PREP ROUNDUP: Clover spikers win WIC East title

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Tori Combs goes up to make a spike in action earlier this season.
Banner Graphic file photo/JOEY BENNETT

TRAFALGAR — A crazy and turbulent season that saw a coaching change in the first month of the season is winding up pretty well for Cloverdale’s volleyball team.

The Clovers won the Western Indiana Conference’s East Divison title with a narrow 3-2 win at previously-undefeated Indian Creek on Monday night.

The Clovers and Braves both finished 4-1, but Cloverdale is the division winner on the head-to-head tiebreaker.

They will host West Division champion Northview on Thursday night in the first-ever crossover championship matchup for Cloverdale since joining the conference.

“After trailing 8-0 and 10-2, we fought back and won game one [25-22],” Clover coach Jim Spencer said. “The girls did a great job during the match of making adjustments and following the scout and game plan. All 10 players that participated made key contributions and plays.”

Indian Creek won the second set 25-23, but the Clovers came back to win the third set by another 25-22 margin. The Braves tied the match at 2-2 with a 25-20 win in set four, setting the stage for the final set to 15 points.

The Clovers won by a 15-8 margin to clinch the division title.

Spencer feels the team’s win is a direct result of its hard work.

“This is just a great win for a group of players that have been working very hard to get better in practice,” he said. “It was one of the best games we have had in offensive distribution of kills. We struggled in some areas, but made enough plays to get the important win.”

Clover stat leaders:

Assists: Hannah Rady 36

Points: Kenzie Stoltz 18, Hannah Rady 17

Kills: Tori Combs 14, Kenzie Stoltz 12, Kayla Perdue 10

Digs: Hailey Thomas 17, Kenzie Stoltz 12

Indian Creek won the JV match 25-22, 25-17 to drop the Clovers to 11-7 on the season.

Clover stat leaders:

Assists: Kacey Shedron 9

Digs: Lindsey Minton 9

Points: Lindsey Minton 10

Kills: Ashlynn Basore 4, Alexia Wynia 3

WIC volleyball crossover round

Thursday, 6 p.m. (JV-V)

1st/2nd place — Northview at Cloverdale

3rd/4th place — Greencastle at Indian Creek

5th/6th place — North Putnam at Brown County

7th/8th place — Sullivan at Owen Valley

9th/10th place — South Putnam at Edgewood

11th/12th place — West Vigo at Cascade

In other volleyball:

Cloverdale 3, Eminence 0 — The Clovers improved to 18-8 on the season on Tuesday night with a sweep at Eminence, winning every set 25-9.

“We did a good job of spreading the ball around on offense and continuing to improve on some of our defensive skills,” Cloverdale coach Jim Spencer said.

Clover stats:

Kills: Tori Combs 12, Kenzie Stoltz 10

Digs: Hailey Thomas 9

Points: Hailey Thomas 11, Kenzie Stoltz 9, Autumn Lewellen 9

Assists: Hannah Rady 29

Cloverdale won the junior varsity match 25-9, 25-10 to improve to 12-7 on the season.

Clover stats:

Kills: Alexa Wynia 6, Ashlynn Basore 5

Points: Kacey Shedron 15, Aubree Branigan 7

Assists: Kacey Shedron 16

Digs: Bella Branneman 4

Cloverdale hosts Northview on Thursday for Senior Night.

Greencastle 3, Terre Haute South 1 — The Tiger Cubs defeated Terre Haute South on Monday for Senior Night by scores of 22-25, 25-13, 25-23 and 25-21.

“The Cubs started off slowly, struggling to adjust to the slower offense coming from the other side of the net,” GHS coach Maggie Walters said. “Our blocking was too early, and we struggled to stay disciplined and wait for the ball. It was hard for our defense to get set up.”

The Braves won the opening set, and Walters thought her team initially got off to a good start.

“After the sixth or seventh point, our passing began to deteriorate and that’s what didn’t let us get the ball to the hitters,” she said. “That allowed Terre Haute South to pull away.”

The Tiger Cubs improved to 16-6 with the win, and will be busy until the Southmont Sectional begins next week.

They will play at Indian Creek on Thursday night in a battle for third place in the WIC, and will play in a tournament on Saturday at Clinton Prairie.

There are still things that need to be fine-tuned, Walters said.

“Our serve-receive struggled as well, and that made it hard to get the ball to Allison [Stevens] and Jada [Amis]

Offensively, Stevens recorded 17 kills, Lilly Meyer had 11 and Amis added 10. Jalyn Duff finished with 30 assists, and Anna Zellers added seven.

Leading the defense were Duff and Meyer with 13 digs each, while Mckenzie Woodall and Ivy Wright both added 12 digs.

Amis had four blocks, Stevens had three, and Macy Clark added two.

Cross country

Additional WIC results — Varsity meet results from Saturday’s Western Indiana Conference meet at South Putnam were published in Tuesday’s Banner Graphic.

Results from other levels of competition were:

Boys’ junior varsity

14. Nic Hensley (NP) 20:52.2; 16. Caden Storm (NP) 21:06.2; 20. Daniel Johnson (SP) 21:49.6; 21. Allen Plunkett (SP) 22:09.7; 23. Kenny Knutti (NP) 22:23.7; 24. Trevor Vanihel (SP) 22:26.2; 28. Nate Monnett (Cl) 22:49.0; 31. Grant Maners (Cl) 22:59.2; 32. Jacob Farrington (NP) 23:12.6; 35. Hunter Pannell (Cl) 24:38.1; 38. Levi Godsey (Cl) 26:15.5.

