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ICC showdown: Triton Central's offense vs. Scecina's defense in battle of top-10 ranked programs

Triton Central’s high-powered offense will be tested by Indianapolis Scecina’s ultra-stingy defense Friday in a battle of two of Class 2A’s top programs.

Class 2A, No. 6 Triton Central (5-1, 3-1 Indiana Crossroads Conference) is averaging 42 points per game. The Tigers scored 51 points in the first half last week against Indianapolis Ritter.

Class 2A, No. 5 Scecina (5-1, 3-1 ICC) already has two shutouts this season and allowed just 34 points in the first five weeks. Last week, the Crusaders’ defense held Class A, No. 1 Lutheran in check in a 28-19 loss – their first of the season. The Saints are averaging 49 ppg through the first six weeks of the season.

In contrast, Lutheran scored 54 points in week three’s 54-41 win in Fairland.

“They are an outstanding defensive team … they have been the last two or three years,” said Triton Central head coach Tim Able.

Head coach Ott Hurrle morphs his defense to face the challenge ahead. The Crusaders have played with three down linemen at times and with a more traditional four-man front.

“It depends on what we get as to how we attack them,” said Able. “They have played a different defense that last two weeks.”

That uncertainty will not leave Able unprepared. The Tigers have failed to score a point in three of the last five meetings with Scecina so flipping the script to something new is not necessary believes Able.

Offensively, Scecina is more successful running the ball than throwing it around the field.

Senior running back Brandon Fitts-Ramsey has nearly twice as many attempts as junior quarterback David Mendez and 549 yards and eight touchdowns.

“We have to close the running lanes on (Fitts-Ramsey),” said Able. “He is a very explosive runner.”

Mendez is the Crusaders’ second-leading rusher at 187 yards and four TDs. When he drops back to pass, Mendez has completed 48% of his attempts for 640 yards and seven TDs.

“(Mendez) has a good arm,” said Able. “He is athletic and elusive too. We have got to contain him in the pocket.”

Senior Mason Beriault, an All-ICC performer in 2021, leads the team with 14 catches for 410 yards and four TDs.

Triton Central counters with its own dynamic trio of junior quarterback Jace Stuckey, junior running back Ray Crawford and senior receiver Brad Schultz.

With 315 yards passing and three TDs in last week’s win over Ritter, Stuckey has surpassed 3,000 career passing yards, which has him fifth all-time in the Triton Central program.

Stuckey needs 343 more yards to pass Keith Ducker (3,367 yards) for fourth on the list.

Crawford passed Tedd Stokes for No. 3 on TC’s career rushing yards record board against Ritter. In two-and-a-half varsity seasons, Crawford has racked up 3,172 yards and 32 total touchdowns.

Schultz, who is averaging nearly 141 yards receiving per game this season, needs just 83 yards Friday to become Triton Central’s career leader in receiving yards.

Dakota Nelson (2009-2012) holds the record at 1,717 yards on 118 receptions. Schultz currently has 1,635 yards on just 85 catches.

Other notable players to watch Friday include Scecina senior Tamir Woods, who has 53 total tackles, 17 tackles for loss and eight quarterback sacks. Woods was named All-ICC in 2021.

Able also expects to see Beriault, who leads Scecina with 58 total tackles, to shadow Schultz from his strong safety position.

With the injury to Triton Central senior receiver Luke Faust, junior Mason Compton has filled the void to become a reliable No. 2 target for Stuckey. Compton has 11 receptions for 226 yards and two TDs. He also has 25 total tackles on defense and three interceptions.

The winner of Friday’s game will take over sole possession of second place in the ICC standings behind Lutheran (6-0, 5-0 ICC).

Triton Central and Scecina could meet again in the postseason after sectional realignment placed both teams in Sectional 39 along with Class 2A, No. 13 Brownstown Central (4-2).

 

 

QUICK FACTS:

Class 2A, No. 6 Triton Central vs. Class 2A, No. 5 Indianapolis Scecina

Game time: 7 p.m. at Manual High School, 2405 Madison Avenue in Indianapolis. Tickets will be $6 at the gate – cash only.

Broadcast time: 6 p.m. pregame show live from Manual High School with Johnny McCrory and Mark Drake on GIANT fm (96.5 fm, 106.3 fm, 1520 am) or on the GIANT fm app.

Head coaches: Tim Able, 85-33 in 10th year at Triton Central; 210-131 in 29th year overall; Ott Hurrle, 219-145 in 31st year at Scecina, 220-154 in 33rd year overall.

2021 record: Triton Central 8-5; Scecina 10-4.

Sagarin ratings: Triton Central, 74.13, 48th overall, 3rd in Class 2A; Scecina, 75.62, 45th overall, 2nd in Class 2A.

Point spread: Scecina is a 1.5-point favorite.

Last year: Scecina shut out Triton Central, 27-0, at Mendenhall Field in Fairland.

Last 10 meetings: Scecina has won seven of the last 10 meetings since 2014, including six straight from 2016 through 2019.

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

Sectional 39 lookahead: Class 2A, No. 13 Brownstown Central (4-2); Indianapolis Scecina (5-1); Triton Central (5-1); Switzerland County (3-3); Christel House Manual (3-3); Clarksville (2-4); Brown County (0-6); Eastern (Pekin) (1-5).

Note: The IHSAA Football State Tournament Pairings Show is Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. on IHSAAtv.org.

Shelbyville still trending in right direction as Class 4A, No. 1 New Palestine comes to McKeand Stadium

One of the most dominant high school football programs in the state of Indiana arrives at J.M. McKeand Stadium Friday.

Class 4A, No. 1 New Palestine (6-0, 4-0 Hoosier Heritage Conference) is Shelbyville’s week seven opponent.

The Golden Bears (1-5, 1-3 HHC) have lost two straight HHC contests and are allowing 39 points per game.

“They are huge, big and strong. They have everything rolling right now,” said Shelbyville head coach Brian Glesing. “Their only challenge has been Westfield in week one. I think they are the real deal. They look like a state-championship team. They have all the parts.”

New Palestine’s offensive line features features the No. 1 ranked offensive tackle in the Class of 2024 and a University of Louisville recruit.

Ian Moore (6-6, 290 pounds) is ranked as the No. 33 overall player in the Class of 2024, along with being the top tackle in the country, by Rivals.com.

Senior Luke Burgess (6-7, 291) is committed to Louisville and bookends the offensive line with Moore as tackles.

The interior line features senior center Trey Keele (6-1, 273), who has college offers from DePauw and Taylor, and senior guards Thomas Wood (6-2, 284) and Ben Purciful (5-11, 258).

That kind of protection has allowed quarterback Daniel Tippit IV to throw for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns this season. The senior tied the program record for touchdown passes in game (5) last week in a 42-7 victory over Class 4A, No. 10 Greenfield-Central.

For the third week in a row, Shelbyville is playing a top 15-ranked program – and all are from the HHC. That streak will continue into week eight when the Golden Bears travel to 4A No. 13 Mt. Vernon (3-3, 3-1 HHC).

Now 13 games into his Shelbyville coaching career, Glesing sees all the benchmarks the program has put in place. The Golden Bears ended a long losing streak in 2021 and followed that up with its first conference win since 2018 this season.

Missed opportunities cost Shelbyville in losses this season to Greensburg and Rushville. And with its win over New Castle, Glesing believes the program is stable enough to compete with football programs in similar situations.

However, catching up to the upper echelon of the Hoosier Heritage Conference is a much bigger challenge.

“We lost two close games there early and then we win the one with New Castle and now it’s a buzzsaw the rest of the way,” said Glesing. “You would love to have a couple of those games back but you can’t. Realistically, going in to the year … two wins … one, two, three wins is what you were shooting for.”

A favorable draw in the sectional will offer Shelbyville another opportunity to enter a game where it is not a double-digit underdog. There are two state-ranked teams in Sectional 23 but there also are three more teams that are 1-5 like the Golden Bears.

“We are making progress,” said Glesing. “The numbers are still not where we need to be. Our strength is not where it needs to be. Our size and speed is not where it needs to be. We have to continue doing what we’re doing.”

The program will graduate just five seniors which should help the roster size grow in 2023.

The Shelbyville Central Schools board recently visited the high school’s new weight room which is not yet fully-stocked with equipment. The board also announced a plan to replace the track surface at McKeand Stadium and replace the natural grass playing surface on the football field with artificial turf in time for the 2023 season.

Shelbyville’s junior varsity squad is currently 3-3, according to Glesing, with wins over Greenfield-Central, Yorktown and Greensburg.

“We are having some success and that’s good,” said Glesing. “JV wins are not indicative of what is going to happen in the future. I’ve been coaching long enough to know that it is not indicative in football.

“It helps morale but it’s not necessarily indicative of what will happen in the future.”

Shelbyville Middle School’s program also is 3-3 with wins over Rushville, Triton Central and Indian Creek. The three losses came to HHC programs.

“The program is getting set in stone with how it’s going to be,” said Glesing. “They are running what we are running. They are lifting (weights) with us and some of those kids will be far more advanced as freshmen than our current seniors and juniors were as freshmen.”

 

 

QUICK FACTS

Class 4A, No. 1 New Palestine at Shelbyville

Game Time: 7 p.m. at McKeand Stadium in Shelbyville, Ind.

Media coverage: Follow Shelby County Post News Editor Jeff Brown on Twitter at @Sportsboss4life for live updates from McKeand Stadium.

SHS student section theme: Student Section T-shirts.

Head coaches: Kyle Ralph, 110-10 in 10th year at New Palestine; Brian Glesing, 2-11 in 2nd year at Shelbyville, 120-105 in 20th year overall.

2021 record: New Palestine 8-4; Shelbyville 1-6.

Sagarin ratings: New Palestine, 100.68, 2nd overall; 1st in Class 4A; Shelbyville, 26.62, 247th overall, 53rd in Class 4A.

Point spread: New Palestine is favored by 72 points.

Last meeting: Shelbyville lost 52-0 in 2021 at New Palestine.

Last 10 meetings: Shelbyville is 1-9 against New Palestine in the last decade and has never beaten the Dragons in head coach Kyle Ralph’s career.

Around the HHC Friday: New Castle (2-4, 1-3) at Class 4A, No. 13 Mt. Vernon (3-3, 3-1); Pendleton Heights (2-4, 1-3) at Delta (3-3, 1-3); Class 3A, No. 15 Yorktown (5-1, 3-1) at Class 4A, No. 10 Greenfield-Central (4-2, 2-2).

Sectional 23 lookahead: Class 4A, No. 8 Martinsville (5-1); Bedford North Lawrence (3-3); Shelbyville (1-5); Class 4A, No. 4 East Central (5-1); Silver Creek (3-3); Edgewood (1-5); Jennings County (1-5); Greenwood (1-5).

