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Knightstown junior Gwen Dyer serves to host Tri during Tuesday night’s five-set TEC volleyball match. Wednesday night at Rushville, Dyer recorded the 2,000th assist of her career, including 33 in this match, and added two kills, a service ace, and six digs as the visiting Panthers defeated the Lions in four sets.

IHSAA Pairings Shows announced

The IHSAA will produce and stream four state tournament pairings shows in the coming days for fall sports. Each program will air exclusively at

A combined show for both boys and girls soccer is this Sunday (Sept. 26) at 7 p.m. The pairings show for boys tennis will be Monday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

The pairings show for volleyball will be Sunday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m., and the football pairings show will be Sunday, Oct. 10 at 5 p.m.

Greg Rakestraw of ISC Sports Network will serve as host of the soccer, tennis, and volleyball shows. Bob Lovell of Indiana Sports Talk and Paul Condry of Regional Radio Sports Network and Indiana Football Digest will host the football program.

Immediately following each show, a news release with the sectional pairings will be available online at

Boys Soccer

New Castle 3, Rushville 0

The New Castle High School boys soccer team traveled south Wednesday evening for a non-conference game against the host Lions and scored their first goals while the clock was running since Aug. 19.

The visiting Trojans also continued to play good defense and, because of both, shut out Rushville to improve their record for the season to 2-9-1.

New Castle tallied a goal in the first half and two more in the final 40 minutes.

Ethan Ma opened up the scoring for the Trojan boys in the 29th minute when he followed up a shot from Jaykan Guerrero that was parried by the keeper.

In the second half, New Castle’s Merrick Lawson scored in the 48th minute, and Ashton Rainer rounded out the visitors’ scoring in the 52nd minute, as he followed an Isaac French attempt from a Tony Yousak corner kick with a header of his own.

Trojan goal keeper Andrew Christman had four keeper saves.

New Castle hosts highly-ranked Class 2A Hamilton Heights, a potential sectional opponent, Saturday at 11 a.m. on Neal Field. That contest is a make-up game postponed from Aug. 26.


Knightstown 3, Rushville 1

The Panthers traveled south to the center of Rush County Wednesday night and defeated the host Lions in four sets 25-14, 23-25, 25-19, 25-16 to improve their record to 10-8 for the season.

“Gwen Dyer took the opportunity tonight to get her 2000th career assist,” Knightstown Head Coach Shanna Smucker exclaimed. “Great job Gwen. This is a huge milestone and she only a junior.”

The Panthers were led in the match by Gwen Dyer with 33 assists, two aces, a block, and six digs; Paige Personett with 15 kills, a block, an assist, and five digs; and Avery Bever with 10 kills, two aces, four assists, and three digs.

Also for Knightstown, Brookelynn Snyder had nine kills a block; Alicia Knapp had two kills, three aces, a block, and two digs; Jalyn Kopp had five aces and six digs; Breanna Ramsey had an ace and eight digs; and Teagan Yoder added two kills and a dig.

The Panthers hosted Tri-Eastern Conference rival Cambridge City Lincoln Thursday evening.

Pendleton Heights 3, New Castle 0

The Trojans ventured west on Ind. 38 Tuesday night and dropped a Hoosier Heritage Conference match to the host Arabians in straight sets to slip to records of 1-4 in the HHC and 4-12 for the season.

New Castle played at New Palestine Thursday night in another HHC test and competes Saturday in an invitational hosted by Indianapolis Cathedral.

Northeastern 3, Blue River Valley 1

The Vikings traveled to Fountain City Monday night and fell to the host Knights in four sets 25-21, 12-25, 23-25, 24-26 to slip to a record of 6-8 for the season.

As one can surmise from the scores, three sets of the four were quite tight.

Blue River had 30 kills in the match, led by 20 from Ally Madden and eight by Maciah Driskill. The Vikings had eight service aces, led by three from Trinity Driskill and two apiece by Kaylyn Denney and Isabelle Perdue. Trinity Driskill had a block.

Of the Vikings’ 27 assists, Denney had 13 and Trinity DuBois 11. Blue River had 64 digs, led by the double-digit efforts of 19 by Madden, 11 apiece from Maciah Driskill and Trinity Driskill, and 10 from Isabelle Perdue.

The Vikings host their Small School Shootout Saturday.

Jr. High/Middle School Volleyball

New Castle 2, Greenfield-Central 0 (7th)

The Trojan 7th-graders hosted the Cougars Tuesday evening in a Hoosier Heritage Conference match and defeated them in straight sets 25-10, 25-20 to improve to 3-0 in the HHC and 17-3 overall.

For New Castle in the match, Cadence Armacost recorded eight service aces, seven kills, and two digs; Bethany Ring had six assists, eight aces, three digs, and a kill; and Emma Harris had four assists, four digs, two kills, and an ace.

Also for the Trojans, Marley Fraszier had a kill and a dig; Delaney Ryan had a kill; and Riley Murphy had a dig.

New Castle hosted another HHC foe, Pendleton Heights, Wednesday evening.

New Castle 2, Pendleton Heights 0 (7th)

The 7th-grade Trojan volleyball team continued its impressive season Wednesday evening with a straight-set Hoosier Heritage Conference victory over the visiting Arabians 25-23, 25-12 to improve to 4-0 in the HHC and 18-3 overall.

For New Castle, Cadence Armacost led in serving with 14 aces added two kills and a dig. Emma Harris led in kills with three and added three service aces and two digs. Bethany Ring had six assists in the match along with a trio of service aces and digs apiece and a kill.

Also for the Trojans, Marley Fraszier contributed two defensive digs and a kill, Riley Murphy had a dig, and Alana Orr had a block.

New Castle has its last home match next Monday evening against Selma at 5:30 p.m.