Prep sports return to action

Bennett Schmitt

From Herald Staff Reports

High school sports are back, and the Herald is here to get you caught up on a busy weekend.

Boys Tennis

Jasper welcomed Evansville Central and Evansville Mater Dei Saturday morning for some tennis action, and the Wildcats swept both of their opponents, taking the one singles, two singles, one doubles and two doubles matches against both teams.

Jasper is set to be back in action at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday at home against Terre Haute South Vigo.

Cross Country

Jasper girls placed fifth with a team score of 152 in the Valley Kickoff at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course on Saturday. Junior Andi VanMeter took third place overall with a time of 19:49, leading all Jasper runners. Winning the event was Lowell junior Karina James with a 19:02.5 time and Franklin having the best team score at 70.

The boys took seventh place with a team score of 286. Leading for the Wildcats was junior Abe Eckman, who took 10th place overall with a 16:53.6 time. Carmel sophomore Kole Mathison won the event with a 15:53.6 time, and Carmel also took the highest team score with 49.

Both Jasper’s boys and girls cross country teams are scheduled to return at 6:00 p.m. Thursday at the Forest Park Invite.


Girls Soccer — Bloomington 5, Jasper 0: Jasper girls (0-1) took a 5-0 loss against Bloomington South on Saturday. Senior Emma Shelton played the first 29 minutes of the game before sophomore Reagan Fortwendel relieved her in the net for the remainder of the game.

Boys Soccer: Jasper 1, Seymour 1: The Boys (0-0-1) avoided taking the loss with a 1-1 tie in their season opener against Seymour. Senior midfielder Tony Menjivar fed an assist to junior and fellow midfielder Sam Leonard for Jasper’s lone goal of the game.

Jasper’s boys will next take the field 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Evansville Memorial, while the girls will next take the field at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Evansville Reitz after today’s game at Evansville Central.


Jasper golfed Saturday at Terre Haute South, splitting two teams in the event. Jasper Black took second by shooting a 354, with junior Elizabeth Ackerman leading all golfers with a score of 80. Jasper Gold grabbed seventh with a 408 score, led by sophomore Hillary Springer’s 91. Castle Blue had the lowest team score at 318.

Jasper will golf at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wildcat Invitational at Buffalo Trace after hosting Heritage Hills, Springs Valley and Forest Park at the same venue today.

Southridge, Forest Park and Heritage Hills golfed Saturday at the Forest Park Invite at Christmas Lake Golf Course, with Southridge shooting the best amongst local teams and taking third place with a 416. Heritage Hills was right behind with a 449, while Forest Park did not have a team score. Gibson Southern won the event with a 395, followed by Evansville Memorial’s 398.

Southridge will be back at it 5:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Huntingburg Country Club against Heritage Hills and Pike Central, while Forest Park turn right back around at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tell City after golfing Monday at Buffalo Trace.


Mount Vernon 3, Southridge 0: Southridge lost its season opener Saturday at Huntingburg Memorial Gym in a 3-0 loss to Mount Vernon. The Raiders (0-1, 0-1) were led by sophomore Bailey Keusch, who had seven digs and a team-best five kills. Junior Maddy “Smalls” Songer led the team with eight digs, and 11 assists. Senior Rose Tempel had three kills.

Southridge will try to get in the win column 6:00 p.m. Tuesday at home against another new rival in Pocket Athletic Conference in Washington.

Heritage Hills 3, Evansville Memorial 1: The Patriots (1-0) got off on the right foot Saturday against Evansville Memorial, with senior Lilly Vance shining to the tune of 16 kills and 10 digs. Fellow senior Rebekah Gordon had 12 kills, while junior Shelby Skelton notched 15 digs.

The Pats, who received 17 votes in Class 3A of the preseason polls by and the Indiana High School Volleyball Coaches Association, will be home 7:30 p.m. Thursday against Princeton after today’s home opener against Evansville Bosse.

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