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Edinburgh uses one big inning to defeat Waldron at Sectional 59

With one mighty swing, Travis Jones completely changed the momentum of the game.

The Edinburgh senior smashed a solo home run Monday afternoon well over Morristown High School’s 340-foot left field fence to start the fourth inning and cut into Waldron’s 3-0 lead.

For the first three innings, Waldron starting pitcher Bryce Yarling was cruising. He faced 11 Lancers and struck out eight.

Yarling walked the next batter after the home run, surrendered a double to Landon Burton and hit Ian Buchanan with a pitch to load the bases with no one out.

The Waldron junior struck out Caleb Turner with the bottom two in Edinburgh’s order coming to the plate.

Gabe Bennett worked a 5-pitch walk that scored Edinburgh’s second run and Nicholas Detling followed with a two-run double to give the Lancers their first lead in the Class A, Sectional 59 semifinal game.

Yarling walked leadoff hitter Jarrett Turner before recording another strikeout. A wild pitch scored Bennett, Jones batted again and walked and Riley Palmeter delivered a two-run single that finally forced Waldron head coach Tommy Coy to make a pitching change.

“They were due,” said Coy of a Lancers program the Mohawks beat twice late in the regular season. “We have beaten them pretty well the last two years and they were due. They got one inning, and you take away that one inning there was nothing.

“We didn’t make any real mistakes behind Yarling and that’s the hard thing about baseball and teaching these kids, no matter how hard you work, failure is still an option and sometimes there is not an excuse – you just fail. The kids really struggle with that.”

Jacob Bennett needed one pitch to get Burton to fly out and end the inning but the damage was done – seven runs on four hits. The Mohawks entered the inning with a 3-0 lead and came out trailing by four.

“I asked Bryce what he thinks, and he said he had it,” said Coy. “He’s our guy. He’s been in tough situations before and come through.”

Bennett did not pitch last season due to an arm injury, but with an effective curve ball, the sophomore kept the Lancers in check.

“I nominated him for all-conference because he didn’t pitch at all last year and he came out and was one of our most consistent guys,” said Coy. “He threw a ton of strikes for us which was a huge problem last year, this year completely changed.”

With the lead, Edinburgh head coach Dennis Smith pulled his starting pitcher, Bennett, and turned the game over to Jones.

Waldron chipped away at the lead, scoring two in the fifth and one more in the sixth but could not get the game back even.

Yarling went 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored for Waldron (7-17). Jacob Lindsey had two hits.

Palmeter went 2-for-3 for Edinburgh (6-15) with two runs batted in. Detling also had a pair of RBIs.

Waldron graduates just one senior, first baseman Bryant Becker, which raises expectations for the 2023 season.

“There are three of four eighth graders coming up that have played quite a bit of baseball that will be guys that will definitely help us,” said Coy. “We are taking steps in the right direction. This is huge for us.”

Marvin Johnson Stable named Barn Crew of the Month at Horseshoe Indianapolis

The Indiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) kicked off a special Memorial Day racing program Monday with the first of six Barn Crew of the Month presentations.

The first recipient in 2022 is the Marvin and Chris Johnson Stable (photo).

“We have a very good crew, and they do an excellent job,” said Johnson. “They really take good care of the horses too. We have nine on our staff in the barn. We look forward to going to Texas Corral for a night out for them.”

Included on the Johnson team is Favian Quezada, Miramon Garcia, Fidel Sanchez, Agustin Gomez, Rose Merino, Rogelio Labra, Edvin Ruano and Martin Reyes.

They were noted for the way the barn looks on the backstretch at Horseshoe Indianapolis as well as the condition and care of the horses.

Barn Crew of the Month is presented monthly by the Indiana HBPA in conjunction with Texas Corral, located on State Road 9 north of Shelbyville.

The Johnson crew will receive $200 in gift certificates for a night out and a special Barn Crew of the Month banner will hang on their barn for the month of June to signify their hard work as recipient of the award.


Morristown baseball continues resurgence despite sectional loss to Lutheran

A 19-3 loss Monday morning to Indianapolis Lutheran in the Class A, Sectional 59 semifinal round was disheartening.

The Yellow Jackets expected a better result against a Saints squad they handily defeated earlier in the season.

What Morristown needed was a strong pitching performance from someone not named Grant Kessler. The lefty got the Yellow Jackets into the semifinals Saturday with a 7-6 victory over Greenwood Christian and he was dominant in a 9-1 win over Lutheran on April 16.

However, his pitch count in the sectional quarterfinal round was such that he would not be allowed to take the mound again in the sectional, per IHSAA mandates.

Morristown head coach Brandon Kessler opted for a veteran presence on the mound in the rematch with Lutheran.

Senior Jacob Rains struggled to get comfortable early, worked his way out of a first-inning jam but did not finish the second inning after continuing to struggle to locate his pitches.

“(Rains) has been extremely strong this last half of the season,” said Kessler. “He’s been able to keep hitters off balance. His (velocity) is not strong but his pitch selection has been extremely good. It just wasn’t there today.”

Rains hit Lutheran leadoff hitter Cole Perkins. The senior stole second base and scored on Micah Mackay’s double down the left field line. Sean Moore followed with another double and the Saints had a quick 2-0 lead.

Rains got a strikeout and infield pop fly to settle down and induced designated hitter Ryan Redding to fly out to left field but the ball was misplayed and Moore scored to make it 3-0.

Rains got the next batter to end the inning and Morristown’s offense took advantage of three Lutheran errors in the second inning.

Lukas Ellis and Kamdyn Gaines reached on back-to-back errors and Kane Snyder’s hit plated Ellis with the Yellow Jackets’ first run. Kade Rogers followed with a walk to load the bases.

With two outs and leadoff hitter Dyllan Rutledge at the plate, Lutheran pitcher Ryan Jeffers tried to pick off Rogers at first base but the throw was errant and Gaines scored to cut the lead to 3-2.

Morristown needed a quick second inning to get back up to bat. Lutheran had other plans.

Rains hit leadoff batter Gehrig Whitlock, Josiah King laid down a good bunt and Perkins singled to load the bases.

Rains hit a third batter, this time Mackay, to bring in a run and signal the end of his day.

Rogers took over on the mound and nearly worked out of the jam.

Moore delivered a sacrifice fly to right field that scored King and make it 5-2. Ethan Hill followed with a fly ball caught by Rogers for the second out of the inning.

Rogers walked the next two hitters and Jackson Brandenburg smashed a two-run single to break open the game.

The Saints (20-8) scored eight runs in that second inning and seven more in the third to cruise to a five-inning victory.

Morristown finished the season 12-12, the program’s most wins since 2014.  After going 1-21 in 2019 and losing the 2020 season to COVID-19, the Yellow Jackets went 9-15 in 2021 and sit at .500 this season with just two seniors on the roster and a talented group of eighth graders coming into the program.

“We have a lot to build off of, it was an extremely positive season,” said Kessler. “We went from the lows of lows a few years ago and brought it up to a .500 season and we’ve got five guys coming back as seniors next year that are the heart and soul of this team. I expect them to make a lot more noise next year.”

Grant Kessler, Rogers and Bryce Bryant, who pitched the final 1.2 innings against Lutheran Monday, all return next season and with the addition of two eighth-grade catchers to the varsity roster, Brandon Kessler believes Ruttledge will bring his strong arm to the pitching rotation.

“One arm that we weren’t really able to use this year for almost the entire season was Dyllan Rutledge because we don’t have a backup catcher,” said Kessler. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t bring him out from behind the plate.”

With a stronger pitching staff developed in the offseason, Morristown will carry high expectations into the 2023 season.

Top-10 ranked Golden Bears, Warriors set to square off in regional championship

In a battle of top-10 ranked teams Tuesday at Shelbyville, one will celebrate its first softball regional championship.

Class 4A, No. 2 Whiteland (24-2) travels to Shelbyville for a 6 p.m. regional championship game against the 4A No. 10 Golden Bears (22-5).

The Warriors defeated Shelbyville, 1-0, on May 2 when Debbie Hill drove in Emma Piercy in the bottom of the seventh inning with the game’s only run.

Hill, a senior left-hander was dynamic. She allowed just two hits and struck out 15 to stifle the Golden Bears.

“I think the two best pitchers we saw, and we did not get to play (Keagan) Rothrock and Roncalli, were Alanah Jones (of Yorktown) and Debbie Hill,” said Shelbyville coach Mark Hensley. Jones led Yorktown to a 2-1 victory over Shelbyville on April 16 when she allowed one hit and had eight strikeouts. “Hill is a lefty and a hair harder to hit, you don’t see that as much.”

But Shelbyville has seen her once and that could be to the Golden Bears’ advantage.

Shelbyville will counter with its own ace, sophomore Cheyenne Eads, who is 13-4 this season with a 1.89 earned run average and 124 strikeouts in 103.2 innings.

Hill has more wins, more strikeouts and an ERA under 1.00, though.

“Since we’ve seen her (May 2) we’ve seen several other pitchers that have been throwing like that,” said Hensley. “Our confidence is higher now. I don’t know if we will hit her or not but if you ask the girls, they think they will.”

Shelbyville’s offensive production is slightly better than Whiteland’s this season. The Golden Bears have scored less runs than the Warriors (234-221) but have more hits (282-272), home runs (22-16) and extra-base hits (101-89).

Shelbyville is led by a pair of Southeastern Conference softball recruits in senior catcher Karissa Hamilton (.539 average, 49 runs, 10 home runs, 38 runs batted in), who will play for Kentucky next season, and junior shortstop Kylee Edwards (.562, 42 runs, 17 doubles, 39 RBIs), verbally-committed to Mississippi State University.

Freshman third baseman Addie Stieneker has outperformed high expectations, hitting .441 with 25 runs scored, 11 doubles and 33 RBIs.

Junior infielder/pitcher Hailey Pogue has produced clutch hits late in the season including two against Bloomington South in the Golden Bears’ sectional opener. She is hitting .333 with 21 runs scored, nine doubles and 27 RBIs.

Senior Kiley McIver has been hot late in the season, raising her average to .378 with nine doubles, three home runs and 21 RBIs.

“I assume this is going to be a really good game,” said Hensley. “It will not be a really high-scoring game.”

Defensive mistakes could prove catastrophic.

 

 

Hill will play collegiately for Division III Trine University in Angola, Indiana, next season. The Thunder are currently playing in the DIII National Championship series in Salem, Virginia, against top-ranked Christopher Newport University.

She also leads her team offensively, hitting over .500 with 11 doubles, six home runs and 40 RBIs.

Eight more Warriors (photo above) are hitting over .300 including Piercy (.443, 42 runs), a junior, freshman Kiley Sullivan (.383, 26 RBIs), senior Haley Wilkerson (.316, 21 RBIs) and sophomore Joslynn Harbert (.376, 32 runs).

The regional champions advance to Saturday’s Bedford North Lawrence Semistate second semifinal game (start time approximately 12:30 p.m.) to face the regional winner of 4A No. 5 Bedford North Lawrence (27-2) and 4A No. 13 Castle (26-8).

The first semistate final at Bedford (10:30 a.m. start time) will pit the winner of 4A No. 1 Roncalli (29-0) and Avon (20-7) against the winner of 4A No. 7 Pendleton Heights (24-6) and North Central (16-11).

The Bedford Semistate championship game is set for 7 p.m.


Shelbyville vanquishes Columbus North to capture Sectional 14 championship

Mark Hensley does not see arrogance in his Shelbyville softball squad – plenty of confidence, but definitely not arrogance.

After a rain-delayed 12-2 victory over Columbus East was finished Friday, Class 4A, No. 10 Shelbyville quickly readied for a sectional rematch with 4A No. 6 Columbus North.

“They were 100% sure they were going to win that game,” said the Shelbyville head coach Sunday afternoon. “There was no other talk about it.”

The Golden Bears entered the sectional championship game at Bloomington North High School with three straight losses to Maddi Rutan and her Bull Dogs, including a heartbreaking 4-2 loss at the 2021 sectional played at Shelbyville.

“There was no talk about how good Maddi Rutan was,” said Hensley. “They were 100% sure they were going to win that game walking in.”

Karissa Hamilton flamed that fire in Shelbyville’s first at bat of the game off Rutan, who was 2-0 in three career appearances against the Golden Bears with 27 strikeouts and three runs allowed in 18 innings in the circle.

The senior launched a Rutan pitch into a stiff wind and over the wall for a quick 1-0 lead.

“Talk about setting a tone,” said Hensley. “The wind was blowing in. We didn’t think anyone was going to hit a home run in this game.”

Kylee Edwards followed with a single and a stolen base to put pressure on Columbus North early.

Addie Stieneker laid down a sacrifice bunt to Rutan’s left. The pitcher corralled it, took one look toward third base then fired an off-balance throw to first base that was not handled and Edwards scored to make it 2-0.

 

 

Rutan’s counterpart, Shelbyville sophomore Cheyenne Eads, wanted the start in the championship game and she delivered. Eads allowed just three hits and three walks that led to one Columbus North run.

And when her team needed her to seal the deal in the seventh, Eads was dominant. She induced a pop fly to left field, a slow grounder back to the circle and then struck out Josie Lemmons to end the game and start the celebration.

Those two first-inning runs proved to be enough to get Shelbyville a 2-1 victory and the opportunity to play one more game on its home field.

The Golden Bears (22-5) will host 4A No. 2 Whiteland (24-2) Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the one-game regional format. The winner advances to the Bedford North Lawrence Semistate on June 4.

Hensley continues to see a team not as deep in talent as in years past find ways to overcome adversity in games.

“I’m pretty sure we’ve had better teams in the past that didn’t win a sectional,” he said. “This team just doesn’t quit … not much phases them.”

Not even three rainy weeknight trips to Bloomington.

Shelbyville survived its sectional opener with 4A No. 14 Bloomington South, 6-5 in nine innings Tuesday. The final out came near 11 p.m. as rain kept postponing the playing schedule.

Shelbyville returned to Bloomington Thursday for a quarterfinal contest with Columbus East that started and then was postponed until Friday.

Kiley McIver had three hits, including a three-run home run, and drove in five runs to lead the Golden Bears to a 12-2 victory and a berth in the sectional finale. The senior terrorized the Olympians the last two seasons, hitting .733 (11-for-15) with six runs scored, four extra-base hits including two home runs, and nine RBIs.

Eads started in the circle Thursday but only pitched one inning. Hailey Pogue and Aliyah Lewis finished the game off allowing three hits and two runs over the final four innings.

That left Eads determined to shut down Columbus North (20-4), a team she had not beaten in her career.

“She wanted the ball,” said Hensley. “There are days where you know they are tired and beat up but she looked like she hadn’t pitched in a month.”

Eads held the Bull Dogs scoreless in the first two innings. In the third, Kaylee Cowan delivered a two-out double that scored Emalee Heafner to cut Shelbyville’s lead in half.

The Golden Bears had chances to extend the lead in the fourth and fifth innings but could not get a decisive hit off Rutan, a junior who will pitch collegiately at Eastern Kentucky University.

Kirsten Danford started the sixth inning with an infield single, but Eads took care of the next three batters to shut down a late rally.

Morristown advances, Southwestern's season ends at Sectional 59

Morristown advanced while Southwestern’s season came to an end Saturday in the opening round of the Class A, Sectional 59 baseball tournament at Morristown High School.

Morristown built a 7-4 lead then held off a Greenwood Christian Academy rally in the top of the seventh inning to advance with a 7-6 victory.

Trailing 4-0, the Yellow Jackets scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the sectional quarterfinal game at 4-all.

Morristown used a three-run fifth inning to take a 7-4 lead and pin the loss on Greenwood Christian pitcher Preston Van Til. The freshman allowed two hits and three runs (none of the runs were earned).

Trey Harney started for Greenwood Christian (13-9) and pitched into the fourth inning before Charlie Overton took over.

Colton Flint had three hits to lead Greenwood Christian. Harney and Wyatt Schlageter each drove in two runs.

With the win, Morristown (12-11) advances to Monday’s semifinal round to face Indianapolis Lutheran (19-8) at 10 a.m.

The Yellow Jackets defeated the Saints, 9-1 on April 16. Grant Kessler pitched a complete game and struck out 13.

The sectional championship game is slated for 7:30 p.m. Monday.

In the other quarterfinal game Saturday:

 

 

Lutheran 23, Southwestern 3

The Spartans (6-16) scored twice in the top of the first inning to take the lead but the Saints responded with an 8-run second inning to take control.

Lutheran added six runs in the second inning and nine more in the third to advance to the sectional semifinal round to face Morristown.

 

 

The second semifinal game Monday pits Waldron (7-16) against Edinburgh (5-15) at approximately 12:30 p.m.

The two Mid-Hoosier Conference teams met late in the regular season and the Mohawks prevailed twice, 14-3 and 16-15.


Eastern Hancock tops Triton Central to repeat as Sectional 42 champions

Madison Stephens scattered three hits and struck out eight to lead Eastern Hancock to a 10-0 win over Triton Central in the Class 2A, Sectional 42 championship game.

Eastern Hancock built a 2-0 lead Wednesday in the championship game but inclement weather forced the postponement of the game until late Saturday afternoon.

The Royals (20-4-1) scored four runs in the fourth inning when the game resumed and pushed three runs across the plate in the sixth to end the game.

Stephens improved to 14-2 this season with a 2.07 earned run average.

Lillian Fillippinie took the loss for Triton Central (11-10). The freshman surrendered 13 hits and three walks.

Fillippinie, Jayda McKee and Hailey Harris had the only hits for Triton Central, who started five freshmen and a sophomore in the championship game.

Kaylee Stewart finished 2-for-4 for Eastern Hancock with two runs scored and two runs batted in.

Caroline Stapleton, Kaylee Kline, Emma Bolding and Brooklyn Willis each had two hits for Eastern Hancock.

The Royals will host Class 2A, No. 11 Union County (26-2) Tuesday in the regional championship game. The two teams met in the 2021 regional championship game with Union County prevailing 4-2.

Lutheran shuts out Morristown in Sectional 59 championship game

Two Indianapolis Lutheran pitchers limited Morristown to three hits Saturday in a 13-0 victory in the Class A, Sectional 59 championship game.

Brooklyn Barger and Maddie Geminden combined for five innings pitched, three hits allowed while striking out four.

The Saints (11-14) used an 8-run second inning to take a 9-0 lead over the Yellow Jackets (10-11).

Ellie DeChristopher had two hits and four runs batted in. Taylor Gasvoda finished with three hits, two runs scored and three RBIs.

Rhylee Moran took the loss for Morristown. The junior allowed 11 hits and six walks while striking out two.

Moran had two of Morristown’s three hits.

With the sectional win, Lutheran will advance to a one-game regional Tuesday at Class A, No. 2 Hauser (22-4-1).


Prep Report: Triton Central's Schultz finishes 5th in regional sprint race

With a fifth-place finish in the 100-meter dash at the Greenfield-Central Regional, Triton Central junior Brad Schultz just missed qualifying for the IHSAA state championship meet.

Schultz ran the second-fastest time (11.19 seconds) in the qualifying round and followed up with 11.11 in the regional championship race to miss the automatic-qualifying spot by .06 seconds.

Center Grove senior Brandon Wheat won the 100 in 10.87, narrowly edging Warren Central junior Jaely Reeves-Lile (10.88). Richmond senior Marquis Johnson was third in 11.05.

Center Grove freshman Brady Dicken nipped Schultz at the finish line with a time of 11.09.

Schultz had a second-chance to qualify for the state championship meet in the 400 relay but the team of Brayden Wilkins, Ray Crawford, Anthony Dunville and Schultz were disqualified.

Also competing Thursday at the G-C Regional were Morristown’s Tyler Schonfeld (13th in 100, 11.44), Triton Central’s Ethan Cales (eighth in 110 hurdles, 15.84), Shelbyville’s Beau Kenkel (16th in 1,600, 4:54.58), Wilkins (ninth in 200, 23.41), Shelbyville’s Samuel Price (10th in long jump, 20-0.25) and Shelbyville’s Jordan Marcum (10th in high jump, 6-0).

In other prep events Thursday:

Boys Golf

Shelbyville 173, Morristown 174, Edinburgh 184

At Blue Bear Golf Club in Shelbyville, Edinburgh’s Max Blanford was the medalist with a low round of 37 but the Golden Bears had four golfers post between 42-44 to seal the team victory over the Yellow Jackets and Lancers.

Jake Garrison led Shelbyville with a 42. Nolen Chaney followed at 43 and Eli Baker and Brock Wischmeyer each shot 44.

Asher Caldwell topped Morristown’s scorecard with a 40. Nick Stidham finished two shots back at 42. Carson Essex posted 43 while Carson Conrad shot 49.

Mason Calhoun (46), Trevor Moon (48) and Cash Cunningham (53) completed Edinburgh’s scorecard.

Rescheduled postseasons

Baseball

Morristown Sectional

Class A, Sectional 59 at Morristown High School has been postponed twice this week due to inclement weather.

The latest updated schedule has the tournament condensed down to two days.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, Greenwood Christian (13-8) will face the host Yellow Jackets (11-11).

The second quarterfinal round game will follow at 12:30 p.m. between Southwestern (6-15) and Indianapolis Lutheran (18-8).

Both semifinal round games and the championship will be played Monday.

At 10 a.m. Monday, Saturday’s winners will return to square off.

In the second semifinal game at 12:30 p.m., Waldron (7-16) meets Edinburgh (5-15).

The championship game is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday.

 

 

Softball

Bloomington North Sectional

Class 4A, No. 10 Shelbyville is taking a very long route to the championship game.

After a 9-inning win late Tuesday over Bloomington South, the Golden Bears (20-5) returned to Bloomington North Thursday for a semifinal game that was delayed due to weather.

Once the game with Columbus East started, Shelbyville jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning in part to Kiley McIver’s three-run home run.

Shelbyville built an 8-2 lead in the top of the third inning when weather again forced the postponement of the sectional game to tonight.

Shelbyville will resume its semifinal contest with the Olympians (8-16-1) at 5:30 p.m.

The winner will then face No. 6 Columbus North (20-3) in the sectional championship game at 7 p.m.

The Bull Dogs reached the championship game with a 7-0 victory over Bloomington North Thursday. Columbus North, the defending sectional champion, has not allowed a run in its two sectional victories.

The Bloomington North Sectional champion will host No. 2 Whiteland (24-2) on Tuesday in the one-game regional format.

 

 

Eastern Hancock Sectional

The Class 2A, Sectional 42 championship game will resume at 5 p.m. Saturday in Charlottesville.

Eastern Hancock (19-4-1) was leading Triton Central (11-9) 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning Wednesday when inclement weather forced the postponement until Thursday and Friday, and now the game has again been postponed to Saturday.

 

 

Lutheran Sectional

The Class A, Sectional 59 softball sectional championship game has now been moved to noon Saturday at Lutheran High School.

The host Saints (10-14) will face Morristown (10-10) in the finale.

Prep Report: Weather forced several sectional postponements

Inclement weather Wednesday postponed the Class A, Sectional 59 baseball tournament at Morristown High School.

The quarterfinal round is now scheduled for today with Morristown (11-11) hosting Greenwood Christian (13-8) at 5 p.m.

The second game pits Southwestern (6-15) against Indianapolis Lutheran (18-8).

The winners of today’s games return Saturday for a 10 a.m. semifinal contest.

The second semifinal Saturday has Waldron (7-16) battling Edinburgh (5-15).

The sectional championship game is slated for 10 a.m. Monday.

Softball

The Class 2A, Sectional 42 championship game made it to the fourth inning before rain forced the postponement of the game.

Eastern Hancock built a 2-0 lead through three innings. Triton Central was batting in the fourth with two outs when the game was stopped.

The championship game will now pick up Friday at 5 p.m. at Eastern Hancock High School in Charlottesville.

The Sectional 42 champion will host the Sectional 41 champion in a one-game regional Tuesday.

Union County (25-2), ranked No. 11, will take on Northeastern (16-7) in the Sectional 41 championship game today.

The championship game at Class A, Sectional 59 is set.

Lutheran built a 10-0 lead on Waldron over the first three innings Wednesday before the weather forced the postponement of the game.

Waldron would not have enough players available to continue the game at a later date so the game was considered final.

The Mohawks finished the season 3-12.

Lutheran (10-14) will host Morristown (10-10) today in the sectional championship game. The Saints and Yellow Jackets did not play each other in the regular season.

The Sectional 59 champion will face the Sectional 60 champion Tuesday in a one-game regional.

The Sectional 60 championship game at Rising Sun features No. 3 Rising Sun (20-2) against No. 2 Hauser (21-4-1).

Track and Field

Greenfield-Central Regional

Nine Shelby County athletes will compete for state finals berths tonight in Greenfield.

Morristown’s Tyler Schonfeld and Triton Central’s Brad Schultz are part of the field in the 100-meter dash.

Triton Central’s Ethan Cales will compete in the 110 hurdles.

Fellow Tiger Brayden Wilkins is in the 200.

Shelbyville’s Beau Kenkel runs the 1,600.

Triton Central’s 400 relay team of Schultz, Wilkins, Ray Crawford and Anthony Dunville are in good position to advance to the state meet.

And a pair of Golden Bears are in field events.

Samuel Price will compete in the long jump while Jordan Marcum is part of the high jump field.


Bloomington South scores baseball sectional win over Shelbyville

Shelbyville baseball fell behind early and never recovered Wednesday night in a 6-1 Class 4A, Sectional 14 loss to Bloomington South.

Nico Walters limited the Golden Bears (12-14) to two hits while striking out 12 in a complete-game performance.

A.J. Brinson, Justin Zaleski and Blaise Oeding combined for seven of Bloomington South’s 10 hits.

The Panthers (11-11) scored two runs in each of the first two innings and added a run in the third inning before Shelbyville got on the scoreboard.

In the fourth, Brayden Basey doubled and scored on a Dalton Jones single to make it 5-1.

Luke Brinkman started on the mound for Shelbyville and took the loss. He allowed seven hits and two walks over three innings of work.

Caden Tackett pitched the final four innings in relief.

With the win, Bloomington South advanced to Friday’s semifinal round to face East Central, who upset No. 10 Columbus North Wednesday, 5-4.

The Trojans (17-7) will face the host Panthers at 6 p.m.

