Higgins’ 99 tied with Milan’s Kayla Walke for the final advancing position at the Greensburg Sectional.
Batesville, ranked No. 10 in the state coaches poll, won the sectional with a team score of 315. Franklin County (342) and East Central (379) also advanced to the regional which will be played at the Legends Golf Club on Sept. 23.
The top three scores not from an advancing team also qualified for the regional. Greensburg’s Annie Pumphrey carded a 93 to advance along with Higgins and Walke.
Batesville’s Addyson Weiler earned the sectional medalist honor with a 75.
Shelbyville and Southwestern finished tied for fifth in the team standings at 440 – both season-best scores for the golf programs.
Following Higgins on the Shelbyville scorecard were Riley Everette (104), Ava Essex (118), Ella Connolly (119) and Kylie Stader (124).
Sydney Griffin missed the regional cut by four strokes at 103. Emma Isgrigg followed at 106. Also competing for Southwestern were Aurora Belton (111), Taryn Hoeing (120) and Olivia Lahey (129).
The golf programs from Morristown and Triton Central will compete Monday in the New Palestine Sectional at the Links Golf Club in New Palestine.
In other prep events Saturday:
Morristown 6, Franklin County 2
At Morristown, the strong performance from the Yellow Jackets kept Franklin County (0-9-1) winless this season.
Heritage Christian 10, Triton Central 1
At Triton Central, Zaria Winston scored four goals and had two assists to lead the Class A, No. 3 Eagles to their seventh win of the season.
Kya Crooke had three goals and an assist. Eimy Lozano-Fuentes scored twice and Lauryn Dolvin scored a goal and two assists to help Heritage Christian improve to 7-5.
Elaina Maurice scored Triton Central’s only goal off an assist from Vivian Blye.
Triton Central is 5-4.
Mid-Hoosier Conference Tournament
Already crowned the MHC team champions, Waldron proved its individual dominance by winning all five divisions of the conference tournament.
At No. 1 singles, Lucas Shaw claimed back-to-back titles with a pair of singles victories over Morristown’s Dalton McMichael (6-1, 6-1) and Edinburgh’s Austin Brockman, 7-6 (3), 6-1.
Charlie Fischer kept his strong season going with two wins in the No. 2 singles bracket over Morristown’s Michael Ballinger (6-1, 6-0) and Hauser’s Hunter Pappano (6-1, 6-1).
Caiden Young won the No. 3 singles championship, 6-1, 6-0 over Edinburgh’s Bailey Totten. Young defeated Southwestern’s Jackson Burcham in the semifinals, 6-3, 6-1.
At No. 1 doubles, Jacob Lindsey and Jack Fischer won their bracket with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Hauser.
And Conner Hinchman and Matthew Thomas dominated the championship match of the No. 2 doubles bracket against Hauser, 6-0, 6-0. The Waldron duo have won three straight conference titles.
With their performance, seven (photo) of the 10 members on the 2023 All-MHC squad were from Waldron.
Morristown finished 1-2 at the invitational and sit at 7-9 this season.
Culver Community defeated the Yellow Jackets, 25-17, 25-17. Maycee Cole led Morristown with three kills.
Morristown defeated Argos, 25-17, 25-16. Madison Espich, Zoey Coons and Cole each had five kills.
Tri-Central needed three sets to knock off the Yellow Jackets, 21-25, 25-22, 15-12. Cole had a team-high 10 kills. Espich had seven kills. Katie Theobald finished with 25 assists.
Southwestern split its first two matches before being swept by Mid-Hoosier Conference rival Hauser in the finale.
Lawrenceburg defeated Southwestern, 25-12, 25-8.
The Spartans rebounded to secure a sweep of Rock Creek Academy.
In the finale, Hauser swept the Spartans, 25-22, 25-23.
Golden Bear Invitational
At Blue River Memorial Park’s cross country course in Shelbyville, the Golden Bears had six boys break 20 minutes in a race for the first time in four years – and four finished in under 19 minutes.
Competing in the Black division (large schools), Shelbyville’s Shia Veach (55th in 18:10.06), Blake Hughes (56th in 18:10.16) and Logan Reinhart (57th in 18:24) nearly crossed the finish line together. Gavin Harker followed in 69th in 18:55.
Jonah Anspaugh (19:40.23) and Ben Hinojosa (19:40.78) also ran well for Shelbyville. The Golden Bears finished ninth in the team standings.
Waldron and Morristown placed seventh and eighth in the Gold division (small schools) team standings.
Waldron was led by Jared Crosby’s 15th-place finish in 17:29. Also running for Waldron were Nathaniel Evans (19:25), Sam Jones (20:25), Max Jones (21:42), Kyle Lacy (23:05) and Cole Jones (26:28).
Ryan Crisman finished 34th for Morristown in 18:49. Maxamillion Compton followed in 54th (20:29). Thane Cole finished 56th (20:35) with Bradley Theobald (21:40), Drake Hibst (23:01), Levi Stoddard (23:13) and Armaan Singh (26:11) also competing.
Southwestern did not field enough runners for a complete team score. Jackson Bentz (19:16) led the Spartans followed by Dakota Claiborne (19:39), Chris Claiborne (21:22) and Ryan Wildman (33:07).
Shelbyville senior Hannah Wright clocked a new personal best in a 27th-place finish in the Black division race in 21:27. Aerin Garcia-Santiago secured a top-50 finish in 22:32.
Also running for the Golden Bears were Angel Kreider (23:46), Sonora O’Connor (23:47) and Kat Seal (23:55). O’Connor and Seal notched personal bests.
Competing in the Gold division were Waldron’s Riley Price (15th in 22:34), Sophie Hudnall (25:42) and Audrey Hogg (26:29), Morristown’s Grace McLaughlin (22:48), Audrey Van Dyke (23:26) and Remi Spicklemire (29:00), and Southwestern’s Maxine Higdon (27:59).
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