Rangers edge Vikings to preserve PAC perfection

From Herald Staff Reports

For Forest Park’s girls tennis team, the win was worth the wait.

The Rangers were stretched to three sets in both doubles matches Wednesday in Ferdinand against North Posey, but they picked up a 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 victory from Kelly Weyer and Mareike Zeidler to pocket a 3-2 victory and remain unblemished in Pocket Athletic Conference play.

Aside from Weyer and Zeidler’s win at No. 2 doubles, 7-5 was a popular set score for the Rangers (7-1, 4-0), who accelerated to victories at the top two singles positions. No. 1 player Amie Weyer and No. 2 performer Rachel Hentrup both prevailed 7-5 in their opening sets before pulling away; Weyer grabbed the second set 6-3 and Hentrup sailed 6-1 to finish her victory.

In other girls tennis:

Tigers 5, Raiders 0: Southridge (6-5) nearly swiped a set from second-ranked and defending state champion Evansville Memorial at No. 2 doubles before the Tigers inked a sweep in Huntingburg. Raider No. 2 doubles pair Cheyenne Layton and Taylor Miles pushed the second set to a tiebreaker before accepting a 6-0, 7-6 (7-3) setback. Memorial dropped only four games in the other four matches.

Rebels 3, Patriots 2: Heritage Hills boasted the evening’s biggest hit and the game’s last run, but they weren’t enough to topple South Spencer in a face-off between county rivals in Lincoln City.

Miles Kline launched a solo home run in the second inning for the Patriots, and Heritage Hills scored in the seventh inning to inch within a run before the rally ran dry. Tyler Ward fired a complete game for the Patriots (11-10, 4-1), who outhit the Rebels 8-6.

Vikings 1, Raiders 0, eight innings: North Posey’s slick defense robbed Southridge (6-9, 2-5) of a chance to extend an extra-inning showdown between Pocket Athletic Conference foes in Huntingburg. In the eighth, Raider senior Kendyl Dearing reached second base with two outs and teammate Shelby Kippenbrock roped a line drive, but the ball glanced off the third baseman’s glove and the approaching shortstop plucked the ball out of the air for the game’s final out.

Titans 3, Rangers 1: Class 3A No. 4 Gibson Southern pecked away at Forest Park, scoring single runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings to top the Rangers in Bretzville. Forest Park (8-8, 1-5 Pocket Athletic Conference) tallied its lone run in the fifth, when Jordan Voges lifted a sacrifice fly to score Taylor Prechtel.

Lions 4, Jeeps 3, 10 innings: Northeast Dubois erased a 3-0 deficit and held Loogootee scoreless for seventh consecutive innings before the host Lions scratched out the game-winner in the 10th. Pitching in relief, Jeep sophomore Kendra Jacob tossed 81⁄3 innings and surrendered three hits while fanning five. Jacob and Bethany Kemp notched a pair of hits apiece for Northeast Dubois (4-10, 2-3 Blue Chip Conference).

Panthers 13, Patriots 5: Heritage Hills’ eigh-game win streak dissipated across the state line, as Daviess County (Ky.) severed a 5-all tie in the fifth inning and piled up six runs in the sixth. It was the first time this season the Class 3A No. 7 Patriots (14-4) have allowed more than six runs.

Ashley Bauer popped three hits and Kayala Hoppenjans drove home two runs for Heritage Hills.

Forest Park quadrangular: In a two-way jostling for supremacy in the boys meet, the Rangers (107) outdueled defending sectional champion Perry Central (89) while South Spencer (38) and Tecumseh (8) trailed behind. For the Rangers, Aaron Schuler zipped to the best times in the 100 and 200 meters, Cody Flamion ran away in the 1,600, Trent Weyer (19-11 1/2) won the long jump by more than 2 inches and Travis Schnell and Noah Braunecker heaved the best two throws in the discus.

The Ranger girls (119) joined the boys in victory, topping Perry Central (75), Tecumseh (23) and South Spencer (11). Mackenzie Weyer was a double winner in the shot put and discus, and Forest Park’s other wins were well-distributed as Rachel Hopf (400), Amanda Jacob (1,600), Anna Hagedorn (long jump) and Taylor Tretter (pole vault) provided winning efforts.

Patriots 156, Hatchets 168: With three golfers shooting in the 50s, Heritage Hills fired its best nine-hole score of the season and eased by Washington at Christmas Lake Golf Course in Santa Claus.

The Pats’ Corey Teaford carded the best round of the day with a 36, his season-best. Preston Van Winkle and Evan Braun both offered 38s for Heritage Hills.

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