In the second semifinal game, Columbus East (11-16-1) will take on Bloomington North (11-6).

Triton Central baseball's season ends with loss at Scecina

Indianapolis Scecina got a solo home run from D.J. Mendez to lead off the bottom of the first inning and never trailed Wednesday in an 11-1 Class 2A, Sectional 42 win over Triton Central.

Mendez had three hits, scored two runs and drove in three to lead the Crusaders (13-10).

Aidan Ray pitched a five-inning complete game, allowing two hits while striking out 10. Ray also had two hits and drove in a run.

Luke Soultz and Jacob Smith each had two RBIs.

Hunter May took the loss for Triton Central (11-12).

The Tigers’ only run came in the fourth inning when Aaron Shircliff and Nick Riggins walked and Mathew Shircliff doubled.

With the win, Scecina advanced to Saturday’s semifinal round to face Eastern Hancock (6-20).

The other semifinal round game at the Scecina Sectional pits Knightstown (7-13) against Heritage Christian (14-7).

Pogue delivers Shelbyville softball into sectional semifinal round

Hailey Pogue delivered when her team needed her the most.

The Shelbyville junior (photo) drove in the game-tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning, followed with two scoreless innings of relief work in the pitcher’s circle, then produced the game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth to propel Class 4A, No. 10 Shelbyville to a 6-5 victory over No. 14 Bloomington South late Tuesday night.

With the sectional quarterfinal game knotted at 5-all in the bottom of the ninth and Kylee Edwards standing on third base, Pogue collected her third hit of the game to set up an 11 p.m. celebration at Bloomington North High School.

With the win, the Golden Bears (20-5) advance to Thursday’s semifinal round to face Columbus East (8-16-1), a team they defeated 11-2 on April 22.

The other semifinal Thursday pits the host Cougars (9-11) against No. 6 Columbus North (19-3), a 10-0 winner over East Central earlier Tuesday.

The sectional championship game is slated for 7 p.m. Friday.

Prior to the sectional, Shelbyville head coach Mark Hensley was concerned about Bloomington South’s power and pitching. The goal was to get some runs early and “keep the ball in the ballpark.”

Karissa Hamilton staked the Golden Bears to a 3-0 lead with a bases-loaded double in the second inning that scored two. Caitlyn Richardson pulled up halfway to home plate and retreated to third base but an errant throw also allowed her to score.

Lexie McGlothlin delivered her ninth home run of the season, a solo shot in the top of the fourth to get the Panthers (17-5) on the scoreboard.

 

 

Shelbyville countered with a single run in the bottom of the fourth inning. A Brooke Lipperd double was followed by a sacrifice bunt and a Richardson ground out to make it 4-1.

Morgan Cockerill worked a bases-loaded walk from Eads in the fifth to cut the lead to 4-2 where it would stand until the seventh inning.

Jessica Young delivered her team-leading 11th home run of the season in the top of the seventh to get Bloomington South within a run.

And after a walk loaded the bases, Bloomington South freshman Akasha Burton drove in two runs to give her team its first lead of the game and push the Golden Bears within three outs of elimination.

Pogue made sure that did not happen with a hard grounder that pushed the Bloomington South shortstop to her right. Edwards came diving across the plate to quickly tie the game back up and send it to extra innings.

Pogue took over in the circle and did not allow a hit or a walk and struck out two to give Shelbyville the opportunity to win it in the ninth.

Triton Central rolls into softball sectional championship game with win over Scecina

Triton Central opened the 2022 softball season with an 18-1 loss to Eastern Hancock on April 5.

The Tigers will seek a better outcome today in the Class 2A, Sectional 42 championship game when they again face the host Royals.

On Tuesday, Triton Central (11-9) pounded out 17 hits, including nine doubles, to cruise past Scecina, 15-3, in the sectional semifinal round.

Allison Raquet led the offensive explosion with three doubles and six runs batted it.

Lillian Fillippinie had two doubles and a home run and Jayda McKee went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBIs.

Brylie Couch limited the Crusaders to two hits and notched nine strikeouts in the pitcher’s circle.

Cierra Lathrop took the loss for Scecina (6-10).

Lilly Cunagin had a double and two RBIs.

In the other semifinal Tuesday, Eastern Hancock improved to 19-4-1 this season with an 11-0 victory over Heritage Christian (12-13).

The Royals reached the semifinal round with a 21-3 victory Monday over Knightstown (14-13).

Morristown softball advances into sectional championship game

Morristown softball utilized a pair of 4-run innings to defeat Greenwood Christian Academy and advance into the Class A, Sectional 59 championship game.

Already leading 2-0 Tuesday in the Indianapolis Lutheran Sectional, Morristown scored four runs in the top of the third to take a 6-0 advantage.

The Cougars (4-7) scored single runs in the third and fourth innings to cut into the Yellow Jackets’ lead before a second 4-run inning in the sixth put Morristown in complete control.

Rhylee Moran, Kaylin Waltz and Delaney Cornn each had two hits for Morristown.

Moran drove in two runs. Waltz had a pair of doubles. Cornn had a triple and scored two runs.

Moran earned the win in the pitcher’s circle with a complete-game performance. The junior allowed five hits and had five strikeouts.

With the win, Morristown (11-11) moves into the sectional championship game Thursday.

The second semifinal game is scheduled for today between Waldron (3-11) and Lutheran (9-14), a 9-8 winner over Class A, No. 14 Edinburgh Monday.

Rooks breaks school record in qualifying for state track and field championship meet

No Southwestern High School girls athlete had ever jumped 18 feet into a long jump pit – until Tuesday.

Southwestern junior Lilly Rooks broke her own school record on her penultimate jump at the Franklin track and field regional with a distance of 18 feet, 0.25 inches.

Rooks (photo) finished second in the event and qualified for her second-straight state finals appearance.

East Central freshman Ellie Hill won the long jump regional title with a best distance of 18-6.5. Hill’s teammate, senior Hope Fox, was third at 17-1.

Rooks will compete in the state track and field meet June 3 at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington. The long jump is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

Rooks finished 13th at the 2021 state meet with a then school record of 17-6.75.

 

 

Shelbyville senior Kina Schultz (photo above) will await word if she will advance into the state meet. She finished fourth in the 300-meter hurdles in a personal-best time of 46.59 seconds.

Franklin junior Brooke Coffman won the event in 46.37. Also automatically advancing into the state meet were East Central’s Hope Fox (46.39) and Warren Central senior Mary Porter (46.52).

The track and field career of Southwestern senior Alison Muck ended Tuesday at the regional. Muck qualified for the championship heat of the 100 hurdles where she finished ninth in 16.09.

Schultz placed 12th in the 100 hurdles in 16.65.

Triton Central junior Madison Brown finished 11th in the high jump competition with a best clearance of 5-0.

Photos courtesy of Steve Bush.

Triton Central tennis defeats Perry Meridian to advance to regional championship match

Triton Central tennis and Waldron’s No. 1 doubles combination extended their seasons Tuesday at Center Grove.

Competing in the Center Grove Regional, Triton Central defeated Perry Meridian, 3-2, to earn a berth in the regional championship match against No. 11 Franklin, a 5-0 winner over Roncalli Tuesday.

Triton Central captured two singles victories and earned a win at No. 1 doubles to eliminate the Falcons.

At No. 1 singles, Julia Sanders defeated Elizabeth Miller, 7-6 (5), 6-1.

Lelia Chougule continued her strong run at No. 3 singles this season with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over I Pui, 6-3, 6-0.

The Tigers’ top doubles pairing of Kelsey McGuire and Alyssa Wheatley bested Anna Kavanaugh and Tinkip Thluai, 6-1, 6-3.

At No. 2 singles, Perry Meridian’s Colleen Li topped Emma Hutchinson, 6-0, 7-6 (7).

And at No. 2 doubles, Lal Feli and Stella Ling defeated Olivia Martin and Sarah Williams, 6-3, 6-7 (2), 10-8.

In the other regional semifinal, Franklin’s singles players lost eight games total in sweeping three matches. Rylie Wilkinson, Chelsie Rayl and Emma Williams put together strong performances.

Franklin’s doubles pairings of Haley Haldeman/Ailyn Hendricks and Emma Sappenfield/Kennedy Urban also were victorious in straight sets.

The regional championship match is slated for today at Center Grove, weather permitting.

Triton Central has never won a girls tennis regional title. Franklin’s last regional championship came in 2009.

 

 

State Doubles Tournament

Waldron’s Mackenzie Shaw and Megan Bogemann improved to 17-0 this season with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Indian Creek’s Emilee Scott and Olivia Perry.

The match may serve as the sectional championship match depending on the outcome of the Franklin-Triton Central match.

Bogemann and Shaw have no other competition in the sectional round of the state tournament, according to Waldron head coach Chelsea Platt.

If the Mohawks are declared sectional champions, they will advance to the Fishers Regional on June 4 and face the Richmond Sectional champions in a semifinal round match.

Prep Report: Waldron baseball closes regular season with win over Edinburgh

Waldron baseball will carry momentum into the postseason after securing a 16-15 victory Monday over Edinburgh.

The Mohawks (7-17, 3-9 Mid-Hoosier Conference) led 9-5 after one inning then allowed six runs in the third and trailed 12-9.

A five-run fourth put Waldron back in control of the MHC contest.

Bryant Becker led Waldron with three hits, three runs scored and five runs batted in.

Bryce Yarling had four hits and two RBIs.

Eli Sheppard had three hits and scored three runs.

Jacob Lindsey secured the win with four innings of relief work. He allowed five hits and three walks while striking out four in relief of Jordan Bennett.

Yarling pitched a scoreless inning of relief and had two strikeouts.

Waldron swept the two-game series with Edinburgh after winning game one, 14-3 on May 16.

The Mohawks and Lancers (5-15, 1-11 MHC) meet again Saturday at Morristown High School in the second semifinal game of Class A, Sectional 59.

In other prep events Monday:

 

 

Baseball

Greenfield-Central 17, Triton Central 5

At Greenfield-Central, the visiting Tigers managed just five hits off a pair of G-C pitchers to close out the regular season with an 11-11 record.

The Cougars (11-14) scored four runs in the bottom of the first and added seven more in the second to open up an 11-0 lead.

Grant Shepherd, Andrew Zellers and Joey Roland each had two hits for the Cougars. Zellers had a grand slam and drove in five runs.

Lane Wadle collected the win on the mound. Michael Sitzman closed out the game with a scoreless inning of relief work.

Hayden May had two hits for Triton Central.

The Tigers begin the postseason Wednesday against Indianapolis Scecina in a quarterfinal game of Class 2A, Sectional 42 hosted by Scecina.

 

 

Boys Golf

Edinburgh 174, Morristown 183, Waldron 214

Asher Caldwell shot 42 and the Yellow Jackets split between a pair of Mid-Hoosier Conference rivals.

Edinburgh won the three-way match at Timbergate Golf Course.

Morristown was runner-up with Nick Stidham posting 46, Carson Essex following at 47 and Carson Conrad shot 48.

Morristown returns to the links Thursday at Blue Bear Golf Club against Shelbyville.

Final baseball coaches state poll released

The final Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association poll of the 2022 season was released Monday.

Borden, Carroll (Flora), Andrean and Center Grove finish as the top-ranked teams in each of the four classes.

Borden leads the Class A poll with Barr-Reeve, Lafayette Central Catholic, South Central (Union Mills), Union City, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Riverton Parke, Loogootee, Caston and Fremont completing the top 10.

Also receiving votes are Hauser, Lutheran, Jac-Cen-Del, Rising Sun and Shakamak.

Unbeaten Carroll (Flora) is on top of the Class 2A poll.

Cascade is No. 2 followed by Wapahani, Eastern (Greentown), University, Monroe Central, Centerville, Forest Park, Delphi and Boone Grove.

A pair of 23-win programs – Andrean and Western – are the top two teams in Class 3A.

Andrean is No. 1 ahead of Western, West Vigo, Brebeuf, Silver Creek, Batesville, John Glenn, Heritage, Crawfordsville and Oak Hill.

Center Grove is top-ranked in Class 4A with Mooresville, Castle, Fishers, Evansville North, Carroll (Fort Wayne), LaPorte, Jasper, Munster and Columbus North rounding out the top 10.

Knightstown athletic director chosen as next leader of Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

Matt Martin has been hired as the new Executive Director of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

“Our search committee evaluated numerous quality candidates and faced difficult decisions in our process,” said Hall of Fame President Mark Baltz. “We are excited to land Matt Martin as our next executive director and look forward to the energy and passion he will bring to the position.”

Martin, a Knightstown High School and Purdue University graduate, has spent the past eight years as athletic director at Knightstown High School. He is a current member of the Indiana High School Athletic Association Executive Committee.

Martin served as President of the IHSAA Executive Committee during the 2019-20 school year, helping the organization navigate the retirement of commissioner Bobby Cox, the hiring of commissioner Paul Neidig and the complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

“I am extremely humbled and honored to have been selected as the new executive director of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame,” said Martin. “The tradition, history, and passion that is the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame is something that I am looking forward to being around on a daily basis.”

Martin replaces Chris May, who will complete a 13-year tenure as the Hall of Fame’s executive director on June 15.

“I am excited to be able to work with Kayla, Cheryl, Trip, the countless volunteers, officers and Hall of Fame board members to continue to build on the great things Chris and his staff have done for basketball around our great state,” said Martin. “I am very thankful for my eight years at Knightstown, along with my duties on the IHSAA Board of Directors, and look forward to the future of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.”

Martin resides in Knightstown with his wife, Rachel, and sons, Gary and Oliver.

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame operates a 14,000 square foot museum in New Castle with a mission to honor, preserve and promote the heritage of Indiana high school basketball.

For more information, visit www.hoopshall.com.

Shelbyville softball finishes regular season ranked in SCAI top 10

Shelbyville softball enters the postseason ranked in the top 10.

The Softball Coaches Association of Indiana’s final statewide poll was released Monday and the Golden Bears are tied for No. 10 in the Class 4A rankings.

Unbeaten Roncalli (26-0), the defending state champions, are No. 1 in Class 4A followed by Whiteland (22-2), Mooresville (26-3), New Palestine (21-3-1), Bedford North Lawrence (25-2), Columbus North (18-3), Pendleton Heights (21-6), Center Grove (18-8), Harrison (West Lafayette) (23-1), and Lake Central (21-6) and Shelbyville (19-5).

Shelbyville and Columbus North are in the same sectional tournament along with No. 14. Bloomington South (17-4).

Whiteland, Mooresville and Center Grove are in the same sectional.

Shelbyville was 4-2 against the top 10 – defeating Mooresville, New Palestine and Pendleton Heights twice this season while losing to Whiteland and Columbus North.

 

 

Tri-West Hendricks (23-2) leads the Class 3A poll.

Gibson Southern (26-4) is No. 2 ahead of Yorktown (21-3), South Bend St. Joseph’s (21-3), Connersville (20-4), Leo (23-2), Cathedral (17-9), Benton Central (17-2), New Prairie (20-7), Western (20-5) and Franklin County (20-7).

Three of Shelbyville’s five losses have come to 3A top 10 programs – Yorktown, Connersville and Cathedral.

Pioneer (22-4), the defending Class 2A state champions, enter the 2022 postseason as the top-ranked team.

Sullivan (23-5) is No. 2 followed by Illiana Christian (19-2), Hebron (20-3), Boone Grove (14-4), South Vermillion (20-3), Eastside (22-1), North Posey (19-1), Wheeler (12-5) and North Newton (13-3).

Hauser (19-4-1) has risen to the No. 2 ranking in Class A behind Tecumseh (23-5).

Rising Sun (19-2) is No. 3 ahead of Caston (17-3), South Central (Union Mills) 17-6, West Central (18-4), West Washington (18-4), Clay City (21-4), Rossville (19-2) and Fremont (16-11).

Edinburgh (11-11) is No. 14.

Shelbyville powers way to share of HHC title, now preps for postseason

Class 4A, No. 9 Shelbyville overpowered Greenfield-Central Friday night to secure its first Hoosier Heritage Conference championship since 2016.

The Golden Bears pounded out 16 hits and Kylee Edwards smashed her fourth home run of the season to secure a 14-3 victory and a share of the conference championship with Class 3A, No. 3 Yorktown. With the win, Shelbyville also retained possession of the HHC’s traveling trophy until the 2023 season.

Edwards went 4-for-4 at the plate to raise her team-leading batting average to .586. She had two singles, a double and a home run to drive in four runs.

Addie Stieneker and Hailey Pogue each had three hits and combined to drive in three runs.

Cheyenne Eads improved to 11-4 in the circle, pitching three scoreless innings while striking out five. Aliyah Lewis worked the final two innings to close out the win.

“It was a long time coming,” said Shelbyville head coach Mark Hensley. “We’ve had some teams come through that couldn’t quite get it. Last year’s group, we lost the one game to New Pal and that was our shot to win the conference.”

The Golden Bears had to win four straight conference games after suffering a 2-1 loss to Yorktown on April 16. A 7-5 win over 4A No. 4 New Palestine 12 days later put the squad back on track. The Dragons defeated Yorktown, 4-3 on April 19.

“When we lost to Yorktown earlier in the year we were kind of kicking ourselves but we got a little help and Yorktown ended up losing one so we knew we had a shot,” said Hensley.

Greenfield-Central (15-7, 3-4 HHC) started freshman Madysen Herbert in the circle Friday and she went two innings, allowed three hits and two runs before leaving the game.

Brianna Jack took over in the third inning and Shelbyville erupted for nine runs on 11 hits.

Karissa Hamilton started the third inning with a triple and Edwards, Stieneker and Pogue followed with doubles. Kiley McIver, Eads and Brooke Lipperd kept the hit parade going with consecutive singles and Kali Laycock doubled to score two more.

Edwards’ solo shot capped off the 9-run inning.

 

 

Shelbyville (19-5, 6-1 HHC) and Yorktown (21-3, 6-1) share the HHC title with New Palestine (21-3-1, 5-2) finishing third. Class 4A, No. 7 Pendleton Heights (21-6, 4-3) followed in fourth ahead of G-C, Mt. Vernon (11-8, 3-4), New Castle (12-15, 2-6) and Delta (10-14, 0-7).

“It’s no joke in this conference when you’ve got some really, really good teams at the top of it,” said Hensley of the HHC which currently has half of its teams ranked in the top 10.

Shelbyville finishes the regular season with two pieces of hardware – the HHC trophy and the conference’s traveling trophy. Now the Golden Bears turn their attention toward capturing postseason trophies.

Shelbyville won back-to-back sectional titles in 2017 and 2018, with the 2017 title – the first for the program -- coming at Bloomington North High School, site of this year’s sectional.

In the first game Tuesday at 6 p.m., 4A No. 6 Columbus North (18-3), the defending sectional champion, takes on East Central (16-11).

Shelbyville follows at approximately 7:30 p.m. against 4A No. 15 Bloomington South (17-4).

“Their (No. 3 and No. 4) hitters are no joke. We will have to be on our best game against them,” said Hensley. “And we’ve seen pitching very comparable to what they have. Hopefully, we can scratch a few runs on the scoreboard and keep the ball in the park.”

Bloomington South outfielder Jessica Young set a single-season record with 10 home runs. The Western Michigan recruit also has 10 doubles and 43 RBIs.

The Panthers also get production from infielders Kayli Reed (hitting .412 with 30 runs scored) and Lexie McGlothlin (eight home runs, 35 RBIs). McGlothlin will play collegiately at Indiana University Southeast.

Marin Jacobs already has a victory over Columbus North this season and should get the start against Shelbyville. The junior has a 2.03 earned run average this season with 64 strikeouts in 86 innings.

If not Jacobs, Bloomington South will turn to sophomore Morgan Cockerill (1.94 ERA, 49 strikeouts in 47 innings).

Shelbyville will counter with Eads in the circle. The sophomore has 111 strikeouts in 89 innings and a 1.89 ERA.

Bloomington South will try to slow down the top half of Shelbyville’s lineup. Hamilton, Edwards, Stieneker, Pogue and McIver are hitting a combined .446 with 70 extra-base hits, including 20 home runs.

“I think we are as ready as we can be,” said Hensley, who leads a team into the postseason with five losses all to state-ranked opponents.

If Shelbyville wins Tuesday, it would advance to face Columbus East (8-16-1) Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The Golden Bears defeated the Olympians, 11-2 on April 22.

The Columbus North-East Central winner plays at 6 p.m. Thursday against Bloomington North (9-11).

The sectional championship game follows on Friday at 7 p.m.

The one-game May 31 regional would be hosted by the Bloomington North Sectional champion.

The opponent would be the Mooresville Sectional champion. The six-team field includes No. 2 Whiteland (22-2), No. 3 Mooresville (26-3) and No. 9 Center Grove (18-8).

Freshmen pitchers lead Triton Central to Shelby County Baseball Tournament title

Freshmen Hayden May and Blaine Raider combined to limit Southwestern to six hits Friday night to lead Triton Central to a 5-4 victory in the championship game of the Shelby County Tournament.

Played at Southwestern, May pitched into the seventh inning, allowed five hits and two walks while striking out 13 Spartans. Raider secured the final two outs of the game and left the tying run stranded at second base.

Triton Central (11-10) turned four hits and six walks into five runs. Matt Shircliff had two of those hits and one run batted in. May had a double and drove in a run.

Jordan Jones and Matt Clements each had three hits for Southwestern (6-15). Jones scored three runs. Clements had three RBIs.

Clements got the start on the mound. He pitched five innings and allowed three hits while striking out eight.

Jones pitched the final two innings and did not allow a run.

A Jonah DeArmitt run-scoring single in the bottom of the first inning gave the Spartans a 1-0 lead.

Triton Central tied the game in the third inning when a Hayden May groundout plated Avynn Whitaker.

The Tigers took the lead in the fourth inning on a wild pitch.

A three-run fifth inning turned out to be the difference in the outcome. Avram Rund was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make it 3-1. Matt Shircliff followed with a run-scoring single and another wild pitch made it 5-1.

Prep Report: Shelbyville baseball closes out regular season with pair of losses

Shelbyville baseball closed out its regular season on a four-game losing streak.

On Friday, the Golden Bears lost to Greenfield-Central 8-6 in nine innings at Barnett Field in Shelbyville.

Andrew Zellers and A.J. Oden each had home runs. Oden drove in four runs.

Zellers and Landon Brooks combined to allow six Shelbyville hits and struck out 12 to improve the Cougars to 10-14 (7-7 Hoosier Heritage Conference).

Caden Tackett took the loss for Shelbyville (12-12, 5-9 HHC). Tackett allowed four hits and four runs in 4.2 innings on the mound.

Luke Brinkman started and worked into the fifth inning, allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out eight.

Brayden Basey led Shelbyville with three hits and two RBIs. Brinkman and Logan Prickett each had two hits.

On Saturday, Jennings County scored four runs in the top of the first inning and added seven runs in the fifth to finish off the Golden Bears (12-13).

Luke Jackson took the loss for Shelbyville. The sophomore allowed 10 hits and seven runs in 4.1 innings.

Jacob Vogel had three hits, including two doubles, for Jennings County (18-10). Carson McNulty and Lane Zohrlaut each had two hits.

Austin Byford went the distance for JC. He allowed four hits and two walks while striking out four.

Shelbyville opens the postseason Wednesday at Bloomington South (10-11).

In other prep events:

Baseball

Morristown 20, Indiana Deaf 4

At Morristown Friday, the host Yellow Jackets built a 9-1 lead after two innings and scored 10 runs in the third to wrap up their regular-season schedule with an 11-11 record.

Morristown had 17 hits, including seven doubles, in the win.

Kade Rogers, Kane Snyder, Dyllan Rutledge, Bryce Bryant, Jake Rains and Grant Kessler each had multiple-hit games.

Rains had a team-high four RBIs.

Rogers earned the win on the mound. The sophomore allowed two hits and three walks while striking out eight.

Morristown is the host site for Class A, Sectional 59. The Yellow Jackets will face Greenwood Christian Wednesday at 5 p.m. in a quarterfinal game.

Lutheran 14, Triton Central 2

At Triton Central Saturday, the visiting Saints quickly built a 7-0 lead and went on to the victory to finish third in the Indiana Crossroads Conference standings.

Sean Moore went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBIs to lead the Saints (17-8, 8-6 ICC). Cole Perkins had three hits and three RBIs.

Ryan Jeffers pitched a five-inning complete game, allowing three hits while recording five strikeouts.

Quintin Potts had two hits for Triton Central (11-10, 6-7 ICC).

Triton Central closes out its regular-season schedule today at Greenfield-Central (10-14).

The Tigers travel to Scecina (12-10) Wednesday for their Class 2A, Sectional 42 opener.

Track and Field

Columbus North Sectional

Southwestern and Waldron did not advance any athletes to the regional level Friday night.

Southwestern’s Owen Stringer finished sixth in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 17.93 seconds.

The Southwestern quartet of Ryan Griffin, Dane Kissell, Dakota Claiborne and Carter Snepp finished fifth in the 3,200 relay in 8:46.97.

Waldron’s 400 relay team of Ethan Richardson, Brandon Palmer, Braylon Williams and Caden Balzen placed seventh in 48.22.

Triton Central secures ninth tennis sectional title Saturday at Shelbyville

Triton Central tennis coach Austin Hall knew his team needed a doubles victory to defeat Shelbyville for a third time this season.

Midway through the first set in Saturday’s sectional championship match, TC’s No. 1 doubles team was rolling while the No. 2 doubles team was trailing.

Meanwhile, the Tigers quickly built an advantage in two of the three singles matches.

The momentum then flipped in both doubles matches and it took Olivia Martin and Sara Williams securing a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 2 doubles to clinch the sectional title for Triton Central – the program’s ninth sectional championship and fifth in the last six years.

“Our No. 2 doubles (team) has been working really hard the past couple of weeks to mesh a little bit better together and keep raising our level,” said Hall. “They won a set off Southwestern (Friday) that they were unable to do when they played them earlier in the season, so that was big.

“I told the girls we really needed them and it definitely turned out that we needed that No. 2 doubles team to perform. That was great to see.”

Julia Sanders and Lelia Chougule did not drop a game in sweeping Jaidyn Tackett and Ella Connolly at No. 1 singles and No. 3 singles, respectively.

