Bulldogs have ‘tremendous showing’

“With tough competition, a tough course, a very humid morning and 19 teams in their (division), our girls took home the championship trophy and boys were runner-up,” said Batesville’s cross country coach Lisa Gausman after the Flashrock Invitational in Carmel Sept. 21.

The girls topped Avon 44-50, as Indianapolis Roncalli was a distant 3rd. Fishers won the boys race with 95, BHS next at 105 and Lebanon 3rd at 125.

Adam Moster came in 3rd (16:50), Ean Loichinger 5th (17:00), Benjamin Moster 19th (17:49), Dillon Murray 39th (18:24), Daren Smith 41st (18:27), Charlie Laymon 71st (18:59) and Nathan Villani 73rd (19:02).

Ava Hanson was a strong 4th at 19:59. Lily Pinckley took 6th at 20:23. Maria Lopez was 11th (21:00), Madison Rahschulte 12th (21:12), Sophie Myers 14th (21:25), Trysta Vierling 25th (21:42), Katie Olsen 33rd (22:07) and Sarah Ripperger 36th (22:24).

Just one Bulldog, senior Alex Livers, raced a personal best.

BHS prepares to defend its Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference titles Saturday morning at Moores Hill Elementary. Racing is expected to start at 9:30 a.m.

BHS girls win 3rd straight

Batesville varsity girls soccer held off a tough Mt. Vernon (Fortville) team Monday night, winning 2-1. Despite being outshot 20-6, the Dogs were able to capitalize on their opportunities while the defense didn’t break.

“This was a big win,” commented coach Kyle Laker. “Each game we’re getting better and competing at a high level. Liz Heidlage is our glue in the midfield and continues to distribute to our forwards and make defensive stops. Carlie Werner and Abbey Prickel up top are becoming a dynamic duo and gaining chemistry. Ellie Cassidy continues to lead a new lineup in the backfield.”

BHS scored first when Heidlage laid a ball to Caroline Kellerman, who found the streaking Prickel for a breakaway. Four minutes later, Werner had what would be the game winner; Prickel started the play that ended on a 30-yard shot with some zip.

Besides a Marauder goal with 10:19 to go, Olive Cerniglia celebrated her birthday in goal with what Laker called “the best game of her career.” She had a diving save late in the first and added 2 key saves off corners. In front of her, Cassidy, Kari Reer and Lily Meyer kept the MVF forwards in check, only giving up long-shot attempts.

Werner’s 13th goal of the season capped off a hat trick by the senior as the Dogs shut out EIAC foe Connersville 7-0 Saturday. First-half assists went to Prickel and Lauren Gutzwiller; Olivia Knueven assisted Werner’s 22-yard shot after the half.

Laker said, “our defense didn’t allow a shot in the half and did a great job of keeping possession. They had time and space to work on their distribution out of the back.”

Prickel added two more goals, each assisted by Heidlage. Heidlage’s corner later led to a Gutzwiller goal and Laney Flynn assisted Bella Britch on the last score.

BHS (7-4, 5-1) traveled to Greenwood Thursday.

Batesville won the junior varsity match, 3-0, vs. Connersville. The JV lost 1-0 to Mt. Vernon.

Maggie Weberding netted the first goal vs. the Spartans from 20 yards out. Britch added 2 goals. “Our defense didn’t allow a shot as they played solid defense and made many penetrating runs forward to help contribute to the offensive attack,” said coach Katie Griggs.

OA improves to 8-1-3

Playing their eighth match in 15 days, 5th-ranked Oldenburg boys varsity soccer posted its eighth shutout in defeating a very young Seton Catholic squad Monday, 3-0. This followed another 3-0 shutout of Franklin County on senior day Sept. 21.

“Maybe it was senior-day jitters, but we played a little sluggish at times Saturday,” said coach Ken Getz.

Max Kirschner, Adam Huber, Ben Kraus, Noah Schmahl, Austin Kersey, Adley Kuhlmann, Noah Henson and Sam Mahoney all started on a “day they have worked hard to get to in their careers.”

Henry Kraus scored in period one at 29:52, assisted by brother Ben, who scored himself in the second half on a Huber through ball. Race Carle 1-touched the third goal off a B. Kraus assist.

OA had 17 shots (12 on goal), 5 offsides, 19 fouls, 1 hand ball, 7 corners and a yellow card for Huber. FC had 3 shots, 9 fouls, 2 corners, 2 hand balls, 1 red card and 9 saves.

“I give Seton a lot of credit,” said Getz of Monday’s match. “They played hard the entire game. I thought in the first half we lost the midfield battle, trying to force the ball to our attackers. Seton was playing 7 in the box, giving us time in the midfield. We need to recognize this and adapt sooner.”

