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Ruschhaupt commits to continue track and field career at Franklin College

As a freshman, Ava Ruschhaupt walked away from running competitively. Three years later, the Shelbyville senior has committed to run for Franklin College.

On Thursday in the Golden Bear Room at Shelbyville High School, Ruschhaupt made her choice official with a signing ceremony in front of her coaches, friends and family.

“I was no nervous,” said Ruschhaupt after the ceremony with a big smile. “There were a lot of people staring at me.”

The young teenager made an important decision to focus on her health rather than her passion as she entered high school.

“I was dealing with an eating disorder for awhile and I made the decision my freshman year to step back and regroup and figure out what I was doing,” explained Ruschhaupt, the daughter of John and Julie Ruschhaupt.

 

 

She opted to be a team manager instead of a competitive athlete to keep her close with the cross country and track and field programs at SHS.

“I managed for awhile and then I felt like I was in a better spot physically and mentally to come back,” she said. “I wasn’t quite sure about running long distance again so I switched over to sprint group.”

Shelbyville track and field coach Nick Blakey informed those in attendance Thursday only two students in his nine years at the school have left the track and cross country programs and returned.

“I think you made a really mature decision because when you became a manager and you helped out with the sprints crew, you looked at what we were doing and said, ‘That’s different. I think I can get a fresh start if I try that,’” said Blakey. “Frankly, many high school students don’t make that decision. It was very insightful and our whole team is better for that decision.”

Ruschhaupt’s focus now is running the 200 meters and 400 meters in track and field. She did opt to return to cross country for her senior season and that helped her overcome any mental hurdles holding her back.

 

 

“It was scary,” she said. “The anxiety was so bad. My first race at Franklin (High School) I only ran a 3K. It was a lot better getting back into it. I was very nervous but once I got that over with, I felt better afterward and I continued to keep growing and getting better.”

Ruschhaupt is excited for her senior season of track because she will be more prepared to be a sprinter.

“I ran a mix of things last year just trying to feel everything out,” she said. “This year I want to focus on the 400 and the 200.”

Ruschhaupt never considering running collegiately until a college track and field coach contacted her. By exploring her options, Franklin College became an opportunity.

“I love coach (Taylor) Sadkowski,” said Ruschhaupt. “He had a plan for growing the program (at Franklin College). He really wants to stay there for awhile and make the program better. That is what really pulled me there.”

Ruschhaupt will major in Biology with a medical career in her future.

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Franklin captures third-straight sectional championship with 48-29 win over Shelbyville

Franklin used a 19-0 run to secure a 19-point win and its third-straight sectional championship win Saturday night at William L. Garrett Gymnasium.

Following an emotional semifinal win Friday over Columbus East, Shelbyville fell flat in its first sectional championship game appearance since 2007. Franklin scored the first 19 points of the game and rolled to a 48-29 victory.

“I feel like we gave it everything we’ve got (Friday) and we just ran out of juice,” said Shelbyville head coach Becca Hoefler. “You have to have everything you’ve got to play Franklin Community.”

The Grizzly Cubs (18-5) will face No. 9 Center Grove (21-4) in the regional championship game on Feb. 11 at Bedford North-Lawrence High School. The Trojans have won 17 straight games since a 38-34 loss to Franklin on Nov. 29.

Shelbyville’s only first-quarter points came on an Ava Wilson drive in the final seconds.

Franklin scored the first five points of the second quarter to push its lead to 24-2 before Shelbyville dug in. The Golden Bears scored the next eight points and trailed at halftime 25-10.

 

 

After a Hailey Pogue (photo) lay-in to start the third quarter cut the deficit to 13, Franklin’s Brooklyn York and Scarlett Kimbrell hit three straight three-pointers to push the lead to 34-12.

Erica Buening led Franklin with 12 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. York finished with 10 points. Nine of the 11 Grizzly Cubs that took the court scored Saturday.

“We were trying to make sure they didn’t pop off on 3s. They are known for (hitting) 3s,” said Hoefler. “We were boxing out every possession to eliminate their second-chance opportunities. They are quite bigger than us. They have five basketball players on the court that will all someday play somewhere else (at the college level) and it shows on the court.”

One night after hitting 11 3s against Columbus East, Shelbyville was 0-for-8 from beyond the arc and had just eight field goals total in the loss.

Ava Wilson led Shelbyville with 13 points. Kylee Edwards finished with six.

“Ava gave it everything she had on the court. She gave it her all and I cannot fault her one second,” said Hoefler. “And Kylee is not quite 100% and (Friday) she did everything she could to win and she just ran out of juice.”

 

 

The Golden Bears closed out their most successful season in 16 years with a 15-9 record. Three seniors, Edwards, Pogue and Abby Brenner (photo) were part of a 4-20 team as freshmen. The program improved to eight and 11 wins the next two seasons, respectively.

Hoefler did not stop the game in the final minutes to bring the three seniors off the floor together, instead allowing them to finish their careers at Garrett Gymnasium on Frank Barnes Court.

“I told them it’s the last three minutes you are going to be in that uniform, go make it worth your while,” said Hoefler. “They have done so much for this program. They put Shelbyville back on the map with all their hard work. They should be proud of being a Shelbyville Golden Bear the last four years.”

Edwards’ record-breaking career ended with the single-game record for points scored and career records for points, rebounds and blocked shots.

 

 

“No regrets,” said Edwards after the game as she tried to keep her emotions in check. “Tonight was a tough one but looking back on Columbus East, that was probably the best game we ever played as a team. It was like a moment where we finally got the recognition we deserved. There were so many people that doubted us in that game, and tonight, and we showed them who we are.”

Edwards, who surpassed several notable Shelbyville athletes on her way to the career scoring record, now is the standard for future Golden Bears to chase.

“I think it will come with time,” said Edwards when asked if she understood the mark she left on the program. “Maybe when I am older I will. I’m just out here right now playing with my best friends. I enjoy playing basketball just as much as softball.

“My freshman year I remember standing on the court and the seniors were getting announced and I thought it was never going to be me. It was a couple of weeks ago (for me), it just feels so unreal.”

Edwards will take some time to heal an injured knee and ankle before preparing for her final softball season as a Golden Bear. She will play softball collegiately at Mississippi State University.

Steve Bush photos

 

Franklin 48, Shelbyville 29

FR – Klem 2-3 0-0 4, Kimbrell 2-10 0-0 5, Buening 4-10 3-4 12, Jochim 2-3 2-2 7, York 3-8 2-2 10, Sappenfield 1-4 0-0 3, Doty 0-1 0-0 0, Phillips 1-4 0-0 3, Runyon 1-1 0-0 2, Fuqua 0-1 0-1 0, Morris 0-2 0-0 0, Rinehold 1-2  0-0 2. Totals: 17-49 7-9 48.

SH – Edwards 3-5 0-0 6, Brenner 0-3 4-6 4, Simpson 0-3 0-1 0, Wilson 4-20 5-8 13, Pogue 1-2 1-2 3, E. Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Marshall 0-0 1-2 1, Keller 0-4 2-2 2. Totals: 8-37 12-21 29.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

FR (18-5)  19    6  14    9  --  48

SH (15-9)    2    8    5  14  --  29

Three-point field goals: FR 7-29 (Klem 0-1, Kimbrell 1-7, Buening 1-2, Jochim 1-2, York 2-5, Sappenfield 1-3, Doty 0-1, Phillips 1-4, Fuqua 0-1, Morris 0-2, Rinehold 0-1), SH 0-8 (Edwards 0-1, Brenner 0-1, Wilson 0-6). Rebounds: FR 34 (Klem 5, Kimbrell 8, Buening 8, Jochim 3, York 4, Sappenfield 1, Doty 1, Phillips 2, Runyon 2, Fuqua 1), SH 21 (Edwards 5, Brenner 5, Simpson 1, Wilson 7, Pogue 3). Assists: FR 12 (Klem 1, Kimbrell 4, Buening 2, Jochim 1, York 2, Sappenfield 1, Phillips 1), SH 1 (Simpson 1). Steals: FR 7 (Klem 1, Kimbrell 1, Buening 2, Jochim 2, York 1), SH 2 (Edwards 1, Marshall 1). Blocks: FR 3 (Kimbrell 2, York 1), SH 4 (Edwards 1, Simpson 1, Wilson 2). Total fouls: FR 20, SH 12. Turnovers: FR 11, SH 16.

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Prep report: Shelbyville's Helfer-Vazquez qualifies for diving regional

Shelbyville diver Maiah Helfer-Vazquez earned a regional appearance with a fourth-place finish Saturday at the New Palestine Sectional.

Helfer-Vazquez totaled 280.2 points to qualify for Tuesday’s Brownsburg Regional. The top eight finishers at the regional qualify for the state championship meet.

Mount Vernon’s Riley Nielsen won the diving competition with 329.5 points. Also advancing were New Palestine’s Ava Tuley (296.3) and Centerville’s Taylor Heaston (292.5).

Only sectional champions in swimming events qualify for the state finals.

Shelbyville’s best finish came in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Naomi Garringer, Miriam Garringer, Meeghen Bushfield and Riley Everette placed third in 1:48.35.

Greenfield-Central won the race in 1:38.94. New Palestine finished second in 1:43.73.

Everette produced the Golden Bears’ top individual finish. The freshman was fourth in the 100 butterfly in 1:04.37. Greenfield-Central’s Mary Ellen Stratman won the sectional title in 59.81.

Shelbyville’s only other top-8 finish Saturday came in the 200 medley relay. Naomi Garringer, Alexis Dwiggins, Riley Everette and Paige Bohman finished seventh in 2:10.47.

Greenfield-Central won the race in 1:48.08.

In other prep events Saturday:

Boys basketball

Waldron 72, Tri 69, OT

At Tri, Lucas Mitchell scored 32 points and Bryce Yarling had 21 to lead the Mohawks to an overtime victory over the Class A, No. 9 Titans (11-4).

Waldron (9-9) led by three points with six seconds left in the fourth quarter but fouled a Titan shooting a three-pointer at the buzzer. With three made free throws, the game went to overtime.

With a Mitchell screen late in overtime in a tied game, Yarling was able to get to the rim and score with less than one second on the clock. Yarling was fouled as well and hit the free throw to set the final score.

With 32 points, Mitchell moved within 32 points of becoming the sixth Mohawk to reach 1,000 career points.

And with the game-winning shot, Yarling surpassed 1,200 career points to become Waldron’s No. 2 career scoring leader. Yarling passed Justin Barnard (1,181); and with 1,201 points trails only Jared Lux (1,313) for the top spot.

Waldron is at South Decatur (8-10) Friday.

