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Strong first half propels Class 2A, No. 2 Triton Central to rout of 2A No. 7 Scecina

FAIRLAND – Tim Able refuses to let Triton Central be content. Not even after a 35-point first half against the No. 7 ranked team in the state.

Class 2A, No. 2 Triton Central put five touchdowns on the scoreboard in the opening half Friday at Mendenhall Field and cruised to a 38-14 victory that leaves the Tigers all alone in second place in the Indiana Crossroads Conference standings.

“It was a good first half … but not great,” said TC head coach Tim Able, now 96-36 in his 11th season in Fairland. “We had some opportunities early offensively. They drove it on us a couple of times then gave us tough field position but once we got rolling on offense we did pretty good.”



Levi Dewey (photo) sparked the Senior Night crowd in attendance with a 48-yard punt return for a touchdown after Scecina’s first drive netted only one first down. The senior accounted for 14 points in the game with the touchdown return, five successful extra-point kicks and a late field goal.

After a second drive stalled for Scecina (4-3, 2-2 ICC), Triton Central started at the Crusaders’ 42 and Jace Stuckey collected his first of three touchdown passes in the win, connecting with freshman Henry Kemper for a short catch and run 22 yards to make it 14-0.

That was the start of five straight scoring possessions that enabled Triton Central (6-1, 4-1 ICC) to use a running clock in the second half to finish off the Crusaders.



Stuckey added scoring strikes of 16 yards to Brayden Wilkins and 15 yards to Mason Compton (photo) and a 17-yard scoring run – all in the second quarter. But it was the next to last play before halftime that saw Stuckey take a low hit along the sideline that left him injured.

“Jace ran the ball too much tonight,” said Able. “He wanted to run it all week. I tried to back him off, but he has to run but he also needs to know when to get down and he didn’t quite do that tonight.”

Stuckey sat out the second half and walked with a noticeable limp while on the sideline. The senior finished with a team-high 104 yards rushing and just seven passes total for 96 yards.



Wilkins finished just short of 100 yards of offense with 50 yards rushing and 48 yards receiving. Kemper (photo) had 43 yards on seven carries – all in the first half.

“He is a good receiver, long and lean but still a freshman that is not as strong as he will be,” said Able of Kemper, who started for the injured Ray Crawford in the backfield. “With his height and leverage, he did a pretty good job and always fell forward with the ball. That’s the most important thing. He just gave us another threat.”

Scecina had just under 100 yards of offense in the first half as quarterback David Mendez completed only six passes and threw an interception.

Scecina scored touchdowns on its first two possessions of the second half but the running clock proved to be Triton Central’s ally.



Quarterback Sam Collier (photo) got invaluable experience, completing 5 of 6 pass attempts for 63 yards in place of Stuckey. He drove the offense down the field after the Crusaders scored their second touchdown to set up Dewey’s 20 yard field goal inside the game’s final two minutes.

Triton Central is on the road for the final two weeks of the regular season. The Tigers travel to Beech Grove (3-4, 2-4 ICC), a 62-20 winner over Ritter Friday, and then to Speedway (2-5, 0-4 ICC) for the regular-season finale.

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Thomas, Neal rush for five touchdowns in New Palestine's 49-7 win over Shelbyville

Grayson Thomas ran for three touchdowns and Gavin Neal ran for two more in Class 4A, No. 4 New Palestine’s 49-7 win Friday over Shelbyville at Kelso Stadium.

Thomas, who finished with 108 yards rushing, and Neal each had two first-half touchdowns and Mason Hiatt hauled in a 19-yard scoring strike from Neal to get the Dragons (5-2, 5-0 Hoosier Heritage Conference) a 35-0 halftime advantage.

Thomas added his third score late in the third quarter to extend the lead to 42-0.



Donavon Martin (photo) added a second-half touchdown to get Shelbyville on the scoreboard.

New Palestine’s Malachi Haines notched his first career touchdown with a 10-yard scoring run in the game’s final seconds.

Shelbyville lost its third-straight game and dropped to 3-4 overall and 1-4 in the HHC.

The Golden Bears host Mt. Vernon in what will be the regular-season home finale at McKeand Stadium.

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Waldron wins first tennis sectional title since 2019

The Shelbyville Tennis Sectional championship came down to one final set at No. 3 singles.

Shelbyville won both doubles matches. Waldron took the first two singles matches bringing the sectional title down to a No. 3 singles match between Waldron’s Jack Fischer and Shelbyville’s Barni Kovacs.

The pair did not face each other in the regular-season match.

Kovacs won the first set but Fischer secured the second set. Fischer raced out to a 5-2 advantage in the third set and finished off Kovacs, 6-3, to set off the championship celebration.

Waldron (19-4), with its first sectional title since 2019, will face the winner of the Connersville Sectional Tuesday in a semifinal match at the Center Grove Regional. Center Grove will face the winner of the Perry Meridian Sectional in the other regional semifinal.



Shelbyville’s No. 1 doubles pairing of Karson Schaf (photo, right) and Aiden Smith (photo, left), now 20-4 this season, advanced into the state doubles tournament with their win Friday over the Mohawks.

They could face Triton Central’s Connor Evans and Eli Sego in the sectional doubles tournament that starts next week at Center Grove. Evans and Sego won their sectional semifinal match Thursday to qualify for the state doubles tournament.

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Waldron, Shelbyville advance to tennis sectional championship match

Waldron was defeated in the Shelby County Tennis Tournament championship match by Triton Central. A regular-season rematch two days later also did not go in favor of the Mohawks.

So when the IHSAA announced the Shelbyville Tennis Sectional draw Monday, Waldron knew it was set up for a potential third opportunity to take down the Tigers.

On Thursday at Shelbyville High School, Charlie Fischer and Jack Fischer (main photo) were dominant at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively, and Lucas Shaw overcame Tucker Hutchinson at No. 1 singles to propel the Mohawks into today’s sectional championship match against Shelbyville.

Charlie Fischer defeated Janssen Capps, 6-1, 6-1. Jack Fischer followed suit against Max Crouse, 6-1, 6-0.



Shaw (photo) battled his way to a 7-5, 7-6 (4) win over Hutchinson to secure the match win, 3-2.

At No. 1 doubles, Triton Central’s Connor Evans and Eli Sego topped Jacob Lindsey and Caiden Young, 6-1, 6-3. With the win, Evans and Sego will advance into the state doubles tournament next week.

Ben Toth and Caleb McGuire needed three sets to defeat Waldron’s Connor Hinchman and Jackson Kuhn, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles.

Triton Central finished its season at 16-7.

Waldron, a 5-0 winner over Southwestern Wednesday in the sectional opener, improved to 18-4 and will face Shelbyville (13-10), a 5-0 winner over Morristown Thursday in the other semifinal match.

The Yellow Jackets only had three entrants for the sectional semifinal match and all three played singles matches, allowing Shelbyville to receive forfeit victories at both doubles matches.

At No. 1 singles, Reece Prickett defeated Chad McMichael, 6-0, 6-0.

Caden Claxton was victorious at No. 2 singles over Michael Ballinger, 6-0, 6-0.

And Barni Kovacs bested Eli Graves at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-0.

The Mohawks defeated Shelbyville, 3-2, in late August but both programs have altered their lineup since that meeting.

The sectional champion advances to the Center Grove Regional for a Tuesday semifinal match against the Connersville Sectional champion.

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Prep Report: Waldron's Larrison and Price win Shelby County Cross Country Meet titles

Waldron’s Will Larrison and Riley Price (photo) were crowned Shelby County Cross Country champions Thursday at Blue River Memorial Park in Shelbyville.

Competing at the cross country venue at BRMP, Larrison crossed the finish line in 18 minutes, 24 seconds to lead Waldron to the team victory.

The top five Mohawks finished in the top 13 Thursday. Jared Crosby was runner-up in 19:22. Nate Evans placed third in 19:37. Sam Jones finished 10th in 21:13 and Max Jones was 14th in 23:02.

Morristown was the only other entrant to field a team score. The top five for the Yellow Jackets were Ryan Crisman (20:43), Bradley Theobald (21:43), Thane Cole (22:38), Max Compton (22:39) and Drake Hibst (23:21).

Southwestern’s top finisher was Dakota Claiborne in fifth place in 20:12. Triton Central’s Liam Thompson finished seventh overall in 20:41.

Only nine girls started the Shelby County girls meet – and five represented Waldron, who was named champion.

Price led the field, winning the girls race in 22:57.

The remainder of the field included Morristown’s Grace McLaughlin (24:27) and Audrey Van Dyke (24:4), Waldron’s Sophie Hudnall (25:43), Avery Haehl (25:50) and Audrey Hogg (27:57), Southwestern’s Maxine Higdon (28:29), Waldron’s Grace Fisher (29:26) and Morristown’s Remi Spicklemire (29:44).

Triton Central’s girls team held off Morristown, 28-32, to win the Shelby County Junior High Girls Cross Country championship. Sawyer Murdick led the Tigers with a runner-up performance in 13:13.

Morristown’s Jo Kuhn won the girls race in 12:52.

Triton Central’s Gavin Bailey won the boys junior high race in 12:14 and helped the Tigers capture the team title with 30 points.

In other prep events:

Boys soccer

Southwestern 3, Bethesda Christian 2

At Bethesda Christian, the Class A, No. 12 Spartans trailed 1-0 nearly midway through the first quarter before Benjamin Kahler delivered the equalizer.

Tucker Simmons converted a penalty kick to open the second-half scoring. Simmons then added the game winner in the 76th minute after the Patriots (2-11) tied the contest in the 68th minute.

In its regular-season finale, Southwestern upped its record to 14-2.

Girls soccer

Shelbyville 3, Greenwood 1

At Greenwood, Ella Johnson, Alyna Castanon and Cyanne St. Bernard scored goals to push the Golden Bears’ record to 11-4 this season.

Macy Cooley was credited with 12 saves in goal.

Joelle Young scored the lone goal for Greenwood (8-6-2).

