Eckman, VanMeter win regional races

Abe Eckman

By Herald Staff

Jasper’s dynamic duo was at it again on Saturday.

Seniors Abe Eckman and Andi VanMeter won respective individual cross country championships at the Crawford County regionals. Eckman came away with his second consecutive regional championship with a time of 16:01.2. Finishing in second place was Forest Park senior Spenser Wolf, who finished second to Eckman in regionals for the second year in a row and runner-up to him for the second postseason race in a row. His time was 16:06.9.

The Wildcat boys and Ranger boys both qualified for the Oct. 23 semi-state at Brown County. Heritage Hills finished in sixth place, but freshman Aiden Mattingly and junior Pierce Lashley qualified as individuals.

Andi VanMeter

Also going first and second for the second week in a row were Jasper senior Andi VanMeter and Forest Park senior Ellie Hall, respectively. VanMeter won the individual championship by running a time of 19:07.9. Hall came in at 19:12.6.

Jasper, Forest Park and Heritage Hills all qualified as teams on the girls side, but some local individuals made it, too. Juniors Sara Livingston and Paige Wildman will represent Northeast Dubois at semi-state. Sophomores Kelsey Wibbeler, Claire Leathers and Emma Blessinger will represent Southridge.

Jasper finished in second place to Floyd Central on both sides.

Morton commits to Danville

Jasper senior Kody Morton tweeted out Sunday that he has committed to continue his baseball career at Danville Area Community College. Morton helped Jasper win the Class 4A state championship in 2021 — the sixth in program history and first for the Wildcats since 2006.

Local volleyball teams fall in championships

No local volleyball teams managed to come away with a sectional championship this year, though some made it to the championship on Saturday. Southridge swept Eastern Greene in the Sectional 47 semifinals, but saw itself get swept by host Linton-Stockton.

Heritage Hills made it to the Sectional 32 championship on its home court, taking the first set from Evansville Memorial before the Tigers winning the next three. The Patriots led, 20-17, in the fourth set, with the possibility of a decisive fifth set in the cards. However, Memorial ran the table to take the set, 25-20, and thus, the sectional championship.

Northeast Dubois fell to eventual champion Springs Valley in the Sectional 64 semifinals at Orleans in a sweep.

Prep Boys Tennis

Justin Shultz

Zionsville 4, Jasper 1: The Wildcats (20-3) bowed out in the state semifinals for the second year in a row. Senior No. 2 singles Justin Shultz got the lone point for Jasper by defeating junior Steven Narva, 6-0, 6-2. Zionsville then lost to Carmel in the state championship match — with Carmel reeling off its sixth straight state championship.

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