Chougule improved to 15-1 in No. 3 singles matches this season.

“She has been very dominant. She has really matured,” said Hall. “Last year it was a completely different Lelia. I think she told herself this is my senior year and I can go out and perform and get the results she really wanted last year.

“She has become a real leader and someone we can guarantee at that spot.”

Sanders, who will play volleyball collegiately at Indiana University Kokomo, improved to 13-3 at No. 1 singles.

“It is nice to have a college athlete at the top of our lineup,” said Hall. “(Julia) has become so much better this year in her matches. Last year, it was just put balls back into play and let other players make errors. This year she has really developed as a tennis player.”

At No. 2 singles, Shelbyville’s Emma Sandman got off to a strong start against Emma Hutchinson and posted a 6-1, 6-2 victory to cut TC’s lead to 2-1 with both doubles matches still going.

Shelbyville’s Karlie Lawson and Renee Aldridge fell behind Triton Central’s Kelsey McGuire and Alyssa Wheatley 5-1 in the first set at No. 1 doubles but rallied to secure a 7-5, 6-4 victory.

“They got in a rhythm and it just continued,” said Shelbyville head coach Ashley Comstock. “It is probably the best they have played all year.”

Shelbyville (11-12) loses just one senior, Jaidyn Tackett, from its sectional championship lineup.

“Overall, it was a good season. Everyone got better,” said Comstock. “We only lose one girl at No. 1 singles so we have plenty of girls returning.”

With the sectional championship, Triton Central (17-3) will travel to Center Grove Tuesday for a regional semifinal match against Perry Meridian, a 3-2 winner over Southport in the championship match of the Southport Sectional.

In the other regional semifinal Tuesday, No. 11 Franklin will take on Roncalli. The championship match is slated for Wednesday.

With their win Friday at No. 1 doubles, Waldron seniors Mackenzie Shaw and Megan Bogemann advanced to the state doubles tournament. The sectional round of matches begin this week at Center Grove.

Semifinal Round

Triton Central reached the championship match Saturday morning with a 4-1 victory Friday over Southwestern (3-13).

The Spartans’ lone win came at No. 2 doubles where McKinley Correll and Faith Kelley defeated Martin and Williams, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. Correll and Kelley finished the season with a 15-3 record.

Shelbyville similarly defeated Waldron 4-1 Friday.

Shaw and Bogemann, 16-0 this season, defeated Lawson and Aldridge, 6-2, 7-5 to keep their undefeated season going.

Tackett needed three sets to eliminate Nichole Garner at No. 1 singles, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.

Baker and Lee also needed three sets at No. 2 doubles to dispatch Audrey Hogg and Emily Tyree.

Waldron finished the season at 7-9.

Morristown's Caldwell runner-up at Mid-Hoosier Conference Golf Tournament

With three golfers shooting 81 or better, North Decatur captured the Mid-Hoosier Conference Golf Tournament title Saturday at North Branch Golf Course in Greensburg.

Carson Parmer (photo, far right) shot 2-under par 69 to lead the Chargers to the victory and earn the medalist honor.

Jack Koehne (78) and Collin Bryant (81) also earned All-MHC honors for North Decatur. The Cougars’ scorecard was completed by Brady Espinda (92) and Xavier Adams (95).

North Decatur’s 320 was followed in the team standings by Southwestern (382), Edinburgh (382), Hauser (384), Morristown (397) and Waldron (451).

Morristown’s Asher Caldwell (photo, second from right) was part of the seven-player, all-conference squad. Caldwell shot 76 to finish runner-up in the individual standings.

Also for Morristown, Carson Essex shot 95, Nick Stidham followed at 107, Carson Conrad finished at 119 and Webb Walker posted 123.

Southwestern did not have an all-conference honoree but had all five competitors finish within eight strokes of each other to tie Edinburgh for second in the team standings.

Southwestern’s scorecard included Hunter Pappano (93), Caleb Pappano (94), Tristan Pappano (96), Justin Swift (99) and Ty Burcham (101).

Max Blandford led Edinburgh with an 81 to earn the All-MHC designation. Trevor Moon followed at 92. Devyn Milburn (101), Mason Calhoun (108) and Cash Cunningham (111) also competed for the Lancers.

Hauser’s Caleb Wallace (85) and Chase Martoccia (87) also earned All-MHC honors.

Lucas Shaw led Waldron with a 93. Also competing for the Mohawks were Josh Kellems (111), Cole Jones (123), Matthew Thomas (124) and Jack Fischer (133).

Strong pitching propels Triton Central to Shelby County Tournament title

Triton Central captured the Shelby County Softball Tournament title Saturday with wins over Morristown and Waldron.

In the semifinal round, Triton Central scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and cruised to a 12-2 victory over Morristown (9-10) in Fairland.

Brylie Couch had two hits and drove in two runs for Triton Central. Madison Collins had four runs batted in.

Couch earned the win in the pitcher’s circle, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out eight in a five-inning performance.

Rhylee Moran took the loss for the Yellow Jackets. She allowed eight hits and seven walks.

Alexia Rogers went 2-for-3 for Morristown.

In the championship game, the Tigers scored in five of the six innings to defeat Waldron (3-11).

Couch went 3-for-4 in the win. Allison Raquet, Lillian Fillippinie and Jazmin Jett each had two hits for Triton Central (10-9).

Fillippinie did not allow a hit and struck out 13 Mohawks.

Triton Central opens Class 2A, Sectional 42 Tuesday against Scecina (6-9) at Eastern Hancock. The winner advances to the sectional championship game Thursday.

Morristown enters the postseason Tuesday in a semifinal contest against Greenwood Christian (4-6) at Indianapolis Lutheran.

Waldron earned a first-round bye and will face the winner of the Lutheran (8-14) and Edinburgh (11-11) quarterfinal game on Wednesday.

The Lutheran Sectional championship game is Thursday.

Caldwell chooses Trine for love of the game

Asher Caldwell’s earliest experiences at the golf course are not fond memories.

“As a child my parents would drag me to the golf course and I would be like can I just go home?” recalled the Morristown High School senior. “I don’t want to be here.”

Caldwell eventually gained a love for the sport and the business side of golf course management.

In March, Caldwell signed his letter of intent to attend Trine University where he will join the school’s Division III national championship qualifying program.

“It kind of seemed like the best fit because their golf program is really good,” said Caldwell recently about his decision. “And they have a golf management program in the school. That is something I really want to learn – how to become a golf pro, as in someone who manages a course.”

Before Caldwell can fully turn his attention to Trine, located in Angola, Indiana, there is work to be done in his final high school season.

The golf regional qualifier in 2021 is on track for a repeat performance.

Caldwell won the Shelby County Tournament on April 23 at Timbergate Golf Course in Edinburgh and now has his sights set on winning the Mid-Hoosier Conference Tournament Saturday at North Branch in Greensburg.

“My goal (this year) was to win the county championship. Last year, I lost by one stroke,” said Caldwell. “So to win that was really special this year.”

Caldwell shot 5-over-par 77 at the county tournament which left him tied with Triton Central junior Oliver Gearlds. Caldwell promptly birdied the first playoff hole to be declared champion.

The day was made more special when Morristown captured the team title too.

“That was a really big win for the whole team,” he said.

With one goal accomplished, Caldwell looks to take the MHC title – one he lost by three strokes last year.

“My goal is focused on winning conference,” he said.

Two days after graduating from Morristown, Caldwell will look to qualify for regional competition at the Greenfield-Central Sectional at Hawk’s Tail Golf Course. He shot 81 last year to earn the third advancing spot.

“My goal is to win the sectional or make it to the regional again,” said Caldwell. “I made it to regional last year. I was only the fourth player out of Morristown to do so.

“So now my goal is to advance out of the regional and go to the state (tournament).”

Then he can focus on playing at the next level which will include endless hours at the one place he could not stand as a child.

“Between my eighth grade and freshman year I flipped the switch and really loved it,” said Caldwell. “Ever since, I have been hooked (on golf).”

Caldwell will major in Business and his role with the golf program allows him to take golf management classes.

“It is basically business management classes along with the golf stuff,” he said.

 

 

Caldwell is the son of Dana and Audra Caldwell. He has two older brothers, Gabe and Jordan.

Being able to sign his letter of intent at the school in front of friends and family was a big moment.

“I really don’t know how to put it,” he said. “It was really special because my parents and my brother (Jordan) were there.

“It was a really cool to experience that and have everyone there watching me do that.”

Five Shelby County athletes advance out of Greenfield-Central Sectional

Shelbyville’s Beau Kenkel, Triton Central’s Brad Schultz and TC’s 400-meter relay team all advanced out of the Greenfield-Central track and field sectional Thursday night.

Kenkel (photo, far right) ran a personal-best time of four minutes, 41.08 seconds to finish third in the 1,600 and receive the automatic berth to the Greenfield-Central Regional next week.

Franklin Central’s Brayden Henkle won the 1,600 in 4:27.7. Warren Central’s Grant Coburn was the runner-up in 4:38.36.

Schultz finished second in the 100 meters, crossing the finish line in 11.03. Schultz split a pair of Warren Central Warriors – Jaely Reeves-Lile (10.82) and Vermont Johnson (11.04) – to advance to the regional.

Schultz returned to the track for the 400 relay with Brayden Wilkins, Ray Crawford and Anthony Dunville to finish second in 43.86 -- .04 off the winning time of Greenfield-Central’s 43.82.

Franklin Central was third in 43.87.

Also scoring top eight individual finishes at the Greenfield-Central Sectional were Triton Central’s Ethan Cales (5th in 110 hurdles, 15.81), Morristown’s Tyler Schonfeld (7th in 100, 11.37), Shelbyville’s Samuel Price (5th in 400, 53.31; 6th in long jump, 20 feet, 7.75 inches), Morristown’s Jacob Batten (7th in 800, 2:09.34), Triton Central’s Brayden Wilkins (5th in 200, 22.97; 8th in long jump, 20-2.5), Shelbyville’s Alex Macharia (7th in long jump, 20-3.5), Shelbyville’s Jordan Marcum (5th in high jump, 6-0) and Triton Central’s Jared Schweitzer (8th in 125-11).

Schonfeld’s time in the 100 was a new school record for Morristown.

Warren Central won the sectional team title with 145 points. Franklin Central was second at 134. Shelbyville finished seventh (27.5), Triton Central was eighth (26) and Morristown 11th (4).

Columbus North Sectional

Inclement weather forced the postponement of the Columbus North Sectional where Southwestern and Waldron were competing. The meet will resume tonight. - to e finish line in 11.03. Schultz split a pair of Warren Central Warriors --

In other prep events Thursday:

 

 

Baseball

Hauser 8, Morristown 3

At Morristown, the visiting Jets scored three times in the fourth and four more times in the fifth to improve to 15-10 this season and a Mid-Hoosier Conference best 11-1.

Eli Miller had two hits, scored two runs and drove in two runs to lead Hauser. The senior also pitched a complete game, allowing eight Morristown hits and two walks while striking out 11.

Jake Rains took the loss for Morristown (10-11, 5-7 MHC). The senior allowed six hits and six walks.

Dyllan Rutledge and Bryce Bryant each had two hits for the Yellow Jackets.

 

 

Softball

Cathedral 5, Shelbyville 2

A three-run third inning proved to be enough runs for Class 3A, No. 9 Cathedral to defeat 4A No. 9 Shelbyville.

The Golden Bears (18-5) managed just six hits off Cathedral starting pitcher Jade Slone. Caitlyn Richardson and Cheyenne Eads each had two hits.

Eads took the loss for Shelbyville, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out four.

Anna Moore had two hits including a triple. Julia Jennings scored a run and drove in two to lead the Irish (17-9).

Shelbyville hosts Greenfield-Central today. A win would secure a share of the Hoosier Heritage Conference championship with 3A No. 3 Yorktown.

 

 

Triton Central 10, Bethesda Christian 8

At Bethesda Christian, the visiting Tigers scored in five of the seven innings and won their fifth game in their last six contests to improve to 8-9.

Brylie Couch had three hits including a home run, scored three runs and drove in three more to lead TC. Allison Raquet had two doubles. Emma Stohry had three hits and Madison Collins had two hits and two RBIs.

Lillian Fillippinie got the win, allowing seven hits and three walks while striking out 10.

Natalie Servizzi took the loss for Bethesda Christian (8-6).

Annie Heim had two doubles and two RBIs. Leah Heim had three hits and two RBIs.

Triton Central hosts Morristown (9-9) Saturday morning in the semifinal round of the Shelby County Tournament. The winner advances to face Waldron in the championship game.

 

 

Girls Tennis

Shelbyville Sectional

Southwestern 5, Morristown 0

The lone quarterfinal match of the Shelbyville Sectional went the Spartans’ way.

Southwestern (3-12) won all five matches in straight sets to advance to today’s semifinal round against Triton Central (15-3).

Morristown finished the season 0-14.

Lauryn Blondell (6-0, 6-1), Ella Rice (6-1, 6-1) and Makinze Belton (6-1, 6-4) swept the singles matches.

Kyla Robertson and Brooke Schneider were victorious at No. 1 doubles, 6-1, 6-1 over McKinley Kile and Brianna Batton.

McKinley Correll and Faith Kelley did not lose a game in winning 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles over Katie Hillock and Elizabeth Cheek.

The other semifinal match today at Shelbyville features Waldron (7-8) against the host Golden Bears (10-11).

The sectional championship is set for 10 a.m. Saturday.

Triton Central enters Shelbyville Tennis Sectional unbeaten against the field

Inclement weather Wednesday altered the schedule for the IHSAA girls tennis sectional at Shelbyville High School.

The opening round match between Morristown (0-13) and Southwestern (2-12) will be played at 5 p.m. today. The winner advances to a Friday semifinal round match against Triton Central (15-3).

The other semifinal Friday pits the host Golden Bears (10-11) and Waldron (7-8).

The championship match is now scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday.

Triton Central is the favorite, going 7-0 against potential sectional opponents this season. The Tigers, winners of the Indiana Crossroads Conference championship, have won 10 straight matches.

With a pair of strong doubles teams, Triton Central also boasts the two players with the most wins this season at No. 1 singles and No. 3 singles.

Julia Sanders is 11-3 at No. 1 singles and Lelia Chougule is 13-1 at No. 3 singles. Emma Hutchinson is 10-3 at No. 2 singles.

Kelsey McGuire and Alyssa Wheatley are 12-6 at No. 1 doubles. Olivia Martin and Sarah Williams are 11-2 at No. 2 doubles.

If Southwestern defeats Morristown for a second time this season, Martin and Williams will be challenged by McKinley Correll and Faith Kelley (13-3), who won the Mid-Hoosier Conference Tournament Saturday at Hauser.

Shelbyville scored a 3-2 win over Waldron on April 20.

The Golden Bears were victorious at No. 2 singles, No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles.

Ella Connolly needed three sets to defeat Riley Price at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 1-6, 6-4.

In their first meeting, Emma Sandman defeated Josee Larrison at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-2. Larrison is 9-6 this season but has momentum after winning the MHC Tournament Saturday.

Waldron’s No. 1 doubles pairing of Mackenzie Shaw and Megan Bogemann are 15-0 this season. The duo won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, in their first meeting with Shelbyville’s Karlie Lawson and Renee Aldridge.

Shaw and Bogemann (photo) dominated the MHC Tournament bracket, dropping just four games Saturday.

Shelbyville’s No. 2 doubles team of Riley Lee and Sydney Baker defeated Waldron’s Audrey Hogg and Emily Tyree, 6-4, 7-5.

And Nichole Garner defeated Jaidyn Tackett, 6-4, 6-2 in that first meeting at No. 1 singles.

The Shelbyville Sectional championship team advances to Tuesday’s Center Grove Regional semifinal round to face the winner of the Southport Sectional that includes Southport, Indianapolis Shortridge, Perry Meridian, Decatur Central and Scecina.

The other semifinal Tuesday pits the Center Grove Sectional champion against the Franklin Central Sectional champion.

The regional championship match is Wednesday.

In addition, any No. 1 singles or No. 1 doubles team from a non-advancing sectional team that does not lose a match in the sectional advances to the state singles and doubles tournament sectional round, also played at Center Grove next week.

Collegiate Update: Louisville softball season ends at ACC Tournament

The University of Louisville softball season came to an end with a 2-0 loss to Syracuse on May 11 in the opening game of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Angel Jasso’s two-out, two-run home run in the third inning proved enough for Syracuse to advance in the tournament.

 

 

Louisville did not have a hit off Syracuse starting pitcher Ariana Adams until the sixth inning and had a scoring opportunity in the seventh but could not extend the game.

Shelbyville graduate Hannah File went 0-for-3 for Louisville, who finished the season with a 27-25 record.

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

 

 

TeAnn Bringle

The Shelbyville graduate had a pinch hit single for Indiana State University on May 11 in a 9-5 win over Valparaiso in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in Springfield, Missouri.

The Sycamores’ season ended on May 12 with a 4-2 loss to Illinois State.

Indiana State finished the season with a 25-27 record.

 

 

Addisenn Weaver

The Shelbyville graduate went 1-for-4 with a run batted in on May 11 in Valparaiso’s 9-5 loss to Indiana State in the MVC Tournament.

The Beacons ended the season with a 14-33 record.

 

 

Katie Mathies

The Shelbyville graduate went 1-for-1 in her only plate appearance for DePauw University Friday in an 11-2 loss to Berry in the NCAA DIII regional tournament in Greencastle, Indiana.

DePauw stayed alive with a 3-2 win over Piedmont Saturday.

On Sunday, the Tigers’ season ended with a 5-4 loss to Hiram. Mathies went 1-for-2 with a stolen base and run batted in.

DePauw finished 35-11 this season.

 

 

Damon Lux

The Shelbyville graduate went 1-for-4 for Duke University Saturday in a 13-5 loss to North Carolina State.

The Blue Devils lost 5-3 Friday but captured Sunday’s win, 7-4.

On Tuesday, Duke defeated Davidson, 11-2. Lux went 0-for-1 at the plate.

Duke is 22-29 this season.

 

 

Madisen Hinderliter

The Shelbyville graduate finished 13th in the women’s hammer throw Saturday for St. Francis (Ind.) at the St. Francis Fighting Chance Meet in Joliet, Illinois.

Hinderliter’s best attempt was 131 feet, 10 inches.

 

 

Jill Anspaugh

The Shelbyville graduate place 13th in the 5,000 meters for Franklin College at the St. Francis Fighting Chance Meet in Illinois. Anspaugh crossed the finish line in 21:00.

 

 

Taylor Tatlock

The Southwestern graduated produced a pair of personal bests for Franklin College Saturday in the Rio Grande Last Chance Meet in Rio Grande, Ohio.

Tatlock won the javelin with a throw of 37.66 meters. She finished second in the discus at 39.04 meters.

 

 

Zaleeya Martin

The Shelbyville graduate finished second in the 200 meters (26.04) and seventh in the 100 (12.59) Wednesday for Hanover College in the Emory Final Qualifier in Atlanta, Georgia.

Stitched wins Indiana's richest turf race of season at Horseshoe Indianapolis

Stitched was on a mission Wednesday in the 17th running of the $150,000 Caesars Stakes at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

The three-year-old colt (photo) led from gate to wire with an impressive win in the event marking Indiana’s richest turf race of the season in Shelbyville.

Stitched obeyed orders from jockey Florent Geroux and was out of the gate quickly in the field reduced to five on the rain-soaked turf. The son of Mizzen Mast was on top of the field before it passed the tote board the first time, leaving Setna the Wise and Umberto Rispoli to the outside.

Stitched continued his dominance down the backstretch as the field of five remained compact. Around the turn, Geroux prepared the sophomore for a big stretch run, and he got it. As soon as he was in the straight away, Stitched took off with a big sprint to the wire, striding out to a two and three-quarter length advantage at the finish line.

Tommy Bee and Irad Ortiz Jr. finished second over Setna the Wise.

Stitched was the second choice of the field, paying $10 for the win. He is trained by Greg Foley and owned by Nathan McCauley, Michael Olszewski and William Minton. McCauley also bred the colt, who is now four for seven in his career and three for three on a wet turf surface.

“This homebred colt is from a mare we raised named Walking Miracle,” said McCauley. “We named her that because she had a paddock injury that prevented her from being a racehorse, but she was able to be a brood mare. This is her second foal. There’s nothing better than having a win with a homebred.”

Stitched was making his first start among stakes company. He came into the race off an impressive win at Churchill Downs in his last outing, placing him on a small two-race win streak for Foley, who is no stranger to the Caesars Stakes.

He won the stakes under the name of Oliver Stakes the first year it was held over the turf in 2004 with a three-year-old filly named Rich Find.

“This colt has come a long way,” said Travis Foley, Greg’s son who serves as the assistant trainer. “I told the owners after his first start wasn’t so great that there’s talent there, I swear. He gets better and better every day. We were watching the weather all day yesterday and hoping it stayed on the turf. We are blessed with this win today.”

Foley, who is based in Kentucky, has been a longtime participant on the Indiana circuit. He has raced every year since the inaugural season at Hoosier Park in 1995. A multiple stakes winning trainer in Indiana, Foley has won 46 races in 20 years of action at Horseshoe Indianapolis with limited starts.

Caesars Stakes Day also was paired with Empire of Hope, a Caesars Entertainment Racing initiative to bring funding and awareness to racehorse aftercare programs. Eric Halstrom, Vice President and General Manager of Racing, made a presentation earlier in the day showing a total of $30,240 that has been earmarked to various organizations this season in their work to assist retired racehorses after their careers have completed.

 

 

Swifty Sired Stakes

Acutely and DeShawn Parker (photo above) romped to the victory in the 9th running of the $100,000 Swifty Sired Fillies Stakes Wednesday. The duo pulled away from the field to win by four and one-half lengths at the finish line in the five and one-half furlong sprint.

Lil Evie and Tommy Pompell finished second over No Trust and Jon Court, who closed to finish third.

“She was waiting on horses the whole time,” explained Parker, who is now 13 wins away from 6,000 career trips to the winner’s circle. “Once she got by the leader, she relaxed. She felt that horse (Lil Evie) coming to her in the stretch and took off again.”

Acutely, trained by Ron Raper, paid $15.20 for the win over the muddy surface. The filly is owned by Rick Cleary’s CDC Racing LLC and Tom Mosley Jr. She was making her first start of 2022 and is now three for four lifetime.

“This filly loves to run,” said Raper, who is an eight-time Leading Quarter Horse trainer at Horseshoe Indianapolis. “Elliott Farms broke her for us, and she came to us ready to run. They did a good job with her.”

 

 

Sagamore Sired Stakes

Too Bad Justice and jockey Joe Ramos (photo above) ruled over a field of eight in the 9th running of the $100,000 Sagamore Sired Stakes. The duo ran over a rain-soaked track in a time of 1:05.1 for the five and one-half furling sprint.

“This horse (Too Bad Justice) was still green last year,” said Ramos. “I think it helped getting some time off this winter. He’s changed his mind and figured out what he’s doing now. I shook him out of the gate last time, and he really surprised me. I am not surprised he won today. Marvin (Johnson) has done a great job with him and got him ready for this.”

Owned by Matt Kwiatkowski, Jason Kaylor and Roger Browning, Too Bad Justice paid $8.40 for the win. It was the second straight victory for the three-year-old, who had three seconds in three starts last year at two. Marvin Johnson trains the now stakes winner, who over $125,000 in earnings with the victory.

 

 

Horseshoe Indianapolis Stakes

Heavenly Hellos surprised a field of seven with a strong finish in the 14th running of the Horseshoe Indianapolis Stakes.

Ridden by Edgar Morales, the longshot filly (photo above) scored the win over a turf listed as good in a time of 1:38.51.

“It was a little wet on the inside, that’s why we drifted out,” said Morales, who has had a super start to the meet at Horseshoe Indianapolis and earned his 12th win in the stakes. “We got bumped at the start, but they were going a little slow on the lead. We were able to move up and took the outside and she finished strong.”

Heavenly Hellos added her name to the history of the Horseshoe Indianapolis Stakes, becoming the biggest longshot to win in the 14-year history of the race. The sophomore filly by Overanalyze paid $74.80 for the win. It was her second win in five starts for 2022 after not reaching the winner’s circle last year as a two-year-old.

Rey Hernandez trains the three-year-old for Marcus Barbour’s Victory Racing Stable. She was a $9,000 purchase from the Keeneland September Yearling Sale and now has more than $130,000 on her card.

“This filly’s mother (Rich Find) actually raced here and won a stakes,” said Barbour. “We have been trying and trying to get her on grass. Today was her shot and we were praying it kept on the turf. This filly is made for the turf.”

Rich Find won the first Oliver Stakes, now knows as the Caesars Stakes, held on the turf in 2004. The race begin in 2003 when the track opened under the name of Indiana Downs, but the turf course was not available until 2004. The female version of the race, the Indiana Downs Distaff, began in 2009 and is now known as the Horseshoe Indianapolis Stakes.

Shelbyville girls tennis sectional bracket set

The Indiana High School Athletic Association revealed the sectional pairings Monday night for the 47th Annual IHSAA Girls Tennis State Tournament.

All five Shelby County girls tennis programs will compete at Shelbyville High School with one quarterfinal match today, two semifinals Thursday and the championship match slated for Friday.

Southwestern (2-12) will face Morristown (0-13) for a second time this season today at Shelbyville. The Spartans defeated the Yellow Jackets, 5-0, on April 28.

The winner advances to Thursday’s semifinal against Triton Central (15-3). The Tigers swept Morristown twice this season and defeated Southwestern, 4-1, on April 22.

In the other semifinal Thursday, the host Golden Bears (10-11) take on Waldron (7-8). The Mohawks lost 3-2 at Shelbyville on April 20.

Triton Central has defeated Shelbyville and Waldron twice this season.

The Shelbyville Sectional champion advances to the Center Grove Regional on Tuesday to battle the Southport Sectional champ.

The second regional semifinal pits the Center Grove Sectional winner against the Franklin Central Sectional winner.

The Center Grove Sectional features No. 11 Franklin and No. 18 Center Grove.

A total of 306 schools will compete for the state championship.

