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Sports Briefs

The New Castle Middle School 8th-grade volleyball team poses with the trophy after traveling to Johnson County Saturday for the Gary Robinson Invitational at Center Grove Middle School Central and defeating Columbus North, Triton Central, and host Center Grove Central to win the event.

Sports editor’s note: The stories of Friday’s football games are on the C-T website along with a couple photos. Some of these stories and photos may be in today’s edition of The Courier-Times, but more photos and stories will be in Wednesday’s edition of the newspaper.

Boys Soccer

Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 3, New Castle 1

The Trojan boys traveled west on Ind. 234 Saturday for their first Hoosier Heritage Conference test of the season and lost in overtime to the host Marauders.

New Castle was able to hold Mt. Vernon scoreless in the first half, even though the Marauders kept the visitors under pressure and had two penalty kicks. Each time, Trojan goal keeper Andrew Glover was able to come up with a big save. The score was tied 0-0 at halftime.

In the second half, Mt. Vernon was able to get the first goal when the late deflection of a shot allowed the ball to get past Glover with about 18 minutes remaining in the match. Continuing to battle, New Castle evened things up in the 74th minute when Corbin Madden found Austin Morgan with a through ball that Morgan was able to tuck into the corner of the goal at the far post.

The match went to two, seven-minute overtime periods, and the Marauders were able to get one goal in each of the extra sessions to make the final score 3-1.

New Castle, 0-1 in the HHC and 1-1 overall, hosts Jay County this evening at Neal Field with a starting time of 7 p.m.

Cross Country

Hagerstown girls third, boys fourth at Richmond Invite

Hagerstown High School’s girls and boyscross country teams ran well at Saturday’s Richmond XC Invite, placing third and fourth, respectively, among 11 teams competing.

Ava Moore led the Tiger girls, placing 14th overall in a time of 23:16.7. She was followed in scoring order by Jewels Warfel, Ella Nicholson, Haven Ragen, Taylor Pass, Jenna Smith, and Madelynn Ward.

The top five teams in the girls race were Southport 24, Greenfield-Central 69, Hagerstown 70, Franklin County 80, and Marion 140.

Hagerstown’s Eli Halcomb placed fourth overall in the boys’ race, clocking a 17:17.7. Teammates Quentin Osborne and Adam Nadler also finished in the top 25 at 19th and 25th, respectively. Completing the top seven were Blake Creech, Quaid Mull, Carter Jenkins and Joey Auker.

Worthy of note was an exceptional run by the Tigers’ David Holt who took more than two minutes off his personal-best time.

Team scores for the boys race were Southport 67, Greenfield-Central 82, Lawrence Central 97, Hagerstown 111, Oldenburg Academy 129, East Central 143, Marion 193, Connersville 228, Richmond 228, Northeastern 270, and Franklin County 272.

Hagerstown was the only school able to field a full girls team for the junior varsity race, so, technically was the race winner. Kassidy Oliger, Delaney Oliger, Marissa Slagle, Ashlynn Oliger, and Grace Kline placed third through seventh for 25 points. Gary Lehman was the top JV boy for the Tigers, placing 19th.

Southwestern (Shelby) Small School Invitational (Boys)

The Shenandoah High School boys finished 12th among 21 teams in Saturday’s meet in Shelby County.

There was a lot of strong competition at this early-season meet and Kishpaugh led the Raiders with a 29th-place finish out of the 211 boys competing. He was supported by teammates Soden, Coccia, Lovett, Hawkins, Hinshaw and Baker for the team scoring (46th, 98th, 99th, 118th, 146th, and 155th-place, respectively).

Team standing, in order, were Oak Hill 41, Cambridge City Lincoln 91, Borden 99, University 101, Southwestern (Shelby) 165, Centerville 215, North Putnam 232, South Putnam 276, Providence Cristo Rey 276, Monrovia 278, Clinton Prairie 316, Shenandoah 332, Carroll (Flora) 359, Western Boone 361, South Ripley 408, Rising Sun 411, Triton Central 424, Southwestern 468, Eminence 478, North Decatur 512, and Morristown 554.

The Shenandoah boys run next on Wednesday at the Arabian Roundup hosted by Pendleton Heights High School.

Southwestern (Shelby) Small School Invitational (Girls)

The Shenandoah High School girls finished 10th among 14 teams in Saturday’s meet in Shelby County. A total of 27 high schools were represented.

Fitch led the way for the Raiders by placing 36th, followed by Jenkins (49th), Edwards (58th, Buskirk 99th, Alfrey 106th, Krintz 107th, and Herdandez 110th.

Team scores for the girls race, in order of finish, were Oak Hill 40, Western Boone 102, Monrovia 103, Centerville 123, Borden 169, Fremont 169, South Ripley 177, Clinton Prairie 204, North Putnam 213, Shenandoah 269, Cambridge City Lincoln 269, North Decatur 272, Southwestern (Shelby) 306, and Southwestern 313.

The Raider girls will run next at Wednesday’s Arabian Roundup hosted by Pendleton Heights High School.

