Twisters swim at LHS

Oldenburg’s swimming teams took on Lawrenceburg and East Central Dec. 5. The boys totaled 44 points and the girls 41, each placing third with EC winning each side.

OA is at South Dearborn Saturday.

Murphy wins at Milan

Despite Batesville wrestling dropping all five duals at Saturday’s Milan 6-way, Alex Murphy’s season debut resulted in winning his flight at 113 pounds, going 4-1. Murphy had 3 pins and a forfeit.

The Dogs fell to Adams Central (ranked 3rd in Class A) 43-33, Lawrenceburg (60-15), Milan (54-30), Rushville (42-41) and Union County (37-36 on tiebreaker criteria: least forfeits allowed). LHS won the event.

Three Bulldogs also went 4-1. JT Linkel (145 lbs.) had 3 pins and a 17-2 technical fall. Josh Mobley (152) earned 2 pins, a decision and forfeit. Tyler Schaeffer (132) took a 19-14 decision to go with 3 pins. Axel Garcia (170) went 3-2 on the day, getting a pin and forfeit.

Nick Nobbe secured 2 pins at 160. Brandon Manning (220), Caleb Bischoff-Niese (120) and freshman Aaron Norman (195) had 1 pin apiece. Freshman Daniel Richey received a forfeit at 285 and Jy’lil Chappel another at 182.

BHS (0-7) travels to Rushville Saturday.

Lady Twisters win back-to-back

Oldenburg’s varsity girls won for the second straight time Tuesday, defeating host Rising Sun 35-33 on the hardwood.

The Shiners led 14-9 after one frame. Maddi Wilson led RS with 11 points.

OA (2-8) hosts Hagerstown Saturday. Junior varsity tip is at noon.

JV ladies win fifth straight

Batesville’s junior varsity girls (6-3) captured their fifth consecutive win Dec. 7 against Shelbyville, 31-21.

“The ladies played great team defense, causing several turnovers that led to lay-ups,” said coach Clint Pride.

Makayla Granger-Young led with 8 points, followed by Madelyn Pohlman, Ava Hanson, Calley Kaiser and Gabby Elston with 4 apiece, Sarah Ripperger 3 and Olivia Raab and Cora Deputy 2 each.

Frosh team wins

The Batesville boys freshman basketball team (2-2) defeated North Decatur 23-21 Dec. 7. Nate Vankirk led the Bulldogs in scoring with 10, with Cole Pride and Bryson Bonelli adding 4 points each.

Batesville faces Lawrenceburg Friday.

Cards sweep FC

St. Louis’ 7th/8th grade boys both won against Franklin County Dec. 5. Grade 7 got their first win over FC white, 16-14, while 8th is now 7-5 after a 41-21 victory.

7th grade was down 6 points after the third quarter. “We made six clutch free throws and played great defense to bring it home,” said coach Ryan Tekulve. Henry Wanstrath led with 7 points and 5 steals while Sam Laloge had 4 points and 6 rebounds. Max Amberger hit 3 late foul shots, adding 5 boards and 2 steals. Adam Meer finished with 2 points and 4 rebounds.

All players scored again for grade 8. Connor Miles had 15, Preston Conway 7, Hank Ritter 5 (5 steals), Eli Weiler and Calvin Grote 4 each and Thomas Lohmueller, Evan Flaspohler and Carson Meyer 2 each (8 rebounds).

BMS splits pair

Batesville’s 7th/8th-grade Bulldogs won one and lost one against Greendale Dec. 5. 8th grade won a tough battle, 33-28, as the underclassmen fell 34-30. Each team is 6-1.

BMS 8th trailed early 11-7. Coach Tyler Burcham said Deacon Hamilton, Carter Bohman and Eli Loichinger provided the spark off the bench with defensive pressure and many hustle plays. Jack Grunkemeyer scored 7 points, Chris Lewis 6, Conner Drake 6, Gus Prickel 5, Bohman 4, Hamilton 3 and Sam Johnson 2.

7th grade was behind 25-14 at halftime and nearly completed the comeback. Carson Laker led with 12 points, Grant Goldsmith had 9, Jake Chapman 4, Jacob Stenger 3 and Cade Kaiser 2.

