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AREA BASEBALL STATISTICAL LEADERS

Batting (minimum 20 at-bats) Name Avg. AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR SB Cody Swimm (H) .551 78 36 43 20 7 3 1 12 Landen Freestone (S) .508 61 13 31 18 6 1 1 3 Grant Vinson (H) .455 77 27 35 17 7 2 2 20 Camden Rhoades (H) .435 69 24 30 20 4 2 0 16 Drew Barber (NC) .426 68 17

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Vikings beat Cardinals in extra innings

Here’s a Blue River Valley triple play of sorts—young Viking fans Addison Jaggers, Beau Jaggers and Blake Haines. They struck a pose before Wednesday’s boys varsity baseball sectional game between the Vikings and Seton Catholic at Richmond’s McBride Stadium.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com RICHMOND — Ping! Sounds of the baseball being hit hard with aluminum bats filled the air Wednesday evening, courtesy of Blue River Valley’s Vikings. They scored in just two innings against hard-

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2A No. 1 Tigers advance with win over Winchester

Hagerstown pitcher Brady McMillan, who has the area’s third-best ERA this season behind two of his teammates at 1.47, was the winning pitcher in the Class 2A No. 1 Tigers’ 7-1 victory over Winchester in Wednesday evening’s opening game of baseball Class 2A Sectional 41 at Centerville.

By DAN HARNEY - For The Courier-Times CENTERVILLE—The Hagerstown High School baseball team began what it hopes will be a deep state tournament run Wednesday night with a 7-1 victory over Winchester. The Tigers, who entered Class 2A tournament play as the top

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Vikings beat Wildcats but fall to Twisters

Rachel Snavely, No. 2 singles player on the Blue River Valley High School girls tennis team, gets ready to return a shot during the Richmond regional. Wednesday night, Snavely was the only Viking player to win a flight against Oldenburg Academy, defeating the Twisters’ Sarah Price 6-2, 6-1, as Oldenburg defeated Blue River 4-1 in the regional championship match. It was the first loss in a dual meet for the Vikings this season.

By RON GREESON - For The Courier-Times RICHMOND — It was a long night of varsity girls tennis Wednesday as area players competed in a moist late-spring environment at Richmond High School’s Tiernan Center tennis courts. And after a long battle with dist

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Sports Briefs

Sports editor’s note: New Castle defeated Shenandoah in boys golf Wednesday evening. A story about this meet will be in Sunday’s edition of The Courier-Times. Tri’s Phelps To Throw in State Finals Sophomore Averi Phelps of the Tri High Scho

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Trojans run-ruled by Huskies in Sectional 24 baseball

Several hardy New Castle High School baseball fans showed up at Blackford High School Wednesday night to root on their team against Hamilton Heights. They trekked back home a little disappointed afterwards as the Trojan s fell to the Huskies 12-2 in five innings.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com HARTFORD CITY —Class 3A Sectional 24 hasn’t been kind to the New Castle High School baseball team Two years after getting nipped by a single run by soon-to-be drafted Drey Jameson and his Greenfield-Central

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Raiders victorious with thunder and lightning

A meeting of the minds on the mound happened more than once Tuesday for the Shenandoah Lady Raiders, who found a way to strand nine Elwood base runners en route to an 8-2 first-round sectional victory. Pictured here are, (l-r) shorstop Kamryn Buck (14), third baseman Kenedi Helms (3), first baseman Skylar Counceller and pitcher Kaylen Sears.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com FRANKTON — When a brief shower stopped Tuesday afternoon, Shenandoah’s varsity softball team poured it on in an opening-round game of Class 2A Sectional 40 at Frankton High School. The Lady Raiders broke

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46th Raintree 100 this Sunday at Mt. Lawn

By RICK SWEIGART of Mt. Lawn Speedway Mt. Lawn Speedway, located five miles west of New Castle, will be hosting the 46th running of the most prestigious race in Mt. Lawn’s long history - the Marcum’s Welding & Steel Processing Raintree 100 this Sund

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Sports Briefs

NCMS Cross Country Callout Attention New Castle 5th and 6th-graders. An informational meeting about the NCMS cross country program will take place at the middle school cafeteria from 3:15 to 3:30 p.m. Friday. A packet of information will be provided. Coach Duane Dy

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Barr and Hill advance to state finals in girls track & field

New Castle sophomore Tristan Barr rises to clear a height in the pole vault event during the girls track & field sectional at Pendleton Heights May 14. Tuesday evening at the Ben Davis regional, Barr qualified for her second straight state finals in pole vault by finishing second with a best height of 10-10.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com INDIANAPOLIS — Two high school sophomore girls, New Castle’s Tristan Barr and Shenandoah’s Erikka Hill, will represent the local area at this year’s IHSAA girls track & field state finals Sat

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Vikings ousted from sectional by Rebels

By RON GREESON - For The Courier-Times DUBLIN — Blue River Valley’s varsity softball Vikings battled Randolph Southern Monday night as the Class A Sectional 56 play began at Wilson Park, and in cold, blustery late spring conditions, the Lady Rebels move

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Northeastern ends Lady Tigers' season

By DAN HARNEY - For The Courier-Times HAGERSTOWN — Host Hagerstown opened play in softball Class 2A Sectional 41 Monday evening against Northeastern, hoping that home field advantage would give it the edge it needed to advance in tournament play. One of the a

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Panthers roll past the Ravens in Sectional 42

Knightstown freshman Paige Personett (16) belts a two-run triple in front of Irvington Prep Academy catcher Alexis Locander as Panther Head Coach Bret Mann watches during the top of the first inning of Monday night’s softball game in Class 2A Sectional 42 at Heritage Christian School in Indianapolis. Personett had three hits, three RBI, scored twice, and had a sacrifice bunt in the Panthers’ 15-3 win over the Ravens in five innings.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com INDIANAPOLIS — In 1 Kings 17:2-6 of the Holy Bible, God told the prophet Elijah to go hide from King Ahab at Cherith Brook and the ravens would come and feed him there, and the ravens brought bread and meat to him

