Twisters win 3rd straight
Oldenburg Academy’s boys had a nice weekend with a pair of wins on the road.
The Twisters edged Jac-Cen-Del Friday 63-61 before triumphing over Heritage Christian 50-39 Saturday.
OA (11-5) travels to Cincinnati Roger Bacon Feb. 4.
Frosh season ends
Batesville’s 9th-grade boys dropped their season finale, 21-8, to South Dearborn Jan. 25. Bryson Bonelli, Ben Harmeyer and Nate Vankirk each scored 2 points.
7th-grade Dogs start 2-2
Batesville Middle School’s 7th-grade girls lost the season opener to North Decatur, 20-18, then defeated Waldron 29-20 at home and destroyed host Milan 45-7.
Solid team defense was a constant throughout each game, said coach Chris Weiler. He noted good rebounding against Waldron and offensive execution vs. Milan.
Sophie Gesell scored 15 total and Marlee Obermeyer combined for 14, as did Veronica King; Lydia Haskamp 12, Annie Negovetich 10, Eden Williams 9, Dottie Turner 8, Addyson Weiler 4 and Ryan Oesterling, Georgia Voegele and Ava Powner 2 each.
7th grade lost 31-24 at Jac-Cen-Del Thursday.
“The Bulldogs struggled from the field and at the free throw line, but played with effort throughout,” Weiler said. Haskamp led with 10 points, followed by Obermeyer with 6, Gesell 4, King 4 and Williams 1.
8th-grade Bulldogs start season
The 8th-grade Lady Bulldogs fell short to North Decatur in overtime, 37-32. The girls recovered for a home win over Waldron (34-16) and a 35-21 road win at Milan.
Coach Amber Erthart said the team did well defensively against ND and Kaylie Raver did well with her individual matchup. The girls worked together as a team on both ends of the floor against Waldron, said the coach.
Elena Kuisel totaled 28 points and Kaylin Hinners 20. Raver had 7 vs. Waldron and Billie Puente 6; Puente added 6 more at Milan with Eleney McGuire tossing in 6.
The girls had trouble at Jac-Cen-Del Jan. 30, falling 45-11.
“After a long week with four games, it was tough for the girls to get into a rhythm,” Erhart remarked. “We played hard throughout the game, and I’m proud of the effort I saw from the team.”
On the Dirt Road
Batesville 5th & 6th-grade Dirt Road Basketball League boys teams lost in the tournament at Centerville Jan. 26.
6th grade won handily over Milan (59-32) but fell to Centerville 44-41 in the championship. 5th grade got by East Central 26-21 in a quarterfinal before losing to Centerville 41-33 in the semis.
In other action, 4th grade knocked off Rushville 29-12 but took a 32-29 loss to South Ripley. 3rd grade swept Greensburg (35-24) and Franklin County (16-9).
SLS splits with St. Mary’s
Hosting St. Mary’s (Greensburg) in the season opener Monday, St. Louis’ 8th-grade girls won 31-15 while the 7th grade lost 26-9.
“We did very well at the free throw line, which is always a key part to a basketball game,” coach Erin Trenkamp said of her 8th grade. “Several assists also led to points on offense, and playing tough all around for some steals was a vital part of the game.”
Claire Saner scored 10, Kate Weber had 9, Catherine Streator 8 and Isabelle Wonnell and Ava Owens 2 each.
The coach said grade 7 never gave up and kept a positive attitude, adding Ainsley Sipples and Anna Moore pulled down rebounds all night long. Lucy Abplanalp had 5 points and Maria Voegele and Kenzie Maple 2 each.
Both teams fell to Greensburg Jan. 30. 8th grade lost a tight 32-28 affair while 7th suffered a 58-11 defeat.
“The girls pulled out an effective press but just a bit too late for the win,” Trenkamp commented on her 8th graders. “So proud of their grit as foul trouble took over the first half; coming back from that is always a tough thing. They absolutely never gave up; if anything, they pushed harder.”
Weber paced 8th with 10 points and an assist. Streator added 6 points and 2 blocks and Rhea Miller scored 5 (1 three). Saner put in 4, Lilly Schebler 2 and Sadie Wachsmann a foul shot.
Scoring for SLS 7th were Sipples (4), Abplanalp (3) and Moore and Maple (2 each). “While this was a tough game, we started to see something happening on both offense and defense,” said the coach.
8th grade girls play Saturday in a tournament at St. Barts.
Win, loss for St. Louis
The St. Louis 5th/6th-grade girls opened their home schedule Wednesday vs. St. Mary’s North Vernon. 5th grade romped 35-8 but grade 6 fell 33-10.
Defense created turnovers for SLS 5th, who jumped ahead 18-2 by halftime. Mimi Smith scored 5 of her 9 points in the third quarter and Ella King led the Cards with 12 points. Belle Young and Madden Showalter each had 4 points.
Rachel Suttmann counted 8 for the upperclassmen and Jaelyn Owens added 2.
EC’s reserves wrestle well
As if an unbeaten varsity season weren’t enough, East Central wrestling also saw its reserves fare well this winter.
Three wrestlers were undefeated: sophomores David Nash and Samuel Ringer and junior Ryan May. Four wrestlers only had 1 loss: juniors Ethan Merk and Hunter Mobley and sophomores Ryan Bovard and Nathan Myers.
The team had an impressive season with combined wins over 200.