Note: The IHSAA Football State Tournament Pairings Show is Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. on IHSAAtv.org.


Prep Report: Triton Central tennis advances past Waldron at Shelbyville Sectional

Triton Central advanced to the semifinal round of the Shelbyville tennis sectional tournament Wednesday with a 5-0 victory over Waldron.

The Tigers (15-4) dominated the singles matches, losing just four games total in three matches.

At No. 1 singles, Tucker Hutchinson defeated Lucas Shaw, 6-0, 6-0.

Avram Rund topped Sam Jones, 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2 singles.

Cole Thomas lost just two games at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-1 over Caiden Young.

At No. 1 doubles, Griffin Sego and Ben Toth bested Josh Kellems and Jacob Lindsey, 6-3, 7-5.

Oliver Gearlds and Joey Brosnan closed out the sweep with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Connor Hinchman and Matthew Thomas at No. 2 doubles.

Waldron ended its tennis season with a 10-9 record.

Triton Central will face Southwestern today at 5 p.m. at Shelbyville High School.

In the other semifinal round match, the host Golden Bears will take on Morristown.

The sectional championship match is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday.

In other prep events Wednesday:

Boys Soccer

Southwestern 3, Greenwood 1

At Southwestern, Garreth Stringer collected the hat trick on Senior Night to lead Class A, No. 17 Southwestern to its 10th win of the season.

Stringer started the scoring midway through the first half when he converted a penalty kick. His second goal came off an assist from Josh Karr with just under 10 minutes left in the half to make it 2-0.

Jake Callow cut Southwestern’s lead in half with a goal off an assist by Nick Mullins late in the half.

Stringer got his third goal, a Shelby County leading 14th of the season, near the midpoint of the second half from a Tucker Simmons assist to make it 3-1.

Goalkeeper Matthew Clements was credited with 16 saves for the Spartans (10-2-2).

Greenwood dropped to 7-8 this season.

Southwestern caps off its regular-season schedule today at Bethesda Christian (8-5-1).

Girls Soccer

Triton Central 2, University 1

At University, Lizzie Graham scored a pair of second-half goals less than two minutes apart to help the Tigers (6-9) steal the road victory from the Trailblazers (5-7-1).

University led 1-0 at the end of the first half.

Graham tallied her 15th and 16th goals of the season off assists from Emma Firebaugh and Olivia Reedy.

Triton Central wrap up its regular-season schedule Saturday at Greensburg (5-7).

Prep Report: Arabians score pair of late goals to spoil Senior Night at Shelbyville

Shelbyville soccer built a 1-0 lead at halftime but surrendered a pair of late goals to fall to Pendleton Heights, 2-1, Tuesday on Senior Night in Shelbyville.

Drew Hassebroek scored his ninth goal of the season in the first half to stake the Golden Bears (8-7-1, 3-4 Hoosier Heritage Conference) to the lead.

Inside the game’s final four minutes of regulation, Wyatt Debertrand and Aiden Boys scored to steal the win for the Arabians (9-6, 5-1 HHC).

In other prep events Tuesday:

Knightstown 1, Morristown 0

At Knightstown, the visiting Yellow Jackets took their first loss of the season against a potential sectional foe.

Knightstown’s Owen Newkirk scored a second-half goal off an assist by Heath Goodman to push the Panthers’ record to 7-8.

Morristown dropped to 8-6-2.

The Yellow Jackets and Panthers are on the opposite side of the Knightstown Sectional bracket and would not meet again until the championship game.

Morristown opens the sectional against Oldenburg Academy, with the winner facing either Union County or Wapahani in the semifinals. The Yellow Jackets have shutout victories over Wapahani (3-0) and Union County (1-0) this season.

Volleyball

Pendleton Heights def. Shelbyville, 25-13, 25-15, 25-12

At Pendleton Heights, the host Arabians improved to 18-9 overall and 3-3 against HHC foes with a sweep of the Golden Bears (5-18, 0-5 HHC).

Shelby Lasure led Shelbyville with six kills. Riley Lee had a team-high seven digs. Sophomore setter Addison Hartman finished with nine assists.

Indianapolis Scecina def. Triton Central, 25-17, 23-25, 16-25, 25-10, 15-11

At Triton Central, the visiting Crusaders closed out their Indiana Crossroads Conference championship with a five-set win over the Tigers (16-6, 4-3 ICC).

Scecina (22-4, 7-0 ICC) trailed in sets 2-1 before rallying to win the last two in Fairland.


Collegiate Update: Schweitzer directs Hanover volleyball to win over Asbury University

Sophomore setter Maggie Schweitzer racked up 21 assists, one service ace and seven digs Tuesday to lead Hanover’s volleyball team to a 23-25, 25-14, 25-15, 25-19 victory over visiting Asbury University (Ky.).

The win pushed Hanover’s record back over .500 at 9-8.

On Friday, Hanover split a pair of matches in the Rose-Hulman Invitational in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Hanover defeated Concordia University Chicago, 25-17, 29-27, 25-17. Schweitzer, a Triton Central graduate, had one kill, nine assists, one ace and five digs.

Illinois Institute of Technology then swept the Panthers, 25-20, 25-22, 25-21. Schweitzer (photo, jersey No. 11) finished with one kill, eight assists and six digs.

On Saturday, Hanover traveled to Greencastle and won a pair of matches.

The Panthers defeated Oberlin College, 25-19, 25-22, 25-11. Schweitzer collected two kills, 10 assists, one ace and six digs.

Hanover completed the weekend with a 25-23, 21-25, 25-16, 25-19 win over DePauw. Schweitzer had three kills, 17 assists, four aces and 12 digs.

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

 

 

Brooklyn Schiffli

The Triton Central graduate helped Jacksonville State’s volleyball team improve to 14-1 this season with a pair of conference wins Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, Jacksonville State defeated Central Arkansas, 25-11, 25-19, 19-25, 25-14. Schiffli had one kill, three assists, one ace and nine digs.

The Gamecocks swept North Alabama Saturday, 25-9, 25-12, 25-16. Schiffli was credited with one assist and four digs.

 

 

Julia Sanders

The Triton Central graduate had one assist, one ace and four digs Tuesday in Indiana University Kokomo’s 25-15, 25-17, 25-10 win over visiting Indiana University Southeast in a River States Conference clash.

On Friday, IU Kokomo traveled to Midway University (Ky.) and prevailed 25-20, 25-14, 25-18. Sanders finished with one assist and five digs.

IU Kokomo suffered its fourth loss of the season Saturday at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, 25-21, 25-21, 14-25, 25-16. Sanders had one assist, one ace and six digs.

IU Kokomo is 14-4 this season and 3-0 in conference matches.

 

 

Emma Nolley

The Shelbyville graduate took the court in two sets Saturday for Texas Woman’s University in a 25-22, 25-15, 15-25, 25-16 loss at UT Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas.

Nolley was credited with one dig for Texas Woman’s University (10-6).

Prep Report: New Palestine ends Shelbyville soccer's 9-game win streak

New Palestine scored a pair of goals in the first half and kept the Golden Bears in check to end their nine-game win streak Monday night in Shelbyville.

The Dragons closed out the Golden Bears, 3-1, to secure a runner-up finish in the Hoosier Heritage Conference standings with a 6-1 mark. New Palestine improved to 10-3-1 overall this season.

Shelbyville suffered just its second loss of the season but it was costly. Now 11-2 and 4-2 in the HHC, the Golden Bears need a win Saturday over Yorktown to secure a third-place finish in the conference standings.

Tylar Whitaker scored the first of two goals in the first half to stake the Dragons to an early 1-0 lead. Anna Luker doubled the lead with a goal off a free kick.

New Palestine carried a 2-0 lead into halftime and extended it to 3-0 midway through the second half with Whitaker’s second goal of the game.

Shelbyville’s Evelyn Kiefer collected her 25th goal of the season three minutes later to complete the scoring.

Mt. Vernon wrapped up the HHC championship Monday with a 6-1 win over Pendleton Heights. The Class 3A, No. 19 Marauders (10-4, 7-0 HHC) have won 47 of their last 49 conference contests and six of the last seven HHC titles.

In other prep events Monday:

Girls Soccer

Whiteland 9, Triton Central 1

At Whiteland, the Warriors (9-5) extended a 3-1 halftime lead with six second-half goals to defeat the Tigers (5-9).

Lizzie Graham notched her team-leading 14th goal of the season for Triton Central.

Boys Tennis

Morristown 3, Edinburgh 2

At Edinburgh, the visiting Yellow Jackets closed out their regular-season schedule with a win over the Lancers.

Morristown’s Jameson Palmer defeated Bailey Totten at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-0.

At No. 3 singles, Dalton McMichael added a 6-2, 6-0 win for the Yellow Jackets.

Morristown’s third win came from the No. 2 doubles pairing of Bryce Bryant and Brady Schonfeld, 6-0, 6-0 over Teddy Crawhorn and Jayson Music.

Morristown’s Tyler Schonfeld lost his battle with Milas Burkman at No. 1 singles, 6-7 (4), 6-0, 11-9.

At No. 2 doubles, Edinburgh’s Austin Brockman and Max Blandford topped Austin Gabbard and Michael Ballinger, 6-1, 6-0.

Scecina 3, Waldron 2

The Mohawks (10-8) closed out their regular-season schedule with a road loss to the Crusaders.

Volleyball

Monrovia def. Triton Central, 25-20, 25-19, 25-22

At Monrovia, the visiting Tigers suffered their second Indiana Crossroads Conference loss of the season.

Maddy Brown led Triton Central (16-5, 4-2 ICC) with eight kills and 13 digs. Kaitlin Bramlett and Brooklyn Bailey each had six kills.

Hallie Schweitzer led the defensive effort with 15 digs. Kayden Simmons added 13 digs.

Kate Isley finished with 23 assists.

Monrovia improved to 10-9 overall (3-2 ICC) and is one of four teams with two conference losses trailing Scecina (6-0 ICC).

Greensburg def. Southwestern, 25-12, 25-7, 25-9

At Greensburg, the host Pirates (26-0) remained unbeaten with a three-game sweep of the Spartans (8-15).

Ella Chapman led the Pirates with 11 kills. Josie Nobbe had seven service aces. Setter Jenna Foster finished with 14 assists and seven digs.

Edinburgh def. Waldron, 25-15, 27-25, 25-12

At Waldron, the visiting Lancers improved to 15-6 (4-1 Mid-Hoosier Conference) with a straight-set win over the Mohawks (12-9, 2-2 MHC).