Centerville 60, Morristown 22

At Centerville, 10 different Bulldogs scored led by 11 points from Nathan Dickenson and Chase Clark to improve to 5-11. Centerville started the season 1-9 but have since won four of six.

Jameson Palmer led Morristown (1-17) with nine points.

The Yellow Jackets travel to Class 2A, No. 15 Eastern Hancock (13-5) Friday.

Triton Central 77, Oldenburg Academy 41

At Triton Central, Luke Faust and Eli Sego each scored 20 points and Silas Blair had 18 points to improve the Tigers to 13-5.

Triton Central led 21-12 after one quarter and opened the lead to 40-19 by halftime.

Connor Miles led Oldenburg Academy (6-11) with 16 points.

Triton Central hosts Indianapolis Ritter (9-9) Friday for an Indiana Crossroads Conference contest.

Rising Sun 62, Southwestern 54

At Southwestern, Dylan Morris scored a game-high 27 points and two more Shiners scored in double figures to push Rising Sun’s record to 9-10.

Brody Morris scored 11 points and Brady Works had 10 for Rising Sun.

Ben Kahler topped Southwestern (2-16) with 17 points. Carter Snepp and Jonah DeArmitt each scored 14.

The Spartans host Indiana Deaf (6-11) Tuesday.

Gymnastics

Rushville Invitational

New Palestine 99.7, Westfield 97.0, Rushville 93.75, Morristown 85.925, Shelbyville 70.15, Muncie Central 67.325

At Rushville, New Palestine gymnasts collected four of the top-10 spots in the all-around competition to secure the team title.

Rushville’s Bell Westphal won the all-around with 33.95 points. Westfield’s Elianna Reynolds (33.225) and New Palestine’s Lynzie Stiller (32.725) finished runner-up and third.

Morristown’s Oakleigh Goedde placed fifth at 31.875 while Shelbyville’s Renee Aldridge was 10th (29.6).

Stiller won the floor exercise with a score of 9.425. Goedde finished sixth (8.2) while Aldridge placed 11th (29.6).

Westphal produced the best score on the balance beam (8.525) and vault (8.85).

Goedde finished sixth on the balance beam (8.125). Aldridge was 12th (7.15).

Goedde scored 8.3 in the vault to finish seventh. Aldridge was ninth (8.275).

Reynolds won the uneven bar competition with an 8.275.

Goedde finished fifth (7.25) and Aldridge was 10th (6.375).

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Triton Central's Ball, Shelbyville's Harker advance to wrestling semistate

Hadyn Ball and Jacob Harker finished third in their respective weight classes to advance to the New Castle Semistate.

On Saturday at the Perry Meridian Regional, Ball, a Triton Central senior, lost a semifinal match at 220 pounds to Warren Central’s Greg Johnson, 5-2, then defeated Franklin Central’s Talan Humphrey, 5-3, in the third-place match.

Ball qualified for the semistate with a 9-1 victory over Beech Grove’s Ian Thompson in his opening match.

Deckard won the regional championship with a 3-2 win over Johnson.

 

 

Harker, a Shelbyville junior, followed the same route at 285 pounds.

Harker defeated Southport’s Jacarei Markey, 7-3, to qualify for the semistate.

In the semifinal round, Beech Grove’s John Broadwell, ranked No. 20 in the state poll, defeated Harker, 8-4, to relegate him to the third-place match.

Harker earned the third-place position with a 6-3 victory over Perris Green of Warren Central.

Broadwell claimed the 285-pound championship with a 3-2 victory over Franklin Central’s Andrew Just.

Triton Central’s Ayden Nufio (106 pounds), Shelbyville’s Isaiah Havens (120), Triton Central’s Dayne Bailey (132) and Ethan Booth (138) and Shelbyville’s Julian Eads (145) lost quarterfinal-round matches Saturday at Perry Meridian.

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South Decatur eliminates Morristown in Sectional 60 semifinal round

Morristown’s bid to get to the Class A, Sectional 60 championship game was thwarted Friday by South Decatur, 50-38.

The win was the second for the Cougars (9-15) over the Yellow Jackets (13-11) this season.

Raegan Kleine led Morristown in her final game. The senior finished with 14 points, five steals, two rebounds and two assists.

Danika Rutledge had 13 points and four rebounds. Alexia Rogers had five points and three steals.

South Decatur built a 17-12 lead by halftime. Morristown cut the lead to 29-25 after three quarters but the Cougars scored 21 fourth-quarter points to secure the victory and a spot in the championship game.

In Saturday’s championship, Class A, No. 13 Jac-Cen-Del defeated South Decatur 43-34.

Julia Meyer led the Eagles (15-11) with 23 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Olivia Neal had 12 points and two rebounds.

Jac-Cen-Del will face Bethesda Christian (12-13) in the regional championship game Saturday at 1 p.m. at Southwestern High School.

Southwestern also will host the regional championship game between Eminence (17-6) and Bloomfield (13-14) at 4 p.m.

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Lizzie Graham's career with LTB ends as one at IU-South Bend is about to begin

You’ve heard of adding insult to injury. 

 

Triton Central’s Lizzie Graham had the reverse with an injured foot on top of the insult of a sectional quarterfinal loss to Eastern Hancock that not only ended the Tigers’ girls basketball season but also Graham’s high school career.

 

Graham was hurt in the late stages of the Tigers – Royals quarterfinal and had to be helped from the floor.  But the senior wasn’t ready to go out that way.  She would return minutes later and as the game reached the final seconds just rimmed out a volleyball line three point attempt that could have tied the game.

 

Maybe the pain in the foot eased the pain of the loss.

 

As is often the case, time will further ease the hurt that comes from the end of a season.  Better yet, Graham will have another season begin when she joins the IU-South Bend women’s basketball program to extend her career to the collegiate level.

 

Graham verbally committed to the Titans before the high school season began and then followed that by signing on the dotted line right before the sectional.

 

 

The 5’8” TC senior led the team in scoring at 12.8 points per game.  She also averaged 3.7 rebounds and two assists while shooting 42 percent from three-point range.

 

Graham is a career 44% three-point shooter and the Tigers all-time leader in triples made.

 

She says the style of play she’s accustomed to at Triton Central is similar to what the Titans feature.

 

 

Her dad and head coach, Bryan Graham, says the Titans’ program and Lizzie’s talents are a good fit.

 

 

Graham was part of a three-member senior class for the Tigers with classmates Riley Ross and Hallie Schweitzer.

 

 

Graham will join a program at IU South Bend that was knocked out of the last postseason in the NAIA Women's Basketball National Championship Opening Round by 12th-ranked Indiana Wesleyan, 65-64.  It marked the first NAIA Tournament appearance for the Titans since 2005.

 

The Titans 25-8 overall record was the program's second straight full season with 25 victories. Currently, IU-South Bend is 21-2 and just outside the NAIA Top 25.

 


Shelbyville defeats Columbus East to earn first sectional championship game appearance since 2007

Shelbyville could not secure its first sectional game victory since 2011 with Kylee Edwards and Ava Wilson doing all the scoring. The dynamic duo needed help.

The Golden Bears held a precarious 30-26 halftime advantage on Columbus East Friday in the second semifinal game of Class 4A, Sectional 14 but Edwards and Wilson accounted for 28 of those points.

A halftime pep talk from Edwards (photo below) instilled confidence in her teammates and they went to work. Abby Brenner, Ellie Keller, Ella Johnson and Lilly Marshall combined for 21 second-half points and Edwards had 11 of her game-high 27 points in the fourth quarter to get Shelbyville a 65-62 victory and a spot in tonight’s sectional championship game at Garrett Gymnasium in Shelbyville.

“It was a team win,” said Shelbyville head coach Becca Hoefler, who earned the first postseason win of her four-year coaching career. “Kylee at halftime, and this shows you what kind of leader she is, looked at all of them and said take a shot if you’re open. Ava and I are being guarded, take a shot and we will try to rebound it … just keep shooting.”

The Golden Bears will face Franklin (17-5), 66-43 winner over Whiteland Friday, at 7:30 p.m. tonight. The Grizzly Cubs defeated Shelbyville, 63-39 on Dec. 17 in the very same Garrett Gymnasium.

 

 

Eighteen of Edwards’ 27 points came from a scorching performance from beyond the 3-point line. She went 1-for-3 in the first quarter then hit her final five attempts, including two in the final quarter that kept the Olympians in chase mode.

That was no easy task. With Columbus East six-footers Saige Stahl and Leah Bachmann collecting rebound after rebound, the Olympians battled to the end.

Stahl, an Indiana State commit, scored 25 points and grabbed 19 rebounds (10 on the offensive end) while Bachmann finished with six points and 17 rebounds. Columbus East outrebounded Shelbyville 48-28 in part to a 21-rebound performance in the final quarter.

While Stahl flourished, the Columbus East guards struggled to hit open 3s. Maeleigh Roberts and Allison Craig were a combined 3 of 19 from the arc. The Olympians did hit 10 3s but it took 39 attempts (26%).

“I scouted them very heavily. We were very concerned about this game. We wanted to win it and we put a lot of work into our scouting,” said Hoefler. “They are not the best outside shooters so we made sure we played off of them and covered the inside. Stahl is an amazing player and she is hard to stop. Our focus was to make it harder for her and make them shoot from the outside. The game plan worked.”

Jenna Guse found her range in the third quarter and helped stabilize the Olympians, who fell behind 41-29 following a Johnson 15 footer.

Guse, averaging just 6 ppg this season, scored off an offensive rebound then hit back-to-back 3s to get Columbus East within two points, 45-43, at the end of the quarter.

The junior hit two more 3s in the final quarter and finished with 17 points.

Shelbyville got a third-quarter boost from freshman Ellie Keller, who did not play in the first half. Her 3-pointer not long after checking into the game was part of an 8-0 run that pushed the Golden Bears’ lead to its largest at 41-29.

The fourth quarter finally arrived with several key players in foul trouble.

Edwards managed to avoid early foul trouble while battling Stahl in the low post. In the end, the two Division I athletes did everything they could to carry their respective teams into the championship game.

Edwards, who will play collegiate softball at Mississippi State University, scored Shelbyville’s first nine points of the final eight minutes.

Guse’s 7-0 run helped Columbus East tie the game at 56-all with 2:37 left. The final point, a free throw, came after Wilson, who averages 18.4 ppg, fouled out.

Brenner answered with a 3, one of Shelbyville’s 11 made 3s in the game. Keller followed with a baseline 10 footer to get the lead to 61-56.

Shelbyville struggled to hit free throws from there that would have secured the win earlier. Edwards only hit 3 of 6 in the quarter and Brenner was 2 of 4.

