Wednesday roundup: Spartans fall in home debut

South Knox's No. 1 singles Ella Hays returns a shot against Sullivan on Wednesday at the Spartans' courts. It was the girls first match on the school's new courts after years of playing home matches at Vincennes University and Washington.

South Knox's girls tennis team played its first match on its new courts Wednesday, but Sullivan didn't want the Spartans to have all the fun.

South Knox claimed a set and forced a tiebreaker, but the Golden Arrows came through for a 5-0 victory.

Singles losses for the Spartans (0-1) were absorbed by No. 1 Ella Hays, 6-3, 6-3; No. 2 Madi Ziegler, 6-1, 6-1; and No. 3 Abby Cunningham, 6-2, 7-6 (9-7). Doubles loss were by No. 1 Morgan Beard-Kaitlyn Williams, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2; and No. 2 Grace Cramer-Meredith Hays, 6-1, 6-1.

"I was pleased with how we played," South Knox coach Ryan Hayden said. "We were competitive in every singles match, which is what I wanted to see. We just couldn't finish out any of the matches. One doubles went to three sets, and they're going to keep improving.

"Sullivan is an experienced team. They had four seniors in their lineup and we had three freshmen, who all went against their seniors at three singles and two doubles."

The Spartans claimed two junior varsity wins. Anna Provines-Kinley Beard won in doubles, 6-4. Beard took a singles match, 6-1.

South Knox entertains Loogootee at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and plays at Washington Catholic at 10 a.m. Saturday.

No. 6 Braves escape tennis Alices, 3-2

TERRE HAUTE — Lincoln pushed No. 6 Terre Haute South to the limit on Wednesday, but Lainey Anschutz held off the Alices' Payton Dugan at No. 1 singles to secure the deciding point in a 3-2 Braves victory.

Lincoln (1-2) picked up its wins in singles. No. 2 Savanna Purdom dropped Sydney Williams, 6-4, 6-2; and No. 3 Ashlyn Hillenbrand outlasted Briley Ireland, 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-5). Dugan dropped the first set to Anschutz, 6-2, but nearly forced a third set, falling 7-6 (7-4) in the second.

South didn't give up a game in doubles. No. 1 Dalayla Anderson-Macey Fisher lost to Abby Joy-Morgan Williams, and No. 2 Abby West-Mallory Friend fell to Emily Wilson-Ayden Zinkovich in straight sets.

“For a little bit, it looked like we were going to win this one,” Lincoln coach Bryce Crane said. “Savanna controlled from the start, and Payton played a good match against a tough opponent. Ashlyn dug in during the second set and pulled out a tough win. We have a lot of positives to take from our first week. We're looking to build on these the rest of the season.”

The Alices lost all four junior varsity matches.

Lincoln visits Sullivan at 5 p.m. Monday.

Princeton tops Lincoln in softball

Lincoln's softball team has failed to avoid giving up the big inning recently, and that trend continued for the Alices on Wednesday. Princeton erased an early two-run deficit with a 10-run third inning, and the Tigers downed Lincoln, 15-5, in five innings at Four Lakes Park.

The Alices got hits from two-thirds of their lineup, but struggled to string them together. Tatum Rich doubled with two RBIs and a run; Livie Koenig had a double; Kali Haynes single, RBI, run; Dani Kroeger and Addy Kent single, RBI; Allyson Beckort single, run; and Chloe Cardinal scored a run.

It was the fifth consecutive loss for Lincoln (1-6), which has allowed at least one inning of six or more runs in each of those defeats.

Lincoln coach Chaz Hendrix was disappointed, not only in his team's five errors, but also how they’ve shown a recent tendency to let the mistakes snowball.

“That's pretty much been the name of the game. Once something goes wrong, the girls lose focus and drop their heads,” Lincoln coach Chaz Hendrix said. “The attitudes slip a little bit, and that's something they can control all the time. It's up to them, because we as coaches can't do those things for them. "When they don't make the conscious effort to make the right adjustments, it's tough to win games. We put up five runs, but we gave up 15, and we had as many errors as runs. You can't win many games like that. It's routine plays for the most part, and that's something we have to fix.”

Delaney Anthis took the pitching loss, allowing 11 runs, eight earned, on eight hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings. Koenig pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed four runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks.

Lincoln hosts Heritage Hills at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Princeton |01(10) 31 — 15 12 2

Lincoln |302 00 — 5 6 5

W-McGraw. L-Delaney Anthis. 2B-P, Etolen, Wood; L, Livie Koenig, Tatum Rich.

Hatchets take out county golf teams

Washington's Dominic DePass edged South Knox's Cameron Chattin by a stroke for medalist honors, and the Hatchets topped the Spartans and Lincoln in a triangular golf match at the Country Club of Old Vincennes on Wednesday.

Washington defeated South Knox, 170-182, while the Alices shot 209.

DePass carded a 40, while Chattin shot 41. Others scoring for the Spartans were Luke Williams 45, Zac Schmidt 46, and Easton Peters and Gavin Carter had 50s.

For Lincoln, Ethen Francis, Jackson Glosser, and Emmett Ransom shot 52s, and Caleb Newman carded a 53.

