Knies paces local golfers at regional

Halle Knies

By Herald Staff

Jasper, Southridge and two individuals from Heritage Hills competed in their last golf match of the season, and for some - their careers.

The girls regional took place Saturday at Country Oaks Golf Club, with Jasper coming in seventh place out of 18 teams by shooting a team score of 362. Wildcats senior Halle Knies shot an 85, which not only led the team, but all local golfers on the day. She could not, however, advance to state as an individual.

Southridge came in 16th with a team score of 428. Junior Sidney Layton shot a team-low 103 for the Raiders.

Junior Kylie Fahnestock and senior Grace Mangan both represented the Patriots again at regionals. Fahnestock shot a 94, while Mangan ended her three-time regional qualifying career with a 96.

Local runners shine again

Spenser Wolf

Forest Park's boys won the Lincoln Trails Invite on Saturday with a team score of 62 points. Senior Spenser Wolf came won the race with a time of 15:21.03, setting a new boys record on the course, breaking the previous 15:25 feat held by Corydon Central's Camden Marshall ran in 2020. The Rangers also rounded out the individual top 10 when fellow senior Bryce Troesch came in ninth at 16:55.73 and Spenser's freshman brother Reece finished 10th with a time of 16:58.03.

Heritage Hills and Southridge also took part in this 16 team race. The Pats grabbed 229 for eighth place, and junior Pierce Lashley led his team by finishing 17th and a time of 17:19.73. The Raiders came in 15th with a team score of 387, and sophomore Calib Sherman ran a time of 19:20.43 to pace them.

Southridge did not field a team on the girls side, so the Raiders had individual runners. Heritage Hills came in third place out of 10 teams with a score of 101, while Forest Park finished in fourth at 110. Rangers senior Ellie Hall not only won the race, but her time of 18:41.33 broke the old course record of 18:54 set by Evansville Reitz's Hannah Sale in 2018. Sophomore Kelsey Wibbeler topped all Raider runners with a seventh place finish at 20:42.14, while junior Bridget Flannagan ran a 21:53.14 to finish 18th and lead the Patriots.

Ellie Hall 

Jasper showed out its depth by taking first place Saturday at the Pike Central Invite with a score of 43 points. Senior Abe Eckman notched another win under his belt by running a time of 15:49.80. Juniors Jaryn Weinel and Harrison Hulsman also made the top four. Weinel came in at third with a time of 16:31.27 and Hulsman fourth with a time of 16:42.18. 

The girls came in second place with a team score of 62 - second only to South Knox's 56. Junior Ally Wigand paced the Wildcats at 19:41.70 for a third place finish. Freshman Linzi VanMeter came behind her at fourth with a time of 19:44.46.

Lytton commits to Kentucky Wesleyan

Heritage Hills senior Hadley Lytton tweeted Sunday she has committed to continue her basketball career at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Lytton has been a fixture in the Pats' rotation since she was an underclassman, and is the program's all-time leader in 3-pointers made with 104. The Patriots went 17-5 during Lytton's junior year, and won a game in the sectional for the first time since 2017. 

Newest rankings

The Indiana Football Coaches Association ranked Jasper No. 3 in Class 4A this week as the only local to garner votes. The Wildcats are 6-0 for the first time since 2013 after a 35-7 win Sept. 24 against Evansville Central. Heritage Hills was previously ranked No. 14 in Class 3A, but fell out of the top 15 this week after its 42-3 loss Sept. 24 at No. 3 Gibson Southern.

The Indiana Soccer Coaches Association once again ranked Forest Park, Northeast Dubois and Heritage Hills on both sides this week. The Ranger girls have the highest local ranking at No. 3 in Class 1A, and the Jeeps were No. 8 in the same class. The Patriots garnered the No. 12 ranking in Class 2A.

The Rangers have the highest boys ranking at No. 7 in Class 1A, while the Jeeps are ranked No. 18 in the same class. Heritage Hills, with a record of 13-1, came in this week at No. 8 in Class 2A. 

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