Jasper reigns alone atop Big Eight for first time

From Herald Staff Reports

Between the shutouts, the scoring parades and the Jasper boys soccer team’s 13 victories, this result might have meant the most.

After a scoreless first half, the Class 2A No. 18 Wildcats found the ammunition necessary to claim a 2-0 victory on the road against rival Washington, securing Jasper’s first outright Big Eight Conference title in program history.


In its six conference matches this season, the Wildcats (13-1-1, 6-0) didn’t surrender a goal while stockpiling 41 themselves.

Thursday, Nathan Helsley connected on a cross from Caleb Williams in the 60th minute to give Jasper the advantage. Seven minutes later, Cristopher Menjivar and Caleb Hurst pushed forward in attack, leading to Menjivar’s 12th goal of the season on a rebound finish.

Before Thursday, the Wildcats had beaten Washington just one time (2011) in its past 12 contests with the Hatchets. With the blanking, Jasper extended its win streak to 13 games and its shutout streak to 11 contests, in which the Wildcats have amassed 57 goals.

In other boys soccer:

Rangers 4, Wildcats 0: Behind two goals from Alex Russell, Forest Park cruised past host and Class 1A No. 7 Evansville Mater Dei, which eliminated the Rangers in the regional final last season.

Spenser Sermersheim and Russell each notched a first-half finish for the Rangers (9-2-3) before Russell added his second with about 20 minutes to play. Ranger pressure forced the Wildcats to post an own goal early in the second half.

Derek Hoffman assisted on Sermersheim’s goal, while Joel Weyer and Sermersheim added assists on Russell’s tallies.

Patriots 4, Vikings 0: Heritage Hills continued its hot streak, silencing Pocket Athletic Conference foe North Posey in Lincoln City.

Donovan Aders collected a goal in each half for the Patriots (9-4, 3-2), who have won five straight contests. Colin Curtis and Trent Gogel also joined the list of scorers, while Seth Bolin added three assists for Heritage Hills.

Patriots 2, Vikings 2: Class 1A No. 8 Heritage Hills (9-1-3, 1-0-2 Pocket Athletic Conference) couldn’t preserve a two-goal halftime advantage and settled for a draw against North Posey at home. Breigh Haase and Karaline Staggs collaborated for the Patriot goals, each finishing with a goal and an assist.

Tigers 3, Rangers 0: Adria Giesler coupled 28 assists with 14 digs and Lydia Lange gathered 14 kills and 18 digs for Forest Park, but Evansville Memorial swept the Rangers 25-22, 25-22, 25-14 in Ferdinand.

Anna Hagedorn chipped in with 14 digs and six kills for the Rangers (9-12), who are 4-3 since ending a four-match skid at the Jeffersonville Invitational in mid-September.

Jeeps 4, Titans 1: Bill Schepers and Tristan Linne dropped just one game at No. 1 doubles while Ethan Kieffner and Patrick Betz soldiered past Gibson Southern’s Keanan Altstadt and Kyle Tretter 6-3, 6-4 to claim Northeast Dubois’ hardest match in a near sweep of the Titans in Dubois.

Gage Knies (6-3, 6-3 at No. 2 singles) and Cayden Knies (6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles) were also winners for the Jeeps (15-0).

Paoli Invitational: The Northeast Dubois girls placed all six of their runners in the top 10, including Latesha Merkel in the top spot, to collar first place in the five-team field. Meanwhile, the Jeep boys squad (69 points) nabbed third place in the nine-team boys race behind Eastern (Pekin) (49) and Mitchell (65).

Merkel (21:09) blazed to the finish more than 40 seconds before the second-place finisher from Crawford County. Northeast Dubois’ Rachel Breitwieser (22:33) placed third, followed by Lauren Betz (22:37) in fourth place. Ashton Knies (sixth), Jessica Kahle (seventh), Mady Laux (ninth) and Aubrey Knies (10th) all finished within 30 seconds of each other for Northeast Dubois (21 points), which scurried past Mitchell (90) and the host Rams (90).

The Jeep boys notched third place as Luke Kerstiens (17:59) finished third and Justin Kahle (18:13) collected sixth place. Jace Kahle (13th) and Takumi Mundy (16th) gave the Jeeps four top-20 finishers.

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