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Boys Tennis Tri 5, Blue River Valley 0 The Titans traveled north within the county Thursday evening and shut out the host Vikings to improve to 9-5 for the season. At No. 1 singles, Tri’s Kyle Falck defeated Connor Brookbank 7-5, 6-4; Clayton Becker downed Bl

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Hagerstown wins clash of ranked 2A teams

Hagerstown junior Regan Tinkle had 21 kills and eight blocks during Thursday night’s volleyball match at Shenandoah, which the visiting Tigers needed as they had to go the maximum five sets to defeat the Raiders.

By DAN HARNEY - For The Courier-Times MIDDLETOWN —Two of the area’s top small-enrollment high school volleyball teams met Thursday night in what may well have been a regional match-up preview.  Hagerstown, two-time defending Sectional 41 champions,

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Trojans beat Lions to get back to .500

Jackson Malott of the New Castle High School boys soccer team takes a shot at the goal. Thursday night against visiting Rushville at Neal Field, Malott had a hat trick (three goals) in the Trojans’ 5-2 victory over the Lions.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com The New Castle High School boys soccer team evened its record at 7-7-1 with a 5-2 victory over visiting Rushville Thursday night at Neal Field. The Lions trekked back south toward home with a 5-7 record. The Trojan vict

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Trojans need four sets to defeat New Palestine

New Castle seniors Ashley Wilkinson (left) and Graci Bowers pose for a photo on Senior Night before Thursday’s volleyball match against visiting New Palestine in the Fieldhouse. Wilkinson had four digs and Bowers three kills during the host Trojans’ four-set win over the Dragons. New Castle is on the road for the rest of the season.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com Something unusual happened Thursday when the Class 3A No. 1 New Castle High School volleyball team hosted New Palestine for Senior Night in the Fieldhouse. Two-time and reigning C-T Player of the Year Melani Shaffmaster

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Trojans defeat Indians to break losing streak

Jackson Clapp (left) of the New Castle High School boys tennis team rushes toward the net after serving as his No. 2 doubles partner AJ Abrams gets into position against their Anderson opponents during Thursday evening’s match at New Castle. Clapp and Abrams defeated their Indian counterparts 6-2, 6-2 as the Trojans won the match 4-1.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com Anderson was a perfect opponent Thursday for the New Castle High School boy tennis team’s Senior Night, as the host Trojans broke a nine-match losing streak by thumping the Indians 4-1 on the home courts to improv

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Delta wins big on Trojans' Senior Night

New Castle senior Triston Chesher stretches to grab a pass from quarterback Drew Barber during Friday’s Senior Night football game against visiting Delta at Neal Field. Chesher caught four balls for 35 yards, but the host Trojans lost to the Eagles 49-14.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com The Delta High School football team didn’t miss Charlie Spegal at all, at least not on this night. The Eagles traveled to New Castle Friday to face the Trojans on their Senior Night and throttled the hosts, puttin

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Panthers romp past Golden Eagles

Knightstown quarterback Jose Olivo (15) releases a pass as Aiden Orcutt (78) blocks for him. During Friday night’s high school football game against visiting Cambridge City Lincoln, Olivo threw five touchdown passes and ran for three more himself, including a fumble return for a TD, as the host Panthers defeated the Golden Eagles 56-6.

By RON GREESON - For The Courier-Times KNIGHTSTOWN —Knightstown High School’s varsity football Panthers are on a big-time roll. Really big-time. Knightstown dominated an injury-riddled Lincoln team Friday night at Don Willard Field, and the result was a

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Raiders roll past Tigers on the road

Shenandoah’s Dallas Pugsley (5) sprints for yardage against Heritage Christian during a high school football game earlier this season. Friday night at Hagerstown, Pugsley rushed 12 times for 101 yards and a touchdown and returned a fumble and interception for touchdowns as well as the Raiders shut out the host Tigers 49-0.