Krystal Stone tops Harley Greene Derby trials at Horseshoe Indianapolis

Krystal Stone, ridden by Jose Beltran, turned in the quickest time of four trials Tuesday for the Harley Greene Derby.

A total of 37 three-year-olds vied for a spot in the upcoming $75,000 final set for June 4.

Starting from post four in the second trial, Krystal Stone was in contention early on for the lead with Lexus Beach and Juan Marquez matching strides. The two Indiana-sired sophomores battled to the wire with Krystal Stone getting the edge by a nose at the wire in 17.862 seconds. Lexus Beach ended up second on the final list of qualifiers with a time of 17.864.

Owned by Ricardo Rodriguez, Krystal Stone was making his first start of 2022. The Brimmstone sorrel gelding had three starts last year with no trips to the winner’s circle, making this year’s trip in the Greene Derby trials a maiden-breaking effort. Karin Yike trains Brimmstone, who was bred by Indiana’s 2021 Leading Breeder Sheri Miller.

The third fastest qualifier was the winner of the third trial – Sweet Beach in 17.883. Trained by Randy Smith, the Escondido Beach gelding closed in gamely for jockey Juan Marquez at the finish to win by a nose in a close three-horse photo over Clovis Two Sox (Oscar Macias) and Motoring Molly (German Rodriguez).

Sweet Beach, owned by Keith Bode, was one of two trial winners on the night for Smith, who is the track’s all-time leading Quarter Horse trainer in wins and earnings. Smith also saddled FE Stone Crusher (photo) to a win in the final trial with a time of 17.891. The Brimmstone gelding, owned by Debbie Smith, was ridden to victory by German Rodriguez.

The final trial winner was Stormi Spirits for the Tim Eggleston barn. The Jess Zoomin gelding was making his first start of 2022 after winning three of seven starts last year at two. Ridden by Rolando Pina, Stormi Spirits was a head in front of Our Game Changer and Juan Marquez at the wire. Easy Torero and Erik Esqueda finished another neck back in third. The time of 18.049 was not among the top 10 qualifiers for the final.

The top 10 qualifiers heading to the Greene Derby final, in order of trial time and jockey includes Krystal Stone (Jose Beltran, 17.862), Lexus Beach (Juan Marquez, 17.864), Sweet Beach (Juan Marquez, 17.883), Clovis Two Sox (Oscar Macias, 17.887), FE Stone Crusher (German Rodriguez, 17.891), Fast N Fancy Stone (German Rodriguez, 17.894), Nachor Favorite (Sergio Ramirez, 17.896), My Royal Maiden (Juan Marquez, 17.900), Motoring Molly (German Rodriguez, 17.905) and Sarahs Violin (Erik Esqueda, 17.912).

The Harley Greene Derby Final is part of the first All-Quarter Horse racing day of 2022 set for June 4. The card will begin at 10 a.m. and will include the $75,000 Born Runner Classic Final as well as trials for the Horseshoe Indianapolis QHRAI Derby.

A total of 26 Quarter Horse Stakes are slated for the 2022 racing season, highlighted by the 2022 AQHA Bank of America Challenge Championships set for Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. It is the first time the Challenge Championships have been held in Indiana.

Caesars Stakes Day, Empire of Hope set at Horseshoe Indianapolis

The rich $4.8 million stakes season gets underway today with Caesars Stakes Day at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

Four stakes are set for the 10-race card at the Shelbyville race track highlighted by the $150,000 Caesars Stakes (Listed) and the $150,000 Horseshoe Indianapolis Stakes, Indiana’s richest turf races.

A field of eight is set for the 17th running of the Caesars Stakes in the ninth race. Tommy Bee from the Brad Cox Stable has been tagged as the morning-line favorite at odds of 2-1. Starting from post four, the three-year-old Medaglia d’Oro colt comes into the race with two wins and two seconds in four starts for 2022. His last race was a win at Keeneland in allowance company. Irad Ortiz Jr. is scheduled to ride Tommy Bee.

Joining Tommy Bee as a favorite in the field is Stitched from the Greg Foley barn. The Mizzen Mast colt has won three of five races this season, including his last start at Churchill Downs. Stitched begins from post five at odds of 4-1 with Florent Geroux aboard.

 

 

For the fillies, Alittleloveandluck has been tagged the favorite of the 14th running of the Horseshoe Indianapolis Stakes, a Black Type event. The Arrogate filly, owned and trained by Michael Dini, won the $100,000 Ginger Brew Stakes at Gulfstream Park earlier this year. Paco Lopez will ride the grey filly from post two at odds of 2-1.

“Caesars Stakes Day is a great way for us to showcase our turf course,” said Chris Polzin, Director of Racing. “These two races have historically been held in the fall, but we saw an opportunity to move them to the beginning of the meet. All four stakes attracted full fields. We just kicked off turf racing earlier this month, so we are excited to officially launch our stakes season with such a strong racing card.”

The ninth running of the $100,000 Sagamore Sired Stakes is the first leg of the special All Stakes Pick 4 beginning in Race 6 followed by the $100,000 Swifty Sired Stakes in Race 7.

To help complement the afternoon, Horseshoe Indianapolis will showcase racehorse aftercare programs with the fourth annual Empire of Hope, a Caesars Entertainment Racing initiative. The event places the spotlight on life after racing for many horses that have competed at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

The afternoon will feature a “Parade of Champions” with several outriders and pony horses showcased in their second careers after racing. More than $70,000 is allotted for equine-related programs annually by Horseshoe Indianapolis with more than $30,000 of that total earmarked directly to racehorse aftercare programs.

Additionally, several on-track fundraisers will be held periodically throughout the racing season with all proceeds earmarked to racehorse aftercare.

The 20th season of live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Nov. 23. Live racing is conducted at 2:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday with Thursday post times set for 3:30 p.m.

A total of 12 Saturdays will feature live racing in 2022 highlighted by the 28th running of the Grade 3 $300,000 Indiana Derby on July 9.

Southwestern's Rooks wins long jump sectional title; Muck, Brown, Schultz joining her at track regional

Four Shelby County athletes advanced out of track and field sectional events Tuesday in Franklin and New Palestine.

Southwestern’s Lilly Rooks won the long jump competition at the Franklin Sectional with a best attempt of 16 feet, 10.5 inches.

Rooks, a junior, will be joined at Tuesday’s regional event by her teammate, Alison Muck.

Muck, a senior, set a new school record while finishing runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.55 seconds. Center Grove sophomore Madi Kramer won the 100 hurdles in 14.87.

Advancing out of the New Palestine Sectional Tuesday were Shelbyville senior Kilikina Schultz and Triton Central junior Madison Brown.

Schultz (photo) qualified for regional competition in both hurdling events.

Schultz finished third in the 100 hurdles in 16.33. Warren Central senior Mary Porter won the race in 15.32. Greenfield-Central senior Kayana Maroska was second in 15.73.

Schultz later returned to the track and finished runner-up in the 300 hurdles in 47.57. Porter won the 300 hurdles in 46.83.

Brown’s season will continue in the regional after a runner-up performance in the high jump. Brown tied Porter with a best height clearance of 4-10 but Porter was declared sectional champion based on earlier clearances with less misses.

Brown also finished fourth in the long jump (15-9.5).

At Tuesday’s girls track and field sectionals around the state, a top-three performance was needed in each event to advance to the regional. The same format will be used in regional competitions to determine the state finals qualifiers.

Also scoring points individually Tuesday were Morristown’s Nevaeh Sanders (6th in 100 hurdles, 18.42), Raegan Kleine (5th in 1,600, 5:56.8), Maggie Lutes (8th in 400, 1:05.37) and Lilly Stoddard (7th in long jump, 15-3; 4th in high jump, 4-8), Triton Central’s Elaina Maurice (7th in 1:04.36) and Hallie Schweitzer (8th in 800, 2:40.77) and Shelbyville’s Stefanie Howard (4th in 3,200, 12:51.28).

Warren Central won the sectional title at New Palestine with 149.5 points. Shelbyville (25) was sixth. Triton Central (16) and Morristown (16) tied for eighth.

Center Grove won the sectional championship at Franklin. Southwestern (18) finished eighth; Waldron (3) was ninth.

The Franklin Regional will feature the top three finishers in each event from four sectionals – Connersville, East Central, New Palestine and Franklin.

Photo credit: Steve Bush

Prep Report: Triton Central freshman tosses shutout for ICC road victory

Triton Central was first on the scoreboard with a single run in the top of the sixth inning and three more followed in the seventh to secure a 4-0 road victory Tuesday at Indianapolis Lutheran.

Freshman Bryce Haney went the distance for Triton Central (10-9, 6-6 Indiana Crossroads Conference), allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Sean Moore took the loss for Lutheran (16-8, 7-6 ICC). The senior allowed five hits and four walks and all four TC runs.

Quintin Potts had two hits to lead TC’s offense. Avram Rund, Aaron Shircliff and Hayden May each drove in runs.

In other prep events Tuesday:

 

 

Baseball

Greenfield-Central 14, Shelbyville 10

At Greenfield-Central, the host Cougars moved into fifth place in the Hoosier Heritage Conference standings with the win.

A.J. Oden had two hits and drove in four runs for the Cougars (9-13, 6-7 HHC). Joe Roland and Brodie Mayberry each had three hits.

Andrew Zellers earned the win despite allowing all 10 Shelbyville runs.

Dalton Jones took the loss for Shelbyville (12-11, 5-8 HHC). The freshman allowed 12 hits and 12 runs before Brayden Basey took over and finished the game.

Charlie Rife led the Golden Bears, one game back of G-C in the HHC standings, with three hits and three RBIs. Basey and Luke Jackson each drove in two runs.

 

 

Hauser 4, Morristown 2

At Hauser, the host Jets clinched the Mid-Hoosier Conference championship with a win over the Yellow Jackets (10-10, 5-6 MHC).

Koby Johnson pitched a complete game, allowing two hits and two unearned runs while striking out 14. The senior also had a home run and drove in three runs.

Grant Kessler took the loss for Morristown. The junior allowed four hits and struck out 11.

Hauser (14-10, 10-1 MHC) scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and added an insurance run in the sixth.

 

 

Greenwood Christian 20, Waldron 6

At Waldron, the visiting Cougars scored nine runs combined in the third and fourth innings and added nine more runs in the seventh to improve to 11-8 this season.

Trey Harney III and Eli Ellis each drove in three runs on five hits. Charlie Overton went 4-for-6 with four runs scored.

Waldron dropped to 6-16.

 

 

Boys Golf

Whiteland 172, Shelbyville 173

At Blue Bear Golf Club, Will Davis shot 37 to lead the visiting Warriors to a 1-shot victory over the Golden Bears.

Nolen Chaney led Shelbyville with a season-best round of 39. Brock Wischmeyer also posted a season-best round of 40.

DaMiles McDuffey followed at 44 and Jake Garrison shot 50.

 

 

Triton Central 212, Ritter 258

At Eagle Creek, Oliver Gearlds led all golfers with a round of 39 to help the Tigers to the victory.

Max Ray (56), Derreck Uhls (58) and Garrett Eberhardt (59) completed the Triton Central scorecard.

Chris Collier led Ritter with a 53.

 

 

Softball

Shelbyville 10, Southport 1

At Shelbyville, the Class 4A, No. 9 Golden Bears won their seventh straight behind a strong pitching performance from Hailey Pogue.

The junior pitched six innings and allowed six hits and one unearned run. Aliyah Lewis pitched a scoreless seventh inning to close out the game.

Karissa Hamilton, Cheyenne Eads and Cati Richardson each had two hits for Shelbyville (18-4). Kylee Edwards collected four runs batted in.

Haley Matlock, Hailey Kiefner and Naomi Chan each had two hits for Southport (5-16).

 

 

Hauser 12, Morristown 0

At Hauser, the host Jets, ranked No. 2 in Class A, scored five runs in the first inning and cruised to their 19th win of the season.

Kaydence Gates had four RBIs and Kenze Bostic had two hits and two RBIs to lead Hauser (19-3-1, 10-0 Mid-Hoosier Conference) to the conference championship.

Gates collected the win in the circle, allowing four hits and no runs over five innings of work.

Alexia Rogers took the loss for Morristown (9-9, 2-8 MHC).

Delaney Cornn had two of Morristown’s four hits.

 

 

Triton Central 10, Covenant Christian 5

At Triton Central, the host Tigers scored eight runs in the bottom of the first inning to improve to 7-9 this season.

Allison Raquet had three hits to lead TC. Madison Collins, Jazmin Jett and Brylie Couch each had two hits.

Couch earned the win, allowing eight hits while striking out 12.

Morgan Yeater had three hits for Covenant Christian (10-13).

 

 

Girls Tennis

Triton Central 4, Hauser 1

At Triton Central, the host Tigers completed their regular season schedule with a 15-3 record.

Triton Central dropped just two games in sweeping all three singles matches.

Julia Sanders defeated Bella Kilps, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles.

At No. 2 singles, Emma Hutchinson blanked Addyson Barriger, 6-0, 6-0.

Lelia Chougule topped Lydia Jordan at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-1.

Olivia Martin and Sarah Williams defeated Mattie Foster and Piper Rowell at No. 2 doubles, 6-1, 6-3.

Hauser’s lone win came at No. 1 doubles where Charlie Clark and Gabby Johns bested Kelsey McGuire and Alyssa Wheatley, 6-4, 7-6 (4).

Triton Central got junior varsity match wins from Courtney Washburn and Kaylynn Washburn and the doubles pairings of Olivia Reedy/Lauren Grant, Jana Cambero/Lena Hack and Monica Corella/Maggie Martin.

Prep Report: Shelbyville softball moves one step closer to HHC title

With a 10-3 win over New Castle Monday, Shelbyville softball maintained possession of the Hoosier Heritage Conference’s traveling trophy and stayed in control of capturing a conference title.

The Class 4A, No. 9 Golden Bears (17-4, 5-1 HHC) scored seven runs in the fourth inning to bust open a 2-0 game.

Cheyenne Eads collected the win, working three innings and allowing two hits and no runs. Hailey Pogue and Aliyah Lewis pitched in relief and kept the Trojans in check.

Karissa Hamilton had two hits including her third home run in her last four games.

Kylee Edwards raised her batting average to .600 this season with a 3-for-4 performance that included two doubles.

Hamilton and Edwards each drove in three runs.

Kattie Mathews had two hits and two RBIs for New Castle (10-13, 1-5 HHC).

With the win, Shelbyville and Class 3A, No. 3 Yorktown sit atop the HHC standings with 5-1 records. Class 4A, No. 4 New Palestine (4-2) and 4A No. 7 Pendleton Heights (3-2) are one game back.

Shelbyville can clinch at least a share of the HHC title today with a win over Greenfield-Central (14-6, 3-3 HHC).

Yorktown (18-2) travels to Pendleton Heights (19-5) Thursday.

In other prep events Monday:

Baseball

Warren Central 12, Shelbyville 4

At Warren Central, the host Warriors scored three runs in each of the first two innings to secure the win over the Golden Bears (12-10).

Jackson Hobbs had two hits, scored two runs and drove in two to lead Warren Central (11-11).

J.J. Calmes picked up the victory, pitching 5.1 innings, allowing six hits and securing nine strikeouts.

Kade McNicholas took the loss for Shelbyville. He pitched four innings, allowed seven hits and seven runs.

Logan Prickett and Charlie Rife each had two hits for Shelbyville.

Waldron 14, Edinburgh 3

At Edinburgh, Eli Sheppard had two hits including a grand slam to lead the Mohawks (6-15, 2-9 Mid-Hoosier Conference).

Donovan Russell had three hits and two RBIs and Jared Brooks drove in three runs to help Jacob Lindsey collect the win.

Lindsey allowed four hits while striking out seven Lancers.

Riley Palmeter had a home run and drove in two runs for Edinburgh (5-14, 1-10 MHC).

Triton Central 9, Oldenburg Academy 8

At Triton Central, Quintin Potts had two hits and drove in three runs for Triton Central (9-9).

Cole Thomas and Avynn Whitaker each had three hits and three TC pitchers combined to secure the win.

Ben Toth (5.1 innings, eight hits, seven runs), Aaron Shircliff (one inning, three strikeouts) and Blaine Raider (1.2 innings, one hit, one run) combined for seven strikeouts.

Boys Golf

Indiana Crossroads Conference Meet

At Pleasant Run Golf Course, Triton Central’s Oliver Gearlds finished fourth in the individual standings to earn All-ICC honors.

Lutheran captured the ICC title with a one-stroke victory, 369-370, over Monrovia. Scecina (383), Triton Central (387), Cascade (392), Ritter (451), Beech Grove (452) and Speedway (453) completed the field.

Monrovia’s Titus Boswell was crowned ICC champion after carding a 72. Beech Grove’s Jesper Shultz was runner-up at 78. Lutheran’s Caden Perkins followed at 80 and Gearlds posted 82.

Also playing for Triton Central were Chase Chandler (96), Derreck Uhls (99), Garrett Eberhardt (110) and Max Ray (118).

Indian Creek 180, Southwestern 196, Mooresville Christian 246

At Tameka Woods, Braxton Christi shot 1-over-par 37 to lead the host Braves to the victory.

Tristan Pappano and Ty Burcham led Southwestern with 47s. Hunter Pappano followed at 49. Justin Swift shot 53 and Caleb Pappano finished at 54.

New Castle 175, Rushville 198, Morristown 223

At Antler Pointe, Morristown’s Asher Caldwell was the medalist with a round of 39.

Carson Conrad (58), Carson Essex (62) and Web Walker (64) completed the Morristown scorecard.

Softball

Whiteland 12, Triton Central 8

At Triton Central, the Class 4A, No. 2 Warriors never trailed in securing their 21st victory of the season.

Maddy Myers had two hits including a home run and drove in six to lead Whiteland (21-1).

Freshman Kiley Sullivan earned the win with a complete-game performance. She allowed nine hits and four walks while striking out nine.

Lillian Fillippinie took the loss for Triton Central (6-9). She allowed 12 hits and 12 runs.

Jayda McKee, Brylie Couch and Brooklyn Adkins each had two hits for TC.

Hauser 13, Morristown 1

At Morristown, the Class A, No. 2-ranked Jets used a six-run third inning to break open the MHC contest.

Hannah Taylor had three hits and drove in six runs for Hauser (18-3-1, 9-0 MHC). Reagan Johnson, Maley Jordan and Kylie Mack each had three hits.

Paige McDaniel earned the win after allowing two hits and striking out nine.

Rhylee Moran took the loss for Morristown (9-8, 2-7 MHC).

Edinburgh 7, Waldron 1

At Edinburgh, Mackenzie Bieker had three hits and two RBIs and notched 18 strikeouts to lead the Lancers (10-10, 5-4 MHC).

Kyah Streeval had two doubles and two RBIs for Edinburgh.

Girls Tennis

Shelbyville 4, Rushville 1

At Shelbyville, the Golden Bears finished the regular season with a 10-11 record.

Jaidyn Tackett and Emma Sandman produced singles victories.

Shelbyville swept the doubles matches.

State baseball coaches poll released

Borden, Carroll (Flora), Andrean and Center Grove are the top-ranked baseball teams in this week’s Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association statewide poll.

Borden is the top vote getter in Class A. Barr-Reeve follows at No. 2 ahead of Lafayette Central Catholic, South Central (Union Mills), Union City, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Loogootee, Shakamak, Riverton Parke and Fremont.

Carroll (Flora) remains unbeaten at 17-0 and is No. 1 in Class 2A ahead of Eastern (Greentown), Wapahani, University, Cascade, Monroe Central, Centerville, Forest Park, Delphi and Heritage Christian.

In Class 3A, Andrean is No. 1 with Western, Brebeuf, West Vigo and Silver Creek rounding out the top five. Crawfordsville is No. 6 with Heritage, New Castle, Batesville and John Glenn completing the top 10.

Center Grove is No. 1 in Class 4A ahead of Mooresville, Fishers, Evansville North, Castle, Carroll (Fort Wayne), LaPorte, Lake Central, Jasper and Columbus North.

Shelbyville softball No. 9 in this week's SCAI poll

In the penultimate poll of the regular season, Shelbyville is tied for ninth in the Softball Coaches Association of Indiana statewide poll.

Roncalli, the defending state champion, continues its grip on the top spot in Class 4A.

Whiteland suffered its first loss of the season, 1-0 to Center Grove, this past week and remained No. 2 in the poll ahead of Mooresville, New Palestine, Bedford North Lawrence, Columbus North, Pendleton Heights, Harrison (West Lafayette), Center Grove and Shelbyville.

 

 

Shelbyville and Center Grove are tied for ninth in the poll. The Golden Bears hold wins over Mooresville, New Palestine and Pendleton Heights (twice) but are 0-2 against Whiteland and Columbus North.

Tri-West Hendricks is the No. 1 team in Class 3A.

South Bend St. Joseph’s is No. 2 with Yorktown, Gibson Southern, New Prairie, Chatard, Connersville, Benton Central, Franklin County and Cathedral rounding out the top 10.

Shelbyville closes out its regular-season schedule Thursday at Cathedral.

Pioneer is still No. 1 in Class 2A with Sullivan, Hebron, Union County, South Vermillion, North Posey, Boone Grove, Illiana Christian, Eastside and Madison-Grant in the top 10.

Tecumseh has been the top-ranked team in Class A all season.

Hauser is up to No. 2 ahead of Caston, Clay City, Rising Sun, West Washington, Rossville, West Central, Barr-Reeve and South Central (Union Mills).

Sectional tournaments begin next week.

Prep Report: Hamilton hits for cycle in Golden Bears' invitational tournament win

Hailey Pogue delivered a ninth-inning walk-off home run to propel Class 4A, No. 10 Shelbyville into the championship game of its own invitational, then pitched six solid innings to help the Golden Bears defeat 4A No. 6 Pendleton Heights.

Shelbyville improved to 16-4 this season with a pair of wins Saturday in the Golden Bear Invitational.

The Golden Bears struggled to get the offense in gear Saturday morning in a 5-4 win over Fishers. Addie Stieneker had three of Shelbyville’s six hits and drove in two runs but it was Pogue who produced the biggest hit – a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth with her team trailing 4-2.

Cheyenne Eads improved to 9-3 this season, allowing four hits and five walks over all nine innings. She struck out six.

Fishers (7-13) scored single runs in the third and fourth innings and pushed two more runs across the plate in the top of the ninth inning.

Pendleton Heights (18-5) reached the championship game with a 1-0 victory over Guerin Catholic (6-10). Eliza Findlay twirled a two-hitter and struck out 10 to set the Arabians up for a second meeting with Shelbyville this season.

Shelbyville won 5-3 on April 11 in the two teams’ Hoosier Heritage Conference contest.

After Fishers shut out Guerin Catholic, 21-0, in the consolation game, Shelbyville’s offense came to life. The Golden Bears pounded out 17 hits off Pendleton Heights’ starting pitcher Shelby Messer.

Karissa Hamilton hit for the cycle for Shelbyville, delivering a single, double, triple and home run while driving in four runs.

Kylee Edwards had two doubles and a home run and also had four RBIs.

Shelbyville scored twice in the first inning and added five runs in the second to build a 7-1 lead. Four more runs in the fifth inning put the game out of reach.

Pogue improved to 3-1 in the pitcher’s circle. The junior allowed eight hits and one walk while striking out seven. Aliyah Lewis pitched a scoreless seventh inning.

In other prep events Saturday:

Baseball

Shelbyville 8, Eastern (Greene) 4

At Madison-Grant, Shelbyville used a three-run fourth inning to get the lead for good and Luke Brinkman tossed a complete game to advance the Golden Bears into the championship game of the Argylls Invitational.

Brinkman (2-1) allowed 10 hits and one walk but struck out six and limited the Class 2A, No. 2-ranked Comets to just three runs.

Levi Mavrick had four hits for Eastern (20-2).

Six different Golden Bears drove in runs to back Brinkman. Brock Kuhn had two RBIs.

In the other semifinal, Madison-Grant defeated Sheridan, 4-2.

The championship game was cancelled due to inclement weather.

Shelbyville travels to Warren Central (10-11) today.

Shelby County Tournament

Triton Central 11, Morristown 1

Southwestern 7, Waldron 4

At Southwestern, the championship game was set after semifinal wins by the Tigers (8-9) and Spartans (6-13). Now a date must be found for that meeting.

Triton Central scored three runs in each of the first two innings to take control against the Yellow Jackets (10-9).

Hayden May took care of the rest, allowing just two hits and three walks while striking out six to lead Triton Central into the championship game.

Dyllan Rutledge took the loss for Morristown.

May also had two hits, including a triple, and drove in two runs. Nick Riggins produced a pair of RBIs.

In the second semifinal, the Spartans pushed four runs across the plate in the third inning to build a 6-2 lead over Waldron (5-15), who never recovered.

Eli Sheppard had two hits to lead Waldron.

Jordan Jones earned the win for Southwestern. Matthew Clements closed the game out to get the save.

Boys Golf

Hoosier Heritage Conference Tournament

At Players Club in Muncie, the Golden Bears finished sixth in the team standings.

Eli Baker led Shelbyville with an 83. Jake Garrison was two shots back at 85. Nolen Chaney followed at 88.

Brock Wischmeyer (90) and DaMiles McDuffey (93) completed Shelbyville’s scorecard.

Yorktown was crowned HHC champion with a team score of 319. New Castle (321) was runner-up ahead of Mt. Vernon (323), Pendleton Heights (328), New Palestine 339, Shelbyville (346), Greenfield-Central (350) and Delta (361).

New Castle’s Derek Tabor shot a 2-under-par round of 70 to earn the HHC championship award.

Girls Tennis

Delta 5, Shelbyville 0

Shelbyville 4, New Castle 1

Played at Mt. Vernon, the Golden Bears closed out their HHC schedule at 2-5 this season.

The Eagles swept Shelbyville but the squad bounced back to defeat New Castle to sit at 9-11 as the sectional looms this week.

Shelbyville got singles victories from Jaidyn Tackett and Emma Sandman against the Trojans.

The Golden Bears also won both doubles matches.

Prep Report: Triton Central tennis clinches ICC championship

Triton Central clinched the Indiana Crossroads Conference girls tennis title Friday with a 5-0 victory at Indianapolis Lutheran.

The Tigers improved to 13-4 this season and finished a perfect 5-0 against ICC opposition.

