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Prep Report: Shelbyville volleyball prevails in tight tussle with Triton Central

In a match that saw momentum swing back and forth through five sets Monday night in Fairland, Shelbyville finally prevailed over Triton Central, 17-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-23, 15-13.

Senior Emily Parker finished with 17 kills, four aces and 12 digs to lead the Golden Bears (11-7), who have won seven of their last 10 matches.

Shelby Lasure added 13 kills and Madison Bassett had eight kills and three aces. Kina Schultz collected five total blocks, Emmy Nolley had a team-high 22 digs and setter Gracie Leffler notched 46 assists.

Triton Central (10-5) got 12 kills each from Maddy Brown and Brooklyn Bailey. Kaitlin Bramlett and Bailey had three blocks apiece.

Julia Sanders led the defense with 32 digs. Brown followed with 19 and Kayden Simmons finished with 14.

Setter Kate Isley recorded 33 assists.

In other prep events Monday:

 

 

Boys Soccer

Greenfield-Central 3, Shelbyville 1

At Shelbyville, the visiting Cougars (3-7, 3-2 Hoosier Heritage Conference) opened a lead with first-half goals by Tyler Kerkhof and Drew Davidson.

Jason Scrivner added a penalty kick goal just over 13 minutes into the second half to make it 3-0.

Christian Haas converted a penalty kick goal in the game’s final two minutes for Shelbyville (7-6, 2-3 HHC), who celebrated Senior Night (photo).

 

 

Volleyball

Southwestern def. Knightstown, 21-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-18

At Southwestern, senior Brooklyn Schneider (photo) collected career dig No. 1,000 in the Spartans’ victory.

Southwestern improved to 7-12 this season.

Knightstown (6-11) got 13 kills from Paige Personett. Gwen Dyer had 31 assists.

Morristown def. South Decatur, 25-20, 25-13, 25-16

At Morristown, the host Yellow Jackets improved to 7-8 this season with a Mid-Hoosier Conference victory over winless South Decatur (0-8).

Morristown won the junior varsity match, 25-15, 25-8.

Prize Kiss lays one on the John Deere Juvenile Challenge field at Indiana Grand

Prize Kiss was the favorite for a reason coming into the $46,937 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Final Monday at Indiana Grand. The Tony Cunningham trained freshman is always close at the wire and earned his second stakes win in the event to qualify for the Bank of America Challenge Championships set for The Downs at Albuquerque on Oct. 23.

Starting from post four, Prize Kiss was a few strides slower than his opponents at the start, but quickly rebounded and got into gear for jockey L.D. Martinez (photo). Stablemate All Star Beach was in contention for the lead early on.

Prize Kiss traveled down the stretch in the 350-yard dash to gain the win by three-quarters of a length at the wire in 18.25 seconds.

All Star Beach and Rolando Pina held ground inside well for second over Dominyuns Runaway and Jose Beltran, who finished a head back in third closing in on the outside.

Owned by Pamela Brickley Hann and Craig Zeneberg, Prize Kiss is now two for six in his career with only one start back of second place. The Kiss My Hocks colt was purchased out of the Heritage Place September Yearling Sale last fall for $38,000 and now has in excess of $138,000 for his connections. He won the $132,000 Heartland Futurity earlier in the season at Indiana Grand.

“He doesn’t always break that well and was a little off today, but Daniel (Martinez) said he got strong once he got out a ways,” said Cunningham, who finished one-two in the race as a trainer. “The team has done a super job with this horse. From the jockey to the grooms, they have all done a great job with him.”

The John Deere Juvenile Challenge, paired with the Q Racing Videos Distaff Challenge, also ran Monday at Indiana Grand, established a precursor to the 2022 Bank of America Challenge Championships, which will be hosted by Indiana Grand. The races will be the first time the Challenge has come to Indiana and preparations are already underway for the Quarter Horse racing showcase.

“This will be a big thing for Indiana,” said Cunningham. “If we can get more people paid in it will go over really well here at Indiana Grand.”

Jess Over Yonder wins Q Racing Videos Distaff Challenge at Indiana Grand

Jess Over Yonder and jockey Natasha Fritz made it three wins in a row with a victory in the $24,684 Q Racing Video Distaff Challenge Monday at Indiana Grand.

The duo covered the 400-yard dash in a time of 20.41 seconds.

Jess Over Yonder (photo) was speedy out of the gate and made her presence known from start to finish in the event. She had challengers on both sides of her coming down to the wire and held her ground for the win by a neck.

One Coldhearted Diva and Giovani Vazquez-Gomez finished second in the three-horse photo for the win. Shaw Island Senator and Juan Marquez finished third.

Jess Over Yonder is a homebred daughter of Apolitical Jess. Nick Johnson’s JF Racing Stables bred the Louisiana bred filly. Tim Eggleston handles the training for the sophomore filly that has not been worse than fourth since joining his stable in April. She is now three for seven this season and pushed her career bankroll over the $43,000 mark with the win.

Fritz, who has been aboard for all seven starts this year at Indiana Grand, was emotional following the win.

“We’ve grown so much together this year,” said Fritz. “She gives everything she’s got, and she aims to please. She’s just a thrill to ride. I was pretty confident early, and she fights for it. She wasn’t going to let those horses pass her.”

Fritz noted the support of the team behind the filly from the Eggleston barn and from the owners.

“I’m very blessed to have this whole team behind me,” said Fritz.

The Q Racing Videos Distaff Challenge was one of two on the card in preparation for the Bank of America Challenge Championships set for Oct. 23 at The Downs at Albuquerque. Jose Contreras of the Los Alamitos broadcast team provided additional racing analysis at Indiana Grand, which will host the 2022 event.

Preparations are already underway to provide the backdrop for the Quarter Horse showcase coming to Indiana next season.

Shelbyville golfer qualifies for Lapel Regional

Regan Mathies’ first and only high school golf season has proven memorable.

The senior, who joined the Shelbyville golf program this season, shot 94 Monday in rainy conditions at the New Palestine Golf Sectional at Hawk’s Tail Golf Course to advance to the regional round of the IHSAA state tournament.

Mathies’ 21-over par score also helped Shelbyville to a fifth-place finish at 422, trailing Mt. Vernon (339), Greenfield-Central (384), New Palestine (387) and Greenwood (400).

Mt. Vernon, Greenfield-Central and New Palestine earned automatic berths into Saturday’s Lapel Regional. The top three individual sectional scores Monday not on an advancing team also make the trip to Lapel.

Greenwood’s Maura Guilfoy posted the third best score overall at 80 to secure a regional spot along with Mathies (photo, second from right) and Greenwood’s Emma Baker, who shot 95.

Mt. Vernon’s Alaina Nugent was the sectional champion with a two-over par round of 75. Her teammate, Meredith Johnson, was runner-up at 78.

Following Mathies on the Shelbyville scorecard were Kaylee Tackett (100), Lanie Stephens (112), Madison Monroe (116) and Kate Linville (120).

Southwestern finished seventh in the team standings with Eastern Hancock between the Spartans and Golden Bears.

 

 

Lily Kerber (photo) led the Spartans at 106. Alison Muck was one shot back at 107. McKinley Correll (124), Sydney Griffin (135) and Olivia Chandler (137) completed the Southwestern roster.

Greenwood Christian placed eighth and Morristown was ninth.

 

 

Delaney Cornn led the Yellow Jackets at 112. Also competing Monday were Ashlee Ballinger (125), McKinley Kile (139) and Mollie Runnebohm (143).

The Yellow Jackets wore orange ribbons and bows in support for Morristown High School senior Quinton Batton, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.

Triton Central did not have enough golfers to post a team score.

 

 

Emma Branham led the Tigers at 105. Kendra Erdmann was five shots back at 110. And Olivia Martin closed out the season at 129.

Southwestern still in top 10 of boys soccer state coaches poll

Southwestern continues to rise and fall in the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association state poll.

After a 2-1 loss to Hauser Friday, the Spartans (7-3-1) slipped two spots to No. 10 in the Class A boys soccer poll.

Park Tudor is the top-ranked team in Class A this week followed by Providence, University, North White, Kouts, South Knox, Faith Christian, Forest Park, Lutheran and Southwestern.

Other notables in the top 20 are Jac-Cen-Del (12th), Heritage Christian (13th), South Ripley (14th) and Cascade (15th).

Fort Wayne Canterbury tops the 2A poll with Guerin Catholic, West Lafayette, Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran, Mishawaka Marian, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, Gibson Southern, Speedway, Heritage Hills and Culver Academies rounding out the top 10.

Other notables are Yorktown (13th) and Batesville (20th).

In the Class 3A poll, Fishers is No. 1 ahead of Noblesville, Chesterton, Castle, Penn, Valparaiso, Hamilton Southeastern, Elkhart, Lake Central and Evansville Memorial.

In the girls state coaches poll, Noblesville is No. 1 followed by Homestead, Carmel, Hamilton Southeastern, Bloomington South, North Central, South Bend St. Joseph, Columbus North, Center Grove and Zionsville. East Central is 16th and Mt. Vernon is 18th.

In 2A, Chatard is top the squad with Cathedral, Evansville Memorial, Mishawaka Marian, Park Tudor, Brebeuf, Evansville Mater Dei, Hamilton Heights, Lawrenceburg and Tri West rounding out the top 10.

Despite a .500 record against strong competition, Heritage Christian is No. 1 in Class A. Forest Park is second ahead of Evansville Christian, Fort Wayne Canterbury, Argos, Providence, Faith Christian, Northeast Dubois, Speedway and Oldenburg Academy. Cascade is 17th and Monrovia is 20th.

Southwestern's Emerick, Waldron's Kellems, Becker and Thomas win MHC tennis titles

Southwestern’s Grant Emerick and Waldron’s Josh Kellems and the doubles pairing of Bryant Becker and Matthew Thomas captured Mid-Hoosier Conference tennis titles Saturday.

Playing at No. 2 singles, Emerick (photo) defeated Edinburgh’s Travis Jones, 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinal round and Hauser’s Caleb Wallace in the championship match, 6-2, 2-6, 10-6.

