Prep sports roundup: 5/14

From Herald Staff Reports

From conference titles being secured to records being broken, this was a busy weekend in local prep sports. Here’s a rundown of all of the games, matches and meets you might have missed.

Rangers fall short in trip to Kentucky: Forest Park’s weekend trip to Owensboro didn’t work out as planned as the Rangers fell to Daviess Co. (Ky.) 11-4 and Apollo (Ky.) 2-0. Trever Zink went 4-for-7 on the weekend with two RBI’s but took a loss on the mound against Daviess County. Gase Hasenour was the losing pitcher against Apollo.

Bears 6, Patriots 4: Heritage Hills led 3-2 entering the fifth inning but Evansville Central scored four runs in the fifth inning for a late comeback victory. Murray Becher drove in two runs for the Pats while Mitchel Becher had the other RBI. Noah Chesnut took the loss on the mound for Heritage Hills.

Cats win Big Eight: Jasper took home their tenth conference title in the Big Eight by finishing with a 321, 29 strokes better than second place Mount Vernon. Bryan Hagan was the match medalist with a 76 while Jack Bies was the runner-up with a 77.

Pats take PAC title: Heritage Hills was victorious in the Pocket Athletic Conference meet at Christmas Lake Golf Course as they finished with a score of 341 to beat second place Pike Central by 14 strokes. The title is Heritage Hills’ twentieth conference title overall and their tenth consecutive. Rylan Cox finished with a team-best 78 while Josh Nelson finished with an 84.
Southridge finished sixth overall with Coby Reller finishing with a team-best score of 83 while Forest Park placed seventh with Colin Lane leading the way with a 92.

Tigers 6, Raiders 5: Southridge led 5-2 entering the final inning of play but a four-run seventh inning helped send Princeton to victory over the host Raiders. Lauren Springer had three RBIs for Southridge while Bre Wilkey and Megan Buechler both drove in one run each as Wilkey and Springer both hit home runs in the game. Boo Polley took the loss on the mound.

Rangers split Saturday games: Forest Park traveled to the Evansville Central Invitational and finished the weekend 1-2 with a 3-1 victory over North Knox and a 7-3 loss to Mount Vernon to finish off the invite. The Rangers also lost to the host Bears on Friday night. Mayson VanMeter had a big weekend as she pitched a complete game victory against North Knox and had a double in the loss to Mount Vernon. Lanette Blume hit a solo home run against the Wildcats for her first long ball of the season.

Blue Jackets 2, Jeeps 1: All of the runs in the contest between Northeast Dubois and Mitchell came in the third inning with Mitchell coming up with a narrow victory.

Patriots 8, Hornets 1: Heritage Hills’ six-run fourth inning was enough to help push them to victory against Hancock County (Ky.) on Saturday. Maddie Fuller drove in two runs while Emma Eubank and Brianna Quinn both drove in one each. Eubank was victorious on the mound as she gave up just four hits while striking out four batters and walking none.

Braves 3, Wildcats 2: In a battle of top tennis teams in the state, Terre Haute South Vigo squeaked out a win on Saturday morning against Jasper. Jasper was victorious at the top two singles positions with Sarah Monesmith and Suchi Bandaru both winners.

Raiders 4, Bulldogs 1: In a match rescheduled due to weather, Southridge defeated Evansville Bosse in Huntingburg. Louisa Nino (No. 1 singles), Nicole Eckert (No. 3 singles), Kenzie Lubbehusen/Audra Hochgesang (No. 1 doubles) and Cora Meyer/Kathryn Wininger (No. 2 doubles) were all victorious for Southridge.

Pats win home invitational: Heritage Hills finished off their regular season with a first place finish in their home invitational on Saturday afternoon. Kate Kaetzel (No. 1 singles), Kyla Dilger (No. 2 singles), Carly Sabelhaus (No. 3 singles) and Sydney Rube/Mallory Tempel (No. 1 doubles) were victorious in both of their matches on the weekend.

Boys Track and Field
Cats finish second in conference:
The Jasper boys track and field team came up just short in the Big Eight conference meet finishing with 126 points while first place Princeton finished with 138. There were several impressive performances from the Cats though as Will Smith broke the school record in the 800m run as he finished second with a time of 1:58.08 — it was the second time that Smith has broken the record. First place finishers for Jasper were Reece Milligan (400m dash), Chris Backer (300m hurdles), 4x400 relay team (Reece Milligan, Tristan Backer, Chris Backer, Will Smith) and the same group on the 4x800 relay team.

Patriots win PAC, Raiders break records: Heritage Hills won their first Pocket Athletic Conference crown since 2007 as they finished with 117 points, defeating Gibson Southern (95) and Forest Park (87) to win the title. Southridge finished sixth with 66 points overall.
In terms of records broken, Heritage Hills’ Noah Hufnagel set a new PAC record in the 1600m run with a time of 4:19.68 as he placed first. Southridge set two school records as the 4x800 relay team of Sam Schroeder, Dylan Bland, Jaffet Cruz and Logan Hunter finished with a time of 8:42.62 and Jaden Hayes broke the school record in discus as he was victorious with a distance of 162 feet and 10 inches.
Other area first place finishers were Garrett Voegerl (Southridge, high jump) and Andrew Schuler (Forest Park, shot put).

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