowski did five dives and was in 10th place after those five dives with 106.45.

Panther girls take fifth

JEFFERONSVILLE — Jennings County’s girls finished fifth and the Panther boys took sixth in the Jeffersonville Invitational. Evansville North and Jeffersonville took the boys and girls team titles.

Reagan Brown finished second in both the 200-yard individual medley (2 minutes, 29.22 seconds) and the 100 breaststroke (1:13.78) to lead the Jennings girls. Noah McFall took fourth in the 200 freestyle (2:07.48), and Rylan Campbell was sixth in the 100 butterfly (1:30.36) to lead the Panther boys.