PREP ROUNDUP: Cloverdale’s Monnett places seventh at Clay City
CLAY CITY — Edgewood sophomore Annalyssa Crain, a state finalist last fall, dominated the field in the girls’ race at the Clay City Invitational on Thursday evening.
Crain won the race by nearly one minute over the second-place finisher.
Cloverdale placed two runners in the top 10, as Lily Monnett placed seventh and Chelsie Edwards took ninth.
Samara Young led South Putnam by finishing 12th. The Eagles placed fifth in the team standings.
The boys’ race was cancelled due to weather, and several girls’ runners were unable to finish.
Team scores — Edgewood 34, Shakamak 62, Owen Valley 75, Clay City 82, South Putnam 105.
Overall winner — Annalyssa Crain (Edgewood) 19:45.7.
Cloverdale runners — 7. Lily Monnett 22:28.2; 9. Chelsie Edwards 22:47.7 19. Macie Couch 23:43.7; 38. Megan Miller 26:25.3.
South Putnam runners — 12. Samara Young 22:56, 23. Lilly Vittetow 24:37.6; 24. Sarah Jones 24:44.4; 35. Catherine Hodge 25:55.1; 43. Ally Menke 27:01.2.
In other cross country:
• Cougars compete at NM — At Linden, North Putnam competed in the Charger Classic hosted by North Montgomery.
The Cougars placed fourth in the boys’ race, led by a 17-place finish by freshman Zach Huff.
North was sixth in the girls’ race, paced by 16th-place finish by Anna Haste.
Team scores — Hamilton Heights 39, Rensselaer Central 91, Lebanon 96, Western Boone 104, Seeger 109, North Putnam 139, North Montgomery 189, Tri-County 193, Covington 203, Southmont 278.
Overall winner — Maria Mitchell (HH) 19:52.
North Putnam runners — 16. Anna Haste 23:08; 20. Grace Elmore 23:30; 34. Madison Trotter 24:30; 36. Katie Fry 24:47; 43. Taylor Hensley 25:23; 66. Reaghan Christy 28:42; 77. Josie Lyons 30:40.
Team scores — Seeger 46, Hamilton Heights 70, Western Boone 109, North Putnam 140, Rensselaer Central 144, Lebanon 144, Tri-County 150, North Montgomery 160, Covington 216, Attica 234, Southmont 241, Parke Heritage 312.
Overall winner — Patrick Hennessey (S) 17:28.
North Putnam runners — 17. Zach Huff 19:26; 21. Kyle Young 19:51; 31. Matthew Trotter 20:39; 35. Adam Bonebrake 20:44; 36. Ellis Lyons 20:47; 45. Nic Hensley 21:16; 68. Kenny Knutti 22:39; 69. A.J. Ezman 22:41; 71. Caden Storm 22:52; 86. Jacob Farrington 23:59.
• Greencastle 3, North Montgomery 1 — The Greencastle Tiger Cubs defeated North Montgomery on Wednesday.
The Chargers won the first set 25-19, before Greencastle came back to win three straight by scores of 25-18, 25-23 and 25-15.
“Setters Jalyn Duff and Anna Zellers found success in spreading out the offense,” GHS coach Maggie Walters said. “By running a variety of sets, the team was able to get North Montgomery out of system multiple times.”
Allison Stevens (11 kills) and Jalyn Duff (25 assists) led the offense.
Lilly Meyer recorded 10 kills, while Macy Clark had seven and Jada Amis added six kills with zero hitting errors. Anna Zellers had 11 assists on the night.
“Defensively, the Cubs were able to slow down the pace of North Mont’s offense by setting a strong block,” Walters said.
The team had a total of 12 blocks, with Stevens leading with five. Duff led in digs with 22, and Mckenzie Woodall and Meyer both added 11. Ivy Wright also added four aces.
The team plays in the County Tournament Saturday at Cloverdale, meeting North Putnam in the second match.
In other volleyball:
• Owen Valley 3, Cloverdale 0 — On Tuesday, the Clovers were swept by Patriots in Western Indiana Conference action.
The Patriots won by scores of 25-22, 25-19 and 25-18.
Scoring: Hannah Rady 12, Kenzie Stoltz 12, and Kaya Daub 11
Kills: Kenzie Stoltz 9, Tori Combs 8, and Kayla Perdue 7
Assists: Hannah Rady 23
“I was really pleased with some of our team improvement in a couple of areas and in some individual skill improvement by specific players,” said Clover coach Jim Spencer, in just his second match after taking over from injured coach Sam Jones. “We just need to continue to get better as a team and as individuals as we move through the season. We never lack effort or desire for improvement each time these particular classes at Cloverdale participate in practices and/or games in any sport.
