Prep sports roundup: 5/23

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Southridge will be sending athletes in seven different events to the IHSAA girls track and field state finals.

From Herald Staff Reports

Many area teams were in action last night from softball and tennis sectionals to several local athletes advancing to the state finals from the girls track and field regional. Here’s a brief rundown of all of last night’s action.

Girls Track and Field

Raiders, Cats, Pats send runners to state: Tuesday was a successful night for several local teams at the IHSAA Regional girls track and field meet at Evansville Central as Southridge, Jasper and Heritage Hills will all be sending athletes to the IHSAA State Finals in Bloomington on June 1.

Southridge will be sending athletes in seven different events to the state finals and also broke two school records. Advancing to the finals are Karli Meyer (shot put, third), Tori Tretter (discus, second), Grace Sickbert (100m hurdles, third), Alexis Brady (100m dash, second), Kenzie Neukam (200m dash, third), Anna Altstadt (400m dash, second) and the 4x100 relay team of Sidney Bartelt, Monica Steckler, Neukam and Brady who placed second. The 4x100 relay team broke the school record with a time of 50.20 (old school record was 50.67, set at 2017 state finals) and Sickbert’s time of 15.67 in the 100m hurdles broke Missy Thompson’s old Southridge record time of 16.00.

The Raiders placed fourth out of 36 teams at the regional and coach Ted O’Brien couldn’t be more proud of what they’ve accomplished already this season.

“I’m very proud of our girls and our coaches, it’s been an amazing run which took a lot of hard work behind the scenes,” O’Brien said. “Sending eight girls to the state finals in seven different events is a great building block for us going forward. We plan to go to Bloomington next week with the same mindset and continue to chase school records and personal bests — these girls are still hungry.”

Jasper will be sending their 4x100m relay team of Haley Love, Zoe Biggs, Aliyah Schwenk and Hannah Love to the state finals after they placed third while Heritage Hills will send Jenna Burns to Bloomington as she placed 2nd in the 200m dash.


Wildcats 7, Braves 3: The Jasper baseball team closed out their regular season with a victory over Tecumseh to finish 18-9 on the season. Jasper will begin their postseason action on Saturday as they battle Castle in the Class 4A sectional semifinal.


Patriots top Raiders, Hawks: The Heritage Hills boys golf team shot a 177 to defeat Southridge (184) and Springs Valley (214) on Tuesday evening at Christmas Lake Golf Course. Southridge’s Coby Reller and Heritage Hills’ Josh Nelson tied for the medalist honor as they both finished with scores of 42.


Bluejackets 4, Raiders 0: The Southridge softball team’s season came to an end on Tuesday evening as they were defeated by Mitchell in the Class 2A sectional semifinal at South Knox. The Raiders outhit the Bluejackets 4-3 but a few errors proved costly for Southridge as Mitchell was able to take advantage.

The Raiders concluded their season with a 10-15 record and even though they will graduate several seniors including two of their main pitching weapons in Boo Polley and Bre Wilkey, the Raiders will also have a lot of returning starters back next season such as freshmen Briley King and Kennedy Nalley who were able to make impacts for Southridge immediately.

Patriots 8, Wildcats 5: Heritage Hills scored five runs in the first two innings of action to help get themselves going quickly in their sectional semifinal victory over Mount Vernon. With the win, Heritage Hills advances to the sectional championship on Thursday at 7 p.m. against Evansville Memorial.Haley Waninger drove in four runs to lead Heritage Hills while Emma Eubank also had a pair of RBIs. Eubank pitched a complete game victory on the mound for the Pats.

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Jasper’s Josie Yarbrough returned a hit from Washington’s Quincee Healy in the first set of the No. 3 singles semifinal regional match Tuesday afternoon in Jasper. Yarbrough won her match as her opponent retired early due to injury — the Cats were victorious 5-0 as a whole over the Hatchets as they’ll face Barr-Reeve in tonight’s regional championship match.


Wildcats 5, Hatchets 0: Jasper will be moving on to the regional championship match tonight against Barr-Reeve after defeating Washington in straight sets on Tuesday night. Winning for the Cats was Sarah Monesmith, Suchi Bandaru and Josie Yarbrough at the three singles positions and Caroline Theil/Olivia Yarbrough and Aubrey Williams/Maggie Getzin at the two doubles spots.

Northeast Dubois sophomore singles player Chloe Terwiske also advanced to the individual regional tournament on Tuesday night.



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