Girls’ junior varsity

5. Josie Lyons (NP) 27:09.4.

Boys’ middle school

(Places available only for top 7 runners from each team)

Team scores — Edgewood 57, Brown County 63, Greencastle 102, North Putnam 120, Cascade 124, South Putnam 155, Sullivan 170, North Clay 172, Indian Creek 188, Cloverdale 270, Owen Valley 296.

Greencastle runners — 2. Charlie Menzel 11:47, 7. Andrew Adams 12:14, 14. James Smith 12:27, 29. Treyton Clark 12:56, 50. Justin Evans 13:34, 62. Daniel Dinn 14:04, 64. Isaac Hertenstein 14:13, Anthony Adams 14:36, Sam Lancaster 16:18, Dylan Curry 16;23, Paul Lewis 20.00.

North Putnam runners — 12. Corie Stancombe 12:25, 18. Arrick Kramer 12:34, 22. Brayden Monnett 12:36, 23. Nolan Hackleman 12:39, 45. Brady Barber 13:26, 49. Mason Garriott 13:33, 58. Elijah Lewis 13:59, Matthew Farrington 14:15, Evan Polley 14:40, Jaylen Windmiller 14:45, Bastian Sobrino 15:05, Joshua Taylor 15:12, Carter Thomas 15:53, Truman Sabens 16:24, Ethan Harrison 17:08, Michael Springmeyer 17:29, Chase Hanger 17:54, Zachary Riley 20:11, Tucker Elmore 24:04.

South Putnam runners — 17. Dunkin York 12:34, 30. Wyatt Kendall 12:57, 31. Matthew Rogers 12:59, 33. Drew Hill 13:00, 44. Keaton Chew 13:22, 56. Griffin Garner 13:49, 57. Tyler Carter 13:57, Evan Hinkle 14:18, Elijah Chandler 14:23, Emilio Gallegos 15:22, Griffin Jones 15:41, Noah Couch 16:11, Benjamin Teipen 18:16.

Cloverdale runners — 16. Levi Hilton 12:32, 48. Carson Hall 13:31, 61. Tanner Trammell 14:03, 72. Allen Zook 16;28, 73. Jacob Blankenship 17:04, 75. Austin Jolly 17:42.

Girls’ middle school

(Places available only for top 7 runners from each team)

Team scores — North Clay 87, Edgewood 91, Indian Creek 103, Brown County 104, Cloverdale 119, Owen Valley 120, Sullivan 142, Cascade 148, Greencastle 172, South Putnam 286, North Putnam 296.

Cloverdale runners — 4. Ella Szczerbik 13:05, 7. Aliyah Maldonado 13:35, 9. Abby Nees 13:38, 43. Kiersten Wade 15:31, 56. Sarah Nichols 15:56, 71. Autumn Wheeler 18:32.

Greencastle runners — 17. Izzy Masten 14:02, 24. Emma Smiley 14:25, 33. Zoey Doan 15:01, 44. Haley Timcheck 15:31, 54. Ali Dobbs 15:49, 55. Laurel Brown 15:51, 60. Kyla Curtis 16:09, Meredith Ball 16:39, Emma Woodall 17:01, Kaitlin Welker 17:17, Emilee Jordan 17:17, Sophia Black 18:02, Kelly Scott 18:14, Asia Graham 28:37.

South Putnam runners — 40. Kaile Barnard 15:20, 48, Rylee Hatfield 15:38, 63. Makayla Nicholls 16:23, 67. Taylor Dunn 17:48, 68. Lillian New 17:58, 69. Caroline Hodge 18:12, 70. Faith Wiggins 18:22, Avery Stone 20:37.

North Putnam runners — 38. Rose Haste 15:09, 58. Brilye Schmitz 16:00, 62. Alaina Chew 16:19, 66. Kynndall Willhite 17:14, 72. Mykala Hiner 18:40, 73. Gracie Sumners 18:45, 74. Lyric Chambers 19:50, Opry Curran 20:28, Jamie Green 24:53.


Sullivan 47, South Putnam 14 — At Sullivan, Dalton Scott caught a pair of touchdown passes from Riley Stone on Friday to highlight the Eagles’ offensive performance in the Western Indiana Conference defeat.

Full statistics were not available for Saturday’s Banner Graphic.

Stone completed 10 of 26 passes overall for 109 yards.

Connor Cain led the Eagles in rushing with 49 yards in nine carries, with a long run of 47 yards.

Steven Schnepp caught four passes for 60 yards, and also scored on a 2-point conversion, while Kain Gregory had 56 yards on one catch.

Scott and Devin Cashion each had three pass receptions.

Defensively, Scott led the Eagles with 10 tackles (five solo and five assisted), while Austin Wilson had nine and Cashion and Layton Workman each had five tackles.

Jackson Wood and Colton Grundlock each had a quarterback sack, and Cashion had an interception.

The Eagles will close out Western Indiana Conference divisional play on Friday at undefeated Northview.