Triton Central 1, University 0

At Triton Central, Elaina Maurice’s second-half goal was all the host Tigers needed to defeat the Trailblazers (5-6-2).

Cheyenne Allen had 12 saves in goal to preserve the shutout victory.

Triton Central is 7-7 this season.


New Palestine def. Triton Central, 25-10, 25-15, 25-4

At New Palestine, the visiting Tigers struggled to get their offense in gear against the Dragons (19-4). Gwyn Williams finished with a team-high six kills while just one other Tiger had more than one kill.

Madi Peterson had two service aces and eight digs. Kate Isley had eight assists and seven digs.

Triton Central is 15-8.

Mt. Vernon def. Shelbyville, 25-20, 25-11, 27-25

At Mt. Vernon, Easton Wampler led the Marauders with 12 kills and nine digs. Sophia Damer followed with 10 kills and three aces, and Kate Ferguson had nine kills.

Setter Ava Whitmore collected 33 assists.

Mt. Vernon improved to 13-11 (4-2 HHC). Shelbyville dropped to 2-22 (0-6 HHC)

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Golden Bears preparing for toughest stretch of season

Shelbyville football closes out its regular-season schedule against three of the top four teams in the Hoosier Heritage Conference standings. That gauntlet starts Friday night at Class 4A, No. 4 New Palestine.

The Dragons (4-2, 4-0 HHC) have won four straight since season-opening losses at Class 6A, No. 6 Westfield (5-1) and Class 5A, No. 9 Decatur Central (4-2) and are fresh off a scintillating 21-14 win last week at previously-unbeaten Greenfield-Central.

New Palestine features the HHC’s top running back in Grayson Thomas, who is thriving behind a stellar offensive line.

“That offensive line is massive,” said Shelbyville head coach Scott Fitzgerald. “I don’t know where they are getting all these guys in Hancock County.

“(Thomas) has a really nice line in front of him but he does a fantastic job. He will press the ‘A’ gap every time, then he makes his decision and he is gone. Whether he is popping it out and hitting the ‘A’ or hitting the ‘B,’ wherever he is going, he is going to hit it and hit it hard.”

Thomas, a senior, has rushed for 843 yards and seven touchdowns against four HHC opponents this season. He has more than 5,000 career rushing yards now and is the first Dragon to rush for 1,000 yards in four straight seasons.

“We have to try and hit him before he gets it going,” said Fitzgerald. “We did that at times against Yorktown and then we saw once we let them get loose a little bit, they were difficult to get to. It’s the same thing this week.”

Just putting pressure on Thomas (1,158 yards, 12 TDs) and sophomore quarterback Gavin Neal (33 of 69 passing, 728 yards, 7 TDs) will be difficult with size mismatches for Shelbyville all along the line of scrimmage.

We have to play low. If we stand up and they get their hands on us they will bury us,” said Fitzgerald. “We have to play low and use what we have and that’s our speed. We have to be able to move and do some different things, bring blitzes in different areas.

“Obviously when you do that you can leave yourself short in some areas but we can’t just sit. If we sit, they will get right after it and maul us over. We have to move. We have to adjust and we have to try and come from areas they are not expecting us to come from.”



Starting middle linebacker Brayden Schultz (photo) is back after missing the last three games. He is part of a young and Friday-night inexperienced defensive unit.

“In a lot of places we are young,” said Fitzgerald. “We have some great seniors. Some kids that have really led us all year long. We do have a lot of young guys contributing and doing good things and will learn from the experiences they are getting this year and hopefully be able to build off it.”

The best way to slow New Palestine’s offense, averaging 34 points per game, is to keep it off the field. However, Shelbyville has scored just one touchdown in its last five meetings with the Dragons and have been held scoreless in the last four.

“And that’s the big thing, there have been plays there,” said Fitzgerald of only scoring a combined 19 points in the last two games. “When you  go back and watch the film you see things. There are plays to be had there. We miss a corner route. We miss a fade route on another one. We miss a crosser. We could have had a first down and we had a mesh route and we had two guys standing in the middle and he goes for a different route.

“And we have to be able to run the ball. We did at times and then we would make some mistakes and miss a guy and that one guy was making the tackle in the backfield. We’ve got to be clicking. It’s tough to be on and then be off, then be on and be off as far as your play calling because you never get into a good rhythm.”



Shelbyville will be without starting right guard Connor Duncan (photo), who injured a knee during pre-game last Friday against Yorktown and did not play. Senior Bayler Ward got the emergency start and will fill that role again at New Palestine.



“Ward (photo) did a good job on Friday night stepping in.” said Fitzgerald.



One of Shelbyville’s top players the last two weeks has been first-year punter Ben Price (photo). The senior had a career-long 58-yard punt at Greenfield-Central and has averaged netting 38 yards on punts over the last two games.

“He is doing a great job,” said Fitzgerald. “I think last week he averaged a little over 42 yards for his punts. I think he is really enjoying it. He is kind of kicking himself for not doing it a little bit sooner. We’ve loved having him out there. He is doing a fantastic job.”

Fitzgerald knows he cannot sell his team on defeating New Palestine – recent history is not on his side. So the approach is much simpler.

“Play by play. Play by play, then after the first quarter let’s see where we’re at. At the end of the second quarter, let’s see where we’re at,” explained Fitzgerald. “Whether we’re up, whether we’re down or whether we are tied, we will think 0-0 to start the next quarter. Let’s try and battle and win the quarter. Then, at the end of the game we will see where we’re at.”

Shelbyville missed out on a golden opportunity to capture a fourth win last week in front of a large Homecoming crowd. The energy around the week-long build up to Homecoming did not go unnoticed by the coaching staff.

“It was a great week for the community and for the school,” said Fitzgerald. “I think they are really showing their spirit, really coming out and supporting us. We really appreciate that.

“Obviously, we wanted to put on a little better show but, again, I felt like the kids played hard. If you go back and watch things, it’s a play of two that really made the difference.”



Shelbyville at Class 4A, No. 4 New Palestine

Game Time: 7 p.m. at Kelso Stadium at New Palestine High School.

Broadcast: New Palestine’s radio broadcast begins at 6 p.m. with a pregame show on NewPalRadio.com. Video coverage on ihsaatv.org starts at 6:55 p.m. There is a fee associated with the video broadcast.

2023 record: Shelbyville 3-2, 1-2 HHC; Class 4A, No. 4 New Palestine 4-2, 4-0 HHC.

Head coaches: Scott Fitzgerald, 3-3 in first year at Shelbyville; Kyle Ralph, 120-13 in 11th year at New Palestine.

Sagarin ratings: Shelbyville, 47.30, No. 42 in Class 4A; New Palestine, 84.43, No. 3 in Class 4A. New Palestine is a 39-point favorite.

Last meeting: New Palestine defeated Shelbyville, 56-0 in 2022.

Series: Shelbyville won the first six meetings with New Palestine from 1997-2002 but the Dragons have dominated since then winning 17 of 20, including the last 10 which syncs up with the arrival of Kyle Ralph in New Palestine.

Around the HHC Friday: Delta (5-1, 3-1 HHC) at Pendleton Heights (4-2, 2-2); Class 4A, No. 7 Greenfield-Central (5-1, 3-1) at Yorktown (4-2, 2-2); Mt. Vernon (2-4, 1-3) at New Castle (1-5, 0-4).

Class 4A, Sectional 23 records: Greenwood 4-2; Connersville 2-4; Shelbyville 3-3; Class 4A, No. 1 East Central 6-0; Silver Creek 4-2; Edgewood 1-5; Jennings County 3-3; Martinsville 3-3.

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Plenty at stake for Class 2A, No. 2 Triton Central on Senior Night

Tim Able has had great success at Triton Central, but of his 36 career losses in Fairland, nine have come against head coach Ott Hurrle’s Scecina Crusaders.

The 14th meeting of the two head coaches with a combined 429 career wins comes Friday at Triton Central in an Indiana Crossroads Conference battle between two top-10 ranked programs.

At stake is potentially sole possession of second place in the ICC standings behind Class A, No. 1 Indianapolis Lutheran (6-0, 5-0 ICC), who defeated both the Tigers and Crusaders by a combined score of 85-27.

“The higher you finish in the conference, the more players you can nominate (for postseason awards),” said Able. “The individual awards come with more team success.”

Both Class 2A, No. 2 Triton Central (5-1, 3-1 ICC) and 2A No. 7 Scecina (4-2, 2-1 ICC) are in the same sectional which means Friday’s clash could be a postseason preview, just as it was in 2022.



The regular season game went to overtime and Scecina scored first for a 21-14 lead. Triton Central answered with a touchdown and Levi Dewey (photo) delivered the extra-point kick to set up a second overtime session. Only the Crusaders were flagged for a penalty on the kick and Able opted to take the game-tying point off the scoreboard and go for the win.

Triton Central put the ball in running back Ray Crawford’s capable hands but Scecina defensive lineman Adam Young met him in the backfield and shut down the 2-point conversion attempt to give the Crusaders the win.

The sectional rematch proved even tougher for both teams but Triton Central prevailed 10-7 to get its first sectional win over the Crusaders during Able’s tenure.

Friday also is Senior Night on what is the only guaranteed home game left for the highly-successful Class of 2023.

“That should hit them pretty hard,” said Able. “It’s a pretty neat night when you are home on Senior Night.”

In three-and-a-half years in the program, the TC seniors are part of 33 wins and three sectional championships. The class can become the second straight graduating class to win four straight sectional titles. The class of 2022 accomplished that last year and finished their careers with 38 wins.

“They’ve been highly successful,” said Able of his senior class. “They’ve got to finish the deal now. We’ve won four sectionals in a row but that’s getting old.”

The Tigers’ sectional also features No. 4 Brownstown Central and 4-win Switzerland County. 

On Friday, it will be the quarterbacks that make their respective teams go. Scecina senior signal caller David Mendez has completed 52% of his pass attempts this season for 1,188 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also is the team’s leading rusher at 416 yards and six TDs.

