PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Adam Schenk birdied five of the first six holes in a closing 67 Sunday, pushing him up 29 spots to finish in 18th place at the Valspar Championship.
The Vincennes golfer shot 6-under for the tournament, with rounds of 71, 69, 71 and 67 on the par-71 Innisbrook layout.
Schenk started Sunday in 47th place at 2-under, but his birdie flourish on the par-5 first, par-4 second, par-3 fourth, par-5 fifth and par-4 sixth pushed him to 7-under. He followed that with bogey on the par-3 eighth, a birdie on the par-5 14th and a bogey on the par-5 18th.
The 18th-place finish was Schenk's best individual showing this season, earning $98,325 to bring his yearly total to $461,274. A week ago he teamed with Tyler Duncan for 11th-place at The Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
He earned 47 FedExCup points and moved up from 132nd to 118th in the yearly standings. The top 125 at the end of the season qualify for the FedExCup playoffs and retain their PGA cards for the 2021-22 season.
Sam Burns was a first-time PGA winner Sunday, shooting 17-under for a three-shot win over Keegan Bradley.
The tour continues Thursday at the AT&T Byron Nelson in McKinney, Texas.
Tennis Spartans add to winning streak
OAKLAND CITY — South Knox's girls tennis team rolled to its seventh consecutive victory, dumping Wood Memorial, 5-0, Monday in a Blue Chip Conference match.
No. 2 doubles Grace Cramer-Anna Provines persevered the shutout, overcoming a deficit for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 triumph for the Spartans (8-3, 3-1 Blue Chip). Other wins were by No. 1 Ella Hays, 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Abby Cunningham, 6-4, 7-5; and No. 3 Madi Ziegler, 6-3, 6-4, in singles; and No. 1 Morgan Beard-Kaitlyn Williams in doubles, 6-0, 6-2.
"Ella, Morgan and Kaitlyn played really well at one singles and one doubles. They led from start to finish. The rest of the girls weren't playing their best tennis, but found a way to win," Spartans coach Ryan Hayden said. "I was proud of the effort we gave, but are going to have to play better if we want to win against Vincennes and Barr-Reeve."
Meredith Hays-Kinley Beard claimed one of two junior varsity matches, 8-1.
The Spartans host Lincoln at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Meurer, Martin set VU javelin marks
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Vincennes University's Walter Martin and Makinzi Meurer set school marks in the javelin, including a win for Martin, and the Trailblazers racked up several other individual wins in competing in the Olivet Nazarene Invitational on Saturday.
Martin won with a school-record distance of 183-7, while Meurer placed third, setting the new mark at 108-6. No team scores were kept for either meet, which featured mostly NAIA schools, though NCAA school IUPUI also competed.
Picking up victories for VU's men were Matteo Capello in the pole vault, 17-6 ½, and Anthony Campbell, in the long jump, 23-2.
Other top finishers were Jahod Fair second, 400-meter hurdles, 57.64; Kyle Stewart second, long jump, 22-9; Cole Sumner third, pole vault, 14-5½; Matthew Frazier fourth, pole vault, 13-11¼; Chase Knoblett fourth, 110 hurdles, 16.40; Ryan Golliher fifth, hammer throw, 156-7; Martin sixth, hammer throw, 156-4; and Raymon Mix seventh, triple jump, 42-0¾.
Meagan Moreno had the women's lone victory, taking the 5,000 in 18:55.71. Meurer was second in the pole vault, 11-1¾; Chloe Knepp, Kaitlyn Koenig, Kaylee Lange and Kyra Young were third, 1,600 relay, 4:20.29; Knepp seventh, long jump, 15-2 ¼; Ryann Griesemer seventh, high jump, 4-6¾; and Young eighth, 800, 2:27.71.
VU competes in the NJCAA Division I National Championship meet on May 11-13, hosted by South Plains, Texas.
Steimel helps VU avoid sweep
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Vincennes University's baseball team struggled to score runs most of the weekend, but pitcher Sam Steimel was good enough on the mound Sunday that it didn't matter, helping the Trailblazers avoid a Mid-West Athletic Conference sweep against ranked Parkland.
Steimel struck out seven and worked around six hits in two walks in shutting out the ninth-ranked Cobras, 2-0, in the nine-inning final game of a four-game series Sunday.
Sunday's finale was VU's best offensive game of the series. Trent Weiss tripled and doubled for the Blazers (18-26, 6-18 M-WAC) and scored both runs; Macaine Claycomb had two hits, one RBI; Ryne Wheeler two hits; Peyton Lane, Connor VanLannen, Colin Long and Nolan Clark all singled; and Isaac Lane had an RBI.
VanLannen nearly equalled Steimel in Sunday's opening 3-2 loss. He struck out 10 and yielding two earned runs on four hits and three walks in a complete seven-inning game. Isaac Lane had two hits and an RBI, Brody Ruggles singled twice, Claycomb had a hit and RBI, and Long and Payton Lane had hits.
VU managed just three hits in Friday's doubleheader losses to Parkland (29-10, 20-4). The Blazers rallied for all their runs in the eighth inning in a 5-4 game-one loss, and the Cobras took off from the start for a five-inning 11-0 victory in game two.
In the first game, Gehrig Tenhumberg was the tough-luck loser in 6 2/3 innings, giving up one earned run on six hits and three walks with eight strikeouts. Weiss and Claycomb had hits, and Claycomb, Isaac Lane and Nate McVaigh had RBIs. Weiss had the lone hit in the second game. Braedon Nichols took the loss, allowing two earned runs in two innings, while four others pitched for VU, each surrendering at least one run.
VU is eighth among nine M-WAC teams, with only the top seven qualifying for the postseason tournament. John Wood (8-16 M-WAC), is two games ahead of VU in the standings, Lewis & Clark (9-15) is three, and Illinois Central (10-14) four.
With eight league games left, the Blazers are still in control of their own fate, as they play a four-game set with Illinois Central this weekend, two at home Friday at 2 p.m. and Sunday on the road at 2 p.m., and they finish with a series against last-place Spoon River (2-22). John Wood and Lewis & Clark close the season against each other.
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Vincennes |000 000 040 — 4 2 5
W-Paxton Thompson. L-Gehrig Tenhumberg. S-Ari Gordon. 2B-P, Austin Biehl.
Parkland |207 11 — 11 13 0
Vincennes |000 00 — 0 1 3
W-Jay Schueler. L-Braedon Nichols. 2B-P, David Ascencio Jr., Hogan McIntosh 2, Zyon Avery 2, Cole Evans, Nicholas Gregory. HR-Austin Biehl.
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Parkland |100 101 x — 3 4 0
W-Kyle Brown. L-Connor VanLannen. 2B-P, Jose Lara Jr., Tyler Grigalis.
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Parkland |000 000 000 — 0 6 2
W-Sam Steimel. L-Tyler Heidkamp. 2B-V, Trent Weiss; P, Jackson Blemler 2. 3B-V, Weiss.
Spartans split weekend round-robin
CLAY CITY — South Knox's baseball team split two games in a round-robin at Clay City on Saturday.
The Spartans fell to South Vermillion, 17-6, in five innings in the opener, but they recovered to out-slug the host Eels, 14-10, in the nightcap. The Wildcats defeated Clay City, 9-7.
In the victory, South Knox (8-9) rallied from a 7-0 deficit, scoring seven in the fourth inning.
Collin Myers had two doubles, one RBI; Kaden McKinney double, single, one RBI; Dylan Maeder and Jacob Allen two hits, three RBIs, two runs; Logan Fisher single, RBI, three runs; Toby Holland single, three RBIs, two runs; Jeffrey Smith one hit, two RBIs; and Tristian Wirth two runs. Fisher was the winning pitcher in four innings of relief.