Meanwhile, Stahl scored in the low post, Brielle Stevens sank a pair of free throws and Stahl drove hard to the rim and scored again to cut the lead to 63-62 with 13 seconds left.

Edwards was fouled and with the Shelbyville season and her career on the line, the senior swished two free throws in front of a large Golden Bears student section to seal the win.

Wilson (main photo), a junior, finished with 15 points and combined with Edwards to hit 9 of 16 3s in the win.

Brenner, a senior, finished with eight points – all in the second half.

Keller had seven points and two assists but was injured on Columbus East’s final shot attempt that was well off the mark. She had to be helped off the court after the win leaving her playing status for the championship game in doubt.

Johnson hit a pair of third-quarter field goal attempts to finish with four points and three rebounds.

Marshall and Hailey Pogue, Shelbyville’s third senior, each had two points.

Ellie Simpson did not score but had four rebounds and two assists.

 

 

“I am so proud of those girls for stepping up and taking shots,” said Hoefler (photo). “We will need the exact same thing (against Franklin).”

Notes: Edwards pushed her career scoring record to 1,557 points in the win and surpassed Sharon Knecht as the program’s career rebounding leader with 567 rebounds. … As Hoefler celebrated her first postseason victory, Columbus East head coach Danny Brown closed out his coaching career with 303 wins with the Olympians and 361 career victories. He announced his retirement earlier this season. … Stahl, like Edwards, is a 1,000 point scorer in her career. She accomplished the feat earlier this season. … With her 15 points, Wilson pushed her career scoring total to 729 points which puts her on pace to reach 1,000 career points during her senior season.

Steve Bush photos

 

Shelbyville 65, Columbus East 62

CE – Roberts 1-9 0-0 3, Murphy 0-2 0-0 0, Stahl 10-25 3-6 25, Bachmann 1-6 3-4 6, Trapp 1-2 1-1 3, Guse 6-13 1-3 17, Craig 2-10 0-0 6, Stevens 0-1 2-2 2. Totals: 21-66 10-16 62.

SH – Edwards 9-19 3-6 27, Brenner 2-5 3-8 8, Simpson 0-1 0-0 0, Wilson 4-13 4-6 15, Pogue 1-1 0-0 2, Keller 3-6 0-0 7, E. Johnson 2-3 0-2 4, Marshall 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 22-49 10-22 65.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

CE (10-14)  11  15  17  19  --  62

SH (15-8)    11  19  15  20  --  65

Three-point field goals: CE 10-39 (Roberts 1-9, Murphy 0-2, Stahl 2-8, Bachmann 1-1, Guse 4-8, Craig 2-10, Stevens 0-1), SH 11-21 (Edwards 6-8, Brenner 1-1, Simpson 0-1, Wilson 3-8, Keller 1-2, Marshall 0-1). Rebounds: CE 48 (Stahl 19, Bachmann 17, Trapp 5, Guse 4, Craig 3), SH 28 (Edwards 9, Brenner 3, Simpson 4, Wilson 4, Pogue 3, Keller 1, E. Johnson 3, Marshall 1). Assists: CE 13 (Roberts 1, Murphy 2, Stahl 1, Bachmann 1, Trapp 1, Guse 3, Craig 4), SH 10 (Edwards 1, Brenner 2, Simpson 2, Wilson 2, Keller 2, Marshall 1). Steals: CE 3 (Stahl 2, Guse 1), SH 8 (Edwards 1, Brenner 2, Simpson 1, Wilson 1, Keller 1, Marshall 2). Blocks: CE 1 (Bachmann 1), SH 3 (Edwards 1, Simpson 1, Keller 1). Total fouls: CE 16, SH 19. Fouled out: Bachmann (CE), Wilson (SH).

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Wasson signs on for new challenge with University of Indianapolis football

FAIRLAND -- Aidan Wasson is ready to create his own identity on the football field.

On Wednesday at Triton Central High School, the senior made his commitment official to the University of Indianapolis – a Division II program that went 9-2 in 2022 and qualified for the NCAA DII playoffs.

“One of the big sells for me was how they develop their players,” said Wasson. “Their strength program and their athletic program, I think, is the best in the nation and can rival some Division I schools. I know they will develop me as a player. It was the best fit for me.”

Wasson plans to major in either Computer Science or Computer Engineering.

 

 

Standing six-foot, four inches tall and weighing 240 pounds, Wasson was a stalwart on Triton Central’s offensive line this past season. He was part of a TC team that finished 10-3 with two of the losses against eventual state champions.

Wasson is excited for a position change at UIndy where he will run routes as a tight end as well as be a key blocker for the Greyhounds’ rushing attack.

“That was hard recruiting wise, being recruited for a position they hadn’t seen me play,” he said. “They put a lot of trust in me and I knew I could take care of what I needed to do.”

Wasson also considered his football options at Taylor and Olivet Nazarene. His older brother, Dylan, is a sophomore defensive lineman at Olivet Nazarene in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

 

For more on Dylan Wasson's signing in 2021, go to https://shelbycountypost.com/sports/archives/2021-02/

 

Ultimately, Wasson wanted to walk his own path at UIndy.

“I think that was a big thing,” he said of the decision to stay closer to home. “I wanted to create my own identity rather than be Dylan’s little brother.”

Despite not following his older brother to ONU, he valued Dylan’s advice throughout the recruiting periods.

“I am glad it’s over,” he said of the process. “(Dylan) was there to guide me on what to say to coaches and help me with the learning curve talking to coaches. It was good to have someone in the family that has been through the same process.”

The Wassons are the sons of Shawn and Tiffiny Wasson.

With the college decision now official, Wasson can enjoy the rest of this senior year.

“I’m not necessarily going to coast to graduation but I will enjoy myself,” said Wasson. “Once summer rolls around, I will be getting ready (for the football season).”

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Prep Report: Six Shelbyville swimmers qualify for sectional championship races

Six Shelbyville swimmers will be part of the championship races today at the New Palestine Sectional.

Freshman Riley Everette qualified Thursday for the sectional championship race in the 100-yard butterfly and will be part of two relay teams racing for sectional titles.

Everette posted the fifth-fastest time in the 100 butterfly (1:05.53) during qualifying races Thursday at New Palestine.

Greenfield-Central’s Taylor Parsons was the top qualifier at 1:01.48.

Everette will team with Naomi Garringer, Alexis Dwiggins and Paige Bohman in the sectional championship race of the 200 medley relay. The Golden Bears posted the seventh-fastest time Thursday in qualifying.

Naomi Garringer, Miriam Garringer, Meeghen Bushfield and Everette also will compete in the sectional final of the 200 freestyle relay. The quartet had the third fastest time (1:49.53).

Shelbyville had six qualifiers for Saturday’s sectional consolation races.

Everette finished 11th in the 200 freestyle Thursday to advance.

Kylie Stader will compete in the 100 butterfly consolation race.

Bohman qualified for the consolation race in the 100 freestyle.

Miriam Garringer just missed qualifying for the sectional championship with a ninth-place finish in the 100 backstroke.

Naomi Garringer also qualified for the consolation of the 100 backstroke.

Bushfield is in the consolation race of the 100 breaststroke.

Shelbyville diver Maiah Helfer-Vazquez is part of the diving field that begins qualifying Saturday morning to advance to the championship round later in the day. The top four divers qualify for the Brownsburg Regional on Feb. 7.

In other prep events Thursday:

Boys basketball

North Decatur 67, Waldron 58

At Waldron, the host Mohawks built a 31-21 lead at halftime but were outscored 20-9 in the third quarter and allowed the Chargers 26 points in the fourth quarter.

North Decatur improved to 14-4 this season and leads the Mid-Hoosier Conference standings at 5-0.

Lucas Mitchell led Waldron (8-9, 3-2 MHC) with 22 points. Bryce Yarling finished with 14 and Keith Settles had 11.

Waldron is at Tri (11-3) today.

Hauser 48, Southwestern 31

At Hauser, the host Jets extended a 16-14 halftime lead to 36-22 after three quarters then Alex Cord scored eight of his game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter.

Hauser improved to 8-9 (3-2 MHC).

Carter Snepp led Southwestern (2-15, 0-5 MHC) with eight points. Matt Clements and Conner Jewell each finished with six points.

Southwestern hosts Rising Sun (8-10) today.

Gymnastics

Martinsville 99.90, Franklin Central 98.15, Fishers 86.325, Lapel 67.175, Shelbyville 30.65

At Franklin Central, Gabby Grubb and Lily Boyd finished 1-2 in the all-around competition to lead Martinsville in the five-team meet.

Grubb totaled 35.525 points in all four events to win the all-around. Boyd was runner-up at 35.225.

Shelbyville’s Renee Aldridge finished seventh with 30.65. Ella Griggs placed ninth (27.575).

Aldridge’s best finish came in the vault. Her score of 8.5 secured a fifth-place finish.

Aldridge also placed eighth in the floor exercise (7.85), ninth on the uneven bars (7.15) and 12th on the balance beam (7.15).

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Semistate one win away for eight Shelby County wrestlers

Three Shelbyville and five Triton Central wrestlers are one win away from qualifying for the New Castle Semistate.

All it takes is one win Saturday at the Perry Meridian Regional.

Triton Central’s Hadyn Ball and Shelbyville’s Jacob Harker have favorable matchups after winning and finishing runner-up, respectively, at the Warren Central Sectional.

The other six qualifiers from Shelby County must defeat a Southport Sectional champion to move into the regional final four and automatically qualify for the semistate round of the state tournament.

Ball (22-3), a senior, has plenty of familiarity standing in his way at 220 pounds. He will open the regional tournament against Beech Grove’s Ian Thompson (21-11), who he pinned in his season-opening match this year. The two did not square off at the Indiana Crossroads Conference Tournament in mid-January.

A win would set up a semifinal match against either Warren Central’s Greg Johnson (24-8) or Providence Cristo Rey’s Kyrese Rhodes (23-7).

 

 

Ball (photo) defeated Johnson in overtime in the sectional semifinal last week.

“That Warren Central match came down to overtime,” said Ball. “I was getting really tired but I knew I had to push through. I knew there were going to be tough matches going into it. We have a really tough sectional but I pulled through and with the No. 1 seed coming out of the sectional, I should win at regional and go to semistate.”

A regional championship match for Ball would most likely come against Roncalli’s Royce Deckard (21-3), ranked No. 16 in the state, or Franklin Central’s Talan Humphrey (21-6), who Ball defeated for the sectional title, 8-4.

The goal for Ball this season was to get to the State Finals.

“I put on a bunch of muscle and have been working harder, and being intentional in my practices making sure everything I do helps me in my next match,” said Ball.

To do so means winning two matches at the semistate round. Just as Ball made his road easier at the regional by winning the sectional, a regional title would make the path clearer in New Castle.