“Their quarterback is really good,” said Able. “They are a little more run than pass. … They are good at the passing game, they just don’t do it as much.”

Scecina has four receivers with at least 15 receptions. Senior Keegan Ray has 23 catches for 419 yards and five TDs while junior Masyn McClellan leads the team with 27 catches for 322 yards and three TDs.

Mendez, McClellan and sophomore Eric Montgomery have combined for all 10 of Scecina’s rushing touchdowns.



Triton Central senior quarterback Jace Stuckey (photo) continues to assemble a stellar final season of his record-breaking career. The Eastern Michigan commit has completed 73% of his pass attempts (95 for 129) with 24 touchdowns to just one interception. Stuckey also has rushed for 390 yards over the first six games.



Senior Brayden Wilkins (photo) has aspirations to play collegiately and is garnering interest as one of Stuckey’ top targets. He has a team-leading 636 receiving yards and is a threat to score every time he touches the ball.

“He is a multidimensional receiver, linebacker and defensive back,” said Able. “He is a Swiss Army knife that can do everything except pass.”

Wilkins is one of 11 seniors listed on the roster. The final games in kelly green and white also are ahead for Mason Compton, Jace Stuckey, Courtney Dunville, Anthony Dunville, Sam Kemper, Levi Dewey, Ray Crawford, Garrett McElfresh, Henry Smith and Max Ray.

Triton Central has risen again to No. 2 in the Indiana Football Coaches Association poll in what has been a topsy-turvy season in Class 2A. The Tigers were ranked. No. 2 in the preseason poll and ascended to the No. 1 ranking ahead of playing and falling to Lutheran in week three. Since then, Scecina and Brownstown Central have held and lost the top ranking.

Linton-Stockton is currently ranked No. 1 in this week’s state coaches poll. Bluffton is No. 1 in the Associated Press poll which demonstrates there is not an overwhelming powerhouse team to be conquered in Class 2A.

“The rankings are kind of everywhere, but at the end of the year no one is going to go back and look at those rankings,” said Able.

Triton Central’s goal is the same as every other team that has been ranked No. 1 this season — be No. 1 when the season is over. 



Class 2A, No. 7 Indianapolis Scecina at Class 2A, No. 2 Triton Central

Game time: 7 p.m. at Mendenhall Field.

Broadcast time: 6 p.m. pregame show from Mendenhall Field on GIANT fm (96.5 fm, 106.3 fm, 1520 am and the GIANT fm app) with Johnny McCrory and Jeff Brown.

TC student theme: Neon/Construction.

2023 record: Scecina 4-2, 2-1 ICC; Triton Central 5-1, 3-1 ICC.

Head coaches: Ott Hurrle, 228-148 in 32nd year at Scecina, 229-157 in 34th year overall; Tim Able, 95-36 in 11th year at Triton Central, 220-134 in 30th year overall.

Sagarin ratings: Scecina 61.02, No. 7 in Class 2A; Triton Central 70.42, No. 1 in Class 2A. Triton Central is an 11-point favorite.

Last year: Triton Central lost at Scecina, 21-20.

Series: The two programs have played 15 times since 2011, including three postseason meetings, with Scecina holding a 10-5 advantage. The Crusaders have won eight of the last 10 meetings.

Around the ICC Friday: Beech Grove (2-4, 1-4 ICC) at Indianapolis Ritter (3-3, 1-3); Cascade (4-2) at Owen Valley (2-4); Indian Creek (3-3) at Speedway (2-4); Class A, No. 1 Indianapolis Lutheran (6-0, 5-0) at Monrovia (5-1, 3-1).

Class 2A, Sectional 39 records: Class 2A, No. 4 Brownstown Central 5-1; Class 2A, No. 2 Triton Central 5-1; Switzerland County 4-2; Christel House Manual (2-4); Class 2A, No. 7 Indianapolis Scecina 4-2; Brown County 1-5; Clarksville 0-6; Eastern (Pekin) 2-4.

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Prep Report: Morristown volleyball halts Irvington Prep's win streak

With a trio of Yellow Jackets racking up 21 kills, Morristown volleyball defeated Irvington Prep Tuesday, 25-10, 25-9, 25-19.

Maycee Cole had a team-high 11 kills for Morristown (9-15). Zoey Coons and Olivia Rude each had five kills.

Kindall Dorsey finished with seven service aces and four digs against the Ravens (11-8). Setter Katie Theobald had 28 assists.

Lili Jeffries led Irvington Prep, winners of seven straight matches, with seven kills.

In other prep events Tuesday:


Pendleton Heights def. Shelbyville, 25-9, 25-11, 25-10

At Shelbyville, the visiting Arabians (17-11) evened their Hoosier Heritage Conference record at 3-3 this season.

Shelbyville, 0-5 in the HHC, is 2-21.

Indianapolis Scecina def. Triton Central, 25-13, 25-21, 25-15

At Scecina, Molly Welborn had 21 kills and Olivia Anglemeyer added 12 kills to lead Scecina over the Tigers.

Natalie Bollenbacher finished with 43 assists and 14 digs to stay in contention for the Indiana Crossroads Conference title. The Crusaders are 16-10 overall and 5-2 against conference foes.

Gwyn Williams led Triton Central (15-7, 5-2 ICC) with five kills and 10 digs. Brooklyn Bailey and Lucy May each had four kills.

Lutheran leads the ICC standings at 5-1 with a match against Cascade still on its schedule. Scecina, Triton Central, Cascade and Speedway each have two losses with Scecina and TC finished with their ICC schedules.

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Waldron 8-man football looking to break 2-game losing streak at Rock Creek Academy

After consecutive losses, Waldron’s 8-man football program is trying to regain its edge with just two weeks left in the regular season schedule.

On Saturday, Indiana Deaf improved to 6-0 this season with a 66-20 win over the visiting Mohawks, now 4-2.

The Orioles scored the first 30 points of the game before Waldron converted a 38-yard pass play for a touchdown with 3:03 left in the opening quarter.

Indiana Deaf answered back with four more touchdown passes that produced a 50-6 halftime advantage and 58-6 lead early in the third quarter.

Hunter Dodson led Waldron with 69 yards passing and two touchdowns. The Mohawks were limited to 30 yards rushing in the loss.

Tad Crosby and J.D. Smith had touchdown receptions. Smith also had a 68-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Through six weeks of the regular season, Indiana Deaf is the only unbeaten team in the standings. Waldron and Dugger Union are both 4-2.

Rock Creek Academy, Waldron’s opponent Saturday, is 2-4. Traders Point Christian (2-2), Faith Christian (1-3) and Purdue Poly (0-5) round out the standings.

Waldron’s regular-season schedule concludes Oct. 7 against Dugger Union, who handed the Mohawks their first loss, 48-12, on Sept. 16.

The top four teams in the standings at the end of the regular season advance into the postseason. The top seed will host the No. 4 seed in one semifinal with the No. 2 seed hosting the No. 3 seed in the other semifinal.

The semifinal winners will meet in the first 8-man football state championship game on Oct. 21 at Westfield High School.

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Collegiate Update: Stieneker delivers doubles victory in Franklin College's win over Manchester

Layton Stieneker secured a doubles victory Saturday to help Franklin College tennis defeat Manchester, 8-1.

Stieneker, a Shelbyville graduate, teamed with Dustin Garrison to defeat Manchester’s Henry Blakely and Braydon Hoggatt, 8-6, in a No. 1 doubles match.

Earlier Saturday, Transylvania topped Franklin, 8-1.

Stieneker and Garrison lost 8-3 to Jacob Jiranek and Chris Kaufman at No. 1 doubles.

At No. 6 singles, Stieneker and Jared Wells were in the third set of their match when it was halted.

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



Brooklyn Schiffli

The Triton Central graduate had one kill, one assist and a match-best 16 digs for Jacksonville State Saturday in a 27-25, 25-20, 25-23 victory over Sam Houston.

On Friday, Jacksonville State opened the two-game Atlantic Sun Conference series with a 25-23, 25-16, 25-22 over Sam Houston. Schiffli finished with four assists and 11 digs.



Maggie Schweitzer

Hanover College volleyball finished 2-2 at the Millikin Invitational in Decatur, Illinois.

The Panthers (10-4) opened the invitational Friday with a 25-23, 25-11, 31-29 win over Illinois College. Schweitzer, the Triton Central graduate, had 16 assists and 14 digs.

Millikin defeated Hanover, 26-24, 25-10, 21-25, 25-15. Schweitzer had six assists and seven digs.

On Saturday, Fontbonne University needed four sets to defeat the Panthers, 25-18, 25-22, 24-26, 25-21. Schweitzer had seven assists and three digs.

Hanover closed out the invitational with a 25-17, 25-15, 25-11 win over Knox College.



Austin Perry

The Shelbyville graduate won a No. 5 singles match Sunday for Rose-Hulman in three sets, 2-6, 6-1, 11-9.

Rose-Hulman defeated Trine, 5-4.



Asher Caldwell

The Morristown graduate carded a 1-under par 71 on Sept. 19 for Trine University in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Jamboree No. 1 at Cascade Golf Course.

Trine finished the event tied for first with Calvin University at 291.

Caldwell’s 71 was a collegiate career low and secured him second place on the leaderboard.

On Monday at the MIAA Jamboree No. 2 at the Muskegon Country Club in Muskegon, Michigan, Caldwell shot 79 and finished tied for 17th on the leaderboard.

Trine (308) finished fourth behind Adrian College (301), Hope College (302) and Calvin University (307). After two jamborees, Calvin leads Trine and Hope by one shot, 598-599.



Oliver Gearlds

The Triton Central graduate shot rounds of 78 and 77 for a score of 155 that left him tied for 44th overall for IU Kokomo at the IU East Delaware Shootout Friday at the Delaware Country Club in Muncie, Indiana.

IU Kokomo finished sixth in the team standings.