Waldron gets rematch with Triton Central in tennis sectional opener at Shelbyville

The IHSAA Boys Tennis Sectional at Shelbyville opens with a rematch between Waldron and Triton Central.

On Monday, the IHSAA announced the sectional pairings for the 56th Annual IHSAA Boys Tennis State Tournament. A total of 290 schools were drawn and placed into brackets for the team tournament which begins today and runs through Saturday.

On Wednesday at Shelbyville High School, Waldron (10-8) takes on Triton Central (14-4) in a rematch from a tightly-contested match on Sept. 10 in the semifinal round of the Shelby County Tournament.

Triton Central prevailed 3-2 and went on to win the county tournament title.

The rematch starts at 5 p.m. with the winner advancing to Thursday’s semifinal round against Southwestern. Both Waldron and Triton Central hold 5-0 wins over the Spartans this season.

In the other semifinal match Thursday, the host Golden Bears (12-10) face Morristown (5-9). The two teams did not meet this season.

The championship match is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday.

The sectional champion advances to the Center Grove Regional on Oct. 4 to face the Southport Sectional champion in the regional semifinal round.

The Southport Sectional features Indianapolis Scecina vs. Decatur Central with the winner facing Southport and Indianapolis Shortridge taking on Perry Meridian.

The other regional semifinal match will pit the Center Grove Sectional champion against the Franklin Central Sectional champion.

The regional championship match is Oct. 5.

In addition, any No. 1 singles player or No. 1 doubles team that does not lose a match in the Shelbyville Sectional advances into the state singles and doubles tournament, which will continue at Center Grove along with the team regional.

Triton Central holds steady at No. 6 in state coaches poll

Friday night’s Indiana Crossroads Conference meeting between Indianapolis Scecina and Triton Central has both conference runner-up status and top-five status in the state coaches poll at stake.

Following its 29-18 loss last week to Class A, No. 1 Indianapolis Lutheran, Scecina dropped from No. 2 to No. 5 in this week’s Indiana Football Coaches Association Class 2A poll.

Triton Central routed Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, 58-15, and held pat at No. 6 as the Crusaders (5-1, 3-1 ICC) and Tigers (5-1, 3-1 ICC) prepare for Friday’s clash in Indianapolis.

Linton-Stockton (6-0) remained No. 1 in the 2A poll as Andrean (4-2), LaVille (6-0) and Evansville Mater Dei (4-2) jumped over Scecina.

Triton Central leads the second five ahead of Lafayette Central Catholic (4-2), Fort Wayne Luers (4-2), Lewis Cass (5-1) and Eastbrook (4-2).

 

 

The biggest shakeup in the polls came in Class 5A after No. 1 Whiteland lost 35-21 at Martinsville. The Warriors dropped to No. 4 in this week’s poll behind a trio of northern Indiana programs.

Mishawaka (6-0) is the new No. 1 with Merrillville (5-1) and Fort Wayne Snider (5-1) rounding out the top three ahead of Whiteland (5-1).

Bloomington South (5-1) and Harrison (West Lafayette) (5-1) share the No. 5 ranking with Valparaiso (4-2), Fort Wayne North (4-2), Castle (4-2) and Franklin (4-2) rounding out the top 10.

Brownsburg (6-0) continues to hold off Center Grove (5-1) for the top spot in Class 6A. Cathedral (4-1) is No. 3 ahead of Hamilton Southeastern (6-0), Ben Davis (4-2), Carmel (4-2), Carroll (Allen) (6-0), Fishers (4-2), Crown Point (6-0) and Penn (4-2).

Five of the top six ranked teams in Class 4A are still unbeaten. New Palestine (6-0) is No. 1 and followed by Roncalli (6-0), Kokomo (6-0), East Central (5-1), NorthWood (6-0), New Prairie (6-0), Mooresville (5-1), Martinsville (5-1), Evansville Reitz (6-0) and Greenfield-Central (4-2).

 

 

Shelbyville (1-5) hosts New Palestine Friday at McKeand Stadium.

Four of the top five in Class 3A remain undefeated. West Lafayette (6-0) is still No. 1 and being chased by Chatard (4-2), Gibson Southern (6-0), Norwell (6-0), Hanover Central (6-0), Western Boone (5-1), Lawrenceburg (5-1), Guerin Catholic (3-3), Owen Valley (6-0) and Tri-West (4-2).

The entire top five in Class A has not lost a game yet. Lutheran (6-0) still reigns over Class A and is riding a 21-game win streak. Adams Central (6-0) is No. 2 ahead of North Judson (6-0), North Decatur (6-0), Carroll (Flora) (6-0), Park Tudor (5-1), South Putnam (5-1), Triton (5-1), South Adams (4-2) and Tri (5-1).


Prep Report: Kiefer's big day leads to pair of girls soccer program records

Evelyn Kiefer set two Shelbyville girls soccer records Saturday in a 14-1 victory at Rushville.

Kiefer scored seven goals to set a program record for goals scored in a game and that pushed her career total to 70 goals – also a program record for the Golden Bears.

The Golden Bears have won nine straight games to improve to 11-1 this season.

Kiefer, a senior, also had three assists in the win at Rushville.

Ava Wilson scored a pair of goals and Lilly Marshall, Hannah Baker, Ava Mummert, Ella Johnson and Lilly Johnson found the back of the net.

Assists were credited to Kiefer (3), Wilson (3), Lilly Johnson (1) and Kincade Dorsey (1).

Rushville dropped to 1-12-1 this season.

Shelbyville (11-1, 4-1 HHC) looks to take over second place in the Hoosier Heritage Conference standings tonight with a win over New Palestine (9-3-1, 5-1 HHC). Mt. Vernon (9-4) sits atop the HHC standings with a 6-0 record, including wins over Shelbyville and New Palestine.

In other prep events Saturday:

Girls Golf

Franklin Regional

Southwestern’s McKinley Correll shot 53 on the front nine and 54 on the back nine to card 107 in the girls golf regional at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin.

Correll, Southwestern’s first ever golf regional qualifier, did not make the cut to the state championship meet.

 

Steve Bush photo
 

Boys Soccer

Shelbyville 3, Yorktown 2

At Yorktown, Osvaldo Reyes scored twice and Christian Haas added a third goal to net the Golden Bears’ their third Hoosier Heritage Conference win of the season.

Reyes scored off assists from Drew Hassebroek and Al Hernandez.

Josue Gil earned the win in goal, starting for the injured Jalen Hounshell.

Shelbyville improved to 8-6-1 overall and 3-3 in the HHC standings. Yorktown is 6-6-1 (2-4 HHC).

Shelbyville won the junior varsity contest 7-1. Goal scorers for the Golden Bears were Rory O’Connor (2), Brock Wischmeyer (2), Brayan De La Cruz (2) and Eli Slaven.

Girls Soccer

Monrovia 5, Triton Central 0

At Triton Central, the visiting Bulldogs scored four first-half goals to secure the Indiana Crossroads Conference victory.

Monrovia improved to 11-1 this season and 4-1 against ICC foes.

Triton Central is 5-8 (2-4 ICC).

Boys Tennis

Lapel 4, Triton Central 1

Triton Central’s only win came from Tucker Hutchinson at No. 1 singles. He defeated Mason Poynter, 6-1, 6-0.

Avram Rund and Cole Thomas each lost three-set singles matches.

At No. 2 doubles, Lapel’s Jaden Cash and Grant Humerickhouse pinned the first loss of the season on Oliver Gearlds and Joey Brosnan, 4-6, 6-4, 12-10.

Triton Central 3, Jay County 2

Hutchinson pulled out a three-set victory over Abraham Dirksen, 6-1, 1-6, 14-12 to lead Triton Central (14-4) to the win.

Rund won at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-0 over Simon Dirksen.

Brosnan and Gearlds improved to 8-1 this season at No. 2 doubles with  a 6-2, 6-1 win.

New Castle 3, Shelbyville 2

Shelbyville lost both doubles matches in three sets to close out its regular season schedule with a 12-10 record (4-3 HHC).

At No. 2 singles, Caden Tackett defeated Caden Blackfold, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

Logan Prickett was successful at No. 3 singles, 6-3, 7-6 (2) over Jake Jenkins.

Aidan Asher was defeated at No. 1 singles by Trent Alfrey, 6-4, 6-4.

 

 

Hope Heritage Classic

Waldron defeated Edinburgh, 4-1, and Hauser, 3-2, to claim the championship.

Lucas Shaw dropped just five games in winning both his No. 1 singles matches.

Jack Fischer also went 2-0 on the day at No. 2 singles for Waldron (10-7).

Caiden Young defeated Hauser’s Hogan Wiedersatz, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 singles to help the Mohawks sweep all three singles matches in the championship.

Volleyball

Class A Showdown

Morristown lost a pair of matches in straight sets to Loogootee and Lafayette Central Catholic.

Against Lafayette Central Catholic, Carley Barrett had six kills and Rachel Vorst had six service aces and 15 digs to lead the Knights to a 25-13, 25-11 win over the Yellow Jackets (3-18).

Loogootee defeated Morristown, 25-8, 25-9.

Delta def. Shelbyville, 25-6, 25-7, 25-12

At Delta, Kendra Keesling had a match-high 10 kills to lead the host Eagles to the victory. Delta improved to 13-7 overall and 3-3 in the HHC standings.

Shelby Lasure led Shelbyville (5-17, 0-4 HHC) with four kills, two aces and eight digs.

 

 

Cross Country

Golden Bear Invite

At Blue River Memorial Park in Shelbyville, the host Golden Bears collected 10 personal-best times on their home course against a large field that included seven state-ranked teams.

Beau Kenkel finished 56th overall in the large school race with a new personal best time of 18:01. Also running were Logan Reinhart (88th, 19:11), Ben Hinojosa (100th, 20:07), Gavin Harker (112th, 21:13), Christian Powell (116th, 21:46), Gaige Harker (118th, 22:41), Ayden Holmes (120th, 23:02), Isaac Zermeno (121st, 23:18), Leland Fox (124th, 24:10) and Iran Daza (125th, 24:16).

In the small school race, Southwestern’s Dane Kissell (18:52) and Jackson Bentz (18:55) finished 40th and 41st, respectively.

Dakota Claiborne followed in 46th (19:01). Chris Claiborne finished 81st (21:48) and Ryan Wildman was 97th (23:49).

Hannah Wright led Shelbyville in the girls race. The junior crossed the finish line in 22:04, a new personal best, to place 65th overall in the large school race.

Also competing for Shelbyville were Angel Kreider (89th, 23:44), Aerin Garcia-Santiago (98th, 24:56) and Ava Ruschhaupt (109th, 33:27).