“Being a regional champion just sets you up really nice for the semistate,” said Ball. “If you are the No. 1 seed coming out of the regional then you get a No. 4 seed in the first round and the winner of a No. 2 and a No. 3 seed (match) to go to state.”

 

 

Harker (26-4), a junior, will open the regional against Southport’s Jacarei Markey (13-13), who finished third at 285 pounds at the sectional. A win for Harker (photo) would probably set up a semifinal-round match with Beech Grove’s John Broadwell (32-3), ranked No. 20 in the state.

The other half of the 285-pound bracket includes Franklin Central’s Andrew Just (21-1), ranked No. 9 in his weight class. Just defeated Harker, 6-1, in the sectional championship match.

Triton Central’s Ayden Nufio (18-6) is part of the 106-pound bracket that features three state-ranked wrestlers. The TC junior first faces Perry Meridian’s Hurai Lian (24-4), ranked No. 11.

New Palestine’s Gunner Butt (21-6), ranked No. 23, and Greenfield-Central’s Jett McGuire (22-8), ranked No. 15, also are in the field.

At 120 pounds, Shelbyville’s Isaiah Havens (12-9) opens against Perry Meridian’s Bryce Beckham (18-7).

Triton Central’s Dayne Bailey (13-12) drew Perry Meridian’s Keaton Morton (27-4), ranked No. 12, at 132 pounds. No. 1 ranked Kyrel Leavell (23-1) of Warren Central is in the other half of the bracket.

At 138 pounds, Triton Central’s Ethan Booth (7-11) will face Providence Cristo Rey’s Delin Jones (28-4).

Shelbyville freshman Julian Eads (12-15) debuts at the regional level with a match against Roncalli’s Braden Getz (25-5) at 145 pounds.

And at 195 pounds, Triton Central’s Andrew Bailey (12-10) must defeat No. 4-ranked Luke Hansen (33-0) of Roncalli to advance to the semistate.

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Morristown overwhelms Edinburgh to move into Sectional 60 semifinal

Morristown strung together at 12-0 run early in the first quarter Wednesday and never looked back in defeating Edinburgh, 53-17 in the final quarterfinal game of Class A, Sectional 60.

At Southwestern High School, Raegan Kleine scored a game-high 19 points and had 12 rebounds to lead the Yellow Jackets (13-10) to their seventh-straight win.

Danika Rutledge finished with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists and Maggie Lutes had six points and 10 rebounds.

Morristown will face South Decatur, a 56-49 winner Wednesday over Oldenburg Academy, in the second semifinal game Friday.

In the semifinal opener at 6 p.m., Southwestern (6-16) will take on Jac-Cen-Del (13-11).

The championship game is at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Morristown lost at South Decatur on Nov. 10, 65-46. It was the fifth of six straight losses to start the Yellow Jackets’ season. Now, with its lineup intact, Morristown gets a rematch after dismantling the Lancers (6-18) Wednesday.

Edinburgh scored first before Morristown ran off 12 consecutive points and outscored the Lancers 17-3 in the first quarter. The lead extended to 31-5 by halftime in a sloppily-played first half that saw the Yellow Jackets commit nine turnovers and shoot just 34% from the field.

“We knew the nerves would be there,” said Morristown head coach Rachel Kleine. “They were so ready to go and fired up. We knew the first couple of minutes would be helter skelter until we got settled in.”

A cleaner third quarter made sure Morristown was ready for the semifinal round.

The Yellow Jackets shot 41% from the field in the third quarter as the lead opened to 47-15. The fourth quarter was played with a running clock and the Morristown reserves on the floor.

“South Decatur will be a completely different opponent just in their style of defense and being tight with the basketball,” said Kleine. “We have to be smart and stronger with the ball. I was pleased with the way we responded tonight. I think we had (Edinburgh) thinking, trying to throw some new things at them and I think they were thinking and trying to execute at the same time. We just need to continue to get sharper.”

Edinburgh dressed just eight players after starting the season with seven. Seniors Gracie Crawhorn and Cloee Britton took the floor for a final time and played well.

Crawhorn finished with eight points, three rebounds and four blocked shots. Britton had two points, seven rebounds and two blocks.

Edinburgh did not have a junior varsity team this season and ended the season with 10 consecutive losses.

Morristown also did not field a junior varsity squad but has a much-more experienced varsity squad. Eight of the nine Yellow Jackets that took the floor Wednesday scored.

Now, the Yellow Jackets are one win away from playing for a sectional championship.

 

Morristown 53, Edinburgh 17

ED – G. Crawhorn 3-11 0-0 8, Turner 0-7 0-0 0, Streeval 3-13 1-3 7, Goff 0-5 0-2 0, Britton 1-4 0-1 2, Gobel 0-1 0-0 0, Sanders 0-1 0-0 0, A. Crawhorn 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 7-43 1-6 17.

MT – Rogers 1-5 0-0 3, Kleine 8-14 2-2 19, Rude 1-4 0-2 3, Rutledge 6-15 3-5 16, Lutes 2-7 2-3 6, Cox 1-6 0-0 2, Essex 1-4 0-0 2, Theobald 1-3 0-0 2, Smith 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 21-59 7-12 53.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

ED (6-18)       3     2  10    2  --  17

MT (13-10)  17  14  16    6  --  53

Three-point field goals: ED 2-14 (G. Crawhorn 2-8, Turner 0-4, Streeval 0-1, Goff 0-1), MT 4-12 (Rogers 1-4, Kleine 1-2, Rude 1-2, Rutledge 1-2, Theobald 0-1, Smith 0-1). Rebounds: ED 23 (G. Crawhorn 3, Turner 2, Streeval 4, Goff 2, Britton 7, Gobel 3, A. Crawhorn 2), MT 42 (Rogers 3, Kleine 12, Rude 6, Rutledge 5, Lutes 10, Cox 5, Essex 1). Assists: ED 2 (G. Crawhorn 1, Britton 1), MT 14 (Rogers 1, Kleine 3, Rude 4, Rutledge 4, Essex 2). Steals: ED 2 (G. Crawhorn 1, Streeval 1), MT 7 (Rogers 1, Rude 2, Rutledge 3, Cox 1). Blocks: ED 7 (G. Crawhorn 4, Goff 1, Britton 2), MT 3 (Rude 1, Rutledge 1, Lutes 1). Total fouls: ED 9, MT 8. Turnovers: ED 19, MT 15.

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Collegiate Update: Phelps helps Youngstown State improve to 15-5

Youngstown State improved to 15-5 this season on Jan. 26 with a 76-60 win over Wright State.

Tenleigh Phelps (photo), a Triton Central graduate, came off the Youngstown State bench to score three points, grab two rebounds and dish out one assist to help the Penguins improve to 9-2 against Horizon League opponents.

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

 

 

Maya Chandler

The Triton Central graduate scored a team-high 14 points Wednesday for Loyola in an 81-68 loss to Dayton.

On Jan. 25, Chandler had four points and one rebound in Loyola’s 75-61 loss to George Washington.

Four days later, Chandler had 10 points, one rebound and one steal Sunday in a 60-50 loss at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

The Ramblers are 6-16 this season and 1-8 in the Atlantic 10 standings.

 

 

Hayden Langkabel

The Morristown graduate finished with 11 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal Wednesday in Marian’s 87-72 loss at Bethel.

On Jan. 25, Langkabel had 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in Marian’s 80-70 loss to No. 7 Grace.

On Saturday, Marian defeated Goshen College, 97-82. Langkabel had 14 points, one rebound, one steal and one assist.

The Knights are 18-6 this season and 8-6 in the Crossroads League standings.

 

 

Kyle Crim

The Morristown graduate had two rebounds and two assists Saturday in Hanover’s 95-82 win at Defiance College.

Crim finished with four points, two rebounds and one assist Saturday in Hanover’s 84-78 win at Rose-Hulman.

The Panthers are 12-7 (8-2 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference).

 

 

Taylor Heath

The Triton Central graduate finished with 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal Wednesday in Hanover’s 91-62 loss at Anderson.

On Saturday, Hanover defeated Defiance, 67-55. Heath had 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.

The Panthers are 12-6 (9-2 HCAC).

 

 

Drake Moore

The Morristown graduate collected 10 points, three rebounds and one block Tuesday in Oakland City’s 84-59 loss to Midway University.

On Saturday, Moore had 14 points, seven rebounds and two assists in a 78-67 loss to Brescia University.

Oakland City is 8-15 this season and 2-11 in conference games.

 

 

Bella Larrison

The Waldron graduate came off the bench and scored four points, grabbed three rebounds and had one assist and one steal in Anderson’s 91-62 win over Hanover.

On Jan. 26, Larrison had one steal and one block in a 78-51 loss to Bluffton.

Larrison had six rebounds, one assist and two blocks Saturday in an 83-44 win over Earlham.

Anderson is 13-7 (8-4 HCAC).

 

 

Cameron Baker

The Shelbyville graduate finished runner-up in a pair of one-meter diving competitions Saturday against Indiana Wesleyan.

Baker, competing for Franklin College, finished with 183.74 points in the first event and 282.21 in the second event.

Franklin defeated Indiana Wesleyan, 198-84.

RHIT Friday Night Spikes

In Terre Haute Friday, four Shelby County graduates were in competition.

 

 

Zaleeya Martin, a Shelbyville graduate, won the 60-meter dash (7.85 seconds) for Hanover College. She also finished ninth in the 200 (27.2).

 

 

Franklin College runner Jill Anspaugh, a Shelbyville graduate, finished fifth in the 3,000 meters (11:48.87).

 

 

Alison Muck, a Southwestern graduate competing for Franklin College, placed fourth in the 60-meter hurdles (9.49) and sixth in the high jump (4-10.25).

 

 

Taylor Tatlock, also a Southwestern graduate, finished seventh in the women’s weight throw (43 feet, five inches) for Franklin College.

Taylor Indoor Invitational

On Saturday at Taylor University, a pair of Shelbyville graduates competed for St. Francis (Ind.).

 

 

Sequoia Gilbert placed eighth in the 60 meters (8.58) and 15th in the 200 (30.19).

 

 

Madisen Hinderliter finished fourth in the weight throw (12.25 meters).

Aurora Grand Prix

At the Gately Indoor Facility in Chicago Friday, two Shelby County athletes competed representing Trine.

 

 

Konrad Dorsey, a Shelbyville graduate, finished 71st in the 60 meters (7.81) and 93rd in the 200 (25.38).

 

 

Jacob Batten, a Morristown graduate, placed 64th in the 400 (57.74).

 

 

Kina Schultz

The Shelbyville graduate finished 15th in the 200 (28.45) and fifth in the 60 hurdles (10.24) Saturday for Muskingum University at its indoor facility in New Concord, Ohio.

