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Prep Report: Shelbyville volleyball overcomes slow start to defeat Southwestern

Shelbyville volleyball spotted visiting Southwestern the first 11 points in its season-opening match Tuesday and, eventually, the first set before rallying to win the next three.

The Golden Bears prevailed 16-25, 25-22, 25-10, 25-13 to collect the first win for new head coach Katie Winters.

Shelby Lasure and Ashlyn Turner led the Golden Bears with 12 kills apiece. Hailey Harness had 11 kills.

Lasure and Turner each had four service aces.

The Spartans dropped to 0-2 this season.

Shelbyville won the junior varsity match, 25-18, 25-14.

The Golden Bears travel to Columbus North Thursday while Southwestern seeks its first win of the season at Oldenburg Academy.

In other prep events Tuesday:



Cross Country

Hauser Hokum Karem

Southwestern’s Dane Kissell and Koty Claiborne combined for a 6th-place finish (35 minutes, 58 seconds) in the season-opening event for the Spartans.

In a hokum karem, runners are paired together which each competitor running one mile before their partner runs the next mile. Each competitor runs three miles total over the 6-mile event.

Also for Southwestern, Jackson Bentz and Chris Claiborne finished 13th in 38:57.

In the girls’ race, Malori Pike and Maxine Higdon (photo) partnered up for a 10th-place finish (51:25).

Southwestern will host the Jeremy Wright Invitational Saturday.



Girls Golf

Rushville 199, Mt. Vernon 206, Shelbyville 233

At Blue Bear Golf Course in Shelbyville, Mt. Vernon’s Izzy VanHeel was the medalist with a 44 but Rushville had three golfers shoot 51 or better to secure the team victory.

Emma Tressler led the Lions with a 46 and Isabella Wilson shot 49. Megan Alexander (51) and Claire Waits (53) completed Rushville’s scoring.

Madison Monroe led Shelbyville with a 56. Emmie Higgins followed at 57 and Kate Linville and Livanet Rosales each posted 60.

Shelbyville hosts Whiteland Thursday.

Triton Central 253, Beech Grove 254

Hanna Fink led the Tigers to their first victory of the season with a round of 60.

Lindsay Huxford and Olivia Williams followed at 64 and Jaylee Davis shot 65.

Triton Central hosts Eastern Hancock today.

Blue River Valley 210, Morristown 254

Ashley Ballinger led the Yellow Jackets in the loss with a 57.

Also for Morristown, Mollie Runnebohm shot 61, Clara Hale posted a season-best 67 and Oakleigh Goedde shot 69.

Morristown is at Edinburgh Thursday.



Boys Soccer

Franklin 2, Shelbyville 0

At Shelbyville, Griffin Atkison and Zach Newton produced second-half goals to lead the visiting Grizzly Cubs past the Golden Bears.

Adam Atkison collected the shutout in goal for Franklin.

“Despite the 2-0 loss, I was very encouraged by our defense,” said Shelbyville head coach Ben Purvis. “The foundation is set for this group to be very good. Our biggest missing piece is finding goal scorers.”

Franklin built a 3-0 first-half lead in the junior varsity contest and held on for a 3-2 victory.

Rory O’Connor and Brock Wischmeyer scored Shelbyville’s goals.

Shelbyville is back in action Thursday at Oldenburg Academy.

Southwestern 3, Knightstown 2

At Southwestern, the Class A, No. 10-ranked Spartans quickly fell behind to Knightstown in their season opener but scored three straight goals to recover for the win.

Owen Newkirk scored in the opening two minutes to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead.

Garreth Stringer answered back for Southwestern, scoring in the game’s fifth minute off an assist from Tucker Simmons.

Simmons picked up another assist three minutes later when Eli Stone scored to give the Spartans the lead for good.

Josh Karr made it 3-1 in the 34th minute off an assist from Constant Martinez.

Knightstown scored late in the second half to cut the lead to 3-2 but could not find the game-tying goal.

Michael Clements had 10 saves in goal for Southwestern, who travels to Hauser Saturday.

Boys Tennis

Shelbyville 4, Hauser 1

At Shelbyville, the host Golden Bears swept the singles matches and added a win at No. 2 doubles to net new head coach Steve Drake his first career victory.

Aidan Asher, Logan Prickett and Caden Tackett dropped a combined six games while dominating all three singles matches.

The No. 2 doubles pairing of Karson Schaf and Reece Prickett cruised past Jayden Blair and Jentzen Bechtel, 6-0, 6-1.

Hauser’s lone win came at No. 1 doubles where Levi Gollmer and Hunter Pappano topped Aiden Smith and Caden Claxton, 6-3, 7-5.

Shelbyville got junior varsity singles match wins from Layne Pogue and Aiden Alton and a doubles victory from Gavin Reed and Alex Bunton.

Shelbyville hosts Franklin today.

Triton Central 5, Ritter 0

At Ritter, the visiting Tigers proved dominant in their season opener.

At No. 1 singles, Tucker Hutchinson blanked Harrison Priesthoff, 6-0, 6-0.

Avram Rund defeated Simeon Pantones at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-0.

Cole Thomas bested Andreas Closser at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-4.

At No. 1 doubles, Griffin Sego and Ben Toth topped Nathan Martin and Luke Adams, 6-0, 6-4.

And Oliver Gearlds and Connor Evans did not lose a game at No. 3 singles against Jordan Liter and Trevor Listeri.

Triton Central got JV victories from Bohdan Rollo, Max Crouse, Janssen Capps and the doubles pairings of Eli Sego/Caleb McGuire and Connor McGuire/Talan Carter.

Triton Central goes for its second straight Indiana Crossroads Conference victory today when Lutheran visits Fairland.




Triton Central def. Whiteland, 25-18, 25-17, 25-9

At Triton Central, senior Maddy Brown (photo) became TC’s career kills leader while leading the Tigers to a season-opening victory.

Brown started the season three kills shy of tying Maddy Beaver’s record of 624 kills, which was set in 2020.

Kennedi Morrison led Whiteland (0-1) with five kills. Kiley Sullivan finished with a team-high 17 digs.

Triton Central won the junior varsity match in straight sets.

The Tigers are at Greensburg Thursday.