In the small school race, Southwestern’s Malori Pike finished 62nd in 26:39 and Maxine Higdon placed 65th in 27:01.

 

 

Heritage Days Classic

In Hope, Triton Central’s Hallie Schweitzer (photo) finished runner-up in the girls race and Waldron’s Will Larrison was seventh in the boys race to lead all Shelby County participants.

Schweitzer crossed the finish line in 22:03. Waldron’s Sophie Hudnall was eighth (23:26) and Morristown’s Grace McLaughlin finished 12th in 23:53.

Larrison’s time of 17:26 led to a seventh-place finish. His teammates, Jared Crosby, Nathaniel Evans and Jimmie Taylor, placed ninth (17:38), 23rd (19:10) and 46th (22:54), respectively.

Morristown’s Max Compton finished 27th in 19:18. Drake Hibst placed 36th (20:17).

For Triton Central, Liam Thompson was 32nd (20:12), Hank Hadler was 44th (21:37) and Nick Straber was 47th (25:24).

IHSAA Boys Tennis State Tournament Pairings Show airs tonight

Boys tennis teams around the state will learn their postseason route Monday night during the IHSAA Boys Tennis State Tournament Pairings Show.

The show will be streamed exclusively at 7 p.m. at IHSAAtv.org and hosted by Greg Rakestraw.

The complete pairings will be posted to IHSAA.org following the webcast.

Shelbyville is the host site for Sectional 7, which begins this week. The sectional tournament features all five Shelby County boys tennis programs – Morristown, Shelbyville, Southwestern, Triton Central and Waldron.

The sectional champion will advance to regional competition beginning Oct. 4.


Shelbyville, Southwestern and Triton Central hosting postseason sectional tournaments

A record number of boys and girls soccer teams will compete in the 29th Annual IHSAA Boys and Girls Soccer State Tournaments.

A total of 305 boys teams and 273 girls teams learned their opening-round sectional opponents Sunday night during the IHSAA’s state tournament draw. The previous record for participants was 301 for the boys in 2017 and 2019, and 272 girls teams in 2019.

Both tournaments mirror each other beginning with 16 sectionals in each of three classes running Oct. 3-8.

Regional semifinals will be played Oct. 12-13 with regional championships on Oct. 15.

Semistate champions will be determined on Oct. 22 at four sites with the winners advancing to the state championship matches Oct. 28-29 at Michael Carroll Stadium at IUPUI in Indianapolis.

This is the second year that a mid-week regional semifinal match will be played on the home field of one of the sectional winners. This year, the winners of the even-numbered sectionals will host a regional semifinal match on Wednesday (boys) and Thursday (girls) with all championship matches played at a pre-determined site on Saturday.

 

 

Boys Tournament

Shelbyville

The host Golden Bears will open Class 3A, Sectional 12 against Greenfield-Central. The winner will advance to the semifinal round to face New Palestine, who received a bye.

In the other quarterfinal matches, Connersville will face Richmond while Mt. Vernon takes on East Central. Both winners advance to a semifinal match.

The Shelbyville Sectional champion will host a regional semifinal match against the Indianapolis Arsenal Technical Sectional champion.

The regional championship match will be hosted by Carmel.

 

 

Southwestern

The host Spartans, ranked No. 17 in the most recent state coaches poll, begin Class A, Sectional 42 in the semifinal round against Indiana Math & Science.

In the quarterfinal matches at Southwestern, Central Christian opens against Indianapolis Lutheran and Hauser takes on Irvington Prep. The winners advance into the other semifinal match.

The Southwestern Sectional champion hosts the Bethesda Christian Sectional champion in the regional semifinal round.

Knightstown will be the host site for the regional championship match.

 

 

Morristown

The Yellow Jackets were slotted into the opening match of Class A, Sectional 44 at Knightstown against No. 18 Oldenburg Academy. The winner will face either Union County or Wapahani in the sectional semifinal round.

In the other semifinal, Knightstown hosts Seton Catholic.

The Knightstown Sectional champion will host the White River Valley Sectional champion in the regional semifinal round.

The regional championship match will be played at Knightstown.

 

 

Girls Tournament

Shelbyville

Class 3A, Sectional 12, hosted by New Palestine, will feature a strong field.

Shelbyville will open the postseason with a quarterfinal round match against Richmond. The winner will face the winner of the No. 17 East Central vs. Greenfield-Central match in the semifinals.

The other semifinal round match pits No. 19 Mt. Vernon against New Palestine.

The Shelbyville Sectional champion will host the Warren Central Sectional champion in the regional semifinal round.

Carmel is the host site for the regional championship match.

 

 

Triton Central

Triton Central is the host school for Class A, Sectional 44 and the Tigers will open the tournament with a quarterfinal match against Knightstown.

The winner will face No. 18 Muncie Burris in the semifinals.

The other semifinal match has Union County taking on Wapahani.

The Triton Central Sectional champion will host the Heritage Christian Sectional champion in the regional semifinal round.

Knightstown will host the regional championship match.

Steve Bush photo

Area soccer teams learn sectional fates Sunday

The complete pairings for the IHSAA boys and girls soccer state tournaments will be announced at 7 p.m. Sunday at IHSAAtv.org.

The program will be hosted by Greg Rakestraw. Complete pairings will be posted to IHSAA.org following the webcast.

Shelbyville is the host site for Class 3A, Sectional 12 that includes seven teams. Traveling to Shelbyville to compete along with the Golden Bears will be Connersville, East Central, Greenfield-Central, Mt. Vernon, New Palestine and Richmond.

The Shelbyville Sectional champion will host a one-game regional against the winner of the Indianapolis Arsenal Tech Sectional that includes Tech, Cathedral, Lawrence Central, Lawrence North, 3A No. 11 Perry Meridian, Southport and Warren Central.

Southwestern is host for Class A, Sectional 42 that features six teams. Joining No. 17-ranked Southwestern will be Central Christian Academy, Hauser, Indianapolis Lutheran, Indiana Math & Science Academy, and Irvington Prep.

The Southwestern Sectional champion will host the Bethesda Christian Sectional champion in a one-game regional. The Bethesda Christian Sectional includes No. 13 Covenant Christian, No. 19 North Putnam, No. 10 Providence Cristo Rey, Riverside and Bethesda Christian.

Morristown will travel to Knightstown for the Class A, Sectional 44 tournament. Joining the Yellow Jackets and Panthers will be No. 18 Oldenburg Academy, Seton Catholic, Union County and Wapahani.

The Knightstown Sectional champion will host the White River Valley Sectional champ in the regional round. The White River Valley Sectional includes Bloomfield, Eminence, Greenwood Christian, Lighthouse Christian and White River Valley.

Girls Tournament

Shelbyville’s girls soccer team is off to one of its best starts ever to a season but will face stiff competition in the Class 3A, Sectional 12 tournament hosted by New Palestine.

The six-team field features 3A No. 17 East Central, Greenfield-Central, 3A No. 19 Mt. Vernon, New Palestine, Richmond and Shelbyville.

The New Palestine Sectional champ will host the Warren Central Sectional champ in the regional. The Warren Central Sectional includes 3A No. 8 Cathedral, Lawrence Central, Lawrence North, Perry Meridian, Southport and Warren Central.

Triton Central will host Class A, Sectional 44 that includes Knightstown, No. 18 Muncie Burris, Union County, Wapahani.

The Triton Central Sectional champion will host the Heritage Christian Sectional champion in the regional round. Heritage Christian is ranked No. 3 in the Class A poll.

Prep Report: Shelbyville girls soccer stays in HHC title contention with shutout win over Greenfield-Central

Shelbyville’s girls soccer program kept itself in contention for a Hoosier Heritage Conference championship Thursday with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Greenfield-Central.

Cyanne St. Bernard scored in the closing minutes of the first half and that goal stood up for the Golden Bears (10-1, 4-1 HHC), winners of eight straight.

The Cougars dropped to 6-6-1 overall and 3-4 in the HHC standings.

Shelbyville’s lone loss this season came to Mt. Vernon on Aug. 30. The Marauders sit atop the HHC standings with a 5-0 mark. New Palestine is 5-1 and Shelbyville is 4-1.

The Golden Bears host New Palestine (9-3-1) Monday.

In other prep events Thursday:

Boys Soccer

Greenfield-Central 4, Shelbyville 0

At Greenfield-Central, four different Cougars scored goals to pin a loss on the Golden Bears (7-6-1, 2-3 HHC).

Dalton Evanoff, Alex Reed, Drew Davidson and Ethan Hollis tallied goals for Greenfield-Central (9-1-2, 6-0 HHC).

Morristown 9, Irvington Prep 0

The Yellow Jackets improved to 8-5-2 this season with a shutout victory over Irvington Prep (0-7).

Boys Tennis

Waldron 5, Milan 0

At Milan, Lucas Shaw and Jack Fischer each upped their season records at No. 1 singles and No. 2 singles, respectively, to 10-6 with dominant wins.

Caiden Young finished off the singles sweep with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Aiden McFarland.

Waldron’s No. 1 doubles combination of Jacob Lindsey and Josh Kellems improved to 9-3 with a 6-0, 6-0 victory.

Connor Hinchman and Matthew Thomas defeated Ben Miller and Carson Doolittle at No. 2 doubles, 6-1, 7-6.

Andy Lacy won a junior varsity singles match for Waldron while Isaiah Jones and Connor Ping won a doubles match, 8-1.

Triton Central 5, Beech Grove 0

At Triton Central, the host Tigers (13-3) won four of the five matches easily. At No. 1 singles, Tucker Hutchinson needed three sets to dispatch of Chase Alford, 6-2, 5-7, 10-7.

Avram Rund and Cole Thomas dropped a combined total of three games to win the other two singles matches.

The doubles teams of Griffin Sego/Ben Toth and Oliver Gearlds/Joey Brosnan did not lose a game in their matches.

TC got JV doubles match wins from Connor Evans/Bohdan Rollo and Derreck Uhls/Janssen Capps.

Shelbyville 3, Greenwood 2

At Greenwood, Caden Tackett pulled out a three-set victory at No. 2 singles to lead the Golden Bears to the victory. Tackett defeated Aidyn Green, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 10-7.

At No. 3 singles, Shelbyville’s Logan Prickett topped Carter Chatham, 6-3, 7-5.

And Shelbyville’s No. 2 doubles pairing of Karson Schaf and Reece Prickett prevailed over Ben Cruser and Devin Weidner, 6-3, 6-1.

Volleyball

Triton Central def. Southwestern, 25-16, 25-17, 25-13

At Triton Central, Maddy Brown led the host Tigers with 12 kills and 10 digs. Brooklyn Bailey contributed nine kills and three blocks.

