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Lincoln girls tennis opens with win over Union City

By The NEWS-EXAMINER

UNION CITY — Surrendering only one game in singles play, the Cambridge City Lincoln girls tennis team eased to a 5-0 win over Tri-Eastern Conference foe Union City, in the Lady Golden Eagles' season opener on Tuesday afternoon.

Jamie Buhl (No. 1), Rachel Merida (2) and Kami Laymon (3) grabbed straight-set wins over Morgan Waymer (6-0, 6-0), Emily Cline (6-1, 6-0) and Aliya Zimmers (6-0, 6-0), respectively.

The No. 1 doubles duo of Ali Reece and Makala Hammons were equally as dominant, beating back a challenge from Audrey Sullenbarger and Sydney Ralston by a 6-0, 6-1 score.

Union City's best shot at breaking through to win a game came in the second set of the No. 2 double match.

LHS' Jenna Bertsch and Riley Flockhart easily beat Mana Casillas and Ashley Cline 6-0 in the first, but the UC tandem rallied in the second, before falling by a 7-5 score.

In the lone junior varsity match, Union City's Brook Kniesly defeated Lincoln's Ashley Wampler by a 6-2 score.

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Connersville girls tennis victorious over South Dearborn

AURORA — Following losses to Batesville and Shenandoah, the Connersville High School girls tennis team earned its first win of the 2018 season, beating back a strong challenge from South Dearborn on Tuesday.

Connersville got wins from singles players Rylee Fuller and Juliette Collins, and a victory from the No. 2 doubles team of Kelsey Smith and Morgan Hauger, to slip away with a 3-2 team win.

Fuller won her match at No. 1 by a 1-6, 6-1, 7-5 count, followed by Collins, who also needed three sets — 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.

Smith and Hauger won theirs in much less dramatic fashion, earning scores of 6-0, 6-3.

At No. 1 doubles, Hannele Burch and Cheyenne Harmeyer were beaten by a 6-0, 6-4 count.

At No. 2 singles, Shaina Laughlin nearly made it a 4-1 win for the Lady Spartans, before falling 3-6, 6-3, 5-7.

Winners for the junior varsity included three doubles teams — Katie Cooley and Courtney James, Morgan Dafler and Payton McFarland, and the team of Raegan Patton and Hunter Lovett. Abbi Stinger was also a winner for CHS on the singles courts.

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Franklin County tennis sweeps EIAC foe Rushville

BROOKVILLE — Chilly temperatures failed to slow the Franklin County High School girls tennis team on Tuesday, as the Lady Wildcats roared past visiting Rushville 5-0.

In singles play, FC lost only four games. On the doubles courts, the team dropped only two.

Winners for Franklin County at singles were Lilli Stewart (6-1, 6-3), Megan Routh (6-0, 6-0) and Lauren Klei (6-0, 6-0). That threesome defeated Barbara Hershberger, Magann Sasher and Sky Herbert, respectively.

In doubles play Grace Moster and Katarina Sacksteder beat Ainsley Flannery and Macy Rolle, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1, and the duo of Maggie Brack and Taylor McCreary eliminated Emily McMinn and Gabby Brinson at No. 2 by a 6-2, 6-0 verdict.

FC hosts Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference foe Batesville tonight.

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Connersville JV baseball tipped by Wildcats

BROOKVILLE — Surrendering seven runs in the first two innings, the Connersville High School junior varsity baseball team wound up on the wrong end of a 14-9 score against Franklin County on Monday night.

In spite of the 7-0 deficit, the Spartan reserves battled back with six runs in the top of the fourth to cut FC's lead to one, 7-6.

But the Wildcats put together a six-run frame of their own, pushing the lead to 14-6 in the bottom of the fifth.

Connersville scored three times in the top of the seventh, but fell short, as the Spartans fell by five.

CHS was led at the plate by Bryce Ecklund, who collected two of team's seven hits. Also earning hits in the game were Brody Cox, Ben McQueen, Colin Branum, Elijah Judd, Landon Cerqua and Peyton Baker.

Ecklund and Peyton Rowland each finished with two RBI for CHS.

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CMS track and field suffer pair of losses

Entertaining Centerville on Monday night, both Connersville Middle School track and field teams wound up taking losses to the visiting Bulldogs.

The girls were beaten by a 69-41 score, while the boys wound up on the wrong side of a 67-42 final tally.

Individual first-place finishers for the girls included Brooke Sudhoff (pole vault, 100, 200), Erika Smith (shot put, high jump) and Kiley Smith (400). The 4x100 relay unit of Sudhoff, Katelyn Mitchell, Morgan Keaffaber and Molly Crank also cross the line ahead of the pack.

For the boys, the winners were Braylind Colassaco (100, high jump), Garrett Davidson (shot put), Riley Smith (pole vault) and Carter DeBoard (long jump).

The team is in action again tonight at Sunman-Dearborn.

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Connersville track and field split at Rushville

RUSHVILLE — Both Connersville High School track and field units were in action at Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference foe Rushville on Tuesday night.

The CHS girls came away with a 68-63 win, but the Spartans boys weren't as fortunate, falling to the Lions 77-50.

"Over all the girls team was solid in beating a really good Rushville team," CHS coach Jeff Cooley said.

The girls were led by individual winners Jessica Beckman (shot put, discus), Gabby Gonzalez (100, 200) and Abbi Jacobs (pole vault). The 4x800 (Sicily Bowling, Elise Bottomley, Amelia Ross, Allison Schneider) and 4x100 (Kenzie Lynch, Katelyn Burris, Allison Hoffman, Gonzalez) relay teams were also winners on the night.

"Elise Matney had a great night with personal bests in the high jump and the long jump," Cooley added.

The win by the girls improved the team to 2-0 on the season.

For the boys, Dylan Rohn won the discus event, and was joined by winners Collin Herron (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Jacob Brown (high jump), Skylar Hentz (pole vault) and Dylan Cox (400).

"Collin was outstanding in both hurdle races," Cooley said. "His technique is really getting better almost daily.

"I was happy with Dylan Cox in his races. He showed a lot of determination." 

With the loss, the boys fell to 1-1.