“They make coming to the gym or field every day as a coach an enjoyable and rewarding experience.”
Spencer noted some aspects of the match in which his team was able to succeed.
“When we were able to establish ball control and stay in system tonight, we were really effective and made a lot of progress towards becoming a better team,” he said. “Unfortunately, we had a series of runs in each game where we struggled with serve receive and ball control. Thus, we spent way too much time chasing the ball around the court and being at the mercy of Owen Valley’s best offensive attacks. Owen Valley did an excellent job of serving us tough and keeping us from controlling the flow of the game.”
Spencer feels the match will give him some needed information for the rest of the season.
“This match gave us a lot of feedback and valuable information moving forward,” he said. “I am sure everyone will be ready to begin working towards becoming a better team.”
Cloverdale dropped to 9-3 on the season and 1-1 in the WIC.
The Cloverdale JV team won in 2 games.
• Cloverdale 3, South Putnam 0 — On Thursday, the Clovers defeated the Eagles in a preview of the first match in Saturday’s county tournament.
The Clovers won by scores of 25-22, 25-19 and 25-18 to improve to 10-3 on the season with a road win
Stat leaders for Cloverdale:
Assists: Hannah Rady 25
Digs: Hailey Thomas 15, Kenzie Stoltz 10
Kills: Tori Combs 20 , Kayla Perdue 7, Kenzie Stoltz 7
Points: Hannah Rady13, Hailey Thomas 12, Kaya Daub 9
“We did a better job tonight with some of our positioning on the court in all aspects of the game,” coach Jim Spencer said. “We are really trying to focus on being quicker on and off the net, being where we belong, better communication, and anticipating what might happen next during the game. We were also able to avoid South Putnam scoring runs after South Putnam did a really good job of going on a run during the middle of game one.”
Cloverdale won the junior varsity match 25-14, 25-23 to improve to 5-1 on the season.
Cloverdale stat leaders:
Digs: Bella Branneman 7
Points: Kacey Shedron 9, Abby Yartz 8
Kills: Lindsey Minton 4, Alexa Wynia 4
Assists: Kacey Shedron
• North Putnam 1, Bethesda Christian 1 (boys) — The Cougars clawed until the very end to earn a tie against Bethesda Christian.
“The Cougars went down on a tough goal in the first half, but didn’t drop their heads,” coach Kyle Morgan said. “We pushed and pushed, and this match was a great example of why I push effort all the time.
“Our effort was fantastic in the second half, and their efforts were rewarded in the form of a tying goal from a Dane Spencer free kick,” Morgan added.
Last year, Bethesda beat the Cougars 7-0 twice.
“We are all extremely proud of the progress the team is making,” Morgan said. “This team is so different as a soccer team, but it’s the players who have changed and grown. I’m proud of the work we’ve done so far, but I’m far from satisfied.”
The Cougars are now 3-3-3 on the season, and play at Northview on Saturday.
In other soccer:
• North Montgomery 3, North Putnam 1 (girls) — North Montgomery took a 2-0 halftime lead and never trailed in defeating the Lady Cougars.
Grace Fry found the back of the net in the second half making it a one goal game for a short period of time before the Lady Chargers scored again. The Cougars travel to Brazil on Saturday to play Northview.
• Eagles tie for second in quad meet — Northview hosted and won a quadrangular match on Tuesday, scoring an impressive 178.
South Putnam and South Vermillion tied for second at 206, while Parke Heritage was fourth with 207.
“Kate McCammack teed off on hole No. 6 with a nearly 300-yard drive, resulting in the longest shot that we have had yet this year,” South coach Cassie Lehmann said. “Alex Steffy brought in a 51 at her best score of the season and our second-best score of the night. She has really been improving greatly during practices.”
Drew Steffy led the Eagles with a 50, while Leighla Hazlett added a 52, Kortnee Starks had a 53 and McCammack had a 55.
“With our county match coming up on Monday, I have really enjoyed seeing the girls dropping strokes off of our team score each time we play,” Lehmann said.
In other golf:
• Cubs third at Northview — On Thursday, Northview won a triangular match at Crawfordsville.
The Knights shot a 208, with Crawfordsville placing second at 217 and Greencastle third with 239.
Molly Ramey led the Cubs with a 52, while Bailey Shuee had a 54, Serena Patch had a 65, Kadence Shaner had a 68 and Jennifer Scott shot a 69.