 

 

Madalyn Hudnall

The Waldron graduate finished 17th in the shot put (9.81 meters), 12th in the high jump (1.41 meters) and 26th in the weight throw (10.28 meters) for Mount St. Joseph Saturday in the Wittenberg Steemer Showcase in Springfield, Ohio.

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Golden Bears focus attention on sectional foe Columbus East

One last ride.

The four-year resurgence of the Shelbyville girls basketball program, sparked by seniors Kylee Edwards, Abby Brenner and Hailey Pogue, continues Friday at William L. Garrett Gymnasium when the Golden Bears (14-8) make their 2023 postseason debut against Columbus East (10-13).

“I have the most competitive senior class,” said Shelbyville head coach Becca Hoefler, 37-55 in her fourth season. “They really want to get past that first round. They want to be in that sectional championship game since we are hosting.”

Shelbyville has not won a sectional game since 2011 and the program’s last sectional championship came in 2004. The Golden Bears have already secured their first winning season since 2016 and four of its losses came by a combined 16 points.

“A couple of shots here or there,” agreed Hoefler. “In the last four years, nothing has been handed to us. It’s always a grind. Hopefully, we’re due. I think these girls can get it done.”

 

 

Edwards (photo), the program’s career scoring leader with 1,530 points, has luckily avoided two serious injuries this season. She injured a knee in a win over South Central (Union Mills) in the Valparaiso Tournament on Dec. 22 and severely sprained an ankle in a loss at Whiteland on Jan. 18.

The high-scoring guard (20 ppg, 8 rpg) missed the win over Delta but returned to the floor for a Senior Night victory over Hauser on Jan. 26. With another week to rest, Hoefler proclaims Edwards is at 100%.

Shelbyville will need Edwards at her best to overcome a Columbus East squad that features Indiana State commit and potential Indiana All-Star Saige Stahl (26 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 3.2 spg).

“She is one of the best we’ve seen,” admitted Hoefler.

The Golden Bears watched the Olympians, the only team in Sectional 14 with a losing record, eliminate East Central, a program Shelbyville is more familiar with, on Tuesday at Garrett Gymnasium.

“What was nice was watching them play live,” said Hoefler. “I definitely think the matchup is pretty good for us. We’re a little quicker but they’ve got size on us.”

Stahl, a six foot, one-inch senior, and Leah Bachman, a 6-0 senior that averages 9 ppg, 6.1 rpg and 1.8 bpg, gives Columbus East a formidable front line.

“If they miss (a shot), we have to guarantee it’s our ball,” said Hoefler emphasizing rebounding as a key to victory. “We won’t be able to use our normal defense. We will keep it packed in.”

That puts added pressure on Pogue and junior Ella Johnson to limit second-chance opportunities for Columbus East, who has not faced Shelbyville since the 2018 postseason. The last regular-season meeting came in 2013.

 

 

“Hailey and Ella have got to be on the boards,” said Hoefler (photo). “I don’t expect anything else from them but to get on the boards. We have to make them feel uncomfortable and be as physical as we can.”

Bachman finished with 11 points and six rebounds Tuesday. Maeleigh Roberts (four made 3s) added 14 points and three assists while Jenna Guse had 13 points and three steals.

Junior guard Ava Wilson (18.4 ppg) (main photo) gives Shelbyville an explosive 1-2 punch but the duo accounts for 70% of the Golden Bears’ scoring.

Brenner is the team’s third-leading scorer at 6 ppg.

“This is a big one,” said Hoefler of Friday’s game. “We dropped a couple of (Hoosier Heritage Conference) games that we’re so close. Our conference was so tough this year. This is the last goal (to win a sectional game) to hit. We wanted more than 11 wins – we got that. This just seems like the year (for more).”

The first semifinal game Friday at Garrett Gymnasium features Franklin (16-5) and Whiteland (12-10).

The sectional champion advances to a one-game regional at Bedford North Lawrence to face the Bloomington South Sectional champion. Still alive in Sectional 13 are No. 9 Center Grove (19-4), Bloomington North (17-6), Mooresville (18-6) and Martinsville (0-24).

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Prep Report: Jac-Cen-Del ends Waldron's season in Sectional 60 opener

Class A, No. 13 Jac-Cen-Del stormed out to a 21-2 lead after one quarter and cruised to a Sectional 60 opening win over Waldron Tuesday at Southwestern High School.

The Eagles outscored the Mohawks 20-9 in the second quarter and led at halftime 41-11.

With the win, Jac-Cen-Del (13-11) returns to Southwestern Friday for a 6 p.m. semifinal game against the host Spartans (6-16).

Olivia Neal scored a game-high 22 points for Jac-Cen-Del. Reagan Hughes finished with 19.

Waldron closed out its season with a 5-18 record.

Sectional 60 continues tonight with Oldenburg Academy (11-9) taking on South Decatur (7-14) and Morristown (12-10) facing Edinburgh (6-17). The two winners return Friday for a 7:30 p.m. semifinal game.

The championship game is set for 7 p.m. Saturday.

In another sectional tournament Tuesday:

 

 

Class 4A, Sectional 14

At Shelbyville, Franklin opened the postseason with a 48-45 victory over Columbus North.

The Grizzly Cubs (16-5) led 15-11 after one quarter but trailed at halftime, 25-24.

Franklin outscored the Bull Dogs, 16-13 in the third quarter and held on for the victory.

Hadassah Hurt led Columbus North (14-9) with 14 points. Kathryn Wilson finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.

Franklin advanced to Friday’s first semifinal game at Garrett Gymnasium to take on Whiteland (12-10).

In the second quarterfinal game Tuesday, Columbus East eliminated East Central, 60-50.

The Olympians (10-13) advanced to Friday’s second semifinal game to battle the host Golden Bears (14-8). The two teams have not faced each other since the 2018 postseason.

East Central ended its season at 15-11.

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Eastern Hancock's strong finish eliminates Triton Central from Sectional 42

FAIRLAND – Class 2A, No. 11 Triton Central opened the fourth quarter in grave danger Tuesday against No. 8 Eastern Hancock in the Sectional 42 opener.

Senior Lizzie Graham was out of the game with a foot injury and two more starters had three fouls against a confident Royals squad that led 33-29 with eight minutes to go.

Triton Central dug deep and opened the final frame with a 9-2 run to take a 38-35 lead midway through the quarter but the lead never grew to two possessions and Eastern Hancock capitalized.

The Royals outscored the Tigers 14-6 over the final four minutes to secure the program’s second-straight sectional win over Triton Central and advance to Friday’s semifinal round with a 49-44 victory.

Eastern Hancock (20-3), now with a program-record 20 wins, will face Irvington Prep (1-10) while Indianapolis Scecina (11-11) takes on Indianapolis Riverside (2-15). The championship game is Saturday at 7 p.m.

Ruby White scored 10 of her team-high 15 points in the fourth quarter and had six rebounds, including two offensive that she scored on, to lead the Royals.

“I thought we did a really good job of containing (Sammie) Bolding and (Grace) Stapleton but that is what makes them a good team,” said Triton Central head coach Bryan Graham. “They have those three weapons. We took away two of three and did a pretty good job, but the one (White) stepped up there in the fourth.”

Trailing by three points, White, a six foot, one-inch junior, took over. She scored on an offensive rebound to cut the TC lead to 38-37.

Emma Bolding sank a baseline jumper to get the Royals the lead for the final time. White followed with a 17-foot jumper from just beyond the free-throw line then pump-faked the same shot on the next possession and drove to the rim and scored.

A three-point deficit quickly turned into a five-point lead – the biggest of the game for either team.

 

 

Graham (photo), who returned in the fourth quarter, drove into the lane and scored to stop the Royals’ 8-0 run.

“I thought she was done,” admitted Bryan Graham after seeing his daughter carried off the floor to the trainer’s room late in the third quarter. “I knew it was her ankle (injured) and not her knee -- that made me feel a little bit better.”

Emma Bolding matched the move at the other end of the floor and Eastern Hancock led 45-40 with 1:55 to go.

Maryrose Felling (main photo) hit a pair of free throws to get the lead back down to three but White scored on another offensive rebound.

 

 

Hallie Schweitzer (photo) drove into the lane and scored for the final time in her TC career to make it 47-44 with 55 seconds on the clock.

Grace Stapleton, who finished with nine points, eight rebounds and five assists, missed back-to-back free throws to give the Tigers hope but the offense could not deliver.

Graham had a chance to tie the game with a late 3 from the top of the key that rattled out and closed TC’s shooting performance from beyond the arc at 1-for-13.

Stapleton hit two free throws at the other end to then seal the victory.

Felling, a freshman, led Triton Central with 15 points.

“Her talent level and IQ will just continue to get better and grow,” said Graham of Felling, who scored just short of 300 points in her first season as a Tiger.

Brooklyn Bailey finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. Schweitzer added 12 points, five rebounds and two assists.

Triton Central, led by seniors Graham, Schweitzer and Riley Ross, finished the season 18-5 – the program’s seventh consecutive season with at least 18 wins.

TC will return Bailey and Felling as well as juniors Kennedy Brown and Hailey Harris and turn to a successful junior varsity program to reload for another season.

“Brooklyn will be that key piece in the middle and Maryrose will be up top,” said Graham. “So right away you have a good 1-2 punch. And then you throw in a Hailey Harris and Kennedy Brown, who do all the little things right all the time.”

Bryan Graham closes out his 15th season as the head coach at Triton Central with 299 wins against just 65 losses.

Steve Bush photos

 

Eastern Hancock 49, Triton Central 44

EH: Stapleton 2-10 3-6 9, S. Bolding 2-12 2-2 8, E. Bolding 4-10 3-4 11, White 7-11 1-2 15, O’Neal 0-2 0-0 0, Springman 0-0 0-0 0, Willis 1-3 0-0 2, Meyer 2-2 0-0 4. Totals: 18-50 9-14 49.

TC: Schweitzer 5-11 2-2 12, Graham 1-11 2-2 4, Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Felling 6-13 3-3 15, Bailey 4-5 4-5 13, Harris 0-1 0-0 0, Ross 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-42 11-12 44.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

EH (20-3)  13    7  13  16  --  49

TC (18-5)  11    8  10  15  --  44

Three-point field goals: EH 4-20 (Stapleton 2-10, S. Bolding 2-9, O’Neal 0-1), TC 1-13 (Schweitzer 0-2, Graham 0-4, Brown 0-1, Felling 0-4, Bailey 1-2). Rebounds: EH 32 (Stapleton 8, S. Bolding 2, E. Bolding 4, White 9, O’Neal 2, Willis 5, Meyer 2), TC 26 (Schweitzer 5, Graham 3, Brown 4, Felling 3, Bailey 9, Ross 2). Assists: EH 14 (Stapleton 5, S. Bolding 3, E. Bolding 2, White 1, O’Neal 1, Willis 2), TC 5 (Schweitzer 2, Brown 2, Felling 1). Steals: EH 3 (S. Bolding 1, White 2), TC 2 (Schweitzer 1, Bailey 1). Blocks: EH 3 (S. Bolding 1, White 1, Willis 1). Total fouls: EH 10, TC 11. Turnovers: EH 8, TC 10.

