Golfers tie season best
Batesville’s girls golf team tied its top 9-hole score of the year Sept. 12 at Hillcrest to score walk-over wins over Oldenburg and North Decatur, who each fielded an incomplete team.
Freshman Emma Weiler led the field with a 36 as BHS carded a 187. Senior Sarah Ronnebaum had a 45 and ND’s Sidney Parmer shot 47. Batesville’s Chloe Murphy finished at 52 and teammate Tori Harpring at 54; OA’s Emerald Simmonds scored a 54 as well. BHS’ No. 5 Madelyn Pohlman shot 58.
The Bulldogs play Thursday vs. East Central at Hillcrest.
Twisters defeat Spartans
Oldenburg’s boys varsity tennis team nipped host Connersville Thursday, winning 3-2.
Points came from No. 3 singles and the doubles courts. Drew Wagner won 6-2, 6-2 over Seth Spurlock. Riley Schebler and Ethan Back defeated Dustin McCarrell and Dylan Bennington at 2 doubles (6-4, 6-4) and Patrick Thompson and Jacob Sheets did the trick in three sets (3-6, 6-2, 6-3) vs. Sebastian Burch and Gage Brown.
At 1 singles, Will Yunger fell 6-1, 6-1 to Gavin Parsley while Jon Grieshop lost 6-2, 6-3 to Jonah Graham.
OA (10-2) is at Lawrenceburg Wednesday.
In junior varsity action, Tim Puttmann and Matthew Graf won 6-4 and Luke Yunger and Colton Schuckmann won 6-3 in doubles play. On the losing end were Will Hollingsworth/Evan Hilbert (6-0), Henry Meyer (6-3), Schuckmann (6-3), Nate Geis (6-4) and Gavin Hammerle (7-5).
BHS girls now 5-4
Columbus East came to the Batesville pitch Sept. 12 and won both varsity and JV girls matchups, 3-1.
“Columbus East was a very strong, physical team without a lot of returning varsity players,” said head coach Kyle Laker. “We knew going in this would be a tough match. They outworked us at times in the game and it’s hard to come back on a strong team like that. Abbey (Prickel) gave us a spark up top and we’ll continue to tweak our formation as we look to find more offense.”
CE took a 1-0 lead on a free kick from 40 yards out. Despite Batesville having the majority of the possession through the first half, they found themselves down 1-0.
East would add two more early in the second half to go up 3-0. With 15 minutes to play, Prickel netted the team’s first goal of the match.
On Saturday, Batesville faced off at Franklin County, earning an 8-0 victory. It was the Bulldogs’ third shutout of the year.
Batesville scored four times in each half. Olivia Knueven scored first as she headed in a Liz Heidlage corner kick. Prickel added the 2nd and 3rd goals, both on assists from Heidlage. Carlie Werner scored the final goal of the half off Heidlage’s 4th assist. The Batesville defense did not give up a shot.
In the second half, the scoring began with a Franklin County own goal as Ellie Cassidy and Werner put pressure on the defense. Werner added her 2nd goal of the match on an assist from Prickel. Lauren Gutzwiller got her name in the scoring column off yet another assist from Heidlage. The 8th and final score came in the form of a PK. Just seconds after goalkeeper Lilly Wonnell saved a penalty kick attempt by the Wildcats, Tristan Rowlett earned one for Batesville. Rowlett stepped up and put the PK into the side net.
BHS (5-4, 4-1) had a week’s break before Saturday’s home conference match with Connersville.
The JV lost 3-1 to East and defeated FC 2-0.
Bella Britch scored with and assist to Allie Savage for BHS vs. Columbus, who held a 3-1 lead at the break. Coach Katie Griggs credited Eden Lewis, Hailey Lipps, Lilly Wonnell, Belle Wolters and Makayla Granger for shutting down CE in the last half.
Against the Cats, Laney Flynn scored first with an assist from Rowlett. Britch scored the second goal with a nice pass from Lilly Grigg. The Bulldogs shut out the Wildcats with solid defense from Lipps and Granger.
Batesville’s varsity and JV boys tennis completed a sweep of Columbus East Sept. 12 in the Bulldogs’ final home match of the season.
The Dogs won 4-1 in varsity action while the JV won 5-0.
Columbus North Invitational on Saturday.
OA gets rare win over Trojans
Playing East Central for the first time in nine years Thursday, Oldenburg’s varsity boys soccer team produced a 1-0 shutout over the Trojans.
“These games are what you train for,” said OA coach Ken Getz. “It was a hard fought game that could have gone either way. Both teams had some good looks during the game.”
Scoreless until the 12:16 mark of the second half, Ben Kraus got a through ball up the middle, beat two defenders and drove a shot past EC’s keeper. Sam Mahoney led the defense, stopping runs up the middle. Keeper Chris Hautman came up with a shutout on 2 saves late in the game.
OA had 5 shots, 9 fouls, 2 corners, 2 hand balls, 1 yellow card (Nick Folop). EC had 22 shots, 2 offsides, 9 fouls, 6 corners and 1 save.
EC won the reserve game 3-0. OA had 7 shots, 1 offsides, 6 fouls, and Aiden Geers had 3 saves. EC had 13 shots, 2 offsides, 7 fouls, 3 corners and 5 saves.
OA was at Seymour Saturday and hosted Rising Sun Monday.
5-setter goes to Bulldogs
Batesville varsity volleyball won a hard-fought battle Thursday against Jennings County, 25-16, 21-25, 26-24, 18-25, 15-10.
“It was a great win with contributions made on every level,” said coach Kateri Paul. “It was great to have Kerigan Haskamp back in action with key blocks.”
Defense was led by senior Macy Prickel and freshman Laney Walsman. Kylie Laker was everywhere on the court contributing tough serves and leading the team in assists. Cayman Werner took over at the net with the help of Nikki Fox.
BHS defeated South Ripley Saturday at the Ripley County Tournament. The championship results weren’t available at press time.
ND overwhelms Twisters
Oldenburg football lost for the first time as North Decatur laid a 39-6 final on them Friday.
The Chargers scored the first 39 and Abe Peetz got OA on the board late. Alex Stirn rushed for 160 yards and passed for another 141. Logan Koehne had 117 yards receiving and 3 TDs.
OA (2-1) will play Switzerland County Friday night at Cincinnati’s Elder High School.
JV girls fall to Panthers
Batesville’s reserve volleyballers fell to 9-6 after an 18-25, 14-25 loss to Jennings County Thursday.
In the first set, Shelby Westerfeld served 8 straight points and 2 aces but BHS had trouble with serve reception. Faith Tekulve provided a spark in set 2 with a pair of kills.
“We’ve hit a rough patch with injuries and inconsistent play,” said coach Shelly Prickel. “The aggressive net play of JC overwhelmed our defensive coverage.”
8th grade has tough loss
The Batesville Middle School 8th-grade volleyball team (4-3) had a very disappointing, but hard-fought loss to Milan (25-23, 23-25, 13-15), said coach Angie Ehrman. “Unfortunately the team made too many serving mistakes to earn the win,” said the coach.
Margaret Wilson had 16 service points and Kaylie Raver had 10 points. In the front line, Wilson had 6 kills, Raver 3, Renee Lecher 2 and Calli Fletcher, Annie Shane and Sara Lamping 1 each.