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SPORTS BRIEFS

Knotts also 10-5 in Contest

Lisa Knotts had a 10-5 record during Week 4 of the Riz’s Pigskin Picks contest to beat the sport editor’s 9-6 record. Lisa’s entry, postmarked Sept. 5, was received in Tuesday morning’s mail, which was the reason her name was not included in the Week 5 Riz’s Pigskin Picks story that appeared in Tuesday’s edition of the newspaper.

Boys Soccer

New Castle 4, Jay County 2

The Trojans traveled to Portland Monday night to play a make-up game against the host Patriots and defeated them by a pair of goals to improve to 6-3-1 for the season.

The field at JCHS was messy due to several days of continuous rain. With footing coming at a premium, New Castle got the scoring started in the 14th minute, when Scott Loveless converted a penalty kick after a handball inside the Patriots’ penalty area during a shot by Austin Morgan.

The Trojans’ next goal was scored by Skylor Stevenson in the 29th minute after he took the ball around the edge on the right flank and slotted the ball past the keeper.

After taking a 2-0 lead into halftime, New Castle scored again in the 69th minute when Eddy Yousak converted a penalty kick after being taken down in the box.

After giving up two goals to Jay County within a minute, the last New Castle goal was scored by Stevenson in the 86th minute when he converted a penalty kick after yet another handball by a Patriot defender. The Trojans’ Andrew Glover finished the match with five keeper saves.

New Castle hosted Muncie Burris Tuesday evening and entertain Shelbyville Thursday.

Boys Tennis

Connersville 3, New Castle 2

The Trojan boys traveled southeast to Fayette County Monday evening and lost to the Spartans by a point to drop to 4-9 for the season.

For New Castle, Spencer Stewart and Garrett Rusch won at No. 1 doubles 7-6, 6-3 and AJ Abrams and Jackson Clapp won at No. 2 doubles 6-0, 6-1.

The junior varsity tied 2-2. For the Trojans, Kaleb Carter won at No. 1 singles 8-5 and Aidan Sipes and Andrew Lacey won at No. 2 doubles 9-8.

“For the third straight match we failed to get a third point,” New Castle Coach John Burdsall stated. “We are exhausting different line-ups each match to find the right combination. As of now, I have failed to do that and it is getting close to sectional time and we need to find one as soon as possible. We also need some players to step it up and lead this team. It seems that we do good at certain positions some matches and then the next match those positions fail us and we do good in other positions. We just cannot get that third point right now and it is frustrating. However, we will continue to work hard and do our best. Hopefully we break out of this slump and start winning matches.”

The Trojans return to Hoosier Heritage Conference competition with matches at New Palestine today and at Mt. Vernon (Fortville) Thursday.

Knightstown 5, Tri 0

The Titans traveled a bit west Monday evening to face the host Panthers and lost all five flights to drop to 4-4 for the season.

At No. 1 singles, Tri’s Kyle Falck lost to Knightstown’s AJ Daulton 1-6, 3-6 at No. 1 singles; Dillon Stevens fell to Garret Daulton 0-6, 0-6 at No. 2 singles; and Isaiah Steele was outlasted by Cooper Davis 0-6, 7-5, 2-6.

Also, Tri’s Jimmy Jeffries and Clayton Becker lost a three set match to their Knightstown opponents  Ethan Yoder and Kyle Johnson  6-2, 5-7, 1-6 at No. 1 doubles and Jarod Stevens and Dylan Mofield dropped their match to Knightstown’s Alex Cook and Dylan Chandler 6-7, 4-6 at No. 2 doubles.

Tri hosted Northeastern Tuesday in a make-up match and plays at Centerville today.

Football

New Castle 69, Shelbyville 0 (JV)

The Trojan JV hosted the Golden Bears Monday night at Neal Field and pounded them to improve to 2-2 for the season. No other details of the game were made available.

Girls Soccer

Knightstown 2, Rushville 0

The Panthers traveled south Monday night for a big cat fight with the host Lions and shut them out.

Scoring for Knightstown were Abby Arnold and Jasmine Happe, and Brachelle Wisner and Alexis Howard provided the assists for those goals. The Panthers had a lot of shots on goal and were finally able to break through and score early in the second half.

Knightstown hosts Wapahani today for Senior Night.

