Saturday roundup: Spartans claim North Knox Invite

Staff photo by Tom Graham

North Knox's Troy Noland, center, has the edge on South Knox's Isaak Hunckler, right, and Sullivan's William Newby on his way to winning the 100-meter dash at the North Knox Invitational on Friday.

BICKNELL — South Knox's Steven Burkhart notched four individual wins, and the Spartans boys claimed victory in the 10-team North Knox Invitational at the Warriors track on Friday.

South Knox defeated Linton, 142-118, for the top spot, while North Knox was fourth with 80, and Lincoln placed seventh with 43.

Barr-Reeve was the winner in the nine-team girls meet, defeating the runner-up Lady Alices, 162-103. South Knox was third and North Knox seventh.

Burkhart was best in the long jump, 21-0 ½; 110-meter hurdles, 15.81; 200, 23.15; and 300 hurdles, 40.87. Other winners for the Spartans were Will Staggs, pole vault, 12-0; Oliver Smith, 3,200, 10:23.95; and the 1,600 relay team.

For the Warriors, Troy Noland won the 100, 11.81; and Cater Shaw took the 800, 2:07.12.

Keiby Jeune had the best finish for the Alices, taking fourth in the 100. Getting fifths were Jeune, 200; Parker Mullins, 1,600 and 3,200; and Sam Thorne, discus.

Lincoln's girls had a pair of winners, with Alanna Green taking the long jump, 16-3; and Victoria Jackson best in the shot put, 36-8.

“It was nice to see several sectional teams,” Lincoln coach Ralph Connor said. “We were seeded to finish third, so it was good to finish a little better. We had some personal bests with Victoria in the shot (seven inches from the record), and Allannah (Young) and Allana has bests in the shot put and discus.”

Winners for the Lady Spartans were Mykayla Couchenour, 800, 2:31.15; and Couchenour, Macie Couchenour, Jasmine Jones and Talia Small, 1,600 relay, 4:33.12.

“I'm so proud of my girls. It was a team effort, and I couldn't be happier with our performances,” South Knox coach Sandy Dunham said. “It was pretty windy at the start of the meet, and our field events had to contend with that, but we got a PR from Shelby Osborne in the shot (placing second). It's nice to have our underclassmen contributing in a big meet like this, and it gives them the atmosphere of conference and sectionals. Talia and Sydney (Riker) are starting to come along, and Gretchen (Carie) gets stronger each meet. It was nice to have Mykayla, as she always brings good energy to the team.”

For the Lady Warriors, Shaunessy Dunkerly had their best finish, taking third in the long jump. She was also fourth in the 100 hurdles, and Kamryn Jones was fourth in the pole vault.

At 5 p.m. Monday, Lincoln visits Mount Carmel and North Knox travels to North Central. South Knox competes along with the Warriors in the Linton Invitational next Friday at 5 p.m.



Team scores: Barr-Reeve 162, Lincoln 103, South Knox 77, White River Valley 75.5, Sullivan 69, Linton 66, North Knox 33, North Daviess 24.5, North Central 10.


(Winners and local finishers)

High jump: 1. Jailyn Lundy, WRV, 5-3; 6. Jayda Hovland, VL; 7. Hannah Saucerman, NK. Long jump: 1. Alanna Green, VL, 16-3; 3. Shaunessy Dunkerly, NK; 6. Talia Small, SK; 7. Hovland, VL; 8. Mallory Earhart, NK. Pole vault: 1. Abby Ballengee, BR, 7-6; 2. Kelsey Kramer, VL; 4. Kamryn Jones, NK; 7. Hovland, VL. Shot put: 1. Victoria Jackson, VL, 36-8; 2. Shelby Osborne, SK; 4. Allanah Young, VL. 1. Vanessa Shafford, LS, 112-2 ½; 3. Jackson, VL; 4. Green, VL. 3,200 relay: 1. Barr-Reeve 11:21.81; 2. South Knox; 4. Lincoln. 100: 1. Chloe Knepp, BR, 13.24; 2. Green, VL; 4. Talia Small, SK; 7. Sierra Mullins, VL; 8. Sydney Riker, SK. 100 hurdles: 1. Shelby Hall, S, 17.58; 4. Dunkerly, NK; 5. Emily Miller, VL; 8. Cierra Lindsey, NK. 200: 1. Knepp, BR, 27.03; 3. Green, VL; 6. Riker, SK; 7. Aubrey Smith, NK. 1,600: 1. Makenna Pruett, BR, 5:39.43; 3. Macie Couchenour, SK; 5. Alaina Lowery, VL; 7. Gretchen Carie, SK; 8. Macy Dye, NK. 400 relay: 1. Sulivan 54.12; 2. Lincoln; 5. South Knox. 400: 1. Knepp, BR, 1:02.18; 3. Small, SK; 5. Jasmine Jones, SK. 300 hurdles: 1. Hall, S, 50.14; 3. Mary Franklin, VL; 6. Miller, VL; 8. Andrea Burkhart, SK. 800: 1. Mykayla Couchenour, SK, 2:31.15; 7. Megan Gardner, VL: 8. Andi Williams, SK. 3,200: 1. Katie Wagler, BR, 12:54.32; 4. Carie, SK; 5. Brittany Page, NK; 8. Lowery, VL. 1,600 relay: 1. South Knox 4:33.12; 5. Lincoln; 7. North Knox.