Morristown’s Grant Kessler was defeated by Wallace in the opening match, 6-3, 6-2. Wallace then eliminated Waldron’s Jack Fischer, 6-4, 2-6, 10-3.

 

 

In the No. 3 singles bracket, Josh Kellems (photo above) produced a 6-4, 6-4 win over Southwestern’s Hunter Pappano in the semis and then won a third-set tiebreaker over Edinburgh’s Austin Brockman, 2-6, 6-4, 10-6 to claim the title.

Hauser’s Carson Rose eliminated Morristown’s Austin Gabbard, 6-3, 6-1 in the opening match at No. 3 singles.

 

 

Becker and Thomas (photo above) scored a 6-2, 6-0 win over Morristown’s Carson Essex and Jerry Riley in the semifinals of the No. 2 doubles bracket to reach the championship match.

In the other half of the bracket, Southwestern’s Justin Swift and Ty Burcham defeated Hauser’s No. 2 doubles pairing, 4-6, 6-2, 10-6 to reach the title tilt.

Becker and Thomas were crowned champions with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Swift and Burcham.

At No. 1 singles, Southwestern’s Tristan Pappano defeated Morristown’s Tyler Schonfeld, 6-2, 1-6, 10-6 before losing to Waldron’s Lucas Shaw, 6-3, 6-4.

Hauser’s Sam Miller was crowned champion after a 6-4, 6-2 win over Shaw.

At No. 2 doubles, Southwestern’s Caleb Pappano and Carter Snepp eliminated Waldron’s Max Jones and Jacob Lindsey in the semifinal round, 6-4, 6-3 before losing to Hauser’s entry in the championship, 6-1, 6-0.

Morristown’s Bryce Bryant and Rylan Jones were knocked out in the first round, 6-4, 6-0.

Prep Report: Southwestern girls win MHC cross country championship

With a trio of runners finishing in the top 10, Southwestern’s girls cross country program (photo) won the Mid-Hoosier Conference title Saturday at Blue River Memorial Park in Shelbyville.

Southwestern junior Lilly Rooks won the race in 23 minutes flat. Gracie Schlabach was fourth in 24:01 and Jenna Drake placed seventh in 24:28.

Southwestern also got top-20 finishes from Maxine Higdon (17th in 28:32) and Malori Pike (19th in 28:40).

The Spartans’ 40 points outdistanced South Decatur (51), North Decatur (56) and Waldron (71). No other MHC school fielded a full team.

Waldron’s Hallie Ross was sixth in 24:23. Also for Waldron, Sophie Hudnall finished 14th (27:19), Audrey Hogg was 16th (28:29), Riley Price placed 24th (30:50) and Cheyenne Lozier finished 27th (31:38).

Morristown’s lone entrant was freshman Grace McLaughlin (12th in 26:36).

South Decatur won the boys conference championship with 30 points. Waldron was runner-up at 40 ahead of Southwestern (73), North Decatur (83) and Edinburgh (123).

Waldron freshman Will Larrison was the race runner-up in 19:27. South Decatur senior Trevor Newby was the MHC champion after crossing the finish line in 18:54.

Another Waldron freshman, Jared Crosby, placed fourth in 20:05. Completing the Waldron lineup were Caden Shaeffer (10th in 21:07), Ethan Richardson (13th in 21:49) and Nathaniel Evans (19th in 23:05).

Southwestern’s Dane Kissell finished fifth in 20:08. Dakota Claiborne (ninth in 20:46) had a top-10 finish. Ryan Griffin (21st in 23:28), Elias Clark (24th in 23:38) and Collin Cummings (30th in 26:14) also competed for Southwestern.

Morristown had three runners: Zavier Poole (sixth in 20:18), T.J. Butcher (31st in 26:32) and Brayden Burris (33rd in 28:10).

In the middle school girls meet, all five of Morristown’s runners finished in the top eight for a dominant team performance.

Taylor Tragesser won the race in 11:40 ahead of teammates Chloe Tragesser (12:09), Clara Wallace (13:29) and Brooke Kuhn (13:29). Chloe Theobald was sixth (14:21) and Hayden Mohr was eighth (14:56).

Waldron’s Claire Larrison (fourth in 14:05) and Grace Fischer (seventh in 14:46) kept the Mohawks from sweeping the top six spots.

Waldron finished runner-up to Morristown in the team standings with Avery Haehl finishing 14th in 15:34, Brooklyn Milbourn getting 18th in 16:10 and Jessica Price crossing the finish line in 28th in 18:11.

Also running for Waldron were Arianna Thomas (18:57), Kassidy Meulen (19:18), Abby Crouch (20:13), Ava Leising (20:14) and Kendal Berauer (20:28).

Southwestern entered two runners: Adalyn Brewer (13th in 15:33) and Sienna Shaw (18:29).

Hauser won the boys MHC title with Waldron and South Decatur the only other programs fielding full teams.

Southwestern’s Chris Claiborne (second in 12:06) and Jackson Bentz (fourth in 12:44) finished in the top five.

Morristown’s Max Compton was fifth (12:55).

Ethan Hirschauer led Waldron with a third-place finish in 12:35.

Six more Mohawks finished in the top 20. Elijah Thompson (12th in 14:18), Jacob Kuhn (14th in 14:21), Caige Sheaffer (15th in 14:22), Kevin Crouch (16th in 14:22), Spencer Armstrong (18th in 14:39), Collin Cole (15:20), Wyatt Bogemann (28th in 17:12) and Lucas Price (30th in 19:46) completed the Mohawks’ lineup.

In other prep events:

Boys Soccer

Hauser 2, Southwestern 1

At Hauser Friday, Alex Lopez scored a pair of second-half goals to lead the Jets (1-6) past the Class A, No. 10-ranked Spartans (7-3-1).

Tucker Simmons had Southwestern’s only goal, his fourth of the season.

Eli Fix was credited with four saves in goal.

Morristown 4, Union County 4

At Union County Saturday, the visiting Yellow Jackets (2-7-2) and Patriots (0-9-2) played to a tie.

Girls Soccer

Shelbyville 8, Whiteland 1

At Whiteland, the Golden Bears (6-3-1) scored four goals in each half to collect their fourth-straight victory.

Evelyn Kiefer had four goals and an assist. She now has a Shelby County best 16 goals this season.

Ava Wilson scored her 12th goal. Sophie Parker moved to 10 goals this season with a pair of scores against the Warriors. Parker also had two assists.

And Rebecca Valdez had one goal and one assist.

Hailey Pogue had 11 saves in goal.

Heritage Christian 11, Triton Central 2

At Triton Central, the No. 1-ranked team in Class A scored seven first-half goals to take control of the match and cruise to its sixth win of the season.

Lizzie Graham scored both goals for Triton Central (1-8). Graham has 12 goals scored this season.

Volleyball

Hauser def. Waldron, 20-25, 25-11, 25-19, 25-14

At Waldron Friday, the visiting Jets (12-7) got 17 kills from Kenze Bostic and 11 kills from Aniston Bostic to defeat the Mohawks (10-6).

Andie Clark had a team-high 28 digs and Adrianna Musillami collected 43 digs for Hauser.

Yorktown def. Shelbyville, 25-10, 25-12, 25-16

At Yorktown Saturday, Ava Eakins had 10 kills to lead the host Tigers (15-3) over the Golden Bears (10-7).

Jaidyn Tackett led Shelbyville with nine kills. Ashlyn Turner had six kills.

Emmy Nolley finished with a team-high 13 digs and Gracie Leffler finished with 26 assists.

Lawrenceburg Invitational

Southwestern dropped to 6-12 after a 1-3 performance at Lawrenceburg.

The Spartans defeated Rushville but lost to Rock Creek Academy, Lawrenceburg and Sycamore (Ohio).

Tri Central Invitational

Morristown defeated winless Argos, 25-17, 25-22 and Culver Community, 25-20, 14-25, 15-11 but lost to the host Trojans, 25-23, 19-25, 15-12.

Gracie Laster led Morristown (6-8) with 10 kills against Culver (8-13). Bella Thompson had nine kills.

Beth Hodgin added nine digs and Raegan Kleine collected 26 assists.

 On Friday, South Ripley (12-6) swept Morristown, 25-21, 25-12, 29-27.

Laster had a team-high 11 kills. Lilly Stoddard finished with eight kills.

Hodgin had 17 digs. Kleine finished with 23 assists and 13 digs.

Cross Country

Indiana Crossroads Conference Meet

Triton Central junior Hallie Schweitzer finished 12th in the girls race in 24:37. Brooke Bear finished 37th in 41:49.

Triton Central only had four entrants in the boys race – Hank Hadler (51st in 23:41), Elizijuh Israel (52nd in 23:46), Lucas Bear (55th in 24:36) and Corbin Maurice (62nd in 26:31).

 

 

Riverview Health Invitational

In Carmel, Shelbyville senior Stefanie Howard (photo) finished seventh overall out of 122 runners with a time of 20:43.

The Golden Bears finished 12th in the team standings with Kaila Brattain (59th in 23:54), Hannah Wright (77th in 24:47), Kaylie McDonald (104th in 27:46) and Daisy Barrett (110th in 29:21) following Howard across the finish line.

Shelbyville placed 15th in the boys team standings.

Running for Shelbyville were Elijah Von Werder (40th in 18:43), Michael Fox (45th in 18:49), Ben Hinojosa (91st in 20:57), Tristin Maloney (109th in 22:03), Isaac Zermeno (117th in 22:40), Isaiah Havens (119th in 23:10), Gavin Harker (131st in 26:29) and Gaige Harker (134th in 29:09).

State football coaches poll includes quartet of ICC schools

The Indiana Football Coaches Association poll was released Monday and Triton Central is no longer a state-ranked team in Class 2A.

With its 27-9 win at Indian Creek, the Tigers improved to 3-2 this season but fell out of the top 15 that includes three Indiana Crossroads Conference schools.