At No. 1 singles, Julia Sanders defeated Cat Erwin, 6-0, 6-0.

Emma Hutchinson bested Ella Wiegand, 6-0, 6-3 at No. 2 singles.

And Lelia Chougule defeated Katie Roe at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-1.

The No. 1 doubles team of Kelsey McGuire and Alyssa Wheatley needed three sets to top Malin Bullock and Rachel Bolton, 6-2, 4-6, 10-8.

Olivia Martin and Sarah Williams defeated Maddy Franklin and Dani Taylor at No. 2 doubles, 6-1, 6-2.

Triton Central got junior varsity wins from Kaylynn Washburn and Lauren Grant and the doubles combination of Lena Hack and Monica Corella.

In other prep events Friday:

 

 

Baseball

Whiteland 8, Shelbyville 5

At Whiteland, the host Warriors (10-12) scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning and tacked on three more in the sixth to secure the win over the Golden Bears (11-9).

Donovan Woodall had two hits and drove in two runs to lead Whiteland.

Justin Moreno earned the win, pitching 4.2 innings, allowing seven hits and three walks but just two runs.

 

 

Waldron 11, Morristown 3

At Morristown, the visiting Mohawks (5-14, 1-9 MHC) used a five-run second inning to capture its first Mid-Hoosier Conference win of the season.

Bryce Bryant had three hits and drove in two runs to lead Morristown (10-8, 5-5 MHC). Dyllan Rutledge also had two hits.

 

 

Boys Golf

Shelbyville 177, Mt. Vernon 179

At Blue Bear Golf Club, Eli Baker shot 41 to earn the medalist honor and lead the Golden Bears to a two-shot victory over the Marauders.

DaMiles McDuffey followed on the Shelbyville scorecard with a 44. Brock Wischmeyer and Nolan Chaney each shot 46.

Jace Lugar led Mt. Vernon with a 42.

 

 

Softball

Shelbyville 9, East Central 2

At East Central, six different Golden Bears had multi-hit games led by Karissa Hamilton’s 3-for-4 performance.

Hamilton had a double and a home run and drove in two runs to lead the Class 4A, No. 10-ranked Golden Bears (14-4).

Hailey Pogue, Cheyenne Eads, Kiley McIver, Addie Stieneker and Kylee Edwards each had two hits.

Shelbyville scored three runs in the top of the first and carried a shutout into the seventh inning.

Eads earned the win for Shelbyville, working three scoreless innings while striking out eight.

 

 

Waldron 6, Morristown 4

At Morristown, the visiting Mohawks scored all six runs in the top of the first inning and made that stand up for the victory.

Rhylee Moran had two hits for Morristown (9-7, 2-6 MHC). Kaylin Waltz drove in two runs.

Moran took the loss, allowing five hits and five walks while striking out four.

Triton Central 11, Rushville 4

Brylie Couch had three hits and pitched a complete game to improve the Tigers to 6-8 this season.

Madison Collins, Jayda McKee and Hailey Harris each had two hits.

Rushville dropped to 8-11.

Morristown, Southwestern capture MHC track and field championships

Morristown Junior High School’s girls and Southwestern Junior High School’s boys were crowned Mid-Hoosier Conference Track and Field champions Thursday night at Southwestern High School.

Morristown (main photo) won seven individual events to amass 111 points to easily win the meet. South Decatur was runner-up with 68 points. North Decatur finished third (47) ahead of Waldron (46), Hauser (37), Southwestern (31) and Edinburgh (28).

Anna Osborne won three events for Morristown. She was the fastest in the 100 meters (13.63 second) and the 200 (28.95). She also produced the best distance in the long jump competition (13 feet, 5.75 inches).

Clara Wallace was a double winner, claiming first-place points in the 800 (2:46.73) and 1,600 (6:22.35).

Sawyer Rogers won the 100 hurdles in 18.23.

Brooklyn Carlton cleared 4-6 to win the high jump.

Waldron’s Maleah Williams won the shot put competition with a best attempt of 25-8.5.

Southwestern won five individual events and both relays to capture the MHC boys championship.

Ryan Wildman was the top sprinter, winning the 100 (12.81) and 200 (26.63).

Chris Claiborne bested the field in the 400 (1:02.38).

Garrett Shaw won the discus (94-3) and the shot put (36-9.25).

The Spartans also won the 400 relay (54.59) and 1,600 relay (4:34.7).

Southwestern (photo below) scored 103 points to defeat North Decatur (71), Hauser (67), South Decatur (52), Morristown (41) and Waldron (38).

 

Shelbyville senior selected to play in Alliance Fastpitch All-Star Game

Shelbyville High School senior Karissa Hamilton has been selected to participate in the second annual Alliance Fastpitch All-Star Game.

Alliance Fastpitch recently announced its “Final Forty” that were selected for the All-Star Game being held July 24 at 7 p.m. at Kokomo Municipal Stadium in Kokomo, Indiana, in conjunction with the 16U and 18U Alliance Fastpitch Championship Series.

The game will be televised live on ESPNU.

 

 

Hamilton, a top catcher in the Class of 2022, is committed to play collegiately at the University of Kentucky. She is currently hitting .509 with six home runs, 20 runs batted in and 33 runs scored for the Class 4A, No. 10-ranked Golden Bears.

Hamilton is one of three Hoosiers selected to participate.

Munster’s Paige Vukadinovich, an outfielder, committed to Georgia Tech and Evansville’s Jackie Lis, a middle infielder, committed to Southern Illinois Carbondale also were selected.

California led the way with 12 selections. Texas had 10.

Prep Report: Bryant, Kessler power Morristown over Waldron

Bryce Bryant drove in three runs and Grant Kessler twirled a two-hitter to lead Morristown to a 6-1 win Thursday at Waldron.

Kessler went the distance, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out 13.

The Yellow Jackets (10-7, 5-4 Mid-Hoosier Conference) scored a single run in the top of the first and two more in the third before scoring three in the seventh to secure the victory.

Bryant had two hits, including a double, scored a run and drove in half of the Yellow Jackets’ runs.

Dylann Rutledge had a pair of hits and scored two runs.

 

 

Bryce Yarling took the loss for Waldron (4-14, 0-9 MHC). He allowed six hits and four walks while striking out nine.

Eli Sheppard and Sam Adkins delivered Waldron’s two hits.

The Mohawks will try to snap a 9-game losing streak tonight at Morristown.

In other prep events Thursday:

 

 

Baseball

North Decatur 12, Southwestern 0

At North Decatur, the Chargers used a 7-run third inning to complete a two-game sweep of the Spartans (5-13, 5-7 MHC).

Nolan Burkhart, Nate O’Dell and Tyler Field each had two hits for North Decatur (10-7, 7-3 MHC). Burkhart drove in three runs. Reid Messer finished with two RBIs.

Jake Mirick pitched a 5-inning complete game to lead North Decatur. The senior allowed three hits and one walk while striking out six.

On Tuesday, North Decatur defeated Southwestern, 7-2, in eight innings.

Jordan Jones doubled to score Aiden Hartsell and tie the game in the sixth inning but the Spartans stranded runners in the sixth and seventh innings before losing in eight.

 

 

Boys Golf

North Decatur 165, Southwestern 185

At Timbergate Golf Course, the Spartans posted a season-best score for nine holes but still could not overtake the Chargers.

Collin Bryant led North Decatur with a 38. Carson Parmer followed at 40. Jack Koehne shot 42 and Brady Espinda carded 45.

Tristan Pappano led Southwestern with a 44. Hunter Pappano (46), Ty Burcham (47), Caleb Pappano (48) and Justin Swift (48) completed Southwestern’s scorecard.

 

 

Triton Central 194, Scecina 215

At Pleasant Run Golf Course, Chase Chandler matched his season-best round and Derreck Uhls and Max Ray posted season-best scores to lead the Tigers over the Crusaders.

Oliver Gearlds was the medalist with a 41 to lead Triton Central. Chandler shot 48. Uhls followed at 51 and Ray shot 54. Dayne Bailey completed the Tigers’ lineup and posted 56.

 

 

Morristown 198, Knightstown 203

At Blue Bear Golf Course, Asher Caldwell shot 40 to earn the medalist honor for Morristown.

The Yellow Jackets secured the team victory with round of 45 from Nick Stidham, 52 from Carson Essex and 61 from Web Walker.

 

 

Softball

Shelbyville 11, Indian Creek 1

At Shelbyville, the Class 4A, No. 10-ranked Golden Bears got back in action after a 9-day layoff and pinned a loss on Indian Creek (3-15).

Kiley McIver had a double and a triple and scored two runs for Shelbyville (13-4).

Karissa Hamilton, Kylee Edwards and Cheyenne Eads each had two hits. Hailey Pogue had a home run and two RBIs.

Pogue and Aliyah Lewis combined to limit the Braves to three hits.

 

 

Morristown 14, Waldron 10

At Waldron, Kayla Baier, Alexia Rogers and Delaney Cornn each drove in three runs to lead the Yellow Jackets to their ninth win of the season.

Morristown (9-6, 2-5 MHC) scored three runs in the first inning and added two more in each of the next two innings to open a 7-0 lead.

Waldron (0-8, 0-7 MHC) scored four runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth to cut into 12-0 and 13-4 deficits.

Rhylee Moran pitched a complete game for Morristown. The junior allowed 16 hits and one walk while striking out four.

 

 

Girls Tennis

Triton Central 5, Ritter 0

Triton Central improved to 12-4 this season and 4-0 in the Indiana Crossroads Conference standings, which clinched the program no worse than a share of the ICC title.

Julia Sanders defeated Lindsay Norton, 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.

Emma Hutchinson and Lelia Chougule each won their singles matches, 6-0, 6-0.

The double combinations of Kelsey McGuire and Alyssa Wheatley (No. 1 doubles) and Olivia Martin and Sarah Williams (No. 2 doubles) also were dominant in 6-0, 6-0 victories.

Lutheran (2-1 ICC) and Speedway (2-1 ICC) sit in second place behind TC in the conference standings. The Tigers are at Lutheran today.

 

 

Southwestern 3, Hauser 2

The Spartans swept both doubles matches and got a straight-set victory from Ella Rice to defeat the Jets.

Rice scored a 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 2 singles to help Southwestern lock down its second win of the season.

Kyla Robertson and Brooklyn Schneider were victorious at No. 1 doubles, 6-3, 6-2.

Faith Kelley and McKinley Correll won at No. 2 doubles, 6-1, 6-1.

 

 

New Palestine 5, Shelbyville 0

The Dragons collected straight-set wins in all three singles matches but needed three sets to secure victories in the doubles matches.

Jo Harvey and Maddy Potter won at No. 1 doubles, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Lily Haeberle and Bethany Blachly added a No. 2 doubles win, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3.

New Palestine improved to 11-6 this season. Shelbyville is 8-9.

 

 

Boys Track

Hoosier Heritage Conference Meet

At Mt. Vernon, Jordan Marcum cleared a personal-best height of six feet, two inches to finish fourth in the high jump and produce Shelbyville’s best finish.

Also for Shelbyville, Alex Macharia finished fifth in the 400 meters (52.89) and Ethan Lambert placed sixth in the discus (121-3).

Beau Kenkel, Benito Cazares, Christian Powell and Macharia finished fifth in the 1,600 relay (3:40.56).

Ben Price, Elijah Von Werder, Elias Slaven and Kenkel placed sixth in the 3,200 relay (9:14.06).

Mt. Vernon won the team title with 183 points. Delta was runner-up at 123. Greenfield-Central (89), Yorktown (82), New Palestine (77), Pendleton Heights (28), Shelbyville (19) and New Castle (18) completed the standings.

 

 

Hauser 77, Morristown 76, Central Christian 1

At Morristown, the host Yellow Jackets had four individual event winners and one relay win but came up one point short in the team standings.

For Morristown, Noah Garthwaite won the shot put, Tyler Schonfeld was first in the 100 meters, Cade Mahin won the 400 and Jacob Batten won the 800.

The 3,200 relay team of Austin Gabbard, Hunter Biddle, Andrew Doty and Luke Stidham finished first in 10:33.

Girls Track

Morristown 105, Hauser 24, Central Christian 13

At Morristown, the host Yellow Jackets got event wins from Emma Wiggins (shot put and 100 meters), Kindall Dorsey (discus), Lilly Stoddard (long jump, high jump, 100 hurdles), Raegan Kleine (1,600 and 800), Maggie Lutes (400), Nevaeh Sanders (300 hurdles) and Eva Champigneulle (200).

The Yellow Jackets won all three relay races.

Prep Report: Triton Central secures ICC softball win over Speedway

Allison Raquet and Brylie Couch each had two hits to help Triton Central secure a 5-4 conference win over Speedway Wednesday in Fairland.

Couch had a double and drove in three runs while Raquet had a triple and scored two runs to improve Triton Central to 5-8 this season and 2-4 against Indiana Crossroads Conference opponents.

Lillian Fillippinie pitched a complete game, allowing four hits and five walks while striking out eight Sparkplugs (5-11, 2-4 ICC).

In other prep events Wednesday:

 

 

Baseball

New Castle 13, Shelbyville 7

At Barnett Field in Shelbyville, the visiting Trojans scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to secure a sweep of the Golden Bears (11-8, 5-7 Hoosier Heritage Conference).

Eli Cooper had three hits and drove in four runs to keep Class 3A, No. 7 New Castle (13-2, 10-1 HHC) atop the conference standings. Aydan Decker-Petty and Max Upchurch each had three RBIs. Garrett Rusch had two hits, including a home run, and drove in two.

New Castle led 3-2 after three innings and 7-3 after four.

Caden Tackett took the loss for Shelbyville. The junior threw four innings, allowed eight hits and four walks while striking out four. Luke Brinkman pitched the final three innings.

Charlie Rife and Dalton Jones each drove in two runs for Shelbyville.

 

 

Cascade 20, Triton Central 0

At Cascade, the host Cadets stayed unbeaten against ICC competition with a sweep of Triton Central (7-8, 5-5 ICC).

Class 2A, No. 5 Cascade (18-3, 12-0 ICC) scored 13 runs in the bottom of the first inning to secure the victory.

Wyatt Blinn finished a single short of the cycle. The senior had a double, triple and home run and drove in four runs.

Hunter Howard also had a home run and four RBIs.

Evan Lanphier was the beneficiary of the run support, working four scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out seven.

 

 

Boys Golf

Columbus North 149, New Palestine White 185, Shelbyville 186, New Palestine Red 203

At Hawk’s Tail, Columbus North’s Luke Schneider shot 3-under par 33 to lead the Bull Dogs to the victory.

Columbus North’s top four golfers carded 40 or better. Tyler Wilks shot 37. William Davis followed at 39 and Jack Schiavello posted 40.

Eli Baker led Shelbyville with a 44. Nolan Chaney (46), Jake Garrison (47) and DaMiles McDuffey (49) completed the Golden Bears’ scorecard. James Garrett (54) and Jakob Heaton (55) also competed Wednesday.

Evan Griffith (44), Landon Beaty (45), Gus Walling (46) and Alex Cofer (50) led New Palestine’s White squad to a 1-shot edge over Shelbyville.

Joey McPike topped New Palestine’s Red squad with 46. Ryker Bland followed at 48. Chase Thompson (54) and Brady Torzewski (55) rounded out the Dragons’ scorecard.

 

 

Triton Central 218, Beech Grove 221

At Sarah Shank Golf Course, Chase Chandler led Triton Central to the victory with a 51.

Derreck Uhls and Garrett Eberhardt each shot 54 and Dayne Bailey followed with 56. Max Ray posted a 57.

Jasper Schulz was the medalist with a 39 for Beech Grove. David Carney (56), Nathan Galager (60) and Joseph Baca (66) completed the Hornets’ scorecard.

Morristown, Waldron fill basketball coaching vacancies

Two Shelby County basketball coaching vacancies were filled Wednesday night at the Shelby Eastern Schools board meeting.

Brownsburg boys basketball junior varsity coach Cory Kreiger was named the new varsity boys basketball coach at Morristown High School.

Ilea Shipp, the Waldron junior varsity girls basketball coach last season, has been promoted to head coach of the Mohawks basketball program.

Kreiger, a native of Wakarusa, Indiana, and a Penn High School graduate, played collegiately at Anderson University and has spent the last two years teaching at Brownsburg High School and coaching the junior varsity as part of Steve Lynch’s staff.

“I come from a family of teachers and coaches so it’s in my blood just seeing the impact they have had on the community and the athletes that they’ve been in touch with over their lives,” said Kreiger Wednesday night. “It made a lot of sense for me to go into that.”

Kreiger played for Indiana Hall of Fame basketball coach Al Rhodes while at Penn and had a successful career at Anderson University for head coach Owen Handy and former Shelbyville boys basketball coach Tom Beach, who was an assistant coach with the Ravens program.

“Tom and I have had multiple conversations. He has been a mentor for me for years now since I graduated,” said Kreiger. “He recruited me out of high school.”

Kreiger spent a year at Anderson University on the coaching staff before joining Lynch, the former Mt. Vernon boys basketball coach, at Brownsburg.

Kreiger will teach Biology and AP Computer Science at Morristown.

“The community is so supportive,” said Kreiger of what drew him to the coaching opportunity. “They have a history of good basketball and the people showing up to support that. As a head coach, that is a perfect situation to be in ... that close-knit community and being able to be a part of it, and really make a difference.”

Morristown won the Class A state championship in 2018 and averaged 20 wins per season over the next three years under head coach Scott McClelland, who is now at Noblesville.

Collin McCartt stepped into the head coaching role last season and finished 3-18 with a young group. McCartt stepped down after the season and a job search was commenced to find the program its third coach in three seasons.

“Our plan is to show up and do the work every single day,” said Kreiger. “It’s a process. It’s a marathon. It’s not a sprint. That will be our motto going forward. We will get guys in the gym and get bigger, faster and stronger.

“We will play tough and we will play together. If we stick with that, over the years we will keep making strides and continue to bring it back to a championship program that it was not so long ago.”

 

 

Ilea Shipp (photo, center) is a former Waldron basketball player and part of the coaching staff that led the Mohawks to a 24-2 record and two stints as the top-ranked team in Class A this past season.

Waldron captured sectional and regional titles with a senior-laden lineup. The season came to an end at the Jeffersonville Semistate where they were defeated by eventual state champion Tecumseh, 54-42.

“Coach Shipp has deep roots in the community, a demonstrated past commitment to the student-athletes of Waldron, and an exciting vision for the future of the program,” said Waldron athletic director Alex Engelbert in a media release.

Shipp was not in attendance Wednesday at the school board meeting.

There will be a reception for Shipp at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s athletic lobby.

Collegiate Update: Weaver helps Valparaiso collect MVC series win against Evansville

Addisenn Weaver had three hits in a pair of Valparaiso softball wins that closed out the regular-season schedule.

Valparaiso defeated Evansville Saturday in the three-game series opener, 5-1. Weaver, a Shelbyville graduate, had two hits.

Evansville rebounded for a 2-1 victory in the second Missouri Valley Conference game Saturday.

On Sunday, Valparaiso ended the series with a 10-0 victory. Weaver went 1-for-3 with a run scored.

The Beacons, 14-32 this season (5-22 MVC), open the MVC Tournament today in Springfield, Missouri, against Indiana State.

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

 

 

Katie Mathies

The Shelbyville graduate went 1-for-2 Saturday for DePauw in a 7-6 loss to Wooster in the North Coast Athletic Conference Softball Tournament in Greencastle, Indiana.

The Tigers rebounded to defeat Denison, 11-2, Friday. Mathies had two hits.

The Tigers followed that with a 5-0- win Saturday over Wooster and a 5-3 win over Hiram before losing to Hiram, 5-2. Mathies had a double in the loss.

DePauw will host a NCAA Division III double-elimination regional starting Friday.

The Tigers (34-9) will face Berry (29-11) in their opener. Piedmont (31-9) takes on Hiram (24-14), the NCAC Tournament champion, in the other tournament opener.

 

 

Erica Henry

The Shelbyville graduate took the loss for Olney Central College on May 4 at Lincoln Trail College.

Olney lost 8-5. Henry pitched into the sixth inning, allowing seven hits and eight runs (only three were earned).

 

 

Hannah File

The Shelbyville graduate had a walk and was hit by a pitch and scored a run on May 4 in Louisville’s 12-3 win at the University of Illinois Chicago.

Louisville opens the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament today against Syracuse.

 

 

Zaleeya Martin

The Shelbyville graduate finished fifth in the 100-meter dash (12.71 seconds) for Hanover College Friday in the Billy Hayes Invitational hosted by Indiana University.

 

 

Madisen Hinderliter

The Shelbyville graduate placed 25th in the discus (26.48 meters) for St. Francis (Ind.) at the Crossroads League Championship held at the University of Notre Dame.

 

 

Layton Stieneker

The Shelbyville graduate lost a pair of matches for Franklin College in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference quarterfinal round loss to Transylvania, 8-1.

At No. 2 doubles, Stieneker and Owen Pickerell were defeated by Jared Wells and Jacob Cooper, 8-4.

At No. 6 singles, Stieneker lost to Ty Crabtree, 1-6, 6-3, 10-7.

Franklin finished the season with a 9-8 record – the program’s first season above .500 since 2014-2015.

South Decatur sweeps MHC track and field titles

With a runner-up finish in the final relay race of the conference meet, South Decatur held off Morristown to capture the Mid-Hoosier Conference Girls Track and Field championship.

The Cougars’ 138 points topped Morristown by three points. Southwestern finished third on its home track with 111.5 points.

Morristown won two of the three relay events and had two individual event winners Tuesday.

Raegan Kleine won the 1,600-meter run in six minutes, 9.96 seconds.

Maggie Lutes crossed the finish line first in the 400 in 1:06.83.

Kleine and Lutes teamed with Gracie Laster and Eva Champigneulle to win the 3,200 relay in 12:15.09.

And the Yellow Jackets won the 1,600 relay with Laster, Kleine, Lutes and Emma Wiggins in 4:32.85.

Southwestern’s Alison Muck and Lilly Rooks (photo) were double winners Tuesday.

Muck won the 100 hurdles in 16.04 and took first place in the 200 (28.17).

Rooks was the fastest sprinter, winning the 100 in 13.2 and tying the MHC Meet record of 16-6.75 while winning the long jump. Waldron’s Hannah Sullivan (2017) now shares the record with Rooks.

Waldron produced two event winners.

 

 

Hadlie Ross (photo) captured the 800 title in 2:38.63. Madalyn Hudnall won the shot put with a best throw of 31-4.

South Decatur also won the boys conference championship with 124 points. Hauser was runner-up at 113.5. Morristown (85) and Southwestern (78) finished third and fourth, respectively.

Southwestern won the 3,200 relay in 9:16.87 with Ryan Griffin, Dane Kissell, Dakota Claiborne and Carter Snepp.

Snepp also took first place in the 800 (2:13.42).

For Morristown, Tyler Schonfeld won the 200 in 23.42.

 

 

Waldron’s Braylon Williams (photo) won the shot put with a best attempt of 43-2.75.

Prep Report: Triton Central tennis moves closer to ICC championship

Triton Central tennis moved one step closer to clinching the Indiana Crossroads Conference championship Tuesday with a 5-0 win against Indianapolis Scecina.

The Tigers improved to 11-4 this season and 3-0 against ICC opponents. The Tigers are the only unbeaten team in the ICC standings with matches left against Ritter (0-1 ICC) and Lutheran (2-1 ICC).

Triton Central lost just two games in sweeping the Crusaders.

At No. 1 singles, Julia Sanders defeated Cierra Berry, 6-0, 6-1.

Emma Hutchinson was similarly successful at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-0 over Stacey Montgomery.

Lelia Chougule continued her strong season at No. 3 singles with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Ella Gadreau.

At No. 1 doubles, Kelsey McGuire and Alyssa Wheatley defeated Jo Marshall and Alia Santos, 6-0, 6-0.

And Olivia Martin and Sarah Williams were equally dominant over Emily Gonzalez and Heather Willis, 6-0, 6-0.

Triton Central has won seven straight matches.

Lauren Grant and the doubles pairing of Olivia Reedy and Jana Cambera won doubles matches for Triton Central.

Triton Central is at Lutheran Friday.

In other prep events Tuesday:

 

 

Baseball

New Castle 7, Shelbyville 3

At New Castle, the Class 3A, No. 7 Trojans scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to secure the Hoosier Heritage Conference victory.

Jake Barber delivered a three-run double in the decisive fifth inning to push New Castle’s record to 12-2 (9-1 HHC).

Corbin Malott and Eli Cooper combined to allow 10 Shelbyville hits while striking out 12.

Brayden Basey took the loss for Shelbyville (11-7, 5-6 HHC). The senior allowed two hits and four runs in two innings of relief work. Dalton Jones got the start on the mound and pitched four innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out five.

Charlie Rife went 3-for-4 for the Golden Bears. Caden Tackett had two hits.

The two teams meet again today at Barnett Field in Shelbyville.

 

 

Eastern Hancock 19, Morristown 6

At Morristown, the visiting Royals (5-13) scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning to roll to their third win in their last four games.

Wyatt Sutton led Eastern Hancock with five hits, including two doubles, and seven RBIs.

Nash Hensley and Zach Arnold each had three hits and two RBIs.

Brayden Sullivan earned the win against Morristown (9-7). The sophomore pitched two innings, allowed one hit and walked seven. Reed Hedrick worked the final three innings.

Morristown is at Waldron (4-13) Thursday.

 

 

Cascade 12, Triton Central 0

At Triton Central, the Class 2A, No. 5 Cadets scored all 12 runs in the third inning to stay unbeaten against ICC opponents.

Logan Gibbs had a home run, scored two runs and drove in four to lead Cascade (17-3, 11-0).

Wyatt Blinn had a pair of RBIs to support his work on the mound. The senior allowed just one hit and one walk in a five-inning complete game performance.

Hayden May took the loss for Triton Central (7-7, 5-4 ICC). He allowed one hit and five walks. Three of the seven runs charged to May were unearned.

The Tigers travel to Cascade today to finish the ICC two-game series.

