Sport editor’s note: No sports briefs appeared in Friday’s newspaper due to lack of space. Those items that were supposed to appear in Friday’s paper are here along with newer ones.
Baseball and Softball pairings are Sunday
Pairings for the upcoming IHSAA Softball and Baseball State Tournaments will be announced this Sunday, May 2 via live webstream.
The matchups for the softball state tournament will be announced Sunday at 6 p.m. with those for the baseball tournament to immediately follow at 7 p.m.
Both pairings shows will be hosted by Greg Rakestraw and streamed live exclusively on the IHSAA’s video portal at IHSAAtv.org.
Immediately following both shows, all sectional pairings will be available online at IHSAA.org.
New Castle 171, Richmond 172, Monroe Central 176
The Trojan golf team hosted the Red Devils and Golden Bears Tuesday evening in a three-way high school golf meet at Westwood Golf Club and emerged victorious over both in a closely-contested match to improve to 5-0 for the season in matches not including invitationals.
Individual scores for New Castle were Derek Tabor with a 37, Matthew Gerth with a 39, Dillon Bergum with a 40, Cole Wheeler with a 55, Cole Werking with a 59, and Kody Smitherman. with a 56.
“Derek Tabor played well and won another medalist honor for the Trojans,” New Castle Coach John Burdsall stated. “I thought we played well in some very strong winds, and the wind had a lot to do with the scores. Matthew Gerth also had another good day. Our other players are improving match by match.”
Winchester 3, Knightstown 2
The Panthers hosted the Golden Falcons Thursday evening in a Tri-Eastern Conference match and fell to them by a point.
Winning for Knightstown were Ladaya Berrier 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 singles and Brynnlee Walters 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 at No. 2 singles.
The Panthers traveled to Union City Friday evening for another TEC match.
Knightstown 12, Waldron 2
The Panthers hosted the Mohawks Tuesday evening and run-ruled them in five innings.
The key to Knightstown’s win was committing only one error and great baserunning. Zoe Beabout recorded the win in the circle and gave up no walks.
One highlight of the evening for the Panthers was when freshman Jalyn Kopp reach third base. Kopp’s heads-up baserunning allowed her to steal home when she realized no one was covering the plate.
Knightstown was able to steal a total of seven bases with Kopp having five of those herself. Overall, the Panthers turned in a great defensive effort behind great pitching by Beabout.
Beabout helped herself at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double. Freshman Brittney Grider also recorded a double and two RBI.
Jr. High/Middle School Track & Field
Tri 70.5, Cowan 26.5 (Boys)
The Titans defeated the Blackhawks in a meet this week to improve to 9-4-1 for the season.
For Tri, Zavier Hanson finished second and Brycen Hall third in the 110m hurdles; Jordan Thorpe placed first and Zavier Hanson third in the 110m dash; Nathan Carmichael was first in the 1600m run; and Piper Smith finished first, Brycen Hall second, and Cory Daffron third in the 400m dash.
Also for the Titans, Eli Murphy placed first and Nathan Carmichael second in the 800m run; Masyn Chalfant was first, Jordan Thorpe second, and Zavier Hanson third in the 200m dash; and the 1600m relay team of Brycen Hall, Cory Daffron, Nathan Carmichael, and Eli Murphy finished first.
In addition for Tri, shot: Kyler Engle placed first and Cameron Boone second in shot put; Kyler Engle was first and Cooper Engle third in discus; Jordan Thorpe finished first in long jump; and Jordan Thorpe placed first and Cameron Boone tied for third in high jump.
Blue River Valley 59, Cowan 40, Daleville 25 (Boys)
The Vikings traveled to Daleville Monday evening for a three-way meet against the Blackhawks and host Broncos and finished in first place.
Individual firsts for Blue River went to Brayden Swoveland, Gabe Bilby, Kyler Keck, and Bryden Sealover.
The Viking boys also finished second with 41 points in a meet Thursday, April 22 at Eastern Hancock.
Blue River hosted Shenandoah Wednesday and participated in the MEC Meet Friday at Monroe Central.