Fort Wayne Luers (5-0) is No. 1 in 2A followed by Eastbrook (5-0), Andrean (3-2), Tipton (5-0), Linton-Stockton (5-0), Heritage Christian (5-0), Eastside (5-0), Evansville Mater Dei (3-2), Lafayette Central Catholic (2-3) and Speedway (4-1).

Just outside the top 10 are North Posey (4-1), Monrovia (4-1), Scecina (4-1), Rensselaer Central (3-2), North Knox (4-1) and Southmont (5-0).

A fourth ICC school, Indianapolis Lutheran (5-0), remains the top-ranked team in Class A ahead of Adams Central (4-1), Monroe Central (5-0), South Adams (4-1), Winamac (3-0), Covenant Christian (4-1), North Judson (4-1), Parke Heritage (3-2), Springs Valley (4-1) and Churubusco (3-2).

In Class 3A, there are two unbeatens in the top five. Brebeuf (5-0) is No. 1 followed by West Lafayette (5-0), Gibson Southern (4-1), Danville (4-1) and Lawrenceburg (4-1).

Mt. Vernon (Posey) (5-0) leads the next five ahead of Tri-West (4-1), Brownstown Central (5-0), Owen Valley (5-0) and Mishawaka Marian (3-2).

The Class 4A top 10 are Roncalli (5-0), Leo (5-0), Jasper (5-0), East Central (4-1), Mooresville (4-1), East Noble (3-1), Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (4-1), Evansville Memorial (4-1), Chatard (1-4) and Logansport (4-0).

Cathedral (5-0) heads the Class 5A poll. Valparaiso (5-0) is second followed by Bloomington South (5-0), Decatur Central (4-1), Fort Wayne Snider (3-1), Mishawaka (4-1), Zionsville (3-2), Fort Wayne Dwenger (3-2), Harrison (West Lafayette) (4-1), Bloomington North (4-1) and Castle (4-1).

Center Grove is No. 1 in Class 6A ahead of Westfield (4-1), Carmel (4-1), Brownsburg (4-1), Merrillville (5-0), Warren Central (4-1), Hamilton Southeastern (4-1), Ben Davis (2-3), Chesterton (4-1) and Carroll (Allen) (4-1).

Locally, Triton Central hosts winless Ritter (0-5) Friday at Mendenhall Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Shelbyville (1-1) returns to the gridiron to host Yorktown (3-2) at McKeand Stadium Friday. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Prep Report: Southwestern golfers win regular-season finale

Southwestern closed out its regular season golf schedule with a 215-218 victory over Edinburgh at Timbergate Golf Course. Jac-Cen-Del finished incomplete.

On Senior Night, Lily Kerber led the Spartans with a 49. Alison Muck (50) and McKinley Correll (54) were close behind. Olivia Chandler carded a season-best 62 and Sydney Griffin shot 66.

Izzy Richardson led Edinburgh with 51. Macie Blandford was one shot back at 52. Gracie Myers (56), Jillan Turner (59) and Cloee Britton (60) rounded out the Lancers’ scorecard.

Jac-Cen-Del’s Tracy McKittrick was the medalist with 48. Emma Wagner shot 64 and Ally Mosier posted 68.

In other prep events Thursday:

Girls Golf

Greenfield-Central 200, Shelbyville 211

At Hawk’s Tail, Kaylee Tackett led the visiting Golden Bears with a 49 to close out the regular-season schedule.

Boys Soccer

Southwestern 0, Lutheran 0

In a battle of top-10 ranked teams, neither won.

Class A, No. 8 Southwestern (7-2-1) got four saves in goal from Eli Fix.

Class A, No. 9 Lutheran (5-3-2) had four saves from Cade Tabit.

Shelbyville 0, New Castle 0, PKs 4-2

At Shelbyville, goalkeeper Jalen Hounshell had a breakaway save early in the contest and blocked a penalty kick to keep the Golden Bears from falling behind.

After regulation and two overtime periods, the Hoosier Heritage Conference match was decided in a shootout. And the Golden Bears never missed, converting four straight attempts to seal the victory over the Trojans (1-8-1, 0-5 HHC).

Shelbyville improved to 7-5 overall and 2-2 against HHC opponents.

Rushville 6, Morristown 2

At Rushville, the Lions (3-6-2) secured their first victory since Aug. 24.

The Yellow Jackets lost their fifth straight to fall to 2-7-1 this season.

 

 

Boys Tennis

Southwestern 4, Beech Grove 1

At Southwestern, the host Spartans (5-5) celebrated Senior Night by sweeping the doubles matches and getting singles wins from Grant Emerick and Hunter Pappano.

At No. 1 doubles, Caleb Pappano and Carter Snepp defeated Caiden Lundsford and Cohan Heilorgm, 6-2, 6-4.

Ty Burcham and Justin Swift made quick work of Charlie Kidwell and Austin Magiris at No. 2 doubles, 6-1, 6-2.

Emerick rolled past Matt Pettigrew at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-3.

Hunter Pappano defeated Lee Cummings at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-2.

At No. 1 singles, Beech Grove’s Chase Alford topped Tristan Pappano, 6-4, 6-4.

New Palestine 5, Triton Central 0

At New Palestine, the high-powered Dragons (13-3) dropped a total of seven games in sweeping the Tigers (12-6).

At No. 1 singles, Ezra Schweir defeated Tucker Hutchinson, 6-1, 6-1.

Colin Darley bested Ashton Sturm at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-0.

And Zach Au topped Cole Thomas at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-0.

At No. 1 doubles, Jackson Havel and Clayton Wesley defeated Avram Rund and Quinton Potts, 6-0, 6-2.

And Zayden Stiller and Caleb Davis completed the sweep with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Griffin Sego and Oliver Gearlds.

Taner Feris and Ben Toth won junior varsity singles matches for Triton Central.

Eastern Hancock 5, Morristown 0

At Eastern Hancock, the Royals won all five matches in straight sets against the visiting Yellow Jackets (1-7).

At No. 1 singles, Zeke Dixon defeated Grant Kessler, 6-1, 6-1.

Nolan Stout topped Tyler Schonfeld, 6-1, 6-2.

Luke Schilling bested Austin Gabbard, 6-0, 6-1.

At No. 1 doubles, Bryce Wennen and Wyatt Sutton defeated Bryce Bryant and Rylan Janes, 6-0, 6-0.

And Peyton Stevens and Bo Dixon defeated Carson Essex and Jerry Riley, 6-0, 6-0.

Indian Creek 4, Shelbyville 1

At Indian Creek, Shelbyville No. 1 singles player Aidan Asher improved to 9-5 this season but the Golden Bears (2-12) lost their seventh straight match.

Volleyball

Shelbyville def. Greenfield-Central, 13-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-20

Shelbyville (10-6, 1-1 HHC) lost the first set then stormed through the next three to secure the conference victory against Greenfield-Central (4-11, 1-3 HHC).

Jaidyn Tackett had a season-high 20 kills for Shelbyville. Emily Parker followed with 10 while Madison Bassett and Ashlyn Turner combined for 11 more.

Tackett also had a team-high seven serving aces. Emma Nolley, Payton Jackson, Gracie Leffler and Parker each had three.

Leffler and Kina Shultz each had three total blocks.

Nolley led the defensive effort with a team-high 17 digs.

And Leffler finished with 36 assists.

Triton Central def. Rushville, 25-16, 25-15, 25-13

Brooklyn Bailey had 14 kills to lead Triton Central (10-4) to its sixth straight win.

Julia Sanders delivered five aces and notched 30 digs. Bailey also had two aces and 11 digs.

Kate Isley collected 24 assists against the Lions (1-8).

Eastern Hancock def. Southwestern, 25-12, 25-9, 25-22

At Eastern Hancock, the host Royals improved to 13-4 this season while the Spartans lost their third straight to fall to 5-9.

Waldron def. Morristown, 25-13, 25-17, 25-15

At Waldron, the Mohawks pushed their win streak to five straight and have lost just one set over that span.

The Mohawks move to 10-5 while the Yellow Jackets fell to 4-6.

Waldron won the junior varsity match, 20-25, 25-19, 15-6.

Junior High Soccer

Southwestern 1, North Decatur 1

Carter Cooley scored with two seconds left in regulation to get the Spartans a tie against North Decatur.

Garrett Shaw was credited with 16 saves for Southwestern (5-2-1).

2021 racing season extended at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino has requested four additional racing days for the 2021 racing season. The dates were approved Thursday, Sept. 16 by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC). The track will now offer racing on Columbus Day Monday, Oct. 11 and extend the final day of racing to Thursday, Nov. 11. The previous closing day was set for Monday, Nov. 8.

 

Several factors played into the request for additional racing days. Business levels have exceeded expectations this season to cover purses over four additional racing days plus the horse population is growing for the final two months of racing with horsemen seeking additional racing opportunities in Indiana. Also, one day was canceled in August due to extreme heat, which will be considered a make-up day on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 11.

 

“We’re very pleased to be in a position where we are able to request additional racing dates at the end of our current 120-day meet,” said Eric Halstrom, Vice President and General Manager of Racing. “The Indiana horsemen, our loyal partners, are very deserving of these additional opportunities and, upon approval from the IHRC, we’ll end our meet with a bang on Veteran’s Day, November 11.”

 

The 2021 racing season will now offer 123 days of live action. First post on Monday, Oct. 11 through Thursday, Nov. 11 will be 2:25 p.m.

Triton Central seeking to end two-game losing streak at Indian Creek

Tim Able believes there are several issues in play as Triton Central football went from 2-0 to 2-2 in an eight-day span.

The Tigers’ back-to-back losses came to Indianapolis Lutheran and Monrovia – two of the three toughest teams on their schedule.

Key injuries have gashed a roster that was not deep in the first place.

The offense’s biggest weapon was forced to miss a week due to a helmet-to-helmet penalty incurred in week two.

 And there has to be growth week to week for a program to succeed.