 

 

Boys Golf

Hauser 193, Brown County 202, Waldron 225

At Blue Bear Golf Course, Hauser produced a 9-shot victory over Brown County while the host Mohawks finished third with their season-best 9-hole score of the season.

Chase Martoccia led Hauser with a 44. Caleb Wallace shot 46.

Brown County’s Cooper VanNess was the medalist with a 43.

Lucas Shaw carded a season-best round of 46 to lead Waldron. Josh Kellums and Matthew Thomas each shot 58 and Cole Jones finished with a 63.

 

 

New Castle 153, Greenfield-Central 176, Shelbyville 182

At Hawk’s Tail Golf Course, New Castle’s Dillon Bergum shot a 2-under par round of 34 to lead the Trojans past a pair of HHC opponents.

Tyler Young led Greenfield-Central with a 40.

Jake Garrison topped Shelbyville’s scorecard with a 44. Eli Baker was one shot back at 45. Brock Wischmeyer finished at 46 and Nolan Chaney followed at 47. DaMiles McDuffey shot 57.

 

 

North Decatur 179, Morristown 187

At North Branch Golf Course, Morristown’s Asher Caldwell was the medalist with a 38.

Morristown produced its best 9-hole team score of the season with Nick Stidham shooting 46, Carson Essex posting 49 and Carson Conrad finishing at 54. Web Walker shot 61.

 

 

Softball

Triton Central 11, Ritter 4

At Triton Central, Madison Collins had two doubles and six RBIs to lead the host Tigers to their first Indiana Crossroads Conference win of the season.

Allison Raquet also had two hits and two RBIs.

Brylie Couch allowed nine hits and two walks and struck out 11 to earn the win for Triton Central (4-8, 1-4 ICC).

Ritter dropped to 3-16 this season and is 0-6 against ICC opponents.

Triton Central hosts Speedway (5-10, 2-3 ICC) today.

 

 

Girls Tennis

Edinburgh 5, Morristown 0

At Morristown, the visiting Lancers secured the sweep of the Yellow Jackets but not without a battle from Morristown’s No. 1 doubles team.

Brianna Batton and McKinley Kile were defeated by Alyssa Funkhouser ad Jillian Turner at No. 1 doubles, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (10).

At No. 2 doubles, Edinburgh’s Gracie Myers and Zoey Sida defeated Liz Cheek and Katie Hillock, 6-0, 6-0.

Bethany Burton lost just one game in a No. 1 singles win over Morristown’s Sarah Essex.

Jessica Walsh bested Abby Mendoza at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-0.

Payton Bryant defeated Brianna Flores at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-1.

Morristown is 0-13 this season.

 

 

Eastern Hancock 3, Waldron 2

At Waldron, the visiting Royals swept the singles matches.

Bianca DiVittoria defeated Waldron’s Nichole Garner at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-2.

Violette Sagalowicz topped Josee Larrison at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-1.

Savannah Hardin made it a clean sweep of the singles matches with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Riley Price.

Waldron’s Mackenzie Shaw and Megan Bogemann pushed their record to 12-1 this season at No. 1 doubles with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Tori Parker and Lexi Swauger.

Audrey Hogg and Emily Tyree defeated Eastern Hancock’s MiKayla Hardy and Abby Bolding at No. 2 doubles, 6-4, 6-4.

Waldron is 7-8 this season.

 

 

Shelbyville 3, Yorktown 2

At Mt. Vernon, Shelbyville won both doubles matches and added a win at No. 2 singles to take down the Tigers.

Emma Sandman produced the Golden Bears’ only singles victory.

Karlie Lawson and Renee Aldridge were victorious at No. 1 doubles.

Riley Lee and Sydney Baker collected a win at No. 2 doubles.

Shelbyville is 8-8.

 

 

Girls Track

Hoosier Heritage Conference Meet

At Mt. Vernon, Shelbyville senior Kilikina Schultz finished runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles (16.61 seconds), third in the 300 hurdles (49.1) and seventh in the 200 (28.8).

Shelbyville senior Stefanie Howard placed fifth in the 3,200 in 12:57.72.

Youth football registration ongoing for 2022 season

Shelbyville Boys & Girls Club 2022 Youth Football Registration is underway.

Registration started May 1 for the 2022 youth football season in Shelbyville.

Equipment pick-up is June 4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 710 S. Miller St.

Practices begin July 11.

The registration fee is $85 which includes a $60 Boys & Girls Club membership fee and a $25 fee for the football league.

Registration can be completed online at https://tshq.bluesombrero.com/shelbyvillebcf.

Prep Report: Shelbyville tennis grounds the Jets

Shelbyville’s No. 1 doubles pairing of Renee Aldridge and Karlie Lawson needed a third set to complete the sweep of Hauser Monday night.

Aldridge and Lawson defeated Gabby Johns and Charlie Clark, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 to secure a 5-0 victory over the visiting Jets.

At No. 2 doubles, Riley Lee and Sydney Baker improved to 9-6 this season with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Mattie Foster and Piper Rowell.

Jaidyn Tackett defeated Belle Kilps at No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-1.

Emma Sandman rolled 6-3, 6-0 over Addyson Barriger at No. 2 singles.

And Ella Connolly bested Lydie Jordan, 6-2, 6-4 at No. 3 singles.

Shelbyville is 7-8 this season. The Golden Bears travel to Mt. Vernon today to face Yorktown.

In other prep events Monday:

 

 

Baseball

Lutheran 6, Southwestern 2

At Lutheran, Cade Tabit had three hits and drove in two runs while Cole Perkins pitched six solid innings to lead the Saints over the Spartans (5-11).

Lutheran scored single runs in four straight innings and added a pair in the sixth to improve to 13-7 this season.

Perkins allowed three hits and walked two while striking out four. Tabit gave up two hits and a run in the seventh inning before closing out the win.

 

 

Morristown 20, Anderson Prep 2

At Anderson Prep, the visiting Yellow Jackets erupted for 16 runs in the top of the fifth inning to improve to 9-6 this season.

Kade Rogers tossed a five-inning complete game, allowing one hit while striking out nine.

Lucas Ellis and Grant Kessler each drove in three runs against Anderson Prep (0-9).

Ellis, Sam McDaniel and Rodgers each had two hits.

Morristown hosts Eastern Hancock (4-13) today.

 

 

North Decatur 3, Waldron 0

At North Decatur, Brayden Hancock scattered four Waldron hits and struck out 11 to lead the Chargers (8-7, 5-3 Mid-Hoosier Conference) to the win.

Xander Jones and Nolan Burkhart combined to drive in five runs.

Jacob Bennett took the loss for Waldron (4-13, 0-8 MHC). He pitched four innings, allowed three hits, walked five and struck out five.

Waldron hosts Morristown Thursday.

 

 

Boys Golf

Southwestern 194, Oldenburg Academy 221

At Hillcrest Golf and Country Club, Tristan Pappano (44) and Hunter Pappano (46) led the Spartans to the win.

Justin Swift shot 50, Caleb Pappano followed at 54 and Ty Burcham finished at 55.

Oldenburg Academy’s Brett Wagner was the medalist with an 8-over-par score of 43.

 

 

Heritage Christian 173, Cathedral Navy 187, Triton Central 231

At Hillcrest Country Club, Chase Chandler led Triton Central with a 52.

Also competing for TC were Max Ray (55), Derreck Uhls (56) and Garrett Eberhardt (68).

 

 

Morristown 194, Eastern Hancock 203, Waldron 230

At Blue Bear Golf Course in Shelbyville, Morristown’s Asher Caldwell earned the medalist honor with a round of 41 and the Yellow Jackets produced a season-best 9-hole score.

Nick Stidham shot 48 for Morristown. Carson Essex followed at 51 and Carson Conrad shot 54. Web Walker posted a 58.

 

 

Softball

Morristown 19, Blue River Valley 1

At Blue River Valley, Rhylee Moran had four hits and pitched a complete game to push Morristown’s record to 8-6 this season.

Kaylin Waltz also had four hits, including two doubles. Alexia Rogers, Madi Espich and Nevaeh Cox each drove in three.

Moran collected five strikeouts against Blue River Valley (0-10).

Morristown is at Waldron Thursday.

 

 

Girls Tennis

Edinburgh 3, Southwestern 2

At Edinburgh, the host Lancers swept all three singles matches to defeat the Spartans.

At No. 1 doubles, Southwestern’s Kyla Robertson and Brooklyn Schneider won 6-0, 6-4 while McKinley Correll and Faith Kelley were victorious, 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles.

The Lancers won the singles matches in straight sets.

Southwestern is at Franklin today.

 

 

Franklin JV 4, Waldron 1

At Waldron, Nichole Garner secured the host Mohawks’ lone win at No. 1 singles, 3-6, 6-3, 10-0 over Franklin’s Sarah Smith.

Mallory Luse defeated Megan Bogemann at No. 2 singles, 6-4, 6-3.

Eleanor Stillabower bested Riley Price at No. 3 singles, 6-2, 6-1.

The No. 1 doubles match also went three sets. Waldron’s Mackenzie Shaw and Josee Larrison lost to Kate Pinnock and Meleah Murphy, 2-6, 7-5, 10-8.

At No. 2 doubles, Ava Pinnock and Jenna Hash defeated Audrey Hogg and Emily Tyree, 6-4, 6-1.

Waldron hosts Eastern Hancock today.

IHSAA creates MHC-loaded basketball, volleyball sectionals

For the first time since the 2017 season, Edinburgh is back in a basketball sectional with four Mid-Hoosier Conference schools, including natural rivals in Southwestern and Waldron.

The Indiana High School Athletic Association recently released new sectional alignments for basketball that will carry through the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 seasons.

In Class A, Sectional 60 will feature seven teams, including five from the Mid-Hoosier Conference.

Edinburgh, Jac-Cen-Del, Morristown, Oldenburg Academy, South Decatur, Southwestern and Waldron will make for competitive sectionals in both girls and boys basketball tournaments.

“The team that benefits the most is probably Edinburgh,” said Southwestern athletic director and boys basketball coach Brady Days. “They play teams now that they have played for years and years and years. I think it all worked out really well. If you look at our sectional, I think the IHSAA got it right.”

Once the traditional Edinburgh boys basketball sectional was broken up five years ago, Edinburgh was sent south for sectional competition. That made it tough on the Lancers to schedule postseason opponents during the regular season. That will change during the 2022-2023 school year.

Sectional 60 also features five programs that have won sectional titles since 2020. Edinburgh and Jac-Cen-Del were boys basketball sectional champions this past season – Southwestern was in 2021.

On the boys side, Morristown and South Decatur are in the hiring process for a new varsity basketball coach. Waldron is in the same situation on the girls side.

The next step is identifying the sectional host sites.

“We are in that process now,” said Days. “We have boys and girls basketball and volleyball voting (on sites) but it has to be unanimous.”

Days expects the process to be complete within the next two weeks.

Edinburgh, Southwestern and Waldron are the top venues for basketball based on size and location but that is not a guarantee to host a postseason event.

 

 

Class 2A

Triton Central sits in Sectional 42 in Class 2A with Eastern Hancock, Scecina, Irvington Prep and Indianapolis Riverside.

That denotes a change for the boys basketball program that has won the last two sectional titles at the South Ripley Sectional.

Eastern Hancock is the defending Sectional 42 champion in both boys and girls basketball.

 

 

Class 4A

For years, Shelbyville has failed to overcome a pair of Bloomington schools to capture a boys basketball sectional title. The last sectional adjustment cycle moved the Golden Bears west to deal with Franklin, Whiteland, Greenwood, Franklin Central and Center Grove. That still proved challenging in terms of overall school size.

The newest sectional alignment is likely the best fit the Golden Bears will get in Class 4A.

Now in Sectional 14, Shelbyville is grouped with Columbus East, Columbus North, East Central, Franklin and Whiteland.

Franklin, who won a sectional title this past season, is the only program in the field that has experienced sectional glory in nearly a decade.

“I think this is very good for us,” said Shelbyville boys basketball coach John Hartnett. “I think we can match up better with these teams.”

Columbus East has the longest drought – last winning a boys basketball sectional title in 1996. Shelbyville and Whiteland’s streaks extend back to 2001 and 2002, respectively.

East Central won a sectional title in 2008 and Columbus North’s last came in 2013.

Columbus North was the only new sectional opponent not on Shelbyville’s regular season schedule in 2022.

“We are working on getting Columbus North back on our schedule,” said Harnett. “I think it’s good that we play those teams during our season. I think now we have an even better shot (at winning). Any team in the sectional now can win it.”

Prep Report: Triton Central's Oliver Gearlds co-medalist at Hauser Invitational

Oliver Gearlds shot a 5-over par round of 77 Saturday to earn co-medalist honor with Greenwood Christian’s Ian Reed at the Hauser Invitational.

Playing at Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus, Gearlds (photo) carded 39 on the front nine and 38 on the back nine to be one of four golfers that broke 80 Saturday.

Reed posted 41 on the front nine and 36 on the back nine to share the top honor with Gearlds.

Morristown’s Asher Caldwell (40-38) and Edinburgh’s Max Blandford (44-34) finished one shot back at 78.

Greenwood Christian captured the team title. The Cougars’ 330 topped Heritage Christian (336), North Decatur (349), Edinburgh (383) and Triton Central (404).

The remainder of the field included Hauser (406), Southwestern (410), Morristown (413), Columbus East JV (418) and Scottsburg (Inc.).

Competing for Triton Central were Gearlds, Chase Chandler (101), Derreck Uhls (105), Max Ray (121) and Garrett Eberhardt (122).

Southwestern was led by Hunter Pappano’s 98. Justin Swift (101), Caleb Pappano (104), Tristan Pappano (107) and Ty Burcham (112) finished the Spartans’ scorecard.

For Morristown, Nick Stidham shot 103. He was followed on the scorecard by Carson Essex (109), Web Walker (123) and Carson Conrad (124).

In another golf invitational Saturday:

 

 

Batesville Invitational

Shelbyville finished seventh in the team standings at Hillcrest Country Club.

Madison won the 12-team event with a score of 321.

Yorktown was runner-up (337) with Mt. Vernon (342), New Palestine (344), Greensburg (347), Batesville (369), Shelbyville (370), East Central (379), Jennings County (397), Oldenburg Academy (445) and Rising Sun (454) completing the team scores.

Madison’s Henry Ashley and Landon True each shot 76. Dylan Dreiman followed in the individual standings with an 81.

Brock Wischmeyer led Shelbyville with an 89. Eli Baker was one-shot back at 90. Jake Garrison carded 91 and Nolan Chaney followed at 100.

Prep Report: Triton Central's Madison Brown captures long jump title at ICC Meet

Madison Brown won the long jump competition Friday night at the Indiana Crossroads Conference Meet and helped Triton Central to a fifth-place finish.

Brown’s best attempt of 15 feet allowed her to easily defeat Monrovia’s Ashley Trudeau (14-4) and Shelby Clements (14-3.5). Triton Central’s Elaina Maurice finished fourth at 14 feet.

Triton Central finished fifth in the team standings at Beech Grove High School Friday behind Monrovia (146 points), Ritter (118), Cascade (64) and Lutheran (47).

The Tigers’ 42 points put them ahead of Beech Grove (37), Speedway (27) and Scecina (14).

Brown was Triton Central’s standout. The junior also finished third in the 100 meters (13.5 seconds), fifth in the 400 (1:06.26) and runner-up in the high jump (5-2).

Also scoring points for Triton Central were Kate Spegal (fifth in 100 hurdles, 18.91; sixth in 300 hurdles, 55.75) and Hallie Schweitzer (third in 800, 2:38.43).

Triton Central’s 400 relay team finished sixth (55.89) and the 1,600 relay team placed fifth (4:53.67).

Triton Central did have an event winner in the boys meet and finished eighth in the team standings.

Ritter won the ICC title with 129.5 points. Lutheran (84) was second ahead of Speedway (69), Cascade (56), Beech Grove (51.5), Monrovia (46), Scecina (36) and Triton Central (24).

Scoring points for TC were Ethan Cales (fifth in 110 hurdles, 17.15), Brad Schultz (third in 100, 11.14; third in 200, 23.08), Owen Sprinkle (sixth in 1,600, 5:08.7; second in 800, 2:15.64) and Hadyn Ball (sixth in shot put, 40-9.5)

In another prep event Friday:

 

 

Girls Tennis

Waldron 5, Morristown 0

At Waldron, the host Mohawks dropped just one game in sweeping the Yellow Jackets.

At No. 1 singles, Nichole Garner defeated Sarah Essex, 6-0, 6-0.

Josee Larrison produced the same score at No. 2 singles against McKinley Kile.

Riley Price bested Bri Flores at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-1.

Mackenzie Shaw and Megan Bogemann defeated Brianna Batton and Liz Cheek at No. 1 doubles, 6-0, 6-0.

Morristown forfeited the No. 2 doubles match to Audrey Hogg and Emily Tyree.

Triton Central wins Shelby County Girls Tennis Tournament

With a sweep of the three singles matches, Triton Central defeated Waldron Saturday afternoon at Southwestern to win the Shelby County Girls Tennis Tournament.

For the second time this season, Triton Central prevailed over Waldron, 3-2.

Julia Sanders defeated Nichole Garner at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-0.

Emma Hutchinson bested Josee Larrison at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 7-5.

And Lelia Chougule  topped Riley Price, 6-3, 6-0.

At No. 1 doubles, Waldron’s Mackenzie Shaw and Megan Bogemann defeated Kelsey McGuire and Alyssa Wheatley, 6-1, 6-0.

Waldron’s Audrey Hogg and Emily Tyree defeated Olivia Martin and Sarah Williams, 6-3, 6-3.

Triton Central improved to 10-4 this season. Waldron is 7-6.

Triton Central reached the championship with a 5-0 victory over Morristown.

All five matches ended 6-0, 6-0. Morristown is 0-11 this season.

Waldron won all three singles matches and added a win at No. 1 doubles to eliminate the Spartans, 4-1.

Southwestern’s only win came at No. 2 doubles where Faith Kelley and McKinley Correll topped Hogg and Tyree, 7-5, 6-1.

Southwestern is 1-11 this season.

Prep Report: South Decatur completes two-game sweep of Morristown

South Decatur doubled up visiting Morristown, 8-4, Thursday night to stay unbeaten in Mid-Hoosier Conference games this season.

The Cougars improved to 15-2 overall and 8-0 in the MHC standings.

Avery Seegers pitched five innings and allowed one hit while striking out six Yellow Jackets. Dale Peters worked two innings and allowed all four runs.

Zaydun Sharp had a triple and three runs batted in. Seegers had two hits and two RBIs.

Jake Rains had two of Morristown’s four hits in the loss.

Dyllan Rutledge took the loss on the mound.

Morristown is at Anderson Prep (0-8) Monday.

In another prep event Thursday

Softball

South Decatur 11, Morristown 6

At South Decatur, the host Cougars used a four-run sixth inning to break open a 1-run game and defeat the Yellow Jackets (7-6, 1-5 MHC).

Lakota Henry had three hits, including a double, and drove in three runs to lead South Decatur (4-11, 3-3 MHC).

The sophomore also pitched a complete game, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out four. All six Morristown runs were unearned.

Nevaeh Cox, Alexia Rogers and Kaylin Waltz each had two hits for Morristown.

Rhylee Moran took the loss in the pitcher’s circle. She allowed six hits and three walks while striking out seven. Eight of South Decatur’s 11 runs were unearned.

Morristown travels to Blue River Valley (0-8) Monday.

SHS announces boys basketball camp in June

The Shelbyville Boys Basketball Camp returns in mid-June for incoming first- through ninth-graders.

The 2022 camp includes on-court small group sessions that focus on shooting, dribbling, defense and more led by the Shelbyville High School boys basketball coaching staff and players.

The three day camp starts June 13 and continues on June 14 and June 15 inside Shelbyville’s auxiliary gymnasium.

Incoming first- through fifth-graders meet all three days from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Incoming sixth- through ninth-graders follow from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Registration fee is $25 per person. Cash or check are the only payments accepted. Checks should be made payable to Golden Bear Booster Club.

Campers will compete in 3-on-3, 5-on-5, shooting and ball handling competitions during the camp for various prizes.

Each camper will receive a 2022 Shelbyville Boys Basketball Camp T-shirt.

For more information, contact Shelbyville boys basketball coach John Hartnett at jahartnett@shelbycs.org.

Prep Report: Shelbyville baseball splits HHC series with Yorktown

Behind a strong pitching performance from Caden Tackett, Shelbyville baseball split its two-game series with Yorktown.

Tackett allowed five hits and one walk Wednesday while striking out four to lead the visiting Golden Bears to a 3-2 victory.

Tackett also had a solo home run as part of a two-hit performance that raised his team-leading batting average to .490 this season.

Dalton Jones had three hits to improve his batting average to .400.

Shelbyville (11-6, 5-5 Hoosier Heritage Conference) scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 2-0 lead.

Yorktown countered with a two-run sixth inning to tie the game.

Shelbyville pushed a run across in the top of the seventh and Tackett (4-2) finished off the Tigers (13-6, 7-5 HHC) in the bottom half of the inning.

Jackson Furnish had two hits for Yorktown.

J.D. Morris (1-2) took the loss.

Shelbyville will host Anderson (11-7) today at Barnett Field.

In other prep events Wednesday:

 

 

Baseball

Southwestern 6, Edinburgh 5

At Edinburgh, Tucker Simmons and Jonah DeArmitt delivered run-scoring singles in the top of the seventh inning to get the visiting Spartans a split in the two-game series.

Matthew Clements pitched the final 2.2 innings to earn the win. Aiden Hartsell was the starter and allowed four runs while striking out five Lancers.

DeArmitt had two hits and two runs batted in for Southwestern (5-10, 5-5 Mid-Hoosier Conference). Hartsell drove in a pair of runs in the second inning.

Jordan Jones had a double and scored two runs.

On Tuesday at Southwestern, Edinburgh scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning and Travis Jones finished off the Spartans for a 2-1 victory.

Jones pitched a complete game for Edinburgh (3-12, 1-8 MHC), allowing two hits while striking out 11.

Riley Palmeter drove in both runs.

 

 

Boys Golf

Terre Haute South 181, Triton Central 208, Speedway 237

At Brickyard Crossing Golf Course, Triton Central’s Oliver Gearlds posted a 1-over par score of 37 to earn the medalist honor.

Nick Winning led Terre Haute South to the team victory with a 42. Nolan Mishler shot 45 and Kyle Kennedy and Nick Cherry each carded 47.

Chase Chandler backed Gearlds on the TC scorecard with a 52. Max Ray shot 58 and Derreck Uhls followed at 61. Garrett Eberhardt also competed and shot 67.

Mason Holton led the host Sparkplugs with 50. Isaac Graber (59), Camden Bennett (62) and Camden Outlaw (66) completed Speedway’s scorecard.

Triton Central hosts Lutheran Friday at Hawk’s Tail Golf Club.

 

 

Girls Tennis

Triton Central 5, Edinburgh 0

At Edinburgh, Julia Sanders and Lelia Chougule were dominant in singles victories and the Tigers did not drop a set in sweeping the Lancers.

At No. 1 singles, Sanders defeated Bethany Burton, 6-2, 6-1.

Emma Hutchinson produced a straight-set win at No. 2 singles over Jessica Walsh, 6-1, 7-5.

Chougule topped Peyton Bryant, 6-1, 6-0.

At No. 1 doubles, Kelsey McGuire and Alyssa Wheatley swept Alyssa Funkhouser and Jillian Turner, 6-0, 6-0.

And Olivia Martin and Sarah Williams defeated Gracie Myers and Zoe Sida, 6-3, 7-6 (6).

Triton Central got junior varsity wins from Courtney Washburn and the doubles pairing of Olivia Reedy and Maggie Martin.

Triton Central hosts Ritter today for an Indiana Crossroads Conference match.

New football sectionals create unusual matchups for Shelbyville, Triton Central

The Indiana High School Athletic Association did not do any favors to Shelbyville’s or Triton Central’s football transportation bill with its new sectional realignment.

On Tuesday, the IHSAA released the sectional assignments for a two-year cycle beginning in 2022-2023.

Shelbyville will compete in Class 4A, there are six classes in Indiana high school football, in Sectional 23 with Bedford North Lawrence, East Central, Edgewood, Greenwood, Jennings County, Martinsville and Silver Creek.

East Central will be the perennial favorite, having won a state title in 2017 and being state runner-up in 2015. Head coach Jake Meiners (29-7) will begin his fourth season at the helm of the Trojans in 2022.

Shelbyville head coach Brian Glesing is the most experienced leader in the sectional. He is 119-100 as his 20th season – and second at Shelbyville – approaches.

Greenwood head coach Mike Campbell is beginning his 17th season with the Woodmen. No other coach has more than four years of head coaching experience.

Bedford North Lawrence finished 4-6 in 2021 and will have a new coach in 2022. Derrick Barker takes over a program that went 9-20 over the last three seasons.

Head coach Caleb True will begin his second season at Edgewood in 2022. He led the program to a 2-8 mark in 2021. Edgewood has won 14 games over the last three seasons.

Greenwood went 2-8 last season following 5-5 and 4-7 campaigns.

Following back-to-back 1-9 seasons, Jennings County has a new head coach in Nic Vasukchek.

Brian Dugger will begin his third year as Martinsville head coach in 2022. He led the Artesians to a 7-5 record in 2021. The season ended with a 37-7 loss to East Central in the sectional championship game.

Silver Creek went 5-4 last season after a 9-1 2020 season and 8-2 campaign in 2019 for head coach David Papenhaus. Silver Creek lost to Martinsville, 33-13, in its 2021 sectional opener.

Greenwood is the closest school in proximity to Shelbyville High School at 25 miles. Bedford North Lawrence is 79 miles away while Silver Creek is 86 miles.

“I’m excited for it,” said Shelbyville High School athletic director Jenny DeMuth Hensley. “Any time the sectional shakes up it’s a great opportunity for our student-athletes.”

 

 

Head coach Tim Able has taken Triton Central to the sectional championship game in each of his nine seasons in Fairland. That streak will be challenged in 2022.

The Tigers were assigned to Class 2A, Sectional 39 with Brown County, Brownstown Central, Christel House, Clarksville, Eastern (Pekin), Scecina and Switzerland County.

