Jasper scratches out 5-set rally in tussle between Cats

From Herald Staff Reports

L. Bell

Jasper-Mount Vernon has become a budding volleyball rivalry over the last few years, and in some matches, it’s required an awfully long time to decide a winner. Tuesday night added yet another chapter in a match that went to the max.

Jasper stumbled into a two-set deficit before perking up for five-set getaway in Posey County, rallying 18-25, 22-25, 25-15, 25-20, 15-8 behind four girls who tallied double-digit totals in kills. Libby Bell (15 kills, 13 digs) posted the foremost total with Maddie Edwards (14 kills), Avery Bell (10 kills, six blocks) and Reagan Egbert (10 kills) pitching in as well. Natalie Wigand (31 assists) and Kate Green (21 assists) supplied the setup to the hitting effort for Jasper (6-4, 2-0 Big Eight Conference), with Wigand and Meredith Hilgefort combing for eight aces and Hilgefort also guiding the defense with 21 digs.

In Lincoln City, overtime came early for Heritage Hills in another snug battle with a rival as the Patriots earned a 31-29, 25-20, 25-21 sweep of South Spencer. Melissa Bell (15 kills, 10 digs) and Abby Wahl (13 kills, 13 digs, three aces) guided the Pats both offensively and defensively, with Corrie Burroughs’ 17 digs, Abby Wetzel’s 32 assists, and three blocks each from Grace Vinson and Jessica Bertke adding more substance in the fifth straight win for the Patriots (7-3, 2-0 Pocket Athletic Conference).

The rest of Tuesday’s best in local prep sports:

A comfortable Jeep sweep: Clare Mangin dealt six aces and three blocks, Chloe Terwiske distributed 19 assists and Adi Denu’s 11 kills and Kortney Quinn’s 10 kills boosted the Northeast Dubois volleyball team (5-1) to a 25-19, 25-13, 25-12 dismissal of host Perry Central.

Southridge’s big diggers: Despite the defensive input from Amanda Brewer (25 digs, five aces) and Kenzie Young (24 digs, eight kills, four aces), Southridge volleyball (3-8) lost a four-setter on the road to Loogootee.
Taylor Bayer and Anna Becher: Bayer’s 15 kills and Becher’s 24 digs guided Forest Park (3-8, 1-4 PAC), which dominated the second set 25-6 but dropped the other three to visiting Pike Central in volleyball.


Jasper takes top-20 tussle: The 17th-ranked Wildcat boys tennis team (5-1) paired 6-0, 6-0 shutouts by Eli Franks and Bennett Schmitt with a pair of three-set escapes to oust No. 18 Providence at the Ed Yarbrough Tennis Complex. Noah Luebbehusen and Noah Mendel prevailed 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles while Andrew Hochgesang and Noah Schum completed a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 rally at No. 2.

Case Eisenhut: The Northeast Dubois senior applied the finishing touch to a 5-0 home tennis win over North Daviess, overcoming Jeff Mayfield 4-6, 6-2, (10-3) at No. 1 singles with a 10-point tiebreak played in lieu of a third set as the Jeeps (8-0) stayed unblemished.

Wildcats manage tie: While Jasper’s boys soccer team (2-3) lost 3-0 on the road at Floyd Central, the Wildcat girls (4-2-1) hosted the Highlanders and forged a 1-all draw thanks to Hannah Love’s goal midway through the second half.


Rangers grab first win: Noah Fleck scored three goals and assisted Cole Oeding on the other for Forest Park’s boys soccer team, which scored twice in each half to dump Tell City. Ranger goalkeeper Zach Wahl also stopped a penalty kick among his six saves for the Rangers (1-4, 1-1).

Brooklyn Tretter and Dylan Bland: Tretter (24:16) and Bland (17:45) set the winning paces in the respective girls and boys meets, helping host Southridge claim first place as a team as well in the Run the Ridge invitational. Alex Hasenour (third), Cheyanne Motteler (fourth), Kaelynn Luker (seventh) and Evie Hasenour (eighth) solidified the pack for the Raider girls, while Cameron Giles (third, Jaffet Cruz (fifth), Brody Voegerl (sixth) and Corbin Neher (eighth) filed in next for Southridge’s boys.

Patriots cruise: Class 2A No. 12 Heritage Hills cleared a usual PAC roadblock with ease, blanking Gibson Southern 5-0 in boys soccer behind a pair of goals from Philipp Koesters. Gannon Staggs and Kamdon Buechler both scored their second goals of the season and Carson Leibering accounted for the other goal for the Patriots (5-1, 3-0).

Jasper golfers reign at home: All five Wildcats shot better than any Tell City golfer, with Maddie Wagner (39), Gillian Blessinger (41) and Haley Schroeder (44) guiding the charge at Buffalo Trace Golf Course as Jasper (170) eased to a win by 90 strokes.

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