Kate Isley finished with 29 assists for Triton Central (16-4).

Southwestern dropped to 8-14 this season.

Franklin def. Shelbyville, 25-8, 25-8, 25-15

At Shelbyville, Scarlett Kimbrell led Franklin (14-6) with 12 kills. Aubrey Runyon, Veronica Whitaker and Rose Mahin each had six kills.

Kate Pinnick added 21 digs and Kennedy Urban totaled 28 assists.

Shelby Lasure and Ashlyn Turner led Shelbyville (5-16) with six kills and five kills, respectively.

Sophomore Addison Hartman ran the offense and collected nine assists to go along with seven digs.

Riley Lee had a team-high 13 digs.

Yorktown's stars shine in 42-0 win over Shelbyville Friday

The best defense is a good offense is an old adage used by coaches to describe how important it is to maintain possession of the ball and keep it away from an opponent’s high-powered offense. 

Unfortunately, Shelbyville’s offense never got on track Friday and the Golden Bears were shutout at Yorktown, 42-0.

Shelbyville’s ground game accounted for only 67 yards rushing on 29 attempts and added 53 yards in the passing game. The Golden Bears crossed into Yorktown territory once and saw two turnovers turn into Tiger touchdowns.

Luke Jackson led the Golden Bears rushing attack with 27 yards on six carries.  Quarterback Eli Chappelow rushed for 15 yards on four carries and Axel Conover mustered only 10 yards on eight attempts.

Chappelow was 6-of-12 passing the ball for 53 yards. Cael Lux caught three balls for 31 yards.

Yorktown’s leading rusher, junior Jalen Thomas, was the catalyst for the Tigers' offense Friday. He rushed for the game’s first two scores in the first quarter, including a 30-yard touchdown run that capped a drive to begin the game. On that drive, Thomas accounted for 55 of the 70 yards.

Thomas also scored the second touchdown of the night on a four-yard run to give Yorktown a 14-0 lead.  He finished with 141 yards on 13 carries -- 123 of those rushing yards were in the first half.

Yorktown led 28-0 at halftime.

Junior quarterback Mason Moulton started his fourth game for the Tigers after missing the opening two weeks with an injury. Moulton found his favorite target, senior Kolton Nanko, for touchdown receptions of 32 and 25 yards. He also threw a 25-yard touchdown to receiver Blair Webster.

Moulton was 11-of-15 passing for 145 yards and three touchdowns. He completed eight of his last nine pass attempts.

In all, Nanko had four catches for 46 yards as a wide receiver. The do-it-all Tiger also narrowly missed on two interceptions (he has two on the season) and forced Shelbyville to start each possession after a Yorktown score at the 20-yard line by kicking off into the endzone. The only time Nanko failed in that category was a short kick to open the second half that the Golden Bears brought out to the 27.

It was a fifth consecutive win in the series for Yorktown (5-1, 3-1 HHC).

Shelbyville (1-5, 1-3 HHC) will host Class 4A, No. 1 New Palestine (6-0, 4-0 HHC) Friday at McKeand Stadium. The Dragons defeated visiting Greenfield-Central Friday in an HHC matchup, 42-7.

Class 2A, No. 6 Triton Central nearly flawless in win over Cardinal Ritter

INDIANAPOLIS – Class 2A, No. 6 Triton Central played a nearly flawless first half Friday night to throttle Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, 58-15.

Quarterback Jace Stuckey completed 10 of his 11 pass attempts for 306 yards and three touchdowns. The junior also ran for a touchdown in a dominant two-quarter performance.

Senior Brad Schultz caught seven passes for 223 yards and all three of Stuckey’s TD passes.

And junior Ray Crawford rushed for 99 yards on nine carries and had two touchdowns.

That trio did not take an offensive snap in the second half.

“We didn’t like the start real well with our first special teams play and we didn’t do too well on our second-down play but once we scored that first touchdown everything went our way,” said Triton Central head coach Tim Able.

After a 9-yard run by Crawford on the game’s first offensive play, Stuckey was sacked for a 5-yard loss. Stuckey rectified that negative yardage with an 82-yard touchdown strike to Schultz, who was 10 yards past any Ritter defender when he caught the ball in stride.

That set the tone for Triton Central’s first-team offense which scored on all seven of its possessions in the first half Friday at St. Vincent Field on the campus of Marian University.

“We will want to start a little bit better next week, make those first few plays a little sharper,” said Able. “There are always things you can getter better at and learn from – don’t repeat the same mistakes. We have a huge week ahead because Scecina is a really good ball club.”

 

 

The Tigers (5-1, 3-1 Indiana Crossroads Conference) did an excellent job of not overlooking a struggling football program while a greater challenge awaits on the horizon.

The defense forced Ritter to punt on four of its first-half possessions, got a fumble recovery and held tough on fourth down when the Raiders (1-4, 0-4 ICC) moved into the red zone.

Crawford produced a 53-yard run on the first down of TC’s second possession then finished the second scoring drive with an 8-yard run.

The third touchdown, a Stuckey 1-yard plunge, came after three straight completions to Schultz, Mason Compton and Schultz again.

Brayden Wilkins tackled Ritter punter Osvaldo Carlos in the end zone after a bad snap for a safety.

Following the Ritter free kick, three Crawford and Wilkins runs netted 22 yards and Schultz took a quick pass from Stuckey and avoided a handful of defenders to reach the end zone for a second time.

Following a Ritter fumble, Stuckey connected with Compton deep down the field for a 50-yard gain. Sam Kemper punched the ball in the end zone for a 37-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Ritter’s best drive against Triton Central’s first-team defense followed. The Raiders put together an 11-play drive that stalled at the TC 19 when quarterback Ben Johnson overthrew his receiver.

Three plays later, Stuckey found Schultz along the Ritter sideline. He cut back across the field and nearly reached the end zone. Schultz was tackled at the 1-yard line and Crawford collected his second score of the game to make it 44-0.

Following another three-and-out for the Ritter offense and a long punt return by Schultz to the Ritter 19, Stuckey rewarded Schultz with a 19-yard scoring reception to cap off the first half.

Low on numbers, Ritter did not have a junior varsity team to face Triton Central. That worked out for the TC coach who was able to get the JV two quarters of work on a Friday night.

Jay Roberts broke free for a 53-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter to get the Raiders on the scoreboard.

Chris Perkon finished off a six-play scoring drive early in the fourth quarter with a powerful 9-yard touchdown run that extended the lead to 58-7.

“I am proud of our JV getting it in there and scoring,” said Able.

Roberts collected his second touchdown of the game on a 4-yard pass from Johnson with just over a minute left in the game.

Triton Central now turns its attention toward a key ICC matchup with Class 2A, No. 2 Scecina (5-1, 3-1 ICC), who lost 28-19 Friday to Class A, No. 1 Indianapolis Lutheran (6-0, 5-0 ICC).

Triton Central and Scecina each have one loss this season – both to Lutheran.

“It’s a whole different game,” said Able. “There will be a lot less room for error. Let’s see if we are ready for the big time because that’s a huge game because we are also in the same sectional.”

 

Triton Central 58, Cardinal Ritter 15

SCORE BY QUARTERS

TC --  30  21  0  7  --  58

CR --   0    0   7  8  --  15

First Quarter:

TC -- Schultz, 82 pass Stuckey (Dewey kick), 10:53

TC – Crawford, 8 run (Dewey kick), 7:06

TC – Stuckey, 1 run (Dewey kick), 4:11

TC – Wilkins safety, 3:02

TC – Schultz, 38 pass Stuckey (Dewey kick), :48

Second Quarter:

TC – Kemper, 1 run (Dewey kick), 7:18

TC – Crawford, 1 run (Winslow kick), 1:48

TC – Schultz, 19 pass Stuckey (Winslow kick), 1:01

Third Quarter:

CR – Roberts, 53 run (Carlos kick), 1:37

Fourth Quarter:

TC – Perkon, 9 run (Winslow kick), 8:46

CR – Roberts, 4 pass Johnson (Johnson run), 1:37

Individual:

Rushing: Crawford 9-99, Perkon 4-52, Copeland 2-13, Wilkins 1-11, Kemper 1-1, Brown 1-(-4), Stuckey 3-(-4) (TC); Roberts 14-99, Lloyd 3-18, Johnson 3-10, Flemming 3-5, Jackson 1-(-12) (CR).

Passing: Stuckey 10-11-306, Collier 2-3-11 (TC); Johnson 15-24-126 (CR).

Receiving: Schultz 7-223, Compton 2-69, Crawford 2-14, Robertson 1-12, Copeland 1-(-1) (TC); Roberts 5-50, Jackson 7-40, Knutson 2-25, Gregory 1-11 (CR).

Shelbyville football regroups for road trip to Yorktown

Class 4A, No. 10 Greenfield-Central had an interception return for a touchdown and two kickoff returns for scores Friday to power past Shelbyville, 54-7.

The Golden Bears know to compete against the top half of the Hoosier Heritage Conference, they cannot allow quick scores and big plays – including a 70-yard run for a touchdown by G-C in the third quarter.

“Our special teams … we botched a field goal attempt too,” said Shelbyville head coach Brian Glesing. “The kickoff coverage is one of the harder things when you have a superior team and an inferior team, kickoffs is an area where you can be exploited or exposed the most.”

Greenfield-Central finished with 360 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground while not attempting a pass.

“I thought defensively, one of the things about an option team or a team that runs the wishbone like (Greenfield-Central), we forced them to do a couple of other things. I was excited about that,” said Glesing. “We did a good job of stopping the dive and getting to the quarterback. Then they had to run a quick pitch for a big score and their quarterback counter play hurt us.

“I was excited. I thought we did a good job going through our progression on the option even though the score didn’t indicate that.”

Preparing for Greenfield-Central is tough when you don’t have the personnel to simulate the unique offense. Preparing for Yorktown and its pro-style offense this week is much easier.

The Tigers are 4-1 overall (2-1 HHC) and coming off back-to-back wins over Delta (35-21) and New Castle (25-19).

“Football games have so many different pieces to the puzzle,” said Glesing about the final score of Yorktown’s win over New Castle, who Shelbyville beat one week earlier. “Things that happen in games, whether a penalty here or there or a turnover here or there can just change the way the score looks on the scoreboard.

“New Castle did some good things against Yorktown and kept it close. I would be tickled pink if we had it within one possession in the fourth quarter. That would be huge.”

Shelbyville’s defense has to slow down Yorktown junior running back Jalen Thomas, who has nearly 500 yards rushing in five games. Against Delta, Thomas had 169 rushing yards and 55 yards receiving while finding the end zone three times.

“They can probably give him the ball more,” said Glesing. No other Tiger has more than 14 carries this season.

