Cats, Jeeps, Pats cruise on day of massive margins

From Herald Staff Reports

K. Bell

In a day of massive margins, squads from Northeast Dubois, Jasper and Heritage Hills found themselves on the good side of dominant.

Northeast Dubois exacted its control over North Daviess on both the volleyball and tennis courts in Dubois, with the tennis team earning a collective shutout of the Cougars with 6-0, 6-0 sweeps at each position in its seventh 5-0 victory of the season, while the volleyball squad crunched North Daviess in both the first and last sets of its 25-5, 25-15, 25-4 runaway win.

Case Eisenhut (No. 1), Reece Bauer (No. 2) and Lane Knies (No. 3) merged for the singles victories while seniors Alex Harder and Alex Bauer controlled things at No. 1 doubles and sophomores Ethan Ziegler and Luke Harder did likewise at No. 2 doubles for the Jeeps (9-0), who stretched their regular-season win streak to 85 straight matches. The Northeast Dubois volleyball team (6-1) likewise continued its roll with Chloe Terwiske and Kendyl Heeke combining for 25 assists and eight aces. Adi Denu (10 kills, six digs, three aces), Kortney Quinn (seven kills) and Molly Lueken (five kills, two blocks) provided the muscle at the net for Northeast Dubois.

At Jasper, the Wildcat volleyball team chopped down its second Big Eight Conference foe in the last three days by walloping Washington 25-10 in the opening set then taking the next two 25-20, 25-15 to cap the sweep. Katey Bell gave Jasper a jolt behind the service line with seven aces, while triplet sisters Libby Bell (10 kills, two aces) and Avery Bell (seven kills, four blocks) also did their part for the Wildcats (7-4, 3-0). Maddie Edwards’ 17 kills and Natalie Wigand’s 23 assists further boosted Jasper.

Heritage Hills took to the road for a couple one-sided outings, and everyone had a foot in the fun for the Class 2A No. 12 Patriot boys soccer team, which scored nine times in the first half and smacked Tell City 14-0. Ten Patriots netted at least one goal, with Philipp Koesters and Sam Schnieders providing two apiece. Mason Ayer, Mitchell Blasdel, Brian Ibarra, Carter Cox, Zach Marmolejo also punched in their first goals of the season for the Pats (6-1, 4-0).

At North Posey, the Heritage Hills volleyball team (8-3, 3-0) bumped its win streak to six by peeling away 25-7 in the opening set then taking the next two 25-21 and 25-11 behind Abby Wetzel’s 27 assists and four aces, Corrie Burroughs’ 10 digs and the hitting punch of Abby Wahl (12 kills) and Melissa Bell (nine kills).

The rest of Thursday’s best in local prep sports:

Jackson Miller: The Jasper sophomore hit the finish line first at the 21-team North Harrison Invitational, clocking in at 16:38 for a two-second win as the Wildcats bagged the team prize as well. Jasper (82) topped runner-up Jeffersonville (99) as Drew O’Neil also cleared the 17-minute mark (third, 16:59) and Tristan Backer (10th), Chris Backer (32nd) and Seth Eckert (37th) provided the top backup.
Southridge’s Dylan Bland (fourth, 17:05) and Northeast Dubois’ Jeb Knies (sixth, 17:15) also situated in the top 10 as Nathan Schnell also ran 16th to help the Jeeps earn 10th in the team standings while Southridge took seventh as Cameron Giles was next in 23rd place for the Raiders.
Kentucky visitor North Oldham (84) earned first in the girls meet and Jasper (110) was second thanks to the head pack of Alyssa Skorge, Leah Schnell and Kate Weaver in 11th, 15th and 16th, respectively. For ninth-place Southridge, Alexandra Hasenour (37th), Evie Hasenour (41st) and Cheyanne Motteler (44th) all finished within four seconds of one another. Shelby Livingston was 23rd for Northeast Dubois, which had four runners and didn’t file a team score.

Patriots’ frontrunning duo: Yet again, Mitchell Hopf (16:17) and Noah Hufnagel (16:24) set the lead pace by taking the top two slots in the junior/senior division of Gibson Southern’s Alan Hopewell Invitational. Caitlin Lueken (20:45) was runner-up in the junior/senior division for the Patriot girls.

Chase Reckelhoff: The Northeast Dubois senior chalked up his first multigoal game of the season, including the go-ahead score a few minutes into the second half as the Class 1A No. 14 Jeeps stopped host Shoals to stay unbeaten. Alan Kerstiens knocked in an insurance goal with seven minutes left, and Brandon Merkel assisted all three goals for Northeast Dubois (6-0, 5-0 Blue Chip Conference).

Vicki Nelson: The Heritage Hills senior fired a season-best 38, picking up medalist honors at Christmas Lake Golf Course in the Patriots’ setback to South Spencer.

Cora Meyer: The Southridge senior put down six kills to share the team lead with Kenzie Lubbehusen as the Raider volleyball team (3-9) pushed Springs Valley in the final two sets but fell 25-19, 26-24, 26-24 in French Lick.

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