Pats nip Wildcats at tourney

From Herald Staff Reports

Sometimes even fourth place can feel like first.

The Heritage Hills boys golf team finished behind a pack of talented squads in Saturday’s Bud Bennett Invitational at Old Capital Golf Course in Corydon, but clipped 17th-ranked Jasper (334) by three strokes for fourth place. Ninth-ranked Corydon Central topped the field with a 295 and Providence (315) and No. 13 Floyd Central (323) finished second and third, respectively. Springs Valley (336), North Harrison (448) and Clarksville (no team score) rounded out the eight-team field.

Two Wildcats ducked below 80 in Jacob Bartley (77) and Cam Weyer (78). Reid Lorey shot an 82 and Carson Pierce and Luke Lehane finished with a 97 and 98, respectively.

Individual scores were not available for Heritage Hills.

Carmel Invitational: Jasper settled into fifth place in a star-studded field led by the top-ranked and host Greyhounds (60), who doubled up the score of second-ranked Indianapolis North Central (30). Munster (21) was third, followed by No. 3 Evansville Memorial (17) and seventh-rated Jasper (16) rounding out the top five in the eight-team field.

Individually, Jasper picked up a pair of third-place efforts at the top of its lineup. At No. 1 singles, Maria Lueken won two of three matches, beating Munster and West Lafayette. The No. 1 doubles combo of Brooke Lueken and Emma Yarbrough knocked off the same two teams to finish 2-1 on the day.

Mount Vernon Invitational: Heritage Hills collected points from three individual champions as the Patriots (18) nipped host Mount Vernon (15) for first place; Boonville (8) and Wood Memorial (7) rounded out the field.

Vanessa Lahee (No. 2 singles), Alexis Rube (No. 3 singles) and Kayla Hildenbrand and Amber Schmidt (No. 2 doubles) all won their flights for the Pats.

Forest Park Freshman/Sophomore Invitational: Jasper ran away with two titles, as the Wildcat girls (221) more than doubled second-place Perry Central (78), while Forest Park (661⁄2) was third and Northeast Dubois (53) and Heritage Hills (48) took sixth and seventh, respectively. The Jasper boys (2041⁄2) were well ahead of runner-up Mount Vernon (1101⁄2) with Heritage Hills (third, 691⁄2) Northeast Dubois (fourth, 69) and Forest Park (fifth, 54) right behind.

Jasper’s Kirby Ruhe collected two individual top finishes in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. Tara Cassidy led a Wildcat sweep in the 1,600 with Rachael Welsh second and Noelle Weyer third. Weyer was part of another distance sweep in the 3,200, and Annie Stout (high jump) and Ally Metzger (long jump) were the other individual champs for Jasper.

The only other local athlete to collar an individual win in the girls meet came from Northeast Dubois’ Aubrey Knies, who ran a top time of 2:37.82 in the 800.

For the Jasper boys, six Wildcats collected first-place finishes with wins also coming in the 1,600 and 3,200 relays. Cale Kilian finished first in the 1,600, one second ahead of teammate Henry Love, who grabbed first in the 3,200. The Cats won both throwing events with victories from Carson Englert (shot put) and Luke Foster (discus). Josh DeWitt (high jump) and Joe Kemker (400) added to Jasper’s haul of wins.

Patriot runner Kenton Crews swept the sprint races with a pair of first-place finishes in the 100 and 200. Crews also ran a leg on the first-place 400 relay team with Anthony Kellems, Jacob Pund and Logan Roberts. Pund was also the top finisher in the long jump.

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