Team scores: South Knox 142, Linton 118, White River Valley 81, North Knox 80, Washington 66, Sullivan 46, Lincoln 43, North Daviess 27, Barr-Reeve 14, North Central 2.


(Winners and local finishers)

High jump: 1. Sammy Robbins, LS, 5-11; 2. Cole Steininger, SK; 4. Todd Wolfe, NK; 7. Chase Lanam, VL; 8. Avery Gerkin, SK. Long jump: 1. Steven Burkhart, SK, 21-0 ½; 2. Troy Noland, NK; 5. Isaak Hunckler, SK; 7. Steven Calvert, NK. Pole vault: 1. Will Staggs, SK, 12-0; 3. James McCutcheon, SK; 4. Holtman Doades, NK: 8. Payton Curry, VL. Shot put: 1. Ike Chastain, S, 50-0; 4. Trevor Kahre, NK; 7. Sam Thorne, VL; 8. Ethan Haag, NK. Discus: 1. Silas Robbins, LS, 143-4; 5. Thorne, VL; 6. Kahre, NK. 3,200 relay: 1. Washington 8:52.49; 2. South Knox; 4. Lincoln; 8. North Knox. 100: 1. Noland, NK, 11.81; 3. Hunckler, SK; 4. Keiby Jeune, VL; 8. Calvert, NK. 110 hurdles: 1. Burkhart, SK, 15.81; 5. Ian Kixmiller, NK; 6. Wolfe, NK. 200: 1. Burkhart, SK, 23.15; 2. Noland, NK; 3. Hunckler, SK; 5. Jeune, VL. 1,600: 1. Isaac Gray, W, 4:50.21; 3. Oliver Smith, SK; 5. Parker Mullins, VL; 7. Trevor Robbins, VL: 8. Jacob Siewers, SK. 400 relay: 1. Linton 47.24; 2. North Knox; 3. South Knox; 5. Lincoln. 400: 1. Jacob Davis, W, 54.47; 2. McCutcheon, SK; 6. Andrew Black, SK; 7. Elize Durosier, VL. 300 hurdles: 1. Burkhart, SK, 40.87; 6. Garrett Elkins, NK; 8. Bailey Clark, SK. 800: 1. Carter Shaw, NK, 2:07.12; 3. Trenton Faulkner, SK. 3,200: 1. Smith, SK, 10:23.95; 5. Mullins, VL; 7. Siewers, SK. 1,600 relay: 1. South Knox 3:38.46; 5. Lincoln; 6. North Knox.

Softball Alices drop

two at Jasper tourney

JASPER — Lincoln's hot-hitting offense was silenced on Saturday, as Northview limited the Class 3A honorable mention Alices to two hits in a 11-1, five-inning varsity softball win in the Jasper Invitational.

It was the second straight loss for Lincoln as the Alices fell to Class 2A No. 2 Tecumseh, 8-6, in the tournament late Friday.

The Alices (9-4) got a Karlie Myers single in the first inning against the Knights, but they didn't get another hit until Dani Kroeger's RBI triple in the fifth. The tally wasn't enough to continue the game however, as it ended on the 10-run rule.

Myers was the losing pitcher, giving up eight runs, seven earned, on eight hits and two walks over four innings. Maycee Lange pitched the fifth and gave up three unearned runs on four hits. Northview did most of its damage with the middle of its order. The Knights' three-through-six hitters combined for nine hits, including a homer and two doubles, and 10 RBIs.

“We're a young team, and we're going to make some young mistakes,” Lincoln coach Chaz Hendrix said. “When you play three sophomores and three freshmen, you're going to make some blunders, and you're going to grow from them. These are fantastic athletes and great kids, and they'll learn from their mistakes.

“(Saturday) we made a lot of physical and mental errors. We struck out 12 times, which is almost 20 percent of our season total. We were kind of lunging at the ball, kind of taking some sloppy swings, and I'm not sure where that came from. I think we might be in our heads a little bit.”

The Alices had their five-game winning streak end late Friday against Tecumseh, which immediately followed a 5-3 win over Corydon Central. Saturday capped off a stretch of nine games in nine days after Lincoln competed in a tournament at Boonville last weekend.

Lincoln held an early 4-0 lead against the Braves before they roared back to go up, 7-6, after five.

Myers had a double and a single, and Chloe Cardinal had two hits. Livie Koenig had a hit and two RBIs, Darrian Carmean, Tatum Rich and Addie Blome singled with an RBI and Kali Haynes had a hit.

Myers took the complete-game pitching loss, giving up eight earned runs on 12 hits with three strikeouts.

“Tecumseh just pounds the ball all the way down the lineup,” Hendrix said. “There are no free outs. They put pressure on you, and we made some mistakes that let them back in it. Not so much physical mistakes, but mental mistakes.

