SULLIVAN — Lincoln's boys tennis team finished a tough week on a high note, blanking Sullivan, 5-0, Saturday.

The Alices (7-4) didn't lose a set in breaking a three-match losing streak.

In singles, No. 1 Ethan Jones defeated Parker Dugan, 6-2, 6-4; No. 2 Dustin Altstadt shut out Noah Kincaid, 6-0, 6-0; and No. 3 Calvin Carmean topped Dillon Grubb, 6-1, 6-3. In doubles, No. 1 Kyle Stenger-Landon Altstadt beat Brayden Cagle-Jared Cough, 6-4, 6-2; and No. 2 Simon Corrona-David Wilson defeated Scott Fusco-Koby Wood, 6-2, 6-3.

Lincoln coach Bryce Crane flopped his No. 1 and 2 singles player with positive results

"We're happy to return to winning form after a few losses this past week," Crane said. "Ethan has proved that he's ready to compete in the one singles slot, and I'm proud of the way he played, especially in the second set after trailing 4-1. I'm also happy that Dustin shook off a bad week and came out firing.

"We are still trying to figure out our best lineup, but with the way everyone is improving I'm confident that we will always have a competitive team on the court."

Hunter Lemon claimed three exhibition wins, 6-0, 6-0 and 4-0.

The Alices are at White River Valley at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Lincoln boys run

2nd at State Preview

TERRE HAUTE — Lincoln's boys took second and the girls were eighth in the Class A-3A race of the Terre Haute Savings Bank State Preview cross country meet at the LaVern Gibson Course on Saturday.

Four of the Alices finished in the top 20 as they were runners up to winner Lebanon, 63-92, among 18 teams, and they edged Barr-Reeve by a point.

Parker Mullins led the way, taking 12th in 18:15. Trevor Robbins was 14th in 18:29; Keenan Clegg 17th, 18:35; Nate Harris 19th, 18:42; and Blake Meade 30th, 19:04. Homestead won the varsity meet, which consisted of 26 schools, most of which were 4A.

"It was nice to go to LaVern Gibson and run well," Lincoln coach Craig Klitz said. "We will savor the second-place finish for a moment, as the kids should, but when Monday rolls around, we'll start pounding the rock again."

Barr-Reeve was the Class A-3A girls winner with 73 points, with Lebanon and Western Boone scoring 77. The Alices had 229, and only 12 girls teams scored.

Gracie Kramer was Lincoln's best, taking 36th in 24:53. Sierra Mullins was 39th, 25:31; Alexus Arvin 40th, 25:32; Sierra Rasico 45th, 26:29; and Jayda Hovland 69th, 35:50. Indianapolis Brebeuf was the winner in the 19-team varsity race.

The Alices run in the Knox County meet at South Knox at 10 a.m. next Saturday.

Golf Patriots top

Spartans, Hatchets

Rivet's girls golf team took out Washington and South Knox in a triangular match Saturday at the Country Club of Old Vincennes.

Lily Waggoner was medalist with a 79 for the Lady Patriots, who fired a 363. South Knox had 407 and Washington 424. Victoria Linn had 89 for the winners, Maddi Halter 90, Emma Robinson 105 and Cadence Mills 106.

"We played pretty solid golf as a team. Lily had a good round, and Victoria had a personal best," Rivet coach Charlie Waggoner said. "We should have been in the 350s, but it's great to see the kids come together just two weeks away from the sectional. This was a good tune-up for that, and I like the commitment from our girls to continue to improve our team score."

Trinity Dubbs was best for South Knox with a 90. Hailee Cooper shot 100, Bethany Williams 106 and Lauren Haveman 111. The Spartans played without normal 2nd golfer Salena Dellinger.

"Hailee and Bethany had their best 18-hole rounds, and it was good to play a match on the same course we have the sectional on in two weeks," South Knox coach Mark Gray said. "I have confidence that all of our golfers can count toward our team score and that's a plus come tournament time."

The Patriots and Spartans entertain Pike Central and Princeton at CCOV at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Rivet, South Knox

winless at Hoosier Cup

BLOOMINGTON — Class A No. 4 Rivet and South Knox both ran into a buzzsaw of competition this weekend as both girls soccer teams were winless in the Hoosier Cup.

Rivet fell to ranked teams on Friday and Saturday and completed its stay in the tournament late Saturday against Richmond. The Spartans were shut out by a pair of 3A schools and a 2A school.

On Friday, the Patriots dropped a 4-1 decision to Class 2A No. 13 South Dearborn, and on Saturday Class 3A No. 17 Bloomington South blanked Rivet, 4-0.

South Dearborn tallied all of its goals in the opening half, and Rivet (4-3) got on the board with about 15 minutes left before the break when Kennedy Johnson scored off an Abby Niehaus assist. The second half was a stalemate, and Patriots keeper Jayda Millspaugh finished with 14 saves.

Against South, Millspaugh made seven saves.

