After a busy opening week of 2020-2021, Volleyball season the Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles hosted cross-county rivals, South Ripley Raiders. The Eagles came out and after a back and forth game took the first set 25-19. The second set was also competitive with South Ripley taking it 25-22. JCD came back to win the third and fourth sets with identical scores of 25-22. Lady Eagles Coach Cat Schmeltz: “I am incredibly proud of how this group played every single point in this match. Even when they got behind a few points they never gave up. The confidence that we have lacked in past seasons is becoming a huge benefit to us this season”Hitting:Desiree Sparks 24/25 5 kills; McKenzy Gray 9/11 4 kills; Julia Meyer 14/16 4 kills.Setting/Assist:Emma Newhart 43/43 12 assists; Katelyn Wagner 43/43 7 assists.Serving:Shaylee Volz 20/20 5 aces; McKenzy Gray 18/19 3 aces.Serve Receive:Sundress Cullen 31/32Digs:Shaylee Volz 21; Andrea Cullen 20; Emma Newhart 14.The Batesville Boys Soccer team traveled to Franklin County high school for a Saturday Morning match-winning 15-0.The Bulldogs controlled the field and made combination passes to find their way to the goal 10 times in the first half. JJ Kuisel, Kent Meyers, Ian Powers, Eli Pierson, and Cody Sims all put up goals on the scoreboard. The second half the starters set the tone in possession and switched for the younger players to finish off the half. Second-half goals came from junior Eli Pierson and then-freshman Sebbie Trainor, Owen Powers, and Noah Pierson. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Hunteman.The Greensburg Lady Pirates traveled to Union County to secure their third win of the season 1-0. Both teams defenses kept the game at 0-0 until late in the second half.Greensburg Keeper Ella Lowe managed to keep the 9 on-target shots from Union County out of the net. The only point of the game came from one of Lowe’s punts out of the goal, setting up Kaly Haycock for a pass-through Union County’s defensive line to Emily Rosales who settled the ball in their opponent’s goal.Greensburg Lady Pirates travel to Batesville to match up against a local rival on Thursday at 5 p.m. This latest win brings their record to 3-1.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Ryan Morlan.The Batesville Lady Bulldogs finished 5th in the 14-team Connersville Invitational on Saturday at Willowbrook GC. Team Scores. Franklin County 372, Zionsville 374, Richmond 377, Noblesville 379, Batesville 380, Fishers 392, Park Tudor 396, Yorktown 397, Connersville 399, Lawrenceburg 441, Union County 458, Centerville 482, Jennings County 488, North Decatur 533. Emma Weiler continues her domination in local invitational winning by nine strokes with a school-record even-par round of 72 Other scores for Batesville were Josie Meyer 88, Rhea Miller, and Madelyn Pohlman with 110, and Tori Harpring 114. Batesville next plays at Hillcrest Monday evening against South Dearborn. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tom Meyer. The North Decatur Lady Chargers placed 14th overall with a team score of 533.ND Individual Scores. Katy Kinker – Front: 61 – Back: 64 – Total – 125; Laronda Schwartz – Front: 68 – Back: 65 – Total – 133; Kenda Sieg – Front: 67 – Back: 69 – Total – 136; Rilie Sieg – Front: 70 – Back: 69 – Total – 139.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Madeline Childress.The Franklin County lady Wildcats Golf finished in 2nd place at the Connersville Invite with a score of 372. The Wildcats continued to play well in the tough 14 team field. FC Scores. Gracie Graf – 87; Camryn Brewer – 96; Nicole Mears – 86 (Career Low); Crystal Calihan – 103; Kelsie Brackney – 107.The Golf team will be back in action Tuesday vs East Central.Courtesy of Wildcats AD Denny Dorrel.The Batesville Lady Bulldogs traveled to Shelbyville High Saturday and suffered their first defeat of the season. It was just not our day. Hopefully, we got all of that out of our system as we start the week of playing for conference games. JV lost 25-253 and 25- 21. Top servers were Belle Westerfeld 11/11, Kennedy Westrick 8/8, and Kaylie Raver 7/7. Kaylie led the tell in kills with 4. Varsity lost 25-13, 25-16, 25-17. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Vickie Heil. The East Central Lady Trojans Volleyball team traveled to Southport to Battle The Lady Cardinals. What would normally be their annual invitational, turned into a single JV/Varsity match-up this year. While our JV fought hard to the final point, they fell to the Cardinals 2-0. Varsity won with the scores of 16-25, 25-20, 25-17, & 30-28. Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more info‘We started off slow and very unimpressive. We handed Southport the win with 22 errors in that set alone. After regrouping and working together as a team, we managed to come back and win the next three sets. It turned into a great match. It was fun to watch and be a small part of. Both teams put up a strong fight and refused to give up. The effort and grit we showed definitely carried us through in crunch time.’ Trojans Coach Cassie Laker. Varsity is 2-1 on the season. Next up: all three teams are at Rushville on Tuesday.The North Decatur Lady Chargers placed 9th out of 14 teams at Western Boone.Lady Chargers. Gracie Osting 43 25:22; Jenna Walton 49 25:36; Paige Reisman 60 26:26; Ellie Cox DNR; Hannah Allen 117 33; Lauren Holloway 113 31:15; Paige Wessler 125 34:52; Philomenia Niese 144 39:45; Addie Gauck 103 30:14.The North Decatur Chargers participated in a meet at Borden.Chargers. Aiden O’Dell 116 22:04; Charlie Kramer DNR; Lance Nobbe 169 23:54; Caleb Bowels 150 23:04; Adam Mack 153 23:13; Owen Geis 149 23:03; Ryan Hancock 177 24:54; Chris Gauck 201 27:21; Cameron Medsker 207; 28:26; Collin Bryant 214 30:35; Brandan Gearhart DNR; Jack Cathey 197 27:13; Ethan Neimeyer DNR.