“Molly was the medalist for the Cubs for the first time this season shooting a 52, while Bailey shot a 54 with one bad hole where she had a double-par 10 on the par five 18th hole,” GHS coach Steve Paquin said. “Serena, Kadence, and Jennifer struggled on the back nine that they had never played before.”
Paquin noted that none of his five players had ever played the Crawfordsville course.
“This is particularly hard for players with little experience just to know the right direction and length to hit their shots and then putting on unfamiliar greens,” he said. “This match was just a little setback from their last match where each player played their best scores of the year. We should bounce back on Monday in the county tourney.”
• Southmont 203, North Putnam 237 — The Lady Cougar golfers met up again with Southmont at Crawfordsville Country Club on Tuesday.
“It will take them every extra minute of their day on practice days and the upcoming weekend to get back on track,” North coach Linda Patrick said. “The potential is there but the girls will have to prove it to themselves both individually and as a team.”
Abby Simmerman led North with a 54, while Haylee Greene added a 55.
Nyiah Goff shot a 63, while Brittany Bonifacius shot a 65 and Grace Timm had a 68.
• Eagles win pair — After a long break from competition, South Putnam got back in action this week and defeated Speedway 5-0 on Tuesday and Southmont 4-1 on Thursday.
With the varsity being rained out on Saturday at the New Palestine tournament and being off Sunday and Monday for Labor Day, South Putnam coach Johnny Briones was concerned heading into Tuesday’s match.
“The guys responded really well,” Briones said. “They are competing to win, and I am very proud of all their performances. We need to build up some momentum for the upcoming conference championship match against Owen Valley on the 15th.”
The Eagles won all five matches in straight sets, and also won the junior varsity match.
On Thursday, Thomas Fanning at No. 1 singles and Ty VanSickle at No. 2 singles won quickly in straight sets, but the other matches all went three sets.
“One and two singles are playing really well and made quick work of their opponents,” Briones said. “No. 2 doubles started out really well, struggled in the second set and could not bounce back, but they continue to improve. No. 1 doubles had the same scenario, but with their experience they pulled it together to get the win in three sets and seal the team win.
“No. 3 singles had a really good match, and I am proud of how he stuck it out for three sets and finished off his opponent in a tiebreaker for a little icing on the cake.”
South’s junior varsity team picked up another win.
“They are continuing to show signs of improvement each and every match,” Briones said. “I am proud of all the boys’ performances.”
South Putnam 5, Speedway 0
Singles — 1. Thomas Fanning (SP) def. Zach Merrill (S) 7-5, 6-1; 2. Ty VanSickle (SP) def. Jon Sauter (S) 6-2, 6-2; 3. Garrett Heavin (SP) def. Logan Woodlock (S) 6-2, 6-4.
Doubles — 1. Austin Arnold-Tanner Pistelli (SP) def. Griffin Smith-Jared Shewmaker (S) 6-3, 6-0; 2. Trey Blaydes-Nate Clearwaters (SP) def. Brandon Dickey-Sar Moo (S) 7-6(8-6), 6-4.
South Putnam 2, Speedway 1
Doubles — Trey Long-Brandon Rector (SP) def. Sam Doehrman-Jacob Foxworthy (S) 6-2, 6-3; Brady Robinson-Marcus Robinson (SP) def. Sam Arle-Jack Thompson (S) 8-4; Austin Huddleston-Ryan Pettigrew (S) def. Robbie Fisher-Jaxon Hodge (SP) 8-2.
South Putnam 4, Southmont 1
Singles — 1. Thomas Fanning (SP) def. Reese Long (S) 6-1, 6-1; 2. Ty VanSickle (SP) def. Trevor McKinney (S) 6-0, 6-0; 3. Garrett Heavin (SP) def. Connor McVay (S)
Doubles — 1. Austin Arnold-Tanner Pistelli (SP) def. Liam Callahan-Micah Korhorn (S) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4; 2. Luke Watson-Luke Gregg (S) def. Trey Blaydes-Nate Clearwaters (SP) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
South Putnam 5, Southmont 2
Singles — Robbie Fisher (SP) def. Gavin Waddell (S) 8-4; Preston Little (S) def. Marcus Robinson (SP) 8-4; Brady Robinson (SP) def. Cale Hess (S) 8-6.
Doubles — Trey Long-Brandon Rector (SP) def. Tanner Walls-Ryan Reimondo (S) 8-5; Ethan Wallace-Jaxon Hodge (SP) def. Carson McKinney-Van Powers (S) 8-3; Blake Gardner-Caleb Sixberry (S) def. Zion Harris-Michael LeBlanc (SP) 8-8(7-1); Trystan Smithers-Nate Ladd (SP) def. Gavin Waddell-Preston Little (S) 8-6.