 

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Prep Report: Rushville tops Shelbyville in gymnastics meet

With the top three finishers in the all-around competition, Rushville defeated Shelbyville, 92.55-66.9, in a dual gymnastics meet Monday in Rushville.

Bell Westphal (33.225), Cora Emory (29.975) and Cyndi Tush (27.75) produced the top three total scores after all four events.

Shelbyville’s Renee Aldridge finished fourth at 27.7 while Ella Griggs was fifth (24.15).

Aldridge was the top Golden Bear finisher in three of the four events. She finished fourth in the vault (8.15), second in the uneven bars (6.625) and fifth on the balance beam (6.175).

Shelbyville’s Bailee Frazier finished sixth in the floor exercise (7.1).

Westphal totaled the top score in all four events – 8.85 in vault, 8.7 on balance beam, 7.475 on uneven bars and 8.2 in floor exercise.

On Saturday, Shelbyville hosted Roncalli, Westfield and Indianapolis Lutheran at Girls Inc.

Roncalli won the four-team meet with 99.875. Westfield was runner-up at 96.225 followed by Shelbyville (71.575) and Lutheran (58.05).

Roncalli’s Maddie Baker won the vault (8.85) while her teammate, Liz Schafer, took first in the floor exercise (9.075).

Lutheran’s Penelope Morrow won the uneven bars (8.525) and balance beam (9.0) events.

Schafer won the all-around competition with a total score of 34.9. Morrow was runner-up at 34.4.

Aldridge finished seventh (29.3) while Griggs was eighth (27.725).

Aldridge had Shelbyville’s best score in the vault (8.25), uneven bars (7.0) and floor exercise (7.15). Griggs had the best Golden Bear score on the balance beam (6.975).

In another gymnastics meet Monday:

Connersville 87.85, Morristown 87.05

At Connersville, the visiting Yellow Jackets produced their highest team score of the season but came up just short of defeating the Spartans.

Oakleigh Goedde led Morristown with a win in the floor exercise and runner-up finishes in the vault and uneven bars. And with a fifth-place finish on the balance beam, Goedde won the all-around competition.

Remi Spicklemire won the balance beam competition and placed fourth in the vault, fifth on the uneven bars and sixth in the floor exercise. Spicklemire finished fourth in the all-around.

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Morristown rides 6-game win streak into Class A, Sectional 60

It took Morristown just over two months to get its record back to .500 after an 0-6 start.

The Yellow Jackets went 7-2 in January and enter Class A, Sectional 60 riding the momentum of a six-game winning streak.

“We’ve got good momentum happening,” agreed Morristown head coach Rachel Kleine. “It’s come as our strength of schedule has (lessened) but the kids are working together as a team.”

Sectional 60 opens tonight at Southwestern High School with Class A, No. 13 Jac-Cen-Del (12-11) taking on the defending sectional champion Waldron (5-17) at 7 p.m. The winner advances to face Southwestern (6-16) Friday in the semifinals.

On Wednesday, Oldenburg Academy (11-9) battles South Decatur (7-14) and Morristown (12-10) meets Edinburgh (6-17) for the second time in the last three weeks. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Lancers, 37-16 on Jan. 14.

“Edinburgh is a scrappy, physical team that we definitely do not want to overlook,” said Kleine.

If the Yellow Jackets advance, they look forward to a rematch with South Decatur, who they lost to on Nov. 10 as part of that six-game losing streak.

“We played South Decatur very early in the season and we were missing a handful of kids so we were really young on the floor,” said Kleine.

Or, Oldenburg Academy will seek revenge on Morristown for a 36-32 loss on Dec. 12.

“It was a fight when we went there so I wouldn’t expect anything else,” said Kleine of a potential rematch with the Twisters.

Wednesday’s winners advance to the second semifinal game Friday at Southwestern.

Kleine will rely heavily on senior guard Raegan Kleine’s experience in the postseason.

“Every game it’s important for Raegan to have the ball in her hands,” said coach Kleine. “She has not been finishing well the last few games but her team around her has been picking up the slack.”

Kleine is averaging 12.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 3.6 steals per game in her final season.

Sophomore Danika Rutledge was sidelined to start the season with an injury but now leads the Yellow Jackets in scoring (12.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg).

“She makes a world of difference with those long arms,” said Kleine of the five foot, 11-inch forward. “She has a nice shot and runs the floor well.”

With Rutledge at the top of the Morristown defense in the half court, she is long enough and quick enough to disrupt shooting guards from getting comfortable from beyond the 3-point line.

When Morristown is playing well, there is contribution beyond Kleine and Rutledge from senior Maggie Lutes (2.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg), junior Alexia Rogers (3.8 ppg, team-high 18 made 3s) and sophomore Olivia Rude (2.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg).

Kleine has led the Yellow Jackets to their third consecutive winning season while the program is seeking its first sectional title since winning back-to-back championships in 2014 and 2015.

“That’s still pretty out there,” said Kleine of talking about winning a sectional title. “The kids feel confident in their ability to compete but we’ve had games with some really big letdowns.

“We talk about controlling the things we can control. We will respect our opponents and focus on one game at a time, but I remember those back-to-back sectional titles.”

Morristown has already accomplished plenty going from 0-6 to 12-10 and Kleine would love to celebrate a sectional title with this team.

“The goal was to get back to .500 and that’s a pretty big accomplishment,” said Kleine. “But the kids are not done yet.”

 

 

Waldron

Following the graduation of seven seniors that took the program to new heights – ranked No. 1 in Class A and winning sectional and regional titles – a rebuilding season with new coach Ilea Shipp was not unexpected.

Senior Josee Larrison (7.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.6 apg) was the only returning player with varsity experience.

Cendall Sheaffer (4.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg) and Madison Ping are the other seniors dressing for their final sectional tournament.

The Mohawks are led in scoring by junior Alyssa Benson (9.9 ppg, 3.1 spg) and count on junior Audrey Hogg (5.7 ppg, 5 rpg) and sophomore Alivia Fischer (4.4 ppg, 4 rpg).

Waldron opens the sectional against Jac-Cen-Del, winners of six of their last seven games, a team it lost to 47-33 on Dec. 6.

Jac-Cen-Del is led by Reagan Hughes (13 ppg, 2.6 spg), Julia Meyer (12.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and Olivia Neal (10.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg).

Head coach Scott Smith enters the sectional with 397 career wins, all at Jac-Cen-Del.

 

 

Southwestern

The Spartans started the season 0-10 but went 6-6 over the final 12 games and won three of their last four under head coach Jason West. Now, they wait until Friday to debut in the postseason against either Waldron or Jac-Cen-Del.

Southwestern lost at Jac-Cen-Del, 58-18 on Jan. 13 and went 0-2 against Waldron (44-32 on Nov. 11 and 41-35 on Jan. 5 in the Shelby County Tournament).

The Spartans are led offensively by a trio of players – seniors McKinley Correll (10 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3 apg and 3 spg) and Cy Stockdale (5.8 ppg, team-high 28 made 3s) and sophomore Tanna Tatlock (7.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg).

The sectional champion advances to a one-game regional, also at Southwestern High School, to face the Bethesda Christian Sectional champion. The four-team sectional features Indiana Math & Science Academy (14-10) against Traders Point (4-10) and Bethesda Christian (10-13) against Indiana Deaf (11-8).

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Class 2A, No. 11 Triton Central heads into Sectional 42 in underdog role

The Triton Central squad that lost 56-34 at Eastern Hancock on Nov. 12 is not the Triton Central squad ready for a rematch.

Class 2A, No. 11 Triton Central (18-4), winners of 16 of its final 17 games, will host 2A, No. 8 Eastern Hancock (19-3), winners of 10 straight, Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the opening game of Sectional 42.

The two best teams in the five-team field square off with the winner advancing to Friday’s semifinal to take on Irvington Prep (1-10). The other semifinal pits Indianapolis Scecina (11-11) against Indianapolis Riverside (2-15).

The sectional championship game is Saturday at 7 p.m. in Fairland.

Triton Central arrived in Charlottesville in November reeling from the flu, which caused senior Hallie Schweitzer (10.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5.1 apg) to miss the game and leading scorers Lizzie Graham (13.2 ppg) and Maryrose Felling (12.5 ppg) to play at less than 100%.

“I think Eastern Hancock will see a totally different team this time around,” said Triton Central head coach Bryan Graham, who is sitting on 299 career wins over 15 seasons.

In that first meeting, Ruby White, Eastern Hancock’s six foot, one-inch junior center, had eight points, five rebounds and four blocked shots in the first quarter to help the Royals get off to a fast start.

Senior guard Grace Stapleton hit four three-pointers in the third quarter to give the Royals a 50-24 lead and Triton Central had little fight left.

White finished with 22 points and eight rebounds while Stapleton had 19 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Eastern Hancock ended Triton Central’s four-year run as sectional champions in 2022 with a 66-65 three-overtime victory. With November’s win, the Royals have now won two straight over Triton Central for the first time under Graham’s direction.

Now, the Tigers are in the rare situation of being the underdog.

“I think (Eastern Hancock) is really good,” said Graham. “Anytime at the (Class) 2A level when you have a couple of good guards and a 6-1 middle, you will be good.”

The Tigers watched the game film from the November loss and it will be used as fuel for the postseason fire.

 

 

The veteran coach has been in this situation before. There is always the sobering thoughts of seeing a senior class nearing its final playing days. But the Class of 2023 includes his own daughter, Lizzie (photo), who will continue her playing career at Indiana University South Bend.

“My first couple of years, that was a struggle,” admitted Graham. “The more you do it, when the last game is over you realize you’ve taught them more than just basketball.

“I don’t want it to end. I’ve learned over the years that four years of basketball for the kids is a short blurb in their lives. I hope it’s not the highlight of their life.”

Graham admitted he has held his emotions in check through Lizzie’s final Shelby County Tournament and final regular-season home game.

“It hasn’t hit me yet,” he said. “I don’t think it will hit me, win or lose Tuesday. I don’t think it will hit me until the (postseason) banquet.”