Quarterback Mason Moulton is back from an injury and completing 57% of his pass attempts for 545 yards and three touchdowns in three games. The junior has thrown seven interceptions, though.

Shelbyville (1-4, 1-2 HHC) has five players with at least 100 yards rushing this season, led by Axel Conover’s 292 yards on 66 attempts. Cael Lux (146 yards), Alex Macharia (142 yards), Luke Jackson (113 yards) and Eli Chappelow (111 yards) also have surpassed the century mark. Combined, the quintet have eight rushing touchdowns.

Chappelow has completed 52% of his pass attempts for 512 yards and three touchdowns.

Jackson Parker (14 receptions, 178 yards) and Lux (seven receptions, 174 yards) lead the Golden Bears in receiving yards.

 

 

QUICK FACTS

Shelbyville at Class 3A, No. 15 Yorktown

Game Time: 7:30 p.m. at Tiger Stadium in Yorktown, Ind. All tickets are $6 at the gate and cash only.

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

YT promotion: Homecoming.

Head coaches: Brian Glesing, 2-10 in 2nd year at Shelbyville, 120-104 in 20th year overall; Mike Wilhelm, 95-94 in 18th year at Yorktown.

2021 record: Shelbyville 1-6; Yorktown 5-5.

Sagarin ratings: Shelbyville, 29.25, 232nd overall, 51st in Class 4A; Yorktown, 58.46, 103rd overall, 19th in Class 3A.

Point spread: Yorktown is favored by 31 points.

Last meeting: Shelbyville lost 35-0 in 2021 after a three-week layoff due to COVID-19 protocols limiting the roster size and forcing the cancellation of games.

Last 10 meetings: Shelbyville is 4-6 against Yorktown in the last decade. The Tigers have won four straight meetings.

Around the HHC Friday: Delta (3-2, 1-2 HHC) at New Castle (1-4, 0-3 HHC); Class 4A, No. 10 Greenfield-Central (4-1, 2-1 HHC) at Class 4A, No. 1 New Palestine (5-0, 3-0 HHC); and Mt. Vernon (2-3, 2-1 HHC) at Pendleton Heights (2-3, 1-2 HHC).

Sectional 23 lookahead: Class 4A, No. 5 East Central (4-1); Class 4A, No. 11 Martinsville (4-1); Silver Creek (3-2), Bedford North Lawrence (2-3), Shelbyville (1-4), Edgewood (1-4), Jennings County (1-4), Greenwood (1-4).

Class 2A, No. 6 Triton Central looks to maintain momentum against Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter

Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter had a nearly two-decade run as a state powerhouse, winning four state championships and finishing runner-up three more times between 2003 and 2016.

Hard times have fallen on the Raiders program, which finished 1-10 in 2021 under first-year coach Brad Purcell.

Ritter, 1-3 this season, hosts Class 2A, No. 6 Triton Central (4-1) Friday night at Marian University in Indianapolis. The Raiders are limited in roster size and have cancelled the program’s junior varsity season.

Triton Central head coach Tim Able won’t let his team fall into a “trap” this week.

“We cannot get caught up in they’ve only won one game and we’ve only lost one game,” said Able. The Tigers are favored to win by more than 50 points Friday.

In addition, Triton Central has a date with Class 2A, No. 2 Indianapolis Scecina the following week, which could have Indiana Crossroads Conference championship implications. Scecina (5-0, 3-0 ICC) hosts Class A, No. 1 Lutheran (5-0, 4-0 ICC) this Friday. Lutheran is the only team to defeat Triton Central this season.

“We just have to do what we did last week,” said Able. “It’s all about execution and being ready to play.”

Triton Central overwhelmed Class 3A, No. 15 Indian Creek last week, grabbing five interceptions and rolling to a 49-14 victory.

Indian Creek was a pass-first offense. Ritter prefers to run behind an athletic offensive line, according to Able.

“They like to run the ball a little more than they throw,” said Able. “They are more successful running than throwing. If we can control the run, I feel we can defend their passing game pretty well.”

The Raiders opened the season with three straight ICC losses in which they were outscored 160-12. Last week, Ritter found success in a 44-8 win over Indianapolis Shortridge (2-3).

Senior quarterback Ben Johnson completed 6-of-11 pass attempts for 83 yards and a touchdown. Seniors Jay Roberts and Jayden Flemming combined for 192 rushing yards and five TDs.

Able wants to see Triton Central continue to find success running the ball. Ray Crawford has carried the ball 70 times in the first five games for 434 yards and five TDs.

Quarterback Jace Stuckey (photo) is already over 1,300 yards passing this season while hitting at a 68% clip. The junior has thrown 12 TDs with just four interceptions.

Senior Brad Schultz continues to terrorize defensive backfields, catching 36 passes for 751 yards and nine TDs.

 

 

QUICK FACTS:

Class 2A, No. 6 Triton Central at Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter

Game time: 7 p.m. at Marian University, 3200 Cold Springs Road in Indianapolis. Parking is $5. Advance tickets may be purchased online for $6 at gocardinalritter.org/event-tickets. Tickets purchased at the stadium will be $8.

Media coverage: Follow Shelby County Post News Editor Jeff Brown on Twitter at @Sportsboss4life for live updates from Marian University.

TC student section theme: Out of this World.

Head coaches: Tim Able, 84-33 in 10th year at Triton Central; 209-131 in 29th year overall; Brad Purcell, 2-13 in 2nd year at Ritter, 7-17 in 3rd year overall.

2021 record: Triton Central 8-5; Ritter 1-10.

Sagarin ratings: Triton Central, 75.57, 40th overall, 1st in Class 2A; Ritter, 23.29, 255th overall, 44th in Class 2A.

Point spread: Triton Central is a 52-point favorite.

Last year: Triton Central won 23-0 at Mendenhall Field in Fairland.

Last 10 meetings: Triton Central has won six of nine meetings over the last decade, including four straight.

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

Sectional 39 lookahead: Class 2A, No. 2 Scecina (5-0); Class 2A, No. 6 Triton Central (4-1); Class 2A, No 13 Brownstown Central (4-1); Christel House Manual (3-2); Switzerland County (2-3); Clarksville (2-3); Eastern (Pekin) (1-4); and Brown County (0-5).

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Prep Report: Triton Central soccer defeats Scecina on Senior Night

Triton Central’s girls soccer program celebrated Senior Night Wednesday with a 2-1 victory over Indianapolis Scecina.

Triton Central (5-7, 2-3 Indiana Crossroads Conference) got goals from Emma Firebaugh and Lizzie Graham. Sophia Robertson was credited with an assist.

Cheyenne Allen was the winning goalkeeper.

The lone goal for Scecina (3-6-2, 0-4 ICC) came in the second half by Chelsea Aragon.

In other prep events Wednesday:

Boys Soccer

Herron 4, Southwestern 2

At Herron, Gideon Nelson scored a pair of goals and Jack Wagner and Andy Beck found the back of the net to lead the Achaeans (4-4-1) to the win over Class A, No. 17 Southwestern (8-2-2).

Volleyball

Mt. Vernon def. Triton Central, 25-17, 25-14, 25-20

At Mt. Vernon, Sierra Holverson led the host Marauders (8-14) with 12 kills. Alivia Morgan added 11 kills.

Libby Gee-Weiler had a team-high 25 digs. Ava Whitmore collected 36 assists.

Kayden Simmons topped Triton Central (15-4) with six kills. Kaitlin Bramlett had five.

Veteran Triton Central volleyball team pins loss on youthful Shelbyville squad

For Triton Central, pace creates pressure. And pressure creates more scoring opportunities.

After splitting the first two games Monday at William L. Garrett Gymnasium with Shelbyville, the visiting Tigers turned up the pace on the Golden Bears and took the next two games to secure a 25-23, 17-25, 25-17, 25-19 victory.

“We’ve been trying not only with the sets and the attacks but just getting into and out of our offense (quicker),” said Triton Central head coach Ray Basile. “The point is over and getting our server back and getting everybody reset and go. Volleyball tends to be a wait and see if (the opponent) is ready and then serve the ball. Everybody gets used to a tempo.

“We are trying to create our own energy by just playing faster with everything we are doing, even between points on our side. I thought we did a pretty good job of doing that.”

Triton Central (15-3) needed a late rally to salvage game one against the Golden Bears (5-15). Shelbyville led 21-17 before the Tigers produced six straight points on a Kaitlin Bramlett kill, two Shelbyville unforced hitting errors, back-to-back service aces by Kate Isley and a Maddy Brown kill to make is 23-21.

The Golden Bears scored the next two points to tie the game but a serve into the net and a wide spike attempt closed out game one in Triton Central’s favor.

Shelbyville started quickly in game two and finished off the Tigers, who never found their rhythm.

“In that second set, we started missing serves and  started making bad passes on serve receive,” said Basile. “I don’t remember the exact statistic, but somewhere around 75% to 80% of the teams that win on serve and serve receive, those two statistics, will win the match regardless of anything else you do. I thought we probably won those on three of the sets and definitely lost it on that second set and you could see it.”

Shelbyville established another lead in the crucial third game but Triton Central overcame a poor serving stretch to tie the game at 8-all before scoring 10 of the next 13 points – the last one on an emphatic spike from Kayden Simmons to make it 18-11.

Triton Central closed out the game with a kill from Bramlett and an ace from Isley.

A Maddy Brown kill early in game four started a 5-0 run for the Tigers to make it 11-8. Triton Central would trail only once more in the game before pulling away in the end.

 

 

“We are a team that just goes on a roller coaster,” said first-year Shelbyville coach Katie Winters. “We have some really good sets, and then the next set we get too comfortable and lose focus and that trickles down and it’s hard to get back into it.”

The wins have been sporadic for an inexperienced Shelbyville program that lost seven seniors including record-setting setter Gracie Leffler and defensive specialist Emma Nolley, who is playing collegiately at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.

“We lost seven and that was pretty much the whole starting lineup,” said Winters, who was an assistant coach at Shelbyville last season. “The maturity and experience at this level, we lack that in some cases. The game, mentally, is keeping up from winning in the end.

Triton Central strung together 11-straight wins earlier this season before losing to Speedway. With four seniors contributing including Brown, who set the program’s career kills record in the first match of the season, Basile believes there is still room for improvement from a team that has already won 15 matches.

“They seem to be ready to play at a better level and that’s what we’ve been waiting on,” said Basile. “It’s not a talent thing, it’s a mental thing  and it was a lot better tonight.”

Brown led Triton Central with 12 kills against the Golden Bears. Brooklyn Bailey finished with 11 and Bramlett had eight. Isley had 35 assists.