Julia Sanders

IU Kokomo volleyball collected a pair of River States Conference wins over Oakland City and Brescia University.

On Friday against Oakland City, IU Kokomo prevailed 25-18, 25-14, 25-16. Sanders, a Triton Central graduate, finished with a season-high 15 digs.

IU Kokomo (14-3, 5-0 RSC) defeated Brescia Saturday, 25-4, 25-16, 25-16. Sanders had one ace and two digs.



Shelby Lasure

Anderson University volleyball opened the Rose-Hulman Invitational Friday with a pair of wins but lost two matches Saturday.

On Friday, Anderson defeated Asbury, 25-18, 25-23, 25-23. Lasure, a Shelbyville graduate, finished with seven kills and 12 digs.

The Ravens followed that with a 25-22, 25-15, 25-16 win over Olivet. Lasure had six kills and seven digs.

Grove City needed four sets to defeat Anderson Saturday, 25-27, 25-22, 25-23, 25-13. Lasure collected nine kills and 16 digs.

Baldwin Wallace closed out the invitational with a 25-16, 25-16, 25-15 win over Anderson (6-8). Lasure had one kill and one dig.



Dylan Wasson

The Triton Central graduate was credited with two tackles, including a tackle for loss, in Olivet Nazarene’s 34-14 win Saturday over Lawrence Tech in Bourbonnais, Illinois.



Eddie Carrizalez

The Shelbyville graduate scored IU East’s only goal Saturday in an 11-1 loss at Rio Grande.

Carrizalez’s unassisted goal came at the 60:18 mark of the second half.

IU East dropped to 2-7.



Sophie Parker

The Shelbyville graduate was credited with three shots Thursday in IUPUC’s 5-2 win at Ohio Christian.

On Saturday, Parker played all 90 minutes and had one shot on goal in a 3-0 loss at West Virginia Tech.

IUPUC is 2-4 this season.

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Prep Report: Class A, No. 12 Southwestern collects 13th win of season

Class A, No. 12 Southwestern secured its 13th win of the season Monday with a 13-0 victory over Seven Oaks Classical.

Eight different Spartans scored in the win that improved the team to 13-2 this fall.

Tucker Simmons scored three first-half goals while Benjamin Kahler had two in the first half as Southwestern raced out to a 7-0 advantage. Cecil Newton and Michel Weisser also had goals ahead of the halftime break.

Jaime Gutierrez added a pair of second-half goals. Also scoring in the second half were Weisser, Kaden Barlow, Chris Claiborne and Michael Clements.

Weisser and DeMessa each had three assists.

Southwestern closes out its regular-season schedule Wednesday at Bethesda Christian.

In other prep events Monday:

Boys soccer

Indian Creek 4, Shelbyville 0

At Shelbyville, the visiting Braves scored three times in the first half and spoiled Senior Night for the Golden Bears (3-12).

Jude Heaston, Denton Steenbergen, Aiden Long and Logan Jackson scored goals for Indian Creek (6-5-1). Long also had three assists.

Girls soccer

Whiteland 4, Triton Central 0

At Triton Central, the visiting Warriors scored three first-half goals to take a lead they would never relinquish.

Whiteland improved to 9-5-1. Triton Central dropped back under .500 at 6-7.

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Shelbyville, Triton Central and Waldron chasing tennis sectional championship

A 16-win Waldron squad will have the longest route to capturing the Shelbyville Sectional tennis title.

On Monday, the Indiana High School Athletic Association revealed the sectional pairings for the 57th Annual Boys Tennis State Tournament.

Shelbyville High School is the host site for Sectional 24 that features all five Shelby County tennis programs.

Waldron (16-4) opens the sectional tournament Wednesday against Southwestern. The winner advances to Thursday’s semifinal round to face Triton Central (15-6), who has defeated Waldron twice this season, including in the championship match of the Shelby County Tournament.

The host Golden Bears (12-10) sit in the other half of the bracket and will face Morristown in the semifinal round Thursday.

The sectional championship match is Friday with the winner advancing to face the Connersville Sectional champion at the Center Grove Regional on Oct. 3.

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IHSAA delivers sectional pairings for state soccer tournament

Shelbyville High School’s soccer programs found tough challenges lie ahead in the postseason Sunday when the Indiana High School Athletic Association released the sectional pairings for the 2023 state tournaments.

Shelbyville’s boys squad will travel to the New Palestine Sectional next week to face East Central – the team with the most wins in Sectional 12. The Golden Bears are 3-11 as this week starts. East Central is 12-1-1.

The winner will face either Richmond (4-6-2) or Mt. Vernon (8-4) in the semifinals.

The other quarterfinal matchup in the six-team sectional features Greenfield-Central (3-9) and Connersville (11-3-1). The winner will meet the host Dragons (8-6) in the other semifinal.

Class A, No. 12 Southwestern (12-2) will travel to Indianapolis Lutheran for Sectional 42 this year. The Spartans drew a bye and will face either Indiana Math & Science (6-4) or Central Christian (4-5) in the semifinal round.

The other semifinal has the host Saints (9-5), ranked No. 20, taking on Hauser (1-10-1).

Morristown is in the six-team sectional hosted by Knightstown. The Yellow Jackets (6-6-1) drew the host Panthers (6-6-1) in the opener of Class A, Sectional 44.

Seton Catholic (1-9-2) will meet No. 4 Oldenburg Academy (14-1) in the other quarterfinal with the winner advancing to the semifinal round against either Morristown or Knightstown.

The other semifinal pits Union County (4-9-1) against Wapahani (2-9-2).

Shelbyville’s girls program will host Class 3A, Sectional 12 next week. The Golden Bears (10-4) will get a rematch with New Palestine (8-5-1) in the quarterfinal round. The Dragons defeated Shelbyville, 3-1, Saturday in a Hoosier Heritage Conference contest.

The winner advances to face a state-ranked team in either No. 9 East Central (12-1-1) or No. 19 Mt. Vernon (9-4).

The other semifinal drew out with Greenfield-Central (4-7-2) battling Richmond (5-5-1) for a spot in the sectional championship.

Triton Central also is hosting in Shelby County next week. Mendenhall Field will be in use for Class A, Sectional 44.

The five-team field opens with Wapahani (8-4-1) at Triton Central (6-6) with the winner meeting Union County (0-11) in the semifinal round.

The other semifinal has Knightstown (6-3-2) attempting to knock off No. 16 Muncie Burris (6-3-1).

Editor’s note: All teams records taken from MaxPreps and may not include all game scores from this season.


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Triton Central rises to No. 2 in state football coaches poll

Linton-Stockton, who suffered a week three double-overtime loss at Monrovia, has become the fifth team to take the No. 1 ranking in the Indiana Football Coaches Association’s Class 2A poll.

With last week’s No. 1, Brownstown Central, losing at Seymour, 41-20, Linton-Stockton, now 5-1, rose to the No. 1 ranking with Triton Central, Bluffton, Brownstown Central and Heritage Christian rounding out the top five. Only Bluffton is unbeaten amongst that group.

LaVille is No. 6 ahead of Indianapolis Scecina – Triton Central’s Friday night opponent, Fort Wayne Luers, Alexandria and Eastbrook.

The top seven teams in the Class A poll remained the same. Indianapolis Lutheran is followed by Adams Central, Carroll (Flora), Providence, Park Tudor, South Putnam and Sheridan. Madison-Grant enters the poll tied with North White at No. 8. Pioneer and West Central are tied for No. 10.



The top two teams in Class 3A met Friday night and No. 1 Indianapolis Chatard prevailed 13-7 in overtime against Guerin Catholic. Those two teams remained No. 1 and No. 2 in the poll. West Lafayette is No. 3 ahead of Hanover Central, Gibson Southern, Tri-West, Heritage Hills, Lawrenceburg, Hamilton Heights and Vincennes Lincoln.

Four unbeatens in last week’s Class 4A poll took their first losses of the season to shake up the top 10 this week.

East Central remains No. 1 with Evansville Reitz and Evansville Memorial moving up one spot respectively ahead of New Palestine and New Haven in the top five.

Kokomo was No. 2 but lost 10-6 at McCutcheon and dropped to No. 6 – one spot above previously-undefeated Greenfield-Central, now No. 7, with Northridge, Brebeuf Jesuit and New Prairie rounding out the top 10. Columbia City and Northview dropped out of the poll after taking losses Friday.

With Fort Wayne Snider’s 23-20 loss Friday at Homestead, Bloomington North rises to the No. 1 ranking in Class 5A. Fort Wayne Snider is No. 2 followed by Bloomington South, Merrillville, Valparaiso, Mishawaka, Harrison (West Lafayette), Plainfield, Decatur Central and Concord.

Center Grove, Ben Davis and Brownsburg continue as the top three, respectively, in the Class 6A poll with Crown Point, Hamilton Southeastern, Cathedral, Westfield, Fishers, Carmel and Penn completing the top 10.

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Prep Report: Shelbyville defeats New Castle in Hoosier Heritage Conference tennis clash

Shelbyville tennis closed out its Hoosier Heritage Conference schedule Saturday with a 4-1 victory over New Castle.

The Golden Bears, now 12-10 (3-4 HHC), swept the singles matches with Reece Prickett, Caden Claxton and Barni Kovacs winning in straight sets.

The No. 1 doubles team of Karson Schaf and Aiden Smith also prevailed over their New Castle counterparts, 6-2, 6-4.

New Castle’s only win came at No. 2 doubles over Alex Bunton and Gavin Reed, 6-2, 7-5.

In other prep events Saturday:

Girls golf

Shelbyville’s Emmie Higgins and Triton Central’s Jaylee Davis finished their seasons in regional tournaments Saturday.

Competing in the Franklin Regional, Higgins shot 116 and missed the cut to the state finals.

At the Lapel Regional, Davis carded a 133 and did not make the state finals cut.

Girls soccer

New Palestine 3, Shelbyville 1

At New Palestine, the host Dragons scored twice in the first half and made that work for the HHC victory over the Golden Bears (10-4, 3-3 HHC).