For the Tigers to have success Tuesday, White (7.5 ppg, 6 rpg, 1.5 bpg) cannot dominate the low post again and Stapleton cannot catch fire from beyond the 3-point arc, where she has hit a program-record 74 this season.

 

 

Stapleton (photo), averaging 16.3 ppg, surpassed 1,000 career points this season to become the fourth Royal to join the club.

Eastern Hancock captured its first Mid-Eastern Conference title since 1999 with a balanced roster that includes just two seniors – Stapleton and Emma Bolding (7.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg), a softball commit to Saginaw Valley State.

Juniors Sammie Bolding (12 ppg, 2.3 apg) and Makenzie O’Neal (6.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg) give the Royals five players averaging between 6-16 ppg.

Despite defeating Triton Central in triple overtime in the 2022 sectional, the Royals did not capture their first sectional title since 2017. Heritage Christian defeated Eastern Hancock, 45-42, to advance to the regional.

The sectional champion advances to a one-game regional at Southmont High School to face the University Sectional champion. No. 9 University (18-4) is the favorite in the four-team team that includes Sheridan (13-8), Park Tudor (14-6) and Covenant Christian (7-15).

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Prep Report: Kahler leads Southwestern to win over Herron

Southwestern used a 25-point third quarter to secure its second victory of the season.

Leading 23-13 at halftime Saturday over Herron, six different Spartans combined to outscore the Achaeans, 25-10, in the third quarter and roll to a 66-34 victory.

Ben Kahler scored a career-high 17 points for Southwestern (2-14).

Carter Snepp hit three three-pointers and finished with 13 points and Matt Clements added 10.

Benen Newcomb led Herron (2-11) with 11 points.

The Spartans travel Thursday to Hauser (7-9).

In other boys basketball games Saturday:

Boys basketball

Triton Central 83, South Decatur 51

At Triton Central, five different Tigers scored in double figures to defeat the Cougars.

Luke Faust sank five 3s to finish with a game-high 21 points for Triton Central (12-5).

Isaac Morgan finished with 18 points. Eli Sego and Silas Blair each had 14 points and Max Crouse had 10.

A 27-point third quarter helped the Tigers turn a 39-25 halftime advantage to a 66-38 lead.

Jacob Scruggs and Dale Peters each scored 13 points to lead South Decatur (8-9).

Triton Central hosts Oldenburg Academy (6-10) Saturday afternoon.

New Castle 61, Morristown 22

At New Castle, the host Trojans outscored the Yellow Jackets 19-2 in the second quarter to build a 42-13 halftime lead it never relinquished.

Gavin Welch led New Castle (9-9) with 21 points. Ethan Hinton finished with 12 points.

Jameson Palmer led Morristown (1-16) with 13 points.

Morristown travels to Centerville (4-10) Saturday.

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Four Shelbyville football players named Academic All-State

Four Shelbyville High School football players were named Academic All-State in Region 8 by the Indiana Football Coaches Association.

Riley Fortune, Carson Linville, Cael Lux and Jackson Parker were honored for their performance in the classroom.

The quartet were amongst 161 players from Region 8 to earn the Academic All-State designation.

 

Riley Fortune

Carson Linville

Cael Lux

Jackson Parker

 

Other notable Hoosier Heritage Conference student-athletes honored in Region 8 were Greenfield-Central’s Owen Anderson, Gael Bravo, Will DeJarnett, Brayden Harrell, Brodie Mayberry, Anthony Miller-Carnahan, Garrett Taylor and Andrew Zellers; Mt. Vernon’s Tatchi Anouan, Owen Bitz, George Burhenn, Anderson Dawson, Kyler Grill, Ashton Julian, Dylan Kistler, Kellan LaBelle and Jake Lange; New Castle’s Adien Bradley, Haidyn Bulmer and Trey Snyder; New Palestine’s Eli Hook, Baylor Hurst, Trey Keele, Bryant Nunnally, Blaine Nunnally, Ben Purciful, AJ Reierson, Eian Roudebush, Brendan Tanksley, Daniel Tippit IV and Thomas Wood; and Pendleton Heights’ Quinton DeVault, Jared Hess, Jalen Jordan, Sam Mossoney and Ian Stephens.

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Triton Central's Ball captures wrestling sectional championship

Triton Central senior Hadyn Ball celebrated a sectional championship at 220 pounds Saturday at Warren Central High School.

Ball (photo, third from left) will be joined at the Perry Meridian Regional by Shelbyville’s Jacob Harker, a sectional runner-up at 285 pounds, and six more Tigers and Golden Bears that finished in the top four to advance.

Ball pinned Greenfield-Central’s Owen Howell, defeated Warren Central’s Greg Johnson in the semifinals and Franklin Central’s Talan Humphrey in the championship to secure his first sectional title.

Harker, a junior, scored a pair of victories to reach the championship match where he was defeated by Franklin Central’s Andrew Just, 6-1.

Harker pinned New Palestine’s Gabe Lytell in the first period to reach the semifinals, then defeated Warren Central’s Perris Green, 3-2.

Also qualifying for the regional with fourth-place finishes were Triton Central’s Ayden Nufio (106), Dayne Bailey (132), Ethan Booth (138) and Andrew Bailey (195), and Shelbyville’s Isaiah Havens (120) and Julian Eads (145).

Warren Central edged Greenfield-Central for the sectional championship, 251-234.

Triton Central finished fifth (99) while Shelbyville placed sixth (90).

All eight Shelby County wrestlers need to win their first match at the Perry Meridian Regional to qualify for the New Castle Semistate. The regional features the top four qualifiers at each weight class from the Warren Central Sectional and the Southport Sectional.

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Claxton carries Golden Bears to tough road win at Indian Creek

TRAFALGAR -- Shelbyville freshman Caden Claxton scored 20 of his game-high 22 points in the second half to lead the Golden Bears to a 64-56 overtime victory Friday in an emotionally-charged environment at Indian Creek.

Three players were ejected, including Shelbyville’s top two scorers, but the Golden Bears still prevailed.

Ollie Sandman was called for an offensive foul with 3:57 left in the fourth quarter. In his frustration, the senior tossed the ball to the official who was not looking for it and the ball struck him. He immediately called a technical foul on Sandman and ejected him.

Carter Modlin hit one of the two technical free throws to give Indian Creek a 47-43 lead.

 

 

What started as a monumental week for Sandman (photo), who committed to play collegiately at DePauw University Monday, ended with him scoring 13 points and not on the floor in a hostile atmosphere.

Modlin added another free throw with 3:00 to go to give the Braves a 48-43 advantage.

“The team saw their leading scorer and overall best offensive player leave the game and it fueled them,” said Shelbyville head coach John Hartnett. “They were fired up and ready to go. They held their heads up high and knew they could get it done even with Ollie out of the game.”

That’s when the youngest kid on the floor took control. Claxton hit a pair of 3s in the game’s final 2:07 and had the assist on an Aidan Asher layin that put Shelbyville up 54-52 with 35 seconds on the clock.

“(Caden) is a competitor. He has been brought up to this level for a reason and it’s to step up in situations like this,” said Hartnett. “He is a great kid that works his butt off and he’s earned every single minute and second he has played this year – and he showed that tonight. He took over when our best player got thrown out of the game. He made some big plays, along with all the other guys.

“This is not one person that go this job done. This is a collective team effort.”

Adam Crouch scored in the lane with 24 seconds left to tie the game and Claxton missed a 3 in the game’s final seconds and a Luke Brinkman rebound and shot rolled off the rim to send the game to overtime.

Crouch hit a pair of free throws to give Indian Creek a 56-54 lead but the Braves never scored again. Three straight turnovers followed a Damon Badgley 3-pointer and Claxton hit six straight free throws in the final 23 seconds to seal the win.

But not after Modlin and Badgley (main photo) tied up on a rebound attempt. Modlin tried to rip a rebound from Badgley and the two went to the floor, neither releasing the ball. As they rolled over and players tried to pull them apart, the officials issued technical fouls to the pair and ejected both.

Claxton finished the game hitting 6 of 11 shots and went 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. He also had five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Brinkman finished with nine points and six rebounds. Asher had eight points off the bench.

Highly-touted sophomore Landon Sichting (20.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg) led Indian Creek with 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists. After scoring 11 points in the first half, he had just one field goal in the second half and was held in check by Jackson Parker and Ethan Lambert.

“Early we let Sichting catch the ball a little bit too easily. And he is a very good player,” said Hartnett. “He is very crafty at his height (6-5), and he took advantage of us early.”

Modlin finished with 10 points and nine rebounds before fouling out and being ejected.

 

 

Shelbyville won the junior varsity game, 45-35. Brody Runnebohm led the Golden Bears with 16 points and Kohen Myers had 13.

The Golden Bears are off until Feb. 7 when they travel to Class A, No. 15 Edinburgh (10-5). Hartnett (photo) did not have a firm answer as to whether Sandman or Badgley will be available for the game due to the ejections.

“We will go back to Shelbyville and we will talk about it with the administration and figure it out,” said Hartnett after the game.

Steve Bush photos

 

Shelbyville 64, Indian Creek 56, OT

SH – Sandman 4-13 2-2 13, Badgley 2-7 0-0 5, Brinkman 3-6 3-4 9, Parker 0-0 1-2 1, Claxton 6-11 8-8 22, Asher 3-5 0-1 8, Lambert 3-6 0-1 6, Myers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-48 14-18 64.

IC – Pemberton 1-3 0-0 2, Volz 2-5 0-0 6, Emberton 2-4 2-2 6, Crouch 3-12 2-3 9, Sichting 6-17 4-4 18, Modlin 4-6 2-4 10, Connell 2-3 0-0 5, Pappas 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 20-51 10-13 56.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

SH (8-9)  16    7  17  14  10  --  64

IC (9-5)    14  13    9  18    2  --  56

Three-point field goals: SH 8-23 (Sandman 3-10, Badgley 1-2, Brinkman 0-1, Claxton 2-6, Asher 2-4), IC 6-19 (Pemberton 0-1, Volz 2-5, Crouch 1-4, Sichting 2-6, Connell 1-2, Pappas 0-1). Rebounds: SH 22 (Sandman 3, Badgley 1, Brinkman 6, Parker 3, Claxton 5, Asher 1, Lambert 3), IC 26 (Pemberton 2, Volz 2, Emberton 2, Crouch 4, Sichting 7, Modlin 9). Assists: SH 9 (Badgley 3, Parker 2, Claxton 2, Asher 1, Lambert 1), IC 11 (Pemberton 2, Volz 1, Emberton 1, Crouch 3, Sichting 3, Modlin 1). Steals: SH 3 (Brinkman 1, Claxton 2), IC 3 (Sichting 1, Modlin 2). Blocks: IC 2 (Volz 1, Sichting 1). Total fouls: SH 14, IC 18. Fouled out: Modlin (IC). Turnovers: SH 7, IC 8.

