Lady Dogs win in pool
Batesville's girls swim team captured first place at a triangular meet hosted by Lawrenceburg High School Jan. 10. The Bulldogs scored 123 points to LHS' 101 and Milan's 62. The BHS boys (93) took third in a competitive meet, behind Lawrenceburg's 116 and MHS' 104.
Halle Renck, Allison Storms, Maria Lopez and Jenna Ertel won the 200 medley relay; Renck, Kate Poltrack, Ertel and Gwen Martin took 1st in the 200 freestyle relay and the quartet of Poltrack, Martin, Lopez and Storms won the 400 free relay. Storms swam to victory in the 100 free and 100 breaststroke races, with Poltrack (500 free), Lopez (100 butterfly) and Renck (100 backstroke) winning individual contests. Sean Callahan paced the boys with a 500 free win.
Taking runner-up were Martin (200, 500 free), Lopez (200 individual medley), Ertel (50 free), Olive Cerniglia (100 back), Renck (100 fly), Callahan (200 IM), Ben Moster (100 breast) and the boys 200 free relay team of Moster, Callahan, Ethan Brewer and Mason Enneking.
Bronze winners were Poltrack (200 IM), Ertel (100 breast), Brewer (200 free, 100 fly) and Quinn Rasnick (500 free).
The Bulldogs travel to East Central Jan. 15.
OA girls topple Knights
Oldenburg Academy's Harlee Masavage connected on a field goal in the closing seconds to send the Lady Twisters to an exciting 44-42 road win at South Dearborn Jan. 10.
Senior Katie Kinker scored a game-high 27 points for the visitors. SD got 19 from Kyrstin Bond.
OA (12-7) welcomes Switzerland County Thursday night in the home finale.
Trojans edge BHS girls
In an Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference tilt Jan. 11, Batesville's varsity girls basketball team fell 39-36 at East Central.
An excellent third quarter (13-4) had the visitors leading 29-24 going into the fourth. EC outscored the Dogs 15-7 down the stretch.
Batesville (7-11, 1-3) plays at conference foe Rushville Thursday. A Jan. 12 matchup with South Dearborn was rescheduled for Jan. 24 at BHS.
EC remained in the chase for the EIAC title with the win.
Twisters swim in tri-meet
Oldenburg's swim teams traveled to Southwestern Hanover Jan. 10 to face the Rebels and Salem. OA went 1-3 on the evening.
The Twister girls beat Salem 90-61 but the boys were edged 31-29. SW topped OA 79-64 (girls) and 64-23 (boys).
OA participates in the Schools with No Pools Invitational Jan. 22.
SLS 8th up to 19 wins
The St. Louis Cardinals' 8th-grade boys basketball team improved its record to 19-2 on the season by defeating the Sunman-Dearborn Trojans 53-51 Jan. 3 and beating the St. Nicholas Trojans Jan. 7 by a score of 48-12.
The boys then concluded the regular season Jan. 10 by defeating the St. Bartholomew Irish 27-22. The Cards started Southeastern Indiana tournament play Monday night at home.
BMS ends regular season
Ahead of the SEI boys basketball tourney that started Monday, the Batesville Middle School squads earned a sweep of Benjamin Rush Jan. 8. Grade 7 moved to 10-5 with a 50-24 win, while 8th grade is 3-12 after a 47-23 triumph.
Grade 8 had an excellent start, going up 19-0 after one quarter. In a physical game, 41 total free throws were shot. "The Bulldogs were fueled by defensive energy and effort on the glass," said coach Tyler Burcham. He noted energy off the bench from Trenton Kincade, Jaden Smith and Jackson Tracy. Scoring came from Bryson Bonelli (13), Cole Pride (9), Jackson Renck (6), Lyle Oesterling (5), Max Baumer (5), Sam Weigel (4), Will Sherwood (3) and Grant Peters (2).
Leading in scoring for 7th was Jack Grunkemeyer with 15, followed by Conner Drake with 12 and Noah Pierson with 7. Sam Johnson had 6, Deacon Hamilton 5, Gus Prickel 3 and Chris Tillman and Chris Lewis 1 each.
Indiana boasts top course
According to golfadvisor.com, The Fort Golf Course (6002 N. Post Rd.) at Fort Harrison State Park, Indianapolis, is tops in the United States for layout, as voted upon by website readers. The Fort hosted The Big Ten Conference women’s golf championship in 2015 and 2016.
The Fort’s 18-hole, par-72 course, a Pete Dye design, is noted for its rolling terrain and tree-lined fairways, and is consistently ranked among the top public golf courses in Indiana. The course is adjacent to the Fort Harrison State Park Inn Resort, which offers convenient stay and play options.
The full list is at golfadvisor.com/best-of/best-of-2018-course-layout. For more information, visit thefortgolfcourse.com.
Source: Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks