Local athletes leave mark at state finals

From Herald Staff Reports

Several area track and field athletes competed in the IHSAA State Finals at Indiana University and the Dubois County Bombers got their season started a day later due to Thursday’s rain. Here’s a rundown of Friday night’s area sports action.

Area girls compete in state finals: Jasper, Southridge and Heritage Hills were all represented in Friday night’s IHSAA girls state finals track and field meet at Indiana University in Bloomington. For the local athletes, competing in the state finals was a culmination of a season’s worth of hard work, effort and determination.

Jasper’s 4x100m relay team of Mia Ahner, Zoe Biggs, Aliyah Schwenk and Olivia Biggs finished 24th with a time of 52.47 while Southridge’s 4x100m team of Kenzie Neukam, Sidney Bartelt, Monica Steckler and Alexis Brady placed 21st with a time of 50.92.

The rest of Southridge’s results were as follows — Tori Tretter finished 26th in the discus with a distance of 113 feet and 3 inches, Karli Meyer placed 20th in the shot put with a distance of 37 feet and 6 inches, Alexis Brady was 27th in the 100m dash with a time of 12.83, Grace Sickbert placed 19th in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.75, Kenzie Neukam was 24th in the 200m dash with a time of 26.64 and Anna Altstadt placed 16th in the 400m dash with a time of 58.44.

For Heritage Hills, Jenna Burns placed 25th in the 200m dash with a time of 26.66.

Bombers fall short in opener: It was a back and forth night for the Dubois County Bombers in their season opener as they fell 6-4 to the Owensboro RiverDawgs in Huntingburg.

The Bombers struck first as Nolan Ramsey’s RBI double drove in Jasper alum Evan Aders for a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Owensboro would score two runs in the third inning on three singles and a pair of walks and add one more in the fourth on a sacrifice fly to make it 3-1 RiverDawgs.

It was more Dubois County alums making things happen in the bottom of the eighth inning for the Bombers as former Southridge Raider Payton Mattingly doubled in two runners after Chase Andrews had an earlier RBI to give the Bombers a 4-3 lead heading into the ninth inning.

Owensboro used a late ninth inning rally after a hit batter tied the game at 4-4 and then Cam Curry drove in the final two runs of the game to seal the win for the RiverDawgs.

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