Pats’ Schnuck advances to diving state finalsFebruary 21, 2018
From Herald Staff Reports
The Heritage Hills boys swim and dive team will have to add one more name to their guest list for this weekend in Indianapolis.
Austin Schnuck placed fifth in the IHSAA Regional Diving Finals at Bloomington North on Tuesday to advance to the IHSAA State Finals this weekend at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis.
He will be joining Gavin Fuchs who will swim in the 500 freestyle as well as the 400 freestyle relay team of Fuchs, Sam Martin, Sam Pinckert and Andrew Sadler.
Schnuck placed second at the sectional tournament in Jasper last Saturday to advance to the regional where his score of 391.40 landed him a fifth place finish and a state finals berth.
The swimming preliminaries will be held on Friday night with the final rounds on Saturday while the diving preliminaries will be held on Saturday morning with the final round held later that evening.
The rest of Tuesday’s local prep sports action:
Rangers clinch share of PAC
On senior night at Buechler Arena in Ferdinand, Sam Englert and Collin Hochgesang made sure to send themselves out the right way as the Forest Park boys basketball team defeated Gibson Southern 58-50 to clinch a share of the Pocket Athletic Conference title with Heritage Hills.
Trailing 27-23 at halftime, the Rangers needed a second half push to get them going and in the third quarter that was exactly what they got.
Forest Park held the Titans to just five points in the third period and took a 36-32 lead into the final quarter of play.
The Rangers (18-4, 7-1 PAC) would once again outscore the Titans in the final quarter 22-18 to hold on for the victory behind two big performances from seniors Hochgesang and Englert.
Hochgesang finished with 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting (2-of-5 from downtown) and Englert finished with a team-high 19 points and seven rebounds to seal the deal.
Forest Park started all five seniors for the team’s final home game — Englert, Hochgesang, Daniel Lusk, Noah Fleck and Braydon Voegerl.
The Rangers will wrap up their regular season this Friday with a battle at Northeast Dubois with the Jeeps.
Jeeps coast past Braves
The Northeast Dubois boys basketball team played like a team on a mission Tuesday night as they held Tecumseh to single-digit scoring every quarter and coasted to a 60-29 win in Dubois.
The Jeeps jumped out to a 19-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and grew that lead to 34-12 going into the halftime break.
The second half was more of the same for Northeast Dubois as they outscored the Braves 26-17 through the final two quarters to push through for the Jeeps fifth straight victory with three of those victories coming on their home court.
As has been the case so many times this season, the Jeeps (13-8) had a balanced scoring attack with five players scoring eight or more points — Reece Bauer and Alan Kerstiens had 14, Alex Harder had 10, Griffen Bauer had nine and Brandon Merkel finished with eight points.
Northeast Dubois will wrap up their regular season against Forest Park at home on Friday for the team’s senior night.
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