Triton Central travels to Mt. Vernon (7-14) Thursday.

For Shelbyville, the goal is to play with more consistency.

“Every day I want to see us compete,” said Winters. “I think if we would have competed tonight, you would have seen a better outcome. Mentally-staying engaged is our key to success. Hopefully, this second half of the season we can keep them engaged and compete to be at our best at the end of the season.”

Senior Shelby Lasure led Shelbyville with 16 kills. Sophomore Ashlyn Turner had 13 kills, four aces and 11 digs.

Senior setter Karlie Lawson collected 32 assists and 20 digs.

The Golden Bears quickly shook off the loss to Triton Central and produced a 4-game win Tuesday at Lawrence Central.

After losing game one, Shelbyville responded to get a 23-25, 25-16, 25-17, 25-7 win over the Bears (4-13).

Kenyara Agnew led Lawrence Central with six kills. Izzy Simonsen had three aces and 17 assists.

Shelbyville will go for its first back-to-back wins Thursday when Franklin (13-6) visits Garrett Gymnasium.

Prep Report: Shelbyville girls soccer overpowers Greenwood Christian

Greenwood Christian ended Shelbyville’s five-match shutout streak. The Cougars, however, did not end the Golden Bears’ six-match win streak.

On Tuesday in Greenwood, Shelbyville scored four times in the first half and backed that with five more goals over the final 40 minutes to secure a 9-3 victory and its seventh-straight win.

Ava Wilson had the hat trick for Shelbyville, now 9-1 (3-1 Hoosier Heritage Conference), and Cyanne St. Bernard and Hailey Pogue each had two goals.

Hannah Baker and Evelyn Kiefer tallied the Golden Bears’ other two goals.

Baker, Kiefer, Pogue and Emma Sandman were credited with assists.

Macy Cooley earned the win in goal.

Allie Curlee scored two goals for Greenwood Christian (3-8). Adeline Jolley also scored.

Shelbyville hosts Greenfield-Central (6-5-1, 3-3 HHC) Thursday.

In other prep events Tuesday:

Boys Soccer

South Dearborn 3, Shelbyville 1

At Shelbyville, the visiting Knights (8-4-1) scored two first-half goals to seize momentum and roll to the road victory.

Jason Hall scored a pair of goals for South Dearborn and Dana Lewis added a third.

Shelbyville dropped to 7-5-1 this season. The Golden Bears travel to Greenfield-Central (8-1-2) Thursday.

Boys Tennis

Triton Central 5, Morristown 0

At Morristown on Senior Night, the visiting Tigers (12-3) won all five matches in straight sets over the Yellow Jackets (4-9).

At No. 1 singles, Tucker Hutchinson improved to 11-4 this season with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Tyler Schonfeld.

Avram Rund dropped just two games in defeating Jameson Palmer at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-0.

Cole Thomas pushed his No. 3 singles record to 12-3 with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Austin Gabbard.

Griffin Sego and Ben Toth secured their 10th victory of the season at No. 1 doubles with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Dalton McMichael and Michael Ballinger.

At No. 2 doubles, Joey Brosnan and Oliver Gearlds stayed unbeaten at 6-0 with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Bryce Bryant and Brady Schonfeld.

TC’s Connor Evans and Derreck Uhls won junior varsity singles matches.

Knightstown 3, Waldron 2

The Panthers secured the team victory by sweeping the singles matches in straight sets.

Waldron won both doubles matches.

At No. 1 doubles, the pairing of Jacob Lindsey and Josh Kellems improved to 8-3 this season with a 6-0, 7-5, win over Baylor Hogan and Ethan Woods.

Connor Hinchman and Matthew Thomas defeated Jeffrey Alexander and Leeland Gallion, 6-2, 6-1 to push their No. 2 doubles record to 7-4.

Waldron got JV wins from Isaiah Jones, Andy Lacy and the doubles pairing of Sam Jones and Connor Ping.

Volleyball

Waldron def. South Decatur, 21-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-12, 15-9

At South Decatur, Waldron (10-6) rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win its third straight match.

Sophia Bushhorn led South Decatur with seven kills.

Hauser def. Southwestern, 25-13, 25-18, 25-15

At Southwestern, visiting Hauser (16-6, 4-0 Mid-Hoosier Conference) maintained its conference lead with a sweep of the Spartans (8-13, 2-2 MHC).

Collegiate Update: Perry closes out Rose-Hulman's fall tennis season with win at Wabash Invitational

Austin Perry won a singles match and lost a doubles match for Rose-Hulman’s men’s tennis program while competing in the Wabash College Fall Invitational on Sept. 16-17 at the Collett Tennis Center in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Perry, a Shelbyville graduate, defeated Illinois Wesleyan’s Josh Cortez, 6-3, 1-6, 10-4.

Perry (photo, sixth from left) teamed with Corey Pollard and lost 8-3 to Blake Discher II and Eduardo Werneck of Wabash.

Rose-Hulman won 14 singles matches and seven doubles matches in the invitational competing against Earlham, Illinois Wesleyan and Wabash to close out the fall regular-season schedule.

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

 

 

Asher Caldwell

The Morristown graduate made his collegiate debut Tuesday for Trine University’s men’s golf program at the Ken Venturi Invitational in Angola, Indiana.

Trine hosted its first home match of the season at Zollner Golf Course and finished third overall.

Trine entered multiple teams in the event. Caldwell’s team finished eighth overall. Caldwell shot 82.

 

 

Jill Anspaugh

The Shelbyville graduate finished 138th (21:36) for Franklin College’s women’s cross country team Saturday competing in the Indiana State University McNichols Invitational in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Franklin finished 14th in the team standings that featured Division I, Division II and Division III programs.

 

 

Hayden Kermode

The Triton Central graduate had two kickoff returns totaling 15 yards Saturday for Concordia in a 28-20 loss at Roosevelt in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Concordia led 14-0 before Roosevelt scored 28-straight points to secure the victory.

 

 

Kenneth Gipson

The Triton Central graduate started on the offensive line for Rose-Hulman Saturday in a 49-17 loss to Albion in Terre Haute, Ind.

The Engineers are 0-3 this season.

 

 

Julia Sanders

The Triton Central graduate had one assist, one service ace and seven digs Tuesday for Indiana University Kokomo in a 25-12, 25-17, 25-16 victory over IU South Bend that pushed the Cougars’ record to 11-3 this season.

IU Kokomo collected two wins Saturday over IU East (25-22, 21-25, 25-12, 25-18) and Trinity International University (25-19, 25-27, 25-19, 25-17.

Sanders had three assists and 11 digs against IU East and four assists and 11 digs in the win over Trinity International.

 

 

Maggie Schweitzer

The Triton Central graduate recorded eight assists and seven digs Saturday in Hanover College’s 25-18, 25-18, 25-22 loss to Berea College (Ky.) in the final match of the Hanover Invitational.

The Panthers opened the event Friday with a 19-25, 25-11, 26-24, 22-25, 15-11 win over Adrian College. Schweitzer had two kills, 15 assists and nine digs.

On Saturday, Hanover defeated Westminster College (Mo.), 25-16, 25-16, 19-25, 25-13. Schweitzer led the Panthers with 19 assists, one kill, one ace and four digs.

On Sept. 14, Hanover swept Spalding University, 25-14, 25-18, 25-23. Schweitzer had one kill, 12 assists and four digs.

Hanover is 5-7 this season.

 

 

Brooklyn Schiffli

The Triton Central graduate had three assists and nine digs Saturday in Jacksonville State’s 25-19, 25-20, 19-25, 23-25, 15-11 loss to unbeaten Auburn (11-0) in the conclusion of the JSU Invitational.

The Gamecocks defeated Jackson State (25-15, 25-10, 25-21) and Southern Miss (25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 25-18) Friday. Schweitzer had five digs in the win over Jackson State and one assist and 11 digs against Southern Miss.

On Sept. 13, Jacksonville State defeated Alabama State, 25-15, 25-10, 25-13. Schweitzer finished with one ace and five digs.

Jacksonville State wrapped up its non-conference schedule with a 12-1 record.

Loper Elementary claims both city cross country titles

Hendricks Elementary School produced both individual champions Monday at the Shelbyville Elementary Cross Country Championship Meet at Blue River Memorial Park, but Loper captured the team titles with five runners in the top 10 of each race.

Hendricks Elementary’s Griffin Hassebroek won the boys race in eight minutes, 52 seconds at the Blue River Cross Country Venue in Shelbyville.

St. Joseph’s Harrison Fischer (9:05) was runner-up ahead of three Loper athletes – Carson Claxton (9:08), Parker Keith (9:12) and Dylan Barnes (9:19).

Loper also got top-10 performances from Skylar Sale (8th in 10:16) and Russell Cherry (9th in 10:19).

Rounding out the top 10 were St. Joseph’s Beckham Lee (6th in 9:20), Hendricks’ Drew Muckerheide (7th in 9:30) and St. Joseph’s Gabriel Telez (10th in 10:23).

Coulston Elementary’s top finisher was Jose Cazares Vega (11th in 10:32).

Loper (photo below) won the team title with 22 points. Hendricks was second at 36. Coulston finished third (72) while St. Joseph did not field enough runners for a team score.

 

 

In the girls race, Hendricks’ Aria Buis crossed the finish line first in 10:07. She was followed by Loper’s Stella Cunningham (10:28) and Macy Shultz (10:39).

St. Joseph’s Maggie Kolkmeier finished fourth in 11:06 while Hendricks’ Vivian McIntire was fifth in 11:13.

Loper’s Mila Eads (11:22) and Jenna Carroll (11:36) placed sixth and seventh, respectively.

Coulston’s Adalyn Vanderpohl was eighth (11:51); St. Joseph’s Sophia Meriweather followed in ninth (12:27); and Loper’s Autumn Gooding placed 10th in 12:36.

Loper (photo below) was crowned champions with 24 points. Hendricks was runner-up at 37. Coulston was third with 65 points. St. Joseph did not field a complete team.

 

Triton Central climbs three positions in latest football coaches association poll

With a second consecutive strong performance, Triton Central has climbed three spots in this week’s Indiana Football Coaches Association Class 2A poll.

The Tigers, now 4-1 after a 49-14 win over 3A, No. 15 Indian Creek (3-2), are sixth in the poll after landing at No. 9 last week.

Linton-Stockton (5-0) remains unbeaten and atop the 2A poll with Indianapolis Scecina (5-0) rising to No. 2 this week over Andrean (3-2).

LaVille (5-0) is No. 4 ahead of Evansville Mater Dei (3-2), Triton Central, Lewis Cass (5-0), Fort Wayne Luers (3-2), Lafayette Central Catholic (3-2) and Eastbrook (3-2).