“I'm very proud of our players for the first time out,” Lincoln coach Andy Pinkstaff said. “Four of our five played their first high school golf event, and each one of them faced some adversity and bounced back. Jackson Stone (57) and Emmett Ransom played especially well in continuing the improvement they've shown in practice. The first-event jitters are now behind us, and we look forward to getting back out there.”

Both county teams compete in the Washington Invitational at Country Oaks at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Barr-Reeve blanks tennis Patriots

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ill. — Rivet challenged Barr-Reeve at several spots, but the Patriots only managed to win one set in falling to visiting Barr-Reeve, 5-0, in a Blue Chip Conference tennis match Wednesday.

Kenzie Willis had the tightest match for the Patriots (1-1, 0-1 Blue Chip) at No. 3 singles, as she fell to Alexis Buse 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Lauren Carie-Maggie Earley tested Dylan Decoursey-Sydney Swartzentruber at No. 1 doubles in a 6-3, 7-5 defeat.

At No. 1 singles, Anna Ballengee defeated Lily Waggoner, 6-3, 6-0; Averi Lengacher downed Kenadee Frey, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 2 singles; and Gracie Madison-Kinley Shrock dropped Meredith Weiss-Julie Hunter, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 2 doubles.

“Being a conference match, the girls had more nerves than they would have any other time, but they worked through them,” Rivet coach Katie Lunsford said. “They got to experience some good competition and be tested on some things that will help out when it comes to the sectional and future conference games.

“Kenadee and Lily both stuck with their opponents at every point, and I was glad to see them fight until the end. Kenzie had a long match, and with a few tweaks, it could have gone a different way. Maggie and Lauren started slow, but worked through some kinks and battled in that second set. Meredith and Julie are still getting accustomed to each other," Lunsford said. "I was happy with how the girls gave it their all.”

The Patriots play at Sullivan at 5 p.m. next Friday.

Track Spartans ease to victories

ELNORA — Shelby Burke claimed three individual wins for South Knox’s girls, and the Spartans’ boys had plenty of strong showings as both teams picked up victories in a six-way track meet at North Daviess on Tuesday.

South Knox’s girls dominated with 205, easily besting the other five scores of North Daviess and Bloomington Lighthouse 67, Bloomfield 56, North Central 41, and Rivet 25.

Burke snared her wins in the 100 meters, 12.76; 400, 1:04.87; and long jump, 17-0. She was also part of the winning 1,600 relay team in 4:29.75, along with teammates Talia Small, Aubrey Nowaskie, and Peyton Robbins.

Other winners were Robbins in the 800, 2:44.65; Nowaskie 200, 26.96; Meredith Adams shot put, 28-7; Kelsey Kramer, pole vault, 7-2; Gretchen Carie, Macie Couchenour, Daisie Kinnett, and Robbins, 3,200 relay, 11:19.81.

Nowaskie added seconds in the 100 hurdles and 100, Carie was runner-up in the 1,600 and 3,200; and Adams took second in the discus.

Morgan Alderton paced Rivet’s girls with a second-place in the pole vault and third in the long jump.

On the boys side, South Knox scored 168, Bloomfield 115, North Daviess 91, North Central 61, Lighthouse 44, and Rivet didn’t score.

Getting firsts for the Spartans were Jacob Siewers in the 3,200, 11:16.25, and 1,600, 4:57; Cole Steininger in the high jump, 5-10; Evan Thompson long jump, 18-6; Will Staggs pole vault, 13-6; Chase Staggs, Owen Singleton, Dylan Hardig and Lane Garner, 3,200 relay, 9:24.7; and Steininger, Will Staggs, Thompson and Jackson Hoops, 400 relay, 46.09.

Steininger added seconds in the pole vault and 110 hurdles; Garner was second in the 400, and Thompson had thirds in the 200 and 110 hurdles.

Rivet’s best finisher was Blaine Beard, who placed seventh in the discus and eighth in shot put.

South Knox hosts the Patriots, Washington, and Sullivan for a quadrangular meet at 5 p.m. today.

Track Alices take 2nd, 3rd at Gibson Southern

FORT BRANCH — Lincoln’s boys were runners-up, and the girls took third as the track Alices competed in a five-team meet at Gibson Southern on Tuesday.

The host Titans won both meets, tallying 123 on the boys side, and they were followed by Lincoln 104, Evansville Christian 39, Barr-Reeve 28 and Evansville Signature 9. In the girls meet, Gibson Southern racked up 149, Barr-Reeve 66, Lincoln 36, Evansville Signature 34 and Evansville Christian 25.

Picking up wins for the Alices’ boys were Chase Lanam in the high jump, 5-6; Jabin Baltzell 400 meters, no time available; Keenan Clegg 800, 2:21.70; Payton Curry 200, 25.22; and the 1,600 relay team, 3:50. Colin Cory added seconds for the Alices in the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles, and Elijah Hovland scored in four events, including a runner-up in the high jump.

Maya Miller swept the hurdle races for Lincoln’s girls only victories. She took the 100 hurdles in 16.93 and the 300 hurdles in 52.94. Faith Fleetwood tied for the best height, 4-7, in the high jump but settled for second due to needing more attempts, and the 400 relay team of Ariana Patricio, Haley Kohlhouse, Emma Baker, and Miller took second as well.

Lincoln’s girls run at Washington at 5 p.m. today and in the Princeton Invitational at 10 a.m. Saturday. The boys are off until April 16, when both teams compete in the North Knox Invitational.

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