Jeep tennis goes unbeaten in 5th straight season

From Herald Staff Reports











Over the last five years, Northeast Dubois tennis has dealt consistently with a big number in the form of its regular-season winning streak. On Saturday, one of the Jeeps put his name next to a different sizable figure.

Senior Case Eisenhut grabbed Northeast Dubois’ all-time wins record with his 86th, helping the Jeeps to a 4-1 road win over Washington.

Eisenhut surpassed the previous record of 85, which was held by Cayden Knies, son of Jeep coach Dwayne Knies.

Northeast Dubois (16-0) completed its fifth consecutive undefeated regular season, running its win streak in that span to 93 matches.

Joining Eisenhut, who won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, in the victors’ column was Reece Bauer at No. 2 singles (6-3, 6-1), Alex Harder and Alex Bauer at No. 1 doubles (6-1, 6-1), and Ethan Ziegler and Luke Harder at No. 2 doubles (6-0, 6-2).

The rest of the weekend’s best in local prep sports:

Local golfers ousted: Area representatives were unable to qualify for the girls golf state finals, with two teams and an individual falling short of advancement.

Jasper placed 10th in the 18-team Washington Regional, held at Country Oaks Golf Club, while Southridge scored 17th place. The top three teams moved on to the state finals.

The Wildcats were led by an 81 from Haley Schroeder, which left her three strokes shy of individual advancement. The Raiders were paced by an 89 from Baileigh Schneider.

Heritage Hills senior Vicki Nelson was unable to move on as an individual, carding an 83. The top five individuals from non-advancing teams earned state-finals qualification.

Wildcats go 1-2: No. 15 Jasper boys tennis took one of three matches at the multi-day Center Grove Invitational in Greenwood.

The Wildcats (12-3) disposed of No. 25 Center Grove but fell to No. 1 Carmel and No. 4 Homestead.
Bennett Schmitt captured two of his three matches at No. 3 singles, defeating Center Grove’s JT Embrey 6-4, 6-1 and Carmel’s John Zirklebeach 6-4, 6-4.

Eli Franks at No. 2 singles (6-2, 1-6, 10-7), Noah Mendel/Noah Luebbehusen at No. 1 doubles (6-4, 5-7, 10-7) and Mitch Kluemper/Andrew Hochgesang at No. 2 doubles (6-4, 6-4) were all winners against Center Grove as well.

Pats win own event: Heritage Hills boys tennis received three first-place finishes to lead the team standings in the Heritage Hills Invitational at Lincoln City.

The Patriots finished with 20 points, outlasting Vincennes Lincoln (14), Forest Park (14) and Tecumseh (7).
Logan Smallwood captured the No. 1 singles championship for Heritage Hills, while Cameron Van Winkle was the No. 2 singles titlst. The duo of Trae Hirt and Zack Weaver topped the No. 2 doubles field as well, and the Jacob Luebbehusen/Josh Nelson combo took second at No. 1 doubles.

The Ranger pairing of Aaron Hurst and Aaron Welp finished first at No. 1 doubles and was supported by runner-up displays from Collin Hochgesang at No. 1 singles and Nathan Jarboe at No. 3 singles.

Ranger girls jaunt to second: Claire Mehling crossed the finish line in third place at the Pike Central Invitational, leading the Forest Park girls cross country contingent.

The Rangers secured second place in the 19-team field with 78 points, trailing only Evansville Memorial (58).
Mehling’s finish in 19:30 was supported by Josie Berg in 11th (20:31) and Magda Alvis in 16th (21:01).

In the boys competition Forest Park placed 11th as a group out of 20 teams. Dustin Luebbehusen took 23rd in 17:37, while Ben Becher notched 27th in 17:51.

Hufnagel, Lueken pace area: Heritage Hills cross country led local competitors in the Lincoln Trail Invitational, hosted by Tell City, by grabbing second place in the boys team chase and third among the girls.

The Patriot boys’ score of 96 trailed only the host team’s 34. Heritage Hills was paced by Noah Hufnagel in second place (16:03) and Mitchell Hopf in third (16:16).

For the Patriot girls, their 85 points slotted them behind only Evansville Central (59) and Corydon (48). Heritage Hills received top-10 finishes from Caitlin Lueken (second in 20:37) and Katie Winkler (seventh in 22:12).

Southridge finished third (101) in the boys competition and fourth (88) on the girls side.

For the Raider males, Dylan Bland took 11th in 17:40 and Cameron Giles was 14th in 17:54. Among the team’s girls, Brooklyn Tretter secured ninth place (22:26) while Alex Hasenour  crossed the line in 16th (23:33).

Jasper girls stumble: Hanna Love potted an unassisted goal in the first half, but Jasper girls soccer suffered a 4-1 road loss to Gibson Southern. The Wildcats fell to 10-5-1 overall with the setback.

Ranger boys fall short: Bryson Weyer and Gryffin Flowers both hit twine for the Forest Park boys soccer team in a 4-2 road loss to Evansville Reitz. Assists for the Rangers (2-10-1) came from Cole Oeding and Garrison Tretter.

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