“At 9-4, we're still having a fantastic year. Every year we play in the Boonville tournament one weekend and the Jasper tournament the next, and a lot of the time we're a little softballed out by the time it's over. We love playing the competition, and it's great competition, but we may have to look into some schedule changes in the future.”

The Alices visit Class A No. 4 North Central at 5 p.m. Monday.


Northview |202 43 — 11 12 1

Lincoln |000 01 — 1 2 3

W-Halle Ellis. L-Karlie Myers. 2B-N, Rylee Richey 2. 3B-L, Dani Kroeger. HR-N, Madelyn Richey.


Lincoln |121 020 0 — 6 9 0

Tecumseh |000 341 x — 8 12 5

W-Abby Teddleton. L-Myers. 2B-L, Myers; T, Cami Boylls, Leah Beach, Kaybree Oxley. HR-T, Oxley.

Tennis Patriots pop

Evansville Christian

EVANSVILLE — Rivet's girls tennis team cruised through Evansville Christian, 5-0, Saturday.

Singles wins for the Patriots (4-1) were by No. 1 Bella Atkinson, 6-1, 6-3; No. 2 Macee Hamilton, 6-1, 6-2; and No. 3 Lily Waggoner, 6-3, 6-2. Doubles wins were by No. 1 Tia Tolbert-Avery Vantlin, 6-0, 6-0; and No. 2 Lauren Carie-Maggie Earley, 6-1, 6-0.

"It was a good performance coming off of a late match against Sullivan on Friday," Rivet coach Aaron Pea said. "I was happy with our singles play. Bella did a great job continuing to develop her inner game. Macee looked much more comfortable in singles, and it was good to see Lily get a win after a tough loss last night. In doubles, Lauren Carie filled in for Maddi Halter and did a great job."

The Patriots play at Washington at 5 p.m. Monday in a rematch of last year's sectional championship match.

Golf Spartans lead

county at Washington

MONTGOMERY — South Knox's boys golf team placed fifth, Lincoln was 10th and Rivet 12th at the 12-team Washington Invitational on Saturday at Country Oaks.

Heritage Hills was the winner on a cool, breezy day with a 349. North Central, Bedford North Lawrence and Washington topped the Spartans with scores of 351, 354 and 361. South Knox shot 364, Bloomington South 371, Washington Catholic 373, Evansville Central 374, Forest Park 379, Lincoln 394, Sullivan 408 and Rivet 410.

Coleton Hostetler paced the Spartans (28-7) with an 82. Tristen Dubbs shot 87, Lucas Beard 88 and Luke Williams 107. Zac Schmidt had 113.

South Knox coach Zach Abel wanted a better finish.

"We're not where we want to be. We have things to work on, and guys have to figure out the right way, the smart way to play," Abel said. "I know Coleton wasn't happy with his score, but his best score last year was at conference here with an 80. He had some big numbers today, but I know the conditions were a lot tougher than last year and to shoot 82, that was solid.

"I was proud of Luke. He shot 65 here Thursday, and had nines of 53 and 54 today, both pr's," Abel said. "He didn't hit every shot perfectly, but he played smart."

Trevor Stenger led the Alices with an 89. Luke Lange had 94, Lathan Thomas 100 and Jackson Glosser 111. Jayden Hunter had 116.

Christian Steininger topped the Patriots with an 84. James Hancock had 91, Austin Finch 98 and Jack Whitsett 137.

North Knox softball

falls at Olney, 6-4

OLNEY, Ill. — For the second time in as many days, North Knox's late rally ended with the bases loaded in its final at-bat, and the Warriors fell to Olney, 6-4, on Saturday.

Mercedes Harbin doubled and singled with a run for North Knox (3-6), Phoebe Worstell singled twice with a run, Mallory Rogers doubled with two RBIs, Katie Kixmiller, Brianna Page and Riley Petro had hits, and Madison Carpenter had an RBI.

The Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the third, but the Tigers put up two runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to go up, 6-1. North Knox scored three in the sixth before loading the bases in a scoreless seventh.

The Warriors played without a pair of starters, top pitcher Cayman Strain and outfielder Lyndsey Fuller, who were taking the PSAT.

“The last three games, it seems like we played just good enough to lose,” North Knox coach Kevin Curtis said. “There's a lot of luck in sports, and the last two games we had the bases loaded with the middle of our lineup up. We just couldn't get that one hit we needed or get them to make that one big mistake.

“I'm not disappointed. We're hitting the ball well, but when you're playing in close games those one or two mistakes you make early can end up hurting you. Phoebe pitched a good game, and I was proud of her because she didn't have that safety net to fall back on with Cayman not there.”

Worstell pitched a complete game. She allowed five earned runs on nine hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.

The Warriors are at Bloomfield at 5 p.m. Monday.

North Knox |001 003 0 — 4 8 2

Olney |002 220 x — 6 9 2

W-Aubrey Page. L-Phoebe Worstell. 2B-NK, Mallory Rogers, Mercedes Harbin; O, Gloria Beal, Jesika Ochs, Paige Troyer.

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