Rangers drop heartbreaker; Divers end seasons

From Herald Staff Reports


After losing just one game through November, December and January combined, the Forest Park boys basketball team has now lost two straight games in the month of February — both by a single point.

Last Thursday, the Rangers lost 62-61 in a heartbreaking finish to Evansville Mater Dei and on Tuesday Forest Park dropped another close battle, 59-58 to Wood Memorial in Oakland City.

The Trojans took a 30-25 lead into halftime against the Class 2A No. 7 Rangers, who fell three spots in the polls after losing to the Wildcats last week.

Forest Park (13-3) responded with a 19-13 advantage in the third quarter to take a one-point advantage into the final period, leading 44-43.

The fourth quarter would be a back-and-forth affair with Trever Zink giving the Rangers the lead with six seconds left but Wood Memorial’s Lathan Falls drove the length of the court for the game-winning shot as time expired to seal the deal for the Trojans.

The Rangers had a huge performance from senior Braydon Voegerl who had a career-high 14 points on perfect 5-for-5 shooting from the field and 4-for-4 shooting from the free-throw line. Curt Hopf added 12 before fouling out, Sam Englert had 10 and Daniel Lusk finished with eight points and 10 assists.

Falls led Wood Memorial with a game-high 23 points while Paxton Bartley added 17 and Walker Nurrenbern added 13.

Forest Park will have a chance to bounce back on Friday night in a tough conference game against Heritage Hills (16-2).

The rest of Tuesday’s prep sports action:

Biggs, Sherer travel to regional
On Tuesday night, Jasper’s Zoe Biggs and Southridge’s Evie Sherer traveled up north to Bloomington to compete in the IHSAA regional diving meet.


While neither Biggs or Sherer advanced to this year’s state finals, they both showed impressive performances both on Tuesday and throughout the entire season.

Biggs finished 10th with a score of 325.35 which was an improvement over her 16th place finish last year when she scored a 212.55.

Sherer, a sophomore, finished in 20th place with a score of 184.25 as she wrapped up an impressive second-year campaign.

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