“We have to get better in all three phases of the game,” said Able, sitting on 199 career victories as a head coach. “We have to get better. The other teams have been better than us. We have too much to clean up.

“We haven’t gotten worse but we haven’t improved as much as the two teams we’ve played the last two weeks.”

Lutheran, ranked No. 1 in Class A, and fast-rising Monrovia are a combined 7-1. There are only two teams left on Triton Central’s schedule with winning records.

“The time is now,” said Able of righting the ship. “We have to play well and not worry about who we are playing.”

Class 2A, No. 15 Triton Central travels to Indian Creek Friday for its first football game this season played on natural grass. The Braves, a long time rival of the Tigers, are a miraculous 1-3 this season.

At Brown County last Friday, the Eagles led 12-7 with seconds left on the scoreboard clock. Rather than take a knee on fourth down and turn the ball back over to Indian Creek, Brown County went for the first down – and fumbled. James Kelly scooped up the ball and ran 90-plus yards for the game-winning score.

Sophomore Jackson Wise (5-10, 165) could start under center against Triton Central but Able is game planning for senior Aiden Neathery (6-2, 210) also to call plays. The duo are a combined 26-of-62 passing for 393 yards and two touchdowns.

Senior Brandon Murray (6-1, 181) is Indian Creek’s leading rusher with 245 yards and two TDs. Neathery also will work from the backfield.

“They have two really good athletes (Murray and Neathery) that are as good as we will face all year,” said Able.

Senior Sam Creek (6-1, 150) has eight receptions for a team-leading 157 yards this season.

In Indian Creek’s three losses to Batesville (TC’s scrimmage opponent), Greenwood and Owen Valley, the defense allowed 119 points.

Triton Central will have junior Brad Schultz back on the field Friday after missing the last two weeks with an ankle injury. Able expects Schultz to be limited to offensive plays only in his first week back.

“We want to bring him back slowly,” said Able.

The Tigers will still be without sophomore running back Brayden Wilkins and freshman lineman Willie Baugh due to injuries.

With that trio injured, senior Devon Emberton and sophomore Anthony Dunville have stepped up on both sides of the ball.

Freshman Chase Chandler also is getting more varsity responsibilities.

Triton Central played Lutheran without Schultz and leading rusher Ray Crawford, who are key players on both sides of the ball and special teams.

Crawford returned for Monrovia but the rushing game was shut down forcing sophomore quarterback Jace Stuckey to carry the load.

“We’ve played two weeks without our best receiver, one week without our best running back and our No. 2 running back has been out the last two weeks … it’s been hard to get that continuity (on offense),” said Able. “When you have everybody it makes things a lot smoother.”

After scoring 80 points in the first two weeks against Cascade and Greensburg, the offense has just three touchdowns in the last two weeks.

“We have a lot more flexibility now and feel like we are where we need to be in our packages,” said Abel. “We just have to clean them up.”

Triton Central and Indian Creek have played 23 times since the 1994 season. The Braves hold the advantage 12-11. Since the rivalry renewed in 2016, the Tigers have won four of five.

In Indiana Crossroads Conference games Friday, Cascade (1-3, 0-3 ICC) travels to top-ranked Lutheran(4-0, 3-0 ICC) and 2A No. 11 Speedway (4-0, 3-0) is at Monrovia (3-1, 2-0 ICC).

In non-conference games, 2A No. 12 Scecina (3-1, 2-1 ICC) is at 2A No. 6 Heritage Christian (4-0) and Washington (1-3) is at Beech Grove (1-3, 1-3 ICC).

Collegiate Update: Schiffli helps Jacksonville State improve to 9-1 ahead of trip to Purdue

Jacksonville State finished 3-0 in its own volleyball invitational Friday and Saturday in Jacksonville, Alabama, to improve to 9-1 this season.

Triton Central graduate Brooklyn Schiffli (photo) helped the Gamecocks defeat Nicholls, 25-11, 25-14, 25-22 and South Alabama, 25-21, 26-24, 14-25, 13-25, 15-12 on Friday and Southern Mississippi Saturday, 12-25, 25-20, 25-23, 27-25.

Schiffli had one serving ace and four digs against Nicholls and 10 digs against South Alabama. On Saturday, the freshman finished with one ace and eight digs.

Jacksonville State travels to West Lafayette, Indiana, for the Stacey Clark Classic. On Friday, the Gamecocks face No. 9 Purdue and No. 22 Tennessee before returning Saturday to take on Purdue Fort Wayne.

Here is a look at other Shelby County graduates competing at the collegiate level.

 

 

Maddy Beaver

The Triton Central graduate had one kill, one dig, one block and one block assist for Goshen volleyball on Sept. 8 in a 25-12, 25-14, 25-20 loss to Bethel University.

On Sept. 10, Beaver finished with one kill and two assists in a 25-7, 25-6, 25-18 loss at Indiana Wesleyan.

Goshen is 3-12 this season.

 

 

Maggie Schweitzer

The Triton Central graduate had one kill, eight assists, one ace and 13 digs for Hanover volleyball Tuesday in a 25-22, 18-25, 25-20, 25-20 loss at Indiana University Southeast.

Hanover defeated Heidelberg University Friday, 25-18, 25-20, 22-25, 25-14 in the Pam Briggs Classic in Westerville, Ohio. Schweitzer had two aces and four digs.

On Saturday, Hanover lost to Mount Union, 23-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-23, 15-8. Schweitzer finished with one kill, two aces and four digs.

Hanover closed out the Pam Briggs Classic Saturday with a 25-22, 25-23, 25-12 win over Capital. Schweitzer had two aces and six digs.

Hanover is 3-5 this season.

 

 

Bailey Chandler

The Triton Central graduate had five assists Friday in Eastern Illinois’ 21-25, 17-25, 25-11, 25-22, 15-7 win at Southern Illinois.

Eastern Illinois is 7-1 this season.

 

 

Nick Brokering

The Shelbyville graduate was credited with three tackles, one tackle for loss and a quarterback sack Saturday for Mount St. Joseph football in a 33-14 win over Alfred University.

 

 

Daniela Joseph

The Shelbyville graduate scored rounds of 100 and 101 to finished tied for 48th for Earlham College’s women’s golf team in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Preview Tournament played Saturday and Sunday at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Indiana.

 

 

Jill Anspaugh

The Shelbyville graduate placed 17th overall for Franklin College’s women’s cross country team in the Hanover Invitational. She completed the course in 21:41.

 

 

Makenzie Logan

The Morristown graduate won a singles and doubles match for Huntington tennis Tuesday in a 7-0 victory over St. Francis.

Logan teamed with Nina Golfier to secure a No. 3 doubles win over Sophia Vandegriff and Tyra Grischke, 6-1. Logan defeated Vandegriff at No. 5 singles, 6-4, 3-6, 11-9.

Huntington also defeated Mount Vernon Tuesday, 5-1.

Logan and Golfier were defeated at No. 3 doubles, 6-3 by Emily Allison and Laurel Sidle. Logan’s No. 5 singles match against Allison did not finish.

On Sept. 9, Huntington defeated Manchester, 7-0. Logan and Golfier won at No. 2 doubles and Logan won a No. 4 singles match over Anna Hollingsworth, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

Huntington defeated Goshen Saturday, 6-1. Logan and Golfier lost at No. 2 doubles but Logan rebounded for a 7-6 (2), 6-4 victory over Anna Osborne at No. 5 singles.

Also on Saturday, Grace swept Huntington, 6-0. Logan and Golfier were defeated at No. 3 doubles. Logan’s No. 5 singles match with Jenna Lewis was halted due to darkness.

Huntington is 5-6 this season.

Prep Report: TC volleyball sweeps ICC foe Speedway

Maddy Brown had 10 kills, three service aces and 15 digs Wednesday to lead Triton Central volleyball to its fifth-straight victory.

The Tigers (9-4, 4-1 Indiana Crossroads Conference) defeated Speedway, 25-22, 25-17, 25-23 in Fairland.

Brooklyn Bailey added nine kills, two blocks and nine digs. Riley Ross had seven kills.

Julia Sanders finished with a team-high 22 digs and three aces. Hallie Schweitzer and Kaitlin Bramlett each had 14 digs.

Kate Isley led the offense with 19 assists.

With the loss, Speedway dropped to 1-10 this season and 1-3 against ICC opponents.

In another prep volleyball match Wednesday:

Trinity Lutheran def. Southwestern, 25-8, 25-10, 25-8

The No. 1 team in Class A rolled past the Spartans (5-8) in Seymour.

Ruthie Bingham led Trinity Lutheran (15-4) with 16 kills. Carson Bowling had 12. Bailey Tabeling and Bingham combined for 10 aces.

Addison Darlage finished with 36 assists.

Mr Michel impressive in Leader of the Class Sale Futurity at Indiana Grand

It was another stellar performance by Mr Michel as he rallied home for the win in the ninth running of the $108,000 Leader of the Class Sale Futurity Wednesday at Indiana Grand.

Ridden by Erik Esqueda, the sorrel freshman is now three for five in his brief career.

Mr Michel (photo) is not known for his great starts, having encountered trouble in the past. But he had no trouble in the Leader of the Class Futurity. Esqueda got him rolling in the first few strides. Once he gets rolling, he’s hard to stop.

Delreys Wagon Train and L.D. Martinez were in good position early on along with Keens Blood Legacy and Jose Ruiz in the center of the track. Midway through the 350-yard dash, Mr Michel came powering up and went right on by for the lead and the eventual win by one and one-quarter lengths. Leaving With Fire and Berkley Packer closed quickly on the outside for second, just a nose ahead of Knockout Swing and Rolando Pina for third.

The time of the sprint was 17.872 seconds, a new stakes record.

Mr Michel is owned by Alberto Valadez and trained by Claudio Barraza. Mark Michel bred the Kiss My Hocks gelding, who was a $17,500 purchase from last year’s QHRAI Speed Sale in Indiana.

