Wildcat girls, Ranger boys win conference titles

Ally Wigand

By Herald Staff

Saturday was conference day for cross country, and success came the way of some local teams and runners. 

Jasper's girls won the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference at Angel Mounds with a team score of 29. Junior Ally Wigand was the individual champion with a time of 19:27. 

The boys finished in second place with 59 team points behind the 48 Castle accumulated. However, senior Abe Eckman won the boys race with a time of 15:37.5. 

Locals also saw success at the Pocket Athletic Conference meet hosted by Gibson Southern. Forest Park won the boys championship with 31 team points and four top 10 finishers.

Spenser Wolf

Senior Spenser Wolf won the race by 40 seconds with a time of 16:12.9. Fellow senior and teammate Bryce Troesch finished in second place at 16:52.9. Junior Eli Berg placed sixth at 17:05.5, while freshman Reece Wolf came in at 17:28.4. 

Heritage Hills had a pair of boys runners finish in the top 10 with freshman Aiden Mattingly attaining fifth place at 17:05, while junior Pierce Lashley ran a time of 17:15.9 to take ninth. 

Forest Park's girls rounded out the team side with 105 points. Senior Ellie Hall came in second place with a time of 18:43, and Southridge sophomore Kelsey Wibbeler came in eighth place at 20:49.9. 

Northeast Dubois came in third place on both the boys and girls side at the Blue Chip Conference meet at Gasthof Amish Village. The Jeeps saw a pair of runners on both sides make it into the top 10.

Junior Sara Livingston was the highest placer on either side when her 21:24.7 time netted her fourth place on the girls side. Fellow junior Paige Wildman came in seventh at 22:00.5. 

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On the boys side, junior Brandon Schnell ran a time of 17:54.8 to round out the top five. Senior Preston Brinkman's time of 18:15.7 garnered him fifth place.

Lewis named Coach of the Week

The Indianapolis Colts announced on Monday that Jasper's Tony Lewis was honored as Coach of the Week. Lewis had been nominated and chosen after Jasper's 30-12 win against Castle on Friday.  The Colts are in their 22nd year honoring high school coaches throughout the state, with one coach getting chosen each week after a high school football weekend. 

The Colts wrote on their website Monday that all high school head coaches are eligible regardless of school size, league or division, with impact on the team, school, community and the team's performance being factors. Each winning coach gets a $1,000 donation from the NFL Foundation and a commemorative plaque. CenterPoint Energy will also contribute $1,000 to the school's athletic fund. 

Rankings

Jasper remained at No. 3 in Class 4A by the Indiana Football Coaches Association. 

Meanwhile, the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association released their final polls of 2021. 

On the boys side, Forest Park came in at No. 8 in Class 1A, while Northeast Dubois was No. 19. Heritage Hills finishes the year at No. 7 in Class 2A. 

The girls rankings, meanwhile, heave the Rangers ranked No. 3 in Class 1A and the Jeeps at No. 11. The Pats came in at No. 12 in the final girls poll.




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