7th grade (8-1) defeated visiting Columbus Northside 41-31 Tuesday. The Bulldogs led 26-13 at half and ultimately closed the game by going 7 of 8 from the line. Chapman led with 9 points, followed by Kaiser (8), Stenger (8), Goldsmith (5), Laker (4), Will Jaisle (3) and Gage Pohlman (3).

Batesville’s 8th grade (6-3) fell to Columbus 37-25. “The game was back and forth all night but too many turnovers and missed opportunities ultimately led to defeat,” said Burcham.

Offensively, Grunkemeyer had 12 points, followed by Drake (5), Johnson (4), Prickel (2) and Bohman (2).

Crosstown split

The annual crosstown shootout between Batesville Middle School and St. Louis School took place Monday at SLS. A 3-pointer by Connor Miles at the final horn led to the 8th-grade Cards winning 35-34. BMS was all over the 7th-grade tilt, 53-7.

“This was another great community success and tradition in front of a packed house,” said SLS 8th coach Chad Miles.

The Bulldogs led 14-11 at halftime. A 13-6 third quarter by the Cards preceded BMS retaking the lead with just one minute left. Two lead changes later, the Dogs were up two with 10 seconds to go, thanks to a Carter Bohman deflection and 3-point play by Chris Lewis. Batesville missed the front end of a 1-and-1, and Hank Ritter rebounded and drove the length of the court to feed Miles.

Miles scored a game-high 18 points, trailed by Ritter’s season high of 13, Eli Weiler’s 2 and 1 foul shot each for Evan Flaspohler and Thomas Lohmueller. Carson Meyer snagged 7 rebounds. BMS scoring went Gus Prickel (10), Deacon Hamilton and Bohman (5 each), Sam Johnson and Jack Grunkemeyer (4 ea.), and Lewis and Conner Drake (3 ea.).

Jacob Stenger and Cade Kaiser scored 14 and 11, respectively, for BMS 7th. Jake Chapman and Grant Goldsmith added 8 apiece, JJ Holcomb 5, Carson Laker 3 and Javier Jimenez and John Meyer 2 each.

“I was proud of our effort and determination despite not getting the win,” said SLS 7th coach Ryan Tekulve.

Adam Meer, Henry Wanstrath, Max Amberger and Sam Laloge scored for the Cards. Meer led the team in rebounds, while Christian Mack led the team in steals and Wanstrath in assists.

Cardinals are runners-up

The St. Louis 5th-grade boys finished as runner-up in the St. Louis Tournament last weekend.

The Cardinals (6-4) won their first game of the tournament, 29-19, avenging an earlier loss to St. Michael. In the title game, SLS fell to Milan 29-26 in a hard-fought contest.

Augie Hillenbrand totaled 16 points while David Koch counted 11, Adam Weber 10 and Griffin Koester and Nash King 9 each.

5th-grade white is now 5-0 after Monday’s 24-11 win over St. Nicholas. Coach Jeff Hermesch called it a “great defensive effort.”

Hillenbrand led with 10 points, Weber followed with 8, Koester 4 and Kaden Maple 2.

On the Dirt Road

Batesville boys teams went 10-of-12 in Dirt Road Basketball League play Dec. 8, winning by an average of over 25 points.

5th grade controlled the game with defensive pressure to defeat Milan 40-18. The team then trailed East Central 14-7 at halftime before winning 25-18.

6th grade won 66-24 over Jac-Cen-Del and 59-19 over North Decatur. The 3rd-graders knocked off Rushville (39-2) and Greensburg (37-13). In 4th-grade action, the Bulldogs beat Rushville 34-14 and EC 26-9.

Grade 2 teams won twice and lost twice. Blue topped Rushville Black 36-12 and EC 26-6. White fell 17-16 to EC and 22-4 to ND red.

EC grad earns honor

Thomas More University senior Jacob Steinmetz, a 2016 East Central High School graduate, was named the Mid-South Conference Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week on Monday.

Steinmetz won the weight throw competition at the season-opening Wittenberg Tiger Collegiate Invitational Dec. 6, with a distance of 15.93 meters. He also placed second in the shot put with a distance of 13.32 meters.

Thomas More’s next meet is the Engineer Invitational in Terre Haute Jan. 31.