Ranger girls, Patriot boys lead running field

From Herald Staff Reports

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Claire Mehling and the Forest Park girls cross country team followed up a sectional-title performance by placing second Saturday in the Crawford County Regional.

Mehling led the charge by placing runner-up in a time of 19:31, finishing behind only Floyd Central’s Kyley Sorg (19:28). The Highlanders secured the regional crown with 25 points to the Rangers’ 76.

Complementing Mehling’s performance were Magda Alvis in 12th (20:54) and Josie Berg in 14th (21:02).
Jasper (third) and Heritage Hills (fifth)  also moved on to this weekend’s Brown County Semistate as teams.

The Wildcats were led by Kelsea Skorge in 19th (21:29), Alyssa Skorge in 23rd (21:54) and Kate Weaver in 24th (21:58). Alyssa Skorge chose to compete in the regional race Saturday over playing for the Jasper girls soccer team, which dropped a 5-1 regional semifinal decision to Class 2A No. 1 Evansville Memorial.

The Patriots received a fourth-place finish from Caitlin Lueken (19:41) in addition to a 29th-place showing from Katherine Winkler (22:16).

Also moving on to semistate was Northeast Dubois’ Shelby Livingston, who competed as an individual. She placed 22nd in 21:40.

Southridge’s girls were unable to advance in the postseason, led by a 41st-place display from Brooklyn Tretter (23:23).

In the boys race, the Heritage Hills duo of Mitchell Hopf and Noah Hufnagel reigned supreme among area contenders.

Hopf placed second in 16:01, trailing only Christian Academy’s Skyla Stidam (15:44). Hufnagel wasn’t far behind in fourth, clocking 16:02.

The pair led the Patriots to fourth place in the team chase and a semistate berth. Jasper’s boys also advanced, notching fifth place.

The Wildcats received a ninth-place finish from Jackson Miller (16:55) and a 22nd-place effort from Tristan Backer (17:35).

Northeast Dubois took eighth as a group, but Jaydon Arnold (16th, 17:15) and Nathan Schnell (18th, 17:16) moved on individually to semistate. Teammate Jeb Knies (28th, 17:47) missed out by one spot.

Southridge’s boys saw their season end as a team with a ninth-place display, but Dylan Bland (13th, 17:00) and Cameron Giles (25th, 17:40) advanced as individuals.

Two Forest Park individuals made the Brown County Semistate meet as well. Dustin Luebbehusen (20th, 17:21) and Ben Becher (27th, 17:46) earned spots, with Becher taking the 10th and final individual position.

Ranger volleyball finished: Taylor Bayer recorded nine kills, 10 digs and two aces for the Forest Park volleyball team, but the Rangers’ season came to an end with a 3-1 loss to South Spencer in the Class 2A Tell City Sectional semifinals.
Kylie Giesler added 24 assists and Anna Becher contributed 10 digs for the Rangers (6-19).

Doubles duo ousted: The Heritage Hills boys tennis doubles team of Josh Nelson and Jacob Luebbehusen saw its year finish with a regional semifinal defeat in the individual tournament at Bedford.
Nelson and Luebbehusen fell 6-1, 6-0 to Floyd Central’s Noah Neuhauser and Alex Poe, the team that went on to earn a spot in this weekend’s state competition.




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