Shelbyville diver Maiah Helfer-Vazquez earned a regional appearance with a fourth-place finish Saturday at the New Palestine Sectional.
Helfer-Vazquez totaled 280.2 points to qualify for Tuesday’s Brownsburg Regional. The top eight finishers at the regional qualify for the state championship meet.
Mount Vernon’s Riley Nielsen won the diving competition with 329.5 points. Also advancing were New Palestine’s Ava Tuley (296.3) and Centerville’s Taylor Heaston (292.5).
Only sectional champions in swimming events qualify for the state finals.
Shelbyville’s best finish came in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Naomi Garringer, Miriam Garringer, Meeghen Bushfield and Riley Everette placed third in 1:48.35.
Greenfield-Central won the race in 1:38.94. New Palestine finished second in 1:43.73.
Everette produced the Golden Bears’ top individual finish. The freshman was fourth in the 100 butterfly in 1:04.37. Greenfield-Central’s Mary Ellen Stratman won the sectional title in 59.81.
Shelbyville’s only other top-8 finish Saturday came in the 200 medley relay. Naomi Garringer, Alexis Dwiggins, Riley Everette and Paige Bohman finished seventh in 2:10.47.
Greenfield-Central won the race in 1:48.08.
In other prep events Saturday:
Waldron 72, Tri 69, OT
At Tri, Lucas Mitchell scored 32 points and Bryce Yarling had 21 to lead the Mohawks to an overtime victory over the Class A, No. 9 Titans (11-4).
Waldron (9-9) led by three points with six seconds left in the fourth quarter but fouled a Titan shooting a three-pointer at the buzzer. With three made free throws, the game went to overtime.
With a Mitchell screen late in overtime in a tied game, Yarling was able to get to the rim and score with less than one second on the clock. Yarling was fouled as well and hit the free throw to set the final score.
With 32 points, Mitchell moved within 32 points of becoming the sixth Mohawk to reach 1,000 career points.
And with the game-winning shot, Yarling surpassed 1,200 career points to become Waldron’s No. 2 career scoring leader. Yarling passed Justin Barnard (1,181); and with 1,201 points trails only Jared Lux (1,313) for the top spot.
Waldron is at South Decatur (8-10) Friday.
Centerville 60, Morristown 22
At Centerville, 10 different Bulldogs scored led by 11 points from Nathan Dickenson and Chase Clark to improve to 5-11. Centerville started the season 1-9 but have since won four of six.
Jameson Palmer led Morristown (1-17) with nine points.
The Yellow Jackets travel to Class 2A, No. 15 Eastern Hancock (13-5) Friday.
Triton Central 77, Oldenburg Academy 41
At Triton Central, Luke Faust and Eli Sego each scored 20 points and Silas Blair had 18 points to improve the Tigers to 13-5.
Triton Central led 21-12 after one quarter and opened the lead to 40-19 by halftime.
Connor Miles led Oldenburg Academy (6-11) with 16 points.
Triton Central hosts Indianapolis Ritter (9-9) Friday for an Indiana Crossroads Conference contest.
Rising Sun 62, Southwestern 54
At Southwestern, Dylan Morris scored a game-high 27 points and two more Shiners scored in double figures to push Rising Sun’s record to 9-10.
Brody Morris scored 11 points and Brady Works had 10 for Rising Sun.
Ben Kahler topped Southwestern (2-16) with 17 points. Carter Snepp and Jonah DeArmitt each scored 14.
The Spartans host Indiana Deaf (6-11) Tuesday.
New Palestine 99.7, Westfield 97.0, Rushville 93.75, Morristown 85.925, Shelbyville 70.15, Muncie Central 67.325
At Rushville, New Palestine gymnasts collected four of the top-10 spots in the all-around competition to secure the team title.
Rushville’s Bell Westphal won the all-around with 33.95 points. Westfield’s Elianna Reynolds (33.225) and New Palestine’s Lynzie Stiller (32.725) finished runner-up and third.
Morristown’s Oakleigh Goedde placed fifth at 31.875 while Shelbyville’s Renee Aldridge was 10th (29.6).
Stiller won the floor exercise with a score of 9.425. Goedde finished sixth (8.2) while Aldridge placed 11th (29.6).
Westphal produced the best score on the balance beam (8.525) and vault (8.85).
Goedde finished sixth on the balance beam (8.125). Aldridge was 12th (7.15).
Goedde scored 8.3 in the vault to finish seventh. Aldridge was ninth (8.275).
Reynolds won the uneven bar competition with an 8.275.
Goedde finished fifth (7.25) and Aldridge was 10th (6.375).
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