Volleyball

Hagerstown 3, Tri 0

The Tigers hosted the Titans Monday night in a Tri-Eastern Conference match and won in straight sets 25-2, 25-12, 25-11 to improve to 12-4 for the season. Tri dropped to 2-12 for the 2018 campaign.

For Hagerstown, Ashley Vinson had 11 service points and eight digs; Regan Tinkle had six kills and 13 service points; Jessica Swimm had 16 kills; Kaelynn Shultz had 13 service points; and Hallie Rogers had 23 assists.

No individual statistics for the Titans were provided.

The junior varsity Tigers also were victorious over Tri 25-11, 25-10 to raise their season record to 11-1.

Hagerstown’s match on Tuesday night against Liberty Christian was cancelled.

Blue River Valley 3, Winchester 2

The Vikings trekked to the Randolph County seat Monday night and came from two sets down to outlast the host Golden Falcons 20-25, 23-25, 25-15, 25-19, 15-6 to improve to 6-3 for the season.

For Blue River, Alexis Whitinger produced 15 kills, four digs, and three aces; Mallory Cross had 13 kills, nine digs and 1.5 blocks; senior Rachel Snavely had 10 digs and 12 serving points; Brooke Taylor served eight aces and had five digs and 28 assists; and Abby Thornburgh led defensively with 29 digs.

The Vikings traveled to Daleville Tuesday night for a Mid-Eastern Conference match.

Triton Central 3, Knightstown 1

The Panthers hosted the Tigers Monday night in a big cat fight and fell to the visitors in four sets 25-27, 21-25, 25-13, 15-25.

“We struggled offensively in the loss to Triton Central,” Knightstown Coach Shanna Smucker stated.

Leaders for the Panthers were Rena’ Witham with two aces, two kills, a block, 17 assists, and 17 digs; Trinidie Newby with seven kills, two blocks, and eight digs; Maggie Smith with three kills, two assists, and 13 digs; Hailey Marshall with five kills and a dig; Paige Personett with four kills and six digs; and Lexy Goodpaster and Katie Clark with six digs apiece.

Triton Central 2, Knightstown 0 (JV)

The Panthers fell to the visiting Tigers 13-25, 15-25 Monday evening.

For Knightstown, Alicia Knapp had five digs; Chloe Kingston had a kill and three digs; Taeler Mayhew had a kill and three digs; Cara Mullen with three digs; Amara Rollins had a kill; Katie Clark had an assist; and Kensi Cain had a dig.

Jr. High/Middle School Volleyball

Knightstown 2, Morristown 0 (8th)

The Panther 8th-graders defeated the visiting Yellow Jackets Monday night 25-13, 25-8 to remain undefeated on the season.

Leaders for Knightstown were Gwen Dyer with four assists, six aces, and a dig; Avery Bever with three kills and two aces; Grace Jones with a kill and four aces; and Zoe Beabout with an ace.

The 7th-grade team got its first win Monday by defeating Morristown 25-14, 25-22.

Today’s Sports Events

Boys Tennis: Blue River Valley at Eastern Hancock 5 p.m.

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

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

Boys Tennis: Shenandoah at Muncie Central 4:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis: Tri at Centerville 4:30 p.m.

Girls Golf: Hagerstown and Knightstown at New Castle 4:30 p.m.

Girls Golf: Shenandoah and Wapahani at Muncie Central 4 p.m.

Girls Soccer: Wapahani at Knightstown 5 p.m.

Volleyball: Knightstown at Daleville 6 p.m.

Volleyball: Tri at Centerville 6 p.m.

Thursday’s Sports Events

Boys Soccer: Anderson Prep at Knightstown 5 p.m.

Boys Soccer: Shelbyville at New Castle 5:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis: Hagerstown at Cambridge City Lincoln 4:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis: New Castle at Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 5 p.m.

Boys Tennis: Tri at Randolph Southern 5 p.m.

Girls Soccer: New Castle at Pendleton Heights 7 p.m.

Volleyball: Union City at Blue River Valley 6 p.m.

Volleyball: Hagerstown at Cambridge City Lincoln 7:30 p.m.

Volleyball: Shenandoah at Knightstown 6 p.m.

Volleyball: New Castle at Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 7 p.m.

Volleyball: Tri at Monroe Central 6 p.m.