Wednesday roundup: Tennis Alices put up a fight

South Knox's Owen Lively prepares to take a shot on goal as Washington's Brant Neidigh defends Wednesday in their middle school match at South Knox. The Hatchets won, 4-0, in a matchup of undefeated teams.

WASHINGTON — Lincoln's boys tennis team started quickly, but Washington regrouped and defeated the Alices, 4-1, Wednesday.

The Hatchets are considered the favorite to defend their Vincennes Sectional title next month, but Lincoln (9-8) pushed the hosts in three matches. The one win came at No. 1 doubles as Kyle Stenger-Landon Altstadt rallied to drop Caleb Armstrong-Jaylyn Rook, 0-6, 7-5, 6-0.

Washington rebounded at No. 2 doubles with Brycen Neidigh-Gunnar Jones edging Simon Corrona-Gus McCrary, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4. No. 1 singles Zachary Gray topped Ethan Jones, 7-5, 6-2. The other singles wins for the Hatchets were by No. 2 Braden Kixmiller over David Wilson, 6-0, 6-0; and No. 3 Owen Gray over Calvin Carmean, 6-2, 6-2.

"It's a little disappointing because at one point we were in control of three matches, but we played pretty well overall," Lincoln coach Bryce Crane said. "Washington is a solid team, and we could meet them again in the sectional. We have identified some areas we need to work on in order to be ready for that match.

"I'm proud of Kyle and Landon. They came out totally flat, then kicked it in gear in the second set."

The Alices took all three junior varsity matches. Wins were by Parker Dugan, 6-4; and Cayden McCrary-Jayden Ray, 6-3 and 6-2.

Lincoln hosts Barr-Reeve, Tecumseh and Pike Central in its invitational at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Tennis Patriots shut out at Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD — Rivet's No. 3 Peyton Catt put up a fight, but Bloomfield came through without allowing a point in a 5-0 win Wednesday.

Ethan Dean edged Catt, 7-5, 2-6, 7-6. The Cardinals also got wins from No. 1 singles Baylin Graf over Charlie Niehaus, 6-3, 6-3; No. 2 singles Sam Hinkle over Ryan Schulte, 6-4, 6-2; No. 1 doubles Reese Schulte-Wilson Keene over John Gafner-Luke Weiss, 6-0, 6-0; and No. 2 Travis Priest-Austin Hall over Tommy Herman-Mason Trent, 6-3, 6-1.

"Charlie and Peyton did a great job implementing what we worked on in practice, which was approach and drop shots," Patriots coach Aaron Pea said. "Peyton got down in the first, won the second and lost a close last set. He never gave up. Our doubles showed signs of improvement. However, Bloomfield is in a different place than we are right now, so the score doesn't show the improvement."

Rivet (3-4) is at Northeast Dubois at 5 p.m. Friday.

Sullivan takes out tennis Spartans, 4-1

SULLIVAN — South Knox's boys tennis team closed its No. 2 doubles match convincingly, but Sullivan was up to the task everywhere else in a 4-1 victory over the Spartans on Wednesday.

Tom Schmidt-Noah Hayden took the last nine games in a 6-4, 6-0 win for South Knox (5-10). Singles losses were by No. 1 Nathan Robbins, 6-4, 6-2; No. 2 Caleb Cunningham, 6-0, 3-6, 6-4; and No. 3 Nathan Ruppel, 6-4, 6-0. No. 1 doubles Trevor Lough-Jared Fuller fell, 6-4, 6-0.

"We played well at doubles, especially at No. 2. They dominated. I was pleased with how one doubles played too," Spartans coach Ryan Hayden said. "But we're just not winning at singles. Caleb played a good match. He's struggled lately, but he was back to his old self tonight."

South Knox is at the Loogootee Invitational at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Lincoln volleyball pounds Bosse

Lincoln's volleyball team dominated the first set and cruised to a 25-6, 25-12, 25-14, Southern Indiana Athletic Conference victory over Evansville Bosse at Alice Arena Tuesday.

For the Alices (15-6, 4-1 SIAC), Livie Koenig had 15 digs, 10 kills; Callie Foster 34 assists; Maycee Lange 15 kills; Kali Haynes 15 digs; Mackenzie Newland 12 digs; Faith Fleetwood seven kills; and Jenna Gardner three aces.

Lincoln's junior varsity also won easily, 25-3, 25-9. Jaclyn Sutton had eight assists, six digs for the Alices (12-1), Gracie Phillips seven kills, Allyson Beckort seven digs, and Gracie Kramer four assists.

Lincoln hosts Gibson Southern at 6:30 p.m. today.

Volley Warriors pluck T-Birds

FARMERSBURG — North Knox shook off a sluggish second set and pulled out a tight four-set volleyball victory over North Central, 25-21, 14-25, 30-28, 25-22, on Tuesday.

Hannah Saucerman paced the Warriors (5-2) with 36 assists; 16 digs, 10 points, one ace, five kills; Mallory Rogers had 11 points, three aces, 10 digs, two assists; Jacqui Alsman nine points, three aces, eight digs; Matty Hoffman 10 kills, two blocks; Shelby Haag six kills, three blocks; Emma Wampler 11 kills, two blocks, one ace; Rayne Held 12 digs, four points, one ace; Abigail McKinley nine digs, seven kills, six points, one block; Keanna Thomas seven kills; Reagan Jones two points; and Madison McCory one dig.

