Local Sports Report – September 8-9
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
Connersville 27, South Dearborn 18 – Eagle Country 99.3 Feature Game – South Dearborn wide receiver Ethan Getz was great with four catches for 40 yards and two touchdowns. Connersville running back Dalton Dubois rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns, while catching a 66-yard pass for a third TD – plus he kicked extra points.
Lawrenceburg 21, Greensburg 17
East Central 41, Franklin County 36 – East Central tailback Logan Storie amassed 222 yards on 25 rushes and got into the end zone three times. Mitchell Orschell led Franklin County with 30 rushed for 183 yards and three touchdowns, plus 104 kick return yards.
Batesville 55, Rushville 28 – Batesville quarterback Trey Heidlage was the man with 379 yards on 21/26 passing for 5 touchdowns and an interception. He also ran 13 times for 72 yards and a score. Bulldog wideout Austin Siefert caught 7 balls for 211 yards and 3 TDs. Christian Prickel had 9 catches for 80 yards and 2 touchdowns. Defensively, Adam Bedel led with 7 tackles and a sack.
Milan 42, South Decatur 0
Switzerland County 44, Edinburgh 6
Indianapolis Lutheran 64, Oldenburg Academy 13
Rising Sun 3, Jac-Cen-Del 0 – Jake Bovard had a hat trick (3 goals) for Rising Sun. Landon Cole had an assist. Matt Martini made 5 saves in the net.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
Lawrenceburg 2, East Central 3 – East Central won in a 7-6 shootout.
Batesville 4, Madison 0
Southwestern 3, Switzerland County 2
East Central Boys Win 19-Team Brown County Invitational
By East Central coach Jonathan Meyer – For the first time in school history the Trojans won the Brown County Eagle Classic Invitational. Last year the boys team made the podium in the Varsity AA Division placing 4th, this year they walked away with first place.
It was a perfect day for running. In years past Brown County has been known for muddy, slippery and sometimes even dangerous conditions. This year it was a picture perfect day for racing. The Trojans took to the course with a desire to run a as tight pack and with a plan to have someone, if not multiple runners, break 16 minutes for the first time this season in the 3.1 mile race.
The race got off to a quick start with the top four runners passing the first mile marker under 5:20. Running your first mile at that pace, or faster, places you in sub-17 minute range. The second mile had Garrett Ardis and Andrew White running in the 10:40’s and the Geisen twins at 11-flat. Scott Jackson was not far behind keeping the gap between the 4th and 5th man tight. The Brown County course has a long straight-away that is about 200 meters long. Ardis was the first to make his way down the fan-packed finish. He passed a runner and the finish line with time of 16:52- a personal record and the first time a Trojan went under 17:00 this year. White followed him with a season best of 17:01, just missing the 17 min barrier, and the Geisen twins followed in 17:08 (Kaleb) and 17:14 (Kameron). Scott Jackson ran a great race, dropping almost 40 seconds from his season best- he came across the line in 17:51. Their team score of 90 put them into first place, out of 20 AA schools. These five runners can say the accomplished something no other East Central Cross Country Runner has ever done- they won!
The awards ceremony was exciting. The coaches (Coach Cotherman and Coach Fr. Meyer) and several of the parents knew the results, that the boys had taken first, but the boys did not. As the teams were being announced the Trojans got more and more excited as their name had not been called off. When it got down the announcement of the top three team, the boys were wide-eyed and ecstatic, when the second place team, Perry Meridian, was announced as the runner-up, the boys were beside themselves. It was a joy to see their excitement, sense of accomplishment and pride. In the eyes of coaches, parents and fans there were many tear-filled eyes. The Trojans won with a score of 90 points. Other teams followed: Perry Meridian (142), Jasper (153), Lawrence Central (153), Warren Central (153), New Albany (159), Bedford Lawrence North (190), Silver Creek (196), Pike (206), Martinsville (236), Jeffersonville (257), Lebanon (265), Edgewood(266), Evansville North), Greensburg (349), Northview (425), Owen Valley (490), Madison (492), Corydon (519),
These young men have worked very hard and ae seeing the results of their dedication. They have pushed each other, been disciplined and have grown as a team. Awards and results like this make it all seem worth it!
