Pats break late tie to subdue Bears, extend revival

From Herald Staff Reports

They’ve cruised and they’ve been challenged, but one thing has been a constant for the Heritage Hills boys soccer team over the last eight days: victories aplenty.


The Patriots have ripped off four straight wins in that stretch, including Tuesday’s 3-2 squeaker over Evansville Central in the Pocket City. Sam Scherry punched in two goals, including the go-ahead score to break a 2-all tie in the second half. Logan Ayer added the other Patriot goal and Seth Bolin provided an assist for the Pats (8-4), who’ve already well exceeded last year’s win total of three.

Hatchets 1, Wildcats 0: Visiting Washington made a first-half goal stand to hand Jasper (8-5-1, 4-1) its first Big Eight Conference setback.

Barr-Reeve Invitational: The Jasper girls (32) outran county neighbor Northeast Dubois (70) and the rest of the 12-team field, as the two area schools took first and second, respectively, in Montgomery.

For the Wildcats, Hannah Welsh recorded her sixth first-place finish of the fall with a season-best 19:09. Freshman Tara Cassidy finished second while Sydney Berger (sixth) and Grace Mehringer (seventh) also landed in the top 10, and Noelle Weyer added a 19th-place effort for the Cats.

Latesha Merkel paced the Jeeps with a fourth-place finish in 20:20, her best time of the season. Rachel Breitwieser finished 11th, and Lauren Betz (16th), Ashton Knies (20th), Aubrey Knies (23rd) and Jessica Kahle (24th) all finished in the top 25 for the Jeeps.

For the boys, Jasper (101) finished second behind South Knox (42) with the Jeeps (109) just behind in third place.

Jasper’s Cale Kilian took ninth in 17:24 and Clayton Traylor trailed just behind him at 13th.

Northeast Dubois sported two top-10 finishers: Luke Kerstiens (fifth, 16:59) and Justin Kahle (seventh, 17:21).

Raiders 3, Marksmen 2: Behind two decisive doubles victories and a shutout performance at No. 1 singles, Southridge edged Pocket Athletic Conference foe Tell City in Huntingburg. Southridge (10-5, 6-2) has won six straight matches.

Tyler Gray rolled 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. Chad and Cam O’Bryan  cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles and Corbin Neu and Evan Julian followed suit, winning by the same score at No. 2 doubles.

Jeeps 4, Cardinals 1: Northeast Dubois (14-0) remained unbeaten with a win at Bloomfield. At No. 2 singles, Gage Knies dispatched Jared Meyers 6-4, 7-5. Tyler Haas won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. The No. 2 doubles pairing of Ethan Kieffner and Patrick Betz won 6-4, 6-3 and Cayden Knies prevailed handily 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.

Evansville Mater Dei 3, Jasper 0: Jasper lingered close in each set but couldn’t catch Class 2A No. 8 Evansville Mater Dei in a 25-23, 25-21, 25-19 defeat on the road.

Tori Sermersheim and Emma Stout buried 15 and eight kills, respectively, for the Wildcats (6-11). Teyah Leinenbach dished out 16 assists and Kinsey Bromm stepped into the varsity mix for the first time and added 13 assists. Michala Flamion had a team-high 13 digs  for Jasper.

Vikings 3, Raiders 1: Despite not one, but two 29-dig performances from Haley Langebrake and Maddie Lubbehusen, visiting Southridge couldn’t hold an early one-set advantage and fell to North Posey 21-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-20.

Langebrake paced the Raiders (1-15, 0-4 Pocket Athletic Conference) with 12 kills as Kayla Voegerl pounded seven in addition to her 27 digs. Grace Kappner recorded 22 assists and Sydney Altmeyer contributed four blocks.

Jeeps 3, Spartans 0: After jumping into the state rankings this week, Class 1A No. 9 Northeast Dubois continued its hot stretch with a 25-12, 25-22, 25-14 win at South Knox. The Jeeps (13-5, 3-2 Blue Chip Conference) have rolled to nine consecutive victories.

Kendra Jacob blitzed the Spartans with 14 kills and six aces, while Emily Lueken led all Jeeps with 19 digs and Jenna Stemle and Talia Terwiske collared 17 and 15 digs, respectively.

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