Wildcats, Patriots repeat as sectional champs

From Herald Staff Reports

For one team, the streak reached 12. For the other, the number climbed to two. But Thursday’s result was the same for boys tennis teams from Jasper and Heritage Hills — a sectional championship.

The No. 16 Wildcats knocked off Forest Park 5-0 to win their own sectional, while the Patriots took down Gibson Southern 5-0 in the Princeton Sectional final.

Jasper was its typically dominant self throughout the five bouts. Dawson Hopf scored a 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 1 singles, Eli Franks picked up a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles and Bennett Schmitt posted a 6-2, 6-1 success at No. 3 singles.
The Wildcat doubles duos of Noah Mendel/Noah Luebbehusen and Andrew Hochgesang/Mitch Kluemper were also triumphant, winning 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 and 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2, respectively.
Jasper moves on to host its own regional beginning Tuesday, with a semifinal match against either Vincennes Lincoln or Vincennes Rivet slated for 6:30 p.m. that day.

Heritage Hills proved its sectional win last season was no fluke, dropping just two sets against Gibson Southern.
Logan Smallwood was a 6-2, 6-2 winner at No. 1 singles, Cameron VanWinkle recorded a 0-6, 6-4, 6-2 comeback victory at No. 2 singles and Josh Dellamuth outlasted his foe for a 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles.
In doubles action, the Patriot team of Jacob Luebbehusen and Josh Nelson triumphed 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1, while Trae Hirt and Zack Weaver went over 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2.
Heritage Hills travels to Evansville Bosse for its regional, with a semifinal against Mount Vernon-Fortville or New Palestine scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The rest of the Thursday’s best in local prep sports:

Edwards, Cats cruise: Maddie Edwards recorded 15 kills as Jasper volleyball eased past visiting Perry Central 25-11, 25-9, 25-5.
The Wildcats (21-10) also received 19 assists from Natalie Wigand, nine digs from Meredith Hilgefort and six aces from Katie Green.

Raiders go distance in win: Kenzie Young posted nine kills and 18 digs to help Southridge volleyball to a five-set, come-from-behind win over South Spencer.
Southridge (7-16, 1-5 Pocket Athletic Conference) upended the visiting Rebels 18-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-20, 15-11. Complementing Young were Kenzie Lubbehusen with six kills, 10 blocks and five aces, Boo Polley with 16 digs and Savanah Goeppner with 15 assists.

Jeep girls succeed: Adi Denu contributed a team-leading 10 kills as Northeast Dubois volleyball secured a 25-9, 25-6, 25-14 victory over visiting Orleans.
The Jeeps (16-3) were also supported by 28 assists and seven digs from Chloe Terwiske, as well as eight aces from Clare Mangin.

Wildcat boys stunned: Josue Dubon and Tyler Hunt each scored in the first half, but Jasper boys soccer saw a three-goal lead evaporate in a 4-3 loss at Class 3A No. 5 Bloomington South.
The Wildcats (8-8) pushed their advantage eight minutes into the second half when Angelino Dubon tallied. From there, however, it was all Panthers, as they pulled ahead for good in the 73rd minute on a converted penalty kick.

Raider boys come back: Jonathan Escobar scored twice and Lucas Martinez tallied once as Southridge boys soccer overcame a 2-1 halftime deficit to defeat visiting Shoals 3-2.
The Raiders (5-8) saw both Escobar and Martinez score in the second half to key the comeback.

Ranger boys excel late: Forest Park boys soccer engaged in a scoreless duel with Pocket Athletic Conference foe Gibson Southern through regulation and overtime, but came through on penalty kicks for the win.
The Rangers improved to 3-11-1 on the season, including 3-3 in league play.

Northeast Dubois matches record: Alan Kerstiens netted five goals as the Class 1A No. 8 Northeast Dubios boys soccer team equaled its program record for goals in a 15-1 thumping of host Tell City.
The previous total was established in 2015 against North Knox.
Brandon Merkel contributed three goals and five assists for the Jeeps (11-2-1), who also received two goals from Darren Grigsby and single strikes from Malachi Baumister, Chase Reckelhoff, Marshall Knies and Trevor Seufert, in addition to a Tell City own goal.

Patriot boys roll: Gannon Staggs hit twine four times for Class 2A No. 9 Heritage Hills boys soccer in a 9-0 home rout of Pocket Athletic Conference opponent South Spencer.
The Patriots (11-4, 6-1) were also supported by two goals from Philipp Koesters and single tallies from Luke Leffert, Jesus Lara and Leo Martinez.

Mulzer, Genet pace squad: Kerragan Mulzer and Lydia Genet each scored twice as Class 2A No. 19 Heritage Hills girls soccer pulled away in the second half of a 4-1 victory over visiting South Spencer.
The Patriots (12-4, 4-1 Pocket Athletic Conference) tallied three of their goals in the second half.

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