By DAN HARNEY - For The Courier-Times HAGERSTOWN — The Shenandoah High School football team, ranked No. 6 in the latest Class 2A coaches’ poll, traveled to Cory Field Friday night to play Hagerstown in a non-conference game between two teams with identi

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Titans fall to Golden Falcons

C-T STAFF REPORT WINCHESTER — Coming into Friday night’s high school football game, winless Winchester had been averaging just 9.6 points per game but its defense hadn’t played all that badly against some good competition. The Golden Falcons are w

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Sports Briefs

Boys Tennis Shenandoah defeats Anderson The Raiders hosted the Indians Tuesday evening and won. Shenandoah's Cory Evans won at No. 1 singles 6-1, 6-2; Luke Waggener won 6-3, 6-0 at No. 3 singles; and its No. 2 doubles team of Blake Poffenbarger and Da

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Tiger boys win Connersville XC Invite

By KENT GRAY of HHS and C-T STAFF REPORT - CONNERSVILLE - The Hagerstown High School boys and girls cross country teams traveled south Tuesday evening for the 17-team Connersville Invitational and won two meets in the same event, as it also served as the Wayne Co

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Raiders sweep past Broncos in volleyball

Shenandoah's Faith Muterspaugh (22) and Jayla Lewis (2) combine to return a ball to visiting Daleville during Wednesday night's volleyball match in Von Jameson Gymnasium. The host Raiders swept past the Broncos in three sets to improve to 5-3 in the Mid-Eastern Conference and 16-8 overall.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com MIDDLETOWN — The Shenandoah High School volleyball team guaranteed itself a winning record in the Mid-Eastern Conference for this season with a straight-set 25-16, 15-19, 25-8 victory over visiting Daleville Wedne

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Two big match-ups tonight for Friday Night Lights

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com Although there are four high school football games tonight for our five local teams, two stand out in particular. The two questions are: "Can New Castle finally defeat Delta in football?" and "Can Hagerstown temporarily

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New Castle boys fall to Pendleton Heights

New Castle’s Eddy Yousak (10) and Andrew Harvey (25) of Pendleton Heights battle for the ball during the game on Tuesday.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com Tuesday night was an opportunity for the New Castle High School boys soccer team to get a Hoosier Heritage Conference win at home as Pendleton Heights paid a visit to Neal Field. The visiting Arabians did not give the T

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Sports Briefs

Boys Tennis Tri 5, Eastern Hancock 0 The Titan boys traveled to Charlottesville Tuesday evening and swept the host Royals. Tri’s No. 2 doubles team of Isaiah Steele and Jarod Stevens put away Sam Blocher and Peyton Robertson 6-0, 6-2. Soon after, the Titan No

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Street named in honor of former Coach Alford

From left, Steve Alford, Sam Alford and Sean Alford were in town last Saturday as former New Castle High School boys varsity basketball Coach Sam Alford was honored by the city with a street named in his honor. Hickory Lane also is known as Sam Alford Boulevard. Both Steve and Sean played for their dad at NCHS, and Steve, now head coach of the UCLA men’s basketball team, holds the school record for career points with 2,116. Sam’s coaching record at New Castle was 300-189.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com When an individual has an outstanding career, it’s nice when he or she is honored in the city in which the achievement was accomplished. That’s exactly what has happened with former New Castle High School bo

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Trojans defeat Arabians in three sets

New Castle’s Laila Smith (left) completes a kill against the defense of Avery Ross (3) and Brynn Tague (1) of Pendleton Heights as the Trojans’ Bailey Cox (16) watches during Tuesday night’s volleyball match in the Fieldhouse. Smith had seven kills in the Trojans’ three-set sweep over the visiting Arabians.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com One benefit of being a really good team with a lot of talent is those facts alone sometimes enable it to get past many opponents. Such was the case with the Class 3A No. 1 New Castle High School volleyball team against