Tylar Whitaker, Hannah Sund and Nevaeh Gebhart scored goals for New Palestine (8-5-1, 5-1 HHC).

Monrovia 9, Triton Central 1

At Monrovia, Elaina Maurice scored the only goal for Triton Central (6-6, 3-3 Indiana Crossroads Conference) in the loss to the Bulldogs (11-1-1, 5-0 ICC).


Delta def. Shelbyville, 25-21, 25-9, 25-13

At Shelbyville, Emily Reno led Delta with 10 kills while setters Addie Phillips and Kate Manor combined for 23 assists.

Delta improved to 9-9 (1-5 HHC). Shelbyville dropped to 2-20 (0-4 HHC).

Class A Showdown

Morristown finished 1-3 at the invitational featuring only Class A schools.

The Yellow Jackets (8-15) lost to Lafayette Central Catholic (25-14, 25-16), Blue River Valley (21-25, 25-14, 15-10) and Wes-Del (25-19, 25-8) but defeated Cowan (25-18, 25-19).

Against Cowan, Maycee Cole led Morristown with seven kills. Kindall Dorsey had 11 digs and Katie Theobald notched 17 assists.

Cross country

Hauser Heritage Days Invitational

Morristown’s boys cross country program finished sixth in the event. Southwestern and Triton Central did not field complete teams.

Morristown was led by Ryan Crisman’s 17th-place finish in 19 minutes, 34 seconds. Also running for the Yellow Jackets were Maxamillion Compton (19:43), Thane Cole (19:48), Bradley Theobald (21:57), Levi Stoddard (22:36), Drake Hibst (22:37) and Evan Trittipo (24:10).

For Southwestern, Dakota Claiborne placed 11th in 18:40. He was followed by Chris Claiborne (20:00), Jackson Bentz (20:07) and Ryan Wildman (28:04).

Running for Triton Central were Liam Thompson, who finished 18th in 19:37, and Nicholas Straber, who placed 44th in 23:05.

In the girls race, Morristown’s Grace McLaughlin finished 9th in 23:18. Also competing for Morristown were Audrey Van Dyke (23:29) and Remi Spicklemire (28:31).

Representing Southwestern were Maxine Higdon (26:46) and Kyndra King (30:58).

Hoosier Heritage Conference Meet

At Blue River Memorial Park in Shelbyville, Blake Hughes became the first Golden Bear to run sub 18 minutes since 2019 with a personal-best performance of 17:59. He finished in 33rd place overall.

Shia Veach (18:03) and Logan Reinhart (18:13) both clocked personal bests. Also running for Shelbyville were Gavin Harker (19:40), Jonah Anspaugh (19:58), Ben Hinojosa (19:59) and Gaige Harker (20:52).

Shelbyville finished seventh in the team standings. Greenfield-Central was the HHC champion.

Senior Hannah Wright led the Golden Bears in the girls race with a 24th-place finish in 21:30. Also scoring for Shelbyville were Aerin Garcia-Santiago (22:42), Sonora O’Connor (24:19), Kathryn Seal (24:26), Sydney Dudgeon (25:17), Courtney Gross (25:30) and Angel Kreider (25:42).

Shelbyville finished eighth in the team standings. Mt. Vernon captured the conference championship.

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Yorktown uses big-play capability to defeat Shelbyville at McKeand Stadium

Yorktown scored a disheartening touchdown in the final seconds of the first half Friday and scored on its first two possessions of the second half to spoil Shelbyville’s Homecoming celebration Friday at McKeand Stadium, 42-19.

Quintin Williams had touchdown receptions of 90 and 26 yards and Jayce Key had scoring runs of 78 and 80 yards as Yorktown used the big play to overwhelm the Golden Bears.

“We definitely gave up way to many of the big plays,” said Shelbyville head coach Scott Fitzgerald. “It was a slow start for us again and I’m not sure what the answer to that is. We script our first 10 plays that we feel like our guys are confident in and it just hasn’t worked out for us.

“We have to have more energy when we first start. It’s like were waiting for somebody else to make a play and then we can find some energy.”

After a three-and-out opening series Friday, Yorktown took over and went nowhere on its first two plays. Facing third and 10 from its own 10, senior quarterback Mason Moulton hit Williams deep down the Shelbyville sideline for a 90-yard scoring strike.

“Unfortunately we were peeking in the backfield and not thinking about the down and distance,” said Fitzgerald. “We got caught kind of flat-footed and let (Williams) get behind us.”

Two series later, Yorktown had a 68-yard scoring run by Ayden Ewing nullified by a penalty only to see Key race 78 yards on the very next play for a 14-0 lead.



The Golden Bears (3-3, 1-3 Hoosier Heritage Conference) settled in and produced a seven-play scoring drive midway through the second quarter that ended with Eli Chappelow connecting with Grantland Fitzgerald from 33 yards out. The extra-point kick was blocked and Shelbyville trailed 14-6.

Fitzgerald intercepted a deflected Moulton pass on the next series but Shelbyville could not capitalize and got stuffed on a fourth-down run.

That gave the Tigers the ball on their own 27 with 2:07 left in the half. Moulton converted on third-and 12 and fourth-and-five on the series and ended the 11-play drive with a 26-yard touchdown pass to Williams for a 21-6 halftime lead.

Yorktown (4-2, 2-2 HHC) added two touchdowns in the third quarter and Shelbyville never recovered.

“We talked about it at halftime. They were able to make some plays,” said Fitzgerald. “We had opportunities there in the first half. We had a couple of corner routes that were open that we just didn’t hit. We just didn’t connect and make those plays whereas they did make those plays.”



Moulton completed 10-of-17 pass attempts for 201 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Key finished with five carries for 159 yards courtesy of the two long scoring runs. Ewing (photo, fighting off Shelbyville's Jacob Harker) rushed the ball 93 yards on 16 carries and had two touchdowns.

Shelbyville ended the game with just 63 rushing yards which allowed the aggressive Yorktown defense to get after Chappelow in the backfield. The senior quarterback completed 18-of-34 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

Luke Brinkman led the Shelbyville receivers with eight catches for 62 yards. Grantland Fitzgerald had four catches for 64 yards.

Shelbyville is on the road at Class 4A, No. 6 New Palestine (4-2, 4-0 HHC) Friday.

Steve Bush photos.

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Class 2A, No. 3 Triton Central routs Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter

Class 2A, No. 3 Triton Central may get a second crack at being the No. 1 ranked team in the Class 2A state coaches poll after a 48-14 win Friday over visiting Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter.

With No. 1 Brownstown Central and No. 2 LaVille losing Friday, the Tigers could enter its Indiana Crossroads Conference showdown with 2A No. 6 Indianapolis Scecina next week as the new No. 1 team in the state coaches poll.

That will be decided over the weekend.

On Friday, the Tigers scored a trio of touchdowns in each of the first two quarters to race out to a 42-0 lead by halftime and never looked back.

Sam Kemper had a pair of short touchdown runs in each quarter and senior quarterback Jace Stuckey connected with Mason Compton on a 73-yard scoring strike that finished out the first-half scoring.

Stuckey had a 3-yard scoring run to start the scoring. Kemper followed with his own 3-yard touchdown run and it was quickly 14-0. Stuckey found Chase Chandler for a 9-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 21-0.

Brayden Wilkins 15-yard touchdown run made it 28-0 before Kemper scored again and Stuckey went deep to Compton.

Jackson Booth added a 2-yard scoring run in the third quarter to complete the TC scoring.

Stuckey completed 9 of 13 passes for 170 yards. Wilkins had five catches for 65 yards and five rushes for 48 more yards.

Triton Central (5-1, 3-1 ICC) will host Scecina (4-2, 2-1), who lost 42-14 Friday to Class A, No. 1 Indianapolis Lutheran (6-0, 5-0 ICC), at Mendenhall Field Friday on what will be Senior Night for the Tigers football program.

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HG Favorite Energy comes to life in John Deere Juvenile Challenge

One year ago Horseshoe Indianapolis was preparing to host its first Bank of America Challenge Championship. This fall, the track played host to three qualifiers into the finals, which rotates from year to year.

This season’s event is set to return to Lone Star Park Oct. 21, and winners from the three qualifiers at Horseshoe Indianapolis are now eligible to travel to Texas for the event.

Kicking off the Thursday’s qualifiers was a full field of 10 in the $43,197 John Deere Juvenile Challenge, running at 350 yards. It was only the fourth career start for HG Favorite Energy (photo), but he came into the race off a third-place finish in the $148,000 Heartland Futurity and when the gate sprung, he was ready for action.

Guided by L.D. “Daniel” Martinez, HG Favorite Energy held his ground in the center of the pack as AJ Pure Gold and Cristian Reyes scooted out for the early advantage. Eight horses were stretched across the track side by side for the majority of the dash before HG Favorite Energy hit another gear, moving up late to take over the lead and the eventual win in 18.022 seconds.

“This is one of my favorite babies this year in the barn,” said Martinez through interpretation from his wife, Lizbeth. “He is one that just keeps improving and improving. I think he has improved the most.”

HG Favorite Energy paid $8.80 for the win. The freshman son of Favorite Cartel is owned by Lisa Cunningham and trained by Tony Cunningham, Indiana’s all-time leading Quarter Horse owner. It was his second win of the season, and he has not been off the board in any of his four outs. The gelding is now over the $50,000 mark in earnings.

“Everybody works hard, and everybody works together to do well for the barn,” said Salvador Villalobos, longtime assistant trainer for Cunningham. “Everybody worked together on this horse too. He broke good for us this winter and he has been strong from the start. He broke sharp today and everything worked out perfect.”



Q-Racing Video Distaff Challenge

Eye Live for Candy was a determined starter in the $29,266 Q-Racing Video Distaff Challenge at Horseshoe Indianapolis. As track announcer John G. Dooley stated at the finish, “She has stamped her ticket to Texas,” with the win in the qualifier for the Bank of America Challenge Championships set for Oct. 21 at Lone Star Park.