JV

Shelbyville 45, Indian Creek 35

SH – Runnebohm 16, Myers 13, Reinhart 6, Schene 6, Reed 4.

IC – Lowhorn 11, Statts 8, DeHart 7, Fleetwood 5, Nuetzman 2, Voris 2.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

SH  11  11  11  12  -- 45

IC    12    4    5  14  -- 35

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Shelbyville overcomes slow start to get Senior Night win over Hauser

Shelbyville struggled to find a higher gear on Senior Night.

Trailing 15-10 midway through the second quarter Thursday at William L. Garrett Gymnasium, the Golden Bears scored the final six points of the half then blitzed Hauser, 35-9 in the second half, to close out the regular season with a 51-24 victory.

Shelbyville finished 14-8 – the first winning season for the program since 2016 and the most wins in a season since 2007 (18).

“Obviously we have the sectional here at Garrett (Gymnasium) and (the seniors) will have another moment to shine but on Senior Night, you always want to give the seniors a lot of respect,” said fourth-year Shelbyville head coach Becca Hoefler, who started her run with the Golden Bears with Kylee Edwards, Abby Brenner and Hailey Pogue (photo) as freshmen. “Our program, where it’s at now is because of these seniors. They have put the work in the last four years. They started off their career 4-20 and for them to stick it out and continually get better and put in the work to get us to 14-8, is because of these seniors.”

Ava Wilson scored 14 of her game-high 18 points in the second half that helped Shelbyville outscore the Jets, 41-9 over the final two-and-a-half quarters.

Brenner finished with 12 points and Edwards, still recovering from an ankle injury suffered Jan. 18 at Whiteland, scored 10 points and had eight rebounds.

“This is what I’ve always said about Kylee, ‘Kylee’s 50% is a lot of people’s 100%.’” said Hoefler. “Injuries happen all the time and high ankle sprains happen all the time. It’s all about getting it taped and getting back moving. I think she will be ready to roll for Friday (in the sectional).”

Shelbyville scored the first six points of the game before Hauser (9-11) settled down and went on a 15-4 run.

“That was definitely one of our worst starts of the season which is not what we wanted coming out,” said Hoefler. “We went into halftime and there was a little yelling and we came out in the second half and played our game.”

Edwards, Shelbyville’s career scoring leader at 1,530 points, scored with 2:10 to go in the first half and was fouled. She missed the free throw but Pogue got the offensive rebound and scored to cut the lead to 15-14.

Edwards hit a 17-foot jumper with 38 seconds left to give Shelbyville a 16-15 lead at the break.

Wilson scored five points in just under five seconds to start the second-half scoring. She scored then stole the ball and scored again to push the Golden Bears’ lead to 20-15.

Wilson hit a three-pointer later in the quarter that sparked an 8-0 run and open up a double-digit lead.

Up 32-21 after three quarters, Wilson opened the fourth-quarter scoring with a 3 and followed it with a pair of free throws to make it 37-21.

The Jets scored just three points over the final eight minutes and suffered their sixth-straight loss to end the regular season.

Kyleigh Parrott led Hauser with eight points. Madelyn Poe finished with six points, six rebounds and two assists.

In the junior varsity game, Maddy Jones and Sophia Asher each scored 13 points to lead the Golden Bears to a 57-28 victory. The win closed Shelbyville’s season with a 16-4 mark.

Shelbyville is the host school for Class 4A, Sectional 14. The Golden Bears received the bye and will debut Friday in the semifinal round against either Columbus East (9-13) or East Central (15-10), who play Tuesday at Garrett Gymnasium.

The other quarterfinal game Tuesday features Franklin (15-5) against Columbus North (14-8), with the winner advancing to take on Whiteland (12-10) in Friday’s semifinal round.

 

Shelbyville 51, Hauser 24

HA – Parrott 3-14 1-2 8, Berkenstock 1-3 0-0 2, Musillami 0-2 2-2 2, Poe 3-12 0-0 6, Sims 0-2 0-0 0, Kilps 2-6 0-2 4, Overroad 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 10-41, 3-6 24.

SH – Edwards 5-8 0-5 10, Brenner 5-9 1-4 12, Simpson 0-1 2-2 2, Wilson 7-20 2-2 18, Pogue 2-5 0-0 4, E. Johnson 0-3 0-0 0, Marshall 0-0 0-0 0, Keller 0-4 2-2 2, S. Baker 1-1 0-0 3, H. Baker 0-0 0-0 0, L. Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Fortune 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 20-52 7-17 51.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

HA (9-11)  8    7    6     3  --  24

SH (14-8)   8    8  16  19  --  51

Three-point field goals: HA 1-13 (Parrott 1-8, Berkenstock 0-2, Poe 0-3), SH 4-14 (Edwards 0-2, Brenner 1-2, Simpson 0-1, Wilson 2-5, Pogue 0-2, Keller 0-1, S. Baker 1-1). Rebounds: HA 26 (Parrott 1, Berkenstock 4, Musillami 3, Poe 6, Sims 1, Kilps 3, Everroad 8), SH 38 (Edwards 8, Brenner 8, Simpson 2, Wilson 4, Pogue 5, E. Johnson 3, Marshall 1, Keller 5, H. Baker 1, Fortune 1). Assists: HA 5 (Parrott 1, Musillami 1, Poe 2, Sims 1), SH 8 (Edwards 2, Brenner 3, Wilson 1, Keller 1, H. Baker 1). Steals: HA 4 (Berkenstock 3, Musillami 1), SH 13 (Edwards 2, Brenner 1, Simpson 2, Wilson 4, Pogue 2, E. Johnson 1, Keller 1). Blocks: HA 2 (Parrott 1, Berkenstock 1), SH 2 (Edwards 1, Simpson 1). Total fouls: HA 9, SH 9. Turnovers: HA 19, SH 14.

JV

Shelbyville 57, Hauser 28

HA: Williams 8, Kilps 4, Wetzel 4, C. Miller 4, Mires 3, Phelps 3, K. Miller 2.

SH: Jones 13, Asher 13, H. Baker 9, Collins 7, Keller 6, Stieneker 4, Morrell 3, Fortune 2.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

HA    2  13    8    5  --  28

SH  18  14  12  13  --  57

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Prep Report: Mitchell, Yarling lead Waldron to MHC win over Southwestern

With senior Lucas Mitchell and Bryce Yarling combining for 28 points Friday, Waldron defeated Southwestern, 53-36.

Mitchell scored a game-high 17 points to push Waldron’s record to 8-8 overall and 3-1 against Mid-Hoosier Conference opponents.

Yarling had 11 points and helped the Mohawks race out to a 19-4 lead after one quarter.

Conner Jewell hit four three-pointers to lead Southwestern (1-14, 0-4 MHC) with 12 points. Ben Kahler finished with 10 points.

Southwestern hosts Herron (2-10) tonight.

Waldron hosts North Decatur (12-4, 4-0 MHC) Thursday.

In other boys basketball games Friday:

Edinburgh 71, Morristown 41

At Edinburgh, Caleb Dewey scored a game-high 24 points to improve Class A, No. 15 Edinburgh to 10-5 (3-3 MHC).

Jarrett Turner and Connor Ramey backed Dewey with 16 points apiece.

Cade Mahin and Jameson Palmer each scored 10 points to lead Morristown (1-15, 1-5 MHC).

The Yellow Jackets travel to New Castle (8-9) tonight.

Indianapolis Scecina 50, Triton Central 42

At Scecina, the host Crusaders hit 11 of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the Indiana Crossroads Conference victory.

Keaton Thibo scored a game-high 18 points for Scecina (10-5, 1-2 ICC). Jordan Porter and Kaleb Milan each scored eight.

Triton Central led 20-18 at halftime but got outscored 18-8 in the third quarter and never recovered.

Isaac Morgan led the Tigers (11-5, 0-3 ICC) with 15 points. Eli Sego finished with nine points.

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Prep Report: Tigers secure ICC championship with win over Beech Grove

Class 2A, No. 13 Triton Central secured the Indiana Crossroads Conference championship Thursday with a 56-20 victory over Beech Grove.

The win improved the Tigers to 18-4 overall and 7-0 against ICC opponents.

Senior Lizzie Graham finished with 18 points in her final regular-season game on her home court. With two made three-pointers in the game, Graham became the program’s career leader for 3s made.

Fellow senior Hallie Schweitzer had 13 points.

Freshman Maryrose Felling also scored 13 and junior Brooklyn Bailey finished with 12.

Triton Central led 26-16 at halftime then held the Hornets scoreless in the third quarter to expand the lead to 38-16.

Mylee Boiling led Beech Grove (9-12, 2-5 ICC) with 11 points.

Triton Central opens the postseason Tuesday against 2A No. 7 Eastern Hancock (19-3) in Fairland. The Royals defeated Triton Central, 56-34, on Nov. 12.

In other girls basketball games Thursday:

Morristown 33, Indianapolis Lutheran 24

At Lutheran, the visiting Yellow Jackets closed out the regular season on a six-game win streak.

Danika Rutledge led Morristown (12-10) with 18 points, nine rebounds and two steals. Raegan Kleine had 11 points and seven steals.

Lutheran (5-17) closed the season on a seven-game losing streak.

Morristown’s postseason debut is Wednesday at Southwestern High School against Edinburgh (6-17). The Yellow Jackets defeated the Lancers, 37-16 on Jan. 14.

Milan 57, Waldron 46

At Milan, Emma Voss and Kaiya Rinear combined for 44 points to lead the Indians to the win.

Voss scored a game-high 24 points, including 9 of 11 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, to improve Milan to 4-18 this season.

Emerson Lindsey hit three 3s to lead Waldron (5-17) with 14 points. Josee Larrison finished with 11 and Alyssa Benson had 10.

Waldron begins the postseason Tuesday at Southwestern High School against Jac-Cen-Del (12-11). The Mohawks lost at Jac-Cen-Del on Dec. 6, 47-33.

Southwestern 54, Greenwood Christian 30

At Southwestern, Cy Stockdale, Tanna Tatlock and Emma Isgrigg combined to hit nine 3s to lead the Spartans (6-16) to the win.

Tatlock finished with a game-high 17 points, including hitting a pair of 3s in the fourth quarter.

Stockdale had four 3s and finished with 14 points.

Sydney Waldron topped Greenwood Christian (3-18) with 15 points.

The Spartans received the bye and are the hosts for Class A, Sectional 60. They will face the winner of the Waldron and Jac-Cen-Del quarterfinal game Tuesday.

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