Different setting, same result as Jasper keeps rolling

From Herald Staff Reports

After a get-together with Southridge and Forest Park on Jasper’s home turf in last weekend’s Wildcat Invitational, the Cats congregated again with their county neighbors and filed away another win in a season that’s been full of them so far.


Jasper’s boys golf team remained unbeaten in eight dual or triangular meets after the Cats turned in a 162 Thursday at Christmas Lake Golf Course in Santa Claus to surge past Forest Park (178), Southridge (191) and Perry Central, which did not register a team score with just three golfers. The Wildcats also featured the two low individual scores of the day, with Luke Lehane and Carson Pierce each carding 40s while Southridge’s Drew Dearing (41) and Forest Park’s Evan Weyer and Zach Wendholt (both 44) provided the frontrunning scores for their respective squads.

Jack Bies and Bryan Hagan each delivered 44s for Jasper, with Matt Lottes (45) and Evan Wolfe (48) offering backup. Brayden Wibbeler (48) and Coby Reller (49) were next up behind Dearing for the Raiders, while Aaron White and Colin Lane shot matching 45s for the Rangers.

Marksmen 2, Raiders 1: Southridge finally broke through on Tell City pitcher Trent Hendershot in the final inning at Perry County, as Harrison Steckler singled to left to end Hendershot’s no-hit bid. Raider courtesy runner Grant Maxey scored to trim Tell City’s lead in half, but single runs by the Marksmen in the fourth and sixth innings allowed them to fend off the Raiders (5-10, 3-3 Pocket Athletic Conference). Raider sophomore pitcher Kade Allen scattered four hits and didn’t allow a walk while notching five strikeouts.

Jeeps 16, Patriots 0, six innings: The hits (and runs) kept coming for Northeast Dubois, which crunched host Vincennes Rivet and has piled up 36 runs in its three wins this week. The Jeeps (10-5, 4-1 Blue Chip Conference) have reached double-digit run totals in seven games this season and have tallied nine runs in two other contests.


As Northeast Dubois pitcher Peyton Hurt (4-1) chewed through the Rivet lineup allowing two hits and striking out four without issuing a walk, eight Jeeps notched a hit, eight drove in a run and 10 scored a run. Parker Zehr (3-for-3, two RBIs, three runs) stirred the offense from his leadoff spot, while Hurt and Griffen Bauer both added a pair of RBIs and Bauer scored three times. Sidney Schott also knocked in a run and scored two, while Ethan Ziegler and Austin Knight entered in reserve roles and added RBIs as well.

Patriots 3, Titans 2, eight innings: Heritage Hills (8-11, 5-2 PAC) fell behind 2-0 in the second inning before earning a walk-off win at home against Gibson Southern.

Braves 2, Raiders 1: Class 1A No. 2 Tecumseh skipped Huntingburg with a win thanks to a tiebreaking run in the top of the seventh to clip Southridge (7-11, 1-7) as Megan Buechler doubled for one of the three Raider hits.

Chargers 5, Rangers 1: Pike Central’s three-run first inning launched the Chargers in control at Bretzville, where they kept Forest Park (9-12, 2-6 Pocket Athletic Conference) off the scoreboard until the sixth inning. Macie Zink finished 2-for-3 to account for two of the five Ranger hits.

Rebels 1, Patriots 0: Heritage Hills freshman Emma Eubank struck out five without walking a South Spencer batter while whirling a four-hitter, but South Spencer’s Hannah Epperson strong-armed the Patriots (10-10, 3-3 PAC) by firing a no-hitter in Lincoln City.

Wildcats 5, Knights 0: Behind 6-0, 6-0 shutouts from Suchi Bandaru at No. 2 singles and Mallory Ahlbrand at No. 3, seventh-ranked Jasper (12-4) closed the regular season by walloping a Castle team that knocked off the Wildcats 3-2 last season. The Cats rolled through at all five positions this time, as Sarah Monesmith picked up a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles, Olivia Yarbrough and Caroline Theil were 6-1, 6-2 winners at No. 1 doubles, and Kathleen Messmer and Jillian Seger prevailed 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles.

Titans 5, Raiders 0: The unbeaten run of Southridge (14-1, 7-1 PAC) ended at Fort Branch, where 19th-ranked Gibson Southern captured all five wins in straight sets, even as Emily Eckert and Hailey Michel “played the best tennis they have ever played,” by coach Rhonda Diekhoff’s assessment. Both extended their singles matches to tiebreaks before Eckert fell to Rachel Jones 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) at No. 1 while Michel lost 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) to Shelby Braselton at No. 2.

Patriots 5, Chargers 0: Identical set scores were practically the rule for Heritage Hills (8-5, 5-3 PAC), which romped past Pike Central in Lincoln City starting with 6-0, 6-0 victories from Kate Kaetzel and Kyla Dilger at the top of the singles lineup. Sydney Rube and Caroline Guth took the No. 1 doubles match 6-3, 6-3, while Sydney Hoffman and Emma Buechlein sailed through a 6-1, 6-1 triumph at No. 2 doubles.

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