Local tennis squads swat opponents

From Herald Staff Reports


The margins of victory weren’t all equal, but for boys tennis teams from Southridge, Forest Park, Northeast Dubois and Heritage Hills, a win was still a win Tuesday.

The Raiders and Jeeps defeated their respective opponents 5-0, while the Rangers picked up a 4-1 win and the Patriots scooped a 3-2 triumph.

In Huntingburg, Southridge (6-8, 3-4 Pocket Athletic Conference) dispatched Tell City while losing just two sets at singles.

Logan Welp was a 6-1, 6-0 winner at No. 1, Carson Mundy picked up a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 2 and Owen Kinker went over 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3. The No. 1 doubles duo of Michael Kappner and Alex Biehl was also triumphant, while the Raiders scored a forfeit win at No. 2 doubles.

At Ferdinand, Forest Park (7-3, 6-1 Pocket) completed a match with Tecumseh that started Tuesday. Its finish was delayed because of rain.

The Rangers swept at singles, with Collin Hochgesang taking the No. 1 match (6-4, 7-5), Aaron Welp playing victor at No. 2 (6-4, 6-4) and Nathan Jarboe coming out on top at No. 3 (5-7, 6-1, 6-2). The pairing of Aaron and Joe Hurst won 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles as well.

At Bloomfield, Northeast Dubois (15-0) swept behind singles successes from Case Eisenhut at No. 1 (6-0, 6-0), Alex Bauer at No. 2 (6-1, 6-2), Reece Bauer at No. 3 (6-1, 6-1), as well as doubles victories from Alex Harder/Lane Knies at No. 1 (6-1, 6-0) and Ethan Ziegler/Luke Harder at No. 2 (6-1, 6-0).

In Poseyville, Heritage Hills (12-3, 7-0 Pocket) escaped thanks to some close results.
Logan Smallwood won 6-3, 7-6 (7) at No. 1 singles, and Josh Dellamuth took the No. 3 singles bout 6-4, 6-1. At No. 1 doubles, Jacob Luebbehusen and Josh Nelson outlasted their foes 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7).

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

Jasper runners second: Jackson Miller and Alyssa Skorge led the Wildcat cross country boys and girls, respectively, at the Barr-Reeve Invitational.
Both squads placed runner-up to the hosts in the team chase. The Jasper boys were outscored 61-85, while the Cat girls fell just short at a 68-69 disadvantage.
Miller took second in the boys race, crossing the line in 16:37. Drew O’Neil contributed a sixth-place showing in 17:15, while Tristan Backer secured 16th in 17:56.
Southridge’s boys placed fifth of 15 teams, while Northeast Dubois was fourth. The Raiders were led by Dylan Bland in fifth (17:00), and the Jeeps received top-10 finishes from Jeb Knies (fourth, 16:51) and Nathan Schnell (10th, 17:34).
On the girls side, Alyssa Skorge raced to ninth place in 21:01. She was supported by Leah Schnell in 11th (21:23), Kate Weaver in 12th (21:35) and Kelsea Skorge in 15th (22:02).
The Southridge girls finished 12th of 14 teams, and Northeast Dubois did not accure a team score. Alex Hasenour crossed first for the Raiders, taking 29th in 23:03. Shelby Livingston was the 13th-place competitor, clocking 21:37 for the Jeeps.

Wildcat volleyball slips: Libby Bell recorded 12 kills and two aces, but visiting Jasper was halted by Class 2A No. 3 Evansville Mater Dei in four sets.
The Wildcats (14-10) suffered a 25-21, 19-25, 25-18, 25-20 defeat. Bell’s performance was complemented by eight kills from Maddie Edwards, 17 assists from Natalie Wigand and 14 digs from Meredith Hilgefort.

Raiders come up short: Southridge volleyball endured a four-set road loss to Pocket Athletic Conference foe North Posey. The Raiders (6-13, 0-3) were upended 23-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-16.
Kenzie Lubbehusen recorded a team-best 12 kills to go with three blocks, two aces and an assist, and Mady Neukam contributed 14 digs, seven assists and six aces. Other key Southridge statholders were Savanah Goeppner (13 assists) and Boo Polley (31 digs).

Jeeps sweep foe: Adi Denu moved within four kills of 1,000 for her career with Northeast Dubois volleyball in a three-set win over Blue-Chip opponent South Kox.
The visiting Jeeps (13-2, 5-0) scored a 25-18, 25-7, 25-12 win behind Denu’s nine kills, seven digs and three aces. Kortney Quinn added eight kills, Chloe Terwiske offered 12 assists and Tyla Rasche posted nine digs.

Patriots notch shutout: Class 2A No. 9 Heritage Hills eased to a non-conference victory over Evansville Central, winning the road match 3-0.
The Patriots (8-4) received single goals from Carson Leibering, Jesus Lara and Philipp Koesters. Lara and Zeke Wittman each added an assist.

Genet’s mark not enough: Lydia Genet tallied a first-half goal for Class 2A No. 17 Heritage Hills girls soccer, but 1A No. 3 Vincennes Rivet walked away with a 2-1 victory.
Kerragan Mulzer recorded an assist for the Patriots (9-4).

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