Wildcats solve Viking riddle in shutout fashion

From Herald Staff Reports


Barr-Reeve had been Jasper’s kryptonite since the two volleyball programs picked up the series in 2014. The Wildcats altered the trend in short order Monday evening.

Behind 18 kills from Maddie Edwards, 20 assists from Natalie Wigand, 10 digs from Taylor Wildman and five blocks apiece from Edwards and Avery Bell, the Wildcats fended off a middle-set challenge and steamed to a 25-20, 25-23, 25-16 sweep of the Class 1A power at the Jasper High School gym. Barr-Reeve had been 5-0 against Jasper over the past three seasons — including a pair of wins in invitationals — but the Wildcats repaid the favor Monday with their sixth three-set sweep of the season.

Also for the Cats (11-7), Wildman and Katey Bell each popped three aces, Kate Green offered 13 assists, Libby Bell posted seven digs, Meredith Hilgefort secured seven digs plus two aces, and Avery Bell (six kills), Riley Merder (five kills) and Reagan Egbert (five kills) solidified the front row.

The rest of Monday’s best in local prep sports:

Schroeder helps Cats pass test: In a matchup between the last two champions in the local girls golf sectional, Jasper (171) coasted past Gibson Southern (200) as Wildcat junior Haley Schroeder notched a medalist round of 38 at Buffalo Trace Golf Course, while Heritage Hills (242) came in third behind Vicki Nelson’s 47. Maddie Wagner (39) trailed Schroeder by a stroke and Gillian Blessinger (44) and Brynn Leinenbach (50) added the top supporting scores for the Wildcats.

Raider golfers buoyed by balance: Southridge won for the sixth time in eight dual/triangular meets this season, topping Boonville 196-208 at Boonville Country Club as Baileigh Schneider (47) fired the day’s low score with teammates Olivia Mundy (48), Morgan Stapleton (50) and Dalie Wibbeler (51) close behind.

Southridge follows Soto: The Raider boys soccer team broke a 1-all halftime tie at North Posey as Jorge Soto finished both Southridge goals in its 2-1 win and Melvin Orellana added six saves in goal for the Raiders (4-3, 2-2).

No sweat for Rangers, Patriots: Forest Park and Heritage Hills collected Pocket Athletic Conference tennis wins in a hurry, earning all their wins in straight sets as the Rangers downed Pike Central 4-1 on the road while the Patriots filed a 5-0 shutout of Tecumseh in Lynnville.
Forest Park’s Reid Steffe neared a shutout in his 6-1, 6-0 No. 2 singles rout, while Collin Hochgesang (6-2, 6-2 at No. 1) and Nathan Jarboe (6-4, 6-1 at No. 3) completed the singles sweep and Aaron Hurst and Aaron Welp were 6-1, 6-3 winners at No. 1 doubles for Forest Park (4-2, 4-1).
Heritage Hills (11-2, 6-0) moved two wins away from the PAC title as Logan Smallwood and Cameron Van Winkle produced matching 6-1, 6-1 wins atop the singles lineup.

Midseason boom rolls on for Pats: Heritage Hills brushed aside another PAC volleyball foe, this time accelerating past Gibson Southern 25-20, 25-23, 25-14 in Fort Branch to collect its 12th win over the last 13 matches. Corrie Burroughs (19 digs), Melissa Bell (10 digs), Hannah Schnuck (eight digs) and Jessica Bertke (three blocks) guided the defense while Abby Wetzel piled up 36 assists and Abby Wahl’s 17 kills and Bell’s 15 kills provided the power for the Patriots (15-4, 5-0).

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