BHS swimmers impress in Indy

Batesville’s varsity swimming teams traveled to Indianapolis to swim in the iconic IU Natatorium against 17 other teams in the Brebeuf Jesuit “Schools with No Pools” Invitational Tuesday. Overall, the Bulldogs had a great night of competition with the Lady Bulldogs coming in 8th and the boys finishing in 4th.

The boys had 221 to winning Brebeuf’s 294. Oldenburg Academy was 15th with 30. Roncalli won the girls meet (307) as BHS scored 107 and OA 55 (12th).

The 200 medley team of Will Johnson, Ethan Brewer, Ben Moster and Sean Callahan won in a time of 1:48.97 and Moster took first in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.57). Callahan scored 28 points to lead the boys and Sonja Gaulin 26 to pace the girls. 51% of BHS swims were personal bests.

Runners-up were all at the junior varsity level. Joseph Shroder, Ciaran Tyrer, Derek VanSickle and Nathan Villani were 2nd in 200 medley. Shroder and Callie Main were 2nd in 50 freestyle, and the 400 free team of Liz Loichinger, Lilly Wonnell, Main and Ava Obermeyer.

Austin Pohlman was 3rd in JV 50 free and the varsity 200 free team (1:39.79) of Brewer, Moster, Callahan, Johnson.

Other Bulldog placements: Quinn Rasnick (10th; 200/500 free), Grant Story (15th; 200 free), Callahan (5th; 200/500 free), Moster (10th; 200 individual medley), Johnson (5th/100 backstroke, 6th/50 free), Brewer (5th/100 butterfly, 11th/50 free), Mason Enneking (16th; 50 free), Tyrer (11th; 100 breast), VanSickle (13th; 100 breast), boys 400 free (Rasnick, Enneking, VanSickle, Tyrer; 9th), girls 200 medley (10th; Claire Sunderman, Wonnell, Maria Lopez, Gwen Martin), Lopez (12th; 200 IM), Gaulin (4th/100 free, 8th/50 free), Martin (9th/500 free, 12th/50 free), Paige Oldham (13th; 50 free), girls 200 free (9th; Loichinger, Sunderman, Oldham, Gaulin), girls 400 free (6th; Gaulin, Oldham, Lopez, Martin).

The boys JV free relays were 4th: 200 (Alex Livers, Ean Loichinger, Story, Vonley Hund) and 400 (Shroder, Story, Pohlman, JJ Kuisel). Girls 200 medley JV was 6th (Kierra Brock, Lauren Voss, Main, Abby Blomer) and 200 free JV 7th (Obermeyer, Voss, Brock, Blomer).

OA’s top finishers were Amelia Austin (11th, 500 free) and Paris Raab (11th, 100 free). Austin was also 16th in 100 breast, while Nathan Geis was 15th (100 free) and 17th (200 IM). Tyler Wuestefeld was 17th in the 200 free and Elizabeth Gigrich 18th in the 50 free.

Girls sectional preliminaries are Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m., at Columbus North.

Lady Dogs lose finale

On senior night Tuesday, Batesville’s varsity girls dropped a 55-33 decision to Greenwood Christian Academy. Isabella Reed netted 23 for GCA and Ellie Bigelow had 13.

In Saturday’s loss to Greensburg, Carlie Werner scored 11 and Ashley Nobbe had 8; Calley Kaiser and Catherine Raab added 6 each.

Batesville (6-16) will face Connersville to open the South Dearborn sectional Tuesday. Tip is 7 p.m.

JV falls twice

Batesville’s boys JV lost conference games to Franklin County and Connersville over the weekend.

FC won 42-33 thanks to a 15-4 fourth quarter. Eli Pierson led BHS with 15, Ben Schebler had 6, Alex Siefert 4, Cole Werner 4, Austin Cornn 2 and Cody Mohr 2.

CHS scored in double digits in each frame for a 49-28 win. Werner scored 8, Siefert 5, Brady Westerfeld 5, Pierson 4, Schebler 3 and Zach Wade 3.

Reserve ladies end season strong

Batesville’s JV girls closed the year with two nice wins, defeating Greensburg Saturday (34-25) and edging Connersville Tuesday.

“Defense was a big key Saturday as we kept Greensburg from finding any rhythm on offense, with several steals and deflections,” said coach Clint Pride. “Offensively, we continuously attacked the rim.”

BHS led most of the way against the Spartans, who mounted a comeback late. Big free throws, and a late bucket and defense by Lizzy Nobbe, helped seal the win. “This was a team effort, winning in heart-attack fashion,” said Pride.

Emma Weiler totaled 36 points in the set and Carley Pride 14. Ava Hanson added 8, Cora Deputy 6 and Gabby Elston, Calley Kaiser and Nobbe 2 each. Also playing well, per the coach, were Sophie Meyer, Madelyn Pohlman and Olivia Raab.

“I’m super proud of all of the girls as each of them fought hard and continued to improve as we battled through injuries and quarter restrictions,” said Pride of his 12-9 squad. “I’d like to thank coaches Bryan Helvie, Lisa Gausman and Jack Smith for all their help and support this season. Great job and thanks, ladies!”

Frosh season ends

Batesville’s 9th-grade boys dropped their season finale, 21-8, to South Dearborn this past Saturday. Bryson Bonelli, Ben Harmeyer and Nate Vankirk each scored 2 points.

7th-grade Dogs start 2-1

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.

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.

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.

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. The varsity sectional is Saturday at Franklin County.