“We didn't have our best performance tonight, but we were still able to pull it together and come away with a win on the road,” North Knox coach Tammy Meurer said. “I'm proud of how the girls were able to persevere despite not playing to our potential.”

No score was available for the junior varsity match, but the Warriors (6-1) took it in two sets. McCory had eight points, three aces, three kills, one dig; Emma Saucerman eight assists, six digs, four points, one ace, three kills; Jones eight digs, three points; Kylie Messel five points, one ace, one dig; Shelby Shaw four kills; Harlee Keller five points, four assists, three kills, two digs; Gracie LeRoy four points, one ace, four digs; and Layna LeRoy six kills, two points.

North Knox visits Loogootee at 6 p.m. today.

Lions blank volley Patriots

LOOGOOTEE — Rivet's volleyball team dropped a Blue Chip Conference tilt at Loogootee on Tuesday, 25-8, 25-10, 25-11.

Arianna Gerkin had 15 digs, five points for the Patriots (6-3, 2-2 Blue Chip); Elise Lowe 10 digs, two kills; Maggie Earley nine digs, two points; Kenadee Frey 15 digs, four assists, four points, one ace; Avery Vantlin eight digs; and Addi Downen two digs.

No junior varsity game was played.

Rivet visits Sullivan for a varsity-only match at 6 p.m. today.

8th Alices nip Jasper late

JASPER — Luke Lindsey plunged into the end zone on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 22 seconds remaining to lift Clark's eighth-grade football team to a 28-22 victory over Jasper on Tuesday.

Lindsey finished with 107 rushing yards on 17 carries, including a 34-yard TD, and he threw for 101 yards and two scores. Joel Sanders had a 36-yard TD reception, and B.B. McCrary scored on an 18-yard catch. Lindsey also went 4-for-4 on PATs, and Kole Vash added an interception for the unbeaten Alices (5-0).

Jasper claimed the seventh-grade game, 38-0.

Clark hosts Evansville Harrison next Tuesday.

Clark golfers take out South Knox

BICKNELL — Dusty Taylor shot a 1-under-par 25, and Clark defeated South Knox, 126-137, in a seven-hole middle school golf match Tuesday at High Pointe C.C.

Michael Waltry had 32 for the Alices, Carson Dreiman 34, Morgan Horst 35 and Paxton Smith 37. Jordan Allen led the Spartans with a 29. Alex Harting and Carson Arnold shot 35, and Colt Chapman-Hout 38.

7-8 Alices split with Arrows

SULLIVAN — Clark's eighth-grade volleyball team dropped Sullivan in two sets Tuesday, 25-14, 25-19.

For the Alices (8-1), Kahre McCrary had five kills, three aces; Matti Collins eight assists; Amya Woodall eight digs, two aces; Addi Connor three aces; and Addy Alton four kills.

Clark's seventh grade was defeated, 25-5, 25-7. Daylin Thompson and Kiaya Farrar had three digs; Ellie Blue one kill; Miley Carie one assist; Cynthia Memering two digs; and Ava Steffey and Coco Salters one dig.

Clark soccer teams split with Princeton

Tiah Riggs, Emily Riddle, Lucy Wisely and Kenzie Doerner scored goals, leading Clark's girls soccer team to a 4-1 victory over visiting Princeton on Tuesday.

Brylee Quinett, J.J. Riggs and Tiah Riggs notched assists. Keeper Aaliyah Kohlhouse made two saves,

The Tigers took the boys match, 5-0. Keepers Jarret Goff and Dayton Piper stopped six and three shots for the Alices.

Coed Patriots topple Cardinals

Rivet's coed middle school soccer team grabbed a 4-1 victory over visiting Bloomfield on Tuesday.

Scoring for the Patriots (2-1 coed) were Gage Letts with two, and Blaze Boger and Joseph Hostetler one. Letts and Bridget Stine had assists, and Letts also made seven saves in goal. Brynley Millspaugh added five saves.

MS volley Warriors drop Bloomfield

BICKNELL — North Knox's seventh and eighth grade volleyball team secured wins against Bloomfield on Tuesday.

The eighth grade (6-3) collected a 25-12, 25-8 win. Alex McKinley supplied 12 points, four aces, three kills, five assists; Javen Miller nine points, six aces; Marissa Petelle four points; Brynna Collins three points, two aces, four kills, two assists; Ally Crist three points, three kills; Kadance Riker three points; and Adyn Telligman and Malli Lyons one point.

The seventh grade rallied for a 23-25, 25-19, 15-11 victory. Keely McMillin had 12 points, five aces, four kills, two assists; Baylee McClure eight points, five aces; Jade Richter six points, three aces, two kills; Rozlynn Thorne two kills, two assists; and Abigail Patton three points.

The Warriors play at 6 p.m. today at Shakamak.

MS tennis Spartans slip by Washington

South Knox Middle School collected a 3-2 boys tennis win over visiting Washington on Tuesday.

Wins for the Spartans were by No. 2 singles Layne Hays, 8-7; No. 3 singles Ely Baker, 8-2; and No. 2 doubles Jackson Bobe-J.D. Goodman 8-2. Losses were by No. 1 singles Reid Martin, 8-2; and No. 1 doubles Maddox Sargeant-Mavrick Benjamin, 8-4.

The team took four of six exhibition matches. Winners were Baker, 4-0; Hays, 4-0; Gavin Fish-Baker, 6-4; and Brady Goodman-J.D. Goodman, 6-0.

South Knox plays at Jasper at 5:30 p.m. Friday in its season finale.

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