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Tigers, Trojans, and Raiders race at Yorktown

By ANDY CARTER, KENT GRAY, AND C-T STAFF REPORT YORKTOWN - It was quite warm, but at least there was no rain for Saturday's big Jim Leffler Yorktown Cross Country Invitational at the Muncie Sportsplex, and three local schools participated in it: Hagerstown, New Cas

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Blue River wins 8th-grade tournament

By HOPE RHODES MOUNT SUMMIT — The Blue River Valley 8th-grade volleyball team hosted a tournament Saturday and became champion of it. The Vikings faced Northeastern for the title, the team that won this tourney last year. Blue River knew going into the game i

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Sports Briefs

Boys Soccer Delta 4, New Castle 2 The Trojan boys traveled to Royerton Monday night to play the host Eagles and fell by two goals to drop to 0-5 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference. New Castle got off to a promising start when Skylor Stevenson tallied a goal from a

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Vikings sweep Knights

Blue River Valley's Rachel Snavely (13) skies to return the ball to Northeastern as teammates Mallory Cross (10) and Brooke Taylor (11) plus Viking fans watch during Monday night's volleyball match in Shelton Gymnasium. Blue River wore lime green jerseys on Hope Comes in All Colors Night, a campaign against cancer, during its 25-17, 25-20, 25-11 sweep past the visiting Knights.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com MOUNT SUMMIT — The Blue River Valley High School volleyball team demonstrated Monday night in Shelton Gymnasium why it must be considered one of the favorites, if not the favorite, to win Class A Sectional 56 it h

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Races end for season at Mt. Lawn Speedway

By RICK SWEIGART of Mt. Lawn Speedway - On a beautiful and sunny Sunday afternoon, Mt. Lawn Speedway staged the last race of 2018 with the Adams Enterprises Pro Compacts, Van Hoy Oil Thunder Cars, Stock FWD One Hour Enduro, Karts, an on-track autograph session, B

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Sports Briefs

- Sports Editor’s note: Some of these sports briefs were scheduled to run in Sunday’s edition of the newspaper but were cut due to lack of space. Also, because of the lack of space in today’s sports section, stories about Saturday’s Yorkto

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Riz's Pigskin Picks Week 6 (Sept. 21-22)

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com I was 12-3 in my predictions for Week 5, 9-1 for high school games and 3-2 on college contests. Two of my picks lost on the last play of the game and another lost by two points. I am 58-17, one-third of the way through

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Three local girls advance to golf regional

Hagerstown’s Stefani Burns putts on hole No. 4 during last Wednesday’s 3-way girls golf meet at Westwood Golf Club. Saturday in the Richmond sectional at The Elks Country Club, Burns carded 48-53 for a 101, good enough to qualify for this Saturday’s regional at Edgewood Golf Club in Anderson, hosted by Lapel.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com No local girls golf teams advanced from Saturday’s three IHSAA sectionals involving local schools, but three girls scored well enough as individuals to qualify to compete at this Saturday’s Lapel golf region

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Panthers edge Titans for tennis crown

Knightstown High School boys tennis Coach Steve Dalton (far left) and his players are all smiles after winning the Henry County Tournament Saturday at Knightstown High School. The Panthers swept all three singles flights to propel them to the championship.

By JIM JEFFRIES KNIGHTSTOWN — The 2018 Henry County Boys Tennis Tournament was hotly contested by the two teams on the southern end of the county. The Knightstown Panthers and the Tri High Titans are rivals on the courts, and the outcome of the tournament cam

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Trojans win Warren Central Invitational

Players and coaches of the Class 3A No. 1 New Castle High School volleyball team are all smiles while displaying the trophy after winning Saturday’s Warren Central Invitational with a 4-0 record.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Class 3A No. 1 New Castle High School volleyball team traveled to the far east side of Indianapolis Saturday and came home with another trophy, as it went 4-0 on the day to capture the Warren Ce

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