South Knox held a 5-4 lead over the Wildcats after two innings before letting up six in the third and seven in the fourth to lose on the 10-run rule. Wirth had a double, three RBIs; Maeder two hits, one RBI; Fisher and Allen single, RBI; and Collin Klemann, Nathan Fisher, and Smith had hits. Allen took the pitching loss, and Holland also pitched.
On Friday South Knox was shut out over the final four innings in a 5-4 loss at Princeton. McKinney had a double and RBI for the Spartans, Logan Fisher triple, Klemann had a hit and RBI, and Wirth, Nathan Fisher, and Smith all had hits.
Nathan Fisher took the pitching loss in 2 1/3 innings of relief. Dylan Maeder pitched the first 3 2/3 innings and struck out four.
South Knox |050 01 — 6 8 2
South Vermillion |406 7x — 17 14 0
W-John Smith. L-Jacob Allen. 2B-SK, Tristian Wirth; SV, Blake Boatman, Jayce Dalbey 2, Issac Fortner, Peyton Hawkins, Caiden Santos. HR-SV, Santos.
Clay City |601 100 2 — 10 14 1
South Knox |004 712 x — 14 11 2
W-Logan Fisher L-Baumgartner. 2B-CC, Adams, Shaw; SK, Kaden McKinney, Collin Myers 2.
South Knox |121 000 0 — 4 7 3
Princeton |120 101 x — 5 9 1
W-Briar Christy. L-Nathan Fisher. 2B-SK, Kaden McKinney. 3B-SK, Logan Fisher; P, Rhett Thompson.
Baseball Indians blast Oblong
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ill. — Leyton Ivers went 2-for-4 with a double, three RBIs, and two runs, and Lawrenceville put up eight runs in the first inning to put away Oblong, 13-3, for a baseball victory Friday.
Ryan Schultz added a single, two RBIs, two runs for the Indians (1-2); Landon Sanders single, three RBIs; Jared Gray single, two RBIs; Logan Angle and Drevin Sanders single, two runs; and Damon Zollars had a hit. Lawrenceville received nine walks and four hit batters.
Ethan Smith struck out 10 in earning the pitching win, and he allowed three earned runs on four hits and a walk.
Oblong |000 30 — 3 4 1
Lawrenceville |811 03 — 13 8 0
W-Ethan Smith. L-Kidwell. 2B-O, Lewis; L, Leyton Ivers.
Henderson excels at state meet
AVON — Representing the Vincennes Grapplers, Ty Henderson had two top-three showings in the Indiana State Wrestling Association' Folkstyle, Freestyle and Greco-Roman State Finals over the weekend at Avon High School.
Henderson, an eighth grader at Clark, competed in the 92-pound Schoolboy (age 14-under) division, where he took second in the Greco-Roman event and third in the Freestyle event.
No other Vincennes Grapplers placed at the tournament.
MS track Spartans 2nd in Terre Haute
TERRE HAUTE — The South Knox Middle School boys track teams registered five first places, finishing second at the eight-team Terre Haute South Futures Invitational Meet on Saturday.
Woodrow Wilson edged the Spartans, 118-109, for the title.
Winning for the Spartans were Elliot Lancaster 400, 56.32; Landon Peterson 1,600, 5:25.67; Sam Singleton long jump, 17-2 1/2; Kyle Evans, Lancaster, Stone Helderman and Singleton 400 relay, 51.39; and Zach Woolard, Helderman, Lancaster and Ezra Anson 1,600 relay, 4:09.30.
Clark softball falls at Heritage Hills
LINCOLN CITY — Clark's softball team dropped a 4-2 decision at Heritage Hills on Saturday.
Bradie Turpin and Aaliyah Kohlhouse led the Alices (4-2), each going 2-for-2 with a double; Matti Collins and Kahre McCrary had a hit and stolen base; and Grace Archer Tiah Riggs and Amya Woodall added hits.
Clark's B-team (3-2) was defeated 12-2. Jaelyn Riggs had a hit and two stolen bases, Greer Hardin singled with a stolen base, and Kiaya Farrar stole a base. On the mound Kaedy Hendershot struck out two, and Jaelyn Riggs one.