Prep sports roundup: 5/25

From Herald Staff Reports

Heritage Hills is semifinal bound and several area track and field athletes will be heading to the state finals in Bloomington next weekend. Here’s a recap of Thursday night’s prep sports action.

Patriots 2, Wildcats 0:
Heritage Hills two-run third inning was enough to carry them to a sectional semifinal berth against Boonville as the Pats pitching held the Mount Vernon bats at bay. Simon Scherry and Mitchel Becher drove in the runs for Heritage Hills while Sam Pinckert got the victory on the mound for the Pats. Pinckert pitched five innings, giving up six hits and struck out six batters. Nathan Lamar got the save for Heritage Hills.

Wildcats 154, Raiders 189: Jasper defeated county rival Southridge at Buffalo Trace on Thursday evening behind a stellar round from Avery Hollinden. The Jasper sophomore fired off a 36 to take home medalist honors and help lead Jasper to victory. Michael Kappner led Southridge with a 42.

Boys Track and Field
Several local athletes head to state finals: Jasper, Southridge, Forest Park and Heritage Hills will all be sending athletes to the IHSAA State Finals at Bloomington next Friday after they placed in the top three at Thursday night’s regional meet at Evansville Central.

Advancing for Jasper was Sam DeWitt who placed second in the 110m hurdles with a 14.87, Malik Chatman finished second in the long jump with a distance of 22 feet and three inches and the 4x800m relay team of Chris Backer, Tristan Backer, Reece Milligan and Will Smith placed third with a time of 8:07.42.

Moving on for Heritage Hills was pole vaulter Jacob Luebbehusen who placed first with a mark of 14 feet and four inches which broke the school record that he set last week at the sectional at Jasper of 13 feet and six inches. Noah Hufnaged also advanced in the 3200m run as he placed third with a time of 9:18 with broke the Pats old school record of 9:23.62 set by distance coach Nick Waninger in the 2003 state finals.

Southridge and Forest Park will both be sending throwers to the state finals as Raider junior Jaden Hayes placed third in the discus with a distance of 150 feet while Ranger senior and future University of Evansville thrower Andrew Schuler placed second in the shot put with a distance of 50 feet.

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