Esqueda is the youngest of three brothers currently riding in Indiana, joining Cristian and Cesar. Still in his teens, the youngest Esqueda is now two for two aboard Mr Michel. It was the first career Futurity win for the top 10 Quarter Horse jockey as he guided the gelding to the fastest time in the trials leading up to the final.

Mr Michel now has nearly $100,000 in purse earnings for his connections. Esqueda was excited for the win aboard the standout two-year-old.

“He broke super well,” said Esqueda. “He gained the lead pretty early and finished really strong. I want to thank his connections. A huge thank you for getting the opportunity to ride such a great horse.”

The stakes race is a precursor to the first-ever qualifiers for the AQHA Bank of America Challenge Championships set for Monday at Indiana Grand. Two regional qualifiers are set on the card with the John Deere Juvenile Challenge as Race 9 and the Q Racing Videos Distaff Challenge set as Race 10. Points for the finals will be awarded in the events.

The 2022 Bank of America Challenge Championships will be hosted by Indiana Grand.

Fireball Baby scorches field in Hoosier Heartland Stakes at Indiana Grand

Fireball Baby earned her first stakes win of 2021 Wednesday with a commanding win in the 21st running of the $100,000 Hoosier Heartland Stakes. The mare now has five stakes wins to her credit, all at Indiana Grand.

“I received a text from Mr. (Philip) Bauer and he said this horse was the best in this race,” said jockey Marcelino Pedroza, a two-time leading rider at Indiana Grand. “He knows where his horses go, so I knew he was giving me a big opportunity. I was glad to get that text and I was ready to ride.”

Fireball Baby (photo) was ready to go when the gate sprung open. Pedroza had her in good striking position around the first turn in the one and one-sixteenth mile event before moving onto the lead down the backstretch three-wide as Brewsky and Joe Ramos held positioning inside with Hitthefloorrunning and Andres Ulloa sitting between horses.

Heading into the final turn, Pedroza asked Fireball Baby for a little more momentum and she responded with a big move, opening up to five lengths for the stretch drive. Pedroza kept the daughter of Noble’s Promise focused under a hand ride all the way to the wire for the win by five and one-quarter lengths.

Pretty Assets and DeShawn Parker closed for second over Hitthefloorrunning for third. The time of the race was 1:45.97.

“Early on, I just wanted to stay out of trouble,” said Pedroza. “At the three-quarter pole, she was pulling me. I knew then she was going to win. She was the best today.”

Fireball Baby is now six for 22 lifetime. The win in the Hoosier Heartland was her first of 2021 for Richard and Tammy Rigney’s Rigney Racing. They also bred the mare, who is by their sire, Noble’s Promise, who passed away following his first crop which includes Fireball’s Baby.

She now has in excess of $464,000 in career earnings and is inching closer to a spot among the state’s all-time top five money earners for Indiana sired horses. Philip Bauer, who began his stable in 2013 after working for Ken McPeek as an assistant trainer, conditions Fireball Baby for the Rigneys.

Cash Logistics gets the money in Empire Stakes at Indiana Grand

He’s been a fierce contender on the Indiana racing circuit for the past two years and Cash Logistics just added to his bankroll with a win Wednesday in the 21st running of the $100,000 Empire Stakes at Indiana Grand.

Ridden by Alex Achard, it was his second stakes win at Indiana Grand in Shelbyville, Indiana.

A field of 12 entered the gate for the Empire Stakes with Cash Logistics (photo) beginning his journey from post nine. A slow start caused him some traffic trouble early on before he was able to find his best stride and move up into fourth in three-wide fashion early in the one and one-sixteenth mile event. Royal Icing and Edgar Morales rallied quickly from the extreme outside to secure the top spot and led the field through the first half of the race.

Around the final turn, Vice Cop and Marcelino Pedroza had a short lead from the inside before the late closers began swooping in, which included Cash Logistics widest of all. In the stretch, Cash Logistics opened up on the field by more than two lengths and was under a hand ride by Achard to the wire for the win by two and one-quarter lengths.

Starspangledxpress and DeShawn Parker moved in for second over Max Express and Sammy Bermudez, who closed from the back of the pack to finish third. The time of the race was 1:45.75.

“He broke flat today, and he was bumped a little because of the late break,” said Achard, who has been aboard for four of his six career wins. “But once he got started, he was fine.”

Cash Logistics is owned by Charlie Hancock and James Hancock and was bred by James Hancock. Genevieve “GiGi” Londono has trained the horse since the very beginning for the Hancocks.

“He (James) bred this horse at our farm in Floyds Knobs,” said Charlie Hancock. “We have a few brood mares and I used to train, but we let GiGi handle that now. She’s done a great job for us.”

Charlie Hancock is a long time participant in Thoroughbred racing. A judge by trade following a 36-year career practicing law in Floyd County, he was the youngest person to ever hold a trainer’s license in the state of Kentucky. His father bought him his first horse, Man’s Quest, when he was 13 years old. Now, the Hancock family is continuing the tradition of winning races through Cash Logistics.

A son of Unbridled Express, Cash Logistics has six wins in 14 career starts. The five-year-old gelding is three for seven this season and his earnings were boosted to more than $270,000 with the win in the Empire Stakes.

“He’s the same horse in the barn that you see when he races,” said Londono. “He’s a neat horse to be around and does everything you ask of him. It makes my job easy.”

Aiden Hartsell leaving record-setting mark on Southwestern soccer program

Any list of the greatest Southwestern High School soccer players now starts with Aiden Hartsell.

In nine matches this season, the senior has collected all four offensive records within the Spartans program.

In Tuesday’s 8-0 win over Morristown, Hartsell scored five goals to push his season total to a program-record 36 goals and his career total to an even 100, also a program record.

Ranked No. 8 in the most recent state coaches poll in Class A, the Spartans improved to 7-2.

Hartsell (photo, left) clearly understands he is a talented scorer. He is pursuing a future playing at the collegiate level as his record-setting season progresses. The speedy, left-footed striker knows even more so his teammates are making this happen for him.

“I just want to lead my team in a positive way and make it far into the postseason. (The records) mean a lot but without the team those records wouldn’t have been able to happen,” he said Saturday morning after Southwestern’s 3-2 loss to No. 2 Providence. “It is all a team effort.”

Hartsell scored 35 goals and had 21 assists in 2020. So did his older brother, Anick, who has been wiped off the top of the Southwestern record board.

Head coach Taylor Meredith knew the offensive success of the 2021 Spartans would clearly be on Hartsell’s shoulders, but he did not expect such a scoring onslaught so early in the season.

In Southwestern’s season-opening 6-1 win over Knightstown, Hartsell scored three goals and had three assists to break Anick’s career assists record of 37. But by halftime and the Spartans up 2-0, Hartsell did not have a goal.

“We had a conversation at halftime where I said, ‘Hey, you might only get 15 goals this year and 30 assists instead,’” said Meredith, who earned career win No. 50 Tuesday against Morristown. “And then real quick I was wrong and I don’t even know why I said that.”

Hartsell scored three goals in just over six minutes in the second half to start his record-collecting spree.

In game two of the season, Hartsell scored six goals in Southwestern’s 7-1 win over Hauser to set a new program record for goals in a game. He has since moved that record to seven goals in one game.

And he broke Anick’s career goals scored record in match three, a 5-3 victory at Oldenburg Academy.

“There is that level where you have to want it more than everybody else,” said Meredith of a goal-scorer’s mentality. “And he does that. He has that mindset where he is going to score every single time.”

Hartsell is satisfied with the records but there is a bigger goal out there for his final season – winning the program’s first regional championship.

“The goal is to do better than last year,” said Hartsell of the Spartans’ 2-1 loss to Lutheran in the regional title game.

Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Providence, the defending state champs in Class A, could prove to be a stepping stone to accomplishing that feat and, potentially, set up a semistate rematch with the Pioneers.

“We will take this (loss) to heart and remember this one,” said Hartsell. “If we go far down the postseason we know we will see these guys again. We will take this game and let it humble us and push us and drive us the rest of the year.”

And it’s Hartsell in the driver’s seat for Southwestern.

“It’s his charisma that makes him special,” said Meredith. “He is the funniest kid. He is always loud and joking. He never backs down from a challenge. I think competing with his brother all of his life has made him special. He was always getting beat on by Anick, who was bigger and stronger and could put him in his place.

“Now that he is playing without him, it’s crazy. He is so fast and so talented with the ball on his feet. His competitive level is insane.”

Southwestern gets another postseason preview today with a road trip to Lutheran (5-3-1), ranked No. 9 in this week’s poll.

Prep Report: SHS soccer overwhelms Connersville with second-half surge

Shelbyville High School’s girls soccer team exploded for five second-half goals Tuesday to pull away from visiting Connersville for a 6-0 victory.

Ava Wilson scored three goals for the Golden Bears (5-3-1), winners of three straight. Evelyn Kiefer scored twice and Sophie Parker had her eighth goal of the season and team-leading 13th assist.

Kiefer (12 goals) and Wilson (11 goals) lead Shelbyville’s offensive attack.

Wilson and Emma Sandman also had assists in the victory.

Connersville is 4-4 this season.

In other prep events Tuesday:

Girls Golf

Franklin 154, Shelbyville 237

At The Legends, Franklin’s Ava Ray shot 2-under-par 34 to lead the 10th-ranked Grizzlies over the Golden Bears.

Reese Phillips and Morgan Sandrock shot 39s for Franklin and Maria Williams followed at 42.

Kaylee Tackett and Regan Mathies each shot 57 for Shelbyville. Completing the scorecard were Kate Linville (58), Madison Monroe (65) and Lanie Stephens (67).

Southwestern 213, Greenwood Christian 228

At Timbergate, Southwestern senior Lily Kerber shot a season-best round of 44 to lead the Spartans to the win.

Also for Southwestern, McKinley Correll carded 52, Alison Muck shot 58 and Sydney Griffin finished at 59.

Taylor Harris led Greenwood Christian with a 49. Emma Adams (51), Emily Heldmand (62), Eli Nipa (66) and Emma Hoge (67) competed for Greenwood Christian.

