Rangers continue shift to success at Marksmen meet

From Herald Staff Reports

Oh, what a difference a week and a half makes.

After taking a 98-34 whooping against Jasper on April 10, Forest Park girls track coach Rachel Hinson said she witnessed a team that collapsed against the heightened competition.


The Rangers responded to their coach’s call and more Saturday, upending host Tell City for a first place at the eight-team Marksmen Invitational. With two sprint victories from Madisyn Hunt, the Rangers (123 1⁄2) edged the Marksmen (110) and Perry Central (95), while Heritage Hills (80 1⁄2) finished fifth just behind Boonville (85).

On the boys side, the Rangers (84) conceded the top spot to Tell City (164 1⁄2), while inching past Boonville (82). The Heritage Hills boys (70 1⁄2) finished fifth, sandwiched between South Spencer (79) and Perry Central (66).

Hunt, who is undefeated in the 100-meter dash this season, was a double-winner in the 100 and 200 sprints, with Tori Lange placing second and third in the 100 and 200, respectively. Hunt and Lange also teamed up with Chloe Dilger and Rachel Hopf for a second-place time in the 400 relay. Taylor Tretter was the other Ranger winner with a leap of 8 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault and Emma Fraze (800), Lydia Schnieders (shot put) and the Rangers’ 1,600 relay team of Payton Luebbehusen, Shelby Louden, Jasmine Jacob and Fraze all grabbed top-3 finishes.

For the Patriot girls, Sienna Crews paced the field in the 1,600 and 3,200 for the Pats’ two victories. Haley Pierson and Brittany Tempel earned third-place finishes in the pole vault and long jump, respectively.

The Ranger boys were led by a host of second-place finishers in Riley Denning (shot put), Noah Braunecker (discus), Cody Flamion (1,600) and the 3,200 relay team of Flamion, Trey Dooley, Tristan Begle and Sean Verkamp. Flamion also collected third in the 3,200 and Emerson Thayer placed fourth in both the 110 and 300 hurdles.

The Patriot boys received a strong showing from the second-place 1,600 relay team of Ryan Blake, Nathan Guth, Jeremiah Owens and Caleb Sabelhaus. Sabelhaus also captured third place in the 400 and Logan Ayer took third in the 1,600.

The Ranger and Patriot boys teams will meet again Thursday at the Southridge Invitational, while the Patriot girls host Castle today and the Ranger girls travel to Castle on Tuesday.

Princeton Classic: Northeast Dubois split a pair of games at Princeton with a 15-2, five-inning coasting past Perry Central and 5-1 defeat to the host Tigers.

The Jeeps (3-3) poured on 14 runs in the first two innings against the Commodores, while Reid Haas (1-0) and Cayden Knies combined to allow just three Perry Central hits. Four Jeep batters — Haas, Gage Knies, Jaxon Denu and Bill Schepers — chipped in two hits apiece while Haas also amassed a game-high three RBIs.

Against the Tigers, the Jeeps matched Princeton with six hits but committed six errors. A three-run third inning from the Tigers placed Northeast Dubois in a 4-1 hole and Princeton added one more run in the fourth. Junior Nolan Rasche was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate for the Jeeps, who will  host Barr-Reeve on Tuesday.

Vikings 5, Rangers 4: Forest Park completed a comeback after North Posey's four-run first inning but eventually fell as the Rangers totaled nine hits but committed four errors on the road against the Vikings.

The Rangers (3-3, 1-2 Pocket Athletic Conference) tied the ballgame at 4 with a run in the third frame, but the Vikings tallied the game’s deciding run in the fifth. Adria Giesler went 2-for-3 and drove in a run while Mariah Morgan and Katelyn Roos (2-for-4) each smacked a double for Forest Park, which will take on Perry Central this evening.

The Legends Spring Preview: Jasper’s Cam Weyer finished tied for third overall as the 17th-ranked Wildcats placed sixth against a loaded field at the Legends Golf Club in Franklin. Fourth-ranked Hamilton Southeastern (298), No. 2 Columbus North (312) and No. 3 Carmel (314) earned the top three spots while 12th-ranked Corydon Central (318) and No. 5 Noblesville (319) finished just ahead of the Cats (323).


Weyer shot a 36 on the front and back nine for a team-best round of 72. In one stretch starting on hole No. 8, the senior stockpiled five straight birdies. Classmate Jacob Bartley finished 14th individually with a 78 and Carson Pierce (85), Reid Lorey (88) and Luke Lehane (96) rounded out the Wildcats’ scorecard.

Columbus North’s Michael VanDeventer, who tied for seventh at last June’s state finals, earned medalist honors with his round of 70. Jasper will clash with county foe Southridge on Wednesday at Huntingburg Country Club.

Washington Invitational: Heritage Hills finished fourth of 13 teams at Country Oaks Golf Course in Montgomery. The Patriots (333) settled behind invite champion Sullivan (310), host Washington (321) and third-place finisher Vincennes Lincoln (328).

Preston Van Winkle led the Patriots with a 75 and Corey Teaford compiled a 78 while Evan Braun and Alex Gordon chipped in an 89 and a 91, respectively, for the Pats, who visit Pike Central today.

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