PREP ROUNDUP: Eagle tennis team gets win over Cubs
South Putnam defeated Greencastle 5-0 in boys’ high school tennis on Wednesday evening for the first-ever regular-season win by the Eagles over the Tiger Cubs.
“I am very proud of everyone’s performance,” South coach Johnny Briones said. “All three singles started out slowly and played a lot of defensive-type tennis. No. 2 singles turned it around and began to play more aggressive finished off his opponent in two sets. One and three singles took a little longer [each losing the first set], but continued to fight and pulled out the victory.”
Briones was also pleased with his doubles teams.
“No. 1 doubles picked up where they left off from last year, all the while showing signs of improvement,” he said. “It was the first time for two doubles, but they played like seasoned veterans.”
South Putnam also won six of the seven junior varsity matches.
“I can’t say enough about our JV players, they performed extremely well,” Briones said. “We have a great group of guys who are competitive, play hard, and like to have fun. We are looking forward to the rest of the season.”
South Putnam 5, Greencastle 0
Singles — 1. Thomas Fanning (SP) def. Trent Ross (G) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2; 2. Ty Vansickle (SP) def. Anthony Conley (G) 6-4, 6-1; 3. Garrett Heavin (SP) def. Henry Carter (G) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Doubles — 1. Austin Arnold-Tanner Pistelli (SP) def. Micah Hammond-Collin Gasway (G) 6-1, 6-0; 2. Trey Long-Brandon Rector (SP) 6-1, 6-1.
South Putnam 6, Greencastle 1
Singles — Robbie Fisher (SP) def. Jacob Carter (G) 6-1; Ethan Wallace (SP) def. Josh Nally (G) 6-1; Jaxon Hodge (SP) won 6-2 (Greencastle opponent unavailable)
Doubles — Trey Blaydes-Nate Clearwaters (SP) def. Evan Harris-Derek Taylor (G) 6-0; Marcus Robinson-Brady Robinson (SP) def. Caden Gasway-Ben Staggers (G) 6-0; Michael LeBlanc-Zion Harris (SP) def. Caden Gasway-Ben Staggers (G) 6-1; Evan Harris-Derek Taylor (G) def. Trystan Stewart-Nate Ladd (SP) 7-5.
• Southmont 187, South Putnam 226 — At Crawfordsville, the Eagles fell to a more experienced Mountie team on Wednesday.
Leighla Hazlett and Kate McCammack led the Eagles with a 54, while Drew Steffy had a 58, Kortnee Starks added a 60, Briana Flowers shot a 68 and Alex Steffy had a 71.
“Our juniors really took the lead for us tonight an performed with Kate and Leighla tying one another for South Putnam’s best score of the night,” South coach Cassie Lehmann said.
Lehmann thought her team played well despite the defeat.
“Our young team played well against a very experienced team in Southmont that has been together for three years now,” Lehmann said. “Kate McCammack had a great drive off of hole 16 with a 200-yard drive landing in the center of the fairway, only about 50 yards from the green. Leighla Hazlett also had a great last hole as she shot a 20-yard chip from a sand trap and sunk it into the hole.”
In other golf:
• Eagles second in triangular — At Clover Meadows on Thursday, Crawfordsville shot a 211 to defeat South Putnam (221) and Cloverdale (237).
Drew Steffy led South with a 49, while Kate McCammack shot a 53, Leighla Hazlett shot a 55, Kortnee Starks shot a 64, Alex Steffy had a 65 and Briana Flowers added a 72.
“We played well, despite ending the match in a downpour and some girls didn’t get to finish the game out all of the way due to weather. They shot well and kept their heads in the game even as the rains came down against a very talented Crawfordsville team.
“I couldn’t have asked them to adjust to their environment better tonight.”
• Cascade 211, Greencastle 238 — Bailey Shuee shot a 49 to win medalist honors, but the Cadets easily won the match at Tiger Pointe CC.
Molly Ramey added a 55 for the Tiger Cubs, while Kadence Shaner shot a 59 and Serena Patch and Jennifer Scott each shot a 67.