Triton Central is plenty familiar with Indiana Crossroads Conference rival Scecina but has not played traditional powerhouse Brownstown Central since 2010.

Brownstown Central is the 16th largest school based on enrollment in Class 2A. And veteran head coach Reed May has won 285 games in 29 years with the football program.

“Brownstown Central is a great program,” said Able. “Reed May is a great coach.”

Brown County is the third largest school in 2A but its football program has won just five games in each of the last three seasons. The Eagles and Tigers last played on Sept. 7, 2007, when TC prevailed, 55-14.

Brownstown Central and Triton Central met in the 2010 sectional with the Braves getting the win, 30-20. BC went 11-1 in 2021 following 6-3 and 9-1 seasons.

Christel House (Manual) played its first season under head coach John Prater in 2021 and finished 2-6.

Clarksville’s 2021 football season ended at Mendenhall Field in Fairland. The Generals lost on Oct. 29, 2021, to Triton Central, 42-7, to finish 3-8.

Eastern (Pekin) suffered the same fate as Clarksville, falling in its sectional opener at home against the Tigers, 58-0. The football program is winless in the last two seasons.

Scecina dealt Triton Central a 27-0 defeat on Oct. 1, 2021, in an Indiana Crossroads Conference contest. Head coach Ott Hurrle will begin his 33rd year of coaching in 2022.

Switzerland County finished 2-7 last season. Triton Central defeated the Pacers, 50-0, in the 2020 sectional.

Triton Central went 8-5 last season following three consecutive 10-win seasons. Able is 80-32 with Triton Central and 205-130 in 28 years as a head coach.

Able anticipates having 20 of 22 starters back in 2022.

Hauser hires Kyle Shipp as new girls basketball coach

The lure of returning to coaching and living so close to home has pulled Kyle Shipp away from Shelbyville High School’s athletic department.

The assistant athletic director was hired as Hauser High School’s new girls basketball coach. He will take over a program that went 25-45 over the last three seasons under head coach Chad Evans.

“They pushed really hard,” said Shipp Tuesday night after the announcement broke on Twitter. “They came up with a really good package. (The school) is one mile from my house. My girls will go to school there.”

Shipp anticipates raising his two daughters within the Jets program.

“My two girls (ages 7 and 5) started basketball a couple of years ago and they took a liking to it,” he said. “I can organize the feeder program and travel program and enjoy watching them play the game. That was a major positive to this.”

 

 

Leaving Shelbyville was not an easy decision, though. He is near the end of his second year with the athletic department after an eight-year coaching career at Whiteland High School.

Shipp went 90-99 as Whiteland’s girls basketball coach from 2013-2020 with a best season of 19-5 in 2018.

Hauser finished 10-13 this past season with just one senior on the roster. Gabby Johns averaged 6.5 points and a team-leading 8.4 rebounds per game.

Shipp believes he can build around a trio of players in rising junior Madelyn Poe and rising seniors Kyliegh Parrott (9.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg) and Adriana Musallami (6.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg).

Poe led Hauser in scoring (16.6 ppg), assists and steals and was the team’s second-leading rebounder at 5.1 rpg.

“There is the possibility to make a splash in my first coaching year,” said Shipp. “They have a couple of nice returning players.

“There is not much traditional success in basketball but volleyball and softball are very strong so there are athletes there. They need a culture shift and with hard work, we can change that.”

Increasing enrollment has moved Hauser into Class 2A for the next two-year tournament cycle. The Jets will compete in Sectional 45 with Milan, North Decatur, South Ripley and Switzerland County.

Shipp will finish out the current school year at Shelbyville before moving on to Hauser and a summer filled with basketball workouts.

Collegiate update: Shelbyville grad named HCAC Female Sprinter of the Year

With a trio of first-place finishes and a runner-up spot to her credit, Hanover’s Zaleeya Martin was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Female Sprinter of the Year after the recent HCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Martin (photo, center, white head band), a Shelbyville graduate, won the 100 meters in 12.45 seconds and finished second in the 200 (25.96) at the event held Friday and Saturday at Hanover College.

She also was part of Hanover’s winning 400 relay team (49.69) and 1,600 relay team (4:09.15) which helped the Panthers to a second-place finish in the women’s team standings behind Manchester.

Also competing at the HCAC championship meet were Franklin College’s Jill Anspaugh, Taylor Tatlock and Dalen Williams and Rose-Hulman’s Kenneth Gipson.

 

 

Anspaugh, a Shelbyville graduate, finished eighth in the 5,000 (21:36.07) and eighth in the 10,000 (44:21.36).

 

 

Tatlock, a Southwestern graduate, placed second in the javelin (122 feet, three inches) and sixth in the discus (111-8).

 

 

Williams, a Waldron graduate, finished fourth in the discus (141-5).

 

 

Gipson, a Triton Central graduate, finished 17th in the discus (113-8) and 14th in the hammer throw (119-10).

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

Madisen Hinderliter

The Shelbyville graduate placed seventh in the discus (111-6) and eighth in the hammer throw (111-11) for St. Francis (Ind.) Friday in the Grace Lancer Invite in Winona Lake, Indiana.

 

 

Elizabeth Kemper

The Triton Central graduate shot a 2-over par score of 74 Tuesday, tied for the lowest round of the day, to help No. 19 Taylor to a runner-up finish at the Crossroads League Championship at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana.

Kemper’s 74 followed rounds of 83 and 75 for a three-round score of 232 which left her tied for seventh overall in the individual standings.

Indiana Wesleyan, ranked No. 16, defeated Taylor, 911-913 to end Taylor’s four-year run as conference tournament champion.

Taylor must now wait until May 13 to learn if it will receive an at-large selection into the NAIA National Championships which are held May 24-27 at Lincoln Park West in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

 

 

Damon Lux

The Shelbyville graduate had a home run and scored two runs Sunday for Duke in a 14-2 win over High Point.

The Blue Devils are 19-24 this season.

 

 

Hannah File

The Shelbyville graduate went 2-for-4 with a home run Saturday in Louisville’s 5-3 loss to Virginia.

In game one Friday, Louisville defeated the visiting Cavaliers, 5-4. File had a double and a run batted in.

On Sunday, Louisville won the series with a 9-4 victory. File again had a double and a run batted in.

The Cardinals are 26-21 this season. They play at the University of Illinois Chicago tonight ahead of a three-game series beginning Friday at Notre Dame.

 

 

Erica Henry

The Shelbyville graduate pitched 1.1 innings of relief Saturday for Olney Central College in a 9-7 loss at Kaskaskia College. She allowed three hits and one run.

On Thursday, Henry allowed two hits and two runs in one inning of relief work in an 8-0 loss to Lake Land College.

Olney is 29-24 this season.

 

 

Addisenn Weaver

The Shelbyville graduate went 1-for-2 with a walk Saturday for Valparaiso in a 6-2 loss at Illinois State.

In the series finale, Weaver had a hit and a run batted in for the Beacons (12-31, 3-21 Missouri Valley Conference) in a 7-4 loss.

 

 

Cory Taylor

The Shelbyville graduate went 1-for-4 with a run scored for Eastern Michigan Friday in a 6-5 win over Bowling Green.

Eastern Michigan is 19-25 (13-15 Mid-American Conference) this season.

 

 

Katie Mathies

The Shelbyville graduate had a double, a walk and scored a run Monday in No. 6 DePauw’s 9-3 loss at Hiram that marked the end of the regular season.

The loss ended the Tigers’ 18-game win streak and a 45-game conference win streak dating back to 2018 but the North Coast Athletic Conference title was already secured.

DePauw (31-7, 15-1 NCAC) is the No. 1 seed and host school for the NCAC Tournament. The Tigers will face Wooster Friday in the second game of the tournament.

Prep Report: Shelbyville softball stays in HHC title contention with win over Marauders

Class 4A, No. 9 Shelbyville kept itself in title contention in the Hoosier Heritage Conference with a 3-0 victory over Mt. Vernon Tuesday in Shelbyville.

Karissa Hamilton had two hits and scored two of Shelbyville’s three runs.

Brooke Lipperd had two hits, including a double. Hailey Pogue drove in two of Shelbyville’s three runs.

Cheyenne Eads improved to 7-3 for Shelbyville (12-4, 4-1 HHC) with a complete-game performance. The sophomore allowed just two hits and walked four while striking out 14.

Mt. Vernon dropped to 5-6 overall and 1-2 in HHC contests.

The Golden Bears are at 3A No. 9 Danville (11-3) Thursday. The Warriors will be the eighth state-ranked team Shelbyville has faced this season.

In other prep events Tuesday:

 

 

Baseball

Yorktown 20, Shelbyville 11

At Barnett Field in Shelbyville, the Hoosier Heritage Conference game featured 29 hits and 31 runs but the Tigers were able to end Shelbyville’s 6-game win streak.

Yorktown (13-5, 7-4 HHC) scored five times in the second inning, six times in the third and tacked on seven more runs over the final two innings to secure the win.

Hayden Carrow went 5-for-6 with eight runs batted in to lead Yorktown. Cole Temple had three hits, scored three runs and drove in four while Jackson Furnish and Jacob Crim combined for six more RBIs.

Landon Eppard improved to 2-0 on the mound this season. He pitched four innings, allowed four hits and four runs while striking out six.

Luke Brinkman (1-1) took the loss for Shelbyville (10-6, 4-5 HHC).

Asher Balting led the offensive attack with three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs.

Charlie Rife and Logan Prickett each had two RBIs.

Brock Kuhn, Caden Tackett and Dalton Jones each had two hits.

The two teams meet again today in Yorktown.

 

 

North Decatur 12, Waldron 1

At Waldron, the visiting Chargers scored seven runs in the fifth inning to break open a 5-1 game and secure the MHC victory.

North Decatur improved to 6-7 this season and 4-3 against MHC opponents.

Waldron dropped to 4-12 (0-7 MHC).

Jacob Bennett’s RBI-double in the fourth inning scored Eli Sheppard with Waldron’s only run.

The second game of the MHC two-game series is Thursday at North Decatur.

 

 

South Decatur 9, Morristown 8

At Morristown, the visiting Cougars scored seven runs in the fifth inning to escape with the MHC victory.

Avery Seegers had three hits and two RBIs to lead South Decatur (14-2, 7-0 MHC). Colby Rathburn, Cameron Henderson and Devin Pate each had two hits.

Evan Wullenweber earned the win on the mound. He allowed five hits and struck out four in five innings.

Morristown built an 8-2 lead after four innings with hits from Dyllan Rutledge, Sam McDaniel and Lucas Ellis.

The two teams return to the diamond Thursday at South Decatur.

 

 

Boys Golf

Southwestern 188, Waldron 245

At Timbergate Golf Course, the host Spartans posted a season-best score to defeat the Mohawks.

Hunter Pappano and Tristan Pappano shared the medalist honor with identical rounds of 46. Caleb Pappano and Ty Burcham followed with 48s. Justin Swift shot 52.

Lucas Shaw led Waldron with a 58.

Completing the Mohawks’ scorecard were Josh Kellems (61), Matthew Thomas (62), Cole Jones (64) and Jack Fischer (67).

 

 

Softball

Morristown 10, South Decatur 9

At Morristown, the host Yellow Jackets scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh to steal their first Mid-Hoosier Conference win of the season.

Nevaeh Cox had a double and a triple, scored two runs and drove in three to lead Morristown (7-5, 1-4 MHC).

Brandi Enterkin, Alexia Rogers and Kaylin Waltz each had two hits. Rogers scored three runs.

Rhylee Moran earned the win, allowing 11 hits and seven walks while striking out five.

The two teams meet again Thursday at South Decatur.

 

 

Monrovia 9, Triton Central 5

At Monrovia, 12 of the Indiana Crossroads Conference game’s 14 runs were scored in a wild second inning.

Triton Central (3-8, 0-4 ICC) scored five runs in the top of the second but then surrendered seven runs in the bottom half of the inning and never scored again.

Athena McGinness drove in four runs and earned the win in the circle for Monrovia (8-4, 4-1 ICC). The senior allowed two hits and four walks while striking out 12.

Lillian Fillippinie took the loss for Triton Central.

Allison Raquet and Hailey Harris had the only hits for TC.

Triton Central travels to Rushville (6-8) Thursday.

 

 

Girls Tennis

Greensburg 4, Waldron 1

At Greensburg, Waldron’s No. 1 doubles combination of Mackenzie Shaw and Megan Bogemann improved to 8-1 this season with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Ella Chapman and Janae Comer.

The Pirates won the other four matches in straight sets.

At No. 1 singles, Jenna Foster defeated Waldron’s Nichole Garner, 6-2, 6-2.

Abigail Hoeing topped Josee Larrison at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-1.

Josie Nobbe bested Riley Price at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-3.

At No. 2 doubles, Morgan Cain and Hailey Duerstock defeated Audrey Hogg and Emily Tyree, 6-1, 6-2.

Waldron won a junior varsity doubles match when Grace Ross and Alivia Fischer defeated Clair Nobbe and Annie Pumphrey, 6-1.

 

 

New Palestine 3, Southwestern 0

At Southwestern, the visiting Dragons improved to 9-2 this season with wins at No. 1 singles, No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles.

The other two matches were suspended due to inclement weather.

At No. 1 singles, Olivia Hasenkamp defeated Lauryn Blondell, 6-0, 6-0.

Kaitlyn Mitchell produced a 6-0, 6-0 win over Makinze Belton at No. 3 singles.

And Bethany Blachly and Lily Haeberle bested McKinley Correll and Faith Kelley at No. 2 doubles, 6-1, 6-1.

Ella Rice was trailing at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 5-4 when play was halted.

Jo Harvey and Maddy Potter held a 6-2, 5-5 advantage over Southwestern’s Kyla Robertson and Brooklyn Schneider at No. 1 doubles.

Boys volleyball, girls wrestling approved as IHSAA Emerging Sports

If there is enough interest, Shelbyville High School will add girls wrestling and boys volleyball to its athletic lineup in the 2023-2024 school year.

On Monday, the Board of Directors of the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) voted unanimously to add girls wrestling and boys volleyball to its new Emerging Sport Process.

The Emerging Sport Process, approved a year ago by the IHSAA Board of Directors, helps pave the way to becoming a recognized sport.

Girls wrestling and boys volleyball are the first two sports to earn this designation.

The IHSAA will now provide rule books, conduct coaches rules meetings and provide coverage in the IHSAA’s Catastrophic Medical program. Both sports will now be subject to all IHSAA rules and policies, including the General Eligibility Rules.

For a sport to become officially recognized and an IHSAA state tournament be sponsored, 50 percent of the membership must be participating in the sport. The IHSAA currently has 407 member schools around the state.

The Indiana Boys Volleyball Coaches Association (IBVCA) has been administering its state tournament since 1994 while the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association (IHSWCA) has been conducting a girls wrestling state tournament since 2017.

Representatives of both coaching associations submitted requested information including data on participants in Indiana as well as other states, suggested playing rules and potential practice seasons as well as letters of commitment from member schools that either currently sponsor or intend to sponsor a program.

 

 

While there have been attempts to start a boys volleyball club program at Shelbyville High School, there is not a committed base yet to field a program, according to athletic director Jenny DeMuth Hensley.

“We had a little bit of interest for boys volleyball and some have tried to start a club but it never took off,” she said Wednesday morning.

According to the data submitted by the IBVCA, there are 42 schools fielding boys volleyball teams around the state.

 

 

There has not been talk of adding a boys volleyball program at Triton Central High School, according to athletic director Bryan Graham.

There would be concerns about how adding another spring sport would affect participation numbers with current spring sports.

“We have not discussed (boys volleyball),” said Graham. “We still have to look at the numbers for different sports. We went through that when we started the girls soccer program. I think it probably damaged the volleyball program for a few years.

“We have to have both the (participation) numbers and be competitive.”

If Triton Central were to add another sport, boys soccer is the likely frontrunner, but that is not on the athletic agenda for 2023-2024 school year.

Both Shelbyville and Triton Central – Shelby County’s two largest school systems – have had girls competing in wrestling. Neither have had enough girls to fill a full team.

The IHSWCA confirmed 350 girls represented 113 schools in this year’s girls wrestling state tournament.

“Any time we can offer sports to get students involved is a good thing,” said DeMuth Hensley on the possibility of adding two more Golden Bear teams.

In other board business Monday:

  • The board clarified that any student-athlete ejected from a contest due to NFHS playing rules but not deemed unsporting such as a handball in the box during a soccer match or use of an illegal bat in softball, will not be suspended for the next contest. Also, any student-athlete ejected for a second time during a season will be suspended for the next two contests.
  • A coach, contest administrator, school administrator or fan ejected from a contest will be suspended for the next two contests. A second ejection will be a four-game suspension.
  • An amendment to Rule 9-13 proposed by Carmel High School Principal Tom Harmas that would allow the commissioner to reschedule a state tournament contest to Sunday if weather or other emergency situations arose failed 0-19.
  • An amendment to Rule 10-1 by Evansville North Principal John Skinner and the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference failed (2-17) to gain enough support in its current form. The proposal would have eliminated the restrictions on Indiana schools from hosting schools from farther than 300 miles away or being able to compete against a school from beyond the travel limit at an out-of-state event. The board, however, requested that the Executive Staff review and draft another proposal for team and individual sports for its consideration at the next meeting.
  • An amendment to Rule 19-5.1 failed 8-11. Peru Principal Paul Frye proposed when a student’s parents/guardians make a change of residence to a new school district, the student may transfer and attempt to obtain full eligibility in any school located within a 20-mile radius of the new residence when a move of more than 75 miles is made. The same proposal ended in a tie among board members a year ago and was brought back to the agenda this year.
  • With regard to Rule 19-6.2, when a student transfers to a new school without a change of residence, they would have limited eligibility in all sports. An exception to that rule was approved unanimously allowing full eligibility in sports the student has not previously participated in over the last 365 days.
  • The elections for next year’s leadership of the board and Executive Committee also were held. Chris Conley of Delta High School was voted president of the 2022-2023 Board of Directors and Kye Denney of Wes-Del High School was elected vice president. Jeff Doyle of Barr-Reeve High School was named chairman of the 2022-23 Executive Committee and Jim Brown of Fishers High School was confirmed as vice chairman. Brown, Fishers’ athletic director, formerly served as athletic director at Triton Central High School in Fairland.

Morristown girls, TC boys capture county track and field championships

Triton Central used its speed. Morristown leaned on its distance runners. Both plans worked out perfectly at the Shelby County Track and Field Meet Tuesday at Southwestern High School.

Brayden Wilkins and Ethan Cales each won two events, Brad Schultz added more first-place points and the Tigers captured both the 400-meter relay and the 1,600 relay to secure the Shelby County boys track and field championship with 75 points.

Morristown finished runner-up with 55 points. Southwestern was third (54) and Waldron was fourth (38).

Wilkins won the 200 meters in 23.02 seconds with Schultz just .07 behind for second.

Wilkins also won the long jump with a best attempt of 18 feet, 10.75 inches. Fellow Tiger Anthony Dunville was runner-up.

Cales won both hurdling events – taking first in the 110 hurdles in 16.52 and first in the 300 hurdles in 44.19.

Schultz captured first-place points in the 100 with a time of 11.45. Dunville finished third.

“Speed is the strength of our team,” said first-year Triton Central head coach Tim Able. “We are blessed with some fast kids.”

Schultz, Wilkins and Dunville teamed with Ray Crawford to win the 400 relay in 45.17.

Schultz and Wilkins also won the 1,600 relay with Jace Stuckey and Brady Hackworth in 3:46.2.

And the Tigers got second- and third-place points from Hadyn Ball, Jared Schweitzer and William Baugh in the discus and shot put events.

“The game plan was for our throwers, long jumpers and sprinters to get high (finishes),” said Able. “We had to do that.”

Morristown got event wins from Cade Mahin (2:15.92 in 400), Jacob Batten (2:15.92 in 800) and Tyler Schonfeld (5-2 in high jump).

Waldron’s Will Larrison won both the 1,600 (5:01.69) and 3,200 (11:30.72). Braylon Williams won the shot put competition with a throw of 44-7.5.

Southwestern’s Jonah DeArmitt took first place in the discus (114-1). Dane Kissell, Ryan Griffin, Koty Claiborne and Carter Snepp won the 3,200 relay in 9:09.72.

Morristown (photo) clinched the girls championship with a win in the meet’s final event – the 1,600 relay. The Yellow Jackets’ quartet of Gracie Laster, Raegan Kleine, Emma Wiggins and Maggie Lutes crossed the finish line in 4:42.81 to set their team total at 70 points.

That left Southwestern as the runner-up (62). Triton Central was third (49), finishing ahead of Waldron (45).

For Morristown, Kleine won the 1,600 in 6:01.73 while Grace McLaughlin captured the win in the 3,200 in 14:34.58. McLaughlin also finished third in the 1,600.

Kindall Dorsey grabbed the win in the discus with a top throw of 83-7.

The Yellow Jackets also won the 3,200 relay with Kleine, Laster, Lutes and Eva Champigneulle in 13:04.13.

Southwestern’s Alison Muck won two individual events – the 100 hurdles in 16.43 and the 200 in 27.75.

Muck also was part of Southwestern’s winning 400 relay team (54.28) with Emma Estes, Mikayla Claiborne and Lilly Rooks.

Rooks won the long jump at 16-1.5.

Triton Central’s Madison Brown won the 100 (13.7), the 400 (1:06.05) and the high jump (5-0).

Waldron’s event wins came from Lillian Lozier (54.22 in 300 hurdles), Hadlie Ross (2:40 in 800) and Madalyn Hudnall (30-11.75 in shot put).

IHSAA releases new sectional assignments for football, basketball, soccer and volleyball

Shelbyville athletics is on the sectional move once again in football, basketball and volleyball.

The Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Executive Committee approved the sectional assignments Tuesday in six team sports for the next two school years.

The Executive Committee accepted the recommendations of the respective realignment committees which determined the sectional groups for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years.

Football

Shelbyville football moves to Class 4A, Sectional 23 and is grouped with Bedford North Lawrence, East Central, Edgewood, Greenwood, Jennings County, Martinsville and Silver Creek.

Sectional 22 features five Hoosier Heritage Conference schools – Greenfield-Central, Pendleton Heights, Mt. Vernon, New Castle and New Palestine. The other three schools are Beech Grove, Connersville and Richmond.

Triton Central football finds itself still looking south for sectional competition but an Indiana Crossroads Conference rival is joining Class 2A, Sectional 39.

Triton Central and Scecina are grouped with Brown County, Brownstown Central, Christel House, Clarksville, Eastern (Pekin) and Switzerland County in Sectional 39.

Basketball

Shelbyville basketball, both boys and girls, is looking at a mix of its last two sectional groupings in Class 4A.

Sectional 14 now includes Columbus East, Columbus North, East Central, Franklin, Shelbyville and Whiteland.

Class 2A, Sectional 42 has five teams – Eastern Hancock, Scecina, Irvington Prep, Riverside and Triton Central.

Class A, Sectional 60 is loaded with teams with deep rivalries. The seven-team sectional now includes Edinburgh, Jac-Cen-Del, Morristown, Oldenburg Academy, South Decatur, Southwestern and Waldron.

Hauser moves up to Class 2A and will compete in Sectional 45 with Milan, North Decatur, South Ripley and Switzerland County.

Boys Soccer

Shelbyville sits in Class 3A, Sectional 12 with three HHC schools. The seven-team field features Connersville, East Central, Greenfield-Central, Mt. Vernon, New Palestine and Richmond, along with the Golden Bears.

Morristown and Southwestern soccer will not compete in the same sectional.

Morristown is assigned to Class A, Sectional 44 with Knightstown, Oldenburg Academy, Seton Catholic, Union County and Wapahani.

Southwestern is in Sectional 42 with Central Christian Academy, Hauser, Lutheran, Indiana Math & Science, Irvington Prep, Victory College Prep and Waldron – who has not fielded a team in recent years.

Girls Soccer

Shelbyville is in Class 3A – the state’s largest classification – with East Central, Greenfield-Central, Mt. Vernon, New Palestine and Richmond.

In Class A, Sectional 44, Triton Central is grouped with Knightstown, Morristown, Muncie Burris, Union County and Wapahani. Morristown has not fielded a girls’ soccer team in several years.

Volleyball

Shelby County’s five volleyball programs’ sectional assignments are identical to the boys basketball groupings.

Shelbyville will compete against Columbus East, Columbus North, East Central, Franklin and Whiteland.

Triton Central is with Eastern Hancock, Scecina, Irvington Prep and Riverside.

Morristown, Southwestern and Waldron are in the seven-team sectional with Edinburgh, Jac-Cen-Del, Oldenburg Academy and South Decatur.

Three committees consisting of school administrators representing each IHSAA district and class were constructed to realign the sports.

The football committee totaled 18 administrators, the basketball and volleyball committee was made up of 12 members and the soccer committee consisted of nine individuals.

The baseball and softball realignment committee will meet this summer after both state tournaments conclude in June with their sectional recommendations being presented to the Executive Committee for approval at its August meeting.

Host sites for the next two years will be determined by administrators in each sectional this summer.

Hendricks girls, Loper boys win elementary track and field championships

Every point mattered Monday at the Shelbyville Elementary Championships track and field meet at McKeand Stadium at Shelbyville High School.

Hendricks Elementary won the girls team title by one point over Coulston Elementary.

Loper Elementary (photo) captured the boys team title by six points over Coulston, 50-44.

Hendricks won three of the nine events contested, including both sprint races, and used its team depth to hold off Coulston for a 45-44 victory in the girls meet.

Annabelle Bringle won the 100-meter dash in 16.91 seconds. Coulston’s Makayla Tart was second at 16.99 with Loper’s Mila Eads in third (17.88).

Bringle’s teammate, Aris Buis, won the 200 in 35.71. Bringle was second in 35.46 while fellow Hendricks runner Mia McNicholas was third (37.28).

Hendricks’ other event winner was Lillyann Coleman in the long jump. Her best leap of five feet, 8.75 inches bested Hendricks’ Hannah Shouse (5-8.25) and Coulston’s Alessia Rolon (5-7).

Coulston’s Mia Boger won the 400 in 1:21.21. St. Joseph’s Jocelyn McFarland was runner-up in 1:22.15. McNicholas was third (1:22.43).