Starting from post four, Eye Live for Candy (photo) came out of the gate well and was in contention for the lead after the first few jumps. Pina sat patiently on the mare as she dug in gamely during the 400-yard dash. In the end, she was able to repel Sawyer Strange and Fernando Morin, who were closing in late, for the win.



Eye Live for Candy paid $4.00 as the favorite of the field. The four-year-old brown mare by A Revenant is owned by Milena Kwiecien. Jason Pascoe trains the mare, who earned her fourth stakes title in the effort.

“I was very pleased with how she ran today,” said Pascoe. “There was a nice little mares’ overnight stakes here in August, so we brought her down for that to give her a run over the track. We took her back home and then brought her back in this week for this race. The first trip was definitely a prep for today’s race.”

Pascoe is based at Ajax Downs in Ajax, Ontario Canada. He has been training since 2005 and made a trip to the Bank of America Challenge a few years ago when it made a stop at Los Alamitos in 2017. He plans to return again this year with Eye Live for Candy.

“We’ll take her back home to Ajax and get ready for the final,” added Pascoe. “We still have a meet to finish up at Ajax (Downs). Then, we will head to Texas (Lone Star Park) with this mare.”

Eye Live for Candy has not been off the board in the past year and a half, showing the consistency of the mare. Overall, she has seven wins in 22 career starts with earnings of more than $120,000. The versatile mare has now won races at three different tracks under four different jockeys. Pina was aboard for the first time in the Q-Racing Video Distaff Challenge.

“She is hard to ride,” admitted Pina. “I was told she didn’t like the stick much. She broke a little bit slow, but I hesitated to bring out my stick. It seemed like every time I moved my hands, she thought I was going to use it and she hesitated, so I just let her run because she was doing so well without it. I didn’t want to do anything to mess her up. You can tell she’s intense on the track. She means ‘game on’ when it is time to go.”



Adequan Derby Challenge

It wasn’t the path the Eggleston barn would have chosen to the winner’s circle, but it still was a good feeling to win the $35,530 Adequan Derby Challenge. Following two late scratches prior to the race and a disqualification, Rogues Last Game and Rolando Pina (photo) came home as the winners of the race.

It was the final qualifier of three on the card at Horseshoe Indianapolis in Shelbyville Thursday leading into the Oct. 21 Bank of America Challenge Championships at Lone Star Park.

The field, reduced to four starters, all broke in a pack. What Else is New and Fernando Morin got the early advantage but veered in, causing tight quarters in the early stages of the 400-yard dash. In the final strides Rogues Last Game was charging hard along the inside of What Else is New, who won the race in a head bob over Rogues Last Game before the disqualification switched the final order. Braveaux and Giovani Vazquez-Gomez finished third.

“About 30 yards out of the gate, the other horse came over in front of us,” explained Pina about the disqualification. “We regrouped and he (Rogues Last Game) still made up a lot of ground. He finished really well tonight. He was a real challenge to break, but he’s come a long way. He’s good to ride now.”

Rogues Last Game won his second straight race. The Game Patriot sorrel gelding paid $3.60 as the favorite of the field. He is owned by Nick Johnson’s JF Racing Stables LLC. Tim Eggleston trains the three-year-old, who is now four for 12 in his career with $63,000 on his card.

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IHSAA airing soccer, tennis postseason pairings shows Sunday and Monday

The Indiana High School Athletic Association Boys Soccer State Tournament Pairings Show and the Girls Soccer State Tournament Pairings Show airs Sunday at 7 p.m.

The shows will be streamed exclusively at IHSAAtv.org and hosted by Greg Rakestraw.

On Monday at 7 p.m. at IHSAAtv.org, the IHSAA Boys Tennis State Tournament Pairings Show will air, also with host Greg Rakestraw.

Boys Soccer Sectionals (Oct. 2-7)

Shelbyville will travel north to New Palestine for a seven-team sectional that also features Connersville, East Central, Greenfield-Central, Mt. Vernon and Richmond.

The New Palestine Sectional champion advances to face the Warren Central Sectional champion on Oct. 11 in a regional semifinal contest.

Class A, No. 12 Southwestern will compete in the Indianapolis Lutheran Sectional along with Central Christian Academy, Hauser and Indiana Math & Science Academy.

The Lutheran Sectional champion will travel to the Covenant Christian Sectional champion for a regional semifinal match on Oct. 11

Morristown is part of the six-team sectional at Knightstown. Other teams competing are Oldenburg Academy, Seton Catholic, Union County and Wapahani.

The Knightstown Sectional champion plays at the White River Valley Sectional Champion in a regional semifinal match on Oct. 11.

Girls Soccer Sectionals (Oct. 2-7)

Shelbyville is the host site for Class 3A, Sectional 12 that includes No. 11 East Central, Greenfield-Central, No. 20 Mt. Vernon, New Palestine and Richmond.

The Shelbyville Sectional champion plays at the Perry Meridian Sectional champion on Oct. 12 in a regional semifinal contest.

Triton Central is the host school for Class A, Sectional 44. The five-team sectional includes No. 16 Muncie Burris, Knightstown, Union County and Wapahani.

The Triton Central Sectional champion advances to the regional semifinal round on Oct. 12 to face the Heritage Christian Sectional champion. That sectional includes No. 3 Heritage Christian and No. 4 Park Tudor.



Boys Tennis Sectional (Sept. 26-30)

Shelbyville is the host site for a five-team sectional that starts Wednesday.

The field includes the host Golden Bears, Morristown, Southwestern, Triton Central and Waldron.

The Shelbyville Sectional champion advances to the Center Grove Regional which will include sectional champions from the Perry Meridian Sectional, Connersville Sectional and Center Grove Sectional.

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Prep Report: Wilson delivers Shelbyville girls soccer overtime victory at Greenfield-Central

An unassisted goal by Ava Wilson in overtime was all Shelbyville needed to secure the Hoosier Heritage Conference win Thursday at Greenfield-Central.

With the shutout victory, the Golden Bears improved to 10-3 overall and 3-2 against HHC opposition.

Macy Cooley was credited with 24 saves in goal.

Greenfield-Central dropped to 4-7-1 (3-4 HHC).

Pendleton Heights (5-7-1, 5-1 HHC) leads the conference standings with New Palestine (7-5-1, 4-1) and Mt. Vernon (8-4, 4-1) still in contention for the conference championship.

Shelbyville is fourth in the standings ahead of Greenfield-Central, Delta (7-4-2, 2-3), Yorktown (8-4-1, 1-4) and New Castle (1-10-1, 0-6).

Shelbyville is at New Palestine Saturday.

In other prep events Thursday:

Boys soccer

Greenfield-Central 2, Shelbyville 1, OT

At Shelbyville, the visiting Cougars scored the only goal in the two overtime periods to steal the Hoosier Heritage Conference victory from the Golden Bears (3-11, 1-5 HHC).

Axel Valladares and Gavin Jack scored for Greenfield-Central (3-9, 2-4 HHC). Jeylan Ramirez was credited with an assist.

Brayan De La Cruz scored Shelbyville’s goal.

Boys tennis

Greenwood 4, Shelbyville 1

At Shelbyville on Senior Night, the Golden Bears’ No. 1 doubles team of Karson Schaf and Aiden Smith provided the only victory, 6-0, 6-0. Schaf is the lone senior on this year’s roster.

At No. 2 singles, Caden Claxton lost a three-set match, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (4).

Shelbyville is 11-10 this season.

Triton Central 5, Beech Grove 0

At Beech Grove, the visiting Tigers improved to 16-6 with a dominant performance against the Hornets. TC lost just three games total in the five match wins.

Tucker Hutchinson, Janssen Capps and Max Crouse all produced straight-set victories in singles matches.

At No. 1 doubles, Eli Sego and Connor Evans defeated Andrew Buerosse and Cohan Heilwagen, 6-0, 6-0.

And at No. 2 doubles, Ben Toth and Caleb McGuire topped Charlie Kidwell and Jake Ryan, 6-2, 6-0.

Waldron 3, Indian Creek 2

At Indian Creek, the visiting Mohawks won all three singles matches to close out the regular season with a 16-4 record.

At No. 2 singles, freshman Charlie Fischer broke the single-season freshman wins record with his 20th victory of the season. He defeated Grant Dalton, 6-4, 6-4.

Jack Fischer rallied at No. 3 singles after losing the first set to capture a 2-6, 6-1, 6-0 win over Aaron Spurgeon.

And Lucas Shaw earned his 19th win of the season with a hard-fought 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win over Peyton Strunk.


Triton Central def. Southwestern, 25-17, 25-22, 25-22

At Southwestern, Brooklyn Bailey and Gwyn Williams combined for 23 kills to lead the Tigers (14-6) to the road victory.

Bailey finished with a team-high 12 kills and added three service aces and five digs. Williams had 11 kills, three aces and nine kills.

Setters Kate Isley (20 assists) and Hailey Harris combined for 33 assists.

Franklin def. Shelbyville, 25-7, 25-11, 25-12

At Franklin, the host Grizzly Cubs had five players with at least five kills in the win over the Golden Bears (2-19).

Scarlett Kimbrell led Franklin (17-4) with eight kills. Kate Pinnick had seven aces and nine digs. Kennedy Urban collected 25 assists.

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Prep Report: Maurice scores lone goal in Triton Central's ICC win at Scecina

Elaina Maurice’s first-half goal proved to be enough for Triton Central to defeat Indianapolis Scecina.

On Wednesday at Scecina, Maurice scored in the first half and goalkeeper Cheyenne Allen was credited with four saves to preserve a 1-0 Indiana Crossroads Conference victory.

The win improved Triton Central to 6-5 this season and 3-2 against ICC foes. Scecina dropped to 4-6 (1-3 ICC).

