Raiders earn first streak; Wildcat boys race to title

From Herald Staff Reports


It didn’t end up lasting all day, but a gust of momentum was a welcome presence for Southridge’s volleyball team.

The Raiders (6-13) bundled plenty of highlights in their trip to the Borden Invitational, doubling their win total on the season, taking consecutive victories for the first time this season and halting a nine-match losing streak in the process by winning three of their four contests on the day.

The Raiders swept Mitchell 25-17, 25-21, rallied by the host Braves 23-25, 25-11, 15-11 and dumped Shoals 25-10, 25-15 to reach the championship, in which they fell to Tell City 25-20, 25-17.

Kenzie Young (10 aces), Mady Neukam (nine aces) and Boo Polley (nine aces) gave Southridge a jump from behind the service line over the four matches, and Young’s 25 digs and Polley’s 22 digs also factored into the defensive effort along with Katlyn Brewer (24 digs, five aces). With 38 kills on the day, Young further set the pace on offense while Kenzie Lubbehusen registered 24 kills and eight blocks and Savanah Goeppner provided 49 assists plus 17 digs.

The rest of Saturday’s best in local prep sports:

Jasper boys run fastest: Drew O’Neil registered a time of 17:13 at the Crawford County Invitational, lifting the Wildcat boys cross country team to first place in a 27-team field. O’Neil earned third place among nearly 280 runners, while Tristan Backer (13th, 17:55) and Jackson Miller (18th, 18:06) also guided the Wildcats.
Dylan Bland (fourth, 17:25) and Cameron Giles (22nd, 18:13 keyed Southridge to third place, and Forest Park swiped 10th place with top-20 showings from Dustin Luebbehusen (10th, 17:45) and Ben Becher (15th, 18:01). Heritage Hills senior Noah Hufnagel (16:36) was the individual runner-up, carrying the Patriots to 14th place. Northeast Dubois secured eighth place behind Nathan Schnell (sixth) and Jeb Knies (24th).
In the girls meet, Forest Park (133) took third place behind Noblesville (27) and Edgewood (74) in the 22-team gathering as Josie Berg entered the finish chute 10th in 20:52 to lead the Rangers. Magda Alvis (20th) and Mayson VanMeter (31st) added the top Ranger backup.
Jasper scurried to fifth as a team, spurred by Alyssa Skorge in 27th while Kelsea Skorge and Kate Weaver finished back-to-back in 36th and 37th, respectively. Southridge earned 12th with Brooklyn Tretter leading the way in 35th while 15th-place Heritage Hills was paced by Caitlin Lueken’s 11th-place showing. Shelby Livingston earned 28th for Northeast Dubois, which had three finishers and did not qualify for a team score.

Love conquers all: Hannah Love tallied both Jasper goals, including the game-winner with five minutes remaining, as the Wildcat girls soccer team slipped by visiting Vincennes Rivet 2-1. Regan Mundy assisted on both goals for the Cats (9-4-1).

Ranger girls rally: Denai Sicard deposited two goals for Forest Park’s girls soccer squad, which overcame a 2-1 halftime deficit to win 3-2 at Washington. Emma Louden also scored for the Class 1A No. 11 Rangers (6-5-1).

Wildcats split at New Albany: Jasper opened the Active Ankle Challenge with volleyball wins over Columbus North (25-23, 25-14) and Jeffersonville (25-21, 25-11) before stumbling versus the host team (22-25, 26-24, 15-10) and Silver Creek (25-23, 25-19). For the tournament, Maddie Edwards collected 26 kills to lead the Wildcats (14-9) while Natalie Wigand offered 44 assists and Katie Green contributed 37 assists.

Patriots rock Wildcats: Kerragan Mulzer and Lydia Genet each recorded a hat trick to carry the Heritage Hills girls soccer team (9-3) to a 10-1 rout of Mount Vernon in Lincoln City.

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