Raiders squeak past Tecumseh

From Herald Staff Reports

The Southridge boys tennis team won’t earn any points for overwhelming dominance. But more often than not, the Raiders find a way.


Southridge grazed Tecumseh on Monday in Lynnville, picking up two singles victories and a No. 1 doubles triumph to earn its fifth 3-2 victory of the season. The Raiders, who have shut out just one opponent this season, claimed their fifth straight victory overall despite three-set victories by Tecumseh at No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles.

Where they did win, the Raiders (9-5, 5-2 Pocket Athletic Conference) were stingy. Corbin Neu routed Zach Williams 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 singles, and Tyler Gray stopped Daniel Pemberton 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 1 singles battle. Brothers Cam and Chad O’Bryan fused for a 6-3, 6-2 verdict at No. 1 doubles against Billy Wallace and Chris Wagner.

In other boys tennis:

Wildcats 5, Hatchets 0: Ninth-ranked Jasper dropped just eight games in five matches at the Ed Yarbrough Tennis Complex, hammering a Washington team ranked eighth in the district ratings.

The Wildcats (9-2, 4-0 Big Eight Conference) nearly pulled off a clean sweep in singles as Eli Seng (6-1, 6-0), Grant Weaver (6-0, 6-0) and Logan Mathies (6-0, 6-0) all cruised.

Jeeps 5, Wolfpack 0: Tyler Haas and Gage Knies both collected 6-0, 6-0 victories in the top two singles matches, heading another Northeast Dubois shutout. This time, the Jeeps (13-0) blitzed Crawford County on the road by winning every match in straight sets. Ethan Kieffner and Patrick Betz blazed to a 6-0, 6-1 verdict at No. 2 doubles as Northeast Dubois won its 12th match by a 5-0 count.

Rangers 4, Vikings 1: Forest Park challenged in the lower sector of the lineup, but host Barr-Reeve sent the Rangers (4-8) to their third consecutive setback. Two matches went to three sets, and Andy Schlachter’s 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles represented the lone victory for Forest Park. At No. 2 doubles, Josh Thomas and Matthew Nonte grabbed the first set before taking a 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 defeat.

Chargers 4, Patriots 1: Heritage Hills fell on the road at Pocket Athletic Conference foe Pike Central, though Tyler Waggoner again served as a bright spot for the Pats (5-8, 2-5). Waggoner lost the first set before muscling out a 6-7 (7-4), 6-0, 6-3 win over Ty Smith at No. 2 singles. For the fourth time in the last eight matches, the Pats dropped a match in which Waggoner supplied the Pats’ lone individual victory.

Rangers 3, Spartans 0: Lydia Lange’s powerful solo act and balanced defensive coverage enabled Forest Park’s 25-20, 25-22, 25-16 sweep of South Knox in Ferdinand. Lange blistered 19 kills with backup from Devin Schaefer (six), while Anna Hagedorn posted 12 digs with Lange and Chloe Dilger close behind with 11 apiece.

Adria Giesler compiled 27 assists and served 16 points with three aces for the Rangers (9-11), whose last three wins have come via straight-set sweeps.

Patriots 3, Panthers 1: Heritage Hills brushed aside a first-set stumble to bounce Evansville Harrison 25-27, 25-13, 25-20, 25-19 in Lincoln City. It was another extended night for the Patriots — of the last seven best-of-five-set matches they’ve played, each one has gone four or five sets.

Heritage Hills (6-13) applied plenty of offensive punch against the Panthers as Madi Fella boomed 24 kills, April Kippenbrock added 18 and Miriah Leibering supplied 43 assists. Kippenbrock also logged 12 digs and three aces, while Ashley Mosby’s 17 digs paced the Patriot defense.

Rangers 5, Rebels 2: Spenser Sermersheim deposited the third and final goal of his hat trick midway through the second half, and Ben Englert and Joel Weyer added goals after that to complete the Rangers’ late sprint past visiting South Spencer.

Englert also assisted on four goals for the Rangers (8-2-3, 4-0 Pocket Athletic Conference), who broke away from a 2-all halftime tie.

Jeeps 0, Chargers 0: Northeast Dubois (6-3-1) survived a scare in the final 10 seconds to salvage a draw with visiting Pike Central, as the Chargers sent a shot past the post after the Jeep goalkeeper ran back to his line after clearing the ball from a pass out wide.

Jeeps 5, Chargers 0: Good things came in threes for Northeast Dubois, which zipped to a 3-0 halftime lead and dismissed Pike Central in Dubois as Alicia Betz planted three goals and Kendra Schroering added three assists.

It was the third multi-goal game of the season for Betz, who scored her final tally three minutes into the second half and has registered 12 goals in total this season. Bri Frazier and Ashton Knies tacked on the other goals for the Jeeps (3-4-1).

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