Prep sports wrap: 1/7January 6, 2019
From Herald Staff Reports
Several area basketball teams hit the road and were victorious in tough matchups while several area wrestling teams were also involved in important invitationals and meets.
Here’s a brief rundown of this weekend’s prep sports action.
Jasper 73, Mount Vernon 47: In this meeting of the two Wildcat teams, Jasper came out winners in a rout as they improved to 8-2 on the season and a perfect 3-0 in Big Eight conference play.
Jasper started out a little slow as they trailed 18-13 at the end of the first quarter. However, they jumped ahead 31-27 at the halftime break.
Mount Vernon hung around in the third quarter but Jasper outscored them 24-5 in the fourth quarter to pull ahead for good.
Jared Englert led Jasper with 17 while Josh Weidenbenner added a season-high 12 points.
Rangers 60, Commodores 44: Forest Park made sure to break their two-game losing skid by jumping out to a quick start en route to a victory over Perry Central.
The Rangers led 27-20 at halftime and opened up an even bigger deficit after outscoring the Commodores 22-10 in the third quarter.
Curt Hopf led Forest Park with 16 points while Drew Howard added 11. Tyler Mullis finished with a team-high eight points for Perry Central.
Patriots 61, Indians 58: The Heritage Hills boys basketball team came away with a big victory in the 2019 Indiana-Kentucky Challenge by defeating Madison Central (Ky.) in New Castle on Saturday.
The Patriots trailed by three points heading into the final quarter but outscored the Indians 17-11 in the final stanza to improve to 11-1 on the season.
Murray Becher led Heritage Hills with 21 points and 10 rebounds (joined Heritage Hills’ 1,000-point scoring club) while Simon Scherry added 18 points, Cole Sigler finished with 12 and Blake Sisley added nine points and seven rebounds.
Quae Charlton led Madison Central with 24 while Western Kentucky signee Isaiah Coazart added 15.
Jasper 55, Ev. Mater Dei 54: In the battle of the Wildcats, it was Jasper that came out on top for their 11th straight victory on Saturday.
The Wildcats have remained perfect since December 1 as they grinded out another victory in a game that wasn’t necessarily the cleanest as both teams combined for 52 turnovers (Jasper had 25, Mater Dei had 27).
Jasper had three players in double figures with Brooke Nottingham’s 13 points leading the way. Kortney Ruhe (11) and Reagan Egbert (10) also had solid performances for Jasper. Hannah Winiger led Mater Dei with 21 points with all of her points coming from the three-point line (7-of-14).
Chargers 56, Rangers 45: Heading into the final quarter of play, the Forest Park girls basketball team found themselves with a small one-point lead on the road at Pike Central. But the Chargers used a 21-9 advantage in the fourth quarter to rally late and defeat the Rangers.
The Rangers and Chargers were practically locked even until the fourth quarter as neither team was able to gain control over one another.
Jalyn Nelson and Hailey Marchino both scored 10 points each in the fourth quarter for Pike Central as Marchino led the way with 20 total points. Forest Park was led by Macie Zink with 16 points and Faith Zazzetti who finished with 11 points.
Cats repeat as champions: The Jasper boys wrestling team defended their title at the Brown County Invitational by finishing a perfect 5-0 to take home first place.
The Cats defeated Whiteland 51-22, North Putnam 63-18, Brown County 54-24, Seymour 48-20 and Northview 60-18.
Jasper finished with four undefeated wrestlers on the weekend — Jainier Milanes (106/113), Cameron Eckstein (120), Zachary Flynn (182) and Ashton Schuetter (195).
Raiders compete at State Duals: The Southridge wrestling team travelled way up north to Fort Wayne to participate in the IHSWCA Team State Duals for the first time.
It was a tough go around for the Raiders as they fell to No. 1 North Montgomery 54-21 and No. 10 Bellmont 48-34. However, the Raiders did defeat Rochester 57-22 to finish tied for ninth place in the tournament.
Brad Springer (152), Chase Taylor (195/220) and Wyatt Kramer (285) were all a perfect 3-0 for the tournament while Matt Springer (182) finished an undefeated 2-0.
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