Morristown 234, Knightstown 261

At Royal Hylands, Delaney Cornn (51) and McKinley Kile (58) posted season-best scores to lead Morristown to a victory in its final regular season match.

Also for Morristown, Ashlee Ballinger shot 57 and Mollie Runnebohm carded 68.

 

 

Cascade 201, Triton Central Inc.

At Hawk’s Tail, Emma Branham (45) and Olivia Martin (59) posted season-best scores in the Tigers’ final regular season match.

Kendra Erdmann shot 60 to complete TC’s scoring.

Bri Andres led Cascade with a 44. Neveah Hubner was one shot back at 45. Mariah Richardson (54) and Kara Berge (58) completed Cascade’s scorecard.

Boys Soccer

Mt. Vernon 2, Shelbyville 2, PKs 10-9

At Mt. Vernon, Shelbyville’s Drew Hassebroek scored in the game’s final minute to tie the Hoosier Heritage Conference contest and send it to overtime.

After two scoreless overtime periods and 10 penalty kicks apiece, Shelbyville missed in round 11 and Mt. Vernon’s Zach Johnson was able to convert to get the Marauders (6-3, 4-2 HHC) the victory.

Johnson scored in regulation and Brennan LaBelle put a shot in the net as Mt. Vernon built a 2-0 lead.

Al Hernandez cut the deficit in half for Shelbyville (6-5, 1-2 HHC) off an assist from Benny Cazares and Hassebroek sent the match to overtime with his late-match heroics.

Mt. Vernon won the junior varsity game, 4-1. Trent Todd scored Shelbyville’s lone goal.

Southwestern 8, Morristown 0

The Class A, No. 8-ranked Spartans improved to 7-2 this season on another record-setting night for senior Aiden Hartsell.

Hartsell scored five first-half goals to push his season total to 36, surpassing the single-season scoring record he held with his brother, Anick, that was set in 2020.

Aiden Hartsell also reached the 100 career goals milestone in the win.

Johnny Joy, Jordan Jones and Garrett Stringer also had goals for Southwestern.

Eli Fix was credited with two saves in goal. Michael Clements had one.

Morristown goalkeeper Dyllan Ruttledge had five saves.

In a junior high match, Southwestern defeated Morristown, 4-0.

Carter Cooley had two goals and an assist for Southwestern. Ethan Sipes and Landon Drake also scored goals. Kiera Stringer finished with two assists.

Boys Tennis

Waldron 4, Hauser 1

At Hauser, the visiting Mohawks (5-7) swept the three singles matches and got a straight-set win at No. 2 doubles to defeat the Jets.

Bryant Becker and Matthew Thomas won at No. 2 doubles, 7-5, 6-0.

Waldron got singles wins from Lucas Shaw (7-6, 6-3), Jack Fischer (6-7, 6-1, 6-3) and Josh Kellems (6-3, 6-2).

At No. 1 doubles, Hauser’s Eli Miller and Levi Gollmer defeated Max Jones and Jacob Lindsey, 6-2, 6-1.

Isaiah Jones won a junior varsity match for Waldron, 8-5.

Southwestern 5, Oldenburg Academy 0

The Spartans (4-5) lost just one game in sweeping all three singles matches and accepted forfeits in both doubles matches.

At No. 1 singles, Hunter Pappano defeated Will Hollingsworth, 6-1, 6-0.

Jackson Burcham was victorious at No. 2 singles over Thad Eaglin, 6-0, 6-0.

And at No. 3 singles, Ben Schlabach defeated Carson Rater, 6-0, 6-0.

 

 

Triton Central 4, Edinburgh 1

At Triton Central, the host Tigers won their seventh straight match to improve to 12-5 this season.

The doubles combinations of Quinton Potts and Avram Rund (No. 1 doubles) and Griffin Sego and Oliver Gearlds (No. 2 doubles) lost just one game combined to improve to 13-4 this season.

Tucker Hutchinson also improved to 13-4 at No. 2 singles with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Travis Jones.

Ashton Sturm improved to 8-2 at No. 3 singles with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Austin Brockman.

Edinburgh’s Max Blanford defeated Alex Crouse at No. 1 singles, 7-6 (4), 3-0 (retired).

 

 

Volleyball

Shelbyville def. Morristown, 25-16, 25-8, 25-7

At Morristown, Shelbyville started slow but dominated the second and third sets to secure the victory.

Jaidyn Tackett led the Golden Bears (9-6), winners of five of their last six, with 13 kills and 11 digs. Shelby Lasure added 12 kills.

Emma Nolley and Payton Jackson each had four aces. Kina Schultz collected three total blocks.

Gracie Leffler added to her career assists record with 35 assists.

Cross Country

Morristown Inc., Oldenburg Academy Inc.

At Morristown, Zavier Poole finished second in the boys race in a season-best time of 19 minutes, 52 seconds.

Grace McLaughlin won the girls race in 27:27.

Prep Report: TC volleyball needs five sets to take down Knightstown

Maddy Brown and Brooklyn Bailey each had 20 kills to lead Triton Central to its fourth-straight win Monday over visiting Knightstown, 25-11, 24-26, 25-18, 24-26, 15-6.

Brown and Bailey did most of the damage for Triton Central, now 8-4. No other Tiger had more than four kills in the win.

Julia Sanders had a team-high four service aces with Brown and Bailey combining for five more. Sanders also had a team-high 29 digs over the five sets. Hallie Schweitzer finished with 20 digs.

Kate Isley collected 27 assists. Maia Harris had 11 assists.

For Knightstown (3-6), Paige Personett had 10 kills. Gwen Dyer finished with 19 digs and 28 assists.

The Panthers have lost three straight.

In other prep events Monday:

Girls Golf

Shelbyville 218, Beech Grove Inc.

At Blue Bear, Regan Mathies matched her season-best score of 49 to take the medalist honor and lead the Golden Bears to the win.

Kaylee Tackett and Kate Linville each shot 52 and Lanie Stephens carded 65.

The Hornets were led by Brooke Roessler’s 61.

Greenwood Christian 240, Morristown 245, Triton Central Inc.

At Blue Bear, Triton Central’s Emma Branham bested the field with a round of 47. Kendra Erdmann shot a season-best 53 and Olivia Martin finished at 62 for the Tigers.

Delaney Cornn led Morristown with a 54. Also on the Yellow Jackets’ scorecard were Ashlee Ballinger (56), McKinley Kile (64) and Mollie Runnebohm (71).

Taylor Harris led Greenwood Christian with a 48.

Girls Soccer

Ritter 1, Triton Central 1 (PKs 3-0)

At Triton Central, Lizzie Graham scored her team-leading 10th goal of the season but the Tigers (1-7) struggled in the penalty-kick round and lost their seventh-straight match.

Graham put the Tigers up 1-0 at halftime but the Raiders (6-3) recovered with a second-half goal.

 

 

Boys Tennis

Triton Central 5, Waldron 0

At Waldron, just two days after defeating the host Mohawks in the Shelby County Tournament championship, the Tigers secured another 5-0 victory to improve to 11-5 this season.

At No. 1 singles, Triton Central’s Alex Crouse improved to 9-7 with a hard fought 7-5, 1-6, 10-5 win over Lucas Shaw.

Tucker Hutchinson collected his Shelby County-leading 12th win of the season at No. 2 singles, 7-5, 6-4 over Jack Fischer. Hutchinson is 12-4 this season.

Ashton Sturm improved to 7-2 at No. 3 singles with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Josh Kellems.

Quinton Potts and Avram Rund matched Hutchinson’s win total with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Max Jones and Jacob Lindsey. Potts and Rund are 12-4.

Oliver Gearlds and Griffin Sego also moved to 12-4 at No. 2 doubles with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Bryant Becker and Matthew Thomas.

Waldron dropped to 4-8.

In junior varsity singles matches, TC’s Cole Thomas and Jameson Palmer defeated Isaiah Jones and Andy Lacy, respectively, 8-1.

Morristown 3, Lutheran 2

At Lutheran, the Yellow Jackets got singles wins from Grant Kessler and Tyler Schonfeld and added a forfeit victory at No. 2 doubles to collect the team’s first win of the season.

At No. 1 singles, Kessler defeated Reese Bullock, 6-2, 6-2.

Schonfeld was equally strong at No. 2 singles, netting a 6-1, 6-1 win over Blake Miller.

Carson Essex and Jerry Riley accepted a forfeit victory at No. 2 doubles.

At No. 3 singles, Lutheran’s Isaac Vance topped Austin Gabbard, 6-1, 6-0.

And at No. 1 doubles, Cole Perkins and Caden Perkins defeated Bryce Bryant and Rylan Janes, 6-4, 6-0.

Morristown is 1-6 this season.

Greenfield-Central 4, Shelbyville 1

At Shelbyville, Aidan Asher improved to 8-6 at No. 1 singles for the Golden Bears (2-11) with a 6-2, 7-6 (4) victory over Mathew Hyre.

Chris Long defeated Shelbyville’s Logan Prickett at No. 2 singles, 6-4, 6-1.

Caden Robertson topped Cade McNicholas at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-0.

At No. 1 doubles, Corbin Tilley and Jack Weidner defeated Connor Zobel and Karson Schaf, 6-1, 6-0.

And at No. 2 doubles, Tyler White and Casey Hunt bested Charlie Rife and Layne Pogue, 6-0, 6-1.

Volleyball

Morristown def. Southwestern, 25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 25-14

At Morristown, the Yellow Jackets played their first match since Aug. 31. With the win, the Yellow Jackets improved to 4-4 this season.

Southwestern dropped to 5-7.

Morristown won the junior varsity match, 25-17, 19-25, 15-7.

Waldron def. Rushville, 25-11, 25-15, 25-11

At Rushville, the visiting Mohawks won their fourth straight match to improve to 9-5 this season.

Olivia Yager led Rushville (1-7) with four kills, six assists and eight digs.

Cross Country

Morristown’s Zavier Poole ran his home course in 21 minutes, 29 seconds while Grace McLaughlin completed the course in 27:16.

