Boys compete at state; Reds sweep doubleheader

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Noah Hufnagel poses with his medal he received for placing 9th in the 3200m run at Saturday's IHSAA Boys Track and Field State Finals at Indiana University in Bloomington.

From Herald Staff Reports

Four area schools were represented at Saturday’s IHSAA Boys Track and Field State Finals at Indiana University while the Bombers and Reds were also in action. Here’s a rundown of what happened this weekend in local sports.

Area boys compete in state finals: A total of 10 local athletes from Jasper, Southridge, Forest Park and Heritage Hills competed in Friday’s IHSAA Boys Track and Field State Finals in Bloomington with one athlete finishing in the top 10 of his respective event.

Patriot senior Noah Hufnagel, who will run cross country at Indiana State next year, finished ninth in the 3200m run with a time of 9:18.93. The other Heritage Hills athlete that competed was Jacob Luebbehusen who placed 13th in the pole vault with a mark of 14 feet.

Competing for Jasper was Malik Chatman who finished 19th in the long jump with a distance of 21 feet and 4 and a half inches, Sam DeWitt who placed 18th in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.06 and the 4x800m relay team of Chris Backer, Tristan Backer, Jackson Miller and Will Smith who placed 15th with a time of 8:02.23.

Two area throwers also competed at the state finals — Southridge junior Jaden Hayes placed 18th in the discus with a distance of 151 feet and 7 inches while Forest Park senior and future University of Evansville thrower Andrew Schuler placed 25th in the shot put with a distance of 47 feet and 2 and a half inches.

Bombers drop pair of home games: The Dubois County Bombers dropped to 0-3 on the season after falling at home on Saturday and Sunday, losing 4-3 to Owensboro on Saturday and falling 12-5 to Paducah yesterday.

The Bombers fell behind 2-0 to the RiverDawgs early on Saturday but rallied to tie things up at 2-2 with RBIs from Sam Mudd and Jacob Lewis. Owensboro regained the lead in the fifth and while Dubois County got a run back in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single from Chase Ramsey, the Bombers left a runner in scoring position to end the game.

On Sunday, Paducah jumped out to an early 6-0 leaf after the first two innings but the Bombers four-run third inning including a two-run home run from Jasper alum Evan Aders and a two-RBI double from John McDonald brought the Bombers right back within two. However, the Bombers would only score one more run the rest of the night while the Chiefs would add six more and hold on for the victory.

Reds dominate doubleheader: For the second straight weekend, the Jasper Reds swept a doubleheader as they defeated Saline County, Illinois 21-1 in the first game and 17-0 in the second game.

In the early game, Jacob Lents hit the first home run of the season for the Reds with a grand slam in the fourth inning. Josh Weidenbenner added a triple and a double, Lane Kerkland and Eli Knust both finished with three singles and Clayton Mayfield struck out eight batters in his first appearance with the Reds.

In the late game, Lents was a homer away from the cycle as he finished with a triple, double and a single while Bo Daves nearly threw a no-hitter but finally allowed a one-out single in the fifth inning. The Reds played the weekend games at Forest Park’s baseball field in Ferdinand.

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