TERRE HAUTE — Keenan Clegg took fifth place, and a slew of newcomers aided the Lincoln boys in taking third among 16 teams in Class A-3A State Preview cross country meet at LaVern Gibson course on Saturday.
Lincoln's girls were seventh among 11 scoring teams in the small-class girls meet. Nearly 40 schools competed in the A-3A or Varsity (mostly 4A) meets. The Varsity winners were Fishers' boys and Center Grove's girls.
Sullivan claimed the boys A-3A meet with 75, followed by Seeger 84, Lincoln 121, West Vigo 129, Evansville Memorial 133, Clay City 138, Forest Park 178, North Central 271, Barr-Reeve 279, Beech Grove 281, Riverton Parke 283, Washington 299, Linton 315, Western Boone 322, Shakamak 332 and Parke Heritage 337
Lincoln, which had only two runners in its last meet, received a boost from several soccer players to help fill out the roster. Clegg earned his top-five finish in 18:13, and was closely followed by soccer recruit Jason Ramirez, who took ninth in 18:20. Rounding out the scoring were Blake Meade in 32nd, 19:32; Daxx Weist 38th, 20:12; and Nate Harris 40th, 20:17. Other soccer players helping fill out the squad were Hunter Grostefon, Layne Anderson, and Mason Harris.
“What a difference a week and a half makes. Our program is so gracious to (soccer) coach (Aaron) Lange and his soccer program, who saw the 'signal flare' that was sent up, made his team aware that we didn't have enough harriers to compete as a team, and today we were able to take eight of our nine runners for our first team competition,” Lincoln coach Craig Klitz said.
“The boys ran pretty well, all things considered. We looked over the times together at the end and agreed that we have 11 weeks worth of work to do in five weeks. The kids who joined from soccer had over a week of practice with the current four runners, and they are just starting to realize how much hard work and dedication it takes if you want to be successful at this sport. The next month should be interesting, and I'm confident we've got nine kids now who are up for the challenge.”
Barr-Reeve's girls won with 45, West Vigo was next with 80, Western Boone 98, Beech Grove 114, Forest Park 147, Sullivan 159, Lincoln 166, Shakamak 184, Memorial 186, Linton 206 and Parke Heritage 248.
Gracie Kramer led the Alices in 17th, 23:29; Alaina Lowery 24th, 24:05; Sierra Mullins 36th, 26:50; Alexus Arvin 37th, 26:52; and Jasmine Anderson 70th, 31:22.
“It was good to run as a full team,” Lincoln coach Ralph Connor said. “We finished in the middle of schools that were there, which is about where I thought we would. We'll continue working to improve.”
Lincoln competes in the Knox County meet at South Knox next Saturday.
Volley Alices go 1-3 at Barr-Reeve
MONTGOMERY — Lincoln's volleyball team suffered through a tough day against keen competition, going 1-3 and finishing sixth in the eight-team Barr-Reeve Invitational on Saturday.
The Alices (9-5) gained their win against Northview, 25-20, 25-20. They dropped pool play games to Evansville Mater Dei, 25-15, 23-25, 15-10; and Class 2A No. 3 Barr-Reeve, 25-18, 25-9; and the crossover game against Indianapolis Lutheran, 25-20, 15-25, 15-11.
Maycee Lange collected 25 kills, five blocks and four aces in the four matches. Livie Koenig had 19 kills, 34 digs; Faith Fleetwood 14 kills; Callie Foster 62 assists; Kali Haynes 55 digs; and Mackenzie Newland 23 digs, three aces.
Lincoln hosts Jasper at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Soccer Lady Spartans tumble to Ev. North
EVANSVILLE — Evansville North's girls soccer team scored five second-half goals, and South Knox failed to score in its third consecutive match in the Huskies' 7-0 victory last Friday.
Keeper Ellie Fausnaugh recorded 18 saves for the Spartans (1-3-2). Kaitlynn Sampson and Reagan Nowaskie also provided keeper saves.
South Knox entertains Rivet at 7 p.m. today.
MS Spartans shine at Gibson Southern
FORT BRANCH — South Knox's boys were the winners, and the girls cross country team were runners-up in the 18-team Gibson Southern Invitational on Saturday.
The Spartans had three of the top four runners in the boys race, outdistancing Castle, 35-138, for the top spot. Samuel Singleton won in 10:35; Zach Woolard was third, 10:50; Ezra Anson fourth, 10:56; Evan Hartwick 11th, 11:20; and Stone Helderman 16th, 11:30.
Princeton topped the Spartans, 98-106, and Castle was a close third with 108. Addelyn Kehl took fourth for South Knox in 12:19; Alli Hayden 17th, 13:07; Ella Like 19th, 13:11; Grace Detweiler 31st, 13:40; and Arie Moon 35th, 13:46.
South Knox hosts the Knox County meet next Saturday.
Sullivan upends MS tennis Spartans
South Knox had a No. 1 doubles victory, but visiting Sullivan took the other spots in a 4-1 middle school boys tennis win Friday.
Ely Baker-Mavrick Benjamin tallied an 8-7 (7-4) win for the Spartans. Losses were by No. 1 Isaac True, 8-2; No. 2 Avery Deckard, 8-0; and No. 3 Reid Martin, 8-1, in singles. No. 2 doubles J.D. Goodman-Jackson Bobe fell, 8-6.
Martin-Benjamin Phillips won an exhibition match, 6-3.
South Knox hosts Barr-Reeve at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.