Southwestern climbs back into top 10 in state soccer coaches poll

Southwestern soccer’s loss to the defending state champions turned out to be a win in the most recent state coaches poll released Monday afternoon.

Providence, the defending Class A state champions, scored with just under four minutes remaining Saturday, to secure a 3-2 win at Southwestern. The Pioneers were ranked No. 4 in the poll but climbed two spots this week.

Southwestern was 11th but is now back in the top 10.

Park Tudor is No. 1 in the Class A poll followed by Providence, University, North White and South Knox. Kouts is sixth ahead of Heritage Christian, Southwestern, Lutheran and Cascade.

Southwestern is at Lutheran Thursday.

Guerin Catholic is No. 1 in Class 2A followed by West Lafayette, Fort Wayne Canterbury, Mishawaka Marian, Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, Gibson Southern, Heritage Hills, Speedway and Culver Academies.

Fishers leads a central Indiana dominated top five in Class 3A. Noblesville is No. 2 followed by Chesterton, Hamilton Southeastern and Castle. Elkhart is sixth ahead of Penn, Evansville Memorial, Valparaiso and Northridge.

On the girls side, Noblesville is No. 1 and Hamilton Southeastern is No. 2 in 3A. Carmel is third followed by Homestead, Bloomington South, North Central, South Bend St. Joseph, Columbus North, Zionsville and Center Grove.

Second loss drops Triton Central to 15th in state football coaches poll

Triton Central’s second loss of the season nearly knocked it out of the Indiana State Football Coaches poll released Monday.

The Tigers, now 2-2, are ranked 15th in the Class 2A poll behind Speedway (4-0), Scecina (3-1), Eastern Hancock (3-1), and North Posey (4-0).

Fort Wayne Luers (4-0) continues to be ranked No. 1 in 2A. Eastbrook (4-0), Andrean (2-2), Tipton (4-0), Evansville Mater Dei (3-1), Heritage Christian (4-0), Eastside (4-0), Linton-Stockton (4-0), Rensselaer Central (3-1) and Lafayette Central Catholic (2-2) complete the top 10.

In Class A, Lutheran (4-0), one of two teams to defeat Triton Central this season, remains No. 1 ahead of Adams Central (3-1), South Adams (4-0), Monroe Central (4-0), Winamac (3-0), Parke Heritage (3-1), Covenant Christian (3-1), North Judson (4-0), Springs Valley (4-0) and Churubusco (2-2).

Brebeuf (4-0) and West Lafayette (4-0) are No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in Class 3A. Gibson Southern (3-1) is third ahead of Danville (3-1), Tri-West (4-0), Lawrenceburg (3-1), Mt. Vernon (Posey) (4-0), Brownstown Central (4-0), Owen Valley (4-0) and Western Boone (2-2).

In Class 4A, Roncalli (4-0) is No. 1 followed by Mooresville (4-0), East Noble (3-0), Leo (4-0), Jasper (4-0), East Central (3-1), Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (3-1), Northridge (4-0), Chatard (0-4) and Northview (4-0).

Three unbeaten teams sit atop the 5A poll with Cathedral (4-0) at No. 1. The Irish are followed by Valparaiso (4-0), Bloomington South (4-0), Fort Wayne Dwenger (3-1), Decatur Central (3-1), Fort Wayne Snider (2-1), Zionsville (2-2), Mishawaka (3-1), Kokomo (4-0), Bloomington North (3-1) and Castle (3-1).

Center Grove is No. 1 in 6A at 4-0. Westfield (3-1), Carmel (3-1), Merrillville (4-0) and Brownsburg (3-1) round out the top five. Warren Central (3-1) is sixth with Hamilton Southeastern (4-0), Ben Davis (2-2), Chesterton (4-0) and Lawrence North (3-0) rounding out the top 10.

Prep Report: Southwestern's Kerber, Muck earn All-MHC accolades

Edinburgh was crowned Mid-Hoosier Conference Girls Golf Tournament champion Saturday while two Southwestern golfers earned All-MHC honors.

Led by Izzy Richardson and Macie Blandford, the Lancers’ posted a team score of 422 at Timbergate Golf Course to claim the team title.

Southwestern was second at 443. Morristown finished third at 493. No other MHC school has a girls golf program in 2021.

Richardson was the medalist for the tournament with a 28-over-par score of 100. Blandford finished one stroke back at 101.

Completing the Edinburgh scorecard was 110 from Gracie Myers and 111 from Jillan Turner.

Southwestern’s Lily Kerber also posted 101 to finish runner-up in the individual standings. Alison Muck shot 104 to join Richardson, Blandford and Kerber on the All-MHC team (photo above).

Also for Southwestern, McKinley Correll shot 111 and Sydney Griffin finished at 127.

Delaney Cornn topped Morristown’s scorecard with a 109. McKinley Kile (121), Ashlee Ballinger (123) and Mollie Runnebohm (140) also represented the Yellow Jackets.

In other prep events Saturday:

Girls Golf

Hoosier Heritage Conference Tournament

At Albany Golf Club, Mt. Vernon’s Alaina Nugent was the individual winner and her Marauders won the team title.

Mt. Vernon shot 351 to secure a 25-shot victory over Pendleton Heights (376). Greenfield-Central (389) finished third and the host, Delta (392), placed fourth.

The second half of the standings included Yorktown (397), New Palestine (408) and Shelbyville (432). New Castle did not have a team score.

Regan Mathies led Shelbyville with a 104. Kate Linville followed at 107. Madison Monroe shot 108 and Kaylee Tackett finished at 113.

Boys Soccer

Providence Cristo Rey 4, Morristown 2

Kevin Cervantes scored a pair of goals and Jose Sanchez had a goal and two assists to keep the Wolves (6-0) unbeaten this season.

Both teams scored twice in the first half before Providence Cristo Rey pulled away.

Bryan Jara also scored a goal and Jayro Guerrero had two assists in the win.

Morristown dropped to 2-5-1 this season.

Girls Soccer

Shelbyville 5, Delta 3

At Delta, the visiting Golden Bears fell behind 2-0 at halftime and 3-2 in the second half but rallied for the HHC victory.

Delta’s Addie Chester, a University of Louisville recruit, scored a pair of first-half goals to give the Eagles (5-3, 0-3 HHC) the lead at the break.

Shelbyville (4-3-1, 2-2 HHC) responded with two quick goals early in the second half but Chester got the hat trick to help Delta regain the lead. The senior now has 34 goals scored this season to lead the state standings.

It was all Shelbyville from there, scoring three times to secure the road victory.

Evelyn Kiefer had two goals for Shelbyville to push her season total to 10, which leads all Shelby County soccer players. She also had an assist.

Ava Wilson collected her eighth goal of the season and Sophie Parker notched her seventh.

Macy Cooley was credited with two saves in goal.

Boys Tennis

Shelbyville Invitational

Shelbyville’s No. 1 singles player Aidan Asher won both his matches but the Golden Bears finished 0-2.

Columbus East defeated the Golden Bears (2-10), 3-2. Asher and Ian Blackketter, playing at No. 3 singles, secured match wins.

Shelbyville then lost 4-1 to Seymour. Asher had the only match win.

Volleyball

Noblesville Invitational

Shelbyville rolled into the championship match where it lost a thrilling three-set match to the host Millers.

The Golden Bears, 8-6 now, opened the tournament with a 25-14, 20-25, 15-10 win over Wes-Del (12-3). Jaidyn Tackett, Madison Bassett, Ashlyn Turner and Emily Parker combined for 21 kills.

Emma Nolley and Tackett each had four service aces. Nolley led the team with 11 digs.

Shelbyville followed with a 25-20, 25-15 victory over Jay County (4-7). Bassett and Parker combined for 17 kills. Gracie Leffler collected 26 assists.

The Golden Bears defeated Franklin Central, 25-15, 25-13 to reach the championship match.

Parker had a team-high 10 kills in the win. Tackett had four aces. Kina Shultz added three total blocks. Parker and Payton Jackson combined for 13 digs.

Shelbyville won the first set against Noblesville but the Millers rallied to secure the championship, 21-25, 25-18, 15-12.

Tackett, Turner and Parker each had eight kills. Tackett had four aces to finish the day with 16 total. Bassett and Turner combined for five total blocks. Nolley had a team-high 11 digs and Leffler collected 25 more assists.

Noblesville (7-6) was led by Gabby Weihe’s 11 kills and four blocks. Ella Peter had 10 kills. Riley Branch had 30 assists.

 

 

Cross Country

Whiteland Invitational

Shelbyville’s Stefanie Howard and Michael Fox (photo above) finished on the podium Saturday with strong performances in Whiteland.

Howard placed seventh overall (20 minutes, 35 seconds) for a Golden Bears team that finished seventh in the team standings. Also competing for Shelbyville were Kaila Brattain (30th, 22:42), Angel Kreider (39th, 23:31), Beech Grove transfer Hannah Wright (42nd, 23:55), Kaylie McDonald (44th, 24:02) and Daisy Barrett (70th, 28:30).

 

 

Southwestern finished ninth in the team standings and was led by Lilly Rooks’ 21st-place finish in 22:03 (photo above). Gracie Schlabach was 30th (22:46); Jenna Drake finished 37th (23:27); Maxine Higdon placed 64th (26:48); and Malori Pike finished 69th (28:23).

Waldron was 11th in the team standings. Scoring for the Mohawks were Hallie Ross (41st, 23:45), Cheyenne Lozier (52nd, 24:56), Sophie Hudnall (53rd, 24:57) and Riley Price (66th, 27:09).

Triton Central’s Hallie Schweitzer finished 24th in 22:16.

Fox, Waldron’s Will Larrison and Shelbyville’s Beau Kenkel each had top-25 performances Saturday.

Fox finished 14th in 18:18. Larrison was 18th in 18:22. And Kenkel placed 23rd in 18:34.

