Englert energizes Rangers; Jeep girls honored

From Herald Staff Reports


For the Forest Park boys basketball team, Curt Hopf has primarily been the one to throw down dunks on breakaways but on Thursday night Sam Englert got in on the fun.

In the second quarter, Hopf missed a shot around the bucket and Englert came flying in for a putback dunk that had Buechler Arena going crazy as the Rangers won their third straight game with a 70-55 victory over North Posey.

The Rangers (16-4, 5-1 PAC) took a 19-12 lead after the first quarter but the Vikings shots started falling in the second quarter as they outscored Forest Park 17-9 and took a one-point lead into the second half.

Senior Daniel Lusk, who became the Rangers all-time assist leader on Tuesday, hit a big three-point shot at the end of the first half to carry momentum to Forest Park’s side in the second half where they’d outscore the Vikings 42-26 including a 25-point fourth quarter performance.

Lusk led the Rangers with 17 points while Englert added 13 and Hopf finished with 10.

Senior Noah Fleck made his first start of the season and finished with nine points, three rebounds and two steals.

Forest Park will be back at home tonight as they battle PAC foe Pike Central.

Two Jeeps named all-conference


After a senior season that carried them to a season-long nine-game winning streak and the team’s first sectional championship since 2013, Northeast Dubois’ Adi Denu and Tyla Rasche were named first team selections to the Blue Chip all-conference girls basketball team.

Denu, who averaged 9.6 points per game for the Jeeps, was the orchestrator of the offense and was also one of the team’s stabilizers on the defensive end as the team’s pressure on the defensive side of the ball helped carry them to the sectional crown.

Rasche averaged 12.1 points per game which ranked her third among all area girls basketball players and scored in double-figures in 15 of the team’s regular season games.

Rasche and Denu were two of the main anchors of the Jeeps girls basketball team along with fellow senior starters Clare Mangin, Alex Dodson and Kortney Quinn along with junior Camryn Stemle and sophomores Madison Cave, Amberly Jacob and Chloe Terwiske.

Also on the Blue Chip all-conference first team was Barr-Reeve’s Kara Hughes, Loogootee’s Julianne Bell and Tyanna Graber, North Knox’s Reeva Hammelman and Makinzi Meurer, South Knox’s Mykala Couchenour and Jarissa Page, Vincennes Rivet’s Tia Tolbert and Grace Waggoner and Wood Memorial’s Lexi Lashbrook.

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