Monroe Central Invitational (Girls)

The Blue River Valley High School girls cross country team finished 11th of 19 teams at the Meister Family Memorial Run at Monroe Central on Saturday with 232 points.

Savannah Kernel finished 31st to lead the Viking girls. Malory Polston was 51st, Kelsey Porter 59th, Jamie Kernel 75th, Maddie Denton 76th, Emma Claar 101st, Jenna Willis 102nd, and Joslynn Witham 106th.

Monroe Central Invitational (Boys)

The Blue River Valley High School boys cross country team finished 17th of 19 teams at the Meister Family Memorial Run at Monroe Central on Saturday with 428 points. Gabe Sayre led the Vikings with a 25th place finish. James Crull was 87th, Jacob Madden 139th, Tyler Williams 140th, Keaton Perdue 146th, and Devon Thompson 150th.

Mt. Vernon (Fortville) won the boys race with 31 points and New Haven was second with 58 points.

Volleyball

Union County 3, Knightstown 1

The Panthers traveled to Liberty on Thursday night to face the host Patriots and lost the Tri-Eastern Conference match in four sets 15-25, 23-25, 25-23, 26-28.

As one can tell by the scores of the final three sets, the match was pretty close. Knightstown fell to 2-2 for the season.

Leaders for the Panthers were Rena’ Witham with 10 kills, 35 digs, two aces, and an assist; Trinidie Newby with  nine kills and three blocks; Gwen Dyer with 23 assists, three kills, three digs, a block, and an ace; Cara Mullen with 27 digs and an ace; Avery Bever with six kills; and Paige Personett with four kills and two aces.

The Panther junior varsity lost 0-2 to Union County. Set scores were 14-25, 10-25.

Knightstown hosted Winchester Monday night in another TEC match.

Raiders Win Own Invitational

The Shenandoah High School varsity volleyball team won its own Invitational Saturday for the first time by defeating four opponents, all by match scores of 2-0.

After defeating defending champion Lapel in their opener, the host Raiders defeated Sheridan 24-14, 25-12 in their second match of the day. Shenadoah swept past Whitelandin stright sets in its third match before besting Seton catholic 25-13, 25-12 in its fourth and final match of the day.

Final standings on the day, in order of finish, were Shenandoah, Lapel, Seton Catholic, Eastern Hancock, Cambridge City Lincoln, Whiteland, Southwestern (Shelby), Union City, and Sheridan.

Junior High / Middle School Volleyball

New Castle 8th-grade wins Center Grove Invitational

The New Castle Middle School 8th-grade volleyball team traveled to Johnson County Saturday for the Gary Robinson Invitational at Center Grove Middle School Central and finished first by defeating the other three schools in the event.

New Castle first defeated Columbus North 25-14, 25-11. Next, New Castle beat Triton Central 25-13, 25-5. Finally, New Castle beat Center Grove Central 25-22, 25-22 to go 3-0 overall and win the championship of the invitational.

Player of the Day for the Trojan girls was Ella Young. Over the three matches. Young compiled 15 service aces and 23 kills, and 15 of her kills were against a very good Center Grove Central team.

Other statistical leaders for New Castle were Teagan Brown with 12 service aces and six kills; Morley Blessinger with five aces and seven kills; and Alaina Bowman with three aces, a trio of blocks, and two kills.

Today’s Sports Events

Boys Soccer: Centerville at Knightstown 5 p.m.

Boys Soccer: Jay County at New Castle 7 p.m.

Boys Tennis: Muncie Central at Blue River Valley 4:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis: Union County at Knightstown 5 p.m.

Boys Tennis: New Castle at Greenfield-Central 5;30 p.m.

Boys Tennis: Shenandoah at Yorktown 5 p.m.

Cross Country: Union County and Seton Catholic at Tri 5 p.m.

Girls Golf: Blue River Valley at Delta 5 p.m.

Girls Golf: Winchester at Hagerstown 4:30 p.m.

Girls Golf: Knightstown and Triton Central at Tri 4:30 p.m.

Girls Golf: Lapel and Elwood at Shenandoah 5 p.m.

Girls Soccer: Centerville at Knightstown 7 p.m.

Girls Soccer: New Castle at Franklin County 7 p.m.

Volleyball: Wapahani at Blue River Valley 6 p.m.

Volleyball: Shenandoah at Cambridge City Lincoln 6 p.m.

Volleyball: Randolph Southern at Tri 6 p.m.

Wednesday’s Sports Events

Boys Tennis: Blue River Valley at Hagerstown 4:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis: Shenandoah at New Castle 4:30 p.m.

Cross Country: Blue River Valley, Knightstown, New Castle, and Shenandoah in Arabian Roundup at Pendleton Heights 6 p.m.

Girls Golf: Blue River Valley and Rushville at Wapahani 4:30 p.m.

Girls Golf: Monroe Central at Hagerstown 4:30 p.m.

Girls Golf: Frankton at Shenandoah 4:30 p.m.

Volleyball: Randolph Southern at Shenandoah 6 p.m.