In the ICC standings, Monrovia (10-1-1, 4-0 ICC) leads the way followed by Speedway (7-2-2, 4-1), Cascade (5-4-1, 3-1), Triton Central, Scecina, Beech Grove (5-6, 1-4) and Ritter (3-8, 0-5). Lutheran is not fielding a team this season.

In other prep events Wednesday:

Boys soccer

Herron 2, Southwestern 0

At Southwestern, Jack Wagner and Aiden Ortega scored goals to deal Class A, No. 12 Southwestern its second loss of the season. Wagner also had an assist on Ortega’s goal.

Herron improved to 7-1-2.

Southwestern is 11-2 and hosts Central Christian Academy Friday in conjunction with its Community Night celebration.


Mt. Vernon def. Triton Central, 25-9, 25-10, 25-11

At Triton Central, Alivia Morgan had 10 kills and Jaycee Jones finished with nine kills to lead Mt. Vernon (12-9) to the road victory.

The Marauders had 14 service aces in the win. Avery Delello led the way with five aces and 14 digs. Ava Whitmore racked up 32 assists.

Triton Central dropped to 13-6.

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Triton Central searching for faster start to complete Homecoming celebration with win

Triton Central head coach Tim Able is not fond of his team’s latest trend of starting games slowly. 

Class 2A, No. 3 Triton Central trailed Monrovia in the first quarter in week three and entered halftime Friday at Indian Creek trailing 28-21.

“It’s repetitive. Four weeks now of not playing well in the first quarter,” said Able.

For the second time this season, Triton Central (4-1) trailed at halftime but a defensive adjustment finally got the Braves’ offense under control and the leadership of senior quarterback Jace Stuckey rallied the Tigers.

“They had an outstanding game plan,” said Able. “It was clicking. We couldn’t stop them. We weren’t that bad on offense, they were just scoring.”

Indian Creek quarterback Jalen Sauer completed 23-of-32 pass attempts for 213 yards and a touchdown and ran for 103 yards and three more scores.

Triton Central opened the second half with a touchdown then dominated the fourth quarter — scoring three times to pull away for the 49-35 win.

“The quarterback (Stuckey) and the team made it so they wouldn’t be denied,” said Able, who credited late long runs by Stuckey and Brayden Wilkins as back breakers for Indian Creek.

The Tigers’ final four games of the regular season are all Indiana Crossroads Conference contests. The final two home games at Mendenhall Field for the senior class are on deck.

Triton Central hosts Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter Friday for Homecoming and Class 2A, No. 6 Indianapolis Scecina on Sept. 29 for Senior Night.

“We’ve talked this week. I sent them stuff over the weekend about how we overlooked Indian Creek,” said Able. “We are not going to do it again. It’s all about the game this week. It’s one week at a time. We can’t get ahead of that stuff.”

With new head coach Levar Johnson and an exciting new quarterback in Santana Allen, Ritter is much improved in 2023 at 3-2 (1-2 ICC).



“They have better athletes and better coaches,” said Able (photo) of a Ritter program his Tigers pummeled in 2022, 58-15. “They are really good at throwing the ball. They are really good at defending the pass. They have good athletes. The run game will be important for us.”

In five games, Allen has completed 53% of his 106 pass attempts for 731 yards and three touchdowns. He also has rushed for seven touchdowns.

“He is a lefty so that will be different,” said Able. “He can run too. We cannot let him out of the pocket. We cannot let him scramble.”

Marshawnn Henderson leads the Raiders in rushing yards (374) and has three touchdowns. Allen’s top receivers are Adrian Gregory (24 receptions, 273 yards) and Martin Walker (14 receptions, 196 yards).

“We have to be ready. We can’t give them confidence,” said Able, continuing his theme of better starts to games. “We cannot let them breathe. We have to put together four quarters. We need better mental preparation. This shouldn’t be a problem with the experienced team we have — but that’s the nature of the team now.”

Ritter has won three straight after season-opening losses to Monrovia (50-15) and Class A, No. 1 Indianapolis Lutheran (49-12). The wins have come against Purdue Polytechnic (40-19), Speedway (20-14) and Indianapolis Shortridge (37-28).

“They’ve won three games (after winning two total the last two seasons), but the last two weeks were against lesser teams. We knew that’s an advantage for us,” said Able. “We’ve played better teams.”



With the belief Triton Central can exploit Ritter’s run defense, Able plans to limit standout running back Ray Crawford (photo) to mostly offensive reps this week.



Senior Anthony Dunville (photo) will take the field Friday after recovering from a hamstring injury. The goal is to get him limited time against Ritter so he is fully ready for Senior Night against Scecina.

Offensive lineman Willie Baugh is still dealing with an injury. A fast start Friday would be ideal to end his night early.

Ben Wilkins is nearly 100% as well and could see reps Friday on both sides of the ball. 



Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter at Class 2A, No. 3 Triton Central

Game time: 7 p.m. at Mendenhall Field.

TC student theme: USA.

2023 record: Ritter 3-2, 1-2 ICC; Triton Central 4-1, 2-1 ICC.

Head coaches: Levar Johnson, 3-2 in first year at Ritter; Tim Able, 94-36 in 11th year at Triton Central; 219-134 in 30th year overall.

Sagarin ratings: Ritter 41.39, No. 31 in Class 2A; Triton Central 71.41, No. 1 in Class 2A. Triton Central is a 32-point favorite

Last year: Triton Central defeated Ritter, 58-15, at St. Vincent Field on the campus of Marian University. Link to the Shelby County Post game story can be found here: https://shelbycountypost.com/sports/654274

Series: The two programs have meet annually since 2012 with Triton Central holding a 7-3 series advantage. Ritter’s lone three wins came in 2012, 2013 and 2016 – all years it appeared in the state championship game.

Around the ICC Friday: Beech Grove (2-3, 1-3 ICC) at Monrovia (4-1, 2-1); Cascade (3-2) at North Putnam (1-4); Class 2A, No. 6 Indianapolis Scecina (4-1, 2-0) at Class A, No. 1 Indianapolis Lutheran (5-0, 4-0); and Speedway (1-4) at Connersville (2-3).

Class 2A, Sectional 39 records: Class 2A, No. 1 Brownstown Central 5-0; Class 2A, No. 3 Triton Central 4-1; Switzerland County 3-2, Christel House Manual 2-3, Brown County 1-4, Clarksville 0-5, Class 2A, No. 6 Indianapolis Scecina 4-1, and Eastern (Pekin) 2-3.

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Shelbyville football on mission to celebrate Homecoming with win

There is a Homecoming buzz around Shelbyville High School this week. A little football success has spurred that energy.

For head football coach Scott Fitzgerald, it is tremendous to see but he cannot allow the Golden Bears to lose focus of the Friday night goal.

“I think everybody is excited. The guys are doing a good job of pushing last week behind us and moving on,” said Fitzgerald. “They know there are a lot of activities going on but we’ve talked all week long about how our focus is the game. That is our job for Homecoming … to come out and win a football game.”

Shelbyville (3-2, 1-2 Hoosier Heritage Conference) will seek its fourth win of the season Friday against Yorktown (3-2, 1-2 HHC). Kickoff at McKeand Stadium is at 7:30 p.m.

Yorktown features one of the top quarterbacks in the conference in senior Mason Moulton. His ability to throw the ball has not directly resulted in success this season, though.

Moulton has completed just under 50% of his pass attempts for 844yards and nine touchdowns, but he has thrown six interceptions. As a junior in 2022, Moulton threw for 2,067 yards and 19 touchdowns for a 9-win team.

“He threw one last week from his back foot and I think he threw it 65 yards in the air,” said Fitzgerald. “We’ve told the guys we have to make sure we stay on top (of the receivers).

“The other thing he does is he is elusive. He can make you miss and run the ball. They will use him in the run game as well. And they have some athletes and they have some speed. They don’t necessarily have the size they’ve had in years past but they definitely have some speed.”

Sophomore Ayden Ewing is Yorktown’s leading rusher through five games with 462 yards and eight touchdowns. An injury to senior Jalen Thomas on the first offensive play from scrimmage in the season opener thrust Ewing into a larger role.

“He has a lot of speed. If he gets loose, he can take it to the house in an instant,” said Fitzgerald. “We have to get to him before he can get his speed going. If we can get to him before he really gets up to speed then we are OK. If he gets up to speed we are in trouble.”

Thomas torched the Golden Bears for 144 yards and two touchdowns in the 2022 win. He ran for 1,255 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior but now his senior season is over.

Yorktown has three receivers with double-digit receptions – Ephraim Daugherty (28 catches, 399 yards, 5 TDs), Cole Perdue (13 catches, 153 yards) and Quintin Williams (12 catches, 231 yards).



Shelbyville’s offense was kept in check in a week five loss at Class 4A, No. 5 Greenfield-Central, 47-0. The Golden Bears need to reestablish its ground game to open up the passing attack led by senior quarterback Eli Chappelow (78 for 145, 1,025 yards, 13 TDs).

“(Yorktown) is going to attack,” said Fitzgerald. “They will bring guys from different areas. They like to blitz. They like to line up differently. They like to change the front on you to try and confuse you a little bit. They are going to bring five or six just about every play.”

With its worst loss of the season behind them, the goal is to enjoy the Homecoming events but stay focused on the task ahead.

“We came in Saturday and watched film but we really didn’t watch a whole lot of film,” said Fitzgerald. “We didn’t feel like there was a whole lot we were going to get out of it. We immediately went to the Yorktown film and started prepping for that.”

A win Friday would elevate the Golden Bears to 2-2 in the HHC standings with three tough games left against New Palestine (3-2, 3-0 HHC), Mt. Vernon (2-3, 1-2 HHC) and Pendleton Heights (3-2, 1-2 HHC).

“I hate to keep repeating myself but it’s that 1-0 mentality and understand this is the one in front of us this week,” said Fitzgerald. “Any victory is a sweet victory in my eyes but we want to continue to build.

