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Sports Briefs

Sports editor’s note: The stories, photos, and box scores for last Friday night’s local football games were placed on The Courier-Times website at 10 p.m. Saturday. They will run in the print edition of the C-T today and Wednesday as space allows.

Cross Country

BRV Competes in Manchester Invitational

The Blue River Valley High School boys and girls cross country teams traveled to North Manchester Saturday to compete in the Manchester Invitational.

The Viking girls finished 16th in a field of 28 teams with a team score of 473 at the Invitational. Savannah Kernel led Blue River with a 58th-place finish. She was followed by teammates Malory Polston in 85th place, Kelsey Porter 107th, Jamie Kernel 111th, Maddie Denton 112th, Emma Claar 113th, Jenna Willis 114th, and Joslynn Witham 151st.

“Most of our girls had their season-best times,” remarked BRV Coach Paul Harper.

The top five girls teams and their scores at the Manchester Invitational were Fort Wayne Northrup 89, Rochester 107, Culver Academies, East Noble 143, and host Manchester 159.

The Viking boys finished 23rd of 28 teams with a team score of 594 at Saturday’s Manchester Invitational. Gabe Sayre again led the Vikings with a 41st-place finish. Also for Blue River, James Crull finished 147th, Ryan Armaly 163rd, Adam Polston 165th, Tyler Williams 184th, and Keaton Perdue 186th.

“Most of our boys had season bests in a meet with many larger schools,” Blue River Coach Paul Harper stated.

The top five teams for the boys were Penn, East Noble, Morgan Township, Culver Academies, and Western.


Tigers Win Kay Saunders Invitational

The Hagerstown High School volleyball team traveled to Gaston Saturday to compete in Wes-Del High School’s Kay Saunders Invitational and the Tigers played their best team volleyball of the season by winning the Invitational.

Hagerstown opened pool play by defeating Western 25-17, 25-18. Then it defeated Marion 25-8. 25-12. The Tigers completed pool play by defeating Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 25-16, 25-17. Hagerstown then played host Wes-Del for the championship and won 25-17, 25-11.

For Hagerstown, Jessica Swimm turned in 46 kills on the day and Regan Tinkle continues to be dominating by turning in 33 kills in 49 attempts and 10 aces on the day.

Also for the Tigers, Hallie Rogers had 74 assists on the day and Alexis Ellis had 11 total blocks. Carli Morris, Tori Kelley, Cameron Bradway, Ashley Vinson, and Kenzie Slagle all turned in great defensive performances.

Hagerstown raised its overall record to 11-1 on the season and will host Wapahani today at 6 p.m.

Shenandoah 3, Eastern Hancock 0

The Raiders traveled to Lapel Saturday to play the Royals and host Bulldogs and defeated both to improve to 13-4 for the season.

Shenandoah began the day by starting slowly in the first set against Lapel and then quickly got into rhythm. By the end of the day, the Raiders won six straight sets.

Shenandoah defeated the host Bulldogs 25-18, 25-16, 25-16 and then Eastern Hancock 25-15, 25-13, 25-8. The match against the Royals was a Mid-Eastern Conference contest and the Raiders improved to 3-0 in the MEC.

Shenandoah got consistent hitting from Jenna Stewart, Erikka Hill, Audrey Duncan and Kara Surguy. Stewart and Hill were also key blockers and Kamryn Buck did a great job distributing the ball to her hitters.

The Raiders also got a nice all-around performance from senior Allison King. King served well, was steady in her passing, and also provided some outside hitting on the day.

The final key to the win was libero Bridget Lohrey. Lohrey had been out with an ankle injury since the start of the season and did no play in the early-season matches, but after being back for four matches has shaken off the rust and will be critical for improving the team as it heads into some key matches of the rest of the season.

Shenandoah will host Tri Wednesday and then will face a key conference battle with Blue River Valley on Saturday night.

Shenandoah 2, Eastern Hancock 1 (JV)

The Raider junior varsity team traveled to Lapel Saturday to play the Royals and host Bulldogs and defeated both. 

Shenandoah started the day with a three-set victory over Lapel and then defeated Eastern Hancock a bit later 25-20, 19-25, 15-12.

Junior High / Middle School Volleyball

Union County 2, Knightstown 1 (8th)

The 8th-grade Panthers hosted the Patriots Thursday night and fell to them in three sets 14-25, 25-24, 13-15.

After losing the first set 25-14, Knightstown faced match point and a loss in straight sets down 14-24 in set two. But with perseverance, the Panthers came through and won 11 consecutive points to take second set 25-24.

Knightstown was tied 13-13 in the third set, but Union County scored the final two points and pulled out a 15-13 win.

Leaders for the Panthers were Jalyn Kopp with 28 digs and six aces; Emily Scott with 12 digs, a kill, a block, an assist, and an ace; Destiny McGlothin with a dig, a kill, and an ace; Stella Leakey with an ace, five digs, and two kills; Maycie Jenkins with a kill; Alisa Bussberg with an ace and a kill; Hannah Mefford with a dig and a kill; Allie Smith with three aces, 11 digs, and two assists; and Emma Robinson with an ace.

The Knightstown 7th-grade volleyball team also fell 2-1 to Union County. After winning the first set 25-17, the Panthers lost sets two and three with scores of 18-25 and 9-15. respectively.

Today’s Sports Events

Boys Soccer: Union County at Knightstown 7 p.m.

Boys Soccer: New Palestine at New Castle 7 p.m.

Boys Tennis: Blue River Valley at Union City 5 p.m.

Boys Tennis: Hagerstown at Winchester 4:45 p.m.

Boys Tennis: Southwestern (Shelby) at Knightstown 4:45 p.m.

Boys Tennis: Delta at New Castle 5 p.m.

Girls Golf: Blackford at Blue River Valley 4:30 p.m.

Girls Golf: Hagerstown and Connersville at Greenfield-Central 5 p.m.

Girls Golf: Union County at Knightstown 5 p.m.

Girls Golf: New Castle vs. Wapahani at Hickory Hills GC 4:30 p.m.

Girls Golf: Tri at Eastern Hancock 4:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer: Union County at Knightstown 5 p.m.

Volleyball: Liberty Christian at Blue River Valley 6 p.m.

Volleyball: Wapahani at Hagerstown 7:30 p.m.

Volleyball: Knightstown at Union County 7:30 p.m.

Volleyball: New Castle at Shelbyville 7 p.m.

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

Wednesday’s Sports Events

Boys Tennis: Knightstown at Anderson Prep Academy 5 p.m.

Boys Tennis: New Castle at Yorktown 5 p.m.

Boys Tennis: Marion at Shenandoah 5 p.m.

Cross Country: Knightstown in Cougar Invite at Greenfield-Central 5 p.m.

Girls Golf: Wes-Del at Blue River Valley 4:30 p.m.

Girls Golf: Shenandoah and Cambridge City Lincoln at Rushville 5 p.m.

Volleyball: Tri at Shenandoah 6 p.m.