Bulldog reserves edge Cubs

Batesville's junior varsity boys basketball held host Madison to a single point in the fourth quarter Feb. 3, allowing the Bulldogs to spring to a 36-34 win.

Charlie Dice and Sam Haskamp led BHS with 10 points each and RJ Powell posted 9; Cory Ralston 3, Jacob Deutsch 2 and John Thompson 2, rounded out scoring.

One into CYO semis; 8th grade wins title

St. Louis' No. 1 CYO team moved into the Batesville Deanery semifinals with a comfortable 55-22 win over St. Maurice Feb. 4. St. Louis-2 was knocked out by talented All Saints, 57-48.

In the victory, the Bruins jumped ahead 15-2 and never looked back. SL1 owned a 34-9 lead by halftime. "Our defense was the difference in the game and I felt we came out very focused at the start," said coach Roger Dietz. "This was a good win but we have to continue to get better if we want to win deanery." Lane Oesterling scored a team-high 15 points as Kyle Siefert and Sam Giesting added 10 apiece. Alex Westerfeld had 6, Cooper Williams 5, Nathan Eckstein 4, Evan Straber 3 and Sam Bedel 2.

SL2 trailed by just two after one quarter, a deficit that grew to 10 at the break (29-19). "We kept battling but we just didn’t have enough," said coach Fuzz Springmeyer. "We played our hearts out today and I'm proud of the way we played. This was a good group of kids to coach."

Evan Vogelsang scored 14 to pace St. Louis while George Ritter added 12 points.

The SL1 team will face Holy Family at 1 p.m. Sunday in Batesville. All Saints plays St. Michael in the other semifinal. In the 8th-grade tournament, St. Louis easily won the championship by defeating St. Mary 35-15.

BMS 7th takes 2 of 3

After suffering what coach Chris Weiler called a forgettable loss Feb. 3 to Columbus Northside (43-8), the Batesville Middle School 7th-grade girls earned a one-sided win of their own Monday over St. Louis (48-2).

"The Bulldogs shut out the Cardinals in the first half and played team basketball on offense, with nine girls scoring on the evening," Weiler said of the Feb. 5 triumph. Emma Weiler totaled 12 points in the two contests, Megan Meyer had 9 and Makayla Granger added 8. Monday, Ava Hanson scored 8, Tiffany Hawker 6, Ashlee Cornn and Ella Wilhelm 4 each, Timbre Davies 2 and Jadyn Harrington a free throw; Madelyn Pohlman chipped in 2 Saturday.

Granger's last-second 3-pointer lifted grade 7 to a thrilling 27-26 home win over Greendale Tuesday night. Down by two, Weiler triggered the assist to Granger for the game-winner. Coach Weiler credited Harrington for tough defense and Hanson for her overall performance and team-best 10 points.

Weiler added 8 for the 6-1 Dogs, Granger notched 7 and Meyer had 2.

Middle school wrestles at Jennings

The BMS wrestling team finished third in the Jennings County Invitational Feb. 3; the Bulldogs defeated South Dearborn but fell short to both Parkview and Jennings County.

Top performers for the day were Bobby Weiler, Vonley Hund, Elijah Stover, Josh Mobley and Jesus Garcia, who all went 2-1 contributing both wins by pin. Tacoma Nicholas went 3-0 (decision; 2 forfeits). Hunter Laudick, Kyan Scott, Mason Neeley and Brandon Manning were each 2-1 (decision; pin), as was David Maher; Katie Mobley went 1-2.

8th-grade Bulldogs win pair

The BMS 8th-grade Lady Bulldogs came out strong Feb. 5 to defeat the St. Louis Lady Cardinals 43-17. "An aggressive defense and balanced offense were key for the Bulldogs," said coach Jack Smith.

Breanna Wells led all scorers with 11 points; following her were Carley Pride (10), Ashley Nobbe and Sarah Ripperger (8 each), Gabby Elston (4) and Calley Kaiser (2). Emma Weberding paced the Cards with 8 points, as Faith Tekulve had 3 and Kate Voegele, Lilly Wonnell and Ava Allen 2 each.

The next night, the Bulldogs improved to 6-1 with a tough come-from-behind 42-36 win over Greendale.

"With only 5 eligible players, we had to hold back our defensive intensity but found a way to create turnovers and hold the Lady Tigers to only one shot on many possessions," came Smith's analysis.

Nobbe's 19 points led all players; Wells added 16, Ripperger 4, Pride 2 and Elston 1.

Cards crush St. Nick

The St. Louis 5th-grade girls basketball team evened its record at 3-3 by overpowering St. Nicholas on the road Feb. 6, winning 28-4.

Coach Rob King noted the impressive effort, adding that every member of the Cardinals has now scored this season.

Veronica King led the way with 19 points, bolstered by Isabel Raab (4), Kenzie Maple and Lucy Abplanalp (2 each) and Maria Voegele (1).

St. Louis' 6th graders are now 5-1 after winning their half of the doubleheader, 14-4. "Balanced scoring and another strong defensive performance allowed the Cardinals to hold the Trojans scoreless in the second half," coach Andy Saner pointed out.

3-on-3 league coming to Y

Put some play in your day with a new 3-on-3 basketball league starting at the Southeastern Indiana YMCA.

The league is for kids ages 12-18 and will be on Monday nights, 6 to 8 p.m., from Feb. 19 through April 9. Divisions will be based on sign-ups.

The fee is $20 for all players. Register by calling 812-934-6006 or visit siymca.org. For information, email Jacob Garvin at jgarvin@siymca.org or stop in at 30 State Rd. 129 South, Batesville.

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