St. Joseph’s America Leon-Torres was first across the finish line in the 800 (3:15.07). Boger was second (3:22.66) while St. Joseph’s Maggie Kolkmeier finished third (3:49.69).

Coulston’s Chloe Caldwell won the 1,600 – the longest race of the event. She completed four laps around the McKeand Stadium track in 6:49.83. McFarland was second in 7:11.40. Shouse finished third (7:46.28).

Coulston won both relay races and set a meet record in winning the 1,600 relay.

The Comets’ time of 5:42.41 eclipsed the old record of 6:03.64 set by Hendricks in 2010.

Coulston also won the 400 relay in 1:09.48.

Loper’s Kailey Hinchman took first place in the softball throw. Her distance of 107-9 easily topped Coulston’s Murillo Villafranco (86-9) and St. Joseph’s Abby Gwinnup (86-0).

Loper Elementary also had three event wins to capture the boys team title.

Kellen Coffey was the fastest sprinter, winning the 100 in 15.54. He was followed across the finish line by classmates Caleb Agosto-Valentine (15.86) and Samuel Chapman (16.65).

Loper’s Skylar Sale won the 400 in 1:17.07. St. Joseph’s Bram Kolkmeier was runner-up (1:17.95). Coulston’s Kirato Kawakawi finished third (1:20.12).

Loper’s other event win came in the softball throw. Kellen Coffey’s best effort of 138-5 held off Hendricks’ Jake Fewell (130-4) and Loper’s Landon Brown (122-3) for first place.

Coulston’s Brayden Nigh won the 200 in 24.54. Loper’s Kendrick Hook (35.0) and Chapman (35.6) were second and third, respectively.

Coulston’s Alex Staker was the top distance runner, taking first place in the 800 (2:58.3) and 1,600 (6:16.75).

Fewell was runner-up in the 800 (3:05.43) with Kolkmeier finishing third (3:08.47).

St. Joseph’s Camden Thoman finished second in the 1,600 (6:23.25) and Loper’s Chase Mulrooney was third (7:32.38).

Thoman won the long jump event (7-4.25). Coulston’s Lane Haehl (6-2.75) and Loper’s Jaxon Scheffe (5-11) placed second and third.

St. Joseph won the 400 relay in 1:06.25.

Coulston took first place in the 1,600 relay in 5:56.09.

All participants were fourth- and fifth-graders at one of the four elementary schools in Shelbyville.

Prep Report: Tackett delivers Shelbyville walk-off win over Columbus North

Shelbyville baseball collected a signature win Monday at Barnett Field.

Facing potential sectional opponent Columbus North, a team ranked just outside the top 10 in this week’s state coaches poll, the Golden Bears overcame a three-run fifth inning with a two-run sixth and a game-winning run in the seventh for a 4-3 victory.

Caden Tackett’s third hit of the game drove in the final run against the Bull Dogs (11-3-2).

Shelbyville won its sixth straight to improve to 10-5 this season.

Sophomore Kade McNicholas earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief work.

Luke Jackson, another sophomore, started on the mound and scattered seven hits over five innings while striking out four.

Zach Wager had three hits and drove in a run for Columbus North.

Sophomore Zach McLean took the loss. The right-hander allowed four runs on six hits.

Charlie Rife put Shelbyville up 1-0 in the bottom of the first with a solo home run – his third home run of the season.

Asher Balting’s sacrifice fly in the sixth inning tied the game.

Shelbyville (4-4 Hoosier Heritage Conference) hosts Yorktown (12-5, 6-4 HHC) today at Barnett Field.

In other prep events Monday:

 

 

Baseball

Morristown 2, Bethesda Christian 1

At Morristown, senior Jake Rains twirled a two-hitter to lead the Yellow Jackets (8-4) to their fourth-straight win.

Bryce Bryant had three hits, including a double, and drove in a run. Lucas Ellis had two hits and drove in a run.

Brandon Harlow had two hits for Bethesda Christian (7-5-1).

Morristown (4-2 Mid-Hoosier Conference) hosts South Decatur (13-2, 6-0 MHC) today.

 

 

Lutheran 14, Waldron 2

At Lutheran, the host Saints scored six runs in the bottom of the first which proved enough for pitchers Owen Lecher and Cade Tabit.

Lecher worked three innings and allowed two hits and three walks. Tabit pitched the final two innings.

Eli Sheppard took the loss for Waldron (4-11).

Jared Brooks had two hits.

Ethan Hill had a home run and drove in four to lead Lutheran (9-6). Josiah King had three hits and two RBIs. Cole Perkins had two hits and scored two runs.

Waldron (0-6 MHC) hosts North Decatur (5-7, 3-3 MHC) today.

 

 

Boys Golf

Shelbyville 173, Connersville 179, Knightstown 216

At Willowbrook Country Club in Connersville, the Golden Bears secured their fifth-straight dual match victory.

Jake Garrison, Brock Wischmeyer and DaMiles McDuffey each posted 43s to lead Shelbyville. Eli Baker was one shot back at 44.

Connersville’s Conner Graves was the medalist with a 5-over par score of 41.

Peyton Inman led Knightstown with a 42.

Shelbyville travels to Hillcrest Golf & Country Club in Batesville Saturday for the Batesville Invitational.

 

 

Softball

Whiteland 1, Shelbyville 0

At Whiteland, Debbie Hill drove in Emma Pierce for the game’s only run in the bottom of the seventh inning to keep Class 4A, No. 2 Whiteland unbeaten this season.

Hill improved to 11-0 in the circle and lowered her earned run average to 0.56 with a complete-game shutout of the Golden Bears. The senior allowed just two hits while striking out 15.

Cheyenne Eads took the loss for 4A No. 9 Shelbyville. The sophomore scattered seven hits and walked three while striking out four.

Shelbyville (11-4, 3-1 Hoosier Heritage Conference) is at Mt. Vernon (5-5, 1-1 HHC) today.

 

 

Knightstown 2, Triton Central 1

At Knightstown, the host Panthers pushed two runs across the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning and Zoe Beabout kept the Tigers in check.

Beabout pitched a complete game to push Knightstown’s record to 7-7 this season.

Lillian Fillippinie took the loss for Triton Central (3-7). The freshman allowed two hits and struck out 10.

Triton Central is at Monrovia today.

 

 

Girls Tennis

New Palestine 4, Waldron 1

At Waldron, the Mohawks’ No. 1 doubles pairing of Mackenzie Shaw and Megan Bogemann improved to 7-1 this season with a 6-1, 6-2 win over New Palestine’s Josephine Harvey and Madelyn Potter.

At No. 1 singles, New Palestine’s Olivia Hasenkamp defeated Nichole Garner, 6-2, 6-1.

In a three-set match at No. 2 singles, Waldron’s Josee Larrison lost to Amelia Knoop, 6-3, 1-6, 10-8.

Kaitlyn Mitchell defeated Waldron’s Riley Price at No. 3 singles, 6-3, 6-0.

At No. 2 doubles, Lily Haeberle and Bethany Blackly defeated Waldron’s Emily Tyree and Audrey Hogg, 6-0, 6-2.

Waldron plays at Greensburg today.

 

 

Edinburgh 3, Southwestern 2

At Southwestern, the host Spartans won both doubles matches.

At No. 1 doubles, Brooke Schneider and Kyla Robertson improved to 5-5 this season with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Alyssa Funkhouser and Jillian Turner.

Southwestern’s No. 2 doubles pairing of Faith Kelley and McKinley Correll upped their record to 8-2 with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Gracie Myers and Zoey Sida.

At No. 1 singles, Edinburgh’s Bethany Burton defeated Lauryn Blondell, 6-2, 6-2.

Jessica Walsh topped Southwestern’s Ella Rice at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 7-5.

And Peyton Bryant completed the Edinburgh victory with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Makinze Belton.

Southwestern hosts New Palestine today.

 

 

Triton Central 5, Beech Grove 0

At Beech Grove, the visiting Tigers improved to 7-4 this season after dropping just two games.

Julia Sanders, Emma Hutchinson and Lelia Chougule each won singles matches, 6-0, 6-0.

At No. 1 doubles, Kelsey McGuire and Alyssa Wheatley defeated Kristin Lamb and Lilly Dailey, 6-1, 6-1 to improve to 7-4 this season.

Sarah Williams and Olivia Martin pushed their No. 2 doubles record to 5-1 this season with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Lindsey Bombard and Riley Wynn.

Triton Central is at Edinburgh Wednesday.

 

 

Rushville Invitational

Morristown finished 0-3 Saturday in Rushville.

Cambridge City Lincoln defeated the Yellow Jackets, 5-0.

In its second match, Tri topped Morristown, 4-1.

At No. 1 doubles, Morristown’s Brianna Batton and Katie Hillock prevailed over Alexia Armstrong and Naliyah Walker, 7-6 (5), 7-5.

Rushville shut out Morristown, 5-0, in the final match of the day.

Batton and Hillock produced the most competitive match in a 6-2, 7-6 (2) loss to Cora Emoney and Mallory McDaniel.

Morristown travels to Eastern Hancock today.

State Softball Tournament sectional pairings announced by IHSAA

Columbus North denied Shelbyville a sectional championship in 2021 and now the Golden Bears know when a potential postseason rematch will take place in Bloomington.

On Sunday, the Indiana High School Athletic Association released the softball sectional pairings for the 37th Annual Softball State Tournament.

A total of 372 teams will vie for four state championships June 10-11 at Purdue University’s Bittinger Stadium in West Lafayette.

Sectional tournaments run from May 23-28 with 64 champions advancing to one-game regionals on May 31. Four-team semistates follow on June 4.

The Class 4A Bloomington North Sectional features a pair of state-ranked teams and two more teams with winning records as the month of May begins.

In the sectional opener, 4A No. 6 Columbus North (14-2), the defending sectional champion, takes on East Central (9-5). The Bull Dogs defeated East Central, 11-0, on March 31.

In the second quarterfinal contest, 4A No. 9 Shelbyville (11-3) battles Bloomington South (11-3). The two teams will not meet in the regular season.

The Columbus North-East Central winner advances to face Bloomington North (5-8) in the first semifinal game.

The Shelbyville-Bloomington South winner draws Columbus East (6-11-1) in the second semifinal.

The winner of the Bloomington North Sectional will host the Mooresville Sectional champion in the one-game regional.

The Mooresville Sectional features No. 3 Mooresville and No. 11 Center Grove, who will meet in the first game of that sectional.

The regional champion will travel to Bedford North Lawrence for the semistate round.

Eastern Hancock, ranked No. 12 in this week’s state coaches poll, is the host school for a Class 2A sectional.

The Royals (8-2-1) will open the sectional in the first game against Knightstown (6-7). The winner advances to face Heritage Christian (6-6) in the semifinals.

The other semifinal pits Triton Central (3-6) against Indianapolis Scecina (3-7). Those two teams meet later this month in an Indiana Crossroads Conference contest.

The sectional champion will host the Union County Sectional champion in the regional round. Union County is ranked No. 4 in this week’s poll.

The 2A semistate is hosted by Forest Park.

Indianapolis Lutheran hosts a Class A sectional that features both Morristown and Waldron.

The host Saints (6-6) kick off the tournament against Edinburgh (8-7). The winner faces Waldron (0-5) in the semifinals.

The other semifinal pits Greenwood Christian (3-3) and Morristown (6-5).

The Lutheran Sectional champion will play at the Rising Sun Sectional champion in the regional round. Class A No. 4 Hauser and No. 5 Rising Sun are on track to meet in the sectional championship game at Rising Sun.

The Class A semistate tournament is hosted by North Daviess.

Shelbyville softball rises back into top 10 in state coaches poll

Shelbyville High School’s softball team moved back into the top 10 this week in the state coaches poll.

The new Softball Coaches Association of Indiana state poll was released Monday afternoon and the Golden Bears are ranked No. 9 – two spots higher than last week when it fell out of the top 10 for the first time this season.

Roncalli (15-0), the defending state champions, are still No. 1 in the Class 4A poll but with New Palestine dropping to No. 5 this week, Whiteland (14-0) rises to No. 2 with Mooresville and Bedford North Lawrence now ahead of the Dragons, who lost at Shelbyville Thursday, 7-5, and Saturday to Roncalli, 15-5.

The second five in the 4A top 10 are Columbus North, Pendleton Heights, Lake Central, Shelbyville and Harrison (West Lafayette).

 

 

Shelbyville (11-3) can strengthen its climb in the state rankings today when it plays at Whiteland and Thursday at Danville.

There is a new No. 1 in Class 3A. Yorktown, the previous No. 1, slips to No. 3 with South Bend St. Joseph (12-0) taking over the top spot. Tri-West Hendricks is No. 2.

Benton Central is No. 4 ahead of Gibson Southern, New Prairie, Connersville, Scottsburg, Cathedral and Danville (11-2).

Pioneer (14-1) remains No. 1 in the Class 2A poll. Hebron is No 2 followed by Sullivan, Union County, Madison-Grant, South Vermillion, Boone Grove, Evansville Mater Dei, North Posey and Eastside.

Eastern Hancock is No. 12.

Tecumseh (12-4) remains No. 1 in Class A ahead of Caston, Clay City, Hauser, Rising Sun, West Washington, West Central Rossville, South Central (Union Mills), Cowan and Fremont.

IHSAA announces sectional pairings for 55th Annual Baseball State Tournament

A field of 383 teams learned their sectional pairings Sunday for the 55th Annual Indiana High School Athletic Association Baseball State Tournament.

Sectional competition begins May 25 and continues through May 30 (Memorial Day), with 64 champions advancing to four-team regionals on June 4.

The 16 regional winners will be assigned to four semistate sites and play a single game on June 11, with the winners moving on to their respective state championship games.

The four state championship games will be played at Victory Field in Indianapolis for the 24th year. This year’s games will be played in a doubleheader format on June 17 and June 18.

Shelbyville (9-5) was slotted into game two of the Class 4A sectional against the host school, Bloomington South (8-6).

In the opener, Columbus North (11-2-2) will take on East Central (9-5).

The winner of those two games will meet in the semifinal round. The other semifinal pits Columbus East (6-9-1) against Bloomington North (2-5).

Shelbyville and Bloomington South will not meet during the regular season. The Golden Bears host Columbus North today at Barnett Field.

The Bloomington South Sectional champion advances to the Jasper Regional to face the winner of the Center Grove Sectional, which features Class 4A, No. 1 Center Grove (15-1-1).

Triton Central (7-6) travels to Indianapolis Scecina for a Class 2A sectional where it will face the host Crusaders (6-7) in the opening game. The two teams meet twice this week for Indiana Crossroads Conference contests.

The winner of the sectional opener will face Eastern Hancock (3-12) in the semifinal round. The other semifinal features Knightstown (3-8-1) against Heritage Christian (11-4).

The Scecina Sectional champion advances to the Park Tudor Regional to face the Parke Heritage Sectional champion.

Morristown is again the host site for a Class A sectional tournament.

In the opener, Greenwood Christian (7-6) will take on the host Yellow Jackets (7-4).

In game two, Southwestern (4-9) battles Indianapolis Lutheran (8-6).

The winner of those two games meet in the semifinals.

The other semifinal pits Waldron (4-10) against Edinburgh (2-11).

The winner of the sectional returns to Morristown for a regional tournament. The Morristown Sectional champion will meet the Indiana Deaf Sectional champion in game two of the regional.

Center Grove ranked No. 1 in state baseball coaches new Class 4A poll

Barr-Reeve, Carroll (Flora), Andrean and Center Grove are the top-ranked baseball teams in this week’s Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association state poll.

Barr-Reeve is the top team in Class A.

South Central (Union Mills) is No. 2 ahead of Borden, Lafayette Central Catholic, Union City, North Daviess, Shakamak, Loogootee, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian and Clay City.

Unbeaten Carroll (Flora) is ranked No. 1 in Class 2A.

Wapahani is No. 2 followed by University, Eastern (Greentown), Cascade, Centerville, Forest Park, Monroe Central, Delphi and Eastern (Greene).

Andrean, with one loss this season, held off unbeaten Western for the No. 1 ranking in Class 3A.

Brebeuf is No. 3 ahead of Crawfordsville, West Vigo, Silver Creek, Batesville, New Castle, Heritage and Guerin Catholic.

Center Grove sits atop the Class 4A poll with Jasper, Mooresville, Evansville North, Carroll (Fort Wayne), Fishers, Castle, Lake Central, Westfield and LaPorte in pursuit.

Prep Report: Shelbyville golf finishes fourth at Trinity Lutheran Invitational

Four Shelbyville golfers finished within three strokes of each other to earn a fourth-place finish Saturday at the Trinity Lutheran Invitational in Seymour.

Playing at Shadowood Golf Course, Jake Garrison and Brock Wischmeyer each carded 18-hole scores of 90 to lead the Golden Bears.

DaMiles McDuffey finished two shots back at 92 and Eli Baker carded 93 to set the Golden Bears’ score at 365.

Fishers won the event by 17 strokes over North Decatur, 320-337. Greenwood Christian was third at 339 followed by Shelbyville, Batesville (383), Trinity Lutheran (402), Seymour (477) and Eastern (Pekin) (480).

North Decatur’s Colin Bryant was the medalist with a three-over par score of 75.

Shelbyville travels to Connersville today for a three-team match with Knightstown.

In other prep events Saturday:

 

 

Softball

Tri 18, Morristown 4

At Morristown, the visiting Titans (5-7) scored eight runs in the second inning and nine more in the third to secure the win.

Kennadi Knepley had two hits, scored three runs and drove in three to lead the Titans.

Alexia Rogers went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a run batted in for Morristown (6-5).

Morristown hosts South Decatur Tuesday.

 

 

Girls Tennis

Whiteland Invitational

Shelbyville finished 1-2, scoring a 5-0 win over International.

Jaidyn Tackett needed three sets to complete the sweep for the Golden Bears.

Emma Sandman and Ella Connolly lost a total of four games in winning at No. 2 singles and No. 3 singles, respectively.

Karlie Lawson and Renee Aldridge won at No. 1 doubles, 6-1, 6-1.

Riley Lee and Sydney Baker were victorious at No. 2 doubles, 7-5, 6-2.

Shelbyville lost to University, 3-2.

Tackett and the doubles pairing of Lee and Baker produced the Golden Bear wins.

Whiteland swept Shelbyville, 5-0.

Shelbyville is at Greenfield-Central Tuesday.

 

 

Jennings County 4, Southwestern 1

At Southwestern, the No. 2 doubles team of McKinley Correll and Faith Kelley improved to 7-2 this season with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Caitlyn Schuck and Amy Vogel to produce the host Spartans’ lone win.

At No. 1 singles, Jennings County’s Reagan Brown defeated Lauryn Blondell, 6-0, 6-0.

Tatum Brown bested Ella Rice at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-1.

Sophia Lucas topped Makinze Belton at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-0.

At No. 1 doubles, Lucy Brown and Maria Alberti needed three sets to defeat Southwestern’s Kyla Robertson and Brooke Schneider, 6-3, 4-6, 10-7.

Southwestern hosts Edinburgh today.

 

 

Track and Field

Muncie Central Bearcat Invitational

Waldron scored a trio of top-eight finishes.

Cheyenne Lozier placed sixth in the 200 meters (28.6 seconds).

Hadlie Ross finished third in the 800 (2:37.87).

And Lillian Lozier took fourth in the 300 hurdles (55.73).

Muncie Central captured the team title with 113 points. Delta was runner-up at 111 and finished ahead of Yorktown (92), Jay County (90), Richmond (74), Anderson (50), Muncie Burris (38) and Waldron (16).

Prep Report: Shelbyville softball cruises to 17-0 win over Batesville

Class 4A, No. 11 Shelbyville used a 10-run first inning to roll to a 17-0 victory over Batesville (1-12) Friday in Shelbyville.

Aaliyah Lewis was the benefactor of the run support. The right-hander allowed just three Batesville singles to secure the win in the pitcher’s circle.

The Golden Bears improved to 11-3 this season and face 4A No. 5 Whiteland (11-0) today.

In other prep events Friday:

 

 

Baseball

Shelbyville 7, Batesville 5

At Shelbyville, Luke Brinkman collected his first win of the season with a complete-game performance against the visiting Bulldogs (12-4).

The sophomore scattered eight hits and walked four while striking out five.

Dalton Jones had two hits and Luke Jackson and Caden Tackett each drove in a pair of runs to lead the Golden Bears (9-5).

Zach Wade had two of Batesville’s seven hits in the loss.

 

 

Triton Central 2, Speedway 0

At Triton Central, Hunter May tossed a two-hitter and struck out 11 to lead the host Tigers to the Indiana Crossroads Conference victory.

May also had two hits and drove in a run.

Matt Shircliff had two hits and Quintin Potts drove in the Tigers’ only other run to push his team’s record to 7-6 (5-3 ICC).

Speedway dropped to 3-7 (3-5 ICC).

 

 

Morristown 9, Edinburgh 0

At Edinburgh, the visiting Yellow Jackets scored four runs in the top of the first inning and Bryce Bryant took care of the rest.

The sophomore allowed just two hits and struck out five in a complete game performance for Morristown (7-4, 4-2 MHC).

Bryant also had two hits, scored two runs and collected three RBIs.

Kamdyn Gaines went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

Landen Burton had two hits for Edinburgh (2-11, 0-8 MHC).

 

 

South Decatur 5, Waldron 2

At Waldron, Hunter Johnson had two hits and two RBIs to keep South Decatur (13-2, 6-0 MHC) unbeaten in conference games.

Devin Pate allowed five hits and struck out six to earn the win.

Zaydun Sharp had three hits.

Waldron dropped to 4-10 (0-6 MHC).

 

 

Softball

South Decatur 16, Waldron 6

At Waldron, the visiting Cougars (2-9) scored four runs in the third and fourth innings to take control and complete the two-game sweep of Waldron (0-5).

Madalyn Hudnall had a double and a home run for Waldron.

Alyssa Benson took the loss in the circle, allowing 15 hits while striking out eight.

 

 

Edinburgh 15, Morristown 0

At Edinburgh, the host Lancers (8-7, 4-4 Mid-Hoosier Conference) scored 11 runs in the first two innings to finish off the Yellow Jackets (6-4, 0-4 MHC).

Kaylin Waltz had the only Morristown hit off Edinburgh starting pitcher Mackenzie Bieker. The sophomore allowed one hit, walked one and struck out seven.

Alexia Rogers took the loss for Morristown.

Gracie Crawhorn went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and four runs batted in.

 

 

Triton Central 4, Heritage Christian 1

At Heritage Christian, Brylie Couch hit her second home run of the season and recorded 13 strikeouts to lead the visiting Tigers to their third win of the season.

A three-run third inning was enough for Couch and Triton Central (3-6). The freshman scattered six hits and allowed just one run.

Alayna Tesnar took the loss for Heritage Christian (6-6). She allowed five hits and walked one while striking out 11.

Allison Raquet, Jayda McKee and Lillian Fillippinie each had two hits for TC.

 

 

Girls Tennis

Triton Central 3, Waldron 2

At Waldron, the visiting Tigers won two of the three singles matches and were victorious at No. 2 doubles to defeat the Mohawks.

At No. 1 singles, Julia Sanders defeated Waldron’s Nichole Garner, 6-1, 6-3.

Lelia Chougule bested Waldron’s Emily Tyree at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-0.

Triton Central’s Olivia Martin and Sarah Williams added a third win at No. 2 doubles, 6-1, 6-0 over Alivia Fischer and Grace Ross.

Waldron’s Josee Larrison defeated Emma Hutchinson at No. 2 singles, 6-4, 6-3.

And Waldron’s Mackenzie Shaw and Megan Bogemann improved to 6-1 this season at No. 1 doubles with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Alyssa Wheatley and Kelsey McGuire.

 

 

Track and Field

Park Tudor Invitational

Lilly Stoddard took first place in one event and was runner-up in two more to lead Morristown to a fourth-place finish.

Stoddard won the 100-meter hurdles (17.37 seconds) and was second in the high jump (four feet, six inches) and long jump (15-5).

Also producing top-five finishes for the Yellow Jackets were Maggie Lutes (fifth in 400, 1:06.52), Raegan Kleine (fourth in 800, 2:48.82; fifth in 1,600, 6:05.74), Grace McLaughlin (fifth in 1,200, 4:51.86) and Oakleigh Goedde (fourth in high jump, 4-4; fifth in long jump, 14-1).

Morristown’s 3,200 relay team of Gracie Laster, Eva Champigneulle, Kleine and Lutes finished second in 11:21.24.

Park Tudor won the girls event with 99 points. Frankton (84) was second ahead of University (60), Morristown (55) and Lutheran (40).

Morristown’s boys program finished tied for sixth in the team standings. The top five were Frankton (80), Speedway (88), Lutheran (88), Park Tudor (87) and Scecina (31). Morristown tied with Seton Catholic for sixth place with 30 points.

Top-five finishers for Morristown were Tyler Schonfeld (fourth in 100, 11.77; third in 200, 23.38), Cade Mahin (fifth in 400, 54.85), Jacob Batten (third in 800, 2:10.02) and Chase Theobald (fourth in shot put, 39-6).

Morristown’s 3,200 relay team of Zavier Poole, Luke Stidham, Juriah Riley and Batten finished third in 9:42.04.

 

 

New Castle Invitational

With a strong showing from its sprinters, Triton Central finished fourth in the boys team standings.

Brad Schultz won the 100 (11.25), 200 (23.38) and was part of the winning 400 relay team.

Schultz teamed with Ray Crawford, Brayden Wilkins and Anthony Dunville to cross the finish line in 44.47 seconds.

Wilkins was the runner-up in the 200 (23.42) and the long jump (19-6.5).

Wapahani won the team title with 141 points. Connersville (100) was second ahead of New Castle (68), Triton Central (58), Anderson (48) and Jay County (47).

Madison Brown won the high jump (5-0) and long jump (15-4.5) for Triton Central.

Also scoring top-three finishes for the Tigers were Hallie Schweitzer (third in 800, 2:41.02), Kate Spegal (third in 100 hurdles, 18.37) and Elaina Maurice (third in long jump, 13-10).

New Castle won the girls team title with 76 points. Connersville (72) was runner-up ahead of Wapahani (57) and Triton Central (22).

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