Jeeps, Pats halfway to titles; Schneider sizzles at HCC

From Herald Staff Reports

T. Dodd










Four down, four to go for both Northeast Dubois and Heritage Hills in their bid for conference volleyball crowns.

The Jeeps and Patriots both defended their respective home courts Thursday by sweeping conference foes, as Northeast Dubois dispatched Vincennes Rivet 25-12, 25-15, 25-20 while Heritage Hills encountered little trouble in clearing a perennial Pocket Athletic Conference hurdle with a 25-16, 25-21, 25-15 takedown of Tecumseh.

Northeast Dubois (8-1, 4-0 Blue Chip Conference) earned its fourth straight victory via three-set sweep thanks to Taylor Dodd’s team-best totals in digs (15) and aces (three). Kendyl Heeke’s 30 assists supplemented the Jeep hitting input from Adi Denu (11 kills), Clare Mangin and Kortney Quinn (nine kills apiece) and Molly Lueken (seven kills, two blocks). Brooklyn Dodd’s 11 digs and eight digs each from Denu and Tyla Rasche furthered bolstered the back line for the Jeeps, who play in the Loogootee Invitational on Saturday.

In Lincoln City, Heritage Hills banked on defense both at the net (with Jessica Bertke and Kasey Schaeffer’s pair of blocks) and in the back row, where Melissa Bell logged a dozen digs with Corrie Burroughs and Abby Wetzel combining for 15 more. The usual suspects provided the offensive punch, with Bell booming 14 kills, Abby Wahl finishing 11 kills, Bertke landing a half-dozen kills and Abby Wetzel and Kasey Schaeffer sprinkling in four kills apiece. The Patriots (14-4, 4-0), shooting for their first conference title since 2008, stay in PAC play for their next match Monday with a trip to Gibson Southern.

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

Baileigh Schneider: The Southridge freshman sizzled through Huntingburg Country Club with a 1-under par 36, including an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole before she closed with a flourish with a birdie on No. 9. With supporting scores from Olivia Mundy (43), Morgan Stapleton (48) and Dalie Wibbeler (49), the Raiders (176) eased past Tell City (250).

Pats turn tables on Hatchets: After falling 5-0 to Washington in the last meeting between the teams in 2015, the Heritage Hills girls soccer team raced to a two-goal lead and made it stand in a 3-1 conquering of the Hatchets in Lincoln City. Kerragan Mulzer and Lydia Genet each delivered a goal and an assist, with Ella Green notching the other goal and Ali Wade adding an assist for the Patriots (7-2).

Jeeps, Patriots rule the courts: The boys tennis teams from Northeast Dubois and Heritage Hills didn’t play a set closer than 6-1 in all of their wins as the Jeeps (11-0) dumped Tecumseh 4-1 in Dubois and the Patriots (7-2) blanked host Boonville with a 5-0 shutout.
Logan Smallwood and Cameron Van Winkle waltzed to 6-0, 6-0 victories at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, and Northeast Dubois seniors Alex Harder and Alex Bauer likewise cruised in their No. 1 doubles bout by winning all 12 games.

Mady Neukam: With 16 digs and 13 assists, the Southridge junior logged team-highs in both categories and also landed a pair of aces in a three-set loss at Pike Central for the Raider volleyball team (3-11, 0-2).

Logan Welp: Southridge’s No. 1 singles player pulled past Loogootee’s Max Christmas 7-5, 6-3 for his team’s lone win as the Raider boys tennis squad (2-6) dropped a 4-1 verdict to the Lions in Huntingburg.

Garrison Tretter and Lauren Jahn: The duo accounted for Forest Park’s goals as the Ranger boys (2-6) and Ranger girls (4-4-1) both came up short in 2-1 soccer losses to host Boonville. The Pioneers’ game-winner arrived on a penalty kick in the boys matchup.

Skyla McKim: The Forest Park senior golfer notched the low score for her team for the first time this season with a 59 at Sultan’s Run Golf Club in Jasper, where Gibson Southern earned a win over the Rangers.

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