“Bailey had one birdie and some pars, but had a few holes where she hit her shots over the greens to make her score higher than it could have been,” GHS coach Steve Paquin noted. “Molly had a 55 and scored a par on a par three. Kadence had her best score of the year with a 59, but didn’t count in the scoring because Cascade only had four players and Jennifer Scott played No. 4 in the match.”
Paquin noted his team is showing improvement in some areas, but still has work to do.
“We are showing improvement in our ball striking, but chipping and putting continue to bother our inexperienced players,” he said. “We will continue to improve with more practice on the range and playing on the course.”
The Cubs will host Terre Haute North on Monday at Tiger Pointe CC.
• Greencastle 3, Crawfordsville 1 — The Tiger Cubs defeated Crawfordsville 23-25, 25-15, 25-17, and 25-12 in Thursday night’s match to improve to 2-1 on the season.
“We started off slowly in the first set, but picked up the offense in the last three sets,” GHS coach Maggie Walters said. “We were able to make a better first contact which allowed the team to run some plays in serve receive and off of free balls. We served aggressively, getting Crawfordsville out of its system multiple times.”
The Cub offense was led by middle hitters Allison Stevens (18 kills), Jada Amis (10 kills) and Jalyn Duff (30 assists).
Freshman setter Anna Zellers also contributed 15 assists. Lilly Meyer added seven kills and Macy Clark added five kills. Defensively, Libero Makenzie Woodall led the team with 15 digs as well as strong serve/receive passing, coach Walters said.
Also contributing to the defense were Ivy Wright and Duff both with 11 digs.
The team takes on Southmont at McAnally Center next Tuesday night.
In other volleyball:
• Clay City 3, South Putnam 1 — South Putnam varsity Lady Eagles fell to Clay City on Thursday in their season opener by scores of 20-25, 13-25, 25-19 and 14-25 at Central Elementary on Thursday evening.
“The girls played really well, with this being our first match,” South coach Rachelle Custis said. “We made some positive plays both offensively and defensively throughout the night. We are a young varsity team with no seniors, but these girls put forth a lot of effort.
“They are a fun group of girls who play with heart.”
Clay City won the junior varsity match 25-12, 25-14.
South will host its Eagle Invitational at 9 a.m. Saturday at Central Elementary.
• Greencastle 10, Monrovia 0 (boys) — The Tiger Cubs took a 7-0 halftime lead and never trailed in winning their season-opening match on Tuesday.
Jakob Foss scored on an unassisted goal, then assisted Hector Lezama for the team’s second goal.
Foss then scored on an assist from Ivan Glotzbach, followed by an unassisted goal from Ben Wilkerson.
The Cubs kept up the scoring as Jacob Bake scored a pair of goals, one on an assist from Tyler Rodgers and another on an assist from Foss and Glotzbach.
Foss closed out the scoring with another goal on an assist by Lezama.
Michael White scored in the second half on an assist from Foss, and Ben Parsons added a goal assisted by Glotzbach.
Foss added another goal on an assist from Lezama.
Foss finished the match with four goals and assists, while Baker had two goals, Lezama had one goal and two assists, Wilkerson, White and Parsons each had one goal, Glotzbach had three assists and Rodgers had one assist.
“We played well for our opening game,” Greencastle coach J.D. Sims said. “We moved the ball around the pitch with efficiency. We have an entire new backline that has some things to work out yet kept a shutout.”
Sims thought Foss was “very important on the day finishing and assisting throughout,” and said Glotzbach was his team’s most efficient player on the night.
“He controlled so much of the midfield and made few errors,” Sims said. “Mathew Muncie and Micheal White cleaned up a lot in the back end. Freshman newbie Carter Brown had a great save to keep the shutout in the dying moments, while Jakob Baker showed a lot of physicality and drive.
“It was a strong performance yet a lot of room to grow as a team and improve.”
In other soccer:
• North Putnam 3, South Vermillion 0 (girls) — The Lady Cougars soccer team traveled to South Vermillion on Tuesday night to play under the lights.
Senior goalkeeper Cheyenne Graham led the Lady Cougars to a shutout win as she stopped several shots.
Grace Fry, Kylee McCollough and Sophia Lotzow all found the back of the net for the Lady Cougars in the second half.
North will host Cascade at 10 a.m. on Saturday.