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Girls Tennis returns to state tournament

Three sports teams ended their season in postseason play last week, while Girls Tennis moves on to the state quarterfinals on Friday. Boys Golf starts sectional on Monday.

The Girls Track & Field team finished 13th of 52 at regional, with all eight competitors scoring for the team in various events. Boys Track & Field placed fourth at sectional and qualified 10 athletes in five events to advance to regional, where the team placed 26th of 52. Senior Spencer Purcell placed fourth in discus at regional, missing qualifying for state by one spot. The Baseball and Softball teams each lost in the opening round of sectional.

Boys Track & Field finished fourth in the Floyd Central Sectional, with Spencer leading the way with a second place finish in discus and qualifying for regional. Members of the team placed third in four events to advance the following athletes to regional: sophomore Brandon Barron in the 200 meter dash; junior Chris Heselschwerdt in the 100 meter dash; the 400 meter relay team of Chris, Brandon, junior Ethan Fulkerson and freshman Isaac Ohlmann, and the 3200 meter relay team of juniors Tyler Upton and Thomas Gaines and sophomores Alex Perkinson and Alex Lancaster. Sophomore Austin Grantz placed 10th in discus but was able to qualify for regional.

Chris placed fourth in the 200, Alex Perkinson placed eighth in the 400 meter dash, and Thomas placed eighth in the 1600 meter run and sixth in the 3200 meter run, but none advanced to regional. Also scoring at sectional but not advancing were junior Bryce Drury, who was fourth in the long jump, sixth in the 110 meter hurdles, and fifth in the 300 meter hurdles; junior Charlie O’Bryant, who was eighth in the 300 meter hurdles; senior Zach Kaiser, who was seventh in the 400 meter run; and the 1600 meter relay team of Brandon, Alex Perkinson, Zach, and Tyler. Several athletes also set personal bests, including all three relay teams, Brandon in the 200, Charlie in the 300 hurdles, Bryce in the 300 hurdles and the long jump), Austin in the discus, and junior Bradon Dykes in the 1600, and sophomore Taylor Hensley in the long jump.

At regional, the team finished 26th with the boys placing at or higher than their incoming seeds in six of the eight events in which they competed. The 1600 meter relay team also ran its season’s best time.

Girls Track & Field sectional results were in the previous eVision, and at regional, the team finished 13th. Sophomore Ceci Rush (high jump) and senior Skylar Richey (long jump) each placed fourth. Freshman Julia Christie placed fifth in the 200 and eighth in the 100. Sophomore Sydney Barron placed seventh and ran a season’s best time in the 300 hurdles, as did the 3200 relay team of sophomores Brigid Welch, Kaylee Kaiser, Stephanie Koopman, and Avery Stumler. Several girls set personal records, including Kaylee in the 1600, and the 1600 relay team of Skylar, Avery, Ceci and Julia.

Seniors Hannah Hanlon, Emma Flispart, and Brinley Prather, and Bryce Drury were all named 2018 Track Academic All-State Honorable Mention. The Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches has the most stringent Academic All State standards, requiring nominees to carry a minimum 3.5 GPA and scores of 1200 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT.

Softball improves over last season
The Softball team lost game one of sectional to Crawford County 8-6 despite two home runs by senior Hannah Wolford. Hannah led the team in all statistics, including pitching two perfect games, and was named to the Courier Journal Southern Indiana All-Area Team along with junior Sidney Shireman. The team finished the season with an 11-16, record, earning six more wins than in the previous season. The team graduates three seniors – Hannah, Brianna Hall, and Gabby Roberts.

Coach Kenny Janes said the team expects to return six of its starters, and he is “looking for a big year next year” from Sidney, freshman Kacye Quinn, and sophomore Claire Culwell. “We are still rebuilding the program and hope to build on all the hard work the kids have put in this season.”

Baseball team falls in 3A sectional
The Baseball team lost 7-3 to No. 3 Silver Creek in round one of sectional, finishing the season with a 20-4 record. The team graduates six seniors, including Conner Finnegan; Kellen McHugh; Nathan Proctor; Preston Taylor, who is considering playing baseball at Vincennes University; Reece Davis, who will play baseball for Bellarmine University, and Timmy Borden, who will enter the Major League Baseball draft (June 4-6) and has previously committed to play for the University of Louisville. 

Girls Tennis headed to IHSAA State Quarterfinals
The Girls Tennis team won sectional by defeating New Washington 5-0 and Jeffersonville 5-0. At regional, the team defeated New Albany 5-0 and Floyd Central 4-1 to win its third straight regional title.  Junior Halli Trinkle and sophomore Natalie Boesing picked up wins at singles, and the doubles teams of senior Heidi Popson and junior Hannah Conder and seniors Izzy Coe and Clare Hooper also won.

At semi-state, the team defeated No. 13 Castle 4-1, with the same positions winning. The team now has a 19-1 record and will face No. 1 Carmel in the state quarterfinals on Friday at 3 p.m. at Center Grove High School. The semifinals are Saturday at 10 a.m. at North Central High School, with the finals at 2 p.m. Halli will advance to the state singles tournament and Heidi and Hannah will advance to the doubles tournament as well since they are undefeated in the postseason at the singles and doubles positions, respectively.

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