Prep sports wrap: 8/17

From Herald Staff Reports

It was another busy night around the area with a plethora of local sports teams in action all across the county. From an important volleyball victory to some dominating cross country performances, there were impressive results all over the board.

Here’s a brief rundown of Thursday night’s prep sports action.

Cross Country
Jasper sweeps Forest Park Invite
: The Jasper boys and girls cross country teams dominated on Thursday night at the Forest Park Invitational with the boys taking first place with 43 points and the girls taking first with 35 points.

On the boys side, Forest Park placed third (83), Heritage Hills was fourth (98) and Northeast Dubois placed fifth (115). For the girls, Forest Park narrowly finished second losing by just five points to the Cats (40), Heritage Hills was third (78) and Northeast Dubois placed sixth (164).

Patriot senior Mitchell Hopf was the overall individual winner on the boys side with a time of 16:33 while Jasper took home second and third with Jackson Miller placing second (17:02) and Drew O’Neil coming home third (17:04). Forest Park’s Spencer Wolf (17:25) and Jasper’s Abe Eckman (18:16) rounded out the top 5. The Jeeps highest placing runner was Nathan Schnell who finished 7th with a 18:22.

On the girls side, Forest Park’s Claire Mehling was the overall indivdiual winner with a time of 20:40 while Jasper’s Alyssa Skorge (21:01) and Andi VanMeter (21:15) placed third. Forest Park rounded out the top five with Ellie Hall in 4th (21:24) and Magda Alvis in fifth (22:10). Heritage Hills’ Katie Winkler was sixth (22:27) and Northeast Dubois’ Shelby Livingston was eighth (22:47).

Wolfpack 218, Raiders 222:
The Southridge girls golf team came up just a bit short on Thursday afternoon at the Huntingburg Country Club in a loss to Crawford County.

A positive for the Raiders was that Baileigh Schneider was the medalist for the match with a score of 42. Rounding out the top three for the Raiders was Macie Marley (55) and Peyton Nalley (62).

Rangers 241, Braves 253: In a close Pocket Athletic Conference battle, it was Forest Park coming away with the victory over Tecumseh at Christmas Lake Golf Course.

Forest Park’s Audrey Jones and Tecumseh’s Erin Pemberton shared co-medalist honors with scores of 57. Rounding out the top three for Forest Park was Alice Frehim (60) and Maya Jones (61).

Patriots 250, Marksmen 251: Sometimes one stroke can make all the difference in the game of golf and on Thursday that was the case for Heritage Hills. The Pats came away with a one stroke victory over Tell City in a battle of PAC rivals.

Tell City’s Maggie Lamb was the match medalist with a 57 while Heritage Hills’ top three scorers were Selena Barrientos (58), Jayden Reyes (63) and Taylor Klem (63).

Boys Soccer
Tigers 2, Wildcats 0:
In a tough matchup against two-time defending state champs Evansville Memorial, Jasper held their own but it was Memorial who came away with a narrow 2-0 victory.

Memorial got their first goal of the game in the 25th minute off of a penalty kick and then added their second and final goal late in the match to seal the 2-0 victory.

Brian Elizarraras had three shots on goal in the loss while goalie Quinten Harmon had five saves.

Hatchets 12, Rangers 1: It’s been a tough opening to the season for Forest Park as they’ve now been outscored 21-1 to start the year after Thursday’s loss to Washington.

The Rangers played without senior captain Bryson Weyer who’s still battling an injury. Defenders Ben Kluesner and Spenser Wolf were also absent as they were running with Forest Park’s cross country team at the Forest Park Invite.

Hunter Helming scored the lone goal for the Rangers while JD Kerber recorded the assist. Zach Wahl had eight saves in the first half while Dylan Weyer recorded nine in the second half.

Wildcats 5, Tigers 0:
After dropping their opening match of the season, the Jasper boys tennis team bounced back with a clean sweep over Big Eight foe Princeton.  The Wildcats won all five matches to the tune of 6-0, 6-0.

Winners for Jasper were Eli Franks, Bennett Schmitt and Max Sternberg at the singles positions. At the doubles spots, it was the tandems of Mitch Kluemper/Jobe Luebbehusen and Grant Stratton/Hudson Himsel that were victorious.

Jeeps 4, Rams 1: Northeast Dubois continued their hot start to the season with a victory over Paoli at Paoli.

Winners for the Jeeps were Reece Bauer at No. 1 singles, Ethan Ziegler at No. 2 singles, Logan Mehringer/Lane Knies at No. 1 doubles and Ross Mehringer/Tanner Hurt at No. 2 doubles.

Patriots 3, Wildcats 2: In a battle of potential regional foes, Heritage Hills got the best of Evansville Mater Dei in a narrow 3-2 victory in Evansville.

Winners for the Patriots were No. 2 singles Josh Dellamuth, No. 3 singles Zach Weaver and the No. 2 doubles tandem of Luke Peters and Blake Sisley.


Wildcats 3, Tigers 0: After a few tough losses to start the season, the Jasper volleyball team bounced back with a 25-17, 25-13, 25-19 victory over conference foe Princeton.

Stat leaders for the Wildcats were Reagan Egbert (12 kills), Natalie Wigand (20 assists), Meredith Hilgefort (15 digs, eight kills), Riley Merder (three aces, 10 kills) and Taylor Wildman (two solo blocks).

Marksmen 3, Raiders 0: In a battle of PAC foes, Tell City got the best of Southridge in Huntingburg with a 25-23, 25-18, 25-23 victory.

Stat leaders for Southridge in the narrow loss were Luxey Neukam (nine kills), Mady Neukam (15 assists), Tatiana Delgado (eight assists), Anna Altstadt (five blocks) and Amanda Brewer (three aces).

Blackhawks 3, Rangers 0: The tough start to the season for Forest Park continued on Thursday night as they fell 25-14, 25-17, 25-20 to Springs Valley in Ferdinand.

Leading the way in the stat categories for Forest Park were Kylie Gielser (seven kills, two aces, 10 assists), Jordyn Wiseman (12 digs), Kennedy Sermersheim (four blocks) and Macie Zink (six points).

Jeeps 3, Lions 2: In an important Blue Chip conference battle, Northeast Dubois came up with a thrilling five-set victory over Loogootee 26-28, 25-18, 25-21, 19-25, 17-15 to improve to 3-0 on the young season.

Stat leaders for the Jeeps were Taylor Dodd (15 kills, 18 digs, three aces), Addison Kirchoff (12 kills, nine digs), Kendyl Heeke (22 assists, three aces), Chloe Terwiske (17 assists, six kills), Brooklyn Dodd (22 digs) and Molley Lueken (eight blocks).

Bulldogs 3, Patriots 0: In a tough non-conference matchup in Lincoln City, New Albany was able to defeat Heritage Hills 25-22, 25-20, 25-20.

Leading the Patriots on Thursday night was Rebekah Gordon (six kills), Brianna Quinn (nine assists) and Hannah Schnuck (13 digs).

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