Wildcats win third straight Big Eight title

From Herald Staff Reports

Just a few days after the Jasper girls track and field team took home the Big Eight conference crown, the boys did the same thing on Thursday.

With the victory, Jasper’s boys track and field teams have now won three straight Big Eight championships.

Here’s a brief rundown of all of Thursday night’s prep sports action.

Track and Field

Cats win Big Eight title: The Jasper boys track and field team cruised to their third consecutive Big Eight title on Thursday night in Princeton. The Cats took home first place with 179 points — Princeton placed second (96) and Mount Vernon took home third (57).

Jasper had several conference champions including Easton Bair (200m dash), Reece Milligan (400m dash), Will Smith (800m run), Mitch Kaiser (pole vault), the 4x800m relay team (Smith, Drew O’Neil, Sam Leonard, Jackson Miller), the 4x400m relay team (Kaiser, Smith, Reece Milligan, Raife Milligan) and the 4x100m relay team (Raife Milligan, Joe Wood, Sam Kluemper and Andy Cortez).

Patriots place second in PAC meet: The Heritage Hills boys track and field team came home second in the Pocket Athletic Conference championships in Tell City on Thursday with 110 points. Gibson Southern won the title with 152 points while Southridge placed fourth with 89 points and Forest Park was sixth with 43 points.

Heritage Hills’ conference champions were Alex Hasty (pole vault), Mitchell Hopf (1600m run, 3200m run), and Grant Lashley (800m run).

Southridge’s conference champs were Garrett Voegerl (high jump) and Jaden Hayes (discus). Forest Park didn’t have any individual champs but Dylan Weyer placed second in the 110m hurdles.


Raiders 7, Marksmen 3: The Southridge baseball team used some strong offense to get past conference foe Tell City on Thursday evening.

Colson Montgomery and Chase Taylor both hit home runs while Tucker Schank and Ethan Bell also added a pair of base hits in the victory.

Cort Gerber recorded his first victory of the season on the mound for Southridge. He gave up just two hits and one earned run while striking out five and walking three.


Cats win four-team invite: The Jasper boys golf team defeated Forest Park, Southridge and Perry Central at the Rangers four-team invitational at Christmas Lake Golf Course on Thursday. Jasper finished with a 170, Forest Park shot a 176, Perry Central fired a 186 and Southridge wrapped up with a 188.

Jasper’s Jack Bies was the match medalist with an impressive score of 36. Brant Tretter led the Rangers with a 41 while Michael Kappner paced the Raiders with a 44.


Rangers 8, Chargers 7: Forest Park held off a late charge by Pike Central to earn their second Pocket Athletic Conference victory of the season.

The Rangers had a big first inning as back-to-back home runs from Kennedy Sermersheim and Kylie Giesler put Forest Park in business right away. Macie Zink also had an impressive performance as she went 4-for-4 with a double and three run scored.

Ali Welp picked up the victory on the mound for the Rangers while Allyson Werner recorded the save.

Jeeps 11, Spartans 8: If you like offense, Thursday night’s softball game between Northeast Dubois and South Knox was for you.

The two teams combined for 26 hits, four home runs and eight other extra-base hits. Becca Brosmer, Brooklyn Dodd and Hadley Furhman all had three hits for the Jeeps while Fuhrman drove in a team-best three runs with her home run and double.

Camryn Stemle improved to 8-4 this season on the mound with a victory while Furhman struck out four batters in relief.

Patriots 3, Rebels 2: The Heritage Hills softball team were victorious in thrilling fashion as they scored a late run to steal a win from South Spencer at home.

Emma Eubank and Sydney Richards both had multiple hits in the win for Heritage Hills. Both of Eubank’s base knocks were doubles. Haley Waninger also had an RBI for the Patriots.

Eubank picked up her ninth win of the season on the mound for Heritage Hills. She gave up eight hits and two earned runs while striking out five.


Wildcats 3, Knights 2: In their regular season finale, Jasper recorded a key home victory over Castle on Thursday evening.

Victorious for Jasper was Emma Reutepohler (No. 3 singles), Josie Yarbrough/Suchi Bandaru (No. 1 doubles) and Hadley Meyer/Delaney Wigand (No. 2 doubles).

Titans 4, Raiders 1: It was a tough night for the Southridge girls tennis team as they were defeated by conference foe Gibson Southern.

Southridge’s lone victory came at No. 1 doubles were Audra Hochgesang and Jordan Biehl defeated Allison Kissel and Allie Sensmeier 6-3, 7-5.

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