Triton Central and Scecina will meet in week seven on Sept. 30.

 

 

The top four teams in the Class A poll are still unbeaten.

Lutheran (5-0) is No. 1 again this week with Adams Central (5-0), North Judson (5-0), North Decatur (5-0), South Adams (4-1), Park Tudor (4-1), Carroll (Flora) (5-0), South Putnam (4-1), Triton (4-1) and Tri (4-1) rounding out the top 10.

Edinburgh (4-1) is No. 12 in this week’s poll.

West Lafayette (5-0) maintained the top spot in the Class 3A poll. Chatard (3-2) is No. 2 ahead of Gibson Southern (5-0), Tri-West (4-1), Norwell (5-0), Hanover Central (5-0), Western Boone (4-1), Lawrenceburg (4-1), Guerin Catholic (3-2) and Owen Valley (5-0).

Seven of the top 10 teams in Class 4A are undefeated.

New Palestine (5-0) leads Roncalli (5-0), Mooresville (5-0), Kokomo (5-0), East Central (4-1), Northwood (5-0), New Prairie (5-0), Brebeuf (3-1), Evansville Reitz (5-0) and Greenfield-Central (4-1).

Whiteland (5-0) and Mishawaka (5-0) lead the Class 5A poll, respectively. Merrillville (4-1), Fort Wayne Snider (4-1), Valparaiso (4-1), Castle (4-1), Bloomington South (4-1), Harrison (West Lafayette) (4-1), Fort Wayne Dwenger (3-2) and Fort Wayne North (3-2) are in pursuit.

Brownsburg (5-0) continues to hold the top spot in Class 6A, ahead of Center Grove (4-1), Cathedral (3-1), Hamilton Southeastern (5-0), Ben Davis (3-2), Carmel (3-2), Carroll (Allen) (5-0), Fishers (3-2), Westfield (3-2) and Lawrence Central (3-2).

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Prep Report: Morristown, TC close out girls golf season

The golf programs at Morristown and Triton Central closed out the 2022 season Monday at the New Palestine Sectional.

The top three teams and the top three individuals not on an advancing team qualified for the Lapel Regional Saturday at Edgewood Golf Course.

New Palestine was the sectional champion at Hawk’s Tail Golf Course with a 354 team score. Mt. Vernon (399) and Rushville (406) also qualified for the regional.

Shenandoah (420) was fourth ahead of Greenfield-Central (434), Triton Central (541) and Morristown (549).

Greenfield-Central’s Sydnie Wherry was the sectional champion with an 81. She qualified for the regional along with Shenandoah’s Carly Chandler (86) and Madelyn Shelton (104).

Morristown’s quartet of golfers finished within five strokes of each other. Competing were Clara Hale (135), Mollie Runnebohm (136), Ashley Ballinger (138) and Oakleigh Goedde (140).

Triton Central was led by Lindsay Huxford’s 131. Olivia Williams followed at 133. Hanna Fink shot 136 and Jaylee Davis carded 141.

In other prep events Monday:

Boys Soccer

Southwestern 7, Trinity Lutheran 1

At Southwestern, the host Spartans, ranked No. 17 in this week’s state coaches poll, scored five first-half goals to cruise past the Cougars (3-8-2).

Southwestern improved to 8-1-2.

Boys Tennis

Triton Central 5, Hauser 0

At Hauser, the visiting Tigers improved to 11-3 this season with strong performances in all five matches.

At No. 1 singles, Tucker Hutchinson defeated Caleb Wallace, 6-1, 6-1.

Avram Rund won at No. 2 singles, 6-4, 6-3 over Jackson Burcham.

Cole Thomas bested Hagan Widersatz at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-2.

At No. 1 doubles, Griffin Sego and Ben Toth defeated Levi Gollmer and Hunter Pappano, 6-2, 6-1.

And Oliver Gearlds and Joey Brosnan dominated Jentzen Bechtel and Cameron Blair, 6-1, 6-1.

TC got junior varsity wins from Connor Evans, Bryce Toth, Wyatt Fisher and the doubles pairing of Aidan Morris and Nick Tormoehlen.

 

 

Waldron 5, Oldenburg Academy 0

At Waldron on Senior Night, the Mohawks’ lone senior, Josh Kellems, teamed with Lucas Shaw to produce a 6-1, 6-0 win over Jack Freeland and Zach Phillips at No. 1 doubles.

Jack Fischer replaced Shaw at No. 1 singles and won a 7-5, 6-1 match against Clay Eckstein.

Jacob Lindsey won at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-1 over Will Hollingsworth.

Caiden Young blanked Jonah Short, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles.

And at No. 2 doubles, Connor Hinchman and Matthew Thomas defeated Carson Phillips and Carson Ruter, 6-0, 6-1.

Waldron improved to 7-6.

 

 

Shelbyville 5, Rushville 0

At Shelbyville on Senior Night, the Golden Bears improved to 11-9 with straight-set wins in all five matches.

Aidan Asher, Caden Tackett and Logan Prickett lost a total of 11 games in sweeping the singles matches.

Aiden Smith and Caden Claxton were victorious 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles.

Karson Schaf and Reece Prickett collected their 14th win of the season, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.

Volleyball

Southwestern def. Knightstown, 25-16, 25-27, 23-25, 25-22, 15-11

At Knightstown, the visiting Spartans rallied to win the final two games to improve to 8-12 this season.

Jayla Kopp and Josie Koehler each had five kills to lead Knightstown (6-12).

Waldron football wins rematch with Rock Creek Academy

WALDRON -- Cayden Balzen only gets one shot at a high school football career. A severely sprained ankle is not about to slow him down.

Balzen sprained his right ankle again early in the first half Saturday during Waldron’s 8-man football game against Rock Creek Academy. That same injury forced him to miss Waldron’s season opener two weeks earlier against the same Lions in Jeffersonville.

The Waldron senior got the ankle taped up and went back to work in the rematch Saturday night in front of a raucous Mohawks crowd.

Balzen scored three second-half touchdowns to deliver Waldron a 48-40 victory that improved its record to 2-1 this season.

“It’s hurting a bit but we taped it up enough that its stiff,” said Balzen after celebrating Waldron’s second win in five days – both at home. “It also happened Tuesday. There is so much tape right now. We worked through it.”

Balzen and junior starting quarterback Walker Dodson did not play in the program’s inaugural loss, 36-16 at Rock Creek. On Tuesday, the Mohawks defeated Irvington Prep, 36-26, in Waldron for its first victory.

Balzen had 97 rushing yards on five carries and a touchdown. Dodson rushed for 70 more yards and two touchdowns.

“The two kids, we were missing them first time against Rock Creek,” said Waldron coach Corey Barton. “Those two are the best athletes, a junior and a senior that are strong and fast. They are tough kids and we rally around those two.”

The five-day turnaround for a game is difficult for an 8-man team that only has 20 players on its entire roster.

Rock Creek Academy’s Malachi Starks took the opening kickoff Saturday 69 yards for the game’s first touchdown. Quarterback Zach Clark connected with Ryan Ingram for the 2-point conversion.

 

 

Waldron needed just two plays to answer back. Following a Balzen 13-yard scamper, Hunter Dodson, who played quarterback in the season opener, fumbled and recovered to run 52 yards for a touchdown. Balzen completed the drive with a 2-point conversion run and the game was tied again before one minute ran off the scoreboard clock.

After forcing the Lions to punt on their first offensive series, Walker Dodson got loose and ran 45 yards for a touchdown. Hunter Dodson ran in the 2-point conversion to make it 16-8.

 

 

Following a Waldron turnover on its next possession, Clark (photo, left) hit Ingram for a 49-yard scoring strike and Dylan Parente rumbled into the end zone for the 2-point conversion to tie the game again with just over three minutes left in the opening quarter.

The Lions (1-2) would not trail again until midway through the fourth quarter.

Clark put Rock Creek ahead again with a 38-yard TD pass to Zion Barnes.

Balzen collected his first touchdown of the night late in the second quarter with a 28-yard run.

The Lions scored before the half ended when Parente, now playing quarterback after Clark was injured, hit Barnes for a 22-yard TD reception. The 2-point conversion failed and the Lions led 28-22 at halftime.

 

 

Both teams scored touchdowns in the third quarter and failed converting the 2-point attempts. Balzen sprinted 23 yards for his second TD with 9:13 left in the third quarter. Starks broke free for a 53-yard run just 20 seconds later and Rock Creek led 34-28 going into the fourth quarter.

Without Clark, Rock Creek’s passing game was limited and the Mohawks took advantage with four second-half interceptions – two each from Walker Dodson and Hunter Dodson.

Waldron tied the game again early in the fourth quarter when Walker Dodson hit Balzen for a 22-yard TD. The conversion failed again and it was 34-34 with 9:05 left.

A Rock Creek turnover put the Mohawks back in business at the 23-yard line. Four plays later, Walker Dodson put the ball in the end zone and Balzen raced into the end zone for the 2-point conversion and the Mohawks’ first lead, 42-34, since midway through the first quarter.

An interception stopped the Lions’ next drive and the Mohawks needed one first down to run out the clock.

Back-to-back runs by Balzen netted seven yards but consecutive false start penalties pushed Waldron into a third-and-13 situation from its own 37-yard line.

Barton called Balzen’s number one more time and the senior delivered. Walker Dodson took the snap and rolled to his left. Balzen slipped the line of scrimmage and moved into the flat where Dodson lofted him a pass. He turned toward the end zone and raced untouched for a 63-yard touchdown that made it 48-34.

“All I had to do was catch it and go – icing on the cake,” said Balzen.

 

For more on the first meeting between Waldron and Rock Creek Academy, go to https://shelbycountypost.com/sports/650994

 

“We ran it last drive and I saw a weakness on their defense,” explained Barton. “I called another pass to that weak side but they were catching on to the formation we were in and packing the line of scrimmage. I knew with a little bit of a hesitation, a little fake and go deep. (Dodson) got it through and complete to where we wanted it. I knew it would work.”

Rock Creek answered right back with Barnes collecting his third TD reception, this one a 57-yard catch and run that gave the Lions hope.

Waldron prepared for the onside kick with 31 seconds left but Parente could not keep it in bounds. Walker Dodson took a knee and the Mohawks celebrated a hard-fought victory.

“This is a dream,” said Balzen. “It’s what you picture high school being like … it’s like in the movies almost. I can’t even explain it. I am so excited.”

Walker Dodson finished with 111 yards rushing Saturday. Hunter Dodson added 76 more and Balzen ended with 70.

Balzen had four catches for 116 yards.

The Mohawks travel to Fort Wayne Saturday night to face Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian.

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