“South Dearborn is a highly rated 2A team that's just a little more polished than we are. They hit us early, as we were having a bit of difficulty putting things together,” Rivet coach John Anderson said. “After they scored their fourth goal, our seniors called a quick meeting, and that seemed to settle us down. We scored within two minutes of that, and we played them even in the second half. I'm proud of how the girls settled themselves down and competed for the rest of the game.

“We primarily played defense (against Bloomington South). Their speed and quickness was just a little too much for us. I'm proud of how the girls hung in there. Considering how South has been beating teams up here, to only give up four goals is pretty good.”

Silver Creek dealt the Spartans a 2-0 loss on Friday. On Saturday, Terre Haute North handled South Knox, 3-0, and Floyd Central notched a 6-0 victory.

Recording saves in goal for the Spartans (2-6) against the Patriots were Ellie Fausnaugh nine, Susanna Shepard five and Jordyn Derouin one. Against the Highlanders, Shepard made 15 saves, Lauren Fitch and Reagan Nowaskie two, and McKenzie Johnson, Grayson Keller and Kate Phegley one.

The Patriots host South Knox at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Volley Warriors take

Robinson Invitational

ROBINSON, Ill. — North Knox dropped only one set in four matches, and the Warriors eased their way to a championship in the Robinson Invitational on Saturday.

North Knox recorded straight-set wins over Red Hill, 25-7, 25-11; Lawrenceville, 25-15, 25-15; and Robinson, 25-23, 25-7. The Warriors claimed their final match over Oblong, 25-17, 22-25, 15-9.

For the tournament, Hannah Saucerman had 42 assists, 22 digs, 29 points, six aces; Emilee Organ 39 kills, 15 points, six aces, 14 digs, six blocks; Mallory Earhart 27 points, five aces, 29 assists; Mercedes Harbin 18 points, five aces, 14 digs; Grace Yochum 16 kills, four blocks; Matty Hoffman 15 kills, three blocks; Abigail McKinley 18 points, two aces, eight digs; Rayne Held 13 points, five aces; Mallory Rogers 13 points, 11 digs; Sabrina Carson eight digs; Shelby Haag five kills; Tessa Haag four digs; and Emma Wampler three kills.

North Knox plays at North Daviess at 6 p.m. Monday.

VU harriers 3rd,

4th in opening meet

CHARLESTON, Ill. — The Vincennes University men's cross country team took third and the women were fourth as they opened their season in the Walt Crawford Open at Eastern Illinois on Friday.

The host Panthers won the men's race with 18, followed by Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 54, VU 80, St. Mary-of-the-Woods 97, and Kaskaskia (Ill.) 112.

The Trailblazers placed three in the top 20, with Milan Todorovic ninth in 27:09; Max Kiplagat 11th, 27:26; and Morne Scharnick 14th, 27:55. Others scoring were Franklin Sanders 27th, 31:16; and Logan Busz 31st, 32:48.

“For the most part we competed hard,” VU coach Chris Gafner said. “The front pack needs to commit to working together in the race if we are going to reach our full potential, and that is something we are going to be better at moving forward. We also need our 5-9 runners to step up their level and close the gap that we currently have.”

Eastern also won the women's meet with 20. SIU-E scored 56, St. Mary-of-the-Woods 70, VU 119, Kaskaskia 125 and Danville Area (Ill.) 146.

Meagan Moreno was eight for VU in 19:27; Kyra Young 30th, 22:00; Kaylee Lange 32nd, 22:19; Taylin Brandenberger 35th, 25:23; and Emily Remsburg 36th, 25:25.

“We had some bright spots. We beat both NJCAA schools we competed against. Meagan competed very well and gutted out the second half of the race,” Gafner said. “Today was a bit of a feeling out process for this team. I look for us to increase our competitive intensity in our next competition.”

The Blazers run in the John McNichols Invitational at Indiana State on Sept. 21.

Tennis Spartans

nab historical win

WASHINGTON — South Knox's boys tennis team notched three straight-set wins, and recorded its first match win since resurrecting its program last year when it topped Blue Chip Conference foe Wood Memorial, 4-1, Friday.

The Spartans (2-7, 1-2 Blue Chip) recently scored more than the Trojans in the Wood Memorial Invitational two weeks ago for their first win before taking them out head-to-head in the league match.

They got wins from No. 2 singles Nathan Robbins, 6-0, 6-1; No. 3 singles Trevor Lough, forfeit; No. 1 doubles Nolan Hays-Caleb Cunningham, 7-5, 6-3; and No. 2 doubles Tom Schmidt-Toby Holland, 6-4, 6-3.

No. 1 singles Nathan Ruppel lost, 6-3, 6-0.

"Everyone played well, which is why we earned the victory," South Knox coach Ryan Hayden said. "Nolan and Caleb were down 3-5, love-40 with Caleb serving in the first set. He won five consecutive points and saved three set points. That was a momentum change in the match. They won the next three games and controlled the second set. Caleb really stepped up his game.

