Eckman, VanMeter set new school records

Abe Eckman

By Herald Staff

Jasper seniors Abe Eckman and Andi VanMeter have both enjoyed successful cross country careers, and Saturday’s performances at the Elite Races were just the latest of their triumphs.

VanMeter came in third place in the girls race, setting a new girls record of 18:04, as Jasper took 11th place overall on the girls side. Eckman finished third on the boys side, running a time of 15:11 for a new Jasper boys record. The Wildcat boys scored 239 team points to finish in ninth overall.

Both Eckman and VanMeter broke their own records from the Sept. 4 Columbus North meet. Eckman’s previous time was 15:14.4, breaking Dean Kunz’s old time of 15:28 in 1982. VanMeter, meanwhile, ran an 18:14.5 time at Columbus North, breaking the 18:37 time Lacey Oeding achieved in 2007.

The Elite races were held at Eagle Park, the home course of Brown County.

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Rasche’s Big Day: Northeast Dubois girls came away with an emphatic 9-0 win Saturday at Salem. The Jeeps notched five goals in the first half, and four in the second. Sophomore Landyn Rasche scored four of those nine goals to propel the Jeeps, while senior Lexi Freyberger contributed four assists and fellow senior Mackenzie Belk had two goals.

Rangers Take Pair: Forest Park girls soccer treated fans to a sweep of Pike Central Saturday at Cedar Crest Intermediate. The girls won, 4-0, with sophomore Addison Weyer contributing both a goal and an assist. The boys were tied at halftime, 1-1, before senior JD Kerber got what would be the game-winner off a free kick.

Local Rankings

Landyn Rasche

The Indiana Football Coaches Association ranked Jasper No. 5 this week in Class 4A. The Wildcats will be playing again Friday at the Reitz Bowl against Evansville Mater Dei. They came away with a 56-14 win Sept. 10 at Evansville Bosse.

Forest Park’s girls remained atop the Class 1A rankings by the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association. The Rangers played No. 7 Northeast Dubois Monday night, with the Rangers coming away with a 2-0 win. Meanwhile, the ISCA ranked Heritage Hills No. 11 in Class 2A.

These three same schools were also ranked on the boys side. Heritage Hills is the highest local ranked boys team at No. 8 in Class 2A. Northeast Dubois was No. 11 in Class 1A, and the Rangers No. 14 in the same class. The Rangers and Jeeps went head-to-head on Monday, with Forest Park prevailing, 4-2.

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