Shelbyville finished seventh in the team standings with Ben Hinojosa (64th, 21:29), Isaac Zermeno (69th, 22:10), Gavin Harker (77th, 24:17), Gaige Harker (78th, 24:40) and Isaiah Havens (81st, 25:10).

Larrison helped the Mohawks finish ninth in the team standings. Also competing for Waldron were Jared Crosby (32nd, 19:02), Caden Shaeffer (41st, 19:20), Skylar Ferguson (57th, 20:43), Nathaniel Evans (61st, 21:08) and Ethan Richardson (73rd, 22:41).

Southwestern finished 11th with Dane Kissell (45th, 19:32), Dakota Claiborne (47th, 19:54), Ryan Griffin (67th, 21:38), Elias Clark (71st, 22:14) and Collin Cummings (82nd, 25:22).

Triton Central was 13th with Owen Sprinkle (55th, 20:35), Lucas Bear (70th, 22:12), Hank Hadler (74th, 22:43) and Corbin Maurice (80th, 25:01).

Shelbyville Middle School’s girls cross country team finished seventh in the team standings with Haylee Barnes (28th, 14:10), Sophia Cunningham (32nd, 14:12), Kathryn Seal (66th, 16:09), Courtney Gross (81st, 17:38), Aerin Garcia-Santiago (82nd, 17:41), Serenity Sanders (89th, 18:14) and Claire Kamplain (92nd, 18:25) competing in Whiteland.

Southwestern’s Adalyn Brewer finished 64th (16:02) and Sienna Shaw was 73rd (17:13).

Triton Central tennis overpowers field to win Shelby County Tournament

Triton Central tennis steamrolled to another Shelby County Tournament title Saturday afternoon at Waldron High School.

The Tigers swept Southwestern, 5-0, in the semifinal round then followed suit in the championship match against the host Mohawks.

Triton Central improved to 10-5 this season with straight-set wins in all 10 of its matches Saturday.

In the semifinal round against the Spartans, TC’s singles players dropped just six games overall in securing three victories.

Alex Crouse defeated Grant Emerick, 6-0, 6-1. Tucker Hutchinson topped Hunter Pappano, 6-1, 6-1. And Ashton Sturm bested Justin Swift, 6-1, 6-2.

Triton Central’s No. 1 doubles team of Avram Rund and Quinton Potts defeated Tristan Pappano and Caleb Pappano, 7-5, 6-3.

And Griffin Sego and Oliver Gearlds defeated Carter Snepp and Ty Burcham, 6-4, 6-0.

Southwestern fell to 3-4 this season.

In the other semifinal match, Waldron blanked Morristown, 5-0.

Lucas Shaw topped Tyler Schonfeld, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles.

At No. 2 singles, Jack Fischer defeated Grant Kessler, 6-4, 6-3.

And Josh Kellems won at No. 3 singles over Austin Gabbard, 6-1, 6-0.

Waldron’s No. 1 doubles pairing of Max Jones and Jacob Lindsay defeated Bryce Bryant and Rylan Janes, 6-3, 6-2.

And Bryant Becker and Matthew Thomas rolled past Carson Essex and Jerry Riley, 6-1, 6-1.

Morristown is 0-6 this season.

In the championship match, the young Waldron squad battled Triton Central but failed to win a set.

Crouse defeated Shaw at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 7-6 (6).

Hutchinson prevailed over Fischer, 6-1, 7-5.

And Sturm topped Kellems, 6-4, 6-1.

Rund and Potts defeated Jones and Lindsey, 6-2, 6-3.

While Gearlds and Sego secured a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Matthew Thomas.

The Mohawks are 4-7 this season.

Shelbyville football caught in frustrating cycle with COVID-19 protocols

Brian Glesing grabbed a pair of shoes, put them on and leaned back into the black chair inside the football coaching office Friday afternoon. The frustration of dealing with COVID-19 was evident as he prepared for a three-day weekend rather than a Saturday afternoon conference football game at New Castle.

“It’s very frustrating. We are meeting with the administration every day,” said Glesing, who had Shelbyville off to a 1-1 start but has seen week three’s home game against Delta and week four’s road game at New Castle cancelled because of a lack of available players for each game. “We are just following the rules. That is all we can do.”

Shelbyville’s program had players out due to COVID-19 and contact tracing in the first two weeks of the season but the numbers game finally caught up with a team that does not have a deep roster.

Glesing was still in full preparation mode through Thursday of week three of the regular season but he knew the COVID-19 numbers were not trending in the right direction as his team prepared for Delta.

“We had some injuries and we had some COVID-19 (cases) but we were still OK,” he said. “Then Thursday night at about 9 p.m., some players started texting the coaching staff and myself that they had received the letter, the dreaded contact tracing letter. At that point, we were already barely surviving with the COVID (protocols) and they added about five or six more (players). That devastated us.”

Shelbyville was to travel to New Castle today for a 1 p.m. Hoosier Heritage Conference game but that was canceled earlier in the week. A week five trip to Greenfield-Central is very much in doubt because of the lack of players practicing.

Glesing estimated he had 14 players, sophomores through seniors, at practice Thursday with about six more freshmen. Once the players are cleared to return from quarantine, there is still the IHSAA-mandated rule that a player must have a minimum number of practices before competing again.

“You get a couple kids back and a couple more get added (to the quarantine list),” said Glesing, in his first season as Shelbyville’s head coach. “We get a couple kids back and three more get added. We get a couple kids back and then they get sent back home for more contact tracing. It’s like plugging a dam … plug one hole here and three more spots open.”

Glesing is not questioning the process of dealing with a pandemic. Shelbyville’s program is not the only one experiencing difficulties.

“I understand everybody’s position,” said Glesing. “We want the kids safe. Everyone is following the rules and the guidelines. It’s nobody’s fault. It’s just going to continue, and for us, it’s not even our players – yes we have some that are positive but more often than not it’s been from kids in school and being contact traced.

“It’s not just the football team. It’s kids getting contact traced from sitting in lunch together, or sitting in class together, or on the bus. It’s not just the football team, it’s the whole school.”

Shelbyville Central Schools system sent out a message Friday updating the COVID-19 cases in the district. Since Monday, there were 45 cases of COVID-19 reported and confirmed; 20 at Shelbyville High School, 11 at Shelbyville Middle School, four each at Coulston and Hendricks elementary schools and six at Loper Elementary.

As Glesing prepared Friday to leave the football facility, he received another text message from a player that received the contact tracing letter.

“It’s nobody’s fault. It just is what it is,” said Glesing. “Everyone has their political opinions on vaccination or no vaccination, we’re just following the rules.

“Now we do have some kids that are vaccinated and they don’t have to follow the (quarantine) protocol. It’s their choice and their family’s choice and we have not ever said that they have (to get vaccinated). It’s their right and their choice. You cannot fault that.”

Coming off the program’s first win in three seasons on Aug. 27 against Richmond, Glesing saw his newly-enthused squad have a great week of practice.

“This week, we have kind of treated it like spring practice,” he said. “We don’t have very many out there so a lot of the young kids have gotten good reps.”

The program opted not to practice Friday or today and will assess the situation again on Monday.

“I think Monday we will have a pretty good idea (if we play),” said Glesing.

Class A, No. 4 Providence slips past No. 11 Southwestern

Southwestern soccer coach Taylor Meredith warned his team to slow down the pace of play to make the most of each situation in the final minutes of a tie match Saturday morning.

That failure to change the mindset proved costly for the Class A, No. 11 Spartans against Class A, No. 4 Providence.

Providence senior Billy Hoke, who already had two goals in the contest, centered the ball across the front of the Southwestern net which was not cleared. Providence junior Luke Jorden didn’t miss the opportunity to score the game-winning goal.

With three minutes and 43 seconds left in regulation, Jorden’s goal gave the visiting Pioneers a 3-2 victory. The defending Class A state champions improved to 5-2-1 this season.

“Not that we were playing for a tie but we were still playing like we were down,” said Meredith. “There was a lot of buildup to (that goal) that was wrong and, again, I thought we were playing crazy like we were down a goal again and had a couple of people out of position.”

Aiden Hartsell scored both of Southwestern’s goal to push his season total to 31 – four short of tying the program record for a season – and career total to 95 – already a program record.

Hartsell’s first goal came in the match’s first 15 minutes Saturday when he raced down the far sideline, using his speed to get clearance, and fired a shot to the far corner past Providence goalkeeper Charlie Scott.

Nine minutes later, Hoke broke free from his defender and slipped a shot past Southwestern goalkeeper Eli Fix.

Hoke broke through the Southwestern defense early in the second half and beat Fix once again for a 2-1 lead.

Southwestern picked up the offensive push from there and found opportunities to tie the match. Off a Hartsell corner kick, Jordan Jones headed a shot that rose just over the top of the goal with 18 minutes left.

Six minutes later, Hartsell settled a Jonah DeArmitt pass into the middle of the field, eluded a defender and beat Scott to the far post to tie the match.

After Jorden put the Pioneers back in the lead, Southwestern got one final corner kick attempt from Hartsell but Scott rose above the bodies and punched the pass out toward midfield.

Saturday’s match was a potential semistate preview, should both teams get that far.

“There are always better teams out there than what we’ve been playing,” said Hartsell of the unique pairing. “We knew this would be the hardest match of the season when we scheduled them.”

The Spartans have never won a regional title but are experienced and have an elite scorer that opponents are now focusing on stopping.

“Early in the season, Aiden could kind of do his own thing and make it work,” said Meredith. “(Providence) knew Aiden going in. They were prepared for him. That is something we are going to have to work on at practice to give Aiden some different tools and give him some more support as well.”

The Spartans, 6-2 now, have two conference matches this week against Morristown Tuesday and Hauser Friday with another battle against a state-ranked team in Class A, No. 10 Lutheran (5-2-1) in between on Thursday.

“We are good. We knew we would have a test against Attucks (Southwestern’s only other loss this season, 3-1) and we knew this would be a test and we have Indy Lutheran coming up but we’ve already beaten everyone in our sectional,” said Meredith. “That’s a big confidence boost for these guys.”

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