B. Kraus began scoring with a rebound shot and added a second goal off Carle’s assist. The final goal came off Stephen “Nova” Hoff’s cross–Getz called it the night’s best play–into the 18-yard box for Nick Folop’s 1-touch score.

OA had 25 shots with 16 on goal, 3 offsides, 9 fouls, 4 corners, 1 hand ball and 1 yellow card for Carle. Chris Hautman had 1 save. SC had 7 shots (1 on goal), 1 foul, 2 corners, 1 hand ball and 15 saves.

OA (8-1-3) was at Connersville Thursday.

Bulldogs edged by Warriors

Batesville boys varsity soccer scored quickly against Whiteland Sept. 21, but the Warriors came back to earn a 2-1 win.

Less than three minutes in, Ian Powers picked up a loose ball at midfield, dribbled and took a quick shot on frame. Before the 30-minute mark, Whiteland found the equalizer on a breakaway and tap-in. Toward the end of the half, the Warriors got another breakaway; keeper Ethan Brewer impressed on the initial save, but a follow-up runner put it in the net.

BHS (6-5) is at Franklin Saturday, at East Central Monday.

OA shuts down Knights, Jets

Oldenburg’s boys tennis team earned another 5-0 win Tuesday, this time at South Dearborn. The Twisters didn’t surrender a game in the 10 total sets.

Winning big were Michael Wanstrath (1 singles over Brayden Tanner), Riley Schebler (2 singles vs. Preston Sullivan), Drew Wagner (3 singles vs. Ethan Fogle), Ethan Back and Jon Grieshop (1 doubles vs. Tyler Sloan/Grant McLane) and Patrick Thompson and Jacob Sheets (2 doubles vs. Lane Cutter/Tristan Daily).

Henry Meyer and Will Yunger kept it going with 6-1 wins over Luke Brown in JV play.

OA blanked visiting Hauser Wednesday, 5-0.

Wanstrath defeated Ethan Wallace 6-2, 6-0. Schebler defeated Keagan Miller 6-1, 6-0 and Wagner got by Sam Miller 6-1, 6-2.

Sheets/Thompson returned to the top doubles court and won 6-2, 6-0 over Levi Gollmer and Caleb Hoover. Back/Grieshop were 6-1, 6-0 winners past Dawson Paul and Carson Rose.

JV wins came from Yunger (6-0), Nate Geis (6-1) and Matthew Graf/Tim Puttmann (6-2).

OA (15-2) returns to S. Dearborn for postseason play next week.

C team tops Red Devils

Batesville’s volleyball c-team defeated Richmond Sept. 19 (25-24, 19-25, 15-9).

“Overall, we had a great night and learned to play as one and stay positive!” coach Erin Trenkamp said.

Kaitlyn Sarringhaus was 18-of-18 on serves, earning 13 pts. and 1 ace; she was 51-of-56 in the setting game (4 assists) and 16-of-18 on offense (2 kills). Kennedy Westrick was 13-of-13 serving, scoring 8 pts. while getting 14 digs.

Belle Westerfeld served 7-of-7 with 5 pts. and was 19-of-21 on attacks (3 kills). Brayleigh Patterson was 11-of-11 at the net with 5 kills and assisted in setting. Faith Tekulve was perfect in setting (2 asts.) and went 21-of-24 on offense (5 kills).

Megan Raab did some setting and Bella Shields was strong in serve receive and defense.

The EIAC tournament is Saturday.

BMS boys win SD race

The Batesville Middle School boys won the South Dearborn Invitational Sept. 21. Eli Loichinger won the boys race as the Bulldogs scored 24 points, 40 ahead of the runners-up. Kaylynn Bedel won for the girls, who were third (70 pts.) behind Gray Middle (Ky.) and SW Hanover. Lincoln Garrett won the reserve race.

Otto Hund and Megan Allgeier were both runner-up, Jake Chapman 3rd, Emi Lopez 8th, Cannon Clark 10th, Talan Rowlett 11th, Isaac Trossman 19th and Charlotte Trossman 25th.

Santiago Schutte was 2nd in the reserve division, Landon Raver 4th, Landin Hughes 5th and Cash Myers 8th.

JV loses for first time

Batesville JV football lost to East Central 17-0 Sept. 23.

“Although the offense moved the ball, turnovers and untimely mistakes kept the team from scoring,” said coach Tony Gausman.

The defense received good play from Nick McConnell, Josh Mobley, Sam Robben, Alex Seifert and Trenton Kincaide (interception).

8th grade swept

The BMS 8th-grade volleyball club (7-4) lost to Jennings County Tuesday, 25-18, 25-13.

Top server was Kaylin Hinners with 5 points, Kaylie Raver added 4, Margaret Wilson 3 and Sara Lamping, Laura Schwegman and Renee Lecher 1 each.

Wilson had 2 kills as Raver, Hinners, Taylor Blanton, and Lecher each had 1. Callie Fletcher and Annie Shane led in digs.