"Nathan Robbins played the best match of his life. He started strongly and didn't slow down. His ground stroke were superb," he said. "Tom and Toby have great chemistry and enjoy playing together. We need our doubles teams to get wins and they got the job done."

The Spartans host Pike Central at 5 p.m. today.

Spartans clobber

Cards, stay unbeaten

WASHINGTON — Tristen Dubbs, Eli Thomas and Avery Gerkin combined for 11 goals and 11 assists, and South Knox pasted Washington Catholic, 12-0, in a Blue Chip Conference boys soccer match Friday.

Dubbs led the way with five goals and two assists, while Thomas had four goals with three assists and Gerkin two goals and five assists, which ties a school single-game record. Gerkin also tied the school's single-season assist record with 16.

Jackson Thomas provided the other goal for South Knox (7-0, 4-0 BCC), while Collin Myers and Parker Kimmell had assists. Keeper Trevor Malott notched his sixth clean sheet of the season.

“This gave us a chance to work on some things that we've worked on in practice that will help us get better in the future,” Spartans coach Tim Goodwin said. “It gave some younger kids a chance to get better also. It was nice to see us put this one away quickly.”

South Knox visits Pike Central at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

SKMS boys best

at Gibson Southern

FORT BRANCH — South Knox's boys won the championship, and the Lady Spartans were runners-up in the Gibson Southern middle school cross country invitational on Saturday.

In the boys meet, South Knox won with 69 points, while Tell City 101, Castle 114, Gibson Southern 127 and Barr-Reeve 161 rounded out the top five. Clark was last out of 20 teams, though three other schools didn't record a team score.

For the Spartans, Draven Garner was fourth in 10:52; Ezra Anson 14th, 11:10; Zach Woolard 16th, 11:19; Baxter Dellinger 20th, 11:28; Layne Hayes 29th, 11:47; and Isaac Singleton 30th, 11:49.

C.J. Kirchoff was 45th in 12:10 to pace the Alices; Blake Racey 102nd, 13:37; Lukas Doggett 119th, 14:17; Lucas Klinger 123rd, 14:50; Elijah Bickel 126th, 14:53; and Maddox Bahr 130th, 15:37.

In the girls race, South Knox was nipped by Barr-Reeve, 56-66, for the top spot, while Clark was 13th. No other team scores were reported.

Aubrey Nowaskie ran second to pace the Spartans in 12:00. Addelynn Kehl was sixth, 12:14; Abby Cunningham 17th, 13:04; Ella Like 19th, 13:09; Arie Moon 22nd, 13:13; Grace Detweiler 40th, 13:31; and Alli Hayden 41st, 13:33.

Mylee Muranaka was best for the Alices, taking 36th in 13:26; Gracie Phillips 53rd, 13:58; Clair Combs 67th, 14:22; Cami Tredway 79th, 14:42; Javelin James 89th, 15:22; Kaedy Hendershot 102nd, 16:12; and Adelynn Lange 104th, 16:16.

The Alices host Washington on Tuesday, and join South Knox in the county meet next Saturday at 9 a.m., hosted by the Spartans.

Forest Park pops

Clark soccer teams

FERDINAND — Forest Park dropped Clark's boys and girls soccer teams by 9-0 scores Saturday.

In the boys match, keeper Dayton Piper made seven saves for the Alices. In the girls match, Brianna Grismore and Alliyah Kohlhouse recorded 10 saves apiece.

Clark hosts White River Valley on Monday.

MS Patriots win,

tie against Spartans

Rivet's coed soccer team defeated South Knox, 7-4, while the boys teams played to a 2-2 tie in middle school matches Saturday at St. Vincent's Field.

Lissa Willis registered five goals in the Patriots' coed win. John Martin Beam and Blayre Wagner also hit the net. Henry Holka, Lexi Frey and Miles Holka collected two assists apiece, and Emma Gafner had one. Alli Stearns and Colten Westfall notched five saves apiece in goal and Chris Rehwald had three.

Beckitt McGuyer and Kyle Daugherty scored goals for Rivet in the boys match, assisted by Mason Trent and Walker Lane. Keeper Jayden Ray made 17 saves.

MS tennis Spartans

lose 5-0 to Sullivan

SULLIVAN — South Knox Middle School came close at No. 2 doubles, but Sullivan produced a 5-0 boys tennis victory Friday.

Reid Martin-Evan Fields fell, 7-6 (8-6), at two doubles. Noah Hayden-Isaac True lost, 6-3, at one doubles. No. 1 Evan Dreiman, No. 2 Brady Singleton and No. 3 Ely Baker dropped 6-0 matches.

Exhibition wins were by Baker-Leeland Pickett, 6-2; Hayden-J.D. Goodman, 6-3; and Fields, 4-2. Isaac True-Caden Fausnaugh lost, 6-1; and Coldy Kamman-Goodman, Hunter Simpson and Robinson-Dreiman lost, 6-0.

The Spartans play Pike Central and Barr-Reeve on Monday and Tuesday.

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