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Kyle Nobbe.The Franklin County Varsity Lady Cats fell to Connersville in 4 sets Saturday afternoon 23-25, 25-15, 25-13, 25-18.‘We fought hard in set 1 after being down 5-12 and came back to take that set. The next 3 sets were played out neck in neck with Connersville taking all 3. ‘Wildcats Coach Jill Mergenthal.’Kylie Lea had 4 ace serves and 8 digs. Kassidy Schell had 1 ace serve, 10 kills, 9 digs and 10 assists. Kacie Williams had 1 ace serve, 5 digs and 9 assists. Alex Gillman had 1 ace serve and 2 digs. Kim had 1 kill and digs. Jenna Bruns had 3 kills, 1 block, and 4 digs. Saige Mergenthal had 4 kills, 1 block and 1 dig. Meredith Hoff had 2 kills, 2 blocks and 1 dig. Kim Settles had 15 digs. Rae Ertel had 1 dig.The JV Lady Cats hosted Connersville Saturday afternoon and won in 2 sets 25-17, 25-18. Hadlee Hornsby had 2 kills and 1 ace serve. Kiersten Schell had 4 kills, 1ace serve and 1 block. Laney Smith had 2 blocks. Stephanie Billman had 4 ace serves and 5 assists. Lauren Stacy had 2 kills and 1 ace serve. Brooke Bruns had 1 kill. Macy Crain had 2 blocks. Michaela Ferman had 4 ace serves and 3 assists. We will be back on the court at home against Batesville on Tuesday, Aug.25th.We will host Batesville this Tuesday, August 25th with JV starting at 5 pm and Varsity to follow. (Schedule change) – FC Freshman game against Batesville will be played Thursday, Sept. 3rd at 5 pm. Come out Tuesday and show your support for the Lady Cats!!!
University of Wisconsin men’s basketball head coach Bo Ryan likes to use the term “rat game” to describe contests that get sloppy and out of hand. Wisconsin’s 71-58 victory over Michigan Wednesday night was just that.After a first half that saw Wisconsin and Michigan turn the ball over 12 and seven times, respectively, the second half didn’t prove to be much better.The Badgers jumped out to a 47-31 lead with 13 minutes left in the game, but then the game turned into a “rat game.”After Wolverines forward Brent Petway fouled out at the 12:43 mark and received a subsequent technical foul, the game’s pace turned into molasses.Petway’s foul was Michigan’s seventh team foul, but confusion over who was shooting free throws caused a long stoppage in play as Ryan, Michigan head coach Tommy Amaker and the referees attempted to figure things out.”The seventh foul was Petway’s, then the technical was the eighth,” Ryan said. “The technical foul can not cause a one-and-one [free throw], so then it was going to be the technical, then the one-and-one.”We solved it on our own; it was like being at the playground.”Amaker, however, wouldn’t agree so much.”I’m still not sure [what happened],” Amaker said.Yet Petway’s technical foul difficulty wasn’t the only stoppage of play in the second half.About two minutes on the clock later, Wolverines guard Jerret Smith went down hard after running blindside into a legal Marcus Landry screen.”He just didn’t see me,” Landry said. “It’s just a part of basketball, and hopefully he’s alright.”Smith lay on the floor for an extended period of a time, causing some Badger players to stiffen and cramp up due to the stoppage time. As a result, Ryan made his players run up and down the court to stay loose.”That’s actually what we do in practice,” UW junior forward Brian Butch said. “We have stoppages in practice like that, and he just has us jog down and back like that.”The downtime made for a groggy game, but Wisconsin was still able to pull out the win and improve to 20-1 on the season.”The main thing that we really care about is just getting a win,” Butch said. “We don’t care how we get it as long as we get a ‘W.'”Devin Harris sightingBadger-great and current Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris was in attendance Wednesday, sitting right behind Wisconsin’s bench.After the last media timeout of the first half, Harris was introduced at mid-court to a loud ovation, as everyone was happy to see him back.”It’s nice to see Devin there at the game,” Ryan said.Harris was sporting a No. 42 Tucker jersey, which made his good friend glad.”Me and Devin go way back; we’re good friends,” Tucker said. “Before the game, he told me he was going to go get the jersey. I told him he needs to get me a Dallas jersey now to be even.”Three years after forgoing his senior year to jump to the NBA, Harris still looks the same to his old coach Ryan.”Devin looks the same,” Ryan said. “He still looks like he’s in high school.”Badgers are streakingWith the win Wednesday, Wisconsin has now won its 16th straight game — the longest active streak in the nation.However, it means little to nothing for the Badger players at this point in time.”In the grand scheme of things, it really means nothing this year,” Butch said. “Right now, we’re taking it one game at a time.”Those are all great things to achieve, don’t get me wrong,” Butch continued. “I’m not trying to downplay them by any means, but right now we’re on a mission and just taking it game by game.”At 20-1, the Badgers equaled the best start in school history as the Wisconsin team of 1915-16 also went 20-1. In spite of that, Ryan doesn’t think a comparison is fair.”If our record can compare to a doctor’s…” Ryan joked, referring to then-head coach Dr. Walter Meanwell.”Well our players are excited, I know,” he continued. “It’s nice to get the next one.”