Needless to say, every Trojan ran a season best today- there was not one Trojan that did not improve; all 18 runners (Varsity and Reserve), that is impressive.
The Lady Trojans also ran very well today. They competed in a different level of competition than the boys. They ran in what is known as the Elite Race. This race boasts some of the most competitive teams in the state of Indiana: Camel, Bloomington North, Floyd Central, Columbus North, Westfield and Bloomington South. The girls placed 13th out of 15 teams. They earned the right to run in the Elite Race this year due to their high placement last year in the varsity race.
Individually each girl ran a season best. Abby Bittner broke the 20 minute barrier running a 19:48. Emilee Wedding was right on the edge of doing so running a 20:00. Lauren Greiwe (20:19), Emma Fey (20:33) and Lily Greiwe(21:10) all ran exceptionally well. Although the Lady Trojans did not make the podium today, they did run with the “Giants” of this sport. They ran well, competed their best, made consistent improvements and felt good about themselves- nothing more can be asked!
The reserve teams also ran their fastest times of the season. The boys team placed 11th out of 20 teams with Kasey Carr (18:36) making his way onto the Varsity team next week. The girls Reserve teams did not have enough runners to compete as a team, but put in great times.
Franklin County won the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference title with a team score of just 349 at Rushville’s Antler Pointe Golf Club on Saturday. Dana Branstetter was the medalist and conference MVP with an 18-hole season low of 79 strokes. Lady Wildcats earning all-conference honors included Branstetter, Kendyl Brack, Abby Orschell, and Maggie Brack. The team standings were Franklin County in first (349), Greensburg second (365), Connersville third (385), East Central fourth (412), Batesville fifth (420), Rushville sixth (431), Lawrenceburg seventh (453) and South Dearborn eighth (494).
East Central 2, Lawrenceburg 1 – Emma Hinton and Lizzie Kern put in EC’s goals. Trojan goalkeeper Jessica Shipman had 4 saves. Alyssa Oyler had Lawrenceburg’s lone goal, which Tiger keeper Olivia Bosch had 4 saves.
South Dearborn 4, Connersville 0 – Erin Huber kicked three goals for South Dearborn. Madison Fentress added another goal. Alyssa McClanahan and Bryanna LaGreca each had an assist. SD keeper Sydney Holder made two saves.
Batesville 5, Greenwood 0 – Batesville goalie Olive Cerniglia helped the Bulldogs record their fourth shutout of the season.
Seymour 2, Oldenburg Academy 0
Greensburg 3, Franklin County 0 – 25-14, 25-21, 25-14 – Franklin County’s Taylor McCreary had a good day with 2 ace serves and 7 digs. Kristin Campbell led with 7 kills and added 1 dig and 3 assists. Autumn McDaniel dug well with 17 digs and added a kill.
Centerville 2, Rising Sun 0 – 26-24, 25-14
Brebeuf Jesuit 2, Rising Sun 0 – 25-7, 25-8
Rising Sun 2, Connersville 0 – 25-20, 26-24
Ripley County Tournament
First Round – Batesville 2, Milan 0 – 25-21, 25-16
First Round – South Ripley 2, Jac-Cen-Del 0 – 28-26, 25-16
Championship – Batesville 2, South Ripley 1 – 25-16, 18-25, 17-15 – Batesville won the RCT. Morgan Meyer had 11 kills and 11 digs. “Great overall effort was being given on both sides… It showed how much winning the county means to all of the players. We were just fortunate enough to show our mettle at the right moment. We were actually on the losing side of 15 when the Raiders got to 14. I think having played in 7 five game matches this year to date gave us the composure we needed,” said Batesville coach Jody Thomas.
Oldenburg Twister Invitational
Oldenburg Academy 2, South Decatur 0 – 25-14, 25-14
Oldenburg Academy 2, Waldron 1 – 25-11, 23-25, 15-13
Switzerland County 2, Waldron 0 – 25-16, 25-14
Switzerland County 2, South Decatur 0 – 25-12, 25-19