“I think the kids understand we’re at that point now where they expect to win. That is a huge hurdle sometimes to get over. I think they are coming into this game expecting to win and that’s why a loss hurts because you expect to get after it on Friday night no matter who is in front of you. … With the atmosphere that should be here, I think we will have a great crowd with the school and the student body being out here. I think it will be fantastic for the kids.”



Yorktown at Shelbyville

Game Time: 7:30 p.m. at McKeand Stadium at Shelbyville High School.

Broadcast time: 6:30 p.m. pregame show from McKeand Stadium on GIANT fm (96.5 fm, 106.3 fm, 1520 am and the GIANT fm app) with Johnny McCrory and Jeff Brown.

2023 record: Yorktown 3-2, 1-2 HHC; Shelbyville 3-2, 1-2 HHC.

Head coaches: Mike Wilhelm, 103-99 in 19th year at Yorktown; Scott Fitzgerald, 3-2 in first year at Shelbyville.

Sagarin ratings: Yorktown, 64.70, No. 16 in Class 3A; Shelbyville, 52.89, No. 32 in Class 4A. Yorktown is a 9-point favorite.

Last meeting: Yorktown defeated Shelbyville, 42-0 in 2022. Link to the Shelby County Post game story can be found here: https://shelbycountypost.com/sports/654285

Series: Since joining the HHC in 1999, Shelbyville is 13-11 against Yorktown, but the Tigers have won five straight by a combined score of 231-9.

Around the HHC Friday: New Castle (1-4, 0-3 HHC) at Delta (4-1, 2-1); Class 4A, No. 6 New Palestine (3-2, 3-0) at Class 4A, No. 5 Greenfield-Central (5-0, 3-0); Pendleton Heights (3-2, 1-2) at Mt. Vernon (2-3, 1-2).

Class 4A, Sectional 23 records: Greenwood 3-2; Connersville 2-3; Shelbyville 3-2; Class 4A, No. 1 East Central 5-0; Jennings County 3-2; Silver Creek 3-2; Edgewood 1-4; Martinsville 3-2.

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Prep Report: Shelbyville soccer shuts down Triton Central

Ava Wilson had three first-half goals to lead Shelbyville girls soccer to its fifth-straight victory Tuesday. 

Wilson was one of five Golden Bears to score in the first half against visiting Triton Central and Alyna Castanon added a pair of second-half goals to complete a 9-0 victory. Also scoring for Shelbyville were Kincaid Dorsey, Hannah Baker, Cyanne St. Bernard and Sydney Baker.

The Golden Bears improved to 9-3. Four of their last five wins have come by shutout. Shelbyville is at Greenfield-Central (3-6-1) Thursday.

Triton Central dropped to 5-5. The Tigers are at Indianapolis Scecina today.

In other prep events Tuesday:

Boys soccer

South Dearborn 7, Shelbyville 4

At South Dearborn, Brock Wischmeyer had a pair of goals and Aiden Helfer-Vazquez and Luckas Bramasco scored but it was not enough to get the Golden Bears (3-10) past the Knights (6-6-1).

Diego Hernandez, Osvaldo Reyes and Rory O’Connor were credited with assists for Shelbyville.

Morristown 2, Hauser 0

At Hauser, the Yellow Jackets scored a goal in each half to avenge an earlier loss in the season to the Jets.

Boys tennis

Triton Central 5, Morristown 0

At Triton Central, the host Tigers swept the singles matches. Morristown did not field doubles teams to face the Tigers, who improved to 15-6 this season.

At No. 1 singles, Tucker Hutchinson defeated Dalton McMichael, 6-1, 6-2.

Janssen Capps delivered a 6-0, 6-1 win over Michael Ballenger at No. 2 singles.

Max Crouse topped Eli Graves at No. singles, 6-1, 6-3.

Waldron 3, Knightstown 2

At Waldron, the visiting Panthers won the top two singles matches but the Mohawks prevailed with a win by Jack Fischer at No. 3 singles and wins by both doubles teams.

Fischer defeated Isaac Livesay, 6-0, 6-1.

At No. 2 doubles, Conner Hinchman and Cash Young bested Daniel Gross and Grey Williams, 6-0, 6-0.

Waldron’s No. 1 doubles pairing of Jacob Lindsey and Matthew Thomas won by default.

At No. 1 singles, Knightstown’s Hunter Steimel defeated Lucas Shaw, 6-1, 6-0.

And Braydon McDaniel topped Charlie Fischer at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-0.

Waldron, now 15-4, closes out its regular-season schedule Thursday at Indian Creek (14-3).

Shelbyville 4, Batesville 1

At Shelbyville, the host Golden Bears won all but the No. 1 singles match against the Bulldogs.

Caden Claxton and Barni Kovacs won their singles matches in straight sets. And the doubles pairings of Karson Schaf/Aiden Smith and Alex Bunton/Gavin Reed were victorious in straight sets.

Shelbyville improved to 11-9 this season.


Hauser def. Southwestern, 25-10, 25-16, 25-14

At Hauser, Kenze Bostic had 11 kills, four blocks and two service aces to lead the Jets to the Mid-Hoosier Conference win.

Aniston Bostic finished with 11 kills and Mattie Foster notched 14 digs to improve the Jets to 14-8 (4-0 MHC).

Shelbyville def. Lawrence Central, 25-16, 25-15, 25-13

At Shelbyville, the host Golden Bears secured their second victory of the season and snapped an 18- match losing streak.

Lawrence Central dropped to 2-13 this season.

South Ripley def. Morristown, 25-15, 25-16, 25-20

At South Ripley, Olivia Rude led Morristown with four kills. Zoey Coons and Kindall Dorsey each had three kills.

Dorsey also had a team-high 13 digs.

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Prep Report: TC's Jaylee Davis advances out of New Palestine golf sectional

Jaylee Davis’ career-best round of golf earned her a spot in the Lapel Regional.

The Triton Central golfer (photo) shot 108 Monday in the New Palestine Sectional to take the third and final advancing spot to Saturday’s regional tournament at The Edge golf course in Anderson.

At the Links Golf Club in New Palestine Monday, the top three finishing teams and the top three individuals not on an advancing team qualified for the regional.

With four of the top five low scores, New Palestine captured the sectional championship with a 367. Mt. Vernon (376) and Rushville (411) also advanced.

Shenandoah (440), Triton Central (452), Greenfield-Central (463) and Eastern Hancock (507) completed the team scoring. Morristown, Knightstown and Tri did not have enough golfers to post a team score.

New Palestine’s Katherine Kelly shot 87 to be crowned sectional champion. Also advancing out of the sectional with Davis were Shenandoah’s Madelyn Shelton (93) and Greenfield-Central’s Ella Neal (98).

Also competing in the sectional for Triton Central were Kennedy Hall (111), Hanna Fink (115), Olivia Williams (118) and Lindsay Huxford (129).

Morristown’s sectional roster included Alexia Rogers (114), Clara Hale (124) and Mollie Runnebohm (131).

In other prep events Monday:

Boys soccer

Southwestern 3, Trinity Lutheran 1

At Trinity Lutheran, Jaime Gutierrez DeMessa scored a pair of first-half goals to jump start Class A, No. 12 Southwestern to the road victory.

DeMessa’s 12th goal of the season put the Spartans (11-1) up 2-0 and Tucker Simmons followed with his 11th goal to make it 3-0 at halftime.

Michael Weisser, Josh Karr and DeMessa each had assists.

Kade Gillaspy scored the lone goal for Trinity Lutheran (4-8).

On Friday, Southwestern clinched the Mid-Hoosier Conference championship with a 3-0 win over Hauser. DeMessa had a goal and an assist. Simmons and Weisser also had goals in the shutout victory.

The Spartans host Herron Wednesday and Central Christian Friday for its annual Community Night.

Girls soccer

Shelbyville 3, Martinsville 2

At Martinsville, the host Artesians (8-3-1) took a 2-0 lead on goals by Addy Berry and Olivia Phillips but the Golden Bears rallied for three straight goals to steal the win.

Ava Wilson scored two of Shelbyville’s three goals while Kincade Dorsey had the third goal. Ella Johnson was credited with an assist.

Boys tennis

Shelbyville 5, Rushville 0

At Rushville, the visiting Golden Bears improved to 10-9 with a dominant performance. Shelbyville lost three games total in sweeping all five matches.

Reece Prickett, Caden Claxton and Barni Kovacs won singles matches while the doubles victories came from Karson Schaf and Aiden Smith at No. 1 doubles and Alex Bunton and Gavin Reed at No. 2 doubles.

Waldron 5, Oldenburg Academy 0

At Waldron on Senior Night, the Mohawks’ two seniors chose their doubles partners then produced dominant performances.

At No. 1 doubles, senior Jacob Lindsey teamed with Connor Ping and produced a 6-1, 6-1 victory.

Fellow senior Conner Hinchman played with Cash Young and secured a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 2 doubles.

Waldron’s singles victories came from Lucas Shaw, Charlie Fischer and Jack Fischer.

Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 3, Triton Central 2

Triton Central won both doubles matches but could not add a singles victory to secure the win.

At No. 1 doubles, Eli Sego and Connor Evans defeated Brady Leppert and Alex Fowler, 6-2, 6-0.

Ben Toth and Caleb McGuire were victorious at No. 2 doubles, 6-4, 6-4, over Nate O’Brien and Keaton Kuehr.

Chatard won all three singles matches in straight sets.


Triton Central def. Shelbyville, 25-12, 25-20, 19-25, 29-31, 15-10

At Triton Central, the Tigers’ 10th-consecutive victory did not come easy.

Triton Central built a 2-0 advantage only to drop the third and fourth sets to create a winner-takes-all fifth set.

Freshman Lucy May had a team-high 17 kills for Triton Central (13-5). Gwyn Williams and Brooklyn Bailey combined for 16 kills.

Williams, a sophomore, also had a team-high 26 digs. Fellow sophomore Madi Peterson collected 23 digs and had four service aces.

Senior setter Kate Isley finished with 27 assists.

Shelbyville dropped to 1-18.

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