Equally sizzling, Jasper boys, girls both net shutouts

From Herald Staff Reports

With Jasper boys and girls soccer teams smothering their opponents on Saturday, the biggest question now is rooted in gender rivalry: who’s the hotter Wildcat squad entering September?
The girls team blanked Corydon Central 5-0 on the road, as Anna Charron, Elizabeth Verkamp, Brittany Haskins, Annie Stout and Samantha Kabrick each slotted a goal. Laura Renner, Verkamp and Kabrick each chipped in with an assist.


While the offensive production was impressive, Jasper (4-1) also extended its shutout streak to four games, dating back to its season-opening loss to Evansville Central. In the four games since, the Wildcats have outscored their opponents 15-0.

Not to be outdone, the Wildcat boys routed Mount Vernon 11-0 on the road for their second Big Eight Conference victory. Cristopher Menjivar recorded a hat trick, Caleb Hurst paired two goals with an assist, Heath Gudorf assisted on two goals and notched a goal himself, Garret Jespersen dished out three assists, and brothers Caleb and Cayden Williams piled on two goals apiece.

After starting the season with a tie and a loss to two teams ranked in the state’s Class 2A top 5, the Cats (3-1-1, 2-0) have amassed three consecutive wins with a goal differential of 23-1. In those three games, Caleb Williams tallied eight goals.

In other girls soccer:
Lady Cats 3, Rangers 2: Forest Park fell in a tight contest to North Harrison in Ramsey for its second straight loss. The Rangers ended the first half tied after a Madisyn Hunt goal, but were outscored 2-1 in the second. Madison Knies added the second score for Forest Park (1-4).

Patriots 9, Alices 0: Heritage Hills (5-0) stayed perfect on the season in its drubbing of visiting Vincennes Lincoln. Five Patriots scored as the production included four goals from Breigh Haase, two from Adrianna Oxley and a goal apiece for Paige Priest, Karaline Staggs and Gracie Staggs.
Oxley recorded three assists, and Goalie Madeline Crews recorded the shutout for the Patriots.

Highlanders 3, Wildcats 0: Jasper ended on the wrong side of a sweep, falling 25-10, 25-17, 25-17 on the road at Class 4A No. 5 Floyd Central.

Tori Sermersheim paced the Wildcats (1-2) with 11 kills while also adding nine digs from the backline. Michala Flamion added eight digs and an ace and Teyah Leinenbach tacked on 16 assists for Jasper.

Perry Central Tournament: County rivals Northeast Dubois and Southridge faced off in Leopold, with the Jeeps sweeping the Raiders 25-23, 25-20 as Northeast Dubois split its other matches; the Jeeps (4-4) also ousted Princeton 25-22, 25-17 and dropped an 18-25, 25-20, 15-12 verdict to Perry Central.

Southridge’s Haley Langebrake posted seven kills and 11 digs while Sydney Altmeyer kicked in five blocks in the matchup with the Jeeps, who countered with Jenna Stemle’s 15 digs plus a balanced hitting effort from Kendra Jacob (seven kills), Haley Brinkman (six) and Emily Lueken (five).

Southridge (1-9) fell short in its other two matches, losing in straight sets to the host Commodores and falling 24-26, 25-13, 25-9 to Princeton. |

Boonville Invitational: Heritage Hills and Forest Park both weathered tough days in the field at Warrick County, as the Patriots surrendered three matches via straight-set sweep and the Rangers (4-5) bounced Heritage Hills 25-18, 25-23 for their lone victory of the day.

Lydia Lange steered Forest Park by spreading totals of 23 kills and 19 digs over the three matches as the Rangers also fell to Boonville and North Posey.

Patriots 3, Rebels 0: Heritage Hills (2-7, 1-0 Pocket Athletic Conference) worked on Labor Day and motored past county foe South Spencer 25-21, 25-20, 25-18 behind 17 kills from Madi Fella, 19 digs from McKensie Ayer and 23 assists from Miriah Leibering.

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