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Titans hold off Raiders in county softball title tilt

By RON GREESON - For The Courier-Times MIDDLETOWN — It was a game of highly competitive, high-level softball for a Henry County title. Tri’s state-ranked Lady Titans took a four-run lead early, then hung on for a 5-4 victory over host Shenandoah Sa

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Trojan golfers capture their own invitational

New Castle senior Brady Wheeler sinks a putt during a golf meet earlier this season at Westwood Golf Club. Saturday, Wheeler carded a 76 to tie teammate Derek Tabor for the third-best score as the Trojans won their own New Castle Invitational with a team score of 305.

C-T SPORTS STAFF REPORT The New Castle High School boys varsity golf team continued its spendid season Saturday afternoon, capturing its own Invitational held at Westwood Golf Club under very warm and breezy conditions. New Castle had two teams entered in the tourn

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Vikings edge Raiders for sectional title

Blue River Valley seniors Lindsey Williams (far left) and Haley Foster (far right) congratulate Shenandoah’s Carly Allen (center) and Leatha Wilson (not in photo) for a match well played after their No. 1 doubles flight during Saturday’s championship match of the New Castle girls tennis sectional. Williams and Foster defeated Allen and Wilson in three sets 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 to garner the third point the Vikings needed to win the team title in their 3-2 victory over the Raiders.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com The Blue River Valley High School girls athletics program already had achieved a successful 2018-19 academic year after winning Class A sectional championships in volleyball last October and in basketball this past Febr

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Sports Briefs

Sports editor’s note: Because of the sheer volume of local sports over the weekend, stories about Saturday’s Henry County Baseball Tournament and New Castle’s baseball doubleheader against New Palestine will be in Wednesday’s edition of the

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Nine Tigers advance from track & field sectional

By KENT GRAY of HHS and C-T SPORTS STAFF REPORT CONNERSVILLE — Two local high school boys track & field teams, Hagerstown and Tri, competed in Thursday and Friday evening’s sectional at Connersville after rain had postponed some events from Thu

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Trojans' Huntley signs with Franklin baseball

New Castle senior Rylan Huntley follows through on a pitch during a Hoosier Heritage Conference baseball game at Mt. Vernon (Fortville) earlier this month. Huntley, who played three sports for the Trojans, recently signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Franklin College beginning in the 2019-20 academic year.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com New Castle High School senior Rylan Huntley has earned varsity letters in three sports while competing for the Trojans, but he has chosen just one in which to continue at the next level. Huntley recently signed a letter

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Raiders top Trojans to advance to girls tennis finals

New Castle’s Emily Scott returns a ball as she and her No. 1 doubles partner Abby Hamilton took on Shenandoah’s Letha Wilson and Carly Allen during Thursday evening’s New Castle girls tennis sectional. Scott and Hamilton defeated Wilson and Allen 7-5, 6-1 and will move on to the state doubles competition this week in Richmond.

By RON GREESON - For The Courier-Times Shenandoah and Blue River moved on to Saturday’s sectional girls tennis championship match in Thursday’s and Friday’s semifinal team match-ups on the New Castle High School tennis courts. And although both te

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Sports Briefs

Sports editor’s note: The results from the Connersville boys track & field sectional Friday evening were received near deadline and will be in Tuesday’s editon of The Courier-Times. Baseball Shenandoah 12, Tri 1 The host Raiders defeated the

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FMA demonstrates karate at Westwood

A Westwood Elementary kindergartner is shown the proper way to kick by an instructor from Fierce Martial Arts Academy in New Castle while other youngsters watch when FMA visited the school Friday, May 10.

By STUART HAMBY of FMA Westwood Elementary School teacher Mrs. Oakes invited the Fierce Martial Arts Academy into her Kindergarten classroom on Friday, May 10. The kindergartners there study a letter of the alphabet each week. Mrs. Oakes wanted her kindergartners t

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Raiders' Evans to play college tennis at Anderson University

Shenandoah High School senior Cory Evans recently signed a letter of intent to play men’s college tennis for Anderson University starting in the upcoming 2019-20 academic year. In the front row, left to right, are mother Cheryl Evans, Cory Evans, and father Chris Evans. In the back row, left to right, are SHS tennis Head Coach John Rhodes and SHS tennis Assistant Coach Larry Irvin.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com MIDDLETOWN - Shenandoah High School senior Cory Evans seems to have his future pretty well mapped out, and the sport he played in high school is a part of that. Evans recently inked a letter of intent to play men’

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Four local boys advance out of Mt. Vernon sectional

Shenandoah senior Gabe Young performs in long jump during Friday evening’s boys track & field sectional at Mt. Vernon (Fortville) High School. Young finished second in long jump, first in the 200-meter dash, and second in the 100-meter dash to qualify for the regional in all three events.

C-T SPORTS STAFF REPORT FORTVILLE - After being postponed Thursday evening because of storms moving through the area, the Mt. Vernon (Fortville) boys track & field sectional sectional was contested Friday evening under fair, but very warm, weather conditions. L

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Trojan hurlers record 15 Ks in victory over Panthers

New Castle’ Maddie Harter struck out nine Knightstown batters in four innings and was the winning pircher in the Trojans’ 3-1 victory over the host Panthers Friday evening.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com KNIGHTSTOWN – The New Castle High School softball team tuned up for next week’s sectional play with a 3-1 